Thursday, January 31, 2008

snow bound

I guess you have to be there to understand why this is such an odd photo. The railing and sidewalk are both all out of line yet at a certain time, the shadows fall perfectly in line.

It snowed and snowed all night then stopped in the morning. Later it started and stopped again. There is nearly two feet here beside the creek and that is deep.

I stepped too close to the edge and the snow bound side of the creek gave way and the chunk of floating ice turned to laugh as it passed.

against a landscape of eternal blue and white snow
one single leaf of hope
red so everyone will know

Monday, January 28, 2008

it's a wonder

Well they were at it again. Hungry, hungry birds came right across the thin ice to see if I was offering food. One of them flew right at me and its wing struck me as it pecked at my head. Later I saw it was lame in one leg and it hissed at me with a tiny pink tongue as if to say - "Feed Me - please, I'm desperate"

I offer no explanations, they appear when they do and they only exist through mental implication but they are there just the same.

the sun broke from the cloud
cast shadow like a musical note
resonating without sound

is it any wonder
some things seem to fit
at the right time

Sunday, January 27, 2008

mind manifest

triangulated to draw attention
duality watches itself play
from the comfort of om

frozen by ice and time
vortex of motion stands still
when water changes form

hidden between layers of perception
access to the truth denied
repeated three times

Friday, January 25, 2008

between layers

The next in the series of 'bob' photos, I like the little orange tree.

A mountain rises from the mist.

Don't let the innocent look fool you, these birds were mean, hungry-mean, they kept coming at me pecking away as if I were some tried and true source of food.

This one in particular kept jabbing at me, I even picked up some rocks and tossed them into the water, nothing, hardly even a glance to see what it was. This one was relentless and had decided the black camera was food. When I tried to photograph a small shape of ice, it became impossible, I had to leave for a few minutes in order to get rid of it and return for the shot.

This then would be the shot, worth it I suppose after all that, at least it has that om sound.

I am always on the hunt for the yin/yang design within nature. Sometimes I come across it by chance, I see a scene that contains a lot of potential and take the shot then spend the time later looking to see if one appears.

Other times it appears clearly and all I need to do is balance the shapes within the frame.

beyond mere suggestion
etched into the ice impression
another face takes shape

swirled in balanced layers
when time exerts visual pressure
the sea smiles

hand drawn by a discerning eye
various stages of frozen
come alive

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

time describes

Someone asked me the other day, "Are ya ever gonna take another picture of Bob?" - Oh yeah !! I said, and set out to do as much. Note: The orange colour in the water is a reflection of, you guessed it, a big orange bridge.

This photograph is worth a pause. I find the longer I see it the less I see it and the more I feel it move. There were a lot of different things happening at this point in the stream and the water was swirling so much I wondered what chance would reveal this time. Kinda alien if you see what I mean.

Another shot that seems to creep up on me, it disturbs my sense of balance and questions what I think is occurring within, back and forth - disturbing boundaries.

one moment of flow
snatched like a hand grabs
and tries to hold on to empty

faced with the possibility
of another day of sunlight
the creek rests

stuck on thin ice
a tentative step forward
even from webbed feet

design left to a mind with no pretense for appearances
time is only a description of how
one moment becomes the next

there is a sound the emptiness makes
when consecrated to expression
universal vibrational resonance

Monday, January 21, 2008

seeing far and near

Today's lesson in digital photography;
How to override automatic focus.

The camera continually sees the wires in this shot and will not focus on the distant glacier. If the camera has a manual macro setting that you can adjust, it is possible to go to that mode and set the focus to infinity, then point the camera at the sky only and set the exposure, now still half-holding the button you can compose the scene knowing the camera is set to infinity and metered properly to get a good shot of the glacier.

The before and after results;

on a clear day
you can see the elephant
forever reposed in serenity

glimmer of hope
in the glimmer of snow
seed suspended until spring

in the orchestra composed
during the sunrise of imagination
anything is possible

bold blue jay braves danger
calculating an approach
before dining like a king

Saturday, January 19, 2008

out of shapes

one black hole
as eye into forever
sees everything

frozen in motion
dance performance isolation
plays a moving rendition

without perspective
even the simplest of shapes
finds a place to sit

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

something hidden

devised magnetically and measured mathematically
when assessed philosophically and absorbed spiritually
the universe is alive

sensitive to curves the eye caress captures
a certain sensuality
a river sees change in flow

the shape of emptiness
as dictated by temperature conditions
silence is a sound

one break in the shape
of a leaf frozen in ice
winter smiles

geometrically shaped
to direct attention
he hides inside the design

detail from above

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

purple moon memories

seen as a scene
interrupted by lines
beauty still finds a place in the sun

manifest for a moment
as a shape within a stone
the rock sits still

subtle cascading colour
contrast sharply defined
activity implied in static lines

suspended by invisible thread
intrinsically weaving all
'purple moon' hangs


laughter ... warms even the coldest! haha