With Bloch at Thompson Dam

I went for a walk around Thompson Dam, a reservoir that is close to where I live. It should be only 8 miles, but I got lost a few times, so only heaven knows how far I really hiked. On the walk went with me Ernest Bloch, the great mid-20th century composer on the headphones, my camera in hand and the need for a poem I wanted to write.

I have tried in these photographs to capture the moods of the day: the cool greens under the trees and near the water, the bright sunniness of the day otherwise, and the incredible goldeness that the trail was suffused with for a few brief moments as the sun started to go down. The last half mile of the hike was in near total darkness. All I could hear was the harrumphs of the frogs and the calls of the loons, but these don’t record that well on a photograph. The flash of the fireflies was also too random and too brief to catch. Believe me, I tried!

The poem I started to write that day, A lesson in photography, is also now posted. Click on the poem title if you’d like to read it.

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.














All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.


9 thoughts on “With Bloch at Thompson Dam

    • Anne,

      Thank you! It is very kind of you to drop by and say so. Catching the moods was my intent. In fact, when I started I was a little worried…I have been to that place so often and so often photographed it that I was getting worried that anything would catch my eye. I think the fishermen in the boot was the luckiest surprise and to be honest I wish I could have done a better job catching how the walk was suffused with golden light at sundown. The pictures just don’t do the event justice.

      In the meantime, I am enjoying your site also, very, very much and look forward to your next postings.

      • I can relate, there are places I’d go to often and still take photos of the same subjects, it could be that they are in a different light, or the weather affects their looks and movements, but that is the fun of seeing through our camera and catching the little surprises. Your shot of the fishermen in the boat looks like a painting.
        Thank you for your kind words, I hope you’ll find something you like 🙂 .

    • Thank you very much Trish! Have you got that Tonika 11-16mm yet? I am very much looking forward to seeing your shots with it.

        • Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s built like a tank component, very solid and very sturdy with an incredible sharpness and depth of field. For me it was hard to learn to get close enough for the picture. It really is very wide. Incredible for landscapes. Looking forward to your shots…

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