Monday, November 30, 2009

The Field

I visited the field again recently, it was just as beautiful and as wet as I had remembered. I think the only way I can get closer is to wear either a wetsuit or hip waders that go up to my shoulders. If I hold the camera above my head I should be ok, it's worth a try.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Brussel Sprouts

I haven't always been fond of sprouts but over the years I have grown to enjoy them, to eat and to draw. This drawing was done life size in graphite and painted with watercolours. I didn't really pile them like this but I thought it was a fun arrangement for their portrait.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trees and Fences

Searching for examples of tree and fence relationships has become a fun part of my daily walks. The search has led me to new areas of exploration, on foot and creatively. In this example it seems that the chain link fence was originally adapted to the existing tree but over time the tree has grown and happily begun to devour the fence.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oak Bay Marina Seals

My daily walk often includes a visit to the Oak Bay Marina to watch the resident seals. Resident because they can always be assured of some tasty treats thrown their way. But they have to be 
quick, seagulls have also discovered this spot for a free lunch. 

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Salmon Run

I witnessed an amazing and very emotional sight this week, thousands of pacific salmon swimming upstream to their home pools, to spawn and to die. Photography proved to be difficult, the fish are indistinguishable in the water...however dead salmon on the shore, while a startling image, were much easier to photograph.
Bald eagles will soon descend to feast on the fish carcasses.