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AMERICAN DREAMS: Part of my recent foray into the California desert was a chance to see with my own eyes an area of California known as the Salton Sea. Most people don't know about it, although if you recently took in Edward Burtynsky's "Anthropocene" exhibit here in Toronto, you would have seen a reference to this in that exhibit. Created by accident in 1905 when the Colorado River overflowed, over the years, the Salton Sea area was eventually transformed by developers into what they affectionately termed the California Riviera. In its heyday in the 50s and 60s, celebrities and families alike flocked there for holidays. The 70s tourism downturn cause the resort towns around the lake to fall into disrepair. The lake itself has turned into a disaster zone. For many years, since there was no way to drain it, the runoff water from the nearby agribelt (which is contaminated by the pesticides used) raised the salt levels. The California drought condition is causing the lake to dry up, leaving about 20,000 acres of dry lakebed exposed from the retreating shoreline. The few residents who continue to live near the Salton Sea now live under the health threat of toxic dust that sweeps up from the dry lakebed containing harmful pesticides, heavy metals and powdery-fine particles that are linked to asthma, respiratory diseases and even cancer. Not just a local issue, either; those winds transport the smell and the particulate as far away as LA, and Coachella. There have been a number of plans and promises, and 2018 was supposed to be the year that it started to move but...it's going to take at least another decade before anything is "fixed". While I was there, I saw signs indicating parcels of land could be had for less than USD$5000. Someday, that might be a great investment, but for now, this is just an incredibly sad story of a dying region. If you're interested to learn more about this area, The Desert Sun (part of the USA Today network) did an incredible in-depth series on the area. Google up "California's Dying Sea", Desert Sun for the full series.

AMERICAN DREAMS: Part of my recent foray into the California desert was a chance to see with my own eyes an area of California known as the Salton Sea. Most people don't know about it, although if you recently took in Edward Burtynsky's "Anthropocene" exhibit here in Toronto, you would have seen a reference to this in that exhibit. Created by accident in 1905 when the Colorado River overflowed, over the years, the Salton Sea area was eventually transformed by developers into what they affectionately termed the California Riviera. In its heyday in the 50s and 60s, celebrities and families alike flocked there for holidays. The 70s tourism downturn cause the resort towns around the lake to fall into disrepair. The lake itself has turned into a disaster zone. For many years, since there was no way to drain it, the runoff water from the nearby agribelt (which is contaminated by the pesticides used) raised the salt levels. The California drought condition is causing the lake to dry up, leaving about 20,000 acres of dry lakebed exposed from the retreating shoreline. The few residents who continue to live near the Salton Sea now live under the health threat of toxic dust that sweeps up from the dry lakebed containing harmful pesticides, heavy metals and powdery-fine particles that are linked to asthma, respiratory diseases and even cancer. Not just a local issue, either; those winds transport the smell and the particulate as far away as LA, and Coachella. There have been a number of plans and promises, and 2018 was supposed to be the year that it started to move but...it's going to take at least another decade before anything is "fixed". While I was there, I saw signs indicating parcels of land could be had for less than USD$5000. Someday, that might be a great investment, but for now, this is just an incredibly sad story of a dying region. If you're interested to learn more about this area, The Desert Sun (part of the USA Today network) did an incredible in-depth series on the area. Google up "California's Dying Sea", Desert Sun for the full series.

LILY PADS AT NOON - I'm forcing myself to remember that day, in the summer, when the sky was so bright that I had my eyes scrunched up into a squint against the glare. And the sun was hot, and reflecting so brilliantly off the waxy surface of the lily pads that I had to turn this to a black and white picture so I could see the details. I'm sitting in my office, the coldest place in my house, with a space heater at full blast, listening to the wind howling, and the sound of frozen ice pellets hitting my windows and skylight, The normal sounds of traffic are baffled into a low hum by the snow. I have already been out once and cleared that snow, and funny enough, you'd never know it. The only way to tell is by the puddle of water in the boot tray, and the wed dog smell of a soaked winter coat. Road conditions suck. Hundreds of flights cancelled. Schools shut. So...I'm forcing myself to remember that day, in the summer, when the sky was so bright that I had my eyes scrunched up into a squint against the glare. .
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LILY PADS AT NOON - I'm forcing myself to remember that day, in the summer, when the sky was so bright that I had my eyes scrunched up into a squint against the glare. And the sun was hot, and reflecting so brilliantly off the waxy surface of the lily pads that I had to turn this to a black and white picture so I could see the details. I'm sitting in my office, the coldest place in my house, with a space heater at full blast, listening to the wind howling, and the sound of frozen ice pellets hitting my windows and skylight, The normal sounds of traffic are baffled into a low hum by the snow. I have already been out once and cleared that snow, and funny enough, you'd never know it. The only way to tell is by the puddle of water in the boot tray, and the wed dog smell of a soaked winter coat. Road conditions suck. Hundreds of flights cancelled. Schools shut. So...I'm forcing myself to remember that day, in the summer, when the sky was so bright that I had my eyes scrunched up into a squint against the glare. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineart  #photography  #bwphotography  #blackandwhite  #stormday  #winterweather  #memoriesofsummer  #lilypads  #glaringsun  #artistlife  #nature  #naturephotography 

ECHOES OF MAGRITTE - I loved this sky. While I was in the Highlands of Iceland, clouds (and rainbows!) were prevalant, and this specific one really took my fancy. As I was working on getting this ready for the #ArtistProject at the end of this month, it occurred to me that I often have my head in the clouds. Or rather, that I have a large selection of interesting clouds in my portfolio. I might even make a whole show of it...but that's for another month! In the meantime, you can see for yourself how cool this looks like in real life. It will be in BOOTH 324 at the 2019 Artist Project in the Better Living Buildilng at the CNE, February 21-24 (30x40 in a simple shadow box frame). You can see my entire portfolio (find all the other cloud shots!) on my website, shown in bio above. Pre-orders are never turned away... .
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ECHOES OF MAGRITTE - I loved this sky. While I was in the Highlands of Iceland, clouds (and rainbows!) were prevalant, and this specific one really took my fancy. As I was working on getting this ready for the #ArtistProject  at the end of this month, it occurred to me that I often have my head in the clouds. Or rather, that I have a large selection of interesting clouds in my portfolio. I might even make a whole show of it...but that's for another month! In the meantime, you can see for yourself how cool this looks like in real life. It will be in BOOTH 324 at the 2019 Artist Project in the Better Living Buildilng at the CNE, February 21-24 (30x40 in a simple shadow box frame). You can see my entire portfolio (find all the other cloud shots!) on my website, shown in bio above. Pre-orders are never turned away... . . . #affordableart  #buylocalart  #artshow  #canadianart  #ontariosocietyofartists  #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #torontophotographer  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #originalart  #artistlife  #artcollector  #torontoart  #torontointeriors  #beautifulwalls  #torontoartshow  #contemporaryart  #adventure  #travelforart  #wanderlust  #iceland  #icelandhighlands  #surreal  #magritte  #cloudyskies  #cloudart  #headintheclouds 

ROCK SPIRIT WAVE - the thing with abstract photography, or any abstract art, is that it can start from anything. This started as a piece of ICM (intentional camera movement), based on a place I saw in the Iceland Highlands. But then I started playing with it. I put it through the glopetta-glop machine and presto change-o, this happened.  See it in print, 18x24 on brushed aluminum (framed, even), February 21-24, at the Artist Project Toronto, in the Better Living Centre at the CNE. I'll be in BOOTH 324 with this and a bunch of other abstracts and visual stories to share. You can see my entire portfolio on my website (in bio above). Pre-orders are a beautiful thing... #artistproject #affordableart #buylocalart #artshow #canadianart #ontariosocietyofartists #focalocity #canadianphotographer #torontophotographer #ntgartists #arttourcollective #originalart #artistlife  #artcollector #torontoart #torontointeriors #torontoartshow #abstractart #abstractphotography #adventure  #travelforart #wanderlust #iceland

ROCK SPIRIT WAVE - the thing with abstract photography, or any abstract art, is that it can start from anything. This started as a piece of ICM (intentional camera movement), based on a place I saw in the Iceland Highlands. But then I started playing with it. I put it through the glopetta-glop machine and presto change-o, this happened. See it in print, 18x24 on brushed aluminum (framed, even), February 21-24, at the Artist Project Toronto, in the Better Living Centre at the CNE. I'll be in BOOTH 324 with this and a bunch of other abstracts and visual stories to share. You can see my entire portfolio on my website (in bio above). Pre-orders are a beautiful thing... #artistproject  #affordableart  #buylocalart  #artshow  #canadianart  #ontariosocietyofartists  #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #torontophotographer  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #originalart  #artistlife  #artcollector  #torontoart  #torontointeriors  #torontoartshow  #abstractart  #abstractphotography  #adventure  #travelforart  #wanderlust  #iceland 

