ravine creek

Connecting to nature

Photo 101 continues into week 2. The first theme is connect. A photo I took earlier in the day before the theme was announced seems to fit “connect” well. I posted the photo in the Bliss and Solitude themed set of photos. It’s here again. Flags are still at half mast and the city continues to remember…

city ski hill chairlift closed for the season

Winter in the summer – photos of the off-season

Some parts of Canada have fairly distinct seasons: winter and construction. Empty skating rinks and quiet ski hills are the subjects for the weekly photo challenge, off-season. Have you heard the winter/construction season joke? Do you have something similar where you live?

blue ribbon on a post in black and white

Bliss and solitude in B&W

Day 4 and 5 themes for Photo 101 were bliss and solitude. Bliss in the clouds Being outside and storms are two of my favorites. My first attempts at photographing clouds in b&w easily counts for my bliss. Solitude as one A macro lens is on my wish list. Despite using a standard lens, I…

two flowers in a vase on a windowsill

Anpanman on the street, twin flowers and ravine attempts

Today was more black and white photography fun! What I’m really saying is that amongst the many, many over or underexposed, blurry and blah sprouted a few that I’m happy with. My problem yesterday was discovering that the auto focus on the lens was no longer working. I thought it might have been related to…

side table outdoors in black and white

Black and white photography is hard

… but that’s good. My personal challenge of tackling black and white (b&w) photography this month is liberating. I have to use my brain. I have to struggle. I have to fail. And I learn. Thank you, dear helpers Yesterday, I couldn’t find b&w settings. Today I woke up to suggestions (thank you, Perelincolors!) and found a…

package of udon noodles from Japan

Home is where the food is – photo101 once more

Last November, I was bursting with excitement and joy. I learned how to use our dSLR, knelt in the snow until my fingers froze taking pictures of frost covered twigs and spiky plants, and had plenty of failed photos. Through it all, I learned and improved and didn’t want to stop the fun. What was I…

Zoo-chan, Japan

“On the way” in Japan, Thailand and suburban Canada

This week’s photo challenge is “on the way”. I swooned when I saw Michelle W’s photo to kick off the challenge. It is taken from the air before landing in Amsterdam with the tulip fields in full view. Incredible! I highly recommend WP Weekly Photo Challenge – on the way. My favorite mode of transport is…

Photo Fridays – outdoor railway museum in Canada

Train travel seems so dignified and classy. Agatha Christie was responsible for me wanting to ride the Orient Express. Imagine my disappointment when I found out it was no longer running! My first Canadian train ride that wasn’t at a museum was on Vancouver Island between Courtenay and Nanaimo. That route is no longer running…

railway museum, Canada

Broken and abandoned: 1 train, 1 shop and 1 ?

Abandoned is perhaps a closer description of the photos below but broken also fits. This impressive car is part of an outdoor railway museum that we visited recently. Our toddler loved it and so did we. Choo choo! Anything old, abandoned and disintegrating is high up on my list of all things interesting, especially when…