Hamilton Skies

ham2015_01For the Ontario leg of the Dusk Dances tour I drive a truck. A 16′ cube truck. It feels big and it’s not the easiest thing to maneuver. Continue reading

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Landing, Hawk and Wooded Walk

flight01It was a hectic week in Vancouver for Dusk Dances. Between one thing and another it took some doing to get the week finished with style.

The flight home, however, was a treat.

flight02Once we passed the western clouds and smoky haze, the clouds over Manitoba, Minnesota and Wisconsin were really interesting.

flight03Once we were into Ontario the sun was going down between two layers of cloud cover.

As we approached the ground I had to put my camera away, but it was beautiful to see, from my window seat, the lights of Toronto coming on as the sun’s light was fading. Backyard parties, swimming pools, even the parking lots of strip malls looked magically illuminated in the fading sunset. And as we had to circle the airport to wait for our turn to land I got my eyes full of the wonder of seeing the earth from above.

image of broad winged hawk on branchThis week, while continuing my planning and prep for the Dances, I sneaked in a quick one day respite in the north-ish woods.

This broad winged hawk, who gets to see the earth from above all the time, doesn’t need to signal to air control when he wants to take off or land. He’s cleared for pretty much anything he wants to do.

northern_green_woods01This forest, however, is only partly cleared. And that’s a good thing.

northern_green_woods02I’ve had a few opportunities to stroll through this plot of land with it’s mixed forest and rough cut paths and drives.

So refreshing to breathe this air. So good to hear the crunch of leaf mold underfoot. So excellent to have this day of rest before I launch into my four weeks of summer madness.

Dusk Dances starts in Peterborough next week, and Hamilton the week after. Come join us if you can.

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Dusk Dances Vancouver 2015

van2015_01I’m in Vancouver once again for Dusk Dances.

I missed posting yesterday. The internet connection at the hotel is… disappointing. Continue reading

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July Garden and Cats

image of Astilboides tabularisI’m taking off on tour next week with Dusk Dances.

So this week I’ve been staying pretty close to home enjoying my garden. Things have been growing well this year. Like this lovely plant, Astilboides tabularis, or what Curtis, who gifted it to me refers to as “Big Leaf Betty.”

image of Astilboides tabularis flowerBig Leaf Betty has some delicately busy flowers coming up just now.

iamge of Phalaris arundinacea flower stalkSo does my Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea).

image of Geranium sanguineum flowerIn fact many of my plants are in flower. Like the Wild Geranium (Geranium sanguineum)…

image of Hydrangea arborescens flower… and the Hydrangea…

image of Gazania rigens flower… and the Gazania, which a friend encouraged me to buy for the garden this year. I’m glad I did.

image of cats on porch and rain barrelThe cats, although not in flower, seem to be having an excellent time lazing about amid the greenery and showyness of July.

image of cat licking another cat's headIt’s put them both in an excellent and friendly mood.

Me too.

And for those of you for whom black and white gardens just aren’t colourful enough, here’s a gallery of the same shots in full, glorious colour:

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Prince Edward County Vacation

image of michael fazackerly on holiday, as tribute to alex colevilleThis photo, from my recent vacation in Prince Edward County, is a tribute to Alex Coleville. At least that’s what I’m calling it. Something about the way the light is wrapping around Michael Continue reading

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Bike!, Chris Culgin and Ivory Hours

bike_01The Gallery in the Attic hosted a wonderful event that Sally Goodwin put together in honour of Bike Month (June). Continue reading

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Spring Colours

image of spring tree near brook under whispy clouds in blue skyOne of my favourite colour combinations is green, blue and white.

There’s plenty of this combo to be seen at this time of year. And so great to see it after the cold, cold winter. Continue reading

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Taking Shakespeare

taking_shakespeare_4New Stages’ show “Taking Shakespeare” by John Murrell is opening tonight at the Market Hall. Continue reading

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Wearable Art and Runway Challenge 2015

James Pinesii Whetung modeling Cheryl Ellis's design with Pammett’s Flower Shop materialsLast weekend was the fifth annual Runway Challenge and Wearable Art show at Public Energy.  Amazing creations were presented by all participants. Continue reading

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DoneFors and Graeme Kennedy

image of the donefors playing at the spill, peterboroughThe DoneFors made it through town last weekend. Continue reading

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