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A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Sun on Ice

It’s very cold but I’m grateful for the sun.

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Sending warm thoughts to everyone still waiting for power and to all those working so hard to restore it.

Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: urban photography

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A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: The Day Calls

Car Rainbow (click to enlarge)

The day calls to you and you call back.

Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: urban photography

A Writer's Playground: Lilian Nattel Online: Elephant

Toronto Zoo

Click to enlarge and see her beautiful eyes as she looked at me on my birthday. The elephants are being prepared for transfer to an elephant sanctuary. It was a joy to see her before she goes.

Filed under: Beautiful Tagged: urban photography

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Two Views of a Telephone Post

Shape and colour and reflected light. You have to imagine the smell of muddy grass, the sound of the camera clicking, which is itself an artifact, an imitation of shutter and film, since digital cameras don’t need to click. I saw a toddler with an IPad the other day. She was tapping and sliding . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Two Views of a Telephone Post

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Looking Deeper

I was walking and saw a slight indentation in the sidewalk. It was the shape of an inverted V. I stood over it with my camera and took a series of pictures. As I bent closer, I noticed a crevice at the tip. Bending closer still, I crouched over it. With my nose practically inside . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Looking Deeper

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Wheat Sheaf Tavern

wheat sheaf tavern, est 1849 King St W, Toronto (click to enlarge)

Inside the upper window is a wide bottomed jar with yellow paint or yellow peppers, also a blue-green mural with a giant eye, which might be the reflection of something across the street, or a black and white lamp in front . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Wheat Sheaf Tavern

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: An Everday Story of Cats

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Filed under: Fun Tagged: cats in motion, urban photography

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Leaves in January

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

– Sonnet 73, W.Shakespeare

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There was a cute resident at the fracture clinic where H . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Leaves in January

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Perspective

winter flowers, click to enlarge

I held the camera under the flowers and pointed up, surprising myself in the frame.

Filed under: Fun, Interesting Tagged: urban photography

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Life and Books

I am braving the heat in my sunny and a/c-less work corner (it’s the 3rd day of 34 degree heat) to post because it’s been so long. Last week, before the weather got hot, I went for a walk with A, one of our long walks: 20 km to the end of Queen St East . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Life and Books

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunday Ramble

I never did post all the photos I wanted from my last Sunday Ramble and there’s been another ramble since! (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

This old Hi-Fi cabinet reminded me of my childhood though I think it pre-dates it with about 4 settings for different radio stations imprinted on the cabinet.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Really Seeing

Anyone who follows this blog knows how much I love photography:

Holding a camera makes me pay closer attention to what’s around me. I look at the ordinary—for instance a picket fence in late fall, a shriveled vine clinging to it, a single flower still blooming—with new eyes. I notice the blessing of colour, red . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Really Seeing

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunday Ramble

I can tell that spring promotion is winding down because a) I’m walking again; b) I’m taking pictures again; and c) I’m in the mood to blog again. It’s true that, like any writer, my experiences, for eg my neighbourhood in Web of Angels, end up in my work. But I wonder if other writers . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunday Ramble