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, November 28, 2010

No Doug - Like THIS !

No Doug - Like THIS !
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

A few hardy souls, Doug, Andrew, Grant and I walked the Trans Canada Trail in St. Jacobs yesterday.
At one point we were surrounded by chickadee's and this moment presented itself.
It's good to have friends, it's even better to have friends who you can laugh at / with!

I know the photo is awful but it is one of my best :^)

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carolers - Downtown tree lighting extravaganza

Carolers - Downtown tree lighting extravaganza
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

I know, I know, it's only November but have you noticed that the merchandisers start earlier and earlier with each passing year?
Barely has Halloween finished before the Christmas offerings are flooding the shelves.

Last Friday evening we in Guelph celebrated the lighting of the tree in our downtown square. Despite the "it's November, dammit! " chorus there is something special about this little gathering. Bumping into old friends every one smiling and happy makes me think "why isn't it like this all year long"?

Yes even this old pagan can feel the wind of change that this time of year brings and I love it !

Even if it is November ...... <|:^)

I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness. ~Julia Peterkin, A Plantation Christmas, 1934

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Limehouse - Somewhere over the rainbow

Limehouse - Somewhere over the rainbow
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

The forecast was not particularly good for today but we ventured out for a while anyway. The minute we arrived at our destination in Limehouse, Ontario it started to rain!

Luckily it was but a passing shower. As we stepped out of the car we were greeted by this spectacular rainbow. Not only was it complete but double. It was going to be a good day ...

Two quotes for today:

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~John Vance Cheney

and after a weekend surrounded with good friends, you know who you are ..

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. ~ Irish Blessing

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hilton Falls - Birch Bark

Hilton Falls - Birch Bark
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

'Tis the season of slanting shadows. Now I will seek out the woods where fingers of light probe deep and sometimes land upon something special, like birch bark.

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson