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My home is in Chamberlains, CBS, Newfoundland: a place close enough to sea so that I can go there to watch the glorious sunsets over the bay, and the other infinite variety of sights and sounds that are forever changing, yet forever the same. I'm not as young as I used to be and don't get around much any more, but I've had many wonderful hours of enjoyment with my Yasihca 44 TLR and trusty old OM-2. I've always enjoyed photographing wild flowers, particularly the smaller ones, many of which , albeit mostly overlooked and dismissed as weeds, are exquisitely beautiful. Digital photography, complete with all the magic of its own portable darkroom, has brought a new dimension to the hobby. My OM-2 is retired now, but it is such a beautiful instrument, such a joy to hold and behold, that I don't think I will ever want to part with it. My digital, used mostly, is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30. Its 35-420 mm Leica zoom lens can really reach out for those hard to reach shots. My photographs are strictly amateurish, but hopefully some have succeeded in capturing something of the moment that inspired them.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


.Just as Canada usurped our National Day of Memorial and turned it into Canada Day, so the pagan rituals of the Solstice - an orgy of spending , drinking and gluttony - are usurping the Christmas festival. There are those immigrants amongst us; particularly Jews and Muslims who would like to see the Observance completely abolished, and any reference to Christ removed from all public institutions, including schools. Rrudolph and Frosty are much more benign icons. Ironically, merchants who make their greatest profits by shamelessly exploiting the Birth of Christ, dare not mention this event for fear of offending. NO wonder Canada is known as a great place to which to migrate. Bring your Talmud, your Koran, your turbans and your Hijab. We don't mind. We are a tolerant people without a culture of our own. I am by no means a religious bigot, but I am ashamed to have been absorbed into a country without an identity, or without the guts to stand up for what we do believe - if anything!

By the way, Happy New Year, assuming it is not politically incorrect to say so..

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Blogger David c.h. Brown said...

Hey Lloyd,
I hope you and your family have had a very Merry CHRISTmas, and will have a Happy New Year in 2010. And I'm with you on all of the gutless political correctness that seems to be consuming the soul of this country. I am not religious, but I am spiritual, and most cannot understand that spirituality has nothing to do with religions. Stay strong, and keep the faith good sir. It is so refreshing to know that there are others out there beside myself who cannot stomach what this country is turning into. I remember as a boy landing in Ontario, and thinking how strange it was that there were no "Ontario Folk Songs." Everyone seemed to be so smitten with the twang of the USA style of music, and everything else for that matter. And Canadians somehow seem to think that the Americans should take us seriously! The demise of the AVRO ARROW pretty much said all that needed to be said about CANADA. Keep shooting sir. Your 2009 blog was great. Looking forward to 2010.

1:50:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm totally with you on those comments Lloyd. I respect other people's beliefs and customs but why should we allow those others to destroy ours? Of course, the problem lies with Canadians (including those of us who live in this great province )in permitting them to do so. I refuse to buy Christmas cards with "happy holidays". There would be no "Christmas' without "Christ". Shame on us for pushing our beliefs aside in order to "not offend " others.
Happy New Year

12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thank you, David, for your comment. I too am dismayed by what this country is turning into. Armies are selected, trained and equipped as efficient killing machines. To call such a unit a "peace-keeping force" is an oxymoron. Our beautiful young men and women continue to be sent home in body-bags. The real reason is that they are assisting the U.S. retain control of the Middle East - the chief source of petrol. Sadam Hussein was hunted down and hung like a dog as a war criminal, whereas George Bush who caused the deaths of millions as well as being the source of terrorism because of the phony war on Iraq, is, i.m.o.a much greater war crimina. We continue to defile the planet while building up enough armaments to destroy mankind ten times over. Armageddon is inevitable. Any who survive, as Einstein said, will begin again to fight each other with sticks and stones. It is the nature of this human species. We wish each other a Happy New Year knowing full well that it is only wishful thinking. The killing, the cruelty, and the starving will go on.

5:17:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thank you, Enid! I'm glad I'm not alone in my views on this subject. I agree that most of our problems, social and economic; especially with regards to the fisheries, are of our own making, because we don't have the guts to stand up for our own rights. Danny Williams would do well to take a page from the example being set by the Prime Minister of Australia. But the Muslims are not the only bogey-men. Mother Hanukah made a stab at replacing Santa Claus but I think that fizzled out, Nevertheless, the baby Jesus, is mostly hidden out of sight.

5:40:00 PM  
Blogger Olive Tree said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
i could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thank you (Olive tree...)!!!

11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen Eli Harris said...

Howdy Lloyd,

Hope you had a great holiday and maybe there is another gift in store for you yet. You see, voting is now open for the NL Bloggers Choice Award on the NL BlogRoll. With you being one of the choices able to be voted on, you may win some advertising on the NlBlogRoll blog. Be sure to go and vote!

Good Luck

6:14:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thanks, Steve!

All the best for the New Year

7:17:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thanks, Steve!

All the best for the New Year

7:17:00 PM  

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