This is a place I’ve been wanting to photograph for a while but I’m usually here with a bike and my mountain biking ‘ability’ is not really compatible with safely transporting a camera and riding over rocky terrain. On the weekend I decided to walk the trails instead but the sky was a heavy grey and the light seemed uninspiring for making images.
This Canadian Shield landscape is always beguiling to be in, though, with its lichen-covered granite undulating gracefully between ponds and wooded areas. The images that I liked the best (and have posted here) turned out to be double and triple exposures.
The landscape is still mostly a profusion of lovely browns but if you put your ear to the ground you can hear that the earth’s heartbeat has quickened.
[A series of in-camera multiple exposures]
© Karen McRae, 2014
59 thoughts on “Spring Shield”
The middle image here is especially alluring. Great work as always!
Thank you, Tom, I’m glad you like them!.
wow, very interesting photographs!
Thank you very much!
These photos are wonderful. I prefer cloudy, overcast skies for landscape work.
I often prefer overcast too, it’s gives a different kind of feeling. My 1 exposure images were pretty boring, though. I’ll go back with my camera in different light for sure.
Thank you, Ken!
Thank you, Paul. It’s a gorgeous landscape to work with.
So nice. I place my Canon 5DMark II in my backpack and go riding! A bit cumbersome though. 🙂
Thank you! I frequently crash when I’m mountain biking so I’m a bit afraid of smashing my camera. I don’t mind lugging it along on my road bike, though. They sure can be cumbersome!
Looks like a painting. I’m so jealous that you get to bike ride here. What a beautiful place to ride each day!
Thank you, Mary. It really is a beautiful landscape to spend time in. I’m not there everyday, unfortunately!
Dreamlike and very Beatyful … Like it very Much! 🙂
Thank you, Eva! : )
I love these multiple shots, real effective and I especially like the first image. Something I have yet to try – multiple exposures. MM
Oh, it’s an interesting process, I think. Worth trying! Thanks very much, Mick.
Oh I will, in time just so much learning going on right now it is such fun. 😃
Absolutely breathtaking. And how I love your writing, “the earth’s heartbeat has quickened.” Yes, yes.
That last one just captures the magic of the north, to me. 🙂
So beautiful and dreamy
The in camera double and triples seem to compress and concentrate the beauty of the region. Stunning.
The earth’s heartbeat is felt through your images, Karen! 🙂
Stunning photography!! I love it!!!
A magic place.
They are really good, Karen. I love all 3, absolutely, can’t choose!. And the last sentence. Tomorrow I’ll bend down and listen. We are waiting here too.
Very mysterious and alluring, and I agree with the others, love that last sentence!
Really captivating images, Karen.
As a big fan of lichen and moss covered rocks, I like how they create a path through the ethereal woodland.
Ethereal as a word that occurred to me too – a sense of waiting, quietly growing, moving steadily and gently into spring. Beautiful.
Yes, and you’d be the one to put your ear to the ground, too….. Very nice, Karen….
loved them all – great job
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Lovely photo images – inspirational – movement and form are very interesting.
Thank you Karen 🙂
There’s something about the added exposures that makes me look that much harder. I love how you take landscape to so many different levels.
Lovely place. Beautiful photos!
Beautiful location to photograph, Karen. These multiple exposures are sublime. I agree with Marina, the earth’s heartbeat is felt through your images.
I love these pictures Karen. I think the last image is my favourite and your description of your landscape is just perfect.
I love the idea to listen to the earth’s heartbeat, wow !
These pictures are perfect *0* I really love your work, and your blog. x
I love how you make a photograph of the feeling of nature, not just a picture of the place. Carla
love those muted colours again Karen, especially the first, gorgeous time of year to do these.
Wonderful mood and atmosphere – so quiet
oh my god these are beautiful…as if another dimension was interacting with this world…love what you’ve done..
These are absolutely lovely, Karen. Spine-tinglingly light, earthy and melancholy. Like they are being dreamt by another world.
Soulful. Melancholy. as other’s have said ~ moody, alluring, mysterious. Lovely, lovely photos. I, too, hear the quickening heartbeat.
Painterly colours in these Karen. Especially the last one. Just beautiful.
Very beautiful. And I loved the line with Earth’s heartbeat. 🙂
Love the soft moody greys and “overpainting” effect in all the images
In awe, once again. Really, really lovely. 🙂
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these are exquisite! you have a wonderful talent Karen
I love your last shot with only the reflection of the water, it’s a great concept piece!
These are lovely images. I love the Canadian Shields landscape…so beautiful. (Suzanne)