Friday, February 26, 2010

My 365~Day 21

Day 21 ~ All alone

I find overcast days are my favorite to take photos, and today was no exception. Lots of snow and a single leaf remaining on one of our trees caught my eye today during a snow storm. I am a big fan of black and white photography which is probably one of the reasons I enjoy the diffused light of an overcast day.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My 365~Day 20

Day 20~ Manneken Pis

Today's subject is a golf ball that my daughter and son-in-law sent to my husband last year. The logo on the ball is somewhat of a legend and national mascot for Brussels, his name is Manneken Pis. Manneken Pis is the focal point of much folklore and he is the center of attention in the Grande Place in Brussels, so much so that there are an entire array of costumes an souvenirs dedicated to this little man. If you want to learn more about this little man see the attached link
Rick and I actually had the opportunity to visit the home of the Manneken Pis last summer when we went to Europe, I was amazed at the amount of conversation, merchandise and general story telling this little guy generates.


Monday, February 22, 2010

My 365~ Day 19

Day 19~ Snow Day

Finally a chance to take a photo of the snow at night. Clearly I need the Night photography 101 lesson but I love the look,particularly the car moving past in this shot.


My 365~Day 18

Day 18~ A little comfort food!

I love lazy Sunday afternoons, no expectation for the day, "whatever". I used the afternoon to make this awesome, decadent treat, thanks for the recipe, chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars. I did say they were decadent but whatever we have to treat ourselves once in a while...right. Just the perfect subject for my macro lens, I love my macro lens!! Emily and Andrew love cookie dough cheesecake squares.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

My 365~Day 17

Day17~ Icicles and Anne-Marie
It took me a considerable amount of effort and concentration to take this shot in an attempt to catch the melt off the icicles. Anne-Marie was most instrumental in my success, she is a great teacher, I learn something new with each photo I take and love every minute of it. We went for a great hike while we were away and took some great shot's in a sculpture park, I have posted some of those in my previous post. Thanks Anne Marie.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My 365~Day 12 thru Day 16

5 Day Compilation~Day 12 through Day 17 are a compilation of our long weekend in Haliburton for Family Day. Rick and I spent the long weekend with 2 of our 3 children and their respective partners, the only thing missing was our oldest and her her husband and of coarse our darling little grandson The Feb. long weekend has become somewhat of a tradition now, a much needed downtime and a chance to reconnect as a family. We typically spend the long weekend renting a cottage in a winter destination in either Quebec or Ontario engaged in winter activities, enjoying great food and just having fun. 2010 was no exception, we found a great place in Gooderham, in the Haliburton Highlands, we shared some great food including homemade pasta and Chinese hot pot as well as a great hike and some interesting board games. The first and second photo's in this compilation were taken in an interesting sculpture park in Haliburton. I was also able to capture a photo of my daughter in law through a window view taking photo's of some little chickadee's that were using the bird feeder, she is a very patient photographer. Thank you to all my family for the great memories and here is hoping that our daughter will be home next year and we will all be together our next family day weekend.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My 365~Day 11

Day 11~"Oot and Aboot"

Today's post is a collage of photo's that I created with my daughter in mind. Everyone knows that my daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson were here during the Holidays,and when they went home they left behind my grandson's little toque that we just discovered today. I am sure she has been missing it, she really liked it and it was super cute on him. So I took a few shot's of it around the hous
e, sort of like a where's Waldo theme. I have to say that when Emily found it, the thoughts of them came flooding in , we really miss them all. So for now this little piece of him is living on my dresser, making me smile while we wait for them to return.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My 365~Day 10

Day 10~ Pizza Day

When I arrived home from work tonight I was completely done in, very hectic day, bad nights sleep, I'm sure you all the know the scenario, and to top it all off I had a pile of work to review at home with me....ugh! So needless to say I was not really inspired to take photo's this evening and then I made dinner.Yummy is all I can say, I made 4 different pies, my favourite is the subject of this photograph. Olive oil and parmesan crust with no tomato sauce, mozzarella and fontina cheese, red pepper and onion. Delicious. Hopefully tomorrow will be less hectic, but somehow I think it is just the way this week is shaping up, in any case I would really like to get a night shot tomorrow night. Wish me luck.


