Yard Katz rock Osoyoos Music in the Park

Greg Reely, of Osoyoos, appears to be having fun as he drums for the Yard Katz at the July 12, 2019 Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Penticton-based Yard Katz had many from the crowd of more than 650 people up and dancing July 12 at Osoyoos Music in the Park.

It was a mix of classic rock and blues with a bit of alt-country thrown in — all covers, but skillfully pulled off.

I’ve tried to enjoy some local music without lugging my camera around, but for this one I made an exception.

It’s not entirely accurate to say “Penticton-based.” Drummer Greg Reely is from Osoyoos and is president of the Osoyoos Photography Club, of which I am a member. I certainly wasn’t the only OPC member photographing Greg and he seemed amused by the Osoyoos paparazzi.

Greg is not just the drummer. He had the sound controls at his fingertips and was shooting video from at least two angles of the band’s performance.

He showed his photography along with mine and Peter Hovestad’s at The Art Gallery Osoyoos in the Trifocal Perspectives show in April.

Besides music, photography and sound engineering, word is that Greg’s not bad at golf.

The other Yard Katz members from various locations up the valley were no less impressive Friday.

Dancing styles in front of the band were all over the map. When a line dance of mainly senior women sprang up, singer Ron Weiten confessed he was wrong in his notion that line dancing was only in country music.

For more info:

For information about coming shows at the free Friday evening Osoyoos Music in the Park concerts, visit their page on the Osoyoos and District Arts Council website.

The Osoyoos Photography Club also has a page on the Arts Council website.

The Yard Katz are on Facebook.

For information about my photography and photographic services, contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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Penticton-based Yard Katz rocked Osoyoos at Music in the Park on July 12. They play a mix of classic rock, blues with a bit of alt-country thrown in. From foreground right to left: Jim Gallagher, Bob Farmer, Ron Weiten, Dan Gustak, Gary Dray. Keyboardist Bryan Chamberlain is obscured at the left end. Behind on drums is Greg Reely. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Greg Reely, of Osoyoos, appears to be having fun as he drums for the Yard Katz at the July 12, 2019 Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Ron Weiten plays harmonica as Yard Katz entertained Osoyoos at Music in the Park on July 12. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Clint Hawes and his wife Brigitte are among the many dancing up a storm as Yard Katz performs at Osoyoos Music in the Park July 12. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Dan Gusztak belts out a classic rock song while playing guitar. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Ron Weiten (left) sings as the Yard Katz perform at Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Gary Dray plays guitar and sings with the Yard Katz at Osoyoos Music in the Park. Behind is guest performer Harvey Kostenchuk on congas and percussion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Bryan Chamberlain (left foreground) plays keyboards with the Yard Katz. Behind is guest performer Harvey Kostenchuk on congas and percussion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 2 – Gyro Park and fireworks

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta takes place in the downtown in the morning, but in the afternoon the Canada Day action shifts to Gyro Park.

This photo collection shows some of the Gyro Park events, including the always-fun cherry pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests.

In some of my photography workshops we talk about the technique for catching the cherry pit in mid air as it leaves the mouth. Briefly, it involves using a very fast shutter speed and anticipating from the contestant’s facial expression when the pit is going to come out. It’s easier than photographing a speeding bullet — a topic I’d better leave for an advanced class. ūüėČ To find out about my photography classes and workshops this summer, check out the Town of Osoyoos Summer Leisure Guide.

The evening ends with the impressive fireworks display over Osoyoos Lake. This selection ends with the pyrotechnic wizardry of Frank Zandvliet and his volunteer crew.

Reprints are available. Contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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Outgoing Osoyoos Ambassador Aikum Takher speaks at the bandshell, flanked by incoming Ambassadors Kaelyn and Kristen. At left is master of ceremonies Tom Shields. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Town councillors C.J. Rhodes and Jim King slice Canada Day cake for the crowd in Gyro Park while Mayor Sue McKortoff (right) supervises. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Councillor Myers Bennett (left) serves Canada Day cake at Gyro Park as people line up. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Tom Shields, former mayor, horse race announcer and CIRO Radio personality, was master of ceremonies during the afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Cindy Doucette, a Canada Day favourite, sang and played guitar Monday afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 1 Downtown

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta is a colourful highlight of the year, drawing thousands of visitors to the community, along with the locals.

