And they got it.
Some of us said, "be careful what you ask for". I fully expect that over the course of the next few years, the words, "I told you so" will echo around the Province. If you are not straight, white, male, healthy and entitled, you will be feeling the pain.
Sadly, there was no viable choice offered this time. Hopefully, in a few years, there will be. Hopefully we still will have a place where people of all stripes will still be welcome, where we'll have clean air to breathe and water to drink instead of scorched earth and a vast gulf between rich and poor like we see in third world countries.
I have more in common with the basic PC concept than with the other parties, but could no more vote for Ford than I could for Adolf Hitler. Or Donald Trump. These three are (were) populist demagogues who imposed their own narrow, simplified visions on their parties with winning power and personal gain their only motives.
Watching Doug Ford is like watching a kindergarten kid grapple with theoretical physics. They know that if they drop an egg on the floor it's going to smash and make a mess but they have no clue why or how to prevent it or, to carry the analogy one step further, to clean it up.
Hopefully the people elected around him will manage to rein him in, but it didn't work for Hitler and it hasn't yet worked for Trump. I weep for what he's going to do to this province.
I probably won't be around to see it. But my children and grandchildren will and I fear for them.
I'm seeing a notice from Google about privacy and the European Union, etc on my blog dashboard. I read it, but call me unsophisticated or stupid but I don't get it. Or it just doesn't apply. As far as I know, I haven't enabled any cookies, I don't have any clue who visits my blog, I don't have any advertising whatsoever on my blog.
That said, I do have links to both BH Photo and Topaz Labs in the right column. The former is arguably the most respectable photo equipment retailer in the world, and the latter makes superb photo post-processing software that I use and enjoy. I have no idea whether either of them tracks visitors to their sites that come through those links. Full disclosure: I do participate in their affiliate programs and sporadically earn some consideration when a visitor through those links buys something from them.
Speaking of Topaz Labs...
Introducing "AI CLEAR"
Topaz has just announced a brand new adjustment for Studio called "AI Clear". This is a totally new innovative product, a whole new paradigm. It uses Artificial Intelligence to create the processing algorithm on your local computer rather than force you to the Cloud for this function.
"What function?", you ask. "AI Clear uses the insight of a custom neural network trained on millions of images to detect and reduce noise as well as enhance details in your images automatically".
This is going to be available on Tuesday, June 19th. You will be able to download a 30 day free trial and if you like it, it will cost $59.95 after that.
I admit I haven't tried it yet. No time, I'm packing for my trip: but hey, it's FREE to try, so give it a shot. Let me know how you like it!
Here's the link: https://topazlabs.com/ai-clear/ref/32/
Newfoundland: 5 more sleeps!
I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon and departure is scheduled for Friday. I'm getting excited about the trip but not frantic yet about getting prepared! That will probably happen on Thursday night!
Amin and I are driving out, our first tourist destination is Peggy's Cove, NS. We've both been there before but it breaks up the long drive, the photo ops should be awesome, and besides I had the best lobster ever there last summer!
We'll be travelling in my 2011 Subaru Forester, all ready to go with the new (to me) cargo carrier on the roof. I have to be careful not to use underground parking!
Here's a map summarizing the NL part of my itinerary:
Here's the big one: From July 12 through August 25th I will be in accommodations too big for just me and if anyone wants to come visit, let me know! Especially August, where I have a 4-bedroom home all to myself.
- On arrival, we're driving pretty well straight up to Coffee Cove where we'll spend 2 nights. Likely we'll drive back to Gros Morne for a day.
- One little glitch (don't ask...) I was SURE the place we rented for June 27-July 1 was on Change Islands. Turns out it is not. It's in Twillingate. Where we're also booked until July 23rd. Oh well, day trips to Fogo and Change..., up and down the coast.
- July 23 I'm going back to Coffee Cove or to Trinity, depending how much we liked the place on the way out. TBD...
- Bonavista is the destination for the end of July. Puffins, whales... I plan to spend a lot of time seeking out these critters.
- The spectacular house in Torbay (just North of St. John's) will serve as a base for day trips as far away as Cape St. Mary's, down the Avalon peninsula and up past Bay Roberts, etc.
- On the way home, a couple of nights in Stephenville, exploring The Port au Port/Cape St. George loop. We'll hit Codroy on the way back to the ferry.
- Back on the mainland, the plan is to head up to Percé in the Gaspé. There's a huge gannet colony there, hopefully the birds will still be there at the end of the summer.
My basic plan is to get up early, shoot sunrise/morning golden hour, come back and chill during the day, then go out for the sunset/golden hour/blue hour shoots in the evenings. I hope for nights when I can do some stars and maybe aurora. Rinse and Repeat. And there will be days when I'll put my feet up, pull out my sketchbook or my oil paints and do my thing. Maybe spend some time on my "Great Canadian Novel".
I plan to post here as often as I can. I'll put some stuff up on Facebook, but this blog will be the main medium for photos and the trip log, so stay tuned. If you are not subscribed to this blog, please click the "Newsletter" link at top right: no spam will come your way but you'll get a quick email telling you about a new post here. And a photo that will not appear anywhere else, each time. One click to unsubscribe if you must.
PS: I'm bringing two camera bodies, half a dozen lenses, two tripods, my macro gear, warm, cold and wet weather clothes, my Macbook Pro, two external drives, Wacom tablet, external keyboard and lots of connecting stuff. Even a wifi extender, three sherpas and a kangaroo. I stopped short of throwing my 27" monitor in as well!
What's a blog from me without pictures?
First up are some guest photos by Leah Torres Springer. If you don't know, she's my 8 years old granddaughter, and with some minimal coaching (and a few "please don't drop my camera!" pleas), she took these shots. She was barely able to lift the D800 with the 105mm macro on board, let alone reach the buttons for back button focusing!
This is Leah
Leah's sister Amalia.
Her aunt Lori (my daughter!)
Her father Jamie (my son!). I have the same dimples, nose and forehead. But I also have 30 years, 3 surguries and 60 or more pounds on him!
So this is what you're going to look like in 2048 if you're not careful, Jamie!
and this is my photo of Amalia. Love that sparkling smile!
I have a dilemma. I have so many pictures that I like since the last blog, almost all of them from Carden Plain. I tried eliminating some, I took out most of the more mundane birds and so on, but I'm left with WAY too many. So at the risk of boring you to death, and the promise that I'm done with Carden (Newfoundland next!), here they are. I hope you enjoy them.
They're more or less in chronological order.
|American Robin in the rain. Not a happy camper!|
Bobolink on a stick.
A patch of Prairie Smoke, the same rainy morning.
Blue-winged warbler, warbling
Another shot of the blue-winged warbler. I just liked the pose.
Chestnut-sided warbler dining on tent caterpillars
Virginia Rail. This was actually on Prospect Road, about 10 km from Carden Plain.
Common Yellowthroat. He was being shy but came out for a second!
Swamp Sparrow. I chose to show him in his milieu.
Eastern Bluebird male with lunch. Also wet from the rain.
Female Red-winged Blackbird. Love the colours.
Prairie Smoke bud about to sprout.
An impression of what the alvar looks like with the prairie smoke and the indian paintbrush in full bloom.
Lilies just outside the viewing blind at Carden.
I dunno. Some kind of flower-to-be
Wild Rose impression.
OK. Next time in the Maritimes! On the road on Friday,
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