ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature was conceived for people like me! Billed as a participative art experience incorporating history and nature, I expected a mash-up of art and nature featuring tons of lights and projected images, triggered by walking or touching something while enjoying the great outdoors in Banff National Park. While most of those elements were part of the experience, for me, the participative aspect fell short. Our group focused primarily on doing what needed to be done to move on to the next way station and there wasn’t much discussion or sharing of perspectives. I do really like the overall concept of a short-run, multi-media, site relevant art installation celebrating Canada’s parks quite appealing and hope for they’ll be another opportunity to experience art in nature before Canada 200 rolls around.
Canada’s 150th and two recent photo challenges got me thinking about how to show off Calgary’s iconic landmarks in photographs. That, in turn, got me thinking about how I like to search images and blogs when we’re going to visit other parts of the world, to get some ideas for how to come home with great images from away. Since I benefit from other bloggers’ advice on how to photograph their home turf, I thought I’d return the favour… First up? The Calgary Tower.
One fun approach to this month’s theme would have been to assemble a series of photographs emphasizing the position from which each was taken. Another option would have been to photograph one subject from many different vantage points. I chose to make photographs reflecting my connection with nature, since, over the years, I’ve found that being in nature is essential to my well-being. A growing body of research shows my experience is not unique!
For the last few years, whenever something related to age comes up in conversation, Mr. GeoK has calmly stated that we’re middle aged. I’ve steadfastly disagreed, arguing that middle age is based on how you feel, not a number. But I think I’m finally ready to concede that he’s right. The tipping point for me? The decision to swap out the flimsy OEM insoles in my walking shoes and hiking boots for aftermarket insoles that treat my middle aged feet with the respect they deserve!
Despite more than 20 years of hiking experience, we occasionally blow our trip planning. So while we thoroughly enjoyed the varied landscape and fantastic scenery just beyond Bow Hut, we didn’t even know to hike up The Onion for an overhead view of Iceberg Lake. That’s a good reason to hike this trail again – soon!
The challenge this month? Step away from your favourite camera/lens and work with something different for the month – maybe a rental lens, a film camera, some glass that’s been buried deep in your camera bag for a while, gear-swap with a friend or another change that gets you thinking more than usual. Since June is the start of wildflower season in Alberta, I opted to dig out my 60mm f2.8 macro lens and go walkabout looking for blossoms.