I’ve photographed it in past years for the Osoyoos Times, but this year was the first I was shooting for myself. More than a few people asked if I was back with the paper. I’m not. It’s just a fun way to keep up my camera skills and share the images with the community.

This collection features 37 photos from downtown events, mainly the parade, water fight and bhangra dancers. I’ll be posting more photos from the Gyro Park events and fireworks later.

Reprints are available. Contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

This year the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta celebrated 71 years, including the time it was known as Cherry Carnival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Sgt. Jason Bayda, commanding officer at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment, waves to parade crowds from the RCMP’s ATV. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of Branch 173 of the Royal Canadian Legion marched near the fron to the parade, accompanied by several American Legion members from Oroville. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Summerland Pipes and Drums played for the crowd near the front of the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Wearing an oversized hat, town counillor Jim King waves as he walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff smiles and waves as she walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

J.F. Launier, connoisseur of fine vehicles, drives a convertible in the parade. Waving from the back seat is town councillor C.J. Rhodes. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A large crowd watches the Cherry Fiesta parade in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Incoming and outgoing Osoyoos Ambassadors give the crowd the royal wave. (Richard McGuire Photo)

These colourfully dressed girls announce the arrival of the Okanagan Portuguese Drummers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Okanagan Portuguese Drummers performed in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A clown on a unicycle tosses candy into the air as kids scramble for it in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Bob Sherwood of the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society waves from the local volunteer group’s new boat used for lake water testing. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Harold Cox drives his 1928 Ford Model “A” in the parade. A sign on the back declares that although the car is 91 years old, Cox is still a young pup by comparison. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Girls riding in a Mercedes convertible for Luna del Sol Hair Design show off some colourful hairdos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Liberal Connie Denesiuk waves to the crowd. With her was federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Conservative Helena Konanz was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he travelled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It’s a long reach for a stilt walker to touch hands of small children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of the Penticton Royalty were in the parade to promote their city’s Peach Festival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A tractor leads the way for the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society’s parade entry. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Desert Spirit Osoyoos dragon boat club carried a fabric “dragon” along with parade route, sometimes stopping to “devour” young children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vince Sam waves to the crowd after shoveling up a deposit of horse poo along the parade route. Many people cheered him. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Conservative Helena Konanz waves to the crowd. Liberal Connie Denesiuk was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he traveled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It was an Osoyoos standoff as these kids aimed their water artillery at each other, but held their fire. They were saving it for the firefighters who were about to return. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

VIDEO: Governments sign memorandum of understanding on South Okanagan national park reserve

Federal, provincial and First Nations governments held a signing ceremony on Tuesday, July 2 on a memorandum of understanding on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. A final establishment agreement is still one or two years away, if ever. A few park opponents showed up to protest, but federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna couldn’t offer them much except to keep listening. (Richard McGuire Photo and Video)

Photography in the Palouse region of Washington was all about light, weather and landscapes

Ansel Adams, the great U.S. 20th century landscape photographer, is reputed to have said: “Bad weather makes for good photography.”

That was certainly true on a visit to the Palouse region of Washington State at the end of April. But I would add that: “Changing weather and light in a unique landscape makes for great photography.”

Maureen and I took my camper down there as part of a semi-official Osoyoos Photography Club outing. It ended up being just two other couples and we were on our own schedules, but we did meet up for dinner on the Monday night followed by a scramble in separate vehicles with camera gear to make it to the top of Steptoe Butte before the best of sunset light.

Steptoe Butte, at around 1,100 metres above sea level, affords views in a 360-degree panorama as you climb a spiraling road up the butte. Below are the undulating grain fields — they appear like sand dunes in shape because they were formed long ago by loess soils dropped by the winds.

We arrived the Sunday evening with just enough time to deposit the trailer at the trailer park in Steptoe and make it to a southwest view partway up the butte. For hours we’d been watching storm clouds forming over the plains, but in isolated areas of the sky forming their own little micro weather systems. The lowering sun bathed the storms in gold and cast shadows over the “dunes,” lighting up the green fields.

I photographed the constantly changing landscape as the sun fell below the horizon and the weather moved through.

Here’s a selection of photos for those in a hurry. For a larger collection of Palouse trip photos, see my Flickr Album.

