Fluid Limbs

Underwater1A double exposure (the figure), water reflections and merged layers. You have to learn how to swim in all this rain…

© Karen McRae, 2013

Long Days and Tall Grass

Untitled_MapleFly(Untitled. Oil, graphite and Conté on Mylar)

It’s the first day of summer here and it feels like a true summer day with gently swaying grasses in the sunshine and strange insects in the garden.


Swaying-Grasses-2[The first image is a painting/drawing in progress (I never know whether to call my pieces paintings or drawings – I guess they are both) and the other two images are photographs made with camera movement.]

© Karen McRae, 2013

The Rain Becomes You

The-Water-GathererA damselfly that tells fortunes…?


Hold-on-TightI think this might be a small weevil(?) of some sort, managing to hang on to the underside of a leaf with the weight of all that water.




The-Little-ForagerWe have had a fair share of grey and rain around here. The earth is well watered, and you could disappear in the tall green grasses. It is easy to gripe about the greyness of it all, but when the sun returns you are reminded that each drop is a transient gem.

© Karen McRae, 2013

The Birds and the Bees …

PollenPond1When I was out taking pictures this morning I came across this swirling water composition created by pollen grains on the surface of a little lake. As the breeze pushed the pollen grains along the lily pads made a graceful interception.

There were lots of little insects working away at pollinating the nearby flowers and in turn many birds on the hunt for insects!


A quick post in honour of World Environment Day (A little late in the day but my to-do lists seem to be longer than the days).

© Karen McRae, 2013

The Dunes





TheDunes2This is one of my favourite places. There is a little sliver of Lake Ontario in the first image, and the sand and dunes you see here are part of the worlds largest freshwater sandbar. I remember clearly the first time I put my feet in this sand. It was the summer I was 16. That’s a while ago.

© Karen McRae, 2013