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Color and Texture of Tree Trunks in Winter

At first glance the winter landscape looks so desolate, monotonous and colorless. However, I find that once my eyes/mind get tuned into the trees, their trunks and bark, I see abundant subjects of interest. Here are photos of the great variety that caught my eye one day in early January in Edmonton.

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2018 – The Best of Black and White

As much as I love color there is something about black and white images that has always appealed to me. Inevitably when I go out a shoot a bunch of photos a number of them (maybe 10%) will scream out at me to be represented monochromatically.

Here are one of my favorite black and white images, from each month in 2018:

January:

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 Trail in the snow along the edge of the frozen North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton

February:

 

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Plastic pins of a toy for capturing a 3D representation of an object

March:

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An exposed and therefore snow-free, south-facing bank of the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton.

April:

 

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Large chunks of ice at spring break-up on the North Saskatchewan River.

May:

 

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Bridge pillars on the Sturgeon River in St.Albert

June:

 

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The bell of a trombone, at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival

July:

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Trail in Edmonton’s river valley (upper Dawson Park)

August:

 

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Bend in the road (Rowland Road) in Edmonton

September:

 

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Pillar of the Dawson Bridge in Edmonton

October:

 

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Squirrel sounding off.

November:

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Ice starting to form and collect on the North Saskatchewan River

December:

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River ice sheet breaking under pressure.

 


2018 – My Favorite Photos

Here is a collection of my favorite photos from each month in 2018. I didn’t start out looking to adhere to any particular theme but as it turns out, all of these are images of the natural environment and they were all taken close to my home, in Edmonton’s river valley.

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So there you go, my “favorite” photos taken in Edmonton during each month of 2018. For some months it was hard picking a favorite, so, especially towards the end, I would default to the image that was most consistent with the developing “nature” theme. I am tempted to assemble another collection focusing on my black and white, or abstract photos from 2018 – stay tuned.

 


End of September Photos

Here are a selection of my favorite photos taken on September 30, 2018 in Edmonton’s river valley.

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Autumn, as Expected

My last two posts on this blog have featured abstract photos, and black and white photos, that I took in Edmonton’s river valley on September 17th, 2018. In this post I conclude sharing some more photos from that same photo session. These ones though are a bit more typical of most people’s expectation of colorful fall photos:

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Colorless Autumn

The season known for its expressive color also has a beauty in a black and white expression. Here are photos taken in the river valley of Edmonton in early September 2018.

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Edmonton’s Dawson Park, September 2018


Forms on a Frozen River

It is the end of January and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is frozen over and covered with 15 centimeters of fresh snow. I venture to the river’s edge and am captivated by the abstract forms that I see:

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In a January Fog

While not unheard of, foggy days in Edmonton are also not very common. This last weekend in Edmonton was however one of those times – a fog  just heavy enough to hide the far side of the river valley and flatten out depth. The high humidly and sub-zero temperature resulted in a delightful, frosty coating on the trees.

Combining the fog, frost and late afternoon/early-evening light lead to these moody,  black and white images:

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Frosty Thorns

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Poles in a Frosty Landscape

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The Five

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Three, with Frosty Wires

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Rowland Bend


Riverdale (a painting Series)

In the early 1990’s I did a series of paintings of the Riverdale community, in Edmonton’s river valley.

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“Tree Frog Press”, acrylic on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 1991

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“Bird Bath”, acrylic on canvas, 61 by 51 cm, 1992

One of the most distinguishing features of the community at the time was the large, undeveloped tract of land that belonged to the historic Little Brick factory,  By the end of the decade those fields would be redeveloped to look like suburbia, but at the time it lent a rural charm to this area, just a kilometer from downtown.

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“Old Brickyard Field”, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Old Brickyard Road” acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“The Little Brick House”, acrylic on hardboard, 28 by 36 cm, 1991

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“The Rink Shack”, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Sun on 92nd Street”, acrylic on hardboard, 36 by 38 cm, c. 1992

A decade and half later I would revisit this series with a few more paintings of the community:

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“Summer Morning on 91st Street”, oil on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 2008

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“Riverdale Garage (winter sunlight)”, oil on canvas, 41 by 51 cm, 2008


Usually Colorific, but Not This Time

Autumn is famous as the season of glorious displays of color, but that doesn’t have to be all that intrigues a photographer at this time of year. Here are some black and white images of what has caught my eye this early October:

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Strong Verticals

Especially on a wet fall day the strong contrast of tree trunks makes for a dramatic image.

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Near and Far

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Wet Corner

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Reaching Upward

The autumn season is also when the river  is at its lowest level, exposing sandbar “beaches” not normally seen. And those beaches reveal some interesting forms, very suited to black and white (or mostly monochromatic) presentation:

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Sandy Beach

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Waves in the Sand

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Under the Bridge

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Verticals and Horizontals

The above photos were all taken October 1st and 2nd (2016), in the river valley in Edmonton, Canada.