The Silence In Between

It looks so quiet here at this wide natural part of the river.
But the silence here has interruptions.
There is often intermittent popping of gunfire from the nearby rifle range and this makes the silent pauses in between more distinct, more remarkably still.
It’s as though the landscape holds its breath.
It seems if you spend enough time here, those sounds somehow become part of the wide space. The haphazard rhythm its own sort of meditation.
How can this be?

Shirley’s Bay, Ottawa River

All images ยฉ Karen McRae, 2012

97 thoughts on “The Silence In Between

  1. Just love this series. I am glad to see you back on the river. On the cape (or point) I believe. Thanks for the tour of the river. It is my home. Not the exact one; but any river. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Karen I admire immensely your vision; your ability to minimalise, to reduce a scene to its bare bones, its essence; to capture the spiritual as well as the physical qualities of your subject.

  3. Whoa! As I was scrolling down the photos I was not expecting the close up of froggy’s face! Very cool!
    Lovely scenics as well.
    So there is a rifle range nearby? Is this a target range open to the public, or for police training? That could be interesting.

    1. Thank you, Phil.
      Yes, the rifle range is primarily a military facility but I think there may be limited civilian access – I’m not sure.
      It is interesting because it’s nestled in a green-space full of wildlife. Often a strange juxtaposition of sounds!

  4. These are so beautiful! I LOVED the second and the forth one. Wonderfully captured the silence in them. Hmmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I appreciate the almost monochromatic palette of several of the images. The first one reminds me of some of the scenes of marshes in 19th-century English photographs. It’s too bad (as I would experience it) that the sounds of gunfire impose themselves on the place, but the silver lining for you is the greater cherishing of the silences in between.

    1. Steve, thanks for you nice comments.
      The gunfire is unfortunate, it’s a vast green-space full of wildlife- It just sort of struck me how one can strangely adapt to these sorts of things.

  6. How can it be?
    We become attached to the familiar whether beneficial or not.

    The spirit I see in these photos is familiar and beneficial.

      1. Yes, more than adequate and I’m amazed you remember that.

        I’m generally a lurker, but I have you in my RSS reader so I’ll be here even if you don’t hear from me. I’m forwarding you to my mom too.

        Whats this I hear about the Messengers getting back together? lol

  7. Gosh … โ€œLove.โ€ Those reflections are beautiful. And the little frog … ! beautiful. And so sad and queer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wonderful images, Karen…I love two and five, similar but different…very peaceful…and your photos didn’t include the gunshots from the range…I’m grateful for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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