Pictures of my every day life

  • DSC_5155
  • DSC_6428
  • Peru 3-79
  • DSC_3034
  • DSC_2957
  • DSC_2866
  • DSC_7985
  • DSC_1029
  • DSC_3578
  • DSC_2942

Latest

Something New


This week’s photo-challenge from The Daily Post is all about ‘New’.  What could be better than being the first one to draw hopscotch on my brand new paved driveway?

DSC_5155

New Years Day Walk


We decided we had to get out. It had just started snowing, but the air was wonderful

DSC_6214

Poppy was keen to get going, the snow looked good.

DSC_6415

 We were heading to our local beach on Five Island Lake.

DSC_6369

The sunlight in the woods around the lake was lovely, so we explored further,

DSC_6356

things were getting exciting,

DSC_6394

the snow was starting to collect on the trees for the first time this year.

DSC_6403

Some interesting shapes were beginning to form.

DSC_6407

The light was getting better.

DSC_6388

Lovely things happen here in winter.

DSC_6421

Tiny branches trapped in the ice.

DSC_6428

As the sun started to go down we began to freeze,

DSC_6448

With her new branch Poppy led us home for tea.

The Daily Post Challenge


I’ve discovered The Daily Post blog. They set a weekly photo challenge which I have decided to do. This week is “Warmth”

Peru 3-79

Hot chilli peppers in Peru. Spicy warmth. 

A Walk in Gastown


The guide book says ‘Historic shopping and noshing’.  Anyway, it’s a pretty place despite the many tourists, me included.

DSC_3058

Another good place for biking

DSC_3051

Nicely cobbled streets, and a steam clock

DSC_3068

it toots on the quarter hour and attracts us tourists

DSC_3073

Almost time 

DSC_3084

John Fluevog  invites you to come in and take pictures of his wares. More like an art exhibition than a shoe shop.

DSC_3088

Pretty menacing I thought.

DSC_3077

Probably my favourite find of the day. A little creperie all ready for lunch service.

DSC_3090

Here’s ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton, a bit of a boozer by all accounts.

DSC_3026

Walking back to my hotel I note the Disney Wonder cruise liner is in

DSC_3101

She leaves for Alaska shortly. I looked up some of the reviews. For $5k, count me out.

DSC_3049

I’d rather potter round the harbour for 30 minutes in one of these for a few bucks.

Sunday in the Park


Stanley Park is a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Perfect place to be on a sunny Sunday. First you pass the city skyscrapers, not for a minute expecting anything green for miles.

 DSC_2930

These monsters reflect each other beautifully on this sparkling day

DSC_2934

This one is still being built, I don’t fancy being up there adding more layers.

DSC_2981

A good way to get around the park is to hire a bike. Many do

DSC_2979

Some wear their pants outside their shorts. People look, but don’t seem to mind.

DSC_2942

The first person to greet us in the park is Robert Burns, this one’s for you Donald

DSC_2943

and this one too.

Then we were welcomed by Mr Stanley himself

DSC_2944

Nice.

DSC_2946

The gardens were marvellous

DSC_2949

I specially like this herbaceous border

DSC_2950

Note to self: find out what these are and plant them in my own garden next spring

DSC_2939

This is the lungs of Vancouver and people come here to breath.

DSC_2964

This young fellow was exhausted after a ceremonial dance. He just wasn’t in the mood for it today. I don’t blame him really.

DSC_2957

The crows were on duty though regardless of it being Sunday. Good pickings today.

DSC_2978

So, we strolled back along Lost Lagoon

DSC_2974

and watched a gaggle of Canadian geese, and were so glad to be here.

Postcards from Vancouver


What a contrast from Nova Scotia!

DSC_2830

Friday evening rush hour downtown

DSC_2847

Some get away avoiding the traffic.

DSC_2841

There are some pretty interesting buildings to read while you’re waiting for the bus home.

DSC_2866

Saturday morning stroll across the bridge takes us to Granville Island, a real treat.

DSC_2858

This is where the boats can be found.

