Originally from Northern England, Alan Norsworthy has been a photographer since the late 1960's.

He moved to Canada in 1973 and has made Guelph Ontario his home for the last 24 years.

" I remember visiting the CN Tower in the early 70's and the guide said that as far as you could see in any direction is the best farmland in Canada. That comment echoes down the years as I watch subdivisions eat up the landscape."

The area around Guelph offers up a plethora of rural images which Alan captures with his artistic vision. His work covers everything from macro photographs of flowers, sweeping landscapes, historic buildings and old abandoned farms in both colour and Black and White.

"This is where I find my inspiration, I have a need to show people the beauty I see as I walk the woods and fields of Southern Ontario"

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Photo of the weekend, The Wren's - Magic

The Wren's - Magic
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Thanks to Matt we were able to visit with his family at their farm today.
Not only were we graciously received and well fed but were were given a tour of the property.
I have wandered in many magical places but this takes the prize.
Thank you the the Wrens for being such great hosts!

"When we touch this domain, we are filled with the cosmic force of life itself, we sink our roots deep into the black soil and draw power and being up into ourselves. We know the energy of the numen and are saturated with power and being. We feel grounded, centered, in touch with the ancient and eternal rhythms of life. Power and passion well up like an artesian spring and creativity dances in celebration of life."
- David N. Elkins

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Photo of the Weekend - Is this the end, or the beginning?

Pow Wow Trail - Is this the end, or the beginning?
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

The wheel turns,
Winter turns to Spring.
Spring becomes Summer.
The sunflowers raise their faces to the sun.

Summer becomes Fall, the sunflowers hang their heads, now heavy with seed, and wait for the Spring when the cycle begins again.- me

As soon as I saw the sunflower patch in the early summer I have waited for this day.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Peninsula - Abandoned I
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

My wife and I were away on a short vacation up on the Bruce Peninsula last week. As usual I was always on the lookout for 'abandoned' places.
This one is a bit of an enigma. The more I think about this place the more I wonder, is it really abandoned or is someone working on it?

No matter, it's a beautiful place, protected by tree's and the gardens are full of wildflowers (weeds to some)

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. ~John Ed Pearce

In this case I hope it's the latter

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Photo of the weekend - McGowan Falls Study

Durham Trip - McGowan Falls Study
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

The day started of wonderfully cool a sign of things to come!
Unfortunately as the sun climbed higher so did the temperature.
In spite of that it was a good day, then again isn't a day out with friends always a good day?
McGowan's Falls in Durham Ontario was our first stop. Even though this falls is quite small there is so much to see here I chose to spend my time amongst the 'details' those little side streams and rivulets. I always think of the "immovable object meets unstoppable force" saying when I look at the sometimes tiny rocks resisting the power of the water. It's quite humbling really those little rocks holding their own while our conversation is swept away by the roar of the water .....

I came where the river ran over stones;
my ears knew an early joy
And all the waters of all the streams
sang in my veins that summer day.

- Theodore Roethke, The Waking, 1948

Monday, August 2, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Sunflowers part II

Sunflowers part II
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

One last trip to the sunflower patch. Their heads are heavy with seeds now and soon they will bow to the pressure.

The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke
Of Gods
In languages of rainbows
And secret silence...
~Phillip Pulfrey, from Love, Abstraction and other Speculations

I think that this one may have a hidden secret though as she smiles at the passers by ...