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!


About jonbutlerphoto

Jon Butler is a Zen practitioner, haiku poet, photographer and retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life. He has been capturing and enjoying the natural light of La Cloche for more than 35 years. He concentrates on solitary, contemplative landscapes, natural colour and atmospheric effects. In 2015 Jon began creating a series of Photomontage prints using his original photographs. It is an opportunity to explore a sequence of dreams or dreams of a sequence. Jon and his wife Kerry summer on Charlton Lake located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. They are founding members of the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society and the Willisville Mountain Project, dedicated to preserve Willisville Mountain and the beauty of La Cloche. The books ‘Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs’ and 'La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner's Mind' are still available online at www.blurb.ca/user/lacloche. Jon’s exhibit ‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ was part of the Toronto international photography show CONTACT2012 before exhibiting in Gore Bay and Sudbury in 2012. Jon’s photographs are available at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury shop and the Killarney Park Store.
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1 Response to A Rothko Morning from Willisville Mountain

  1. Jay Guy says:

    Hi Jon and Kerry….All is well in Florida….off to Indiana and Maryland in June. Jay and John

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