Sadly this beautiful neo-Gothic style church in Aylmer, Quebec was burned out over two years ago. It was suspected to be arson but no one was ever charged. The shell is still standing but  is slated to be torn down to make room for a new church. The parishioners were hoping to rebuild this 1862 landmark but couldn’t find the financial backing for such an expensive  project. I find the ruins of the church are still striking and beautiful. The pigeons call it home. (click on images to enlarge)
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If you were a kid…

Wouldn’t you just be itching to explore these little structures?

I came across these little out-buildings when I was taking a “road less traveled” the other day. Maybe it’s because I spent many idyllic hours as a child in similar rickety old buildings that I find these so intriguing. Of course they don’t look very safe, but that’s part of the attraction.

Draw & shoot: Feather Studies

I‘ve always liked drawing feathers. Attempting to capture their delicacy and weightlessness with graphite. Here I’ve included a little drawing of feathers from my sketchbook with a series of photographic studies, again playing with light and shadows. *Hope you’re not bored with all my monochromatic posts of late,  I actually do love colour! *
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(I ♥ the creamy, thick drawing paper in a Moleskin sketchbook, it feels incredibly luxurious.)
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A serene late afternoon by the water, and even some sun! It’s been scarce lately. The water was so calm the reflections really stood out. Some of the trees are almost bare and others are still hanging on making for lots of different shapes and form.
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Flight of the Maple Keys

The lacy propellers of the maple keys have always reminded me of insect wings. When I started photographing them with shadows they kind of took on a life of their own with the wings doubling up and the stems turning into little antennae.  Sometimes things come together in a way you don’t expect. (Click on the images to enlarge.)

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We had the most amazing weekend weather and I had an opportunity to spend some time with these three lovely ladies. A extra little dose of summer right before days and days of grey and rain.
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A Summer Reprise

We managed to get out for some gentle climbing yesterday for the first time in ages (due to my partners elbow injury). The weather was an incredible 25°  Celsius. It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and the entire long weekend the weather looks to be stellar. The fall colours are not as vibrant as some years but the tree canopy is still beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!