Black and White: Rural Churches of Eastern Ontario

St. Finnan’s Cathedral, Alexandria; built 1833

DSCN1439 St Finnan's Cathedral

St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s West; built 1801 – one of the first Roman Catholic churches built in Upper Canada (Ontario) and the oldest remaining stone structure in the province erected as a church. During the War of 1812 it was used as a hospital.

DSCN1477 St Andrews RC

St. Margaret’s of Scotland, Glen Nevis; church records start in 1882 Continue reading “Black and White: Rural Churches of Eastern Ontario”

Liquid mountains of the sky

An active sky can add movement and colour and drama to a photograph … and sometimes skies ARE the photograph, as the landscape pales in comparison to the dance of light and cloud that is happening above.   This one taken in Normandy added such beauty to our autoroute drive.Brittany clouds 24 SL

Driving the Cape Breton Trail in Nova Scotia we saw some beautiful turbulent skies, this one at 4 Mile Beach at Aspey Bay.

CB 051 4 Mile Beach, Aspy Bay SL 8x6jpgWhile my daughter and husband sat up front chattering I was busy in the back snapping shots through the window at 100 km/hr of some tremendous skies over Alberta. Continue reading “Liquid mountains of the sky”

Quintessential image of Quiet, rural Quebec

Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero on High Horse Irish wolfhounds In St Ives Jaded Johnny Jump-up Knocking Knees with unKnowns Lamp Light and Lines & Last Leaves Lingering Marazion from St Micheal’s Mount Nothing Near Nomansland Ostentatiously Ornate Onion Domes … Continue reading Quintessential image of Quiet, rural Quebec

Bridges in black and white

Sonel has me reviewing my photos, looking for nice black and whites – they definitely don’t all convert well.  I rarely take a black and white shot – can always convert a colour to black and white but it doesn’t work the other way around.  Keep my options open.  Specifically, this week, it is bridges for Sonel’s black and white challenge.  Here’s my selection … Continue reading “Bridges in black and white”

O Canada

Today is Canada Day, my country is 146 years young.  I am thinking about how lucky I am to be a Canadian.   It has been noted that Canada does not have a lot of history—while 1750 is old in terms of Canadian history, in Europe it is merely when the “new” bridge was built over the river.   By comparison with many of the countries of the world, Canada is brand spanking new—if Canada were a car it could be said it still has some of that new car smell to it.

In terms of daily living, I don’t have to make the trek to the town well every day, as we Continue reading “O Canada”

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

I live on 30 acres in the country – this is what lies beyond the hedgerow in my back garden …

1358 My own backyardThe corner store is 2 miles that way, or 5 the other way; the bank is 7 miles away.  Thirty acres are roughly equivalent to 20% of a square mile … in Japan 167 people would live on 30 acres … in China it would be 73 people and in India 191 people would call the same 30 acres home. In Monaco, of all places, it would be 8,428.  On my 30 acres it is just two people and a dog.  No sidewalks and lamp posts, paved roads or corner mailboxes – this is my neighbourhood …. Continue reading “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood”

Colour less intensive

Bold colour is not a requirement for an eye-catching photo.  Another case of less can be more, when subtleties of hue might promote enjoyment of other aspects of the photo – line and atmosphere, negative space, depth, perspective or overall composition.

setting sun on flooded fields Glengarry County
Spring sunset in Frog Hollow
Spring sunset on flooded fields in Glengarry County eastern Ontario
Spring sunset in Frog Hollow

Sometimes an almost total lack of hue, without reverting to black and white, is what makes the photo interesting … Continue reading “Colour less intensive”


Montréal is a city like no other.  I grew up on the West Island; my first job was in downtown Montréal; and I was there during the exciting, vibrant year of Expo 67.  Then politics happened – the FLQ crisis and bombs in mailboxes – and I left and except for a few initial return visits, I have not been back, largely because something is awry in Montréal.

Montreal street in evening Continue reading “Montréal”