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A fence, a tree, and the sky

Panorama of the sky and a broken-down fence

Top image: 19-image Breniz­er panora­ma, because appar­ent­ly I like mak­ing my com­put­er fan earn its keep.

Below: near, or far?

Blades of grass in focus, with the fence blurredBlades of grass blurred, with the fence in focus

Top image: 19-image Breniz­er panora­ma. Images were 55mm f/4, giv­ing an effec­tive final shot at 35mm f/2.5.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife; Bike ride, May 16, 2021; Some flow­ers for you; Lilacs; Under the bridge; A fence, a tree, and the sky.

Under the bridge

Under the 1st Street bridge

The 1st Street bridge, specifically.

20-image panora­ma, each 24mm f/2.8 1/250 sec., assem­bled in Hug­in.

Also, there’s a slight­ly dif­fer­ent crop on Insta­gram.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife; Bike ride, May 16, 2021; Some flow­ers for you; Lilacs; Under the bridge; A fence, a tree, and the sky.

Lilacs

Lilacs

They have such a love­ly smell and such a brief season.

Update: In a bit of weird syn­chronic­i­ty, I post­ed this the day before “Wear the Lilac Day”, a day cre­at­ed by fans of the late Sir Ter­ry Pratchett—one of my favourite authors—to com­mem­o­rate his writ­ing and to sup­port research into Alzheimer Dis­ease. Since Dad had demen­tia, this one strikes me a bit as “is the uni­verse telling me something?”

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife; Bike ride, May 16, 2021; Some flow­ers for you; Lilacs; Under the bridge; A fence, a tree, and the sky.

A positive note

fountain pen on notepad

A bunch of rejec­tions cropped up in my email in the last week or so. I know it’s part of the job (the game? the process?), but it’s not all that much fun.

As I was gear­ing up to re-sub­mit the pieces in ques­tion, though, I got a cheery lit­tle mes­sage from a friend and fel­low author, which made me feel bet­ter about the whole thing.

Meant to say I quite enjoyed your sto­ry “The Smoke” and I hope you find a good place­ment for it. Did­n’t have much else to add, I like the nar­ra­tor and the end­ing. […] Great job!

So, thanks for that, Chadwick.

Cur­rent­ly “The Smoke” is in the mid­dle of edit­ing, but I assure you I’ll be send­ing it back to him when it’s ready for the next round. If you’d like to read it too—it’s a viking/Iceland–inspired ghost sto­ry… in space!—do let me know.