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Kaleidoscope Snowflakes
January 19, 2014

I was always fascinated by kaleidoscopes as a child, those cardboard tubes containing three reflective surfaces, a peep hole on one end, and a rotating segment on the other end, which encases bits of multi-coloured glass.   Friends of mine have a fancy metal one that I usually play with when I visit.  I'm entranced by the different designs that are made by a slight movement of the glass bits.  I could sit there for hours, always wishing I could...

Is This Cheating?
January 11, 2014

My apologies for not posting anything for weeks on end.  I started a seasonal job at the end of November, then got a horrible cold, and then was busy preparing for Christmas.  I admit, I was starting to forget this blog existed! I have a draft post I started in November, talking about not taking any new photos (I still haven't been out with my DSLR to seek out any beauty!) but playing with photos on my computer.  The two techniques I played with...

Image Within an Image
November 26, 2013

I don't think my mom would have liked the photos in this post.  She liked art that clearly reflected what she saw.  If it was intentionally blurry or abstract in any way, she'd move on to something crisp and identifiable. So if you're like my mom, I'll let you move along now. If you're curious, here are photos from the last post that I zoomed in to about 100% and cropped.  I sometimes find that when I zoom in to clean dust specks from an image...

Reflecting Victoria
November 24, 2013

I'm going to post at least once a week, eh?  Well, maybe I'll give you four posts this week, how about that?! I spent nearly three weeks in October on Vancouver Island, chasing the edge of the camping season as far west as I could go (south wasn't a consideration at the time because the American national parks were closed due to their government's shutdown). I'm not much of a fan of cities, but Victoria, British Columbia is one of my favourites.  I...

Foam Paintings
November 2, 2013

I've seen photos over the years where a photographer has managed to capture the patterns of swirling foam at the base of a waterfall.  Rocky Mountain waterfalls don't seem to lend themselves to this sort of imagery--the water usually isn't dark brown to set off the foamy bubbles, the waterfall is too big and crashing to form foam, or the waterfall plunges into a deep, inaccessible canyon. I was delighted to discover the perfect conditions for...

Gem in the Jewel Box
September 30, 2013

Despite living less than two and a half hours from the Lake O'Hara region of Yoho National Park, BC for most of my adult life, the hassle of having to book a reservation three months ahead prevented me from exploring this gem in the jewel box that is the Rocky Mountains.  Finally, while dreaming up things to do after my summer contract ended, I discovered that three nights were available at the Lake O'Hara campground near the end of September. The...

New Album Alert! Evenings with the Chief
September 18, 2013

Chief Mountain, that is. The theme "Chief Mountain at dusk" became my self-assignment for the summer of 2013 while working as a Conservation Intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the Waterton Park Front.  The other interns and I were blessed to live in a house with a view of the Chief from the deck.  All of the photos in this collection were taken from the patio doors onto the deck or in close proximity to the house. The point is to...

Prairie Textures
April 25, 2013

And now for something a little closer to home.  On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, I came up with a new tradition for myself:  to seek out crocuses (or whatever is native to my current home), a flower species native to the prairies and a primary harbinger of spring that I remember taking Sunday afternoon drives as a child to find with my family. I didn't find any at the first park I checked, but found two of the pale purple blooms on Nose Hill in...

I Heart Donkeys!
April 24, 2013

My sister and her husband have eight miniature donkeys on their acreage northwest of Houston, Texas.  Four jennies came with them from Canada, a jack was acquired in Texas, and three colts were born during the winter of 2011-2012.  The intent is to breed the donkeys and sell the offspring, but the market hasn't really rebounded yet from the 2008 economic meltdown. I would never be able to sell my donkeys.  Donkeys are sociable, affectionate and...

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April 22, 2013

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