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Yesterday our regular Saturday morning outing was delayed by the heavy rains. Still, “delayed” is not “canceled” .. We arranged to meet at 9:30 at the usual spot and headed for the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. One of us (me) was expecting a h... 

Why ??

August 31st, 2014

This last week I had a conversation, a conversation about why do we release our creations to the world? Why expose our inner self, our feelings, our very souls. Taking the chance that we will be humiliated, scorned, laughed at or a thousand other wa... 

Sometimes you have to step out of your box and leave the comfort zone. Yesterday was one such a time. I and a few others had been invited over to a friends house to sit outside in the gathering dusk to feed ourselves and the ever present mosquito... 

Change ..

August 10th, 2014

This morning found me thinking about what to write. It's a busy time and trying to find some 'me time' has been difficult with no respite in sight for the near future. However a couple of things have changed; I resigned from a committee at the We... 

“Procrastination” has become a dirty word. A procrastinator has become a sloth, a ne'er-do-well, someone not to be trusted. However there was a time when we all took the time to “ponder” to “mull it over”, to “evaluate”, “ruminate”, “throw it aga... 

Lets talk about barns ..

July 27th, 2014

Lets talk about barns... You see them everywhere around here in what was once a bucolic setting. Unfortunately the trend is buy the land, tear down the barn, either quickly or leave the old place to slowly crumble as the years roll on. Demolition ... 

Yesterday was 'a walk in the woods ' day. At this time of year it should have been called a 'three doses of DEET' day! The place, Scottsdale Farm and the wonderful meandering trails there. However it was hard to concentrate or to stop for as soon... 

As you probably know these past few months I have been trying to strengthen my drawing and sketching skills having hung up my pens, pencils and brushes many years ago. Last week I uploaded a pen and ink sketch of Goldie Mill here in Guelph. My f... 

Scratching the itch ..

June 29th, 2014

Yesterday I went to Goldie Mill Park here in Guelph. “Nothing too unusual about that, Alan out for a walk on a Saturday morning” they say. But this one was different in a couple of ways, firstly I was alone, the normal 'motley crew' scattered to ... 

Yesterday was a fine day for a long walk. Just as well because the trail I was on was not the one I thought it was! Oh well I was out and about on a great morning with good company so does it really matter where you are? The 'Forks of the Credit'... 

A walk in the woods ..

June 8th, 2014

A walk in the woods, following the trails, avoiding the mosquitoes, well trying to avoid the mosquitoes on a bright spring morning... Yesterday was such a day. Scottsdale Farm was our chosen destination but our wanderings took us down o the Silverc... 

“And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest”. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" Shelley, ever the romantic .... 

Toronto Surprise

May 18th, 2014

Yesterday we (the Three Amigo’s) traveled to Toronto to take in the Contact Festival but it was the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) that stole the show. Not only does this structure contain so much beauty but the building itself is beautiful. You ... 

Not my usual Saturday..

May 11th, 2014

The usual Saturday outing did happen but it was short. Usually there is very little that gets in the way of my Saturday mornings but this one was special. Grant and Cathy were celebrating a joint birthday Cathy May 4, Grant May 16 so the party wa... 

Have you ever had that feeling, one where you just have to give in? Last week one of those moments grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Try as I might the itch HAD to be scratched. Algonquin was singing her siren song … Thankfully I have an under... 

Is there anything better ?

April 20th, 2014

Is there anything better than wandering in the woods with good friends on a Spring morning? I love Winter but this one stayed way past it's welcome but now Spring will not be ignored and there is a 'bursting forth' of everything that is Spring. T... 

Thank you ...

April 13th, 2014

Yesterday was one of those rare occasions, a Saturday morning that saw me not out on the trails but dragging boxes into Dublin St Church. You see yesterday was the 20th Annual Show and Sale, and I was able to participate for a second year. Not on... 

Sketching at The Mall ..

