Thursday, April 29, 2010

FSO Sports

I know, I know. I chose the topic for this week and here I am with no pictures to offer (except this old one of Linda and I waiting for a Blue Jays game to start).

I've had some escalating health complications that have made life miserable this week, and Linda and I are getting out of town for the weekend to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary.

The resort we're booked into has a jacuzzi in the room and offers professional massages, which could help my ailing back.

So we are having to skip FSO this week.

See you next week.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

FSO--In Honour Of Trees

Every year, along the North shore of Lake Ontario and across the entire Northern Hemisphere....

....the trees return to life, celebrating Earth Day through their very survival.

I thought I should have at least one gnarled tree photos for Mark at Butler and Bagman to add to his collection.

Glimpsed through the trees, on the other side of the great ravine that leads down to the Lake, is the home of one of Canada's greatest living artists 95 year old Doris McCarthy. In a couple of weeks, as the leaves come fully out on the trees, this view of her home will be hidden. Even to telephoto lenses.

Friday, April 16, 2010

FSO--Things That Make Me Chuckle

Her Name is Lindsay

When she's good, we call her Magoo.

Don't ask why.

But when she's bad.

We have other names for her.

But good or bad, she can always make me chuckle.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

FSO Country Roads

Country Roads
By definition

Don't exist
In cities.

They live where
Hearths are warm

And kitchens
Are welcoming.

Where everyone fits
Around the table

And the knickknacks
Have a sense of utility

As well as

Where you always feel

And the light is
left on for you.

While outside,
Country roads,
Are always waiting,
To take you home again.

Interior photos are of Ashlar House in Erin, about an hour's drive North West of Toronto.
The country road in the first and last photos is located just north of the Toronto Zoo, in the town of Pickering.
The woman at the kitchen sink is my daughter Kathy.
The woman whose arm can just be glimpsed on the right-had side of the kitchen table photo is my sister-in-law Lynda, who would move into Ashlar House tomorrow if she could.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

FSO--Bokeh Effects

Cedar Ridge is an old mansion purchased by the city as a Creative Visual Arts Center.

It houses the Art studio where Linda studies painting.

It is also renowned for its beautiful rustic gardens.

A breathtaking combination of trees, rugged stone and flowers.

Acres of beautiful flower beds and rose arbors.

But not at this time of year.

Although it still has its beauty....

Only waiting for a little more sun and a little more rain and a little more time, before it astonishes us.


Boheh Effect defined: In photography, bokeh is the blur,or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light in ways that are pleasing to the eye.

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