Grandma Dynamite and her East Bolton Bee’s

 Well Josie, my mom, aka Grandma Dynamite, won the East Bolton Town Hall Lottery … She got to adopt a Bee Hive …  and the experience that goes along with it … and so I have been lucky to explore and photograph these amazing bee’s. As a result this photo essay … A very Big thank you to Alain Dery and Alexandre for their wonderful patience and expertise! I never thought I would find myself sitting so close in front of an active Bee Hive with my camera and flash … the fun continues as I continue to experiment and keep getting closer. Stay tuned for more of this honey sweet story of our Bolton Bee’s…

And here is the update! Honey Harvesting Party! This was an amazing experience, a time when you meet the other people who adopted a Bee Hive this summer and we all participate in extracting the honey. And the best part we learn the tastes … the actual tastes from all corners of our community. We share experiences and give each other support; I know if it wasn’t for Alain Dery and his passion and expertise I never would have ventured into this fascinating world … and so I get to share my harvest … this story and these pictures … enjoy! And if you are lucky we may have some truly organic honey for you! Ps these occasions bring out the real talent … music to our ears!

Cheers Michael

Thanks Giving Weekend East Bolton Quebec

We are always thankful especially when we are working on the Live Like Water Retreat in East Bolton. It is a magical place for both my mom and myself. Here are some pictures from our Thanks Giving Weekend. If you have a chance do get out of town and into the country side to enjoy the fall colors. Nature does have healing properties!

Live Like Water Retreat Winter Pictures

I got away from the city on boxing day and went to my country home in East Bolton, Quebec. The obligation of the  holidays over I made my retreat. Many of the tree’s were devastated by the freezing rain which forced them to bend to the ground. During the course of the week I took the following pictures. I also wrote a poem but I am not ready to post it just yet. So in the mean time I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Fall Abstract

During our fall semester at Dawson we had an assignment to practice zooming in and out while exposing. I took these shot at the live like water retreat while the leaves were changing colors. Here are a few shots from that series.

Live Like Water Tea Room and Studio Shoot

It was in my Live Like Water Tea Room where I met my future models for my fashion photography class at Concordia University. They had set out from Montreal the day before and where on their way to Saint Benoit Du Lac, the Monastery in Austin. Charles had seen my sign and they decided to stop in for tea.  We had lots of laughs and great tea. As we talked we also found out that we all three graduated from Concordia’s Liberal Arts College. Fate I tell you,fate.

Winter Card Ideas

Here are some of the ideas I am toying with for Christmas Cards…any suggestions anyone? Of course I have lots of variations on a theme…Cheers


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Live Like Water Retreat:Winter

These photos are from an on going project to photograph the Live Like Water Retreat throughout the seasons. Here are some early winter shots of 2012.

Fireflys and Flowers

I guess I now know why fireflies light up all night…glowing green lights flying through the night air; its because all day long they’re busy loving one another! I’d be glowing too!