Richard McGuire

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The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun sets, shadows are cast across the rolling hills of the Palouse below Steptoe Butte in Washington State. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

 

Summer Artisan Market at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

The Summer Artisan Market opened at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on June 1 and it features the work of numerous local artists and artisans.

I’m participating this year for the first time and am showing a selection of recent photos, as well as several others I’ve never shown before. Because space for each artist is limited, I’ll be rotating the featured photos throughout the summer, but all are available and can be seen in the web gallery below. I’ll also have a special selection of cards and matted photos on display.

The Summer Artisan Market includes work by a number of talented local painters, potters, quilters and more and is definitely worth a browse. It runs until Labour Day on Sept. 2.

The gallery is open in June from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday. Then in July it switches to summer hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

I’ll also have a booth at Market on Main most Saturdays through the summer where I’ll have a wide assortment of photo cards and matted photos taken over the years. The market includes a range of local crafts and, as we get into the fruit and veggie season, locally grown produce as well. It’s held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Square, the park next to town hall. Please drop by to say “hello,” chat and browse.

Richard McGuire

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Osoyoos Lake is calm on a summer evening in a view that shows the Main Street bridge, Hotel Row, the Cottonwood area, Nk’Mip Campground and Spirit Ridge. (¬© Richard McGuire Photo)

The Lawless house, named for the family that lived there, sits in a field near Anarchist Summit. In recent years it has deteriorated badly. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Yellow balsamroot, a cousin of sunflowers, is abundant in the South Okanagan Grasslands in May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Wagonwheel Road meanders past an old log barn near Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos is a paradox — a town in a desert-like setting where you are never far from water and where the irrigated vineyards and orchards are lush green. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos straddles both shores of Osoyoos Lake and is connected by a spit of land over while Highway 3 runs east and west. (Richard McGuire photo)

Haynes Point Provincial Park, now officially known by its Sylix language name of “swiws”, is a popular camping spot throughout the spring and summer. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vineyards grow quickly on the Osoyoos East Bench in late May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

From the lookout off Highway 3 heading west of Osoyoos you look out across Osoyoos Lake. On the opposite shore are The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

Billowing clouds float over Kilpoola Lake, west of Osoyoos, on a day in early May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands are still green in early May. Behind, Snowy Mountain still has some snow. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Small lakes collect water in the South Okanagan Grasslands. In the background is Kilpoola Lake to the west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

My focal perspectives – Places of Colour

“Trifocal Perspectives” is an exhibition of my photographs, along with those of Greg Reely and Peter Hovestad, at The Art Gallery Osoyoos that closes on Saturday, April 27.

I’ve divided my photographs by four themes. “Places of Colour” features images of colourful cultures from around the world. Not all the photos shown here are on display at “Trifocal Perspectives.”

Places of Colour:

I have always been fascinated by travel and other cultures. I’m drawn by a curiosity about how other people live, but especially by the way so many cultures, especially tropical, celebrate colour.

Our own culture is more reserved and our colour palette reflects that fear of being ‚Äútoo loud.‚ÄĚ But nature is full of colour, and other cultures ‚Äď whether Latin American, African or Asian ‚Äď see that colour and embrace it.

Richard McGuire

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Sadhus are Hindu holy men or ascetics who renounce their worldly possessions and wander in search of moksa, or spiritual liberation. There are many of them in the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. (Richard McGuire Photo)

When you climb (or take the funicular) to the top of the hill where El Pipila statue stands, you’re met with a spectacular view over Guanajuato. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Brightly painted buildings and colourful banners make for a feast of colour. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Customers enjoy a conversation over coffee at one of the coffee shops located on Plaza del Libertador in Jardin, Colombia. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Many old timers socialize outdoors on the streets near Plaza del Libertador in Jardin, Colombia. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A woman reads a paper while tending a snack stand in the old city of Cartagena, Colombia. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A man wearing an Aguade√Īo hat takes a smoke break outside a colourfully painted house in Guatap√©, Colombia. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Guatap√© is a colourfully painted town east of Medellin, Colombia. It is known for its cobbled streets and “zocalos,” icons on walls of buildings just above the sidewalks. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A family gets into the spirit of Carnaval in Mompox, Colombia. In preparation for Ash Wednesday, some people put ash on their faces. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A musician beats out a rhythm for some lively rumba music on a Sunday on Havana’s Callejon de Hamel. This alley is a colourful celebration of Afro-Cuban culture and Santeria religion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Market day in the Cakchiquel Mayan town of Solol√° is a colourful hive of activity. Although men are more likely than women to wear western dress, you do see a number of men in traditional clothing, like the man in the centre. Note his wonderful multi-coloured pants. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

My focal perspectives – The Magic of Night

“Trifocal Perspectives” is an exhibition of my photographs, along with those of Greg Reely and Peter Hovestad, at The Art Gallery Osoyoos throughout April 2019.

