Christmas Past

win badgeChristmas without a tree, without the lights and the tinsel; no shopping even or presents to wrap – it was wonderful.  The children were 18, 17, 16, 15 and 14 – yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking but we were a newly blended family – I didn’t produce all those kids myself.  If I had I probably wouldn’t be here to remember that Christmas.\


triangleWe were a rather strange blended family in that we didn’t have to blend all that much.  One son and daughter lived in western Ontario; their father, my husband, lived in eastern Ontario; the other three children and I lived in northern Ontario – three points of a triangle, with a thousand miles between each point. This was our new age family.

The hectic holiday season approached – as you might imagine, ours could be either quite hectic, or very quiet and a bit lonely.  But that year my husband Continue reading “Christmas Past”

Do you see what I see?

I was playing at my computer the other day (Yes! I know, I’m at my computer a lot – my dog tells me so) I took this photo, taken in my own backyard in the fall –
yellows of autumn against dark clouds
not an especially striking photo, I agree.  And then I started playing in Photoshop and Photoscape in the manner of I-wonder-what-this-does … and low and behold, look what was lurking within my photo – (I hope this isn’t too obscure, my husband says it’s obscure, but I see … Continue reading “Do you see what I see?”

Contemplative Photography 2

Last week I did a post on contemplative photography and many of you, although you hadn’t heard of it before, expressed interest in it.  I hope you stopped by Seeing Fresh.  Andy Karr accepts submissions on his site and if they are examples that fit his photographic assignments, he publishes them.  To see if I was on the right track I submitted two from my post last week.  The first one, which is actually a harrow disc covered with light snow that sits in my garden as a bit of outdoor sculpture, I submitted to his assignment on Simplicity – “This assignment is about the experience of form in space.”  And he posted it.

I submitted the leaf to his assignment on Space – “The challenge in the space assignment is to shift your intention from seeing forms in space to seeing visual space itself”.  I was disappointed when I didn’t see it posted – however, he did include it under Texture, which, when you view the image, IS predominant.  I’m still not sure if I grasp what he’s looking for in the Space assignment – I will try again.

This is my Contemplative Photograph this week and I offer it with a quote:
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream …  – Ray Bradbury Continue reading “Contemplative Photography 2”

Two more stars

Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpegI have given me two more stars for my blog of the year award – !  Thank you to The Retiring Sort – she has started an interesting series on Future Challenge which is worth checking out.  And more thanks, again, to Arnel at All Things Boys – I’m never sure what I’m going to find over at her site – she offers a wonderful eclectic mix of excellent photography, humour and insight.

Now I am to:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award, andwrite a post about them  – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

These are the newest additions to my own blog roll – Continue reading “Two more stars”

Contemplative Photography

I’ve been hearing the term “Contemplative Photography”.  Just the words are appealing – conjures up Zen and meditative philosophies, new age music and yoga – a spa sort of atmosphere.  Going in search of just what contemplative photography is I came across this at Seeing Fresh:

“The practice of contemplative photography is an approach
to the art of photography that emphasizes developing the ability to see.”

Taken this week in my own backyard … Continue reading “Contemplative Photography”

The Glass Island

Glass making oven in Murano Italy

In 1291 all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires at a time when Venice was built mostly with wood.  The island of Murano, now famous for its glass, lies about 1.5 km north of Venice.  The glass makers of Murano held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries.

The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures.  The oven is heated to about Continue reading “The Glass Island”

Beauty and the Beast

Brutal, messy, frigid, long – all descriptions befitting (some) winter days.  But when I wake and look out the window to see the first snowfall, pure and unblemished,  when all sounds are muffled by the blanket of snow and nature twinkles in the sun – I don’t think anything else brings me closer to a feeling of peace.

winter hedgerow first snow

Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast”