While at Mud Lake on a day off, I saw a Great Blue Heron standing in the middle of the pond. It was early morning, so he had to be hunting up a bit of breakfast. I figured if I just waited, he would make a catch. He did, a catfish, which he then impaled violently several times (see the video clip below) after which, he tossed it in the air, caught it mid-air and swallowed it whole. You can see the outline of the whole fish in the bird's long neck as it works the fish down. I could almost hear the bird grunting out, "Git....in-side.....mah.....belly!" Amazing bit of nature at play, reminding always that having good paying jobs are a blessing and having to kill everyday to survive is something we've become somewhat removed from. The YouTube short video shows the violent stabbing actions he does to finish off the prey. But, it's the way of nature. Anyways, enjoy.
We're into the middle of May, so summer is officially not far off. In any event, the trees this week are still free of leaves. In 3-5 days, tree branches will be full of leaves, and getting good pictures of birds in trees will be a challenge. This week will be key, but rani is forecast for much of the week. Here, the Cardinal, the Scarlet Tanager, the Hairy Woodpecker, the Yellow Warbler and a Doppelganger of two Wood Ducks.
Great opening night, thanks to friends and all visitors who attended the opening event. All of my aluminum prints sold! These are my images, printed on aluminum using UV-resistant inks. Two aluminum sheets sandwich a layer of polystyrene for lightness and rigidity. These images are durable and can be hung in doors or out, and with a variety of hanging options ranging from a clean borderless look to stand-out corners to give an industrial look, perfect for lofts or office space in renovated heritage buildings. The two metal prints I sold are the last two images here (of course, there is no watermark/logo on the print I sold).
ANY of my images seen on my website that you like, OR any photo you wold like me to take, can be printed on metal, and the company doing the work is Canadian! Te smallest size is 8 x 12, and with a float-mount system making it ready to lay flush to your wall out of the box, prices start at $95.00. People last night seeing the metal prints were anxious to buy once they saw just how amazing the light play is on the image. You have to see the metal prints to believe it; the colors pop and change in a very muted, tasteful way. The result is compelling, mesmerizing, tasteful and, if you use the four-corner post mounts, you get an industrial, Bauhaus effect. If you opt for the flush-mount, the image comes out of the box ready to hang, and will sit flush to a wall.
I am bringing two more metal prints on Saturday, so come take a look, the weather is perfect for a pleasant walk along the Mississippi River afterwards, along the Riverwalk promenade, which will take you right onto Mill Street and a whole array of excellent restaurants, those little gastronomic gems that small towns always have when big-city chefs flee the iron kitchens of urbanity and come to settle and create amazing cuisine in quieter, more relaxed environs. Foodies, Il Postino, The Heirloom Cafe, Palms Cafe, the Euro crepe spot, all on the same kilometer stretch of historic Mill Street in Almonte, just around the corner from Art in the Attic at 14 Bridge Street!
Art in the Attic is a showcase for local (Mississippi Mills--Almonte, Carleton Place, Ottawa--artistic talent. A number of us will have artwork up for sale at the old town hall, an historic stone building at 14 Bridge Street in Almonte. The event starts tonight, Friday the 9th, at 7:00 p.m. Wine and cheese until 9:00 p.m. tonight, then the show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-5:00. There is parking in the lot of the building, and on nearby streets. There are also great restaurants just a few minutes walk from the town hall. Places such as Foodies, The Robin's Nest, The Palm cafe, Il Postino and the Heritage Cafe, all with 3-5 minutes walking on Mill Street from the town hall. Make a day of it, you may even visit display # 13 and take one of my gallery framed photos home!
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!