Saturday, December 17, 2005

sun and frost

I live in a suburban neighbourhood, on a major river at its most industrialised point, beside a commuter bridge which passes over an industrial park on the edge of a huge undeveloped urban bog. It's a place where many worlds collide. There's rawness and character, but very little charm. Early this morning this was the view, to the northwest, of the Alex Fraser Bridge as I left home.

I walked down the hill to my friend's house and we took our dogs into the bog. The sun had just peeked over the mountains and was flooding the trails.

On impulse, we decided to head up the bridge to the highest point.

From here we looked northeast, up the Fraser River. Heading back down again we saw an amazing sight: a line of rooftops, the early morning sun just striking them:

We also passed right over the lumber yard:

Have I ever mentioned that I love my camera?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my camera too! You captured some neat images all in one. Thanks for the story in caption form to go along. The moon lingering over the bridge is a nice touch, as is the glowing promise of sun showing through the trees with the dogs sprinting down the trail.

18/12/05 1:25 a.m.  
Blogger L'Oiseau said...

What a fabulous walk. We've just had cold, damp and wet so beautiful to see real bright cold shots.

18/12/05 1:57 a.m.  
Blogger andy said...

The rooftops shot is amazing! Worthy of printing poster-sized and hanging on the wall, at the very least.

I love the contrasts in the bridge shot - glow from the sun, yet the moon in the sky; brightness on the bridge, darkness in the trees; simple lines of the bridge, complex lines of the trees; even the colours seem to complement each other perfectly. I could go on... :-) It's one of those shots that's instantly pleasing and invites an analytical mind like mine to figure out why!

18/12/05 2:56 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

I adore the rooftop shot too!

I'm hoping to get a new camera soon - what camera do you have and what is it that you like about it? (and if there is anything you wish you could do but can't I'd like to know too!)

18/12/05 5:51 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I love your camera too. You use it so well.Nice shot of Lions Gate.

18/12/05 6:33 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Teri: I like the shot of the dogs, too, but they really need to be zoomed right in on to see their happy expressions and the fact that their feet aren't even hitting the ground (or so it seems).

Oiseau: We have so much dark and damp in winter that I'm really grateful for the past few days.

Andy: Another in-depth analysis from a talented photographer. Thanks.

Caroline: My budget being equal, I would've gotten a digital SLR in a heartbeat. This is the best midrange model I could find with the features I wanted, primarily 6x optical zoom. It's a Fuji S3100 and extremely highly rated for its category.

Brian: Go north, young man. This is the mighty Alex Fraser Bridge, barely 20 years old, not the beautiful and historic Lions Gate (which is the bridge I grew up near), an enginering marvel for its time.

18/12/05 7:26 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

Andrea, these are stunning photos. My favorite is the one of the dogs, but the rooftops shot is a close second. I like Brian's comment, "I love your camera, too!" I love what you see through your lens. Beautiful!

18/12/05 8:23 a.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Beautiful pics! I love your camera too. And I love the camera I have yet to get. :-)

18/12/05 9:45 a.m.  
Blogger LDahl said...

Bridge photo...WOOT!!!
Great photo...clear and framed by the trees. I swear the tree on the left looks like a shaman making an invocation to the moon. There is an element of music about it also, with the "strings" of the bridge waiting to be played, the moon a whole note, held in place by the bridge ...very alive.
Replicating shapes of the tree on the right... :)
Well, I like it:))))

18/12/05 7:32 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is great to go on your walk with you! thanks andrea! and i agree the dogs and rooftops are my faves but it is all really beautiful.

18/12/05 7:34 p.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

Wow, you've managed to capture so many perfect moments. I especially love the one with the dogs.

18/12/05 9:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great snaps! I always take a camera with me....and invariably never use it (inexplicable I know).


19/12/05 12:29 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

It's clear that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Perhpas there is little charm in this area, but you've captured some gorgeous images! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorote, but the most striking are the bridge and the rooftops. I do love the dogs, too...

19/12/05 2:28 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

wow I can see the shaman that ldahl mentions...

19/12/05 5:19 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Andrea - thanks for the camera info - I don't think I can stretch to a digital SLR either but would like something with at least some of the flexibility... I've been saving for this for over a year now... and will probably wait to buy in January to avoid paying over the odds before Christmas. Any further thoughts about what to look for would be welcomed.

19/12/05 7:25 a.m.  
Anonymous joe said...

HI Andrea. Thanks for the lovely comment on the Tracy Subway pic. I too love that roof shot, but all your pics look great!

19/12/05 10:21 a.m.  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

What a nice narrative. How early was that walk? Love the dogs running!
I was meaning to say it again and again – I truly love all of your artwork! I just got a chance to go and look at all the drawings you have on flickr… Marvelous.
I don’t paint landscapes, I am landscape challenged, so much more the fun to sit quietly and admire yours!!! Lily.

19/12/05 1:53 p.m.  
Blogger Giles said...

Wow, what gorgeous photos. Great stuff. Love the dogs :)

19/12/05 6:36 p.m.  
Blogger Cecilia's Art said...

uy! we live in a very similar city , i think, we have a river and a beautiful place , no?
love your pictures!

19/12/05 6:36 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Can't imagine Andrea without her camera ... nor not posting an 'Imagine' IF image };-}

19/12/05 7:45 p.m.  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

A wonderful series of pictures, some quite marvelous! Love those rooftops! Mary :-)

20/12/05 7:37 a.m.  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Also particularly love the dogs on the trail! :-) Mary

20/12/05 7:38 a.m.  
Blogger Andrea said...

The picture of the dogs is gorgeous!

21/12/05 10:49 a.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

I love your cam'ra too, Andrea. :)

22/12/05 7:34 a.m.  

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