I’ve divided my photographs by four themes. “The Magic of Night” features images of dusk, night and dawn from around the world. Not all the photos shown here are on display at “Trifocal Perspectives.”

The Magic of Night:

As night falls, cities and landscapes transform into magic places. Sometimes spiritual, sometimes menacing, sometimes mysterious.

Humans have long sought to light the night, whether with fire, incandescent lamps, sodium vapour, fluorescence or neon. In doing so, we transform a time of slumber into a time of vibrance.

Some photographers look to the stars and celestial phenomena. I look at how humans change the night.

Richard McGuire

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A Hindu priest performs the evening aarti ceremony with fire beside the Shipra river in the holy city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Every evening there is an aarti ceremony with fire at Har-ki-Pauri ghats on the Ganges River at Haridwar, India. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The City Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan is lit with lights at night that reflect in Pichola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A camel driver leads two camels across the sand dunes at sunset near Kanoi, an hour from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Men enjoy lassi and other milk drinks at a stand at night time on Main Bazar in the Paharganj neighbourhood of New Delhi. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As the sun goes down, lights come out along the Malecon, Havana’s sea wall drive that runs from Old Havana to Vedado and Miramar. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A man bicycles home as the setting sun casts its glow on a ruined church in the Cuban colonial city of Trinidad. The city was built with fortunes from the sugar industry, and is now a tourist centre. (Richard McGuire Photo)

After sunset, you can look down from El Pipila statue over the lights of Guanajuato. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Lake Atitl√°n in central Guatemala is ringed in volcanoes. I got up early one morning to take a bus to a lookout point above the lake to watch the sunrise. (Richard McGuire Photo)

I went out with several guys from the Osoyoos Photography Club to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower. I was too early for the best meteor show, but as a photographer, I found the combination of moonlight and expressive clouds to be more interesting. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As night falls on Osoyoos, B.C., a thick fog still blankets the town, the result of a thermal inversion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Cow Bay in Prince Rupert, B.C. used to be a somewhat ramshackle fishing port. Now it’s a harbour for boat tours and private recreational boats as well as more upscale bars, coffee shops and boutiques. (Richard McGuire Photo)

On a warm, summer-like evening in early spring, Montreal’s Latin Quarter comes alive. This area along rue Saint-Denis is near UQAM (Universit√© du Qu√©bec √† Montr√©al). (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Parliament Buildings are lit up at night in downtown Ottawa. Below them are the Supreme Court of Canada (in green light) and the Canadian War Museum. This shot was taken from my former apartment balcony with a long lens. (Richard McGuire Photo)

This image looking down from a pedestrian bridge onto Highway 417 in Ottawa was a 20-second exposure at f/20. The long exposure shows the trails of headlights and taillights and the small aperture causes the starburst effect on the lights and it keeps the chain link fence almost in focus as the background is sharp. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Ottawa’s Rideau Street is a bit rough around the edges. It’s a haven for panhandlers and addicts of various substances, and it’s a major truck route. Still, lights reflected on the rainy pavement give it a certain beauty on an autumn night. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Lights come on as darkness descends in Ottawa’s Chinatown. (Richard McGuire Photo)

From my apartment balcony at night I see the eerie green lights along the roadway to the Lemieux Island water treatment plants reflected like green candles in the Ottawa River. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Several members of the Ottawa Street Exploration Flickr group did a photo walk at Carleton University on a mild November evening. Years ago, I spent many, many hours at the MacOdrum Library shown here. Carleton’s architecture has a 1950s Stalinesque quality and the library’s windows remind me of cell blocks. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A couple shares a moment under the steam clock in Vancouver’s Gastown. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vancouver’s Granville Street is lit up in lights. The city’s abundant rain intensifies the colours of the light as it is reflected on the pavement. (Richard McGuire Photo)