Where is?

Lots of “water under the bridge” since my last posting.  Time and I don’t always see eye to eye. My time can be spent taking photos here and there, or going over past photos to see what might apply to my needs of the moment.

Nature photos intersperse with water photos and ice photos depending on the season and interest.  Frozen water often has distortions that time has stopped. Ice photos will be for another posting.

I see birds in some of my water photos.  Distorted images in water make for the most interesting pictures. Wind can often play into this.  If you are looking at a reflection in water and something comes by and sends the reflection in different wavy directions, you can often see other things such as faces in those distortions.  Some are akin to “Where’s Waldo?”.








A reflection at the top of a small waterfall becomes the head of a heron. Small stones in a running stream compile together to become a rabbit or a lizard or a turtle.  The images are not always apparent when fist looking in a suitable area.  The key is suitable. I need to check out the necessary conditions for different areas, such as light, water movement, reflections, strength of colours or markings, etc.


So what do you see when you look at photos, or when you are out in nature?


I think June is making up for time with all the rain we are getting.  Trees are happy as are all the grasses and wild plants.  Not as happy are people and vegetable gardeners.  Peas might like all this water but most gardens do not.

I can sit in a sheltered spot and enjoy the rain, as I do on my porch.  When I was recently in the United Arab Emirates, there were a couple of days and / or nights of rain.  I sat on a balcony in the wee hours of morning to watch a storm in the distance, and to try to photograph lightning.  For an amateur at photographing something as fast as lightning, this was an interesting challenge, and through may failed attempts, came up with one I like.


During 1 rainy morning, I was sitting on the front seat of a car, when it dawned on me I could be using my camera to see what sort of distorted images I could get.  No need for computer programs to make distorted images.  I had it right in front of me, so, SNAP, I got an image, a distorted image, that I liked, of the outside of a restaurant.


Now that I am back in North America, I spend a bit more time watching rain, and its effect on all of us.  We have the feeling we are living in a swamp with all the water sitting on the land.  Soon it will all disappear and we will be again wishing for water for our gardens and for the water table.  It would seem we humans are never satisfied!


Once in a while  events happen that change one’s focus and that is where I am right now.  Several starts to posts never got off the ground and suddenly it is a year or more since my last one.

An opportunity to visit the Middle East this spring changed my train of thought and the focus I would have published here today.  I had a 3-week visit to the United Arab Emirates, more specifically to Ras Al Kaimah, the northernmost of the Emirates.  It appeared to be the safest of all countries in the Middle East, a fact that led to my deciding to go there.  My youngest son is a teacher there in a Boy’s Highschool.  It is another world, so different from ours here.  Needless to say, my camera went with me. His apartment complex is between a large golf course lagoon and the Arabian Gulf.

Desert, sand, 5 million-year-old mountains, camels and a specialized hospital for falcons, a far move from my usual interest in water and water photography.  Yes, but there were opportunities for that as well, especially when visiting the Dubai Aquarium.  That structure covers 2 or 3 floors in a shopping mall, and houses a shark-breeding program along with the usual large and small tank denizens.






Other than counting the many camels wandering over the hills and beside roads, the Aquarium was the source of many photographs.  There was a huge tank visible to shoppers in the mall.  There was so much more behind this.  We walked right under the main tank with sharks and rays swimming overhead. We looked in many smaller tanks. Between the colourful fish swimming around and various plants and corals, lights bounced off the sides, augmented by the movements of the water, I got a few good photos of the abstract watery images that I like to use.

Aquariums are a wonderful source of colour as can be outdoor swimming pools. Next time I go, I will bring my underwater camera.  Colourful tiles and an underwater grate in a swimming pool gave me much to work with.  It is amazing what can resemble a fish.  Remember, I do not retouch any of my photographs or otherwise change them.






I will continue this narrative in my next posting, with new photographs.



This has been  a strange winter, a delayed winter, with nearly no snow in the Willsboro / Essex area.   Most of the lake is still open, just freezing around the edges.  And this is where I found an area with interesting ice.

A favourite but private section of shoreline, there are many stones of different colours, mostly small and roundish and smooth, beaten by waves all the time.  I love going there, sitting among the stones, fascinated by all the colours and shapes.  The only kind I recognize is a strong blue which is granite. But reds, pinks, yellows, browns, mottled, occasional green……….

So 2 days ago, I took my camera and went over to see what the shore looked like now.  I stood on the bank above the shore since it all looked really slippery.  And, Wow, so interesting with the ice buildup with help from waves and wind.  This year has been really windy, perhaps more than in other years.

There must be an inch or so on each stone, with some evolving into shapes with darkish enters, some clear through, showing no stone.  And stones aren’t all that has been touched, or encased, by ice.  I found leaves and bits of plants, also with an inch or so, without even crushing the leaves.Icy Leaves by Eve Ticknor Cold Stones by Eve Ticknor

Beach, anyone? by Eve  Ticknor A Star is born by Eve Ticknor

Water that is not or is it?

It is that time of year when most water around us is frozen.  Not so this year as it is the middle of December and we still have relatively mild temperatures outside.  Even so, I have been thinking of water, or liquid, which does not appear to be liquid.  Glass!

I know it sounds strange as you can touch glass with strength and it is hard.  You can cut it into pieces.  You can shape it with heat.  Did you ever look at a very old window pane?  If it is very old, it will appear lumpy at the bottom, or out of focus as you look through it.  this is because glass is a unique sort of liquid that flows with gravity, very, very slowly.

