Monday, November 30, 2009
CN Tower in Toronto Canada. A landmark if there ever was one in Ontario. This night scene allowed me to capture the moon that was plying hide and seek during the whole time I tried to snatch a pic of it. It was a fun night wondering around the city snapping shots of various things. More at www.gullfeather.com
Excuse the pun but this exhibit must be getting old for a lot of people around the world but the one now showing at the Art Gallery of Ontario is quite spectacular to me. Some recent up dates from other Pharaohs and such. I was and still remain captivated by the fact that one, I saw about a 4000 year old toilet seat and two that there was such artistry and no doubt misery and slavery back then, after all someone had to haul those stones to build the pyramids and such. Nonetheless a spectacular display of richness and power not to mention innovation.
The Anubis that guards the outside of the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is representative of their belief in gods of various sorts, sun, wind, jackal, etc.Anubis is an ancient god, the god of the dead before Osiris took over. He then became one of Osiris's many sons. There is a statue of him as a full jackal in the tomb of King Tut. Rarely is Anubis shown fully human. Anubis' totem is probably due to the fact that jackal's would hunt at the edges of the desert, near the necropolis and cemeteries near Egypt. Makes sens to me.
Here however he is allowing the souls of the living to enter a replica domain to gain a better understanding of those thousands of years ago. It was amazing to see actual treasures including a small bed that King Tutankhamun must have lain on and the solid gold sandals found on his feet to help him through the underworld of death.The exhibit is there until April 2010.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I'd like to introduce my new photography website to my fellow bloggers and those who follow my blog. I have been looking forward to releasing the site for some time now. Utilizing the services of Skillet Creek Media of Derrick Mayoleth fame I am able to present the site to you. I hope you enjoy the postings as much as I enjoyed taking them maybe even enough to make one part of your own collection. Even so, check back for continuing updates to content on the site.
I Hope You Enjoy:
Stan/Paddlehands and Gullfeather
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well ya know, any day kayaking is better than the best day at the office. Thanks Clyde for reenforcing that. As I had exhausted myself in the water today with Tony and Malcolm it was good to see others, Dean, Sean, Tobias and Clyde heading out for that kayaking fix. Also good to see more people on the water in November. Ya gotta like it!
Tony chill'n while we wait for Malcolm to begin a wicked paddle in St. Philip's today. GAve us a chance to catch up on some news and such. Seems our paddles together now are less frequent but they aways have the enjoyable and fun factor associated with them when ever we are at it. Great paddle today Tony.
It was one of those days on the water in St. Philips today where the weather was a smorgasbord full of elements. Rain, fog in the distance, wind, a penchant of sun and well did I say rain? I love paddling in the rain I'm sure it must rate up there with singing in the rain and today I did both. Paddled and sung. It was obvious we were all enjoying ourselves especially the wind wave surfing and by the sounds of it we all caught a nice one or two or even three or more. Malcolm is just in his own element here.
Waves just simply intrigue me. You know, you are heading into them, following them, riding them, surfing them, crashing with them, sizing them, more times than not...swallowing them. The thing I like most with waves is going through them. Sometimes when that happens the camera can be put in the right spot or the sweet spot to catch that feeling, that penetration of water wall and exit through the other side. And as you do this the water just seems molten to your boat.
If you are going to be on the water you should be prepared to have fun. Tony, Malcolm and I did just that today. It was one of those days with no real destination in mind just friendly paddling under various sea conditions with varying weather to match. Really wouldn't want it any other way. Get too hot in the sun anyway.lol
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I love open water, I love sheltered waters, and I love surfy, fluffy waves, caves and rock gardens and when it comes to kayaking I just love being in one anywhere. Who gives a rats ass where it is you paddle. Our club's newsgroup has become a repository for some hurtful banter on the issue. I prefer the decent blogs I visit around the world and seek comfort knowing if I cannot get out myself I can at least paddle vicariously through those who are able and willing to paddle anywhere at anytime and like I said who gives a rats ass about the rest of the crap. Thanks to all you great kayak bloggers and for all the excellent content. You all know who you are. LOL
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I'm mucking inside today. It is a bit miserable weather wise outside however Tony and I did think about getting out on the water today. I opted for the coziness of a Saturday inside playing camera. I was reminded though of a paddle earlier in the year with Tony around Fortune Bay. During the evening we had a fire and the warmth of the fire that night was as soothing as this photo of it is today. Like I said, nice and toasty inside.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
MAybe not but you know there were so many shots with drops of water on them that it was hard even with photo shop (very limited knowledge there) to try and repair so I opted for playing with other things to change the image and of course degrade it further...lol...just for effect though.