Friday, September 25, 2009

From Big to Small

Or small to big, depending on how you look at it. Since I started to take pictures a few years ago, I noticed I'm more observant of my surroundings. I like to record things that catch my eye. For example the boulders by the beach today, their strong sculptural forms.A closer look: the bits of lichen on the rocks, love the splashes of brightness against the dull.
An even closer peek: the tiny beings, I like the clusters of orange cups amongst the curly forms.

Autumn Flowers

We took advantage of the good weather and headed out to Barnet Marine Park today. When we used to live in Burnaby this park would be a few minutes drive away and always a pleasure to visit. Situated by the sea you can watch boats of all sorts travelling up and down the Burrard Inlet. We usually walk the trails on the rocky beach, observing the seagulls quarrelling over bits of food. I like to look for shells, rocks, seaweed or anything curious but alas this visit's highlight are the flowers we passed by on the way to the car.
May there be glorious sunshine wherever you are this weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Electric Streams

I'm sharing more experimental shots today! These were taken the same night as the ones from the last 3 posts.

Let me talk a bit about how the pictures were taken. From what I remembered I prolonged the exposure anywhere from 3 to 6 seconds. Point the camera to the front windshield or through the side window and take the pictures.
Location is important, we picked a fairly busy street with brightly lit store signs. The trails of light in the pictures are the record from the longer exposure.
They reminded me of our visit to Experience Music Project in Seattle, particularly the Jimi Hendrix exhibit. We hung around the museum for 6 hours and wished we could stay longer! It was that good.
So we had great fun with the then new digital camera we still use today. We share one camera. It gets us out. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Squiggles

Another experimental shot from that night.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Streams of Light

As I was going through the boating pictures I found these ones with the streams of light taken a few years ago. I posted one picture last night to test and see how I feel about it. This morning with a much clearer head I liked what I saw and decided to post more of them.

We had just bought a new digital camera and had gone out in the night to explore. I wasn't doing the driving of course so I did a few experimental shots to get to know the camera better. I remembered enjoying the ride but I also recalled a new freedom. There was no worry if the picture didn't turn out, simply delete it. No film developing costs, no worries if the film runs out. It was liberating!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sea Reflections

I remembered that evening. We went about in the dinghy slowly, careful not to disturb the amazing scenery that surrounded us. The pure reflection of the land and sky, the water was so calm it was unreal.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sea Views

It's been a busy week, I'm so glad it's Friday! We just got news that our friend George's surgery went well. We wish him a smooth and speedy recovery. I've picked out some pictures from our boating trips we took with him to celebrate this bright moment. Have a great weekend. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Marina Highlights

Going through the boating pictures, I found the ones I took of the growth I discovered while walking about the marina. They're organisms that attached themselves to the wooden platforms people walk on. I've forgotten about them and looking back I remembered I would always look for jellyfish or starfish while we're on shore but these were the treasures I discovered that day!I just love the colors of these water beings, don't you?
These are upside down, they're taken that way. If they're right side up, I'd be in the water!
This last one is my favorite.

Boating with George

My weekend was once again busy but the heater painting is now finished. Phew! :) It was raining here so we stayed home doing stuff about the place. One of them was reorganizing stuff on our computer and we came across some pictures from our boating trips with George.

I would like to do something different with this post. I would like to dedicate this post to our friend George. He is going in for a heart surgery and I just want to spend a few minutes to reflect on the wonderful trips we've taken with him.

For a few years now every summer the 3 of us would venture out to sea exploring the little islands nearby. Before heading out we would stock the boat up with food. This meant a stop at the seafood store, and sometimes this would mean live crab.
George has taken us to some of the most beautiful spots accessible only by boat. I have here some highlights to share.
If the a spot looks interesting we'd head onto shore to explore further.
Beyond the rocks and grass a pretty discovery is made.
Amongst the nook and crannies, a crab skeleton bleached by the sun.
I was engrossed by the monotone texture of the lichen.
A last look around before heading back to the dinghy.
On the way back to the boat, a careful watch on the kelp so it doesn't venture near the propeller.