Yardio

Tonight has been an evening of yardio – yard-work and cardio effort. Our lawn is now dethatched, the old grass bagged (and ready for garbage day) and our lawn is fertilized and being watered as I write. For the first time this spring I have sudsed-up our Nissan Altima – I’ve washed it by hand, with brushes and sprayer, first with Palmolive soap to take the dirt off and then with Mother’s Vehicle soap. The Altima is clean. But, its six-year old exterior is in need of detailing – a good go-round with a good glazing polish, buffer and various amounts of elbow grease. If I’d had some Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo the wash would have produced a glossy sheen. My cabinet in the garage holds two things that will brighten this vehicle – Autoglym Super Resin polish and Autoglym High Definition paste wax. Not only will the paint gleam but the relief in the vehicle’s shape will be enhanced optically, in some cases to a degree of optical illusion. The waxing will have to wait until summer break and the chore will become a way to settle towards summer’s calm following a hectic school year. The chore, the time invested and the dazzling outcome are things I look forward to as summer projects.

Most photographs presented here are ones taken in the final hour of sunlight last Saturday night; it’s about half past ten heading to eleven o’clock. The river bank at Dunvegan features shadow play with shadows lengthening and darkening to enhance the rolling mounds of hillage above the Peace River. In two photos rusting relics are stored in public view.  The three early sixties GMC half-tons seem ready to share parts in order to cluster into one working whole.  The ready interchangeability of parts between the three trucks points to a need to gather them all rather than only one. Canada Geese move actively at sunset in a farmer’s field feeding. And, a disused barn catches the light of sunset … a dusky day’s end in Alberta’s late spring.

Listening to – J J Heller’s Your Hands, Missy Higgins’ Warm Whispers, Coldplay’s See You Soon, David Gray’s Kathleen, Jem singing Maybe I’m Amazed, Ray LaMontagne’s I Still Care for You and all the way through to John Denver’s Thank God I’m a Country Boy.  The playlist rounds out to the Counting Crows’ Raining in Baltimore and David Gray’s Jackdaw.

Quote to Inspire – “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

  4 comments for “Yardio

  1. May 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I love that one of the river bank, looks like a painting.

    • May 24, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Hey there, Leanne:

      We’re thinking along similar lines with the river bank photo – colour, tone and shadow work to give it the feel of a painting; and then there’s the shape of the hill with some natural compartmentalization of the area. The light intensity is diminished. And, then the river bank is huge ….

  2. May 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    The green hills, and as they are lit, are so beautiful. Thank you. ~ Lily

    • June 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Hello Lily:

      The Dunvegan River bank coming up from the Peace River metres away from the Dunvegan Bridge, caught in late evening hues and shadows – it’s one in the series that draws me back. Thanks for looking in and for your kind words. 🙂

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