Oh, my goodness; talk about gratuitious self-promotion, can I be any more vain than turning one of my artworks into a jigsaw puzzle??! Okay, maybe vanity license plates are worse, LOL. My family loves doing jigsaw puzzles (not me!), so I took one of my favourite pieces from my Death Valley trip a few years ago and had it turned into a 1000-piece puzzle. It's kinda cute to see it be reconstituted, 1" at a time. "Car in Three Part Harmony" - it also looks super amazing on metal, which is how I usually produce it, but this is just a bit of fun. .
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Oh, my goodness; talk about gratuitious self-promotion, can I be any more vain than turning one of my artworks into a jigsaw puzzle??! Okay, maybe vanity license plates are worse, LOL. My family loves doing jigsaw puzzles (not me!), so I took one of my favourite pieces from my Death Valley trip a few years ago and had it turned into a 1000-piece puzzle. It's kinda cute to see it be reconstituted, 1" at a time. "Car in Three Part Harmony" - it also looks super amazing on metal, which is how I usually produce it, but this is just a bit of fun. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartists  #imsovain  #affordableart  #jigsawpuzzles  #deathvalley  #oldcars  #abandonedplaces  #arttourcollective  #ntgartists  #originalart  #artistlife  #giftideas  #artforsale  #visualart  #sillystuff 

RED DAWN / DAYBREAK ON THE HORIZON. 
It's always fun to watch the moment when the sun actually breaks through that perfect line on the horizon. Certainly, you've seen thousands of photographic moments just like this, with the starburst of the sun wrapping its rays around the edge, hoisting itself up into the sky. But for me, with my preference for colour, there is something close to exaltation when Mother Nature overloads our senses in an exuberant eruption of light, that fills the sky with this delicious anticipation of what is to come, in those minutes BEFORE the dawn.
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RED DAWN / DAYBREAK ON THE HORIZON. It's always fun to watch the moment when the sun actually breaks through that perfect line on the horizon. Certainly, you've seen thousands of photographic moments just like this, with the starburst of the sun wrapping its rays around the edge, hoisting itself up into the sky. But for me, with my preference for colour, there is something close to exaltation when Mother Nature overloads our senses in an exuberant eruption of light, that fills the sky with this delicious anticipation of what is to come, in those minutes BEFORE the dawn. . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #torontophotographer  #femalelandscapephotographer  #ontariosocietyofartists  #ntgartists  #travelphotography  #travelforart  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #inspiration  #sunrise  #dawn  #daybreak  #redskyatmorning  #gloriousday  #thelightbeforethedawn  #dawninthedesert  #desert  #buylocalart  #fineartphotography  #wanderlust  #traveltheworld 

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COMBED - why is it that in summer, I go looking for ice and I don't really mind it, but...when it is this bad in winter in Canada, I am not nearly so excited??! Ahhh, I guess the ice is always bluer on someone else's lawn. Somewhere out on the ocean, near Tinitequilaaq, Greenland.
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COMBED - why is it that in summer, I go looking for ice and I don't really mind it, but...when it is this bad in winter in Canada, I am not nearly so excited??! Ahhh, I guess the ice is always bluer on someone else's lawn. Somewhere out on the ocean, near Tinitequilaaq, Greenland. . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #torontophotographer  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #blue  #scenic  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #nature  #icebergs  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #travelforart  #greenland  #eastgreenland 

VISITORS PORTAL: I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. To this day, it remains a favourite. The idea of a portal to The Other Place has always been a favourite story hook for me. Down the Rabbit Hole, The Tardis, 11/22/63, all that. Reflections and windows have also been a recurring theme for me in my work. Are you sure The Others haven't arrived??!
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VISITORS PORTAL: I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. To this day, it remains a favourite. The idea of a portal to The Other Place has always been a favourite story hook for me. Down the Rabbit Hole, The Tardis, 11/22/63, all that. Reflections and windows have also been a recurring theme for me in my work. Are you sure The Others haven't arrived??! . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #art  #fineartphotography  #originalart  #artistlife  #nature  #scenic  #naturephotography  #mud  #portaltotheotherside  #reflections  #anzaborrego  #whenitrainsinthedesert 

OBLIVIOUS - One of the coolest things to encounter in the town of Borrego Springs are the gigantic metal sculpture art installations strewn at random in an area known as Galleta Meadows Estate. Fully accessible, free of charge, this is what true art philanthropy can look like. The land itself was purchased by Dennis Avery (son and heir of the Avery Labels founder) with a mind to keeping it as conservation land. He discovered the work of self-taught artist Ricardo Breceda. Born in Mexico, now living in California (good thing that was then, this is now), Breceda was pretty much given free reign by Avery to create these fanciful sculptures and put them wherever he wants on the Galetta lands. For me, without question, the most spectacular one is the 350-foot dragon that is installed to appear as if crossing the road. The detail is tremendous, the scale is stunning. This tiny tot, too cool for school in her puffy ultralight jacket and groovy sunglasses, was wandering about beneath the massive head of this guy, completely oblivious to the situation. I simply couldn't NOT take her picture.
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#focalocity #canadianphotographer #travelphotography #borregosprings #ricardobraceda #galettameadows #therebedragons #tinytots #toocoolforschool #oblivious #toocute #publicart #desert

OBLIVIOUS - One of the coolest things to encounter in the town of Borrego Springs are the gigantic metal sculpture art installations strewn at random in an area known as Galleta Meadows Estate. Fully accessible, free of charge, this is what true art philanthropy can look like. The land itself was purchased by Dennis Avery (son and heir of the Avery Labels founder) with a mind to keeping it as conservation land. He discovered the work of self-taught artist Ricardo Breceda. Born in Mexico, now living in California (good thing that was then, this is now), Breceda was pretty much given free reign by Avery to create these fanciful sculptures and put them wherever he wants on the Galetta lands. For me, without question, the most spectacular one is the 350-foot dragon that is installed to appear as if crossing the road. The detail is tremendous, the scale is stunning. This tiny tot, too cool for school in her puffy ultralight jacket and groovy sunglasses, was wandering about beneath the massive head of this guy, completely oblivious to the situation. I simply couldn't NOT take her picture. . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #travelphotography  #borregosprings  #ricardobraceda  #galettameadows  #therebedragons  #tinytots  #toocoolforschool  #oblivious  #toocute  #publicart  #desert 

LEOPARD PRINT MUD / CINNAMON BUN ICING - There are a lot of people doing photo work in mud. Yeah, I know, that sounds a bit weird. But mud is a photo thing. It provides endless opportunities for textural and abstract compositions. In a recent conversation, I pointed out that there are so many talented people already doing work in this area, I would really have to search for a way to bring something new to that conversation. I think I found something a little different here. Early morning adventures in mud, on a dry lake bed somewhere in the Anza Borrego State Park.
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LEOPARD PRINT MUD / CINNAMON BUN ICING - There are a lot of people doing photo work in mud. Yeah, I know, that sounds a bit weird. But mud is a photo thing. It provides endless opportunities for textural and abstract compositions. In a recent conversation, I pointed out that there are so many talented people already doing work in this area, I would really have to search for a way to bring something new to that conversation. I think I found something a little different here. Early morning adventures in mud, on a dry lake bed somewhere in the Anza Borrego State Park. . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #femalelandscapephotographer  #sheclicksnet  #lumix  #shescapes  #mud  #abstractphotography  #naturesabstractart  #texture  #drylakebed  #desertmorning  #anzaborrego  #naturephotography  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #artistslife  #ilovetotravel 

UP CLOSE 'N' PERSONAL WITH BEAVER TAIL CACTUS: Everyone loves this little cactus because of its heart shape. Although I generally stay away from conventional shapes like this, this adorable cactus is kinda hard to resist! But more than the traditional heart thing, I was equally fascinated by 1. its edges, and the way the light and close up examination brought out the magentas in this plant, and 2. the amazing textural change that happens when it decomposes. When you are in the desert, though, especially around cactus...mind where you squat to get your shot!!! .
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UP CLOSE 'N' PERSONAL WITH BEAVER TAIL CACTUS: Everyone loves this little cactus because of its heart shape. Although I generally stay away from conventional shapes like this, this adorable cactus is kinda hard to resist! But more than the traditional heart thing, I was equally fascinated by 1. its edges, and the way the light and close up examination brought out the magentas in this plant, and 2. the amazing textural change that happens when it decomposes. When you are in the desert, though, especially around cactus...mind where you squat to get your shot!!! . . . #focalocity  #canadianphotographer  #macrophotography  #closeupphotography  #beavertailcactus  #cactus  #desertplants  #naturephotography  #travelphotography  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #findthebeauty  #ntgartists  #arttourcollective  #prickly 

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AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN: A lot of people who set out to photograph a sunset never see it through to darkness, and, frankly, I think they do themselves a disservice by packing up so quickly. If you hang around after the sun dips below the horizon, you may be lucky enough to see what is known as the Earth's Shadow, and the Belt of Venus. This is the shadow that Earth itself casts onto the atmosphere. The blue part is the Earth Shadow,  and when that pink above deepens up, that's known as the Belt of Venus. Sunset "golden hour" is lovely light, but I prefer the blue hour, myself.
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#Repost  @focalocity with @get_repost ・・・ AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN: A lot of people who set out to photograph a sunset never see it through to darkness, and, frankly, I think they do themselves a disservice by packing up so quickly. If you hang around after the sun dips below the horizon, you may be lucky enough to see what is known as the Earth's Shadow, and the Belt of Venus. This is the shadow that Earth itself casts onto the atmosphere. The blue part is the Earth Shadow, and when that pink above deepens up, that's known as the Belt of Venus. Sunset "golden hour" is lovely light, but I prefer the blue hour, myself. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #inspiration  #sunset  #bluehour  #earthshadow  #beltofvenus  #fontspoint  #badlands  #borregosprings  #shescapes  #sheclicksnet  #wanderlust  #traveltheworld  #arttourcollective  #ntgartists 

AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN: A lot of people who set out to photograph a sunset never see it through to darkness, and, frankly, I think they do themselves a disservice by packing up so quickly. If you hang around after the sun dips below the horizon, you may be lucky enough to see what is known as the Earth's Shadow, and the Belt of Venus. This is the shadow that Earth itself casts onto the atmosphere. The blue part is the Earth Shadow,  and when that pink above deepens up, that's known as the Belt of Venus. Sunset "golden hour" is lovely light, but I prefer the blue hour, myself.
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AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN: A lot of people who set out to photograph a sunset never see it through to darkness, and, frankly, I think they do themselves a disservice by packing up so quickly. If you hang around after the sun dips below the horizon, you may be lucky enough to see what is known as the Earth's Shadow, and the Belt of Venus. This is the shadow that Earth itself casts onto the atmosphere. The blue part is the Earth Shadow, and when that pink above deepens up, that's known as the Belt of Venus. Sunset "golden hour" is lovely light, but I prefer the blue hour, myself. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #inspiration  #sunset  #bluehour  #earthshadow  #beltofvenus  #fontspoint  #badlands  #borregosprings  #shescapes  #sheclicksnet  #wanderlust  #traveltheworld  #arttourcollective  #ntgartists 

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Agave Abstract - it looks a bit like an aloe plant,  but they aren't even related.  An agave is a leaf succulent plant. Fascinated by the embossed tone on tone designs and the juxtaposition of smooth areas vs super sharp edges. Cool plant. .
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#Repost  @focalocity with @get_repost ・・・ Agave Abstract - it looks a bit like an aloe plant, but they aren't even related. An agave is a leaf succulent plant. Fascinated by the embossed tone on tone designs and the juxtaposition of smooth areas vs super sharp edges. Cool plant. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #agave  #toneontone  #sharpedges  #desertplants  #abstractart  #abstractphotography  #naturephotography  #closeupphotography  #arttourcollective 

MAD MAX REDUX: two visits were probably not enough to this most incredible and inspiring place. East Jesus and Slab City, just a little further along the road from Salvation Mountain. Yup, they are really called that. Out in the California desert, a disparate group of disaffected citizenry has created a community of art and artists like nothing I have ever experienced. Is it art or just a giant recycling project? You have to see it to decide. I was totally blown away by the place, the real sense of "community" and the creative energy that surrounds you the second you arrive. More power to them. I salute them all for having the courage to live a life on their own terms. .
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MAD MAX REDUX: two visits were probably not enough to this most incredible and inspiring place. East Jesus and Slab City, just a little further along the road from Salvation Mountain. Yup, they are really called that. Out in the California desert, a disparate group of disaffected citizenry has created a community of art and artists like nothing I have ever experienced. Is it art or just a giant recycling project? You have to see it to decide. I was totally blown away by the place, the real sense of "community" and the creative energy that surrounds you the second you arrive. More power to them. I salute them all for having the courage to live a life on their own terms. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #saltonsea  #californiadesert  #eastjesus  #slabcity  #salvationmountain  #artistslife  #travelphotography  #art  #visualart  #inspiration  #liveyourbestlife  #onyourownterms 

Agave Abstract - it looks a bit like an aloe plant,  but they aren't even related.  An agave is a leaf succulent plant. Fascinated by the embossed tone on tone designs and the juxtaposition of smooth areas vs super sharp edges. Cool plant. .
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Agave Abstract - it looks a bit like an aloe plant, but they aren't even related. An agave is a leaf succulent plant. Fascinated by the embossed tone on tone designs and the juxtaposition of smooth areas vs super sharp edges. Cool plant. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #agave  #toneontone  #sharpedges  #desertplants  #abstractart  #abstractphotography  #naturephotography  #closeupphotography 

LAST LIGHT. Catching the last bits of a new moon sunset up on Fonts Point (look closely above and slightly left of the middle guy for a tiny sliver of moon). No, that tiny thing is not my tripod...! .
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LAST LIGHT. Catching the last bits of a new moon sunset up on Fonts Point (look closely above and slightly left of the middle guy for a tiny sliver of moon). No, that tiny thing is not my tripod...! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #newmoon  #sunset  #photographersinaction  #useyourtripod  #borregosprings 

You could do worse things than start the day off with this view. These are the badlands of Anza Borrego park. The fog and clouds were an unexpected gift, not a routine occurrence here. Worth the early start,  glad someone else was driving!! .
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You could do worse things than start the day off with this view. These are the badlands of Anza Borrego park. The fog and clouds were an unexpected gift, not a routine occurrence here. Worth the early start, glad someone else was driving!! . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sunrise  #borregosprings  #anzaborrego  #badlands  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #inspiration  #travelphotography  #shescapes  #sheclicksnet  #wanderlust  #traveltheworld 

PALM SUNRISE: Cloud cover meant not a great in-your-face kinda sunrise. And, to be honest, I put off the research for a more exciting composition too late, so no massive landscape as part of the image. Nonetheless, in photography you take the hand you are dealt, cuz Mother Nature doesn't offer do-overs. However...one can still have a little fun with software!
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PALM SUNRISE: Cloud cover meant not a great in-your-face kinda sunrise. And, to be honest, I put off the research for a more exciting composition too late, so no massive landscape as part of the image. Nonetheless, in photography you take the hand you are dealt, cuz Mother Nature doesn't offer do-overs. However...one can still have a little fun with software! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #visualart  #sheclicksnet  #sunrise  #palmtrees  #desertmorning  #spiralcurls  #spirograph  #fractals  #indigoskies 

RAINBOW CLOUD. I am a lucky woman. There’s really no two ways around that. I AM  a lucky woman. I live in a country that many envy, born to it by the lucky lottery of birth.  I have a roof over my head and food on my table.  I have good health, and when that isn’t the case, I have access to universal “free” healthcare. At my age, what people think of me is no longer an issue; believing in myself and my talent is a more important concern. And I am the only one with whom I am willing to compete. Am I better today than I was yesterday? Have I learned something new? Have I been kind? Even though I have come to it later in my life, I have the tremendous good fortune to be able do something I love, and use travel as an excuse to do it. 
This year I got to realize a dream. And, like all dreams, the reality was far different than I’d expected. I got to experience Greenland before it disappears. And after 8 years of wishful thinking, I finally made it to Iceland, not just once but twice. Since a trip there in 2005, up until this year, I would have told you that Bali was the most beautiful place on earth. But, if you ask me now, after 2 trips to Iceland, I will tell you, without hesitation that the most beautiful place on earth is in the highlands of Iceland. I debated putting the picture up here, but have decided not to, keeping my promise to myself to look at the images only to remind myself that it does exist, and I saw it. It was one of the highlights of my life; a beauty so extraordinary that I was unable to breathe for several seconds, which felt like eternity, until I finally released a breath that turned into sobs. A joy and beauty so overwhelming, all I could do was cry.

One of the most beautiful and rare things I encountered this year was a nacreous cloud, in the winter, on the beach at Vestrahorn in Iceland.  I will leave this as my last image for 2018, wishing all who read this a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019, in whatever terms you define those. Happy new year, all.
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RAINBOW CLOUD. I am a lucky woman. There’s really no two ways around that. I AM a lucky woman. I live in a country that many envy, born to it by the lucky lottery of birth. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I have good health, and when that isn’t the case, I have access to universal “free” healthcare. At my age, what people think of me is no longer an issue; believing in myself and my talent is a more important concern. And I am the only one with whom I am willing to compete. Am I better today than I was yesterday? Have I learned something new? Have I been kind? Even though I have come to it later in my life, I have the tremendous good fortune to be able do something I love, and use travel as an excuse to do it. This year I got to realize a dream. And, like all dreams, the reality was far different than I’d expected. I got to experience Greenland before it disappears. And after 8 years of wishful thinking, I finally made it to Iceland, not just once but twice. Since a trip there in 2005, up until this year, I would have told you that Bali was the most beautiful place on earth. But, if you ask me now, after 2 trips to Iceland, I will tell you, without hesitation that the most beautiful place on earth is in the highlands of Iceland. I debated putting the picture up here, but have decided not to, keeping my promise to myself to look at the images only to remind myself that it does exist, and I saw it. It was one of the highlights of my life; a beauty so extraordinary that I was unable to breathe for several seconds, which felt like eternity, until I finally released a breath that turned into sobs. A joy and beauty so overwhelming, all I could do was cry. One of the most beautiful and rare things I encountered this year was a nacreous cloud, in the winter, on the beach at Vestrahorn in Iceland. I will leave this as my last image for 2018, wishing all who read this a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019, in whatever terms you define those. Happy new year, all. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #visualart  #inspiration  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #iceland  #iloveiceland 

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD: Wow, did this ever start out in a completely different place. This image is so far beyond where it started, even I wonder how the hell I got here. But I've been influenced this year by a gaggle of unbelievably creative (female) photographers who mainly reside in the UK, and I'm really trying to stop being bound by conventions and just go with my heart. I have been working and reworking this image for several weeks since it started, and finally, today, reached a "By George, I think she's got it" moment. And I'm thinking metal for this one...ooooohhhhh, yeah...
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD: Wow, did this ever start out in a completely different place. This image is so far beyond where it started, even I wonder how the hell I got here. But I've been influenced this year by a gaggle of unbelievably creative (female) photographers who mainly reside in the UK, and I'm really trying to stop being bound by conventions and just go with my heart. I have been working and reworking this image for several weeks since it started, and finally, today, reached a "By George, I think she's got it" moment. And I'm thinking metal for this one...ooooohhhhh, yeah... . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #northtorontogroupofartists  #ntgartists  #art  #visualart  #fineart  #photography  #homedecor  #wallart  #beautifulwalls  #houseandhome  #interiordesign  #design  #designer  #decorate  #homestyle  #style  #officeinteriors  #hospitalitydesign  #artisticphotography  #contemporaryphotography  #torontointeriordesign  #colour  #abstractphotography  #abstractart 

ALL IS BRIGHT - It doesn't matter to me what anyone does or does not celebrate, through what religious or spiritual methodology. What always touches me most at this time of year, what I miss so much during the other 11 months, is humanity's willingness to "get in the spirit", to speak kindly to strangers, to give of themselves in ways they forget to do the rest of the year. The other day, I took you into a "have" neighborhood, with big homes and good incomes, who got into the spirit by using their wealth to bring fun, joy and food to others, via a community effort. Today I am at the car wash. Not usually know as a bastion of joy or goodwill to others, and, while in a nice neighbourhood,  not generally a place known for high earnings. But someone here has taken the time to do something to get into the spirit. As you walk through the hall, watching your car go through the wash (c'mon, who doesn't love that, right??!), there are these tiny stars, a little the worse for wear, alternating with glitter bows, which have also seen better days. But the condition and the sparsity of the decorations is not what made me grab my cell to make this image. It was the idea that even here, in the car wash, there can be a little bit of good will, a little bit of goodness on tap to brighten up your day, and share the SPIRIT of the season, without all the other distractions that can get in the way during this time of year. It's a tough time of the year for so many people. Smile at a stranger today, hold the door open, share a little light.
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ALL IS BRIGHT - It doesn't matter to me what anyone does or does not celebrate, through what religious or spiritual methodology. What always touches me most at this time of year, what I miss so much during the other 11 months, is humanity's willingness to "get in the spirit", to speak kindly to strangers, to give of themselves in ways they forget to do the rest of the year. The other day, I took you into a "have" neighborhood, with big homes and good incomes, who got into the spirit by using their wealth to bring fun, joy and food to others, via a community effort. Today I am at the car wash. Not usually know as a bastion of joy or goodwill to others, and, while in a nice neighbourhood, not generally a place known for high earnings. But someone here has taken the time to do something to get into the spirit. As you walk through the hall, watching your car go through the wash (c'mon, who doesn't love that, right??!), there are these tiny stars, a little the worse for wear, alternating with glitter bows, which have also seen better days. But the condition and the sparsity of the decorations is not what made me grab my cell to make this image. It was the idea that even here, in the car wash, there can be a little bit of good will, a little bit of goodness on tap to brighten up your day, and share the SPIRIT of the season, without all the other distractions that can get in the way during this time of year. It's a tough time of the year for so many people. Smile at a stranger today, hold the door open, share a little light. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #spirituality  #getinthespirit  ##holidaycheer  #sharethelight  #findthebeauty  #cellphonephotography  #thespiritofchristmas  #kindness  #allisbright  #hopespringseternal  #holidaymadness  #christmasdecorations  #sheclicksnet 

KRINGLEWOOD I've never really liked these giant blowup lawn ornaments. But I developed a new appreciation for them last night, in this mid-Toronto neighbourhood. A goofy Christmas thing that started 5 years ago when one resident wanted to do something significant for her family at Christmas. Five more neighbours took it up, with these big guys on their lawns, and then the magic started. @canadiantire got involved by donating a few more. And then the whole 'hood engaged. This year, there are 40 of these Silly Santas in #kringlewood (along with lots of beautiful light) and it restored my faith in the magic of the season. Cheers to the enterprising lads who were doing the winter version of a lemonade stand with a choice of hot choc or tea (I took a nice cuppa apple cinnamon tea), so excited to be part of the happenings. As I walked up and down the street, more and more people were coming out, little ones in tow, giggling and laughing and selfie-taking, talking to strangers. Cars driving slowly, windows down, and tiny voices yelling out with excitement at each and every home. The sidebar to all of this is the banding together of all to help raise donations for the food bank. This week's news had me seriously down, every day some new budget cut, some new bully political move, and tons of ads exhorting me to purchase more shit that nobody needs. I had seriously lost the spirit of the season. But this 1km stretch of my Big City gave me a much needed boost, and I am grateful to the good people of Inglewood Avenue for doing so. The Holiday season, through the eyes of the children. Joy to the world, indeed. .
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KRINGLEWOOD I've never really liked these giant blowup lawn ornaments. But I developed a new appreciation for them last night, in this mid-Toronto neighbourhood. A goofy Christmas thing that started 5 years ago when one resident wanted to do something significant for her family at Christmas. Five more neighbours took it up, with these big guys on their lawns, and then the magic started. @canadiantire got involved by donating a few more. And then the whole 'hood engaged. This year, there are 40 of these Silly Santas in #kringlewood  (along with lots of beautiful light) and it restored my faith in the magic of the season. Cheers to the enterprising lads who were doing the winter version of a lemonade stand with a choice of hot choc or tea (I took a nice cuppa apple cinnamon tea), so excited to be part of the happenings. As I walked up and down the street, more and more people were coming out, little ones in tow, giggling and laughing and selfie-taking, talking to strangers. Cars driving slowly, windows down, and tiny voices yelling out with excitement at each and every home. The sidebar to all of this is the banding together of all to help raise donations for the food bank. This week's news had me seriously down, every day some new budget cut, some new bully political move, and tons of ads exhorting me to purchase more shit that nobody needs. I had seriously lost the spirit of the season. But this 1km stretch of my Big City gave me a much needed boost, and I am grateful to the good people of Inglewood Avenue for doing so. The Holiday season, through the eyes of the children. Joy to the world, indeed. . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #niceneighbours  #joytotheworld  #thespiritofchristmas  #throughtheeyesofachild  #holidaycheer  #findthebeauty  #sillysanta 

PIN CUSHION PROTEA: I've always loved the dramatic look of this. The deep intense black againt the fine feathery fronds in the protea itself. One of the first pieces I ever had printed, but I still love it. Have always loved this exotic flower.
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PIN CUSHION PROTEA: I've always loved the dramatic look of this. The deep intense black againt the fine feathery fronds in the protea itself. One of the first pieces I ever had printed, but I still love it. Have always loved this exotic flower. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #ntgartists  #art  #visualart  #fineart  #fineartphotography  #homedecor  #wallart  #beautifulwalls  #houseandhome  #interiordesign  #design  #designer  #decorate  #homestyle  #style  #flowers  #flowerporn  #pincushionprotea  #affordableart  #artforthehome 

GOSSAMER WINGS Lakagígar (Craters of Laki), in the highlands of Iceland, a volcanic fissure resulting from an 8-month long eruption that started in June 1783, and pretty much altered the history of Europe, perhaps even the world (look it up, fascinating how this eruption had such far reaching damage). This whole area is beyond your wildest imagination for landscape - as lunar, and otherworldly as anything I've ever seen in my life, and exquisitely beautiful. And nary a human in sight; even the Icelandic people don't tend to come up here, given that there's such a short window of opportunity (June to September). Out here, a strange sound took our attention, given that there's nothing but the wind and the land. There, against the low ceiling of clouds, we discover that the sound emanates from the combined beating wings of a huge flock of birds. Could it be, instead thar here in this strange and mystical place, maybe those are just some old souls, taking their last journey? Anything is possible.
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GOSSAMER WINGS Lakagígar (Craters of Laki), in the highlands of Iceland, a volcanic fissure resulting from an 8-month long eruption that started in June 1783, and pretty much altered the history of Europe, perhaps even the world (look it up, fascinating how this eruption had such far reaching damage). This whole area is beyond your wildest imagination for landscape - as lunar, and otherworldly as anything I've ever seen in my life, and exquisitely beautiful. And nary a human in sight; even the Icelandic people don't tend to come up here, given that there's such a short window of opportunity (June to September). Out here, a strange sound took our attention, given that there's nothing but the wind and the land. There, against the low ceiling of clouds, we discover that the sound emanates from the combined beating wings of a huge flock of birds. Could it be, instead thar here in this strange and mystical place, maybe those are just some old souls, taking their last journey? Anything is possible. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #ntgartists  #art  #visualart  #fineart  #photography  #inspiration  #nature  #wildlife  #birds  #souls  #lastjourney  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #naturephotography  #traveltheworld  #greatoutdoors  #wanderlust  #iloveiceland  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #icelandhighlands 

