Saturday, April 15th, 2023

Akiva needed some time with just me.

I took him on a ride through North Hatley to the old swimming spot on the Coaticook.


Woodlands, with Children

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

I had to look it up: fashion models are required to look glum on the runway in order to avoid taking the focus away from the clothing they are wearing. In other words, perhaps if they smiled, they would look too beautiful for us to bother caring about their clothing. This doesn’t make much sense to me. Why hire those who have, ostensibly, the most perfect faces and then tell themβ€” “Go out there and knock ’em dead! β€”but not too dead. We don’t want actual dead people, so look as average as possible.” Why not just hire average people and let them smile? In sum, I don’t buy it. I think there’s another reason they’re required to look glum, and I think I know what it is: glumness is currently in fashion. Smiles come and go! Here is a woodland setting with facially fashionable children. Uh, wait. Isn’t it fashionable for children to smile? Oops…


@trailside (Waterville)

Saturday, December 10th, 2022



The depth of field is shallow because I didn’t bring my tripod.

I didn’t bring my tripod because I didn’t want to carry it.

I didn’t want to carry it because my backpack is not properly engineered for carrying a tripod.

I wish I was comfortable bringing my tripod everywhere.

I would like a new backpack.

Massawippi Trail Revisited

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

We had to hurry home from the Massawippi Trail on my birthday two weeks ago because it coincided with opening day for registration for the campgrounds at Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay. I wanted to register at at the first minute of the first possible hour so that I could get my favorite spot. Both Martin and I clicked the proper button on our separate computers the instant registration opened. I had around 10,000 people in front of me and he only had about 8,000 people in front of him, so after a mere 50 minutes in the virtual waiting room, we were in! Bonus, I got my spot. It helps that I’m not really picky about which week we go camping.


Anyhow. That’s all besides the point.

The point is, we had to go back to the Massawippi trail so that we could walk to the far end of it.

There’s a lot more to explore.


My Birthday (Massawippi Trail)

Sunday, November 13th, 2022

It seems that, for my birthday, I took exactly one photograph. Here it is!

Apologies to all family members whom I failed to photograph on my birthday.


Parc Harold F. Baldwin (Mont Pinacle)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

The autumn that Akiva was 6, we hiked up Mt. Orford the long way. It took six hours. I didn’t take any photographs. Instead, I told an epic tale about a war between the monsters and the humans. It was probably the best story I’ve ever told in my life. I told a lot of stories that year. Unfortunately, I don’t remember any of them. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs.


I started telling monster stories when Akiva was at Kate’s at the Waldorf school. The first story I told was about a monster who dug tunnels in the Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) and the boy who met him there and befriended him. It was a good tale, and probably the only one I’ve ever told where the main character is sad about the removal of a large swath of invasive plants.





I stopped telling monster stories when Akiva found out about superheroes. He wanted superhero stories. To me, superheroes are all the same. The only thing really interesting about them is their creation story, and creation stories are pretty difficult. I managed one inspired superhero story about a boy who somehow gained the superpower of zapping dog-poop that was left in an inappropriate place back onto the property of the human who owned said dog, often with the human being in a coincidentally inconvenient location when the poop descended out of the skyβ€” a telling tale in terms of how I fell about humans who let their dogs shit in public places or on others’ property and don’t carry out the common courtesy of cleaning up. That’s basically the only superpower I’ve considered acquiring lately, so after that tale, I had no more inspiration.





But the tale of the war between the monsters and the humans was one of utter devastation ending in hope of resurrection. I wish I had recorded it. On this hike, the kids spent time trying to re-tell the tale to me. I think it’s all Humpty-Dumpty, tho, to be never together again.



Parc de la gorge de Coaticook

Sunday, October 23rd, 2022

When my high-school photography teacher described the flavors of Kodak B&W filmsβ€” Kodak T-MAX or Kodak TRI-Xβ€” I chose T-MAX & stayed faithful to it until I discovered Ilford Delta. I’m sure there were people who switched films all the timeβ€”and there were many filmsβ€” but such loose behavior me feel like a floozy.


I would expose the onto paper in such low light, sooooo sloooooowly. I was agonizingly slow in the darkroom. I was afraid that if I exposed with more light and shorter times, the moment of perfection would pass and I would not be able to catch it.


I liked matte paper. My high-school teacher recommended that we all start out with glossy, but I thought the reflection of light on the paper annoying. I would see the image, then I would see the extra light. I liked how the light sunk into the matte finish so I could look at the picture.


I took okay photos in high school. I was too shy to venture too far or to be too creative. I became more adventuresome in college, but still, I was shy. I was too afraid of humans to photograph them well, but I certainly thought they were (and still are) the most interesting thing to put in a box and look at through a view-finder. My favorite humans are my family. I like looking at them.



Now I can click on one imitation B&W film after another, chosing whichever one pleases me, wondering how accurate they are, wondering how they can mean anything at all when the look of the image changes so dramatically when I change my camera profile. For this picture, I tried out each film simulation one after another in quick succession, and then I did it again. What a floozy!

It would have been a much better pictureβ€” perhaps almost interestingβ€” if she was leaning on the other side of the bridge. Unfortunately, I didn’t ask her to move. Also unfortunately, it reminds me of my high-school photos. I think I photographed a lot of chain-link fences.






Developing B&W images in ye ol’ darkroom, courtesy of Ilford. The above photo is imitation Ilford Pan F 50.

Follow all step-by-step instructions or skip right to 5:50 to see the moment that makes a photographer’s heart go pitter-pat.

Tamarak in Autumn (Johnville Bog)

Friday, October 21st, 2022


we went to Johnville




in autumn




we looked at




the ponds




we breathed in



the woods


Sunset (Baie-Sainte-Marguerite)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

We walked out around the rocks to the place where the belugas sing.




When we got back, the setting sun made wild roses glow.





I took so many photos of the sunset, each one better than the last, none of them real.

The only real sunset was the stained-glass one I saw upon the sky, but it is gone.

The sunset will return next summer, when we do.



Goodbye, water.

Goodbye, mountains.

Goodbye, sky.

Goodbye, Baie-Sainte-Marguerite.

See you next year.

Ages of Things

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022



Ten Years, Four Months, Eleven Days






Seven Years, Two Months, Twenty-Four Days






Unknown Age