Just Outside




Cicada2This cicada stopped by for a little rest near the back door and it didn’t seem to mind posing for pictures. I have sort of posted photographs of a cicada before. If you follow this link you’ll see what I mean.

On an unrelated note I’m very honoured to have work featured on the arts and humanities website Creative Thresholds. You can see that article here but if you have a few minutes I suggest having a look around the Creative Thresholds website!

© Karen McRae, 2014

Foxtails & Sedges



Grasses_River'sEdgeFoxtails, sedges, and other grasses in the saline wetlands along the St. Lawrence River

I have been somewhat enchanted with silky foxtail barley since I was a child but these ones seemed particularly luxurious rippling in the saltwater breezes at the end of the day.  The light had mostly slipped away over the horizon so I made these photographs using long exposures (with the camera mounted on a tripod) hoping to capture a bit of movement in some of the flora.

© Karen McRae, 2014

Oscillations of the Landscape

A September road trip, Part 2 ~ Coming & GoingColourField_Trees1


ColourField_Flowers2There have been only subtle colour shifts in the trees and shrubs so far but the crisp autumn winds seem to be settling in and over the landscape. The autumn metamorphosis will be hastening now.

[Drive-by photographs made from a moving vehicle.  *People sometimes ask if I make these images while driving and the answer is ‘no’ – This technique requires both hands and my full attention!]

© Karen McRae, 2014

Singing Sands

A September road trip, Part 1 ~ PartoftheLandscape2


TakingOff_Ring-billedGullIt’s hard to think of a more beguiling name for a place than Singing Sands. Who could resist going when you find those words on a map? It’s here where the great Lake Huron breathes its cool water in and out, over the sands and the expansive fen, pushing and pulling like a small tide. Taking and leaving. Creating a landscape of rich and diverse flora and great beauty and peacefulness.

[Multiple exposures – some with camera movement – and layers of the landscape. Images made at Singing Sands (Dorcas Bay) in Bruce Peninsula National Park]

© Karen McRae, 2014