PLEATS. Who needs software when nature can create such wonderful textures all on her own? While exploring a city park trail yesterday in the dismal grey weather, the cap of this mushroom growing out of the base of a tree caught my eye. It was like a bright beacon of light in the dark bushes. The fungus was in prime condition, absolutely pristine, with this glorious array of #fortuny style pleats underneath. Finally...a good reason for the selfie cam function on my phone!!
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PLEATS. Who needs software when nature can create such wonderful textures all on her own? While exploring a city park trail yesterday in the dismal grey weather, the cap of this mushroom growing out of the base of a tree caught my eye. It was like a bright beacon of light in the dark bushes. The fungus was in prime condition, absolutely pristine, with this glorious array of #fortuny  style pleats underneath. Finally...a good reason for the selfie cam function on my phone!! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #findthebeauty  #fungus  #undergrowth  #mushrooms  #urbanexploration  #pleats  #delicatebeauty 

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE... (Sound ON). Thanks to #cpholiday2018 for capturing the spirit! Everybody loves the #cpholidaytrain, a joyful Canadian tradition that #canadianpacific railway takes across Canada, raising millions of dollars for food banks. It's rare for me to actually plan a photograph in advance,  but I've always wanted to see this one and spent the morning figuring out where I could do so before it stopped for tonight's show near the Junction. A small crowd of happy families gathered in the chilly night, a much sweeter experience than braving the insanity of the parking lot down by the Walmart lol. Thanks, CP Rail, that was just grand.
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OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE... (Sound ON). Thanks to #cpholiday2018  for capturing the spirit! Everybody loves the #cpholidaytrain , a joyful Canadian tradition that #canadianpacific  railway takes across Canada, raising millions of dollars for food banks. It's rare for me to actually plan a photograph in advance, but I've always wanted to see this one and spent the morning figuring out where I could do so before it stopped for tonight's show near the Junction. A small crowd of happy families gathered in the chilly night, a much sweeter experience than braving the insanity of the parking lot down by the Walmart lol. Thanks, CP Rail, that was just grand. . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #trains  #capturethespirit  #cpholidaytrain2018  #familyfun  #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas  #happyholidays  #merrychristmas  #happychannukah  #feliznavidad 

It starts with a really interesting piece of ancient ice, out there on the water. And then the kaleidoscope madness begins. More from my fascination with ice.
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It starts with a really interesting piece of ancient ice, out there on the water. And then the kaleidoscope madness begins. More from my fascination with ice. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #icebergs  #ice  #glaciers  #fractals  #kaleidoscope  #affordableart  #inspiration  #naturephotography  #travelphotography  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #findthebeauty 

@Regran_ed from @pwd_gallery  So excited to see "Berg and Son" in the annual Square Foot and Big Ideas Show at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo. -  10th Annual Square Foot & Big Ideas
Opening Night: Thurs. Nov 29
Doors open at 5:30pm! #localart #smallbusiness #holiday#designinspiration #decor #interiordesign #kwawsome #focalocity #canadianartist #artshow #affordableart #artcollector #fineartphotography #buylocalart #canadianartists

@Regran_ed from @pwd_gallery So excited to see "Berg and Son" in the annual Square Foot and Big Ideas Show at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo. - 10th Annual Square Foot & Big Ideas Opening Night: Thurs. Nov 29 Doors open at 5:30pm! #localart  #smallbusiness  #holiday #designinspiration  #decor  #interiordesign  #kwawsome  #focalocity  #canadianartist  #artshow  #affordableart  #artcollector  #fineartphotography  #buylocalart  #canadianartists 

RAINBOW TREE - I love trees, in general. Specifically, I have one tree in my garden that I love, beyond all the other things in there. If I could only have one plant in the garden...it would be this one. My Royal Purple Smoke Tree gives me endless visual pleasure every autumn. This was an extraordinary year for any trees with reds involved, and I was fortunate to manage to finally get this image about one day before a fierce windstorm completely denuded the tree in a matter of hours. .
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RAINBOW TREE - I love trees, in general. Specifically, I have one tree in my garden that I love, beyond all the other things in there. If I could only have one plant in the garden...it would be this one. My Royal Purple Smoke Tree gives me endless visual pleasure every autumn. This was an extraordinary year for any trees with reds involved, and I was fortunate to manage to finally get this image about one day before a fierce windstorm completely denuded the tree in a matter of hours. . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #ntgartists  #photography  #color  #colour  #scenic  #artistlife  #inspiration  #nature  #naturephotography  #trees  #smoketrees  #rainbowcolours  #metamorphosis  #photoperiodism  #autumncolours  #naturesmagic 

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE: How can you look at this incredible light in the iceberg and NOT think of this? C'mon...you know you did.  Somewhere in East Greenland, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier. .
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FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE: How can you look at this incredible light in the iceberg and NOT think of this? C'mon...you know you did. Somewhere in East Greenland, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier. . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #ntgartists  #photography  #color  #colour  #scenic  #visualart  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #nature  #landscapephotography  #naturephotography  #OutdoorPhotographer  #opcmag  #traveltheworld  #greatoutdoors  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #ice  #iceberg 

ALL THAT GLITTERS - Highland grasses catching the spray from a nearby waterfall. Somewhere in  the Lakagígar region (the Laki Craters), in the Iceland Highlands.
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ALL THAT GLITTERS - Highland grasses catching the spray from a nearby waterfall. Somewhere in the Lakagígar region (the Laki Craters), in the Iceland Highlands. . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #originalart  #art  #artwork  #artistlife  #inspiration  #nature  #affordableart  #artisticphotography  #contemporaryphotography  #colour  #scenic  #nature  #naturephotography  #landscapephotography  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #iloveiceland  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #icelandhighlands 

Holiday Sale extended to November 30 - see www.focalocity.ca for details. Contact me by PM to set up a personal viewing appointment before November 30. Don't waste all your energy at a mall, #BUYLOCAL and support #canadianartists. .
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Holiday Sale extended to November 30 - see www.focalocity.ca for details. Contact me by PM to set up a personal viewing appointment before November 30. Don't waste all your energy at a mall, #BUYLOCAL  and support #canadianartists . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #artforsale  #buylocalart  #artcollector  #affordableart  #limitededitions  #homedecor  #beautifulwalls  #buycanadian  #interiordesigntoronto  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #torontoart  #torontohomedecor  #ntgartists  #lyttonpark  #foresthill  #lawrencepark  #bedfordpark 

EXALTATION: Anthropomorphism in the ice. Sometimes I like to go deep with my lens, right into the ice of an iceberg, so you have no sense of time or space or scale. That's where you find the magical hidden lights inside the bergs. Somewhere out on the water, in east Greenland, near the Knud Rasmussen glacier,
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EXALTATION: Anthropomorphism in the ice. Sometimes I like to go deep with my lens, right into the ice of an iceberg, so you have no sense of time or space or scale. That's where you find the magical hidden lights inside the bergs. Somewhere out on the water, in east Greenland, near the Knud Rasmussen glacier, . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #originalart  #artistlife  #inspiration  #nature  #abstractphotography  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #travelphotography  #naturephotography  #opcmag  #outdoorPhotographer  #traveltheworld  #wanderlust  #whereintheworld  #ice  #iceberg  #glacier  ##greenland  #eastgreenland 

HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE PART 2 - Just look at all this holiday goodness (swipe to see)!! Art, snacks, bevvies, no mounted police needed to patrol the parking...why wait til December to do your shopping? Today and tomorrow 12-5, location details on www.focalocity.ca and my FB page. If you really can't get here, PM me for a personal appointment during the week.
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HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE PART 2 - Just look at all this holiday goodness (swipe to see)!! Art, snacks, bevvies, no mounted police needed to patrol the parking...why wait til December to do your shopping? Today and tomorrow 12-5, location details on www.focalocity.ca and my FB page. If you really can't get here, PM me for a personal appointment during the week. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #artforsale  #buylocalart  #artcollector  #affordableart  #limitededitions  #homedecor  #beautifulwalls  #buycanadian  #interiordesigntoronto  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #torontoart  #torontohomedecor  #ntgartists  #lyttonpark  #foresthill  #lawrencepark  #bedfordpark 

