Category Archives: Photography

Flying a Kite on Canada Day

Canadian kite

July 1, 2012 I flew a kite and thought about nationalism, patriotism, and me.

November 9, 2017 I revised this page to reflect my changing awareness, in the italicized paragraph below about Indigenous Peoples here.  I hope I’m learning to be an ally, not an oppressor.

I don’t like those first two, nationalism and patriotism, because of all the ‘otherness’ sentiments attached to them, because of all the hurt and injury that has been perpetrated in their names, because they have so often been attached to bigotry, exclusivity and hate.

Then I thought about where on this planet I would rather be, and found none.  I’m attached to this country, this province and this community where I live.

So what does that mean?

For me it I think it’s about inclusiveness, freedoms, opportunities and rights, and the responsibilities that come with them.

These are worth my engagement and commitment – vigilance and putting myself out in some way to advance such humane qualities, and to oppose those other human qualities which erode them.

I think today that my generation has much to stand up and defend here, as greed and oppression are a ‘real and present danger’ in Canada – for example selling us all to transnational corporations. By standing up we can help teach the next generation to do that too.

Then there’s the matter of advancing those freedoms and rights.  Indigenous Peoples especially need us to be allies, not oppressors.  Typically and inadvertently, we continue to sanction the oppression of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Lynn Gehl and others speak frankly about cultural genocide by ….. us.  Learn to be an ally

So I hope you are thoughtfully celebrating what we have, are re-iterating your commitment to make it better and not let it get worse – for our children’s sake, for the sake of people still coming here because they seek something they don’t have and are looking for, and for the sake of people oppressed here in Canada too.

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Highway home

The comfort of friends is a cocoon.  Within, every nuance is amplified;  without, by comparison is an indifferent place.

Leaving the comfort and enjoyment of a friend’s home to drive home to Toronto late at night is like spinning through outer space, through an asteroid field of hurtling alien objects.

cranes with wings

After the frenetic freeways and screaming subways, I invite you to slip into something more comfortable, a  kayak for example, and come down the Humber River in Toronto. Here, the cranes have wings and like their privacy and quiet.  In a kayak, I share their place, not quite trusted by these locals, but tolerated as long as I don’t disturb the neighborhood.  I can do that – it’s worth it.

Tuscany dawn

IMG_3886Tuscany dawn a video by watershed96 on Flickr.

Summer, dawn. Wild creatures are plentiful in this country rich with human history. Olive groves and vineyards are here in plenty, but so are rambling woods, interconnected and harboring deer, birds, and many small animals indigenous to the land.
Tuscany has also nurtured art and craft in many forms. I came with my camera, others have come to cook, to practice ceramics, painting, sculpture etc. The ambiance seems to inspire.

Monarchs of Migration

In autumn, on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the gardens of our neighbourhood, the ‘butterfly bush’ Buddleja serves up its best to the  Monarch butterflies gathering for their migration.

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spring spirit

ant working to open a peony

symbiosis

knot whole …

Here, in downtown streets walls and towers loom and traffic echoes, a chaotic din.

There, on sapphire waters sailing hulls chatter and rigging clatters, call and response.

I open the wall from chaos to song.

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