DSC_2863

I want to explore those mountains in the background later.

DSC_2865

Loving it so far,

DSC_2923

Everyone’s out.  This is the very latest form of water boarding.

DSC_2896

This concrete plant has become an exhibit

DSC_2897

with fun concrete mixers to enjoy

DSC_2899

It’s been here since 1917.

DSC_2888

There’s a lot for children to enjoy on this island, including an entire Kids Market

DSC_2892

Various workshops, like this one making little wooden boats.

DSC_2894

This is fun.

DSC_2890

You can just hang around watching it all,

DSC_2914

or sing along with a band. 

DSC_2926

Inevitably we ended up exhausted with sore feet. Time for a little rest.

Learning About Light


I went to Mod Squad in April, and learned about lighting, amongst other things. I was lucky enough to be taught by Steve Richard who is one of may favourite photographers.  Eric Boutiler-Brown also taught what he knows, which is just about everything anyone needs to take a decent picture.  Then came the chance to take our own shots with lighting set up by Steve:

DSC_7985

Two lovely models, and some red fabric 

DSC_8119

We all just snapped away

DSC_8239

until our cameras started to get hot

DSC_8649

What an opportunity

DSC_8888

It was magical

DSC_0307

and more,

DSC_0020

and more

DSC_9615

Thank you Steve

DSC_0099

Thank you Eric

DSC_9965

I’ll be there for the next course.

Starting Up


I haven’t been attending to my blog, or myself. Here’s a re-start

DSC_1029

This broken church has been left to collapse without interference. Although strange to see a building abandoned like this, it captures the imagination.

DSC_1032

What circumstances could have led to this?

DSC_1044

Sometimes, when my back is sore, it feels like what’s left of the roof of this church.

DSC_1048

Or when my knees creak they feel like they will give way eventually.

DSC_1077

But I have not been abandoned and left to rot. I have people who will look in to my rusty joints and give me medicine to keep them going.

DSC_1068

And there it was; new growth emerging from the ruins 

DSC_1082

and sunlight coming through the window broken frames.DSC_1080

After all, every one has their day don’t they?

I Found the Sun


Lucky me. I have a friend you asked me to tag along to Costa Rica with her. Being polite, I agreed. I think I’m in paradise!

DSC_3578

It was -21 when I left Halifax, and this is what I’ve come to: Paradise.

DSC_3491

There are special birds here

DSC_5401

Some fresh-water

DSC_5678

Others seeming to live on waterlilies.

DSC_3649

This little fellow lives on what he catches from the sea

DSC_3779

and this handsome chap hangs out in our garden.

DSC_5416

Trips on the river can be taken, either looking for fish or property for sale

DSC_5771

Flora and …….

DSC_5520

…fauna in abundance. Think I’ll stay a while.

Nova Scotia Beaches


Given the week of storms we’ve had, we were lucky it was a sunny morning to get out with our photography friends and have a look at some seaside sights.

DSC_2379

The light was silver when we arrived at our first beach.

DSC_2395

Wave after mesmerizing wave.

DSC_2414

Each one created a different effect as it swept up the shore

DSC_2417

The light was intense causing some colour distortion, but I didn’t mind.

DSC_2448

I couldn’t stop clicking as more waves rolled in.

DSC_2512

There’s something special about going on a journey with like minded folk.

DSC_2610

We all were there to get our pictures, no one cared who had what camera.

DSC_2653

The beach did its thing for us

DSC_2663

And we got our shots.

DSC_2683

Then the dogs turned up. Crazy, daft dogs, loving the beach.

DSC_2686

No one took notice of the ‘Dogs on Leads’ sign

DSC_2722

On we went

DSC_2713

Some got caught out by the waves

DSC_2755

Surrounding lakes edged by ice

DSC_2767

The waves got bigger, and then……….

DSC_2969

The biggest treat was waiting quietly on a rock

DSC_2948

A young snowy owl, was happy to pose for us until we were all clicked out.

DSC_2942

Thank you for waiting gorgeous bird!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers

%d bloggers like this: