A Rothko Morning from Willisville Mountain

A completely different dawn today and one that over the years has been fondly named a ‘Rothko Morning’.

“I use colours that have already been experienced through the light of day and through the state of mind of the total man. In other words, my colours are not colours that are laboratory tools which are isolated from all accidentals or impurities so that they have a specified identity or purity.”
* Mark Rothko, source of artist quotes painter of the Sublime: ‘Working notes’, undated; as quoted in as quoted in ”Abstract Expressionism Creators and Critics”, edited by Clifford Ross, Abrams Publishers New York 1990, p. 173.

First Photo

First Photo – April 19

One of the many challenges when photographing in the dark is making sure everything is in focus. The tripod, cable release and level help alleviate the other ones.

Second Photo

Second Photo – April 19

The small white patch in the lower portion of the photograph is a reflection from the first open water on Cranberry Lake at the narrows. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, before they put the dam in on Frood Lake, Franklin Carmichael and fellow painters Joachim Gauthier and A. Y. Jackson would have to portage over the narrows on their way to Cranberry and Grace Lake. Grace Lake is in Killarney Provincial Park. Here’s a photo from a few years ago of the narrows.

A Passage to Grace

A Passage to Grace

It was 1c and with the steady wind from the north it felt like -10c so the fingers were frozen and the hot coffee was enjoyed that much more. There were very few stars in the sky, as you can see from the earlier photos, however a couple did appear as I took a photo of a tree at my back. The wind was strong and steady enough to move the branches but not the trunk of the pine.

Third Photo - April 19

Third Photo – April 19

Up at 4:30 a.m. and home before the sun came over the horizon!

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Beginner’s Mind – 2015 version

Today was our first morning up Willisville Mountain this year and while preparing for the early morning I once again revisited Shunryu Suzuki’s wonderful quote “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ”

I have taken thousands of analog and digital photographs from the Mountain over the past 35 years and every morning is new adventure thanks to the ‘beginner’s mind’.

First Photo

First Photo

It will take a few early mornings to get back into the groove of photographing in the dark with a hot cup of coffee and so much to enjoy.

Today another Shunryu Suzuki quote ( an excellent book ) seemed quite appropriate “When a bird sings, you feel the calmness of the mountain…more than when you did not hear any sound.”

I enjoy other photographer’s work and we (Kerry & I) visit many galleries and exhibits over the course of a year, however, with all of the computer enhancement being experimented with by others I am very satisfied capturing and sharing natural colours.

Second photo

Second photo

The best part of my early morning photography is having someone to share it with! You can enjoy Kerry’s (my wife and best friend) photography at Perivale Gallery on Manitoulin Island.

Kerry

Kerry

There are still a few of the ‘La Cloche Spirit’ portfolio left and you can purchase them at Turners in Little Current or contact me at lacloche(at)gmail.com

Each ‘La Cloche Spirit’ package includes a signed limited edition book ‘La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner’s Mind’. This is a signed limited edition of 150.

Each ‘La Cloche Spirit’ package includes a signed and matted limited edition photograph. Each photograph is a limited edition of 10 and it is from the La Cloche Spirit portfolio; however, it may not have been included in the published book.

The ‘La Cloche Spirit’ package sells for $180. The signed books and matted, limited edition photographs are not sold separately. Framed photographs may be available for some of the photo series.

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Sunrise Pass-a-Grille, December 28 2014

Sunrise in Pass-a-Grille Florida on December 28, 2014.

Sunrise in Pass-a-Grille Florida on December 28, 2014.

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Sunrise Pass-a-Grille, December 20 2014

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Saturday, December 20. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Saturday, December 20. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Saturday, Dec 20. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Saturday, Dec 20. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

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Sunrise Pass-a-Grille December 15

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Monday, Dec 15. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Monday, Dec 15. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

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Sunrise Pass-a-Grille Florida December 12 2014

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Friday, Dec 12. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty - naturally!

Sunrise Pass-a-Grile Florida on Friday, Dec 12. Natural light, natural colours, natural beauty – naturally!

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In this issue of ‘Georgian Bay Today’

Jon Butler's La Cloche

Jon Butler’s La Cloche

About Georgian Bay Today

About Georgian Bay Today

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