Category: Photography 101

November Rain

While technically under a heavy snow fall warning, the text of the forecast specifies “rain at times heavy” over Grand Manan Island. And that is what we have, though the rain has been a bit thick at times.

My niece snapped this photo tonight on my iPhone. I love how eery and cold it looks through the windshield of the moving car.


Wave Break

One of the things I love about visiting other wharves is seeing how different the same components can be from harbour to harbour.  Given the lack of large boulders on the island, I’m always fascinated by places that have them in abundant supply.  I love the architecture of how these rocks are placed, like pieces of a puzzle:



Photo 101 asked us to look for patterns and lines in architecture that would translate into black and white.  I usually prefer colour, but I do like how the rocks become more pronounced in the black and white version:

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Landmark Day


“We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are…”


Days can be like that too. For Grand Manan, the second Tuesday in November is a landmark day as fishermen leave to set traps. There’s a sense of community and excitement as we mark this landmark: the beginning of fall fishing; a new season.

It’s part of  where we are and a part of who we are.


I love that the assignments for Photo 101 arrive at 10 pm local time.  I get to mull it over while I sleep and have the day ahead to interpret and post.  While “Bliss” was rolling around my head I had a flash back to one of my favourite series of books growing up: “Anne of Green Gables”.  For whatever…


When I saw the Photography 101 word was “water” I thought that it would be easy: I live by it, work by it: it’s everywhere. By today was grey, water reflects and the reflections were bleak. Then this afternoon when I left work, the clouds were a little brighter:



There was also a challenge to take a horizontal and a vertical photo. Most of my water photos are horizontal – you see more. This time, I’m glad I flipped the phone. I love the lines in clouds much more in the vertical photo. They seem much more dramatic. It’s always good to look at things from a new angle.