Monday, June 28, 2010

the light brigade

Follow the leader at the Canadian Road Nationals 2010. Edmonton, Canada. (2010).

High noon, high June ... outside under the hot, summer sun. The 2010 Canadian Road National Cycling Championships are at my doorstep, and the editor has me on assignment for a report.

The race itself: 180 kilometres (112 miles) on a difficult, hilly course produces little separation and there's a sprint to the finish in the end.

But the real story in my eyes? It's the summertime, seemingly back again.

Let's keep this thing moving ... and we'll take it as far as we can go.

Maximum 50? Exceeding the speed limit, flying down Groat Road in Edmonton, Canada. (2010).

150 metres to go, it's a sprint to the finish into William Hawrelak Park at the Road Nationals 2010. Edmonton, Canada. (2010).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

it's a small world after all

Small kryptonite. Devon, Canada. (2010). A Malachite butterfly (Siproeta stelenes) drinks the nectar from some tiny flowers.

At long last, sunny rays beam down and warm the days of June - maybe, even in time, to mend the crumbling story (hope?) of the bigger picture. Somehow, we've been here before, and acting surprised doesn't quite seem to be the better course of action.

I turn in and concentrate on capturing the consequences of little things - whether through a viewfinder and mirror box or, ultimately, otherwise.

Best efforts be damned.

Back home, I drink a clear cane soda (pop), and look under the cap.

Small fortune, behold: telling, of better days to come.

Rusty. Devon, Canada. (2010). A Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane) at the Devonian Botanic Garden.

Greensleeves. Devon, Canada. (2010). A Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) in spectacular display.

Stretch. Devon, Canada. (2010). I'm having trouble identifying this species; if you know what kind of butterfly this is, please drop me a line.

Purple heart. Devon, Canada. (2010).