April 6th, 2014

Another Saturday outing and once more the camera stayed in the bag, replaced by a sketchpad and pencil. Is this photography? I mean I am recording a scene, putting it down on paper but not with photosensitive chemicals but with carbon .. No matte... 

Red, Red Wine

March 30th, 2014

“Ya don't know what you've got 'till it's gone” well temporarily I hope. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I was not able to go for my usual Saturday morning outing because somewhere last week I did something, I don't know what, when ... 

Sketching and stress

March 23rd, 2014

No photographs from our outing yesterday. It was a day of sketching, talking, drinking tea and catching up with old friends. We started at the farmers market and ended up in downtown Guelph. Quite a change from our usual Saturday morning but enjoy... 

Changes

March 16th, 2014

Ask anyone who knows me, they will all attest to my love of winter. However this one has been a bit too cold and is becoming a bit too long. So this weekend we walked the Niska Trails here in Guelph 'looking for signs of spring'. A bitter North wi... 

The One Minute Sketch

March 9th, 2014

Yesterday I began a journey, a journey back. Yesterday I had my 'first' lesson in watercolour painting. Constance, my teacher, a very accomplished watercolourist in her own right has been cajoling me, poking me with a metaphoric stick and pushing... 

Tangled

March 2nd, 2014

As part of my renewed interest in drawing, sketching and painting I am reading a book by Ernest W. Watson entitled 'The Art of Pencil Drawing' first published in 1968 so it is my no means new in fact this book was written shortly before he died in 19... 

Noir et Blanc

February 23rd, 2014

Towards the end of the work week is when we start to firm up our 'Saturday outings' plans. This time however one of the Three Amigo's was in a bit of a creative slump. I was in the mood for an adventure. Recently I had visited the Belgian Nurseri... 

Flight

February 16th, 2014

Yesterday was one of those days ... One of those days that tell you, in no uncertain terms that the seasons are turning once again. Across the open fields, the chill wind spoke of Winter but in the groves of tree's the delicate warmth of an ever ... 

Morning Shadows

February 9th, 2014

When it's -20c outside and you have the choice between staying in a warm bed or getting up, getting dressed, throwing your gear and snowshoes into the car and heading out, how many would choose the latter? Well I know three who would. Two of the 'A... 

Beech Study - Arboretum

February 2nd, 2014

To some, it can be a humbling experience, to others just a walk with friends... I'm sure that Doug will agree that an outing with Patrick is always the former. Yesterday the "Three Amigo's" met at the Arboretum in the U of G. The softly falling s... 

The snows lie deep after yet another storm. Normally I would be out enjoying this weather but I am at home recovering after surgery this last week. Still it doesn't mean I cannot record an image or two. My 'Photo of the Week' this week was ta... 

When we stepped out from the shelter of the tree's the wind cut like a knife. Whipping across the frozen marshes to find us then seeking out all the chinks in our armour. Fingers refused to work after a minute or two, glasses and camera viewfinder fo... 

No photographs this week, nary a one... I cannot remember the last time I didn't have any images. In my defence I did try, on the way out of the Ignatius Centre yesterday I stopped to photograph an apple tree in the fog. Looked good 'in phone' but ... 

Its not all about photography these days. In recent months a spark was lit which slowly produced a flame. A flame fed by the comments of others and old memories. In the corner of my closet the whispers became more insistent there in the corner sat... 

As the year draws to a close ...

December 30th, 2013

As the year draws to a close another winter getaway ends. This year we were treated to the hospitality of our friend Doug who shared his new abode in Tobermory with us. Having a common gathering, eating and relaxing space made such a difference. ... 

Merry Christmas Everyone ..

December 22nd, 2013

The wheel has turned once more, the darkest day is behind us. From this day on the sun gets stronger as he begins his long journey Northwards. Or.. Christ is born, let the world rejoice To many this is a special time, be they Christian or Pag... 

Winter Morning - Blue Springs

December 15th, 2013

A freezing cold morning, the sun had not yet risen. In fact it wouldn't rise today, just a lightening of the leaden sky as the snow began to fall. Of course we were out already racing the non existent dawn to get to the Blue Springs Trails At -15c... 

Winters Grip

December 8th, 2013

Another weekend, another walk in the woods.. Silvercreek Trails beckoned once again but we shouldn’t have worried there is so much to ‘see’ there. We decided to follow a portion of a previously walked trail which joined a new-to-us trail for the ... 

In this twentieth century...

December 1st, 2013

“In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eyes to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is ‘ an unforgettable experience’ “ ~ Frederick Franck,T... 

Into The Mystic - Limehouse

November 24th, 2013

Friendship .... I have talked about this several times but once in a while something happens and reminds you of how important friendship is to us all. Yesterday was a typical Saturday, that meant being out of the door long before sunrise. A mee... 

Downstream

November 17th, 2013

Saturday morning dawned bright and cold, quite a change from the past few weekends. This meant being in place for dawn that meant an early start, a really early start. We arrived at our chosen trailhead in the gray/blue light of predawn., kitted u... 

The Days Shorten

November 10th, 2013

The days shorten, the wind has an 'edge' to it now. Dark clouds replace the white of summer and the Trembling Aspen whisper of what is to come. Fall in Ontario, not only has it arrived it is deeply encamped and prepares the way for the arrival of w... 

Once more unto the breach ...

November 3rd, 2013

Once more unto the breach dear friends... Yes another rainy weekend in Southern Ontario. Out on the sodden trails again, same place, same rain., same feelings, different company. If you look, listen and wait the opportunities present themselv... 

Wet and Wild

October 27th, 2013

Yesterday was a dark and stormy day, but I ventured out anyway. You see, when people ask how I manage to get the images I get, the answer is you have to put yourself in the place and time when they appear. Because "In the right light, at the right ti... 

It was a long, tiring weekend. Seven of us, all members of the Guelph Photographers Guild, put on a show at the Guelph Studio Tour. We were at Dublin St Church where we cleared the Hallman Room and set up our booths.At 7:00 pm the doors were offici... 

Patience ..

October 14th, 2013

How long do you stand and wait? Minutes, seconds, hours, months? You, yes you laddie (tip of the hat to Pink Floyd and 'The Wall), call yourself a photographer ? When all you do is drive by, have a quick look at a scene, maybe fire off a shot o... 

A hard Week

October 6th, 2013

It has been a rough couple of weeks. A death in the family made for some emotionally charged times.. On September 24 my Father-in-Law of over 25 years, Frank was finally released from his long battle with cancer. He had been cared for at home by ... 

The woods, I can never get enough of the time I spend there. It doesn’t have to be far they just have to ‘be’. Saturday morning began with an early start, on the road at 6:15am and off to the Silvercreek Trails. It was just as well we started early ... 

Asters and Fencepost

September 22nd, 2013

Is everyone turning to art? I was talking to a fellow photographer yesterday and the subject of painting came up. Once more the truth emerged, "yes I have a box full of paints and brushes that have sat unused for many years...." It seems that e... 

Bewitched II

September 15th, 2013

I had a Discussion yesterday: Noise That all invasive, never ending racket that surrounds us, day in, day out. And how some are immune or at least have learned to ignore it the latter being more truthful I think. Unfortunately I cannot ign... 

Harvest

September 8th, 2013

The wheel turns, and Autumn is upon us, the ending of another cycle of the year. Not only for the plants but also for one of us. The wheel of life is coming full circle for one special person, a person whom I have looked up to and respected for... 

Signs of Fall Trilogy

September 1st, 2013

I must admit I am quite enjoying my return to my sketch books and pencils. There is something relaxing in just sitting quietly and taking in the scenery, pencil in hand, paper at the ready, waiting for inspiration. So different from the time I ... 

