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Bet You Thought this Blog was Dead!
November 17, 2015

Sorry about disappearing for so long without notice.  Pursuit of an Environmental Science degree in which I completed years three and four in one intense year definitely put a damper on my photography.  However, a few days after finishing school, I visited the Butchart Gardens in Victoria and took over 500 pictures, compared to 200 or so on other visits including visits during prime spring and autumn beauty--I'd say my creativity was suppressed...

Rain on Fire
June 22, 2014

Since I knew I would be working till 10:15 pm on Summer Solstice, I decided to celebrate the longest day of the year a day early, which for me simply means being outdoors until dark, embracing the beauty of creation. After finding so many different wildflowers earlier in the week at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, I was curious to check out another loop that seemed just as promising, with the added bonus of a small stream running through it. This...

In the Pink
June 18, 2014

Typical Grace...nothing for a month and then two posts in the same evening!  My computer died last month and it's an onerous thing to rebuild a new computer with all your programs, files, preferences and presets.  I actually had these images ready a few days ago but had to hunt down my personalized export settings for Lightroom on my backup hard drive (you know, the file path that 20 folders deep).  I think the photo editing functions of my...

The Best Camera is the One You Have...
June 18, 2014

As I drove down the gravel hill towards Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park west of Calgary, a clump of yellow flowers caught my eye. ‘Were those lady’s slippers?!’ I asked myself incredulously. ‘No’, I dismissed my first impression, ‘I’ve never seen them way out here on the prairies. But hey, they should be blooming in Bow Valley Provincial Park, and I should go look for them there! Maybe I can do that after dinner tonight…’ (Bow Valley...

When Life Gives You Lemons...
May 5, 2014

...make lemonade.  Or photos, if the lemons take the form of snow in May. Hmmm...maybe it's my fault we are still getting snow in May.  I didn't take my DSLR out to capture the beauty of winter until March 28 (I did kick myself a couple of times for going cross-country skiing in incredible beauty with just my compact camera).  The Creator just keeps giving me opportunities to add to my winter portfolio... And really, it does no good to whine...

Tiptoeing Through My Tulip Memories
April 25, 2014

During March and April when I'm too broke to travel, it often feels like torture that I once "liked" the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival page on Facebook, with all their reminders that more colourful places exist.  I have been to the Festival at least four times, maybe five.  It takes place for the whole month of April on a fertile floodplain in western Washington state, almost exactly halfway between Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.  ...

Dreaming of Colour
March 30, 2014

Ugh...it has been snowing lazily all day, the sky a murky mass weighing on my spirit, all colour blotted by its bland whiteness.  Worst of all, it's been like this all week, defying the saying that if you don't like the weather here, just wait five minutes.  A friend once described me as solar-powered, so I am definitely missing sunlight and the colour it brings,  if only blue sky at this time of year. I was thinking on Friday that in less than...

Iced Blossoms
March 18, 2014

It should come as no surprise that the biggest draw for me in the ice-crusted garden was the peach tree with its promising pink blossoms.  I'd admired them the day I arrived, but of all the blooms in the delayed garden, I had only pointed my camera at a single clematis the evening before the ice storm. The first four images are the same shot with three different treatments (black-and-white, "bleach bypass" which fades the colours, the actual capture...

Icy Spring Morning
March 16, 2014

I went to visit my sister in Texas earlier this month, and on my third morning there, she woke me up without me asking her to.  An ice storm had blown through between the time her husband left for work at 5 a.m. and when she got up around 7.  She knew I'd find the ice adorning everything a photographic extravaganza! For her, it was kind of sad, having endured several frosts already this winter and seeing the new green shoots she'd gently uncovered...

The 'Making' of a Picture
February 21, 2014

It's been almost a year since I took this picture (yes, "took".  My aunt from Holland would say "make" and I think it's a better term most of the time, but this isn't much of a picture...) and I still remember finding the orangey-pink dresser with the matching cups on top on the porch of an antique shop in Old Town Tomball, Texas.  I looked at it again briefly today and thought, "I gotta try something with this.  This photo is crap, but I know...

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