While attending a conference at Deerhurst Resort (Huntsville, ON), I took in the contemplative mood of the melting ice on Deerhurst Lake, framed by nature's slow and deliberate re-awakening.
Back in April, it was well worth the 20 minute trek over ice and mud to reach Ragged Falls, just outside of Huntsville, in beautiful cottage country north of Toronto. Raging currents from the melting snow was wondrous to watch and hear.
One of several pieces of new work in this exhibition, May 20, 2-4pm Opening Reception
Grateful to a generous donor who makes it possible to have "Natural Beauty" (sunset at Jordan Harbourside, Niagara) hanging in the Provincial Office, Ontario-Kentucky Province of the Resurrectionists in Waterloo, ON, Canada.
[Below right: Very Rev Murray McDermott, CR, Provincial Superior, Ont-Kentucky Province]
With strength, grace and thriving by the river side...a symbol of the amazing spirit of life, within and all around us. Spring opens my eyes to the wonderment of life re-emerging after winter's slumber.
By the Riverside
Often I am reminded of the many unsuspected ways we are interconnected, at times when I least expect it--funerals, weddings, meeting guests at the Gallery. Often, in times of tragedy, the ties that draw us together are welcomed and necessary, and sadly with recent events in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, we are profoundly reminded of this across Canada, even the world. I am thankful for all those who are there when I need them, when I hardly realize we are even connected.
When I take time to observe ways of nature, I realize that "inter-connectedness" is nothing novel!
Fine art photography 17x23
More from Floral Collection (2017)
Taken on day of total eclipse 2017
Exploring intersections between art, spirituality and horticulture
Michael ManChoi Chow will be presenting next Tuesday, Mar 13, as part of the Kitchener Horticultural Society Lecture Series, at KPL Main Branch on Queen. Check it out! Event Starts at 7pm.
I know March is still a winter month, yet all the signs are around us that spring is around the corner...robins are here, finches are courting and our hamamelis is blooming!
Attended a jazz session in Feb at the Jazz Room (Huether Hotel, Waterloo) featuring Tim Moher and friends (octet). I underestimate the power of live music to soothe the soul and bring healing energy to the spirit. For more, go to my facebook page.
Just in time before the end of "Light Up the Season" exhibition at UpTown Gallery Waterloo, this piece (part of 3) went to a new home.
While most of Canada is in the midst of a deep freeze in Jan 2018, I turn to the memory of warmer days in 2017. I took this beauty (among several others) at the garden of Angela Granic in Waterloo. The smiling dahlia exudes sunshine and warmth, so I call it 'Sun Dahlia'.
Music has power to heal--I truly believe this. This past weekend, Bonnie and I were privileged to witness the power of sacred music performed by John B Miller & Friends at various churches in the KW area. A truly soulful and re-creating experience. Here are some photos I took at the concerts to give you a taste. For more dates in December go to John B Miller.
Working on a card appropriate for the season to be entered in a contest at a local gallery, I decided to do something a bit unusual and provocative, not going with the expected light-hearted, wintery landscape or a scene evoking good cheer for the sake of being jolly. My intuition went to a recent scene that caught my attention while driving around Waterloo County (nearby Wallenstein and St. Clements) some of my favourite places to capture inspiring landscapes. I decided to make it monochrome to give it extra punch. In my mind this captures the spirit of the season, as we transition from fall to winter and for many around the world, whether religious or not, we seek sign posts that instill in our hearts hope and perseverance to embolden our spirits against stories and realities of doom, brokenness and despair. The words of Martin Luther King Jr came to me as I created this image: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can."
What difference a year makes! I went looking for fall colours around Waterloo/Wellington counties in October and meandered through Caledonia. This scene caught my attention just driving into Orangeville on Hwy 10. Speaks to me about the cycle of life that Autumn denotes for me; huge contrast to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows in the spectacular show of Fall colour around Hockley Valley one year ago. Mother Nature is full of surprises.
Outside Orangeville ON
A treasure of antiques, posters, old bicycles, and more hidden upstairs at Linwood General Store (Waterloo County), revealed during Open Doors Waterloo, including this pot belly stove with a jolly Santa poster in the background.
Framed print and cards available UpTown Gallery Waterloo.
from Linwood General Store
Rising from the ashes of personal turmoil, shared tragedy or misfortune, demands every fibre of our being, all our strength and courage, to persevere in the face of darkness and uncertainty.
Here's to the phoenix within us rising and soaring!