All posts filed under: Almost Artistic

Removing the Colour

Depending on your perspective, this could be a photo of a tree with a bright coloured background, or a sunset with a dark tree in the foreground. Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky. – Kim Taplin – This Palo Verde tree took a real beating in our recent snow storm! It was only because it was so big that it could afford to have a few branches amputated. A smaller tree might have been completely removed from the landscape! Black, white, shades of grey. What is the focus of this photo now!?

This, That and the Other #4 Red Poppies

How does the colour red make you feel? Do you wear red clothes? Do you decorate with red? Do you drive a red car? Do birds poop more on red cars than other colour cars? Do you have red hair? (Apparently only about 2% of people are redheaded). How many red flowers are in your garden? (I don’t have that many at the Red House. Tulips and poppies, mostly. At the Bland Beige House, I have Valentine’s bushes, bottlebrushes and fairy dusters.)

Spotted in my Yard – The Rare Red Couch

It snowed here again. I think this is the 4th time since early September that The Car Guy has had to plow the drive way. I wield the shovel – I am the Cleaner of the Walks and Photographer of the Event. Snow is often an event, especially if there is lots of it and more especially if I find a Red Couch in the yard. Canadian news outlets report snowfall in centimetres (1 inch is 2.54 cm), but like many older Canadians, I was raised with the Imperial system of measurements. Though I am ‘measurement bilingual’, my Snow still falls in inches. It snowed about 6 inches, but hardly any snow fell on the Red Couch. Canada began metrifying in 1970 because we were expanding trading relationships. Our government decided it should adopt a more universal language of measurements. Some of our Imperial measurements (the capacity units) didn’t even match the Imperial system of the United States. We ‘went metric’ in increments from 1970 to 1980. Many Canadians still work in Imperial for many …