Whither August

August is one of those funny months.

It’s still most definitely summer, but the relentless heat and humidity of July starts to lose its edge. The A/C can take a rest, and sleeping with the windows open is a more-often-than-not proposition.

It’s still most definitely summer, but the laziness and the laissez-faire of those heady July days is now well in the past. A “new year” looms: back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-reality.

Time to get serious. Time to eat as many meals outside before Mother Nature makes dining al fresco decidedly unpleasant.

I didn’t shoot much in August… got too busy with work, the Big C kept me closer to home than I liked and sapped some (most? all?) of my mojo. But I did shoot some. To paraphrase the great Jonas Rask, this is random at best.

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A smattering of red

Red is one of my favourite colours. Forget about all the symbolism about passion, anger, blah, blah, blah… I just like the way it looks. So sue me for being superficial.

The past few months have been “in the red,” so to speak.

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crimson · scarlet · vermilion · ruby · cherry · cerise · cardinal · carmine · claret · flame · flaming · coral · cochineal · rose · rosy · brick red · maroon · rusty · foxy · damask · sanguine

Random acts of ornamenting

Just this past Sunday I went for a little walk in the woods near my house. To get some fresh air. To clear my head. To take a few pictures. To escape the ever-intensifying drumbeat of Christmas, Trump, Brexit and all the other calamities befalling us these days.

I didn’t know what kind of pictures I would take. It was a typical overcast, dreary Ottawa winter (well, late fall for the pedantic) day. The light was, for the lack of a better word, shitty. Flat. Lifeless. Not exactly inspirational.

Then I saw the balls.

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Whimsical, lonely little Xmas ornaments on random trees here and there. They put a smile on my face.

They brightened up an otherwise dull day.

I’m sure there are more out there, so I’ll have to go back.

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All images shot with Fujifilm X-T2, XF16MM F1.4 and processed in Capture One.