Abstract Photography

Abstract – what does that mean to you?

What does abstract mean? Google defines abstract as: existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence. Abstract concepts such as beauty or love

and also

Abstract relating to art? Abstract pictures that look like commercial color chart.

I took this colorful photo of flowers in a ditch. Is it like a commercial color chart? I don’t see it that way…

Does this type of photo make you dizzy?

Is it too abstract?

or can you tell it’s a tree?

I’m still playing…

But if I make you dizzy I apologize!!

What have I done?

What have I done for the last few months?

What have I done with my photography?

What stories do I have to tell?

We’ve been home in Campbell River for 3 months already. The weather has been cooler and wetter than normal. Is that to blame for my inactivity? Is being retired to blame? You know the old “there’s nothing that has to be done today that can’t wait til tomorrow?”.

As I look back on the last few months I remember my week on Gabriola Island at a workshop called “Develop your Creative Vision”. It was hosted by Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow. It was fantastic, so creative, so much fun. 13 classmates from Montreal, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Seattle. Quite the collection of photographers young and old but all of us with the ambition and desire to explore new ideas and ways to take different pictures and learn new skills. Multiple exposures. Camera movement (in all directions apparently)… haha…

How much tv have I watched? How many word puzzles have I completed? How many Jigidi puzzles have I completed? (I could look up the stats but won’t). How many books have I read? I’ve done lots of all of these things.

We just got back from a family wedding and a family tree trip thru Alberta and Saskatchewan. Saw Aunts, Uncles and Cousins (some I hadn’t seen in 50 years). It was great to reconnect with my people. Loved all the miles and smiles.

The pink wall, shadows and spiders from The Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River
Multiple Exposure of the wall at the Campbell River Bowling Alley.
Trees from Drumbeg Park on Gabriola Island
Multiple Exposure of the beach rocks and a lighthouse eagle from Gabriola

Multiple Exposure Seaweed.

Malaspina Galleries Sandstone on Gabriola Island

Hornby Island – May 10-12, 2019

I finally made it over to Hornby Island with my camera after all these years of living on Vancouver Island.  My sister and I were there probably 20 years ago.  We did a quick trip over to Tribune Bay on Hornby, a quick stop at some pottery shops on Denman Island and called it a day.

This trip was different.  Our camera club members stayed at Hornby Island Dive Lodge for 2 nights and spent 3 days photographing the Island.  We photographed Ford Cove & Marina.  Helliwell Provincial Park.  Grassy Point.  Tribune Bay.  Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park.  Tim Biggins Anvil.  Heron Rocks.  There were spots we missed of course, but these are the ones we made it to.  The weather was dry and sunny, the weekend was awesome!  Here are my photo’s.

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Heron Rocks 9415

 

 

Pub to Pub Trail – May 5-2019

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This is a link to a group of photo’s on Flickr which I took while on the Pub to Pub Trail here in Campbell River.  It’s called the pub to pub trail because at either end of the walk (45-60minutes) was a pub.  BUT, now there are no pubs.  Salmon Pt Pub burnt down recently and The Fishermans pub closed down last year.  Regardless, there are scads of people out there every day enjoying the scenery.  The walk takes you along the Oyster River thru Old Growth Forest and then along the Ocean where the trail ends at Salmon Pt RV Resort.  The walk is mostly level, but beware of roots!  I’ve seen people pushing strollers and wheelchairs, so it can be done.

Are you a Boondocker or a Resorter?

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Before we started RV’ing we travelled a bit to different places.  When in Mexico, Belize or Thailand we chose to stay in places that were a bit more rustic.  Gaps in the walls, holes in the window screens, basic shelters with handmade furniture, a stove, a sink and rusty appliances.  We’ve travelled to cities in the USA, stayed in Paris, London, Barcelona and Lisbon at places that I refer to as “Brass and Glass”.. they have all the fancy staff, stuff, and all the amenities.

How do you travel?

How do you RV?

Are you a Boondocker who choses to stay in places that are out of the way, a bit rustic, are you comfortable without electricity, wifi and tv?

OR

Are you a Resorter who prefers swimming pools, hot tubs, hot showers, laundry, free cable tv and wifi?

Us?

We’ve certainly tried a bit of each on this trip and stayed at Campgrounds and RV Parks that are a bit of both.

  We’ve overnighted at farms that raised alpaca’s, goats, lambs, or chickens.  We’ve visited wineries in Canada and the USA and tasted wine and bought a few to take with us on the road.  We’ve overnighted in a few driveways of people who are kind, inquisitive and generous with their time and made us feel so welcome.

We’ve been in RV parks that have dirt roads, gravel roads, or paved roads, we’ve dealt with roots, ruts and steep sites from back to front, more often than not the sites are level.  We’ve been in public showers and bathrooms that are spotless, with perfect hot water and great water pressure, and some that are none of the above.  Laundry room machines that function and are spotless., and some that aren’t.

Both choices have their charm and place in any road trip.  It all depends on how you like to roll!

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Alpaca at Wildwood Alpaca’s in Woodford, Virginia.

North Island Cruisers Classic Car Show – Sep 4-2016 Campbell River, BC

1955 Chevrolet  4394

 

Every year on Labour Day Sunday the North Island Cruisers hold their annual classic car show in the streets of downtown Campbell River.  It is a fabulous way to see all these great cars all in one place.  Here are my some of the photo’s I took.  I would post all the pictures I took, but that would be kind of crazy.. haha.

To see the whole album on Flickr just click on the picture of the car and it will take you there!

Wings & Wheels – Campbell River July 2016

I got a chance to go up to see the Wings & Wheels show at the Campbell River Airport on Saturday July 16th.  It’s a great time to see old classic airplanes and old classic cars.  The weather was great and it was fun to see everything.  Here’s a few photo’s I took while up there.

Click on this link to see my photo’s: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEtrB5c

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https://flic.kr/s/aHskEtrB5c

 

Shane’s 1974 Dodge Dart

Shane Schumacher’s 1974 Dodge Dart

I found this cool old car parked at Canadian Tire on Friday, May 13-2016.  It’s a 1974 Dodge Dart owned by Shane Schumacher who works at Canadian Tire in Campbell River.  I want to thank Shane for making my day and allowing me to crawl around his car and try out my new wide angle lens.  You made my day!

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Here’s a link to my Flickr site where I’ve made up an album of my photo’s of Shane’s Car.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kathys-kreation/albums/72157668351729936

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