Saturday, January 7, 2017

Uncle Bud

Born a few years earlier we might have had photos of Uncle Bud leaning in the cowling of some fighter plane making it able to fly faster and higher. A few years later maybe inside a Saturn V rocket rewiring it so it would get to the moon a day or two quicker. 
What he was to me was a hard working man full of fun who could fix anything, make anything he had a mind to or just plain make anything better. I always enjoyed hanging out with him while he worked on some project or trying to emulate his work ethic when I gave him a hand. 
The song "Rapid Roy" by Jim Croce made me always think of Uncle Bud. especially the line about driving 130 mile an hour smilin for the camera.
He was the first person I ever saw wearing sunglasses in the middle of winter and I thought he was like a Hollywood actor.
He once drove around a band called "The Undertakers". My Mom would get upset about the hearse parked in front of our house. 
He had a boat he fixed up and he would putt putt around in it wearing his captains hat standing on the seat steering it with his foot.
Where ever he went he loved to drive around and explore. Those were great days in Oregon, or the Okanagan, or around Kamloops, or just where ever.  Driving highways and back roads just to see where they went. Sometimes the roads faded into the bushes but that was fine, the going there was what it was about. 
Of course there are a lifetime of memories of him and these are but a few. 
When I paint a picture of my Uncle Bud in my mind it's sitting beside him in one of his Ford Galaxie 500's, he has one hand on the wheel, one arm resting out the window, going 90 miles an hour along Highway 97, him looking over with that smile of his and the glint in his eye and winking at me, like we're sharing a secret. 
Deb, Amber, Judi, and Jesse, I know your Dad loved you all fiercely and I feel I can speak for the the cousins in saying as an uncle he was pretty cool. 
I'll miss him. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In Repose

Repose: a state of rest, sleep, or tranquility.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Best Camera

The one I have with me. 

This was shot with my Sony RX100 II
exp 5 seconds f4 iso 200
Kneeling on the next pier holding the camera on the deck

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lost and Found

Doing some major cleaning to gain some hard drive space I came across and old photo and thought "I should post that".



Friday, May 6, 2016

The Light On The Drive

If you haven't spent time on "The Drive" you definitely should. One of my favourite pastimes has become sitting in a coffee shop, bar, restaurant, or even just walking down the street and people watching. It's a continuous blend of different people from, the regular next door, to the hippy, to the biker, bohemian, or just plain bizarre. I'm not sure what this means but I have never felt out of place. Some day I would like to live there but until then I'll be an East Van Wannabe.

Here was a photo opportunity not to be missed. 

The other night while with my friend Anna she yelled "Oh look a snake!" and ran outside.  I'm not sure what kind this snake was but as you can see it was large. She quickly charmed the fellow with it into letting her hold it and we got a few photos. 
 Anna sings with Las Divas. They play in and around Vancouver often on Commercial Drive. Like their Facebook page and if you get an opportunity go to one of their shows. No bias here when I say they're great. Well maybe a little but go see them and you will know why.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Look

Sitting, listening to some friends play music. I was next to Veronica when she turned and looked at me......


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mirrored Light

Last night I got to go see some friends do a performance "Caught Up in the Keeping" as graduates of the Mirror Dance Program. It was my introduction to contemporary dance and I found it quite fascinating. I haven't found the words yet about exactly what I was getting from it but it was a constant visual delight. Here is Joanna who was one of the performers along with Kendra and JoLeah.