A Passenger’s View

I reconcile this passenger imposed life
through a photographer’s lens

Record the road ahead, the passages
find resonance in what lies outside my window.

(For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A window with a view)

Overnight Invasion

A silent invader, the snow
creeps in overnight, transforms

No weapons of war, just a soft
blanketing pronouncing victory

Invasive and inevitable, we sigh acceptance
and still the river flows, for now.

(For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: In My Neighbourhood.)

Gratitude for my Attitude

There is an old train trestle in town, that traverses the river just above the falls. In 1999, townspeople banded together to create a walking trail where the old line extended through the city. It affords spectacular views. It is also not easily accessed by those like myself with mobility issues.

But I am determined.

I asked everyone I know. Some said they have petitioned the city to make it more accessible, some have pointed out different ways to enter the trail, and one neighbour even offered me his motorized scooter.

Then I noticed someone in a wheelchair up on the bridge and knew there must be a way.

I drove to all the trailheads, attempted different approaches, and then…

I finally found it. A way in.

The walk challenged every one of my muscles, and a couple of times I had to push panic aside. It was so worth it!

The stroll back to the car was slow, punctuated with many stops, and all the while, I felt grateful for this spirit of mine that refuses to give up.

One Angle At A Time

So many aspects of our little town make it intriguing, and while my focus has been on the natural areas, I am also drawn to the architecture and history, so one angle at a time, I’ve decided to start exploring each element.

Photos of St Marys, Ontario, Canada, submitted for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: angles.

A Trip To the Beach

As the temperature rises we are drawn to nearby shores, for a patio lunch overlooking the water.

Merely observers now – the sun a threat to aging skin, and the sand too difficult to navigate – we are content to people watch.

Impossible to capture the entirety of our view in one shot, so I settle instead for the details.

A trio of boats just off shore:

Beachgoers gathered beneath a tree:

An antique car and driver cruising by:

Satiated with good food and a satisfying view, we journey home, my camera buzzing.

(For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: details. The beach depicted is at Goderich, Ontario, Canada.)