Ahhh, the smell of sweet grass growing. The beginning of colourful flowers emerging from the earth and filling their sweet nectar throughout the air.
The sap starting to move through the tree trunks and in turn the blossoms starting to form and open on the fruit trees, spreading more smells in the fresh air.
The birds have returned and have started building their nests. Robins are up early in the morning looking for big juicy worms that the dew drenched grass has tried to hide. The robins in turned thank us by serenading us with their melodic songs. No wonder this is my favorite time of the year.
There is many techniques that can be learned in Photoshop and a person just has to search for the right instructional videos to learn them. Today’s post is about the technique called the fake tilt-shift. There is a lens called a tilt-shift lens and it can take a picture that will make the items in the photo look like Matchbox toys. But Continue reading →
Ship being escorted out of Hobart, Tasmania’s harbour by a pilot boat
As you know I was recently in Tasmania. We were going on an excursion and I made the comment, “I will bring my camera with me.” I was told that was the wrong word to use and the proper word was ‘take’. I should have said, “I will take my camera with me.” This brought on a big debate on the proper word to use. I explained it must be a cultural thing. Since I am from Canada, perhaps we are strongly influenced by the American way of saying things even though we are also a Commonwealth country like Australia. To me, Australians seem to have kept more of their Britishness than Canadians. Their accent and the terminology they use reminds me of what I heard when I went to Britain a few years ago. So I chalked it up to those differences.
A few things happened to spur this blog post. I saw on Facebook that a friend of my daughter’s made a comment about how high school was so… long ago. Now my daughter and her friend are only 25 years old. Wasn’t it just yesterday they were in high school? You are already looking back and reminiscing? What I like to say to them is, “You haven’t seen nothin’ yet!!” You have SO much more ahead of you and you don’t know what you are headed for.
Another thing that happened was that my Aunt who was married to my late Uncle died today at age 93. I can just picture her looking at me and saying “You haven’t seen nothing yet!” And she would be absolutely right. Just like my daughter’s friend, I still have a whole life ahead of me to live ( albeit maybe not as long as she has).
The last item that happened today was my picking up the finished framed picture which I received from the best friend a person could have. (See the picture and her website here:) We recently came back from visiting her in Tasmania.
The decision was made to make a trip north from Hobart to Binalong Bay. We will rent a house for 2 days and enjoy what the area has to offer. Then the comment “And of course we will stop at Mt Elephant and get the famous pancakes”. Woe stop right there. You mean we are going to have pancakes in the afternoon and we have to go off the regular road to get there? The answer was “Yes, they are world famous and so delicious!” They are pancakes, how good can they be? Well I do like adventures so I figured world famous must mean something so I was game for it.
I was enjoying the scenery along side the road when we took the turn that would eventually take us to this restaurant. By this time I was very hungry but I was happy I had nothing in me when we drove on the winding roads to reach Mt Elephant. Finally we arrived at the parking lot only to be greeted by this sign. At first I thought “How Rude!” But after examining it I thought these people have a wonderful sense of humour. I need to go inside and see what it is all about. I went inside to find a quaint restaurant and a nice gift shop. There adorning the gift shop were these wonderful carved elephant chairs. Sadly one of them had a broken tusk from guests being to rough with it. But nevertheless it Continue reading →
We traveled to Port Arthur the most south eastern part of Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula. On the way we went through the scene of devastating “bush” fires that raced through the town of Dunalley in early January. It was quite a moving experience to see house addresses spray painted on fences or trees where the only evidence of a house being on that property being a stone foundation, or a fireplace and chimney. Many yards still had the burned out skeletons of automobiles sitting in them. There was a flurry of activity at the local elementary school that had obviously lost many of its classrooms to the fire. A number of workers were busily preparing the school yard to receive emergency portable classrooms for the beginning of classes the first week of February.
A number of local businesses such as a well-known bakery were nothing more than rubble. Many tourist businesses that survived the fire, have noticed a drop in business as tourists are avoiding the area thinking that entire area has been affected. In fact, the government and media Continue reading →
The other night I went to this wonderful theatre in Hobart, Tasmania. Did I say I am visiting friends in Tasmania? Yes I am and these friends are the ones that enlightened me to this great movie theatre. The people who own this theater have fixed it up to be quite unique. There are different areas in the building that house different theatres. We saw the “Life of Pi” in one room. It wasn’t a big room which made it all the more special. Beforehand we bought wine and some chocolate and were able to bring it in with us to have during the show. There were other snacks that could be bought in the lobby but popcorn was not one of them nor were there any of the usual candies that attract children but instead the snacks were geared more to adults with a sophisticated palette.
The chairs in the theater were very comfortable and everyone had a clear view. After the show we went to the cafe area to sit in Continue reading →
At this time of the year people usually reflect on the year before. Things that should have been done and things that did happen. Is there a reason to have regrets? Maybe that is what drives us to make change. At this time I would hate to break the tradition so I do want to reflect on this last year but I am not reflecting on the items I regret.( Don’t we all regret something?) Rather, I want to show you what I consider to be my best photos of 2012. I feel my photography has improved this past year. I look forward to what 2013 will bring as well as what I will be able to achieve.
This photo won me first place in the Scott Kelby Photowalk 2012 in the city of Saskatoon, SK. I have been wanting to go on the Worldwide Photowalk for a few years and 2012 was the year I was able to join. Can’t wait until Fall of 2013 to join in again! This photo also won ‘Best of the Show’ in our local Photo Club Continue reading →
Another phenomenon up here in cold country is the wind blowing snow across the road. It looks like the vapor you see from dry ice. It is very eerie looking as a person drives down the road. As it floats across the road it hides any black ice that may be on the road and can be dangerous. The very least is the snow drifts it causes on the road and if a driver is able to, they will avoid those drifts at all costs as no one knows how deep they really are.
On the day that these pictures were taken, it was after work just as the sun was going down. There was a slight fog out so I was able to look directly into the sun and see the large round bright circle the sun is made up of. The wind was blowing quite heavily and I had to turn my head away from the wind so I was able to see where I was walking. My hair was flowing to and fro and as the wind hit my face it produced a sharp icy cold. The wind being inhaled made me cough from the chill. A remote start for the car is nice but also a wonderful necessity so that when I enter my car I am able to touch the steering wheel without my hands freezing. Most people here keep an emergency kit in their trunk just in case it gets so cold Continue reading →
As I write my first blog post I have in the back of my mind the snow fall warning of today. The thermometer says -10C but it really feels like -17C. I want to go out shooting around the neighbourhood with all the snow coming down and the lovely frost on all the trees. Will it be too cold for my camera? The drawback of living on the prairies in winter is how cold it really does get which makes it hard to go out and take photos.
Some of the most loveliest of scenes is in the winter when there is ice crystals floating in the air or when the lights of the city shine straight up in the sky instead of the usual round aura of light. This phenomenon is called Continue reading →