Monday, February 8, 2010

My 365~Day 9

Day 9

Another photo from my winter garden, these hydrangeas are so beautiful in the summer, one group in my garden is blue, the other pink they are one of my favorite flowers. I first fell in love with them when I saw them in abundance in the quaint little Cape Cod village of Chatham, they really are quite striking with very large blooms and vibrant colours. However, that being said they are also very interesting to see in a winter garden. So here they are. Hope you find them as interesting as I do.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

My 365~Day 8

Week 2~Day 8

Spent the morning thinking a
nd planning for the garden in the spring and late in the afternoon I took a walk back there just to check things out and was inspired by some of the winter garden. Today's subject is the ornamental grass that I have planted in the garden, looking very different now then it did in the summer. I actually find it much more interesting in this state then in the it's green summer presentation, so much so that I had to take a few photo's. So although I have not taken any night shots yet I did get outside today with my camera. Spring is only 5 weeks away!!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

My 365~Day 7

Day 7

So this evening didn't unfold as I had planned. I have been waiting for a clear night so that I can take a photo of the moon, and when I woke up today it was sunny and clear and I thought for sure today was the day. Well that didn't happen, the moon is not making an appearance in our night sky until 0100. So today's subject is the fantastic "Snow Day Cookie" that I made after reading a great blog that I follow Ezra Pound Cake. If you want the recipe go here, you will be so glad that you did

I will try again tomorrow for a opportunity to shoot the moon. Go check out the foodie blog it is awesome. I am really glad that I started this project it is really inspiring me everyday to keep taking photos and learning how to use my camera in a much more meaningful way.

Bye for now


Friday, February 5, 2010

My 365~Day 6

Day 5~ I first enjoyed this bottle of wine with my daughter-in-law during my last trip to Ottawa. It was so delicious and a perfect bottle of wine to share with someone so special. Anne Marie is beautiful, kind, creative and light of heart. I have had occasion to share many fine bottles of wine with her and this was no exception. Currently available in your LCBO vintages section, but something this special won't be there for long. We are planning a family day weekend with them in the Haliburton Highlands and I will be bringing a bottle of this with me.

Technically speaking, Anne Marie I can't seem figure out how to include the photo info from Iphoto with my shot. Can you tell me what I need to do to include the info on my blog. I able to find it in Iphoto but I am not sure how to import it to my blog with the photo.

Tomorrow I hope it is clear enough to take a night shot!!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

My 365~Day 5

"Jappy's Poker Face" Today's photo was taken during some family weekend poker fun, Jappy put on his best poker face for this shot. I have written other posts about Jappy he is a great subject for my photo's and a good sport to boot, with the exception of a need to lay on the table in the middle of a poker game or board game. All and all we love him and he generates some lively conversation........hope you enjoy it.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My 365~Day 4

Day 4~A thoughtful gesture

Today's subject is a thoughtful host gift from our daughter and son-in-law that they gave to Rick when they were home at Christmas.
Totally not necessary because they brought us the only gift we wanted, our little grandson Aodhan. What a magic Christmas, your thoughts go right back to when you kids were just babies themselves. Aodhan is a special little soul and watching our daughter love and encourage her son is the only gift any parent could ever want. Having said all that, I am sure that Rick will be happy to raise a glass to them when he opens this treat.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My 365~Day 3

Day 3 is a photo of a beautiful gift from my youngest, a topaz glass perfume bottle. I was given this gorgeous bottle for Christmas last year and will treasure it always. It is interesting to see the light catch the glass in different ways, highlighting the internal blown glass aspect of this piece. I used my macro lens for this photo, I love my macro lens.


Monday, February 1, 2010

My 365~Day 2

Hi guys, thanks to those of you who commented on fb, it really encourages me. Today's subject is one of the family felines, he was actually my Moms favorite cat. When she was in her last days he would curl up on the bed beside her and just snuggle in, there is something to be said for that kind of peace at the end of your journey. Anyway he has been with us for some 12 years now and he is a great old guy, his name is Jasper but my Mom somehow ended up calling him Jappy and it just stuck with him. That makes me smile just thinking about it, she used to mispronounce all kinds of words and I would tease the pants off her and we would laugh so hard sometimes at some of the names that she would come up with. Jappy is getting old now, he doesn't move as easily anymore, but he is still the boss if you know what I mean.

I used the same lens as yesterday and my tripod. I am having fun messing around with all of the features on my camera, just so you know I took 30 photos and only one survived.

Talk to you tomorrow
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