The Arteest

August 18th, 2013

There is a spot in my closet where a long forgotten collection of paper, books, pens and brushes reside. It’s been about 20 years since I have listened to their whispers. “We are here, come take us down from this shelf, rediscover the simple pleas... 

Slash Dot ..

August 11th, 2013

Yesterday I went walking the trails with my friend Patrick. Fighting off the mosquitoes yet again and looking forward to the open spaces where they were less aggressive. A new trail for Patrick but not for me. It is somewhat daunting introducing so... 

Spotlight in the woods

August 5th, 2013

Vacation time is over, time to g back to work. Recently we bought a trailer and this last week we headed for the great outdoors, in deepest darkest Puslinch. We fought many battles against the swarming hoards of mosquitoes, listened as the dist... 

“God is in the details” ~ Mies van der Rohe This phrase should have come from a photographer, not an architect. However Mies van der Rohe was a stickler for detail, concerned about everything. For example he designed the plaque, the wording and t... 

Majestic

July 7th, 2013

Yesterday I went in search of 'Yellow Fields' the canola is in flower... But words from the "Tao of Photography" by Phillippe Gross and S.I Shapiro kept rattling around in my head. Several times I hit the brakes and went back to something I had s... 

Broken Dreams-Talbot Trail Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy Old, forgotten, abandoned houses and farms, even entire towns! Over the years I have spent a lot of time wandering around these treasures and the same thoughts creep into my con... 

Standing Tall - Niska Trail

June 23rd, 2013

These days when I walk the trails I find myself being drawn to the words of the North American elders. They understood this planet we call home They revered all things They found peace and harmony out there. When the first explorers arriv... 

Splendor in the Grass II

June 9th, 2013

This morning I went on journey, I walked one thousand Kilometers in the company of hundreds, traveled back in time a thousand years all without leaving the house. Let me explain.. On the advice of a friend I 'googled' Peter Coffman and discover... 

Having had a bit of a hiatus as my wife recovers from her surgery I stole a bit of 'me time' this weekend and went for a walk with friends. The weatherman was threatening rain and the mosquitoes were out in force but we went anyway. A late chang... 

This last week I have rode the roller coaster of emotional turmoil, my wife Cathy underwent Open Heart surgery to repair some damage. Having to give up everything you hold dear into the hands of strangers is one of the most frightening things I ha... 

Ancient Grove

May 19th, 2013

I have had a few conversations this week concerning patience. I don’t mean ‘road rage’ kind of patience I mean the patience to produce a better photograph. It started with a comment about my recent trip to Algonquin. On the Saturday morningPatrick... 

I have struggled to put thoughts into words this weekend. This morning I remember yesterday and I think of the pleasure of the company of a few like minded friends as we wandered in the woods seeking the wildflowers of spring. To make the time... 

Bloodroot

May 5th, 2013

Most people who know me know that Spring is not my most favourite time of year. Yet it does hold its attractions; Yesterday was one of those days when the air was warm, the breeze cool enough to be comfortable and the woods filled with the sounds of... 

I just returned from Algonquin, my Spring reunion with this incredible place. Once more Mother Nature showed her true power. We are puny in comparison: Roads washed away leaving people stranded on the wrong end of Opeongo Road, streams and ri... 

“I am a photographer” Today we had our first meeting of the season at my local gallery. Beryl asked everyone to introduce themselves for the benefit of the new members, I, sitting to her left was first up; “My name is Alan Norsworthy and I am a... 

Spring is supposed to be here but no-one told winter …. At the end of the week we had a tremendous winter storm, as it passed everything was coated in a thick sheet of ice. Ever since I can remember I have loved storms, howling gales, lashing rai... 

Blog posts

February 3rd, 2013

I have been 'blogging' for several years. If you are interested my blog is here .... http://ajnphotography.blogspot.ca/ Thanks Alan