Friday, September 30, 2022

Can you ever have too many planes?

Echelon formation
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I took way too many pictures at the air show.

Or is it “airshow”? I have no idea.

Never mind.

My problem is a simple one: I shoot too much, then struggle to winnow the numbers down during post-production.

Which is my gentle way of explaining why you’re seeing so many planes in my feed these days.

Sorry.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Late night cake shoot

Reflectively sweet
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Some nights are harder than others. So you run out to the local Loblaws and grab a triple chocolate cake. A small thing that makes things sweeter.

And since every adventure deserves to be held on to, you think nothing of sliding your backpack under the Halloween candy display, lying down in the middle of the polished orange floor, pose the cake just so, and have at it for a few frames of photographic insanity.

I did not manage to capture the stares of strangers as I did so, but I wish I could have.

I only hope the moment made them smile as much as it did me. And that they somehow found a way to bring as much sweetness back to their families last night as I did to mine.

Small thing? Maybe not so small after all.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Finding hope on a desperate street

Hold on for a better future
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Just east of London’s downtown, a new building nears completion along a stretch of Dundas Street that long ago lost its lustre.

If you look closely at the colourful mural along the facade, you may notice the inspirational words scattered as high as the eye can see.

I gravitate toward hope. I think we all do, because perhaps it represents a future for this place that’s infinitely brighter than its recent past.

Who says architecture can’t improve the lives of those who interact with it?

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A milestone no one wants

My older brother, Ari, died four years ago today.

In my - or, frankly, any reasonable - universe, siblings don’t die before their time. They’re supposed to stick around.

But the universe isn’t reasonable, and we don’t get to choose how life unfolds.

I am now older than he was when he left us. Which is something I’ll never get used to.

Age notwithstanding, loss like this never leaves you. It just stays with you. Haunts your silent thoughts. Hovers over every milestone. Colors every waking - or not waking, as it were - moment. Defines you to others.

I’d give anything in my power to go back in time and move the trajectory needle just one degree toward the light. But that kind of power doesn’t exist - in my or any universe.

He was a leading fund manager, a legal and financial boy-wonder with four degrees who often appeared on-air minutes apart from his nerdy kid brother. The BNN crew knew us well.

Clothing and image mattered in his world. Years ago, he proudly showed me the inner lining of a suit he had just had made. While it was sober grey, power-everything on the outside, it was, as you can see here, a crazy flock of birds on the inside.

That was him: the serious-looking freaking genius was also the guy with birds lining the insides of his suits, planning his next Mary Poppins-esque umbrella jump out the high school window.

I wish I knew what else he had going on on the inside. We all do.

#endthestigma #family #everything #ifonly

Dogs celebrate new years, too

Let's party
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


If you are - or are friends with folks who happen to be - Jewish, you may be noticing lots of Happy New Year messages in your feed.

So if you’re celebrating Rosh Hashana, or if you simply love any excuse for a holiday, please accept my wishes for a great 5783. Where have the millenia gone?

Now, while I’m busy over here stuffing my face with my wife’s apple cake (seriously, I don’t deserve her) please enjoy this scene of Calli looking mournfully at me after she successfully extracted treats from my jeans pocket. For the record, they’re always in my right-front pocket, and she’s known that since day 1.

Never try to outsmart a Schnauzer.

Our struggles with treat management aside, whatever we celebrate we should all have as sweet a year as she’s already having.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Armageddon avoided, hopefully

Approaching impact
11 million kms from Earth
September 26, 2022
This screen grab originally shared on Instagram


Planet Earth 1. Asteroids 0.

DART successfully smashes into Dimorphos - the first ever successful planetary defence test mission.

#DARTmission #HistoryMade

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Vipers, canopy to canopy

Steady, partner.
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Mirror, mirror on the wall…

(Now where’s my Polaroid?)

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Epiphany in a parking lot

The things we do while waiting
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Recipe for a life well lived - at least as far as I can tell:

Run an errand.

Wait around.

Get a little bored.

Get a little curious.

Stare up.

Shoot the scene.

(With a camera.)

Smile at strangers.

Repeat.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

13 years...

Family resemblance
August 9, 2009
Laval, QC
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Time has a funny way of playing with us. Like today: 13 years to the day since I lost my dad.

Yet it feels like yesterday.

Or the day before that perceived-yesterday, when he left our house for the last time, turned the corner in his silver Saturn, and disappeared.

