Monday, June 30, 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Wet Clematis, 2008

Suburban Study (after Hiroshige), 2008

Marshland #3, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

You asked for it…

This is for Tracy & probably as close as I will ever get to using an emoticon.


Marshland #2, 2008

Suburban Study, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Untitled, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hydrangea #2, 2008

Now this is unkempt ~ much more the sort of thing I was looking for in the first set of photographs. The addition of more weeds is what did it. Of course I have to hit this all with the weed-whacker & get the yard cleaned up. I've intentionally let it go wild to take these photos but if I don't start mowing some of this down soon I'll need a machete.

Then again, I saw the first fireflies amongst the tangled growth tonight…

Garden Study #5, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hydrangea, 2008

I'm not sure if this is successful as a photograph. Conceptually there's a tenuous connection with the other photos I've been taking recently: random cloud-like shapes floating against a colored background field, botanical subject matter, the feeling of abandonment & diptych format… Yet I hesitated & almost didn't post it. If not for the air of neglect (abundant weeds, blemished leaves, faded blossoms & dead twigs) the picture could be calender photography, saccharine even. I can't decide if some sort of line has been crossed here or not. Still, I find the juxtaposition of the slightly overblown horticultural blooms with the glimpse of rampant weeds around the edges to be appealing. (Of course the flowers are so beautiful, with their almost artificial coloring I doubt anyone other than an avid gardener would notice all the encroaching weeds.) Pretty? Yes, but to my eye in an unkempt sort of way.

A few random slugs would have been nice…

Yew, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sky Study (the English Romantics), 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sky Study (the German Romantics), 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wild Sweet Peas (the Pre-Raphaelites), 2008

Untitled, 2008

Thunderstorm with Arabesque, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Marshland #1, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

It's here…

Dammit, I was right… Summer stopped lurking in the marshes & appeared with a vengeance: florid, slightly feverish, panting lightly, reeking of sweat & it's face glazed with a sticky sheen of oily perspiration. (I don't mean that in a sexy way either…) I really dislike Summer. So much for the lovely, cool, Canadian air, at least for the time being. The temperature hit 97ºF. this afternoon & the air was thick with humidity. The natural result; a good old fashioned thunder storm. Above is a photo I managed to take (after forty-three attempts) of the lightning which made me laugh because it gives the impression that, like in a made-for-TV movie from the 70's, the Anti-Christ could be quietly living in the brick four-family house across the street. (Cue the scary music.) I just checked, it's still 87ºF. outside & the rest of the week is predicted to be more of the same. I suppose it could be worse… 

I could be living in Spain.

Wet Tree Peony, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Garden Study #4, 2008

Friday, June 6, 2008

Garden Study #3, 2008

False Indigo, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Garden Study #2, 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Garden Study #1, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Suburban Study (Sunset), 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

Urban Study, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Suburban Study, 2008