Wednesday, November 30, 2005

nude/self portrait

Actually I am in this photo but just as a dark reflection in the store window. Well, in a couple of hours it will be December and you know what that means - time to spend everything you've got and some you don't.

If you're coming up blank maybe an electric butter dish would be the thing. Only thing worse than overdone toast is hard butter.

Douglas Street, Guelph

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Cheltenham Badlands

"Badlands is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them. It is the presence of iron oxide in the shale that accounts for the red colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide (iron III) to green iron oxide (iron II) brought on by the circulating groundwater. The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and easily eroded by water." -

The Cheltenham Badlands

Monday, November 28, 2005

I wish it were spring in the world.

I wish it were spring in the world.

Let it be spring!
Come, bubbling, surging tide of sap!
Come, rush of creation!
Come, life! surge through this mass of mortification!
Come, sweep away these exquisite, ghastly first-flowers,
which are rather last-flowers!
Come, thaw down their cool portentousness, dissolve them:
snowdrops, straight, death-veined exhalations of white and purple crocuses,
flowers of the penumbra, issue of corruption, nourished in mortification,
jets of exquisite finality;
Come, spring, make havoc of them!

- D.H. Lawrence

Riverside park, Guelph

Sunday, November 27, 2005

something old, something new

My friend Nik Cherry has an extensive fossil collection - a lot of them from Rockwood. This is one he gave me which is now sitting in our garden.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

no leaf by tree by water

On the banks of the Eramosa River near Eden Mills - home of the popular writers' festival.

Eden Mills

Friday, November 25, 2005

wedding dress

A "worn once" wedding dress for sale at the Sally Ann.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

view from the Baker Street lot

Knox Presbyterian Church with Church of our Lady behind.
If you throw a stone in downtown Guelph it'll richochet off a few churches before hitting two songwriters and three yoga teachers.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Fog on the Speed

The Speed River flows beneath Edinburgh Road.


Monday, November 21, 2005

older than dirt

Like many of the Niagara Escarpment conservation areas Rattlesnake Point is laced with crevice caves. These fossils were on the side wall of one I ventured into.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Not There

Over 12,000 flags were woven into the organic orchard at Ignatius Centre, each representing a Guelph citizen opposed to the construction of a Wal-Mart in the midst of cemeteries and a retreat centre.

Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

blue flag

Blue Flag, wild iris or fleur-de-lis. Resist the urge to eat the roots - they're poisonous.

Killarney Provincial Park.

Friday, November 18, 2005


Ivy & Aurora at Cafe Aquarius.


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Great Horned Owl

An injured great horned owl being cared for at the vet school.

The University of Guelph.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

River Bride

From River Bride - a dance/story by Adwoa Badoe at War Memorial Hall.
Other photos I made that evening are here.

The University of Guelph.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Worn by the rain, wind and sun.
Sand hill at the Synder's Flats Conservation Area.

For Photo Friday

Bloomingdale, near Waterloo, Ontario

Monday, November 14, 2005

View from Mount Nemo

Looking north towards Crawford Lake with Rattlesnake Point on the right.
Mount Nemo's crevice caves are popular with explorers.
I'm reading an excellent book by Michael Gordon called Rock Watching Adventures Above and Below Ontario. A blend of geology/nature/history and hiking/caving guidebook.

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Friday, November 11, 2005

red veined maple

Liverpool Street, Guelph

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Milkweed is flying about now.

Liverpool Street, Guelph

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

the dreams of bees

the summer sounds of the laughing breeze
are locked inside the dreams of bees

Liverpool Street, Guelph.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Mill at Walter's Falls

As a young teenager I accompanied my uncles on their rounds of getting grain milled. I also got to visit sawmills and can remember the cutting smell of damp sawdust and the sweet dusty smell of dry milled grain. I wrote a song which mentions visiting this mill.

Walter's Falls

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Saturday, November 05, 2005

ducks mooning photographer

Yes, they see me coming then pretend there's something interesting like under the water. Or maybe they're just tired and it takes less energy to sit like that.

Speed River, Guelph

Friday, November 04, 2005


The warmth of day begins when the sun spills over the hill.

For Photo Friday


Thursday, November 03, 2005

mmm good, I think

Aurora deciding.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Connie Fur

A dwarf conifer at the Arboretum.

The University of Guelph.