Archive for January 1st, 2011

This photo of my beloved 1970’s Gibson J200, converted with the photoshop plugin, fractalius, is to pay tribute to the great American songwriter Townes Van Zandt. On this day in 1997 Townes died. Townes was considered by many to be one of the greatest songwriters ever, if not the greatest. I had the opportunity to see Townes play on a number of occasions and through friends in Nashville, met the man twice. Throughout his performances he would often share silly jokes, guaranteed to fill the hall with laughter. In his performances, he would also play a cover song or two by Hank Williams or the great Texas bluesman Lightning Hopkins. I’ve heard it said that Townes spent his summers in the Colorado wilderness with his horse Amigo and his summers down in Texas. Townes’ songs flow, flawlessly, as if he pulled them out of the sky while they floated by. “Sky Songs” I believe he once called them. His timeless music follows me on every road trip I take.

Please click here for Townes singing “Pancho & Lefty”, one of his most popular songs, and here for Steve Earle’s “Fort Worth Blues” which was written for Townes when he died. If you ever have a chance, check out the DVD “Be Here To Love Me Today” about the life and times of this true great Texas songwriter, it is superb.

Here’s to Townes!

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Below are 10 of my favorite images captured during 2010. 2010 found me sticking closer to home, working on nearby locales. I did, however, do a couple of lengthy driving trips. Many of my favorites were photographed during these trips. One of those destinations was to the Abitibi Canyon in Ontario’s remote boreal forest. This location has become my new favorite spot in Ontario and I will be planning many future visits to the region.

I will be spending the next couple of months writing an eBook that I hope to have available in the spring of this year. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months.

Here are my favorites from 2010.

Sunrise at Tiny Marsh, Elmvale, Ontario

Hilton Falls on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario

Crowe River in Ontario’s Gut Conservation Area

Impressionistic Blur in Ontario’s Halfway Lake Provincial Park

Autumn colour in Ontario’s Bon Echo Provincial Park

A desolate stretch of road that leads to Ontario’s Abitibi Canyon

Impressionistic blur on the Oxtongue River near Dwight, Ontario

Sunset on Grand Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park

Ontario’s Abitibi Canyon at New Post Falls

Lower jaw bone from Moose on forest floor in Ontario’s Abitibi Canyon

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