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Random acts of ornamenting

Just this past Sunday I went for a little walk in the woods near my house. To get some fresh air. To clear my head. To take a few pictures. To escape the ever-intensifying drumbeat of Christmas, Trump, Brexit and all the other calamities befalling us these days.

I didn’t know what kind of pictures I would take. It was a typical overcast, dreary Ottawa winter (well, late fall for the pedantic) day. The light was, for the lack of a better word, shitty. Flat. Lifeless. Not exactly inspirational.

Then I saw the balls.

Whimsical, lonely little Xmas ornaments on random trees here and there. They put a smile on my face.

They brightened up an otherwise dull day.

I’m sure there are more out there, so I’ll have to go back.

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All images shot with Fujifilm X-T2, XF16MM F1.4 and processed in Capture One.

The tulip mania continues

The first Saturday of the 65th annual Canadian Tulip Festival was a little gray and rainy. That didn't stop people from coming out and checking out the action (so to speak) at Commissioner's Park just beside Dow's Lake.

Many of the bulbs are in full bloom, but some—notably the Canada 150—still have a ways to go.

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All shot with my X-T1 and 16mm f/1.4 combo.