Dark Leaves

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Even as I was in the car driving I could hear the lot of them. They were congregated across the high trees. Arguing. Falling like dark leaves from the branches as they took turns plundering the cornfields. Tiny seeds in greedy black beaks.

[A flock of common fabulous grackles layered with a multiple exposure of trees]
© Karen McRae, 2014

Just Outside

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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

Oscillations of the Landscape

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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

In Progress

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I don’t know where this might end up (messier, maybe – it seems too colourful, it bores me …) but it is what I’m wrestling with at the moment. Well, we’ve been wrestling for a while. Slippery fish.

© Karen McRae, 2014

Foxtrot

How can it be that we are already immersed in the middle of July? YoungFox2

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I have been swallowed by summer, it seems.

Lakes and rivers. Canoes and paddles. Tents and gorgeous weather.
Multitudes of annoying insects.

Brave little foxes and kissing doves.

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And colourful fireworks in the garden.

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If only we could figure out how to make summer more of a slow dance

© Karen McRae, 2014