Animal Farm – ‘Grun 80’

Today was the first really Spring-like day this year; sunny with deep contrasty shadows, warm enough to throw coats and caution to the wind, flowers popping their heads up everywhere you look. Just lovely! The perfect day to visit "Grun 80" or "Grun Achtzig" (parkimgruenen.ch)  - not far from home. Many years ago when I [...]

Chalk and Cheese…

How I love this British English expression! I learned it when I lived many years ago in London, and somehow it has stayed in my vocabulary. It means to compare two things which are completely different from each other  - with a rather ironic tone. I still have a little giggle each time I use [...]

Did it!

Overcoming obstacles is difficult and takes courage, overcoming one's own insecurities (yes, we all have them, those "Am I good/talented/creative enough?" moments in life), requires a deep breath and some reckless daring....so I dared. I entered a big competition for the first time; the Magnum Photography Awards 2016. Will I win? Probably not BUT this [...]

Lovely leftovers….

I was going through my photos tonight, trying to organize them into some kind of sensible chaos, when I came across a few from our last trip. There is no real "theme" to these images, except for the fact that I like the way that these 'visual experiments' turned out. Enjoy.....

Moody blues…

Today is the last time that we can enjoy the beach; it is the end of an era. We have come to sort out and clean out the family cottage on Long Island. The evening is cold, rainy and stormy; the day has come to say good-bye. As the light disappears over the Atlantic, there [...]

Wanderweg in Wengen

One of the great delights in Switzerland is being able to take a cog railway up to the top of the mountains. Two hours out of the city and suddenly you are transported to a completely different world; one full of magic, breathtaking views and time to wonder....oh, and the strangest UFO-looking clouds I have [...]

The Colours of Nuit Blanche

Toronto turns into an art-lover's dream for one night in October when it hosts "Nuit Blanche" (http://nuitblancheto.ca) - a curated free-for-all from 8pm to 8am. Wandering though downtown streets from Nathan Phillip's Square to Harbourfront, the city pulses on all sides with colour and crowds of creatives mixing with party-goers, theatre buffs and those just [...]

MM2-34: Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness

I love Leanne's challenges and the positive and encouraging feedback which she ALWAYS gives! Her Monochrome Madness was the first public photographic forum that I had the courage to enter last year and now I am a huge fan! It is also great learning to see what other photographers are doing and how different people [...]

Studies in Black & White

Somedays, no matter how creative the day begins, it reaches a dull spot where suddenly there is a need to entertain oneself (hopefully without the use of anything digital...). Look around the house and something will always pop up. Deciding that I could use some more practice with depth of field and settings (I still [...]

If it is Autumn, it is time for the fair!

It is certainly Autumn in Switzerland; bright sunshine in that golden Autumnal hue, blue skies, dipping temperatures and crisp leaves that you scuff on the pavement with new leather shoes. In Basel, it is also time for the Autumn Fair or Herbstmesse in German. One of the very special things one finds at the fair [...]