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, January 29, 2012

Fence Line

Fence Line
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Now as my strength starts to return I had to get out for a walk so I headed out for one of my favorite haunts, the Arboretum in the University of Guelph.
Just a short drive but a world away, more so today as the snow made it even more quiet, a cold, white, blanket that hushed the distant traffic so you could hear the soft crunching of your footsteps, the chickadee's and squirrels.

An invigorating walk that tired the body but refreshed the spirit.

I understand what John Masefield was saying when he penned "Sea Fever" ..


I gave in to the pull of that which I love..

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. ~Rumi

Sunday, January 22, 2012

First Light - Gordon Street Bridge

First Light - Gordon Street Bridge
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Another weekend has gone by without me picking up a camera let alone taking a photograph. So I spent some time revisiting images I took on New Years day.

I hate being sick!

But I am on the mend the antibiotics are doing there job and nature is taking its course with the flu symptoms.

No more sneezing and coughing!

However I did not take this advice ....

You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax - tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough. ~Pearl Williams

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Storm Watch

Storm Watch
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Well no photographs, not a single frame taken this weekend.
Last week I came down with the "Man Flu" which is way worse than your everyday normal flu because it seeks out only men as it's victims.
Coughing and hacking does not make for a steady camera, besides I was in bed most of the time.

However, this morning I began to think I might make it and am slowly recovering from the dreaded malady, during my ordeal, my wife did keep me going by texting me "Poor Little Bunny" texts to keep my spirits up

So I went back to the images from my recent Tobermory trip and worked on this one "Storm Watch".

In case you are curious, this is what it's like ...

Caution terrible images not for children, especially boys.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winter Glow

Winter Glow
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Winter requires a certain attitude.

Do not regret the passing of Autumn, you have to look forward to it's passing and
find your sweaters,jackets and boots.

Think of that magical, first frost that will soon cover the meadows with silver.

Think not of the falling temperatures but of the cool, crisp, air and the walks to be enjoyed.

Then get out there and savour the peace, as the snow falls, blanketing the earth in silence.

It's a time to be young again.

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Old Mill - Redux - Nikon P7100

The Old Mill - Redux - Nikon P7100
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

There is nothing that stir's the creative juices more than a new toy ... err a new piece of equipment.
On our recent Annual trip up to Tobermory I took along my new Nikon P7100 to put it through its paces.
This image was taken on the way home after the freezing fog and snow had transformed the world into a winter wonderland. Add in a spotlight of sunlight illuminating the frozen tree's it was pure magic.

My quote today is not really a part of this image but the timing is close enough. A thought, a wish, for the New Year..

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest