Collin J Örthner – Photographer

September 20, 2015

Late Summer Rain

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“Today the softest, gentlest rain of all
Whispers in the wind of coming Fall,
Its promise of caressing, sunlit breeze,
With nights that pull us close before the freeze.
Now sparrows that worked hard all summer long
Steal little time from eating for their song;
They, too, know winter’s grasp will come again
And, better than we, know exactly when.
But first come weeks of golden Autumn sun
And time for vines to make their final run,
For butternuts to turn their lovely buff,
Beans, herbs, tomatoes, pumpkins–all enough
To store for colder days and drifts of snow
And show us sunlight’s warmth when cold winds blow.”

Jane M. Woodman

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Last Days of Summer

Filed under: Autumn, Film, Hi Res, Large Format, Nature, Trees — collin orthner @ 5:39 pm

The last few days of summer are upon us, but we can now look forward to  the beautiful colours and smells of autumn and the cool crisp mornings. Today, for me, was almost ideal, cloudy, cool, but not cold, and some refreshing smelling rain. I still need to get into my garden to finish getting all the cucumbers and carrots in. We had one morning last week that was -3°C, so the carrots should have a nice sweet flavour now! Autumn is my favourite season of the year. Watch the changes and the sombre leftover colours as seasons move towards monotone winter.

 

” The brilliant autumnal colors are red and yellow and the various tints,

hues, and shades of these. Blue is reserved to be the colour of the sky, but

yellow and red are the colors of the earth-flower. Every fruit,

on ripening, and just before it’s fall, acquires a bright tint. So do the

leaves; so the sky before the end of the day, and the year near it’s setting.

October is the red sunset sky, November the later twilight. Color

stands for all ripeness and success. We have dreamed that the hero should

carry his color aloft, as a symbol of his virtue. The

noblest feature, the eye, is the fairest-colored, the jewel of the body.”

Henry David Thoreau

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[ Anba Ikeda 4×5, Fujinon 300mm f8.5 C, Fujichrome Provia 100F ]

September 14, 2015

Silence in the Forest

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Sony A7R, Travel, Trees — collin orthner @ 2:24 pm

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…silence in the forest, quick kinds of life

and slow redwood

dreaming kinds…

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Lawrence Collins, Only a Little Planet

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September 7, 2015

Shuswap Falls, British Columbia

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Rocks, Sony A7R, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 4:18 pm

 

 

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September 4, 2015

Shuswap River Potholes

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Rocks, Sony A7R, Travel — collin orthner @ 9:55 pm

Rare Phenomenon at Shuswap Falls 

A rare phenomenon exists at Shuswap Falls so mysterious that geologists remain puzzled to this day. Pot-holes are rather rare geographical features found in hard-rock riverbeds.

Known to geologists as a Giant’s Kettle, Giant’s Cauldron or Pothole these cavities or holes appear to have been drilled in the surrounding rocks by eddying currents of water bearing stones, gravel and other detrital matter. Potholes vary in size and they most commonly occur in shields like the Canadian Shield, where there are ancient rocks (granite, gneiss) with different resistances to erosion. Small pebbles from these ancient rocks can be very hard and can fall into small cavities in stream bottoms and swirl, making the cavities wider and deeper. The hardness of the pebbles must be the same or higher than the rock at the bottom of stream where the kettle or pothole is forming. Where diamonds and quartz pebbles occur in the geology these hard substances can be found trapped at the bottom of potholes that they have carved. That is why these potholes are a good place to find diamonds (the hardest natural mineral on Earth).

The pot-holes at Shuswap Falls are situated in the bottom of the gorge, just below the new bridge, and are visible at low water, however they are being covered by layers of sand and silt carried by the river and deposited in the reservoir backed up by the hydro dam.

Early accounts describe four large potholes, four to six feet in diameter whose depths were difficult to determine since these early observations noted that they were almost entirely filled with sand. One had a communication cut through to the river, as its water was constantly moving. There was a log floating in it that was four feet long. Beside these there are twelve more holes of smaller diameter.

In the spillway channel a few potholes can be seen during low water flows and are present on the side of the canyon. These holes having been cut at a time when the river occupied a higher channel, before the gorge was cut. These sections are about 20 feet deep.

The illustrations of pot-holes in geological text books are usually about two feet in diameter, so the ones found at Shuswap Falls are considered singularly large. Besides it is also unusual for so many to be in one place. Thus at Shuswap Falls these pot-holes are phenomena worth more than a passing notice, however they continue to disappear from the landscape under layers of sand.

       Taken from The Monashee Almanac

 

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