For the Love of Light

A Legacy of Smoke and Fire

July 9th, 2021As Going-to-the-Sun Road led us up from the valley, the smoke could be seen rising in great grey plumes and settling across ridge-lines, creeping downslope, and filling the sky between mountains. Quickly the views became vast – glacier-carved, rugged, rocky slopes with the clearly defined striations of an ancient geologic prehistory, swaths of green forest punctuated by the first brilliant yellow leaves of fall, and across it all a blanket of heavy, shifting blue smoke.

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Thoughts on the shifting landscape of time…

March 13, 2021 – One year ago we were settling into a new, strange routine. I had already been working from home, and we already enjoyed the occasional convenience of delivered groceries. But now there were daily news briefings to watch, headlines to anxiously scan…

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Frozen Bubbles

February 22, 2021 – You know those exquisite wintertime close-up photos of ice crystals forming on bubbles as they freeze? These are not those. You are looking at the messy, interesting results of an attempt at such photos though.⁠⁠..

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Holding space, looking for light

January 10, 2021“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin⁠

It has become increasingly difficult to focus on what is right in front of me. There is a deepening, bitter edge to each day, and I know the root of it is a pain which is being experienced at personal and collective levels everywhere…

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Winter Light Celebration

December 21, 2020 – As winter settles in, the sun is slipping lower and lower across the sky. During the winter solstice here in Winnipeg, Manitoba the sun barely clears the treetops. Such low-angled rays of light are magical, and to celebrate the season I’ve gathered some winter light photography snapshots from recent years…

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Summer reflection on Whirlpool Lake, Manitoba

Summer Reflections | Riding Mountain National Park, Canada

December 9, 2020“After everything that’s happened, how can the world still be so beautiful? Because it is.” – Margaret Atwood

Blue summer skies and fluffy white clouds mirrored in the water of Whirlpool Lake, the dark forest recedes along the horizon while a breeze skims the surface of the lake, softening the reflection of trees and sky…

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Water lily flower against dark green leaves

Water Lily & Lotus

December 1, 2020 – With bright flowers emerging from the water, contrasted by the rounded geometry of simple floating leaves, water lilies and lotuses have inspired artists and poets for centuries. Exploring the beauty of a water lily or lotus plant through photography…

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Winter scene of snow blowing at dawn across a highway in rural Alberta, Canada

Uncertain Road

April 1, 2020 – I woke last night in the darkness to the rumbling sound of a heavy train passing through the city, threading through the quiet neighbourhoods with its horn calling a long, keening wail…

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Looks pretty scenic to me…

March 10, 2020 – A little unintentional humour from Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California where crashing waves, rocky cliffs and unique forests come together beneath blue skies.⁠..

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Ladybug Light

June 27, 2019 – “The more specific we are, the more universal something can become. Life is in the details. If you generalize it doesn’t resonate. The specificity of it is what resonates.” – Jacqueline Woodson

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Summer Horizon | Big Sur, California

June 20, 2019 – Having spent a couple of years on the Canadian prairie now, I realize that what I miss most about the California coast is not exactly the ocean itself, but rather the air; dense fog, constantly shifting breezes humid with sea mist…

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Recent work | Hopeful yellow flowers

March 28, 2019 – From recent travels to California, these vivid yellow pincushion protea flowers stood in bright contrast to their dark green foliage. Spotted while on a waterfront walk in Monterey, with blustery spring showers and fast-moving clouds overhead…

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Lost in the Details | Venice, Italy

February 21, 2019 – Italy is all texture and patina, and in summer the city of Venice is rich with seemingly endless variety; every detail and architectural style basking in the luminous reflected light of warm sun on water. Around every corner was a striking new visual surprise…

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