culture vulture

A friend and I visited our province’s capital, Fredericton last Sunday. My friend — who has a ‘slight’ obsession with Henry David Thoreau [to put it mildly] — wanted to visit a photo exhibition; «24 trees at Walden Pond».  She wanted to go this particular Sunday, as the photographer was going to be there, himself, and she knows him. I tugged along for the outing, the photos, to visit the Beaverbrook Gallery and see the painting by Salvador Dali, Santiago El Grande. Not sure why I really wanted that … just because I knew they had it there so I could say that I’d seen it.

We started out with lunch as soon as we got there. Had a scrumptious meal and talked about fountain pens and ink. Then we moseyed over to the gallery, which as more or less next door to the restaurant. Now, it turned out they had the grand opening of a new wing, so there were line-ups … very crowded … but we got in fairly quick anyway, since it was free. The grand opening, with speeches and all that, took place in the  very room where the tree photos were hung, so we didn’t see much of them, but we had a great experience anyway. They had a group of indigenous people there that put on a fabulous show … dances … drums … chanting. They were telling a story about the Saint John River and the river itself was flowing right outside the windows.

My friend got a chat with the photographer so all in all it turned out to be a great day. She’s going down to Walden Pond on Friday for some project she’s working on, so she’ll get to see those trees in real live instead.




Six years ago, I went to Fredericton — our province’s capital — visited the legislature building, amongst several other places. At that time, I had just purchased my life’s first DSLR camera, a Nikon D60. I came back with one photo I really liked; a spiral staircase.

I’ve often seen about that picture go by in my files, and as the years have gone by, I’ve thought about how I would have taken it differently today. A friend and I had planned a trip to Fredericton now, last week, to check out an art supply store that supposedly had started to carry fountain pens and inks. I suggested to her, that we visit the legislature building, because I still had that spiral staircase in mind.

dsc_0930It was a perfect day, weather-wise, for such an endeavour.

Not all that much autumn leaves left, after all that rainy and windy weather we’ve had, and we’re way past the peak season anyway, but it was still beautiful.

We were extremely lucky to get a parking spot right outside the legislature, we went through the security control, and already in the lobby I spotted the spiral staircase! What I’d forgotten over time, was that on the floor, in the centre under the stairs, was a small sculpture placed … some little guy, holding a lamp! I’d planned to — if necessary — lay down on my back and shoot straight up. Not a chance! This was a heavy sculpture, made of some metal and securely attached to the floor. Anyway, I got my picture 🙂


Not much different from my old one, but I still like that staircase. Took quite a few other pictures in there — here are a few more:

When we were about to leave, the friendly guard asked if we were going for lunch, and pointed us to restaurant we’d never had noticed otherwise. It was located in a small, brick building, which used to be the courthouse in old days. We had a scrumptious lunch before going to that store.

Their selection of fountain pens was ‘limited’, to say the least, but they were very nice there. I only bought some ink cartridges for the only reason it’s a limited edition and it’s sold out everywhere else.

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Back in 2009 (I see now that is was, thought it was 2010), an acquaintance and I, visited the Legislative building in Fredericton. Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick … the province in which we live. We walked around in there, not really knowing what to do. We were both new to DSLR cameras, so we were at the same level there. It was hot. It was one of those days I’ll never forget because I thought I was going to die. She thought so too, she told me afterwards.

In any event, we were standing in this old building, when I just happened to look up. That really paid off, as what I saw was the above, lovely, spiral staircase. This is the one and only shot I took. As I said, I was new to all this and knew nothing about .RAW format, or anything else, so I was just lucky. I had one lens and that was the kit-lens 18-55mm.