NTGA artist Lori Ryerson is continuing her studio sale this weekend in Toronto - check out  @focalocity for details and a selection of her beautiful photographs! ・・・
STUDIO SALE - See website link for details. No gale force winds today, no snow squalls and the sun is out. It's warm and cozy in here, there is great art. And there are cookies. And cider. And wine and coffee.  Why would you want to be anywhere else? .
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NTGA artist Lori Ryerson is continuing her studio sale this weekend in Toronto - check out @focalocity for details and a selection of her beautiful photographs! ・・・ STUDIO SALE - See website link for details. No gale force winds today, no snow squalls and the sun is out. It's warm and cozy in here, there is great art. And there are cookies. And cider. And wine and coffee. Why would you want to be anywhere else? . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #artsale  #affordableart  #artcollector  #fineartphotography  #buylocalart  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #contemporaryart  #abstractart  #impressionism  #corporatecollection  #torontointeriordesign  #torontostyle  #torontohomedecor  #housestaging  #ntgartists 

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BERG AND SON - was glad I managed to drop this off at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo before the first snow hit today. You can see it during the Paula White Diamond annual Square Foot & Big Ideas Show, opening November 29. Always a lovely show. Check it out!
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#Repost  @focalocity with @get_repost ・・・ BERG AND SON - was glad I managed to drop this off at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo before the first snow hit today. You can see it during the Paula White Diamond annual Square Foot & Big Ideas Show, opening November 29. Always a lovely show. Check it out! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #artshow  #artcollector  #affordableart  #limitededitions  #artforsale  #buylocalart  #waterloo  #buycanadian  #supportlocal  #bigideas  #icebergs  #Newfoundland  #naturephotography  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography 

BERG AND SON - was glad I managed to drop this off at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo before the first snow hit today. You can see it during the Paula White Diamond annual Square Foot & Big Ideas Show, opening November 29. Always a lovely show. Check it out!
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BERG AND SON - was glad I managed to drop this off at @pwd_gallery in Waterloo before the first snow hit today. You can see it during the Paula White Diamond annual Square Foot & Big Ideas Show, opening November 29. Always a lovely show. Check it out! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #artshow  #artcollector  #affordableart  #limitededitions  #artforsale  #buylocalart  #waterloo  #buycanadian  #supportlocal  #bigideas  #icebergs  #Newfoundland  #naturephotography  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography 

THE LAST ROSE. When I was a little girl (girl being the operative word,  since I am not much bigger now...), we had two anthologies of iconic stories by master tale creators; the brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde, Aesop, and others. One of my favourites was a story by O. Henry, called "The Last Leaf", about an aging artist who uses his talent to save the life of his young neighbour artist, dying of pneumonia, by giving her the will to live. O. Henry always puts a kicker in his endings,  so I will leave it to you to look it up and read it for yourself. But I do like the idea of using art to give new perspectives, maybe change a few minds, give people hope. We planted the tea rose plant from my late MIL's last bedside after she died. Roses are notoriously difficult to grow, and hers was no different. It finally had to come out of the garden at the end of this season, but there's a new one now in a sunny window, strengthening over the winter for next year's planting. This little beauty is the last gasp from this new one, a bright spot of colour as we go deep into the November ugly grays and all the beautiful fall leaves fade and fall. .
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THE LAST ROSE. When I was a little girl (girl being the operative word, since I am not much bigger now...), we had two anthologies of iconic stories by master tale creators; the brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde, Aesop, and others. One of my favourites was a story by O. Henry, called "The Last Leaf", about an aging artist who uses his talent to save the life of his young neighbour artist, dying of pneumonia, by giving her the will to live. O. Henry always puts a kicker in his endings, so I will leave it to you to look it up and read it for yourself. But I do like the idea of using art to give new perspectives, maybe change a few minds, give people hope. We planted the tea rose plant from my late MIL's last bedside after she died. Roses are notoriously difficult to grow, and hers was no different. It finally had to come out of the garden at the end of this season, but there's a new one now in a sunny window, strengthening over the winter for next year's planting. This little beauty is the last gasp from this new one, a bright spot of colour as we go deep into the November ugly grays and all the beautiful fall leaves fade and fall. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #hope  #findthebeauty  #cellphonephotography  #roses  #reflection  #remembrance  #memories  #fallcolours  #changeyourperspective 

STUDIO SALE - See website link for details. No gale force winds today, no snow squalls and the sun is out. It's warm and cozy in here, there is great art. And there are cookies. And cider. And wine and coffee.  Why would you want to be anywhere else? Until 5 today, or PM me if you need a personal appointment during the week.
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#focalocity #canadianartist #artsale #affordableart #artcollector #fineartphotography #buylocalart #torontoartscene #northtoronto #contemporaryart #abstractart #impressionism #corporatecollection #torontointeriordesign #torontostyle #torontohomedecor #housestaging

STUDIO SALE - See website link for details. No gale force winds today, no snow squalls and the sun is out. It's warm and cozy in here, there is great art. And there are cookies. And cider. And wine and coffee. Why would you want to be anywhere else? Until 5 today, or PM me if you need a personal appointment during the week. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #artsale  #affordableart  #artcollector  #fineartphotography  #buylocalart  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #contemporaryart  #abstractart  #impressionism  #corporatecollection  #torontointeriordesign  #torontostyle  #torontohomedecor  #housestaging 

RIPPLES IN THE MOSS - the colour palette in the Iceland Highlands is quite extreme in the late summer - acid greens, deep purples, huge contrasty colours against the black lava. .
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RIPPLES IN THE MOSS - the colour palette in the Iceland Highlands is quite extreme in the late summer - acid greens, deep purples, huge contrasty colours against the black lava. . . . #focalocity  #photography  #color  #colour  #scenic  #visualart  #fineart  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #nature  #moss  #lava  #iloveiceland  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #icelandhighlands  #wanderlust  #whereintheworld  #abstractart  #abstractphotography  #impressionistphotography 

Anyone who knows me, knows I have my evil twin, Linear Lori, aka Dr. Ryerstein. She discovered a new photo tool yesterday...before she came along, these two were innocent landscapes, minding their business. Oh Dear Gawd. Pandora's Box. The madness begins. PSA: No landscapes were hurt during these art experiments. .
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Anyone who knows me, knows I have my evil twin, Linear Lori, aka Dr. Ryerstein. She discovered a new photo tool yesterday...before she came along, these two were innocent landscapes, minding their business. Oh Dear Gawd. Pandora's Box. The madness begins. PSA: No landscapes were hurt during these art experiments. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #buylocalart  #linear  #artexperiment  #distortion  #waves  #wavelengths  #abstractart  #artmadness  #newtools  #photoshop_art  #notyouraveragephotographer  #pushingtheenvelope  #playingwithsliders  #adobephotoshop 

Again, here on Bluie East Two, in East Greenland. These, then, are the "American Flowers", the nickname given by the Inuit people of Greenland to toxic leftovers on the abandoned WWII US military base. The military punched holes in the hundreds of barrels to ensure that nobody could make use of their fuel. Where did that go, you ask? Ahhh...yeah, there is that small problem. Leaching into the very land itself, not just the gasoline but the resultant chemical compounding of decomposing, rusted metal. And STILL...Mother Nature refuses to back down. You can see that even in this incredibly hostile environment, nature still reclaims the land with a green blanket. (Multiple images.)
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Again, here on Bluie East Two, in East Greenland. These, then, are the "American Flowers", the nickname given by the Inuit people of Greenland to toxic leftovers on the abandoned WWII US military base. The military punched holes in the hundreds of barrels to ensure that nobody could make use of their fuel. Where did that go, you ask? Ahhh...yeah, there is that small problem. Leaching into the very land itself, not just the gasoline but the resultant chemical compounding of decomposing, rusted metal. And STILL...Mother Nature refuses to back down. You can see that even in this incredibly hostile environment, nature still reclaims the land with a green blanket. (Multiple images.) . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #opcmag  #OPmag  #OutdoorPhotographer  #traveltheworld  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #whereintheworld  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #toxicwaste  #abandonedplaces  #militaryhistory  #wwiihistory  #bluieeasttwo  #abandonedmilitarybase 

GETTING NOWHERE FAST | Haven't talked a lot about my experience at the abandoned WWII US army base, aka Bluie East Two, in East Greenland. Only accessible via water or aircraft, this toxic wasteland is an eerie leftover of one of several WWII and Cold War bases left to crumble away on Danish land after the US military pulled out. "Bluie" was the miliary code for Greenland during WWII. Local Inuit (yes, the indigenous people of Greenland are Inuit, just like our indigenous Canadians) refer to the hundreds of rotting oil barrels as "American Flowers". You can see them in the distance behind this forever-grounded truck. Obviously meant not to be easily found, the place has a haunting beauty, notwithstanding its destructive purpose and condition. There are combatting forces at work to (a) clean it up to halt the toxic degradation of this exquisite wilderness area or (b) NOT clean it up and use it as a tourism draw. The mind boggles at the distance between those two thoughts.
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#focalocity #canadianartist #torontophotographer #sheclicksnet #shescapes #femalelandscapephotographer #bwphotography #blackandwhite #fineartphotography #landscape #adventure #artistlife #travelphotography #opcmag #OPmag #OutdoorPhotographer #traveltheworld #wanderlust #ilovetravel #whereintheworld #greenland #eastgreenland #toxicwaste #abandonedplaces #militaryhistory #wwiihistory #bluieeasttwo #abandonedmilitarybase

GETTING NOWHERE FAST | Haven't talked a lot about my experience at the abandoned WWII US army base, aka Bluie East Two, in East Greenland. Only accessible via water or aircraft, this toxic wasteland is an eerie leftover of one of several WWII and Cold War bases left to crumble away on Danish land after the US military pulled out. "Bluie" was the miliary code for Greenland during WWII. Local Inuit (yes, the indigenous people of Greenland are Inuit, just like our indigenous Canadians) refer to the hundreds of rotting oil barrels as "American Flowers". You can see them in the distance behind this forever-grounded truck. Obviously meant not to be easily found, the place has a haunting beauty, notwithstanding its destructive purpose and condition. There are combatting forces at work to (a) clean it up to halt the toxic degradation of this exquisite wilderness area or (b) NOT clean it up and use it as a tourism draw. The mind boggles at the distance between those two thoughts. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #bwphotography  #blackandwhite  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #opcmag  #OPmag  #OutdoorPhotographer  #traveltheworld  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #whereintheworld  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #toxicwaste  #abandonedplaces  #militaryhistory  #wwiihistory  #bluieeasttwo  #abandonedmilitarybase 

COTTAGE COUNTRY, ICELAND STYLE - Yes, this is real. One of the reasons why Iceland is a photographer's paradise is the extraordinary (and constantly changing) light you get up there. It is even more jaw-dropping when you get out for a sunrise. This is an area called the Lakes of Veiðivötn, a stunning area, known for outstanding fishing. Think the Highlands version of cottage country. There are about a dozen of these small red-roofed cottages that are available to rent, but you've got to make your reservation about 2 years in advance. The wind was pretty fierce from our lookout point, which made "breathtaking" all the more an appropriate description.
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COTTAGE COUNTRY, ICELAND STYLE - Yes, this is real. One of the reasons why Iceland is a photographer's paradise is the extraordinary (and constantly changing) light you get up there. It is even more jaw-dropping when you get out for a sunrise. This is an area called the Lakes of Veiðivötn, a stunning area, known for outstanding fishing. Think the Highlands version of cottage country. There are about a dozen of these small red-roofed cottages that are available to rent, but you've got to make your reservation about 2 years in advance. The wind was pretty fierce from our lookout point, which made "breathtaking" all the more an appropriate description. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #art  #visualart  #fineartphotography  #inspiration  #nature  #color  #colour  #scenic  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #opcmag  #OPmag  #OutdoorPhotographer  #traveltheworld  #greatoutdoors  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #whereintheworld  #iloveiceland  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #icelandhighlands 

TIME TRAVELLER Up in the Highlands of Iceland. No buildings, nobody, no nothing.  You see this and you're gonna tell me that is NOT the Icelandic version of a TARDIS? Sure.
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TIME TRAVELLER Up in the Highlands of Iceland. No buildings, nobody, no nothing. You see this and you're gonna tell me that is NOT the Icelandic version of a TARDIS? Sure. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #middleofnowhere  #iloveiceland  #iceland  #highlands  #tardis  #timetraveller  #bwphotography  #blackandwhite  #travelphotography  #landscapephotography  #adventure  #artistlife  #traveltheworld  #greatoutdoors  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #exploringtheglobe  #whereintheworld 

Last day of the fall show - nowhere nicer than inside with art on this cold Toronto day!! Repost @focalocity
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It's a great day to be inside, surrounded by art! LAST DAY for the @ntgartists North Toronto Group of Artists fall show and sale. 10-3:30 today at Blessed Sacrament Church, on Yonge, south of Lawrence. See you soon!!
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Last day of the fall show - nowhere nicer than inside with art on this cold Toronto day!! Repost @focalocity ・・・ It's a great day to be inside, surrounded by art! LAST DAY for the @ntgartists North Toronto Group of Artists fall show and sale. 10-3:30 today at Blessed Sacrament Church, on Yonge, south of Lawrence. See you soon!! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #artshow  #affordableart  #artcollector  #northtoronto  #ntgartists  #contemporaryart  #artto  #torontointeriordesign  #whatsontoronto  #buylocalart  #buycanadian  #inspiration  #torontoartscene  #torontoart  #painting  #photography 

It's a great day to be inside, surrounded by art! LAST DAY for the @ntgartists North Toronto Group of Artists fall show and sale. 10-3:30 today at Blessed Sacrament Church, on Yonge, south of Lawrence. See you soon!!
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It's a great day to be inside, surrounded by art! LAST DAY for the @ntgartists North Toronto Group of Artists fall show and sale. 10-3:30 today at Blessed Sacrament Church, on Yonge, south of Lawrence. See you soon!! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #fineartphotography  #artshow  #affordableart  #artcollector  #northtoronto  #contemporaryart  #torontointeriordesign  #whatsontoronto  #buylocalart  #buycanadian  #inspiration  #torontoartscene  #torontoart 

The load in and set up advances... #Repost @focalocity with @get_repost
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QUICK, LORI >>> TO THE ARTMOBILE!!! 📷🎬🎷🎶Na-na na-na🌟 na-na na-na🎵🎸 SHOWTIME!📸📸 Join us tonight, 6-9 PM, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Yonge and Cheritan, south of Lawrence, for an opening reception. See you soon.
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The load in and set up advances... #Repost  @focalocity with @get_repost ・・・ QUICK, LORI >>> TO THE ARTMOBILE!!! 📷🎬🎷🎶Na-na na-na🌟 na-na na-na🎵🎸 SHOWTIME!📸📸 Join us tonight, 6-9 PM, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Yonge and Cheritan, south of Lawrence, for an opening reception. See you soon. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #artshow  #affordableart  #artcollector  #fineartphotography  #visualart  #thesix  #whatsontoronto  #buylocalart  #buycanadian  #interiordesigntoronto  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #torontoart  #torontohomedecor  #artistsofinstagram  #artistslife  #torontostyle  #torontolife  #ilovemysubaru  #subaru  #Forester 

QUICK, LORI >>> TO THE ARTMOBILE!!! 📷🎬🎷🎶Na-na na-na🌟 na-na na-na🎵🎸 SHOWTIME!📸📸 Join us tonight, 6-9 PM, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Yonge and Cheritan, south of Lawrence, for an opening reception. See you soon.
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QUICK, LORI >>> TO THE ARTMOBILE!!! 📷🎬🎷🎶Na-na na-na🌟 na-na na-na🎵🎸 SHOWTIME!📸📸 Join us tonight, 6-9 PM, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Yonge and Cheritan, south of Lawrence, for an opening reception. See you soon. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #artshow  #affordableart  #artcollector  #fineartphotography  #visualart  #thesix  #whatsontoronto  #buylocalart  #buycanadian  #interiordesigntoronto  #torontoartscene  #northtoronto  #torontoart  #torontohomedecor  #artistsofinstagram  #artistslife  #torontostyle  #torontolife  #ilovemysubaru  #subaru  #Forester 

ANTICIPATION - An unexpected boost from the good people at @blinkartconsultants. Thanks, Blink!! Nice to see not one but TWO of my images featured on the front page of their site this week. If you click through to my website (in bio above) you'll discover a little more about my circus addiction. ANTICIPATION features two of my best flying trapeze coaches @billspurrell and @robincircus, on a (picture) perfect day of outdoor flying. Below you'll see my iceberg from #newfoundland IMPASTO as the thumbnail for Blink's water images. Check out Blink - an awesome resource for interior designers in North America. .
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ANTICIPATION - An unexpected boost from the good people at @blinkartconsultants. Thanks, Blink!! Nice to see not one but TWO of my images featured on the front page of their site this week. If you click through to my website (in bio above) you'll discover a little more about my circus addiction. ANTICIPATION features two of my best flying trapeze coaches @billspurrell and @robincircus, on a (picture) perfect day of outdoor flying. Below you'll see my iceberg from #newfoundland  IMPASTO as the thumbnail for Blink's water images. Check out Blink - an awesome resource for interior designers in North America. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontointeriordesign  #interiordesign  #homedecor  #blinkart  #trapeze  #flyingtrapeze  #circuseverydamnday  #iceberg  #featuredartist  #shamelessselfpromotion 

TEARDROP TREADS - The signs are there. My morning window view includes the puddle on the top of a neighbour's garage. That is my weather barometer. It's how I know it rained during the night, or if it is windy or whatever. This morning...the puddle was iced over. That super crisp, ultra thin wafer of fresh ice that makes such a satisfying crunch under a foot (no, don't try that on her garage roof). Sigh. I know...every year, around the same time...but still, harbingers of winter. Warm up your weekend,  join me and 20 other fine artists at the @ntgartists NORTH TORONTO GROUP OF ARTISTS Fall Show and Sale, Blessed Sacrament Church, on Cheritan at Yonge, south of Lawrence. Opening reception Thursday night 6-9 PM. 12-8 Friday, 10-3.30 Saturday. See you there.

TEARDROP TREADS - The signs are there. My morning window view includes the puddle on the top of a neighbour's garage. That is my weather barometer. It's how I know it rained during the night, or if it is windy or whatever. This morning...the puddle was iced over. That super crisp, ultra thin wafer of fresh ice that makes such a satisfying crunch under a foot (no, don't try that on her garage roof). Sigh. I know...every year, around the same time...but still, harbingers of winter. Warm up your weekend, join me and 20 other fine artists at the @ntgartists NORTH TORONTO GROUP OF ARTISTS Fall Show and Sale, Blessed Sacrament Church, on Cheritan at Yonge, south of Lawrence. Opening reception Thursday night 6-9 PM. 12-8 Friday, 10-3.30 Saturday. See you there.

REYKJAVIK REFLECTIONS - I love how this one turned out. On canvas,  framed, ready to hang on your wall. You can almost believe that your hand will get wet if you touch that puddle. Come see it this weekend at the North Toronto Groupof Artists @ntgartists annual fall show and sale, October 25-27, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan, at Yonge, south of Lawrence. 21 artists from my 'hood, it's one of my favorite fall shows. Opening reception on Thursday,  6-9 PM, join us for a little pre-holiday cheer!
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REYKJAVIK REFLECTIONS - I love how this one turned out. On canvas, framed, ready to hang on your wall. You can almost believe that your hand will get wet if you touch that puddle. Come see it this weekend at the North Toronto Groupof Artists @ntgartists annual fall show and sale, October 25-27, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan, at Yonge, south of Lawrence. 21 artists from my 'hood, it's one of my favorite fall shows. Opening reception on Thursday, 6-9 PM, join us for a little pre-holiday cheer! . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #artcollector  #affordableart  #art  #limitededitions  #the6  #interiordesigntoronto  #homedecor  #beautifulwalls  #buycanadian  #landscapephotography  #inspiration  #travelphotography  #iceland  #iloveiceland  #artshow  #buylocalart  #northtoronto  #contemporaryart  #torontointeriordesign 

POLES APART - I don't know what it is about hydro wires / telephone poles. All over the world, my eyes are always drawn to these strangely isolated indications of humanity on the landscape. They kinda remind me of 1950s robot figures from bad B movies. And here, in the highlands of Iceland, where we went for days without actually seeing anyone out on the road, there was just something just so incongruous about their perfectly aligned presence.
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POLES APART - I don't know what it is about hydro wires / telephone poles. All over the world, my eyes are always drawn to these strangely isolated indications of humanity on the landscape. They kinda remind me of 1950s robot figures from bad B movies. And here, in the highlands of Iceland, where we went for days without actually seeing anyone out on the road, there was just something just so incongruous about their perfectly aligned presence. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #femalelandscapephotographer  #visualart  #fineart  #contemporaryart  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #telephonepoles  #incongruity  #isolation  #iloveiceland  #icelandtravel  #icelandhighlands 

Love photography? Check out  @focalocity - part of our group show with 20 artist starting this Thursday 6-9 at Blessed Sacrament church (24 Cheritan Ave, Toronto) ・・・
JAGGED EDGES - Back to working on icy images. Thinking winter already? Well, actually, kinda yes. While I work on the images from Greenland & Iceland, I am actually beginning to give thought to what will get printed for shows coming up as we head into the holiday season, and shorter days. The business of art often takes up as much time (if not more!) than the creation of it. Fall shows, Christmas shows, personal studio show, solo show. All coming up. If there's anything you see that you particularly like...never hesitate to ask - contact info in bio link. Somewhere, out on the water, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland.
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Love photography? Check out @focalocity - part of our group show with 20 artist starting this Thursday 6-9 at Blessed Sacrament church (24 Cheritan Ave, Toronto) ・・・ JAGGED EDGES - Back to working on icy images. Thinking winter already? Well, actually, kinda yes. While I work on the images from Greenland & Iceland, I am actually beginning to give thought to what will get printed for shows coming up as we head into the holiday season, and shorter days. The business of art often takes up as much time (if not more!) than the creation of it. Fall shows, Christmas shows, personal studio show, solo show. All coming up. If there's anything you see that you particularly like...never hesitate to ask - contact info in bio link. Somewhere, out on the water, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland. . . #shoplocaltoronto  #artshow  #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #art  #visualart  #fineart  #northtorontogroupofartists  #ntgartists  #northtoronto  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #nature  #affordableart  #artshow  #landscapephotography  #ice  #icebergs  #mountains  #greenland  #eastgreenland 

JAGGED EDGES - Back to working on icy images. Thinking winter already? Well, actually, kinda yes. While I work on the images from Greenland & Iceland, I am actually beginning to give thought to what will get printed for shows coming up as we head into the holiday season, and shorter days. The business of art often takes up as much time (if not more!) than the creation of it. Fall shows, Christmas shows, personal studio show, solo show. All coming up. If there's anything you see that you particularly like...never hesitate to ask - contact info in bio link. Somewhere, out on the water, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland.
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#focalocity #canadianartist #torontophotographer #art #visualart #fineart #northtorontogroupofartists #ntgartists #northtoronto #fineartphotography #landscape #adventure #artistlife #travelphotography  #nature #affordableart #artshow #landscapephotography #ice #icebergs #mountains #greenland #eastgreenland

JAGGED EDGES - Back to working on icy images. Thinking winter already? Well, actually, kinda yes. While I work on the images from Greenland & Iceland, I am actually beginning to give thought to what will get printed for shows coming up as we head into the holiday season, and shorter days. The business of art often takes up as much time (if not more!) than the creation of it. Fall shows, Christmas shows, personal studio show, solo show. All coming up. If there's anything you see that you particularly like...never hesitate to ask - contact info in bio link. Somewhere, out on the water, near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #art  #visualart  #fineart  #northtorontogroupofartists  #ntgartists  #northtoronto  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #artistlife  #travelphotography  #nature  #affordableart  #artshow  #landscapephotography  #ice  #icebergs  #mountains  #greenland  #eastgreenland 

PETER MAX ON ICE: This is somewhat of a departure for me, but I was working on some ice pix last night, and this 60s flashback thing just kinda happened. And I like it, but wondering if anyone else does, or if I've lost my art marbles LOL. Thoughts? .
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PETER MAX ON ICE: This is somewhat of a departure for me, but I was working on some ice pix last night, and this 60s flashback thing just kinda happened. And I like it, but wondering if anyone else does, or if I've lost my art marbles LOL. Thoughts? . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #abstractart  #abstract  #abstractphotography  #60s  #60sstyle  #flashback  #ice  #iceberg  #impressionist  #impressionistphotography  #lotsofcolours  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #sheclicksnet 

PEAK PERFORMANCE - There is often drama up in the sky in Greenland. Well, there's drama everywhere you look, but the ceiling is often low, hanging around the peaks of the mountains, creating dramatic and moody spectacles. The addition of snow helps define and delineate the peaks from the clouds. Out on the water, skygazing, somewhere near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland.
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PEAK PERFORMANCE - There is often drama up in the sky in Greenland. Well, there's drama everywhere you look, but the ceiling is often low, hanging around the peaks of the mountains, creating dramatic and moody spectacles. The addition of snow helps define and delineate the peaks from the clouds. Out on the water, skygazing, somewhere near the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in east Greenland. . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #torontophotographer  #sheclicksnet  #shescapes  #bwphotography  #blackandwhite  #scenic  #visualart  #fineart  #fineartphotography  #landscape  #adventure  #landscapephotography  #travelphotography  #nature  #clouds  #mountains  #lowceiling  #dramatic  #moody  #eastgreenland  #greenland  #greatoutdoors  #wanderlust  #ilovetravel  #exploringtheglobe  #wandertheworld 

Beautiful presentation of a seasonal dessert last night. Wafer-thin shavings of pear, ginger snaps over a piece of pumpkin cake. I don't really remember the taste, so much as the patterns of light showing through the sliver of pear. Never eat with a photographer. .
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#focalocity #canadianartist #fineartphotography #foodporn #desserts #seasonalfood #tasteslikeautumn #pears #playwithyourfood #couldnthelpmyself

Beautiful presentation of a seasonal dessert last night. Wafer-thin shavings of pear, ginger snaps over a piece of pumpkin cake. I don't really remember the taste, so much as the patterns of light showing through the sliver of pear. Never eat with a photographer. . . . . #focalocity  #canadianartist  #fineartphotography  #foodporn  #desserts  #seasonalfood  #tasteslikeautumn  #pears  #playwithyourfood  #couldnthelpmyself