Monday, May 31, 2010

Blog Guelph: Berks, Nuts and the Green Green Grass of summer

Oh geesh, I forgot to post last Thursday. Thanks, Sue for getting one up!
There's lots going on. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Anyway, don't you just want to jump into this first polaroid! It makes me think of what's beyond the frame. Is there water, a pool, or a swing set? Maybe there's a cool forest of trees just up over the hill. So many possibilites, just like summer!

Have a great day!

Blog Guelph: Columbine Bokeh

Columbine Bokeh, originally uploaded by M Pod.

Blog Guelph: Have a nice day!

Have a nice day!, originally uploaded by crisscrossgirl.

Blog Guelph: spider

spider, originally uploaded by xunicorn.

Blog Guelph: Party's Over

Party's Over, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Blog Guelph: Arboretum Resident

Arboretum Resident, originally uploaded by M Pod.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blog Guelph: Full Moon

Full Moon, originally uploaded by thomevered.

Just in case you missed last nights melon of a moon - here's our Gem of the Day by Thomevered. Do click the photo for your daily creative adventure.

This weekend looks good for the annual Potters Market at Goldie Mill both Saturday and Sunday. Over 40 craftsfolk will be on hand to sell you their wares. Great wedding gifts.....should you be looking.

My friend Russell Mater is offering courses in Craniosacral Therapy this summer. Very soothing stuff to both practice and receive. Get the details here.

Next weekend please plan to attend the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival at one of their wonderful outdoor venues. Pure fun!

Until then - be cool.

Sue Richards

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blog Guelph: Relief on the horizon

Relief on the horizon, originally uploaded by spaceamoeba.

Today's weather report.....

Sue Richards

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake

Guelph Lake, originally uploaded by pannachagalla.

Today I bring you an assortment of photos! I was tempted to make the whole post today on toads after seeing xunicorn's four shots. It always seems to be a good day if I see a toad. I remember seeing them all the time as a kid in the city. These days, there hasn't been a toad trapped in my window well in years.

I hope your day goes well!

Blog Guelph: Green and Purple

Green and Purple, originally uploaded by felixtrio.

Blog Guelph: Splat!

Splat!, originally uploaded by ►chris◄.

Blog Guelph: bird

bird, originally uploaded by xunicorn.

Blog Guelph: flower

, originally uploaded by missgillian.

Blog Guelph: 2nd shot of the moon...2 nights later

Blog Guelph: toad

toad, originally uploaded by xunicorn.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blog Guelph: Bend

Made in Guelph - kellyhughes1970 / Kelly Hughes

Bend Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Today we are showcasing Kelly's photography. There are two immediate observations I had upon viewing Kelly's work, the first is that she is an amazing photographer of "things", and the second is that this post really should be written in French to do her work justice. She has a way of presenting her subject as both the object and the narrative. By folding in warmth, through tone and soft lightening, she communicates a sense of history and previous use. I wonder what the twine has been used for and where and how the remainder will be used. The phone, I wonder about its place in the corner and about the conversations that have happened through it. I find myself thinking about the labour that went in to getting those roses to bloom, at the smell in the garden the day she took that picture, and at the times she must have sat among them. Kelly's images speak to a respect and admiration for that which surrounds her. She seems incredibly connected to her place, her purpose, and her passion, and this really comes through in her images. There are some amazing images throughout her stream, collected during numerous summer road trips. I would highly recommend a bit of time, a cup of tea, and a quiet stroll through her stream. A note, avoid the food images if you are hungry! Thanks for sharing your passion and your photographs, Kelly.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine,


Blog Guelph: Sparkle

Sparkle Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Blog Guelph: Rose Study #3

Rose Study #3 Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Blog Guelph: Rainy Day

Rainy Day Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Blog Guelph: Scenes From My Kitchen: Pink Telephone

Blog Guelph: Scenes From My Kitchen: Twine

Blog Guelph: Time for a Pear

Time for a Pear Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Blog Guelph: Dancing Bull

Dancing Bull Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Blog Guelph: Saddle #2

Saddle #2 Originally uploaded by kellyhughes1970

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blog Guelph: 12

12, originally uploaded by blairware.

It's Friday Gem day - and I'm pleased to be featuring the intriguing work of Blairware. Click, click the pic, pic for more, more.

It's also the eve of May 24 - our first summery long weekend of the season and one that often brings out the craziness in people. For that reason, I've included this brief personal safety message.

Carry on.

Sue Richards

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog Guelph: Cleaning Up the Environment Marcellowe Style

I'm hoping this latte kicks in soon. I'm fading, and the day is only starting.
Lately I've been listening to Moneybrother. Maybe you'll like! The first time I heard his voice I heard Joe Strummer, and well me and The Clash go way back. I wasn't surprised to hear that others heard similarities. It's all good!
Check out the video for Born Under a Bad Sign. Good times!

Have a fantastic day! The weather is going to be fab!

Blog Guelph: Rabbit

Rabbit, originally uploaded by felixtrio.

Blog Guelph: Infinity and a Half

Infinity and a Half, originally uploaded by ~Stingrays~.

Blog Guelph: Goslings

Goslings, originally uploaded by thomevered.