I share this not to be maudlin. I’m not one to dwell on dark memories. Yet at the same time, I’m keenly aware of why we keep memories alive in the first place. Because when that’s all that’s left, you hold on.

My life is filled with irony. I am a writer, yet I come from a family that, to be gentle, doesn’t communicate. Small day-to-day things aren’t shared. Major milestones aren’t marked. Leading with kindness isn’t - and never was - part of the equation.

My father was many things. And he was human. I get that.

Which probably explains why my family - the one my wife and I have built - is very different from the one I was born into. We’ve learned from those mistakes. From the opportunities not taken. From the moments missed.

Our kids will have a very different life’s trajectory than mine, which is as it should be.

Which is my rather Byzantine way of saying I appreciate the path I’ve followed to get here, and all my father did to put me on that path. He wasn’t remotely perfect. No one is. I still miss him.

#ldnont #throwback #family #everything

Three kinds of peppers

Eat your vegetables. All of them.
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Wherever you may go, whatever you may do, find the color.

That is all.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

The business end...

Leaving the Earth behind
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


One more for the road.

Or is it the sky?

Either way, let’s mash the throttles and make this day something special, shall we?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

An Eagle makes jelly

Block your ears
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Sorry for all the plane pics. I’m slightly addicted.

This time out, we’re looking at an F-15C Eagle from the front quarter angle. Like last time, it’s just after takeoff, with the afterburners spewing flame and superheated air in their wake.

That roiled air, affectionately called “jelly”, is one of my favourite visuals when watching jets fly, because it’s tangible proof that something remarkable is happening. It also simply looks insane, which is always a plus.

I think that’s a pretty reasonable photographic goal: if it looks insane, or cool, or neat, then it’s worth shooting and sharing. If it makes us stop and sigh, or smile, or think, then it merits tripping the shutter.

Plane or no plane, I think this makes sense. To me, anyway.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The persistent sunset

When the clouds (finally) give way
London, ON
August 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I almost gave up on this one.

The skies were overwhelmingly grey, the thick cloud cover covering everything and anything with an equally thick blanket of monochrome and mirth. As much as I had hoped to see the sunset, it was clear the universe had other plans that night.

But I stuck around. The dog was happily lying in the grass by my feet, and I had nothing but time on my hands. Something told me things could change.

Eventually, they did. The clouds thinned out just above the treeline, and before long the single shade of darkening grey turned into a multicolored reflection of what happens when light gets to dance way above our heads. I could feel the warmth on my face. Even the dog seemed to be enjoying the surprise show.

I took the spectacle in until well after nightfall, and then slowly turned for home, the dog and I casting shadows on the sidewalk under the streetlights.

The experience, as trivial as it seemed, bounced through my head as we made our way back. What initially seemed hopeless, an overwhelming mass of grey that once threatened to swallow us whole, eventually morphed into something entirely different. Light. Hope.

I could have given up. But something told me not to. And I listened.

What did I learn from this?

Don’t give up.

Stay where you are.

Wait for the light to return.

It always does.

I also learned I wasn’t just watching a sunset with my dog that night.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Screaming Eagle

Don't mess with New Orleans
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


When the skies above are dark and threatening, bring the best tool you’ve got, and don’t be afraid to light it up.

On further reflection, I suspect this applies in life as much as it does in flight.

Fly safe, friends. And thanks.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

The good shadow

Stretched to the limit
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Whoever you are and whatever you do, please make sure you cast the right kind of shadow.

If we’re looking for one metric to measure whether or not lives are well lived, I hope it’s this one.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Always listen to the dog

Can we go home now?
London, ON
September 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Early on a foggy Saturday morning, I feel a wet nose nudging the back of my hand. Calli the Wonderschnauzer is sitting up, willing me to get out of bed and get on with the day.

Far be it for me to deny our beloved pup her daily opportunity to terrorize the local squirrel and rabbit population, so before long I find my bleary-eyed self booking up her leash and stepping out into the murk, ready for another adventure.

As much as I whine about the inconvenience of dog ownership, the stark truth is I’d have it no other way. She is my little wingman, partner in crime, buddy. I don’t just “walk the dog” with her. She’s my crazy little pal who may not speak our language, but is nonetheless ruthlessly effective at letting me know what she wants.

So as we pause on the bridge over the creek to take in the murky scene before the sun burns it off, I feel the need to remember the moment. It’s another one of those things that she just gets, and she poses perfectly for me before nudging the back of my leg with that warm, wet nose of hers.

Time to get back home. Message received.

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