Archive | February 2010

February 28, 2010

It’s hard to believe that we are already 2 months into this year.  Spring is 3 weeks away and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the crocus’ I planted last fall in my front garden.  I’ve never planted crocus’ so I’m really excited to watch them come up and of course I will be sharing them will all of you here.  This past week we finally got a good dose of snow which has been nice because I was getting very frustrated with everything being brown so of course I have been outside taking advantage of their being snow.

Most of my pictures this week contain snow, there is a park with a walking path across the street from where I live and it provides me with some beautiful photo opportunities, I took my camera with me one morning on our walk to school and took a picture of the tree my kids like to climb.  There are two pictures that I did this week from inside, one of them was a basket of onions that have started to sprout  on my counter, maybe that’s a sign of Spring!  The other picture I took was of the blinds on my kitchen window, I have wanted to take a picture of these blinds for a while and I am quite pleased at how it turned out, it was fun to hear all the guesses to what it was.

Today’s picture is of my kids hockey sticks, I thought it was fitting since the most widely watched hockey game will be on today.

Today is the last day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the games this year.  I am extremely proud of all of our Canadian athletes, they have done an amazing job.  Today Canada and the U.S.A. are going head to head for the gold medal in Men’s Hockey, I will be on the edge of my seat biting my nails off the entire time.  I’ve never been much of a hockey fan but there are some games that are required by all Canadians to watch, this is one of them.

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Happy snapping…

~Linda

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Sunday February 21, 2010

Niagara Falls

Hello everyone, hope you all had a great week.  The weeks are flying by a record speed which is fine by me because I am ready for spring.  Ready to hear and see the birds, the spring bulbs breaking ground and the buds on the trees getting ready to explode in to that very special colour of green that only comes with brand new-born leaves…I can’t wait!

This week in photography has been tough, I am hitting new lows of frustration and am completely bored of taking pictures of trinkets inside my house.  I am ready to go outside and find new interesting things however everything is of varying shades of brown, yuck.

I have a few photography books and so I think I’ll have a look through those this week and see if I can get inspired by something in there.

My thought for the day…Anything that is visually captivating really is up to the person looking at it to decide and because I am so critical of my photos would I even know it if I captured something that was great?  It may be great to you and suck to me or visa versa.  I wish I could see my pictures through your eyes.

I always have my eyes peeled for photographic opportunities, and I keep waiting for something great to appear out of nowhere as if it just going to be sitting there in a bare field with the sun shining on it perfectly while the angels are singing from the heavens.  I know it sounds silly but that’s actually what I think.  Where I go from here is yet to be decided, I’ll keep you all posted.

We’re heading in to our last week of February already, Spring is just around the corner.

Happy snapping, see you next week.

~Linda

Sunday February 14, 2010

This weekend is very busy with the Olympics starting on Friday night, Valentines Day on Sunday and then Family Day on Monday.

I’ve never really been a die hard Olympic fan but this year I am going to make a real effort to watch more,  the kids are really excited about it so I’ll get excited with them.  I along with every other Canadian has really high hopes that this will be the year a Canadian will win a gold medal on Canadian soil for the winter games.

This week went by really fast, it was Monday and then like a flash it was Friday.

On Monday I went to a little shop called Teaopia.  If you ever come across it definitely go and check it out.  They sell loose tea in a wide variety of flavours, it’s fantastic.  I purchased a tea infuser and it had this little teeny tiny tea cup on the chain so that’s what Monday’s picture was, the little tea cup is only about 3/4 of an inch tall, the tea it’s sitting in is Apple Caramel, and it’s fabulous!

Tuesday I drove past the lake and noticed the ice on the chains so I quickly went home and grabbed my camera and headed down to the lake to take advantage of this opportunity.  I’m so glad I did, I think the picture turned out so cool.  I love the texture of the ice; lumpy on the big posts, it reminds me of candle wax dripping down a long tapered candle, and then long and sleek icicles coming off the chains.

On Wednesday I seriously had no idea what to photograph and so I grabbed my camera and sat down in the chair to think about what I was going to do, I looked directly beside me and this is what was there…PERFECT!!!

Thursday’s picture was actually the picture frames in my living room, the reflection is of the front window.  I cropped it and adjusted it to black and white, I even stumped my husband with this one.

Friday is of nail polish bottles…boring!!  My low point in the week I guess.

My husband had given me the idea of Saturday’s picture a few weeks ago, I thought it was kind of lame when he told me about it, but for him I decided to see what I could come up with.  I love it!!  It’s a CD!!

Today (Sunday) is Valentine’s Day, or as I like to call it “love day”.  You would think I would have found something to photograph that would represent Valentine’s Day but I didn’t.  I got down on my belly to get a “cat’s eye view” and crawled around for while, so today’s picture of my beaten down hard wood floors.

Not really any lessons learned this past week, just trying to break out of my rut.

Hope you all are enjoying the Olympics!

Have a great week.

~Linda

February 7, 2010

Morning at my house.

It’s Superbowl Sunday!!  I won’t be watching it, I’m a fan of the New England Patriots and since they aren’t playing I’m not watching!!  However, I will be eating!  We have a tradition (on our 8th year now) to make lots of Superbowl snacks and pig out!  Today we’ll have all those snacks and play games on the Wii with the kids!

Now down to business…this weeks photos.

This week pictures are typical of my “style” or “rut” as I like to call it.  Close-ups and more close-ups.  I kicked off the week with my kitchen tap.  Although a kitchen tap is boring I do think this is interesting.

I feel like I’m standing behind a locked door (my mind), and I can’t find the key.  It’s like my life (photography) right now is a Neutral Room Escape game…I’ll include the link, it’s a great time waster and you’ll really see where I’m at right now with photography, it makes you think outside the box…it will also drive you crazy!  I keep saying things like “It’s ugly outside, there’s nothing to take a picture of that is nice”, or “we never go anywhere, we need to go somewhere to get great pictures”.  Are these excuses?  What difference does it make what season it is or where I’m at?  I definitely feel tapped out with things to photograph around my house, and it is ugly outside.  Where is the damn key to that locked door?!

The most important picture this week was on Tuesday, it’s of the peace lily.  I dedicated this picture to my friend who lost her beloved cat that she and her husband shared for 18 years.  My heart shattered into a million pieces for them as I myself have lived through that.  To this day having my cat die in my arms was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.  Some of you may say “it’s just a cat”, but it really is not JUST a cat, it’s a companion and when you have to say good-bye to them it is absolutely devastating.  So I wanted to put a peace lily up for my friends cat, but also for my Molson.  Cherish the memories we have.

This morning I woke up to bright sun and beautiful vibrant blue skies, so I threw my house coat on and my husband big puffy jacket, grabbed my camera and headed outside in my pj’s not wasting even one minute to get dressed to capture the morning sun.

Morning is my favourite time of day and there is nothing I love more than waking up with the sun shining on my face.  It may be brutally cold outside, but I don’t care…we have NO snow and the sun is shining, I’ll take that over a cloudy snowy day, any day!!

It’s the beginning of a new week and I’m going to try again to break through these barriers.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your week…and if your team in playing in the Superbowl today – GOOD LUCK, especially if you have money riding on it!!

http://neutralxe.net/esc/  – this is the link to the Neutral Room Escape Games.  Definitely check it out, they are fun!

Until next Sunday…

~Linda