Saturday, 2 April 2016

April is Earth Month

It is time to hug a tree!

No, not that tree -

Well, sort of - I really meant a real hug:

And a real tree:


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Bass Lake Side Road to Line 15

I spent an hour with Tom clearing away some broken branches. I'll show you some of those impressions another time - although to date nobody has ever asked "What ever happened to ___________ promised entries?" So maybe they won't be shown either.

Still I enjoyed the great lighting on, through, behind ice on nature:

Had to look up sumachs to be sure:

Wonderful Good Friday.


Good Friday

I spent yesterday afternoon travelling around the country side viewing nature. The following was the most stunning - to me - impression of the trip although as you might see later, in another entry, there were many wows to see and enjoy.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Bochum, Bonn, and the Burton Tower

I left UofT and the Burton Tower in 1967. I left Bochum (RUB) in 1975 and Bonn in 2010.
On Wednesday - the same one as in the previous 2 blogs - Norbert in Bonn told me that Reinhard of Bochum (RUB) and previously of Bonn (MIfR) where we became friends and played soccer for the MPIfR as well, would be in Toronto at CITA to give a talk on MHD turbulence in GMC under the influence of cosmic rays. Seemed like a natural to go visit him since it was March Break aka Reading Week and there might not be so many students there as normal.

I took some impressions for old time sake, from the north clockwise to the right to the east:

The small dome at the right edge is the McLaughlin Planetarium

University College is at theleft/north end of the common and Convocation Hall is at the right end - in the lower picture. I can hardly recognize the university for so many new buildings.


The Rain in Spain aka Orillia - last Wednesday afternoon

Orillia, Oro Medonte - there is a Spanish connection from the 19th century although no one is certain about how and when the name was given - certainly the Anishinaabeg  do not appear to have been asked. Still as I looked out the window around 5pm many thoughts dashed, danced and pranced between my ears I saw some details that might have escaped me on another occasion:

The double tree from another perspective - we need to step back and look anew in Spring:


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Flash technique applied

Last Wednesday, the Orillia Camera Club had Andre Beneteau  as guest speaker. An excellent
speaker and demonstrator of the indirect flash. Unfortunately(?) I have not purchased a flash for my camera and only use the built in one to the disadvantage of my friends and myself.

However, 2 days ago, while admiring some tulips given to Vicki by a friend of ours, I got an idea to try.
Here is the first shot without flash:

ISO 3200, F/8 1/8 sec

And here is one with flash but not direct - I inserted an envelope at a 45 degree incline to direct the flash to the ceiling:

As above except 1/180 sec.
The flower is oriented to face the horizon so ceiling scattered light enters from the top of the frame. In both cases, natural light is entering the tulip face on from behind me and the camera.