Walking on Water: A Collaboration

OctoberRefelctions1The weather has been amazing here. A lingering of summer sun and warmth, but with cool nights and the start of crunching leaves underfoot. I had to go see what’s happening at the creek.

The most interesting things I find are the reflections. I have photographed them in every way, it seems. Still, there is always something new. The surface is a wavering mirror of the seasons. A reminder that everything is in constant flux. The shifts of light and cloud, the variable movements of the water in and out of small eddys, the colours and compositions from the graceful trees. And then there is the debris that lies under the surface and how the light reaches it. Every moment is different. There is something meditative, too, about watching the lazy movement of the creek – as you shift focus through the lens you might wonder if you are watching nature’s own lava lamp.

I came to a place where the tiny water walkers were continually drawing and redrawing the surface. They agreed to allow me to photograph their brief sketches as long as due credit was given. : )

This is the art of walking on water:








WaterStrider2I have to say it looked a bit like a game of bumper cars with the zippy water striders all continuously knocking into each other. A beautiful day to play.


[These images are part of an ongoing series exploring surface reflections of water, moving and still: Surface, Submerge: Reflections in Water]

© Karen McRae, 2013

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

The Water Garden


TheWaterGarden3The steady persuasion of spring where the trees meet overhead and the water divides below. You can sit in the freckled sun here, beside the water garden, and the birds will taunt you, posing only for a second before flitting off and then returning to a new perch. There are no other voices.

From the series Surface, Submerge.
© Karen McRae, 2013

The Water Phoenix

WaterPhoenix2This image is made from 2 photographs. One being a surface reflection of flowing water, and the other, remains of a seagull.

The seagull caught my eye because as it was lying in the water at the river’s edge, the wings were moving with the rhythmic lapping of the water, as though somehow, there was still a touch of life.

© Karen McRae, 2013