Seagulls by Lake Ontario

Seagulls by Lake Ontario

After a long hiatus, I’m back with some pictures that *aren’t* of Sebastian. Yes, he’s my favourite subject, but today I had the opportunity to go down to Port Dalhousie to take some pictures after dropping him off at daycare. It had snowed overnight and the morning was crisp and sunny and cold. I managed to get quite close to a flock of gulls resting on the breakwater. Out there, the pier was covered in ice and I was sprayed with water when waves broke against the concrete. Above all, it was bitterly cold, but absolutely worth it. Just to take some pictures of common seagulls.

Oxford

I was recently at a conference at the University of Oxford and I had a little time to go look around the city and the university.

Oxford is something out of the ordinary. The city is of course incredibly historic, but what truly makes it special is that it is completely dominated by the famous university. Over 30 colleges dot the city and a great many of them are right in the city centre. In many ways the numerous colleges _is_ Oxford, because their old buildings can be seen everywhere. Shops and private housing fill up the space in-between. Oxford is well worth the trip if you’re in London, only 80km away with ubiquitous bus and train connections. And if you grow tired of old buildings, you can go punting on River Cherwell and the Thames.

Battle of blue vs brown

Battle of blue vs brown

Here’s a portrait of Sebastian from early May. He was a little sleepy, but his blank, wet, wide open eyes reveal an amazing play of colours. The ring of deep blue that dominated his eyes when he was born is gradually being  pushed out of the way by a ring of brown spreading out from his pupil. There’s no doubt he inherited his mother’s eyes, both in size and colour. Her’s, however, were were brown from she was born; here, the brown has to assert dominance over the blue in a long drawn out war of positions. It seems inevitable, though, that the brown shall win; to the blue belongs but certain defeat, though not without honour, holding out so long against the dominant brown allele.

Eyes

Eyes

Sebastian is now more than four months old, but his eyes are still of indeterminate colour, though leaning brown. What they do have, however, is very nice definition, which comes out in this b/w conversion.

Maple ornament

Maple ornament

This architectural detail featuring maple leaves forms the bottom of a moulding that frames a window arch on a building at the University of Western Ontario. It is a recurring feature on all the buildings at the university built in the neogothic style. This is an HDR composite from three images.