A taste of Barcelona

Just a few out-takes from our epic journey to Barcelona last year. I’m glad we got to see the city before they decided to crack down on rampant tourism with all sorts of controls on new hotels, visitor taxes etc., which will surely drive up the costs of visiting this amazing place.

This is a collection of shots from the first few days we spent there. We loved that Barcelona isn’t crowded in January, and the photographer in me particularly liked the low Mediterranean winter sun.

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The 100′ Electric Beanstalk

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One Hundred Foot LineOne Hundred Foot Line

Of course, this installation isn’t called The 100′ Electric Beanstalk, but maybe it ought to. Actually, it’s One Hundred Foot Line by the American artist Roxy Paine, and it’s installed in the back lot of the National Gallery of Canada on Nepean Point in Ottawa.

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Danielle and  the Electric BeanstalkDanielle and  the Electric Beanstalk

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One Hundred Foot LineOne Hundred Foot Line

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One Hundred Foot LineOne Hundred Foot Line

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One Hundred Foot LineOne Hundred Foot Line

One thing is certain – I don’t think I’d want to put my tongue on this in the winter or hold on to it during an electrical storm!

 

April showers

… supposedly bring May flowers. That remains to be seen.

I’ve been working from home lately, and unfortunately that’s translated into not getting out to do much shooting. Every so often, something around the house catches my eye. Today it was our gas BBQ on the deck, which has been getting rained on pretty consistently these days.

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It’s not much, but it’s something. I really need to get out and shoot this weekend!

Ahhh, springtime!

This past Saturday was an absolutely stunning spring’s day; beautiful blue skies, a warm(-ish) breeze, trees starting to bud and people coming out of hibernation.

My wife and I decided to take a break from family Easter festivities and go for a little walk in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, on of the original suburbs on the extreme western tip of Montréal Island. Our stroll took us through the campus of John Abbott College and main street that cuts through the old village.

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Almost a country clubAlmost a country club

Almost a country club

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Very soon, this will be one hell of a shade treeVery soon, this will be one hell of a shade tree

Very soon, this will be one hell of a shade tree

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Let the weeping beginLet the weeping begin

Let the weeping begin

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The willowsThe willows

The willows


This is promisingThis is promising

This is promising

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When you just have to get that shotWhen you just have to get that shot

When you just have to get that shot

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His & hersHis & hers

His & hers

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The Toys of SummerThe Toys of Summer

The Toys of Summer

 

Pining for spring

This is the time of year where if you’re looking for natural colour, you either have to look to the sky (on a rare non-overcast day) or to a coniferous tree like a pine, spruce or cedar. Otherwise, you have to satisfy yourself with a symphony of browns and grays and if you’re lucky a nice, bright birch or three shining away in the sunlight.

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Step right upStep right up

Step right up

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Lean on meLean on me

Lean on me