A sandy beach beckons
The stars twinkling in the heavens
A full moon shines
A silvery path sparkling
On the rolling water
Arm in arm we walk my love
Barefoot on the cool sand
The gentle lapping of water
Upon the sandy beach
Silence is golden
Under the silver moon
Come sit on this log my love
You rest your head
Upon my shoulder
Watch the falling star
Streak across the heavens
Our years together my love
Have created a bond
As we sit quietly
On the sandy beach
Each with our own thoughts
In the solitude of the night
With a kiss on the lips
We rise to run
Through the cool waters
Laughing and giggling in our joy
Water splashes around us
As we race through the water
Let us catch our breath my love
A hug and passionate kiss
Before moving on
Share our endless love
Along a silvery beach
I am always looking for something different in terms of a composition. Something that is opposite to what I normally do in photography. I was walking along a beach in Lake Superior Provincial Park. The evening was getting on. Just a lovely evening to enjoy. Looking at the far far scenery and trying to figure how to get there. I seem to do a lot of that in this Lake Superior country. I was strolling South on the sandy beach. Then I noticed that at the south end of the beach the shoreline became mostly boulders of different sizes and descriptions.
Now I had patterns here in the form of vertical lines. Actually they angled a bit. Also there is rounded shapes. Therefore I set up my tripod without opening the legs. I sat on my butt. Now I was down getting the true angle of my composition. I placed the first rock in the foreground due to its difference in color. You can see a zombie like head emerging. How cool is that. Then after staring at the emerging zombie, your eye goes to the next rock. Now this one is oblong in shape, but maintaining the vertical lines. Then you have smaller rocks in the water. This will tell you that this is part of a shoreline with a sandy beach. To keep everything simple I used the large rock in the background to eliminate clutter. You will also notice you will only see part of that rock. There are vertical lines there also. Your eye is going to follow a diagonal path to the background. Yet the two main rocks overlap the central line of the diagonal. There is very good earthy color and balance here.
I had a radio interview over at Contemporary Art Gallery Online. It aired last Sunday. You can catch it here
Leanne Cole from Australia did an interview and was posted on her blog
It was one of those beautiful cloudy days. The day was warm with a breeze off Lake Superior. Strolling aimlessly along a sandy beach. Lake Superior was on my right. The water gently rolling up the sand. To my left was the sand dunes, three feet or so above the beach. In the dunes was an assortment of plant life that keep the dunes from eroding away. Life is good when you are in locations such as this. Lake Superior stretching beyond the horizon, a gentle breeze on your face. As I continued my stroll on this beach, my eye caught bits of black color in the otherwise light brown colored sand. Running my hand through the black material, I discovered that it was indeed sand. Observing the embankment on my left I noticed a band of black sand running lengthwise in profile. The discovery of things geologically, plant life, and wildlife can be an adventure of its own. One observation that I made was the patterns as shown above. It was created by the gentle wave actions as the water rolled up the beach and receded. Thus you had a pattern of black sand on top of the light brown sand. Very simple in composition and abstract in form. All I did was set up my tripod and camera. Created my composition in the camera and shot looking down. This photo was taken in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Well that is it for now. So until next time happy trails.
I came across this piece of driftwood buried in the sand at Pukaskaw National Park. I was strolling the beach closes to the Pik River. It was late one evening as I was set up to compose another composition, that I looked behind me and saw the above scene. So I thought I would wait until the sun went down and the colors would warm up. There is so much detail to be found in this piece of wood along with the minuet patterns in the sand. This all about earth colors. This also simplicity.
Winter seems to have set in here now. Snow on the ground, cold winds and temperatures. Until next time happy trails.
Gerard Leduc arrived at my apartment around 2 pm. Loading up we stopped at Tim Hortons to pick up some coffee to enjoy well we headed South. We were on our way to check out Killbear Provincial Park just North of Parry Sound. Upon arrival I was immediately impressed with the Park. Beautiful scenery, wonderful sand beaches. There are thoughts of bringing my grand kids here next summer. The beach had nice fine sand. There is one very long beach and a short one. There are some interesting evergreens among the smooth rock structures.
With a bit of time to spare, Gerard and I parked at an empty campsite by the beach. We enjoyed a nice bite to eat before heading off to photograph. Now I had been watching the sky. There was some very unique cloud cover that I wanted to utilize in a photo. I had and island in the distance. Sandstone colored smooth rock in front of me and some interesting tree shapes. I set my tripod up as low as I could get it. This way I eliminated a lot of water in the foreground. The emphases here was the sky. The rest of the material such as island, trees and rocks were used to create the final composition. I gotta tell you my ole joints get a little stiff after crouching down that low. The added bonus was the bit of sunlight appearing on the left.
I plan on coming back here in a couple of weeks. There were a lot of trees here still not in color. Maureen and I are heading back up to Superior for a week of photographing. We are planning a canoe trip into a series of small lakes for a few days near Wawa. Then hopefully I will be able to work the Superior coastline.
So until I get back, Happy trails