Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Belle Island

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Just over the hill behind the lighthouse. Also spotted from another part of the island – icebergs way in the distance…

belle island

Northeast Trail, Battery Road to Signal Hill, St John’s, NL

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

At the risk of angering my relatives, I admit freely, “gorgeous day but I miss the fog terribly”. Location-scouting for ghostly video is no fun with the sun on. Using my imagination to picture these locations in fog, or at least under grey skies.

Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail

This one might not look like much, but from the crevasse came the sounds of the ocean. Note to self – climb up again and record some audio!
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail

Quidi Vidi

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Gorgeous day in Quidi Vidi Fishing Village and Battery-cum-tourist stop, also head of Cuckold’s hiking trail.

Quidi Vidi
Quidi Vidi
Quidi Vidi

Cape Spear

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Most easterly point of North America, next stop…Ireland

cape spear
cape spear
cape spear
cape spear
cape spear

Not in Brooklyn anymore

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

I went iceberg chasing down the Southern Shore to Ferryland, Newfoundland, this afternoon. It was a spiritual pilgrimage of sorts, I’ve been dreaming about the icebergs since my father moved back to Newfoundland years ago and sent a postcard of a pinnacled specimen locked in St John’s harbour. Hard not to stay all day and pay respects after waiting so long to see one. Ferryland’s mammoth chunk of ice was magnificent, blue in the grey sea, broken off from Greenland, a long way from home.

Minutes after I shot these photos the fog rolled in, blotting out the iceberg and the ocean and the road. A family of tourists drove up, clearly disappointed, cameras whirring in and out of focus, everything a grey-white blur. “That’s a sin” said one, staring into the abyss.

iceberg1
iceberg2

Spring…

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Apparently it’s Easter and I am sitting in my temporary studio which is really a parlour in a possibly creepy old white mansion on a very run down street. There is moss between the stone steps leading up from the street and an electric yellow forsythia just outside one window. Through another window is a tulip tree, the kind I used to call magnolia, with half-opened magenta buds. I hear fire trucks in the distance and the older gentleman owner of the house, whom I haven’t met, is singing Candle in the Wind with radio accompaniment and working in the yard which is filled with antiques – his worn t-shirt says rocket in my pocket, in red.

I’m watching slasher films from the 70s and 80s for a series of drawings I am working on.

Its all very lovely, like spring…

tulip tree
forsythia

Total Eclipse Of The Heart or You And Me Could Write A Vampire Romance (And Maybe We Should)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

eclipse

This will be a summer of hot-blooded romance for vampire fans everywhere.

June 10th marks the release of Eclipse, the third in the Twilight series – and those folks don’t waste any time. If the trailer is any indication there will be much pouting and much swooping over majestic Northwestern mountain scenery. Edward’s perfect vampire eyebrows once again go head to head against werewolf-next-door rivalry. How is a (mere mortal) brunette to resist?

eclipse

Hot on those heels on June 13th (coincidence?) the Southeastern variety vampire shapeshifting saga True Blood, starts up for season three and if you really can’t wait you can watch the production videos, which take the bite out of pretty vampire boys William and Eric fighting over the (fake) blond living object of their undying affections.

HBO Eric and William

Speaking of eclipses, Bonnie Tyler in her 1980s video Total Eclipse of the Heart, looks mighty vampirical as we storm through 2010.

And this just in via Flavorwire’s interview with Mary Gaitskill,

Why do you think vampires are so prevalent in popular literature right now? What does it say about our desires?

~I think they are perennially popular. They’re very sexual. I think people have a fear and fascination with sex as a form of devouring, especially psychic devouring. There’s also a feeling of people starving for deeper life, like blood. The feel empty and they want to find something to suck. Vampires express out need for substance, closeness, and intimacy.

Oh Nosferatu, you poor out-dated creepy monster.

Re(treat)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

In Banff today I took a pilates class, ate lunch while enjoying a jaw-dropping view, sat in the steam room, worked ever so briefly, soaked in the nearby hot springs with new friends, and ate an elk burger with pineapple. That’s what I call an artist’s retreat.

Banff

Banff

Banff

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I’m in Canadia, as certain American men I know like to call my homeland. Banff to be specific, for a short artist’s residency. I pulled into the parking lot and spilled out of my car, spellbound by the full moon rising over the Rocky Mountains. When I could breathe again, I saw there were two very quiet elk a few feet away from me. I have never before seen elk, and we stood watching each other.

I was born in this province – this is the closest I’ve been to my birthplace in many years. Very nice to be home, especially after Canada won hockey gold.

Landscaping

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The desert, the rocky coast, the snowy tundra… you can take a girl off the prairie but you can’t take the barren landscape / big sky appeal away from the girl.

-Jillian