Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunshine came softly

Enjoying the morning sunshine much as is this delicate orchid in the window of  my in-laws' house on l'ile d'Orleans in Quebec. Am also getting acquainted with what my new tablet can do.

Special effects thanks to a combination of Instagram and Pixlr.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunny Side Down

Just last month I bore witness to a pretty impressive sunset happening over Parksville, a small town on Vancouver Island, known for its resorts.

If you look closely, you can just make out some of those resorts/condominium complexes across the water. But look at those trees silhouetted against the mountains glowing in the magnificence of the setting sun!

Here we see the peaks of the condos mimicking the mountain peaks.
Do you think that was intentional on the part of the architect?  

A lone figure enjoys a walk along the beach as the sun goes down,
casting a magical glow.

The day goes out in a blaze of glory...

as night time quietly creeps in,
signifying the end of a wonderful day. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Bus Stops Here

This is a cross-over post from my art blog because these days I'm blurring the lines between photos and art (not that photography is not an art form, just that I am not a photographer as such). And also because I spent a lot of time (about five hours) making this picture!

One thing I really enjoy doing is "sneaking" pictures from a bus window. In my little village in the maritimes, we don't have a bus service so I take full advantage of the bus rides I take when visiting Vancouver.

If you'd like to see another version of this picture, and learn a little bit more about how it was made, jump over to my art blog .

Can you tell I'm dreaming of getting a smart phone or tablet so I can snap quickie shots with them and zap them with cool apps?! Instant gratification instead of straining my eyes with hours of Photoshopping ( but no no--Mama don't take my Photoshop away!)  And how about Instagram? Is it the photographers' bane?  I long to be able to post Instagrams.  This is as close as I can get...5 hours worth of "instant"! Oy vey!