Delving into Dalvay

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You will notice that I have been lax at writing on this blog these past weeks. I have been away on a little trip to Prince Edward Island (PEI). I took many pictures of this island of beauty. There are many things to write about this province in Canada but I wanted to write first about the place we stayed at in the National Park. The place is called Dalvay-By-The-Sea National Historic Site. You may recognize it as The White Sands Hotel in the popular Anne of Green Gables series starring Megan Follows.

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As soon as I stepped into the Hotel I was transported back to the 19th Century. The walls were made of pure wood. The big fireplace was lit and warm and inviting on the rainy day we arrived. The hotel staff were so pleasant and helpful. We were made to feel like royalty. Our room was on the top floor of the 3 story building. We first had to descend on the lovely wooden stairs with wooden railings.

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We were brought to Room 21. The room had 3 windows in the front which overlooked the lake (the lake of shining waters as I like to call it) and beyond, the ocean. It had a smaller window on the side which overlooked the side of the house. We had to climb a couple of steps to get to the king size bed which we had to literally stretch our legs to climb up on top as the mattresses were very large. We were able to look outside at night as we drifted off to sleep and welcome the sun in the morning as we awoke.

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We decided to eat in the half circle shaped dining room which overlooked the ample gardens and lawns as well as the lake. The decision was made to have the lobster for our evening meal. The chef had decorated our plate with a very tasty delight to our eyes. I say decorated, as the food was laid out on the plate Continue reading

Spring Show – Need Help

I plan on entering some of these in the upcoming Spring Show with the Photo Club I am belong to. I want to come up with some catchy names for the photos. I feel catchy names also are a tool for people to be drawn to the picture. Are you able to help me out? Just make a comment below this post with your idea(s) for a name

What do you think of the picture of the little boy directly below being called “Water Giggles”I 

I wanted to update you on how the show went. Please see the results in red. Please excuse the iPhone pictures.

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This one of the boy I named “Water Giggles” and it won me first prize in the Color Photo – People Category

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This purple Iris I name “Purple Iris” and I entered in the Color Photo – Floral category and it didn’t place

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This little bird one I named “Yellowstone Bird” and it won first in the Color – animal category

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I decided not to enter this one of the moth.

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I decided not to enter this one either.

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I decided not to enter this one either. I only wanted to enter one flower and Continue reading

Elephants, in Tasmania you say??

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_DSC1978 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

Holy Cow Is It 2013 Already???

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.

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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