There was rain and sleet when I ran this morning and it continued on through the day.
This is a tiny l.e.d. light (maybe a 1/4 inch big) from a string of them, that hangs on the railing on our front porch and rain drop that clung to it.
eos rebel xti,shutter 0.4,f9.0,100mm, iso 100
I cropped it down from a vertical and nudged the contrast a tidge in iphoto
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
There was rain and sleet when I ran this morning and it continued on through the day.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Twelve years old
Two unmatched socks
Three days of taking pains to ensure that they are unmatched
One sock (black) belongs to his father, the other
One is inside out...
Why does it make me crazy?
Why do I care?
It makes him grin, pleased with his attempts to declare his individuality, his uniqueness -
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/13,f.5,39mm, iso 400
had to lighten a lot in iphoto
Monday, April 28, 2008
in some ways getting up close to these guys is a little like shooting fish in a barrel.
Put a blanket out in one of our municipal parks and that is like putting out a welcome mat for gulls.
My other choices for today were a shot of a student driven light armoured vehicle or my friend's hands knitting (both on flickr).
This one though appealed to me, partially because of nostalgia - remember discovering Jonathon Livingstone Seagull in highschool (really the best time for that) and more recently Finding Nemo - my youngest child's favourite movie.
We can't see a gull anymore without shrieking "mine! mine".
canon eos 30d, shutter 1/500, 300mm, iso 100
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
About 15 years ago, for reasons I can't quite remember - a veritable herd of these fibreglass bison took up position on the main road way into town.
They were slightly controversial but I liked them, tricked out in all different colours and patterns.
The fact that they were so accurately modeled after real bison down to their male parts, inspired a minor crime wave of sorts - some unknown person or persons felt the need to alter a number of them.
Like the bison of yore, these ones disappeared from the streets and went I don't know where...
Until we saw this one today, tucked away in an industrial area.
The green is peeling off his back a bit, but the gold paint on his nose and horns is still bright and the rest of him is...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Coming home this morning from the not-so-faraway city and the adventure of moving our friend.
LOTS of snow, LOTS of wind, NOT MUCH visibility and too many vehicles NOT on the road.
Glad to be home, in my own bed.
More interesting pictures of driving through the late April snowstorm at my flickr account. Just click on the picture to get there.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday April 18,
on our way to help a friend with a move.
3 hour tour turned into a 5 hour trip because of icy highways.
No internet so no posting till now.
Many centimeters of snow.
Schlepping stuff is not usually much fun - but this was certainly memorable.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The colour is unbelievable.
"You mean it's not dyed?" My oldest daughter is incredulous.
They don't grow here, only in pots and only once a year.
You can order them from some florists.
My absolute favourite flower.
My favourite colour.
Canon rebel xti, shutter 6, f9.0, 100mm, iso 100
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Visiting at my Friend W/Acreage today. A place where I just breathe easier.
Many things to take pictures of outside, and I did - but this guy who lives in the house really took my camera's fancy.
I think he is a gecko.
Canon EOS 30d,shutter 1/30, f2.8,100mm, iso 640
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Set up my tripod out on the small slip of grass that is our front lawn this afternoon and waited for pictures to happen to me and they did.
At first I though I had lost my chance with this critter because the first time I spotted her, she was climbing ON the tripod that was holding the camera with the macro lens. When I was ever so delicately easing the camera away, so I could use it hand held, I startled her away.
A few minutes later, she was back on the tripod and although I would have loved to have devoted long exposures to her beauty, I could not hold the camera still enough to end up with anything but blur.
For this shot, the shallow depth of field really worked, highlighting those beautiful jewel eyes.
In all honesty I think she was inspecting me with as much interest as I was looking at her.
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/50, f2.8, 100mm, 100 iso.
(cropped a little but other wise out of the camera)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
One of THOSE days.
Not a bad one or one full of upheaval.
More one of the after everything has died down and suddenly a bone weary tiredness sets in.
This is the first flower I have seen blooming here this season.
In my neighbor's garden.
Canon 30d, shutter 1/500, f5.6, 300mm, iso 125
Friday, April 11, 2008
This was not the picture I went out looking for when I sat under the tree in the front yard this evening.
