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Getting Back in the Game

Patterns everywhere.

Practice makes perfect, or so they say. So here I was yesterday, back at the machine, sewing, stitching, marking with thread.

I am using repetitive patterns from my image bank of vascular plants, mosses and kelp.

Because I had been away from my sewing machine for a while, I have to build up my ease with manoeuvering, and drawing with the needle. It’s coming back… petit à petit, as they say where I come from.

Looking at countless pictures of kelp and seaweed. I think they are better than ferns! Lots of ridges and patterns to emulate…

Mountain Blues and Big Birds

I have been cooped up for long hours, working on the computer, and I needed to get some fresh air…

Here is one of my favourite escapes: a walk to the top of Mount Warburton Pike, on Saturna. It leads to superb view points of ocean and islands. Sometimes, a few flying superstars show up, and do aerial ballets, to the delight of those of us who make it up there.

Eagles flying, San Juan islands in background
Eagles aerobatics.Background: Orcas and San Juan islands.

On the day I took this picture, a pair of eagles was busy doing their thing. There were several more soaring in the thermals that rise in front of the bluffs.

There are also squadrons of crows and, later this summer, teams of turkey vultures. It’s an exhilarating show.

The islands in view are in the US: Orcas islands. Behind them, the straight of Juan de Fuca, and the mountains in the background are part of the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington state. One of these days, I’ll go on a road trip and check it out.

In the meantime, I wander my island and enjoy the great outdoors.

Spring Energy, and Hot Pinkies

Calypso bulbosa, a wild orchid
A little spring orchid from my “backyard”: Calypso bulbosa

Now that the sun is a little bit more reliable and dares to show up several days in a row – well, almost – I am coming out of my winter hibernation. I have also tried to spend more time walking every day, roving around, really looking my surroundings.

These days, the woods around here a covered in bright emerald mosses, the result of many many days of rain. They are also punctuated by little calypso orchirds like this one. It’s always a treat to come upon one or several of these little beauties while walking the dog. They remind me of the value of high contrast, to generate visual interest. Who knows, maybe I’ll apply that idea to something textile (she says to herself, with a smile).

New Photos

I also cleaned out and organized my picture files. That was a herculean task, because I have accumulated thousands (really!) of pictures over the years. In this website’s photography page, I have uploaded some new galleries of pictures here, here and here. Hope you enjoy them. More will be coming, as soon as I get my act together.

Stretchable Architecture and Sunlight

Sunlight reflected on kelp
When I roam the shoreline, my eyes are drawn to details. This is probably due to the fact that I am nearsighted. Anyway, the most ordinary things catch my attention, like the sunlight reflected in this kelp blade, washed onto the shore at the end of the season.
Some people might consider this a Rorschach test…

Well, for me, it’s a test of what sunlight can do to the most ordinary things: transform them, create some magic out of daily life. And sunlight in winter is at a premium on the West Coast. So people tend to make the most of it when it does show up…

…c’est la lumière vivante que chacun porte en soi
et que tout le monde étouffe pour faire comme tout le monde
lumière défendue
tu grilles ceux qui t’approchent
ceux qui veulent te prendre
mais tu les aimes
lumière vivante
la vie c’est toi
la vie vivante qui marche en avant
en revenant sur ses pas
qui marche tout droit qui fait des détours et qui n’en fait pas
soleil de nuit
lune de jour
étoiles de l’après-midi
battements de coeur avant l’amour
pendant l’amour
après l’amour…

“Lumières d’hommes”, Jacques Prévert