Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The After Effects

It has been a trying and hectic week with rather too much travelling in addition to the normal toll that sicknesses, deaths and funerals take on a soul. I am not quite with it yet, but I have appreciated your supportive comments.

This is a collage of a patch of trilliums that I shot ten days ago.
Their time is now all but over for another year.
The top pane is a photo stitch of three shots.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In Memory ...

Learning that he was failing, we drove three hours on Thursday to visit Sue's brother, Larry in the hospital. Sadly, he was not conscious, and he passed away in the wee hours on Friday.

He was a remarkable man: a retired professor in the field of education. He was a voracious reader, a deep thinker, and a gentle and kindly person. He is already missed.

This is a collage that I assembled for him as a little gift for our last trip to see him a month and a half ago. It is evident in these snapshots that Larry was very fit but was felled too early by polycythemia, which could not be tamed.

On the day of his parting, to calm our grieving spirits, we took a restorative stroll in a nearby conservation area. The woods and the blooming lilacs helped to restore our troubled souls.

Sisters, Sue and Heather, shared many happy memories.
Both life and lilacs are ephemeral but gifts to be greatly appreciated.
Tomorrow, we will journey once again to say our final goodbyes. Alas.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I Caught a Sunrise

You may recall that I got up early one morning to catch a sunrise over the river. Except that the sun didn't rise that day. Well, I tried again last week with more success.

I opened my little eyes around 4:30 and saw that it wasn't completely clouded over up there, so I got myself up and ready and went back down to the riverside.

These were a few of the shots. Nothing jaw-dropping, but I was happy enough to get them.

Actually, this next and final one is not of the river but of a pond next to the river. I decided to take it on my way back to the car. I like the reflections and kept the rest of the photo as silhouettes mainly.

Monday, May 18, 2015

At the Tulip Festival

On the weekend, we met some old friends and did a quick run to the tulip festival where, you guessed it, we saw a lot of tulips.

Sue and Marcia amidst blossoms.

Sue shopping and posing by a tulip sculpture.

Two versions of a jazz band, playing in a dark tent.

Finally: tulips.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Front and Back

Just two photos — diptychs — for the holiday weekend.

Above: it's blossom time. The lilacs are blooming nicely and many bushes and trees. This tree is on our neighbour's front yard, but since we're cheek by jowl in townhouses, it might as well be ours.

Below: we finally got what many others have — solar lights. These come in the shape of dragonflies and are hanging in our backyard.

Have a good long weekend, everybody.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Grandfather is Hanging Around in Australia

I have had this photo on Flickr for more than 8 years, but not too long ago someone requested permission to print it and hang it. (I'm certain that I've posted it here too.)

The guy on the extreme left of the second row is my grandfather, Arthur Joseph Quinlan. He was a bricklayer, and this was the work crew on the Sunlife building in Montreal, probably in the late 1910s.

Anyway, somebody in the ABBTF (Australian Brick & Block Laying Foundation) saw it on Flickr and asked for permission to print it and hang it. Of course, I granted them permission, if they would but share a photo of it when it was hanging.

Not long ago, they sent an email with these attachments.

I think it's a pretty cool thing.

In case they wanted it, I offered to remove the Montreal writing that my mother added. I did it, but they didn't get back to me. Here it is anyway.

And since we're here, looking at an old photo, this is his mother, Mary Ann Quinlan (nee Baker), in front of her house in England. That would be one of my grandfather's brothers, I presume.

This is his wife, my grandmother, Charlotte Ann Quinlan (nee Robinson). She is my only grandparent to be born in Canada and not England. She has Irish ancestry and probably English too, but I can't put my finger on the family records right now. She is also the only grandparent I can't remember because she died when I was very young.

Finally, a picture of me with my grandfather Quinlan. I look to be about 4 years old, so it would be about 1951, I think.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Although this photo has nothing to do it, Happy Mothers Day. We will be off to the park with daughter and grandkids in a bit.

As for the photo, I went out at the crack of dawn yesterday, hoping for a nice sunrise. Too bad the sun didn't rise. :) But I took a few photos anyway. This one was a 1 minute long exposure.

With the long winter, it has been awhile since I tried to take what I consider to be a real photo: going somewhere nice at a good time of day with the express purpose of taking a certain photo, usually with a tripod. Most of my shots for a long time have been sort of a 'run and gun' type of thing, which is good enough most of the time, but not usually the very best.