Blog Guelph: Wiggly And Jiggly

Wiggly And Jiggly, originally uploaded by Krista Kruger.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blog Guelph: Peek A Boo - We See You

Peek A Boo - We See You, originally uploaded by Molly Motmot.

Good Morning!
I hope this finds you well!

I am over my cold, and whatever virus I had going on, and now I'm ready to roll. There's film to be developed and new film to be loaded, and I'm feeling like I must get out there and see what's going on beyond my sick zone deck. The rest of the week looks great for exploring. Sadly the weekend doesn't. Maybe I can get someone to hold an umbrella over my camera.

Have a good one everyone, and check out Blog Guelph over on Facebook. Sue does a fantastic job updating with snippets going on around town, great sites to check out or even a jaunty poem to amuse you.


Blog Guelph: Arboretum Toad

Arboretum Toad, originally uploaded by M Pod.

Blog Guelph: African Violet Bokeh

47/365 African Violet Bokeh, originally uploaded by M Pod.

Blog Guelph: Moon

Moon, originally uploaded by felixtrio.

Blog Guelph: Past their prime

Blog Guelph: Ripples

Ripples, originally uploaded by ►chris◄.

Blog Guelph: Staring Down The Beast

Staring Down The Beast, originally uploaded by Krista Kruger.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blog Guelph: Old shingles

Made in Guelph - Rob Bowman

Old shingles Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

We are excited to feature Rob Bowman's photography today for BlogGuelph. Rob is a prolific photographer of many subjects, notably abandoned spaces and derelict houses. He has photographed his children extensively, capturing the untethered laughter and excitement of experienced Fun, but I thought it best to mention this separate from his abandonment work! The images showcased here are all selected from his Guelph set, and more specifically, feature his stunning work with walls. Rob has an amazing talent to transform boring and seemingly sedate scenes into incredibly dynamic pieces of art. He effortlessly folds multiple dimensions into these flat surfaces. What I find most impressive is that he does this with such dull lighting which rarely produces a depth-defining shadow.  I find I often look at Rob's images for a long time, perhaps held there by the disconnect between the perception and reality of the subject. How many walls to do you pass in a day without a thought paid to them? Here, the interaction of shape and texture on top of strong composition results in such compelling statements that it is hard not be moved and inspired by them.  He also does an amazing job of cropping his images such that there is no visual escape from his subjects.  Rob's work has made me engage with the mundane more than I used to. You have a beautiful way of capturing the oft ignored spaces, and thank you, Rob, for sharing these.

I hope you have all enjoyed the sunshine!


Blog Guelph: Number 86

Number 86 Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: siamese

siamese Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: climbing gym 2

climbing gym 2 Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: Stash

Stash Originally uploaded by Rob Bowma

Blog Guelph: Lillian's west side

Lillian's west side Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: Lillian's

Lillian's Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: Publix

Publix Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: Knight Lumber

Knight Lumber Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Blog Guelph: Here to stay

Here to stay Originally uploaded by Rob Bowman

Monday, May 17, 2010

Blog Guelph: Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum, originally uploaded by peterkelly.

Sorry! It was a sick day for me.
I hope you had a great weekend!

I'll be back to myself on Wednesday, and Paula will be with you tomorrow!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blog Guelph: Unfurl

Arboretum - Japanese Garden 1, originally uploaded by M Pod.

It's a fab Friday out there friends - all bright and alive like this stunner of a photo Gem by M Pod. Consider taking a moment to click on her image - her fotostream is lovely.

Much diggin' in the dirt can be had around town this weekend for those of you that get fueled by nature. Here's a couple dig gigs.....

Come Celebrate Spring with Speed River Project Planting Days! Tree planting in your community!

When: Saturday May 15th
Time: 11am to 2pm
Where: At Wolfond Park (Arthur Street North)
Cost: FREE

Sunny Acres Neighbourhood Free Plant Swap

Bring your unwanted plants and take home new ones!
Bring a plant, take a plant. The ultimate in recycling!
No need to pot them. Bags and newspaper will do.
When: Saturday May 15th
Where: 11 Aberdeen Street
Time: 1pm until 4pm
Cost: FREE

On a slightly different plant note, the Medical Cannabis Compassion Club of Guelph was busted by our not-so-compassionate Guelph Police last week - how embarrassing when you think about it. A peaceful protest is being held on Saturday, downtown. Details can be had right here.

So then - swap, dig and roll your weekend way.

Sue Richards

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blog Guelph: Sunrise on 32

Sunrise on 32, originally uploaded by PhotoFinish001.

Excuse me, while I stare at these first two photos all day! I'm always blown away by the great stuff in the Guelph flickr pools. Today is no exception! Wow! Take a look at all the photos I've posted and click away through their streams. The gems are plentiful!

So that's it for me until Monday, but I just want to remind you to check out the plant sale at Tytler public school starting at 8am on Saturday. I'm going to be bringing some stuff; like one of my favourite tomatoes to grow. Last year it grew great in pots and in the ground. I have an extra lemon cucumber that will be going, and other bits that I'll be dividing up from the garden outside. All the proceeds are going to help the children's garden. So that's a great thing!

Have a great day everyone!


For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.