This is actually considered to be a myth.  There are arguments for both sides, the one against being a highly viscous liquid  gaining higher evidence.  It is likely that this is right and glass will be officially considered a solid.  It is fun, though, to picture it moving, very slowly……

Glass shapes can be really interesting.  I encountered some as I was waiting in a dentist’s office. At first I saw plain glass blocks in frames and here and there in the walls.  Then I saw them in a different light, really in a different light.  Each block took on its own persona, colours, shapes within each frame.  Fascinating!  the colours came from the lights, clothing, wallpapers…….Blue Spirit by Eve Ticknor







Meeting of the Minds by Eve Ticknor

Green Devil by Eve Ticknor


Fog around the BoathouseThis summer has been a bit different from most summers in the past, as far as my memories go.  So much rain.  We have always had rain and high heat coupled with high humidity.  I can remember one July, maybe 1985, where it rained daily for the whole month, made worse by having 6 young boys with me the whole time!

Photography has been a bit difficult by the heavy air, not as light and clear as I would like.  But I have managed a few, one in fog and one at night in the heavy air.

Fog is an interesting condition when doing photography, at least for me.  This time I managed to be on the outside of the fog which meant my lens stayed dry, giving a clear picture.  One can see the ferry pylons past the boathouse, surrounded by fog, which was blowing off fairly quickly. As it was disappearing too fast for me, I turned my attention again to distorted images and found a great one right below the boathouse, the reversal of a hammock, seen in a previous photo of mine with the owner in it.  I have often taken photos of the Rosslyn Boathouse in Essex, NY, a less abstract subject though still connected with water.  One aspect of this is its hammock.  A good friend of mine, George Davis, has posted some of them on his website.

Hammock Reversal

Eve Ticknor’s Boathouse Photos






Moving on to heavy air, all that humidity, or water, makes us feel heavier.  And all that water can distort your target when shooting.  This happened when shooting ferry lights on a humid night.  It put an interesting fuzziness on the whole photograph.

Sultry Summer Lights

Sultry Summer Lights



Amazing what water can do when not in a container.  Remember, lakes, rivers, etc are all in containers of sorts, albeit unconventional ones.

Light Waves

Light Wave by Eve TicknorIt is finally spring and yet, it still does not seem to really be spring.  The winds are strong and cold, and our ground is relatively dry.  We should have had much more snow and rain to top up the water table.  Looking at the Lake, we can see that the level is low.  I worry about our trees.  Drought takes a toll on trees, not always showing the damage until later.

You should not be surprised at my take on the weather, seeing that my main interest in photography involves water.  Recently I enjoyed another aspect of water.  I went to the new aquarium in Toronto ( Ontario ).  As much as I enjoyed the exhibits, I enjoyed the colours in the water just as much.

Ice Paintings

Ice Detail by Eve TicknorIce Feathering by Eve TicknorRed Craze by Eve TicknorNature never ceases to amaze me with her artistry.  At this time of year my medium is frozen, water that is.  Ice.  So many different forms.

Very recently I went to view the marina at Brockville, Ont. It is along the St Lawrence Seaway.  Surface ice had formed in several textures.  At first, seeing buildings reflected in water, turned out to be reflected in really clear ice.  So clear, that In places I could see the bottom of the marina.

Next I decided to take some closeups in those reflections.  And suddenly the ice looked differently to me, and I realized that it was all covered with designs formed from crystals, streaking here and there in many different directions that had captured the colours seen in the reflections.

I continued to take photos here and there, fascinated with the colours and designs.  But then I moved on to another area, a river running through a marsh.  Much of the river was frozen with white ice, but here and there were clear areas, again with the same kind of crystalline designs as in the marina.

Now that we just had some snow, all that will change, and those lovely designs won’t be seen anymore.  Both the moisture and change in temperature in the layer between snow and ice, will delete the designs and it will become more like white ice as you may have seen when skating rinks are cleared off.  The ice then, used for skating, will be thick and white.

How do you see?

Top of a waterfall By Eve Ticknor

Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor

Swan Taking to Wing By Eve Ticknor

Swan Taking to Wing
By Eve Ticknor

Silvery forest By Eve Ticknor

Silvery forest
By Eve Ticknor


In all the photos I have been taking over several years, I know if the conditions are right for me, I will see images in the pictures after they are printed out.

The fun is in asking others to look at a photo and tell me what they see.  Obviously my interpretations and others’ interpretations can be different.  Still, many do look at my photos and see nothing.  It used to bother me, until I realized that I could teach others how to look, how to see.

Take a photo, preferably one that is more on the abstract side, but with substance, as in not just 3 lines.  Focus on 1 section and see if anything comes to mind.  Then shift your focus to another part and do the same.  Turn the photo upside down or on 1 side, and do the same you did with the first side.  Continue for the remaining sides.  Did you see anything that made sense?  Anything that made you look at it differently after that?

I have a photo which made perfect sense the way I took it.  However, in showing it around, it was immediately turned around and declared to be an entirely different  subject.  After a while, it was turned onto its side and, surprise, surprise, it was again something entirely different.

Top of a waterfall By Eve Ticknor

Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor

Autumn Advances


Floater by Eve Ticknor

Autumn has snuck up on me and I just realized I have been remiss with the lack of blogs. Such is life.

Autumn is a wonderful season, full of colour. The past few weeks has seen me leaning over all sorts of bridges. Why? Falling leaves. Leaves floating by, leaves sitting on the bottom of whatever waterway I happen to be leaning over. Some look just like paintings. The ones floating on the surface may look like little boats or a piece of oriental art while the ones below the water often look full of life, rushing by faster than I can snap the shutter. There is a whole different feel to them, different texture, perhaps changes in colour.

As the season progresses we will see less colour, but make up for it with ice.  Ice is pretty amazing, creeping bit by bit.  But look closely.  Do you see bits of colour on a sunny day?  What about designs?  How many kinds of ice do you see?  But enough of this.  Let’s stick to leaves for now.IMG_7609