I was hoping to catch a bird or one of the many rabbits in the neighborhood.
Only after I saw this bump on the tree trunk and snapped it, did I realize how much I have been thinking about (and struggling with( my body image.
Subtlety is NOT my strong suit.
Canon EOS 30d, shutter 1/200, f5.6, 300mm, iso 125
Bonus feature - what happened at Camera Club last night:
I entered these three shots - Cagney, Bird in The Hand, Love Stinks
none of them placed at all, even though the field was small. But I did request and get critiques for two of them, Hand and Stinks (their choice).
Hand, I was told that cons: the colour was a little too red in the print, there wasn't enough light in the bird's eye and I should have shot more from the side to improve that.
pros:that the focus on the bird was nice and sharp and that was a good contrast to the softer focus of the surrounding hand which kept the eye on the bird.
Stinks, con: the building in the background distracted from the stuffed animal on the dumpster and I should have tried to shoot it so the building was not in the shot
pro: it was funny.
Actually getting there and entering was the most harrowing part of the experience...once that was done, I was able to settle down a bit - the waiting for the judging just about drove me crazy though! Despite my best intentions and constantly reminding myself to stay grounded - I did hope that I would win everything and be DISCOVERED!!!!!!!! But, I survived that not happening quite well and happily. After that, the withstanding the critique was really not all that hard.
I also realized that I like the pictures I entered anyway for what they were, just as they were and I will try to think about some of what was said when I am shooting in the future and keep what I like and let go of what I don't.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is one of the first times that my youngest child has been able to play with only her shadow for company - that she has actually wanted to and has enjoyed herself.
And that is a very big deal indeed.
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/3999,f 1.8, 50mm, iso 100
Tonight I did indeed enter some of my shots in the photo club monthly competition and it was a good experience - the most harrowing part, aside from actually entering - was volunteering for a public critique.
I learned some stuff - more on that tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Our youngest turned nine today.
Among her presents was an odd contraption that looked like a plastic sword with scabbard. Fill the scabbard with bubble solution and the "sword" turns into a huge bubble wand at the squeeze of a trigger.
Massive bubbles filled our neighborhood this afternoon and early this evening.
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/800, f4.5, 34mm, iso 200
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
The crabapple tree outside my bedroom window is often weighed down with small, sour, difficult to use fruit that make a mess in the yard most of the non winter times of the year.
It also wears intoxicatingly beautiful white blossoms for nearly three weeks in the spring. Making me think that maybe someday, a child or two or four might want to get married under it.
Sunlight filters through the branches and leaves and dapples the inside walls of the room in the most becoming way.
Then there are the many different birds that come and sit in the branches within just a few feet of my bed.
One of this morning's visitors was was this fluffy, young looking sparrow.
Canon eos 30d, shutter 1/50, f5.6, 300mm, iso 125
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
The kids have drawn on the glass of our front room windows with dry erase markers.
When it is cloudy out, I forget that but when the sun comes out, I see things like this bird in flight magically appear in the white cotton of our curtains.
This was done by my oldest daughter.
She loves birds, very, very much.
I love the joy in these lines.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The camera club, of which I am a shiny new member has monthly competitions.
I am screwing my courage to the sticking point and entering some prints (eek! I may never mention it again - or I might, at any rate it is in the next week or two).
The theme is Things With Wings.
This shot may not be one I enter but it speaks to me.
There are times when I feel like that panicky goose looks - running like heck, flapping my arms and fully expecting my butt to get bit.
Not sure why but I also feel compelled to add this:
The park was geese full,
they are not peaceful.
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/320, f5.6, 300mm, iso 100
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Making fashion waves in the most exclusive wooded areas in the river valley, this season - stumps in the know are sporting jaunty chapeaus.
(Spotted very close to the turn around point on our run this morning - thanks to my running partner for being so tolerant of my stopping and taking pictures every kilometre Thanks N!)
Canon G5, shutter 1/100, f3.2, 662mm, iso 100)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Carried the camera with me everywhere today, found this rusty hinge on a gate at the park half block from my house.
When I took it, I didn't expect this to be the one I would post, it was my last shot - but I lke it.
Canon Rebel xti, shutter 1/250, f5.0, 41mm, iso 100
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