The Great & Secret Show

As a child I loved watching Jacques Cousteau and often imagined myself aboard the Zodiac in search of fantastic sea creatures.

It's an amazing experience just being there, riding on a crest of water with the wind in your face and lungs full of salt sea air... but this particular evening I felt transported to a time before whales were ever bothered by men, with spouts as far as the eye could see.

The sound of an 80,000 lb. animal exhaling in a burst sends shivers through me... such powerful yet gentle and graceful beasts.

And then, the Show!... a show that has been staged for millennia without an audience, just for the pure joy of performing.  To catch the show is beyond exhilaration for us the spectators.

We stayed until the sun dipped below the horizon. And as the lights went down, the whales gave us a final tail wave goodnight. Bravo!! I often wonder what happens after dark, might there be an even more secret show ?

The Humpbacks will be heading down south soon and I am already anticipating their arrival again next year. I was so happy to enjoy these moments with 6 of our photography students... all of whom amaze us with their images. Thanks to Captain Danny for being the best whale finding captain there could ever be.

 

Wintersleep

Hard winter. Snow dump, melt, dump, wet, dry.. repeat. Sometimes I wish we could just sleep through it. Then the sun shows up after weeks of missing it. Cold or not.. it's a good day to be outside.

Time Marches On

I planned to post here regularly... so much for the plan. Photographing is the thing though... the thing that makes me feel, gives me energy, satisfies the need. The actual process of creating images with that wonderful black box. Even looking at them on a monitor is often an after thought. Maybe it's because I can quickly see how they 'turned out' right there on the camera LCD... not like the old days when a chemical process had to take place just to know if you even created a visible image, let alone if you sort of liked it.

Divided We Stand

The 'Continental Divide', it's the 'line' where the water drains into different oceans. How interesting that Nicole and I ascended to a point on The Divide in Colorado, one day before the USA ended up in the biggest political divide it has seen in the last 50 years. Regarding the outcome of that... it's shocking

Only time will tell what direction the political waters will flow. Regardless of what happens, I dearly hope we never loose places like this... replete with peace and tranquility. No amount of advancement, money or power would be worth its loss.

13 Minutes on a Sunday morning

7:51-8:04 AM, with great light. Light is the key. When you have sumptuously beautiful, interesting, directional, QUALITY light.. you can create some cool frames, quickly. Give yourself joy in photography... choose to shoot in good light.

 

Us... now.

This is us, now.. in our life. It took us over 40 years to get here (like Israel wandering in the desert) and here is pretty good.. not perfect, but who wants perfect (that's boring). We can be who & how we choose to be.

This is her... My love, Nicole. She is happy with this photo, she is happy with herself... which is good because she is beautiful. Photo taken with one of my big old film cameras, which is just fun.

Newfoundland Summer (Finally)

After my initial inspiration to start this journal, it's taken a back seat..  that's life sometimes.

It's been so nice lately to get our time in the sun here in Newfoundland.. some years it never quite gets here, but it has warmed us for at least a short season thus far this year. Good thing too, Brennen HATES wind & cold.. I try to take advantage of pleasant days outdoors with him. He seems to like it.

Sometimes I have to make up silly things for him to supposedly be doing just for a photo... he doesn't seem to mind (and sometimes even finds it's a little funny).