#FrameItFriday (week 30 season 4) WHAT is going on here? Well, the orange and banana yaks are going on an adventure with Kiddo's canoe (not shown). After 40 or so years (for me), me and my kids are going camping! Ok I did a sleepover with my son when he was in Beavers YEARS ago and we slept over on the field at the Skydome, that was cool but the only animals were the 1,000s of beavers. This time we're paddling some lakes, portaging a bit (I'll let you know what a "bit" is whe
#FrameItFriday (week 29 season 4) It's pretty noisy around here today, some of our trees are receiving a much deserved mani/pedi. Some we are taking down all together (those annoying Manitoba Maples). They were using our barn/garage as a crutch and well that won't do. The roof needs some attention, now we'll be able to see just how much work it needs. The angle of the photo I took makes it look like the barn is about to topple over, it's old and a tad rickety but it's got goo
#FrameItFriday (week 28 season 4) This is the oddest July I have experienced in a long time, so, much rain! I mean rain is good, it helps fill the well, fill the pond, overflow the flowerpots and drown the gardens. Being housebound due to the monsoons we've been experiencing has forced me to focus on the closets around our home that had stuff flung into them from our move. No photography, just re-organizing. In homes pushing 143 years old you discover the odd things that need
#FrameItFriday (week 27 season 4) Last Sunday morning was insane around our house, specifically out the back. It began by seeing but mostly hearing this little dude, freshly fledged. In fact I believe that the occupants of any and all active bird nests within a 1km radius of our place decided to fledge early that morning. All the newbie pilots decided to sputter and flutter to the nearest thing that they could land on. This little cutie chose our deck. The trees were alive wi
#FrameItFriday (week 26 season 4) "Hop on, there's room."
Goals. For me as a photographer one shot on my bucket list was a frog on a lily pad. Got it finally! I'm gradually getting my shoot and paddle skills in sync. I had the whole winter off, kind of tricky to train when you're in the great white north and the frogs hibernate and the waters freeze over. I might add my kayak will not fit in our bathtub. Ha. Ha. It's surprising the amount of wildlife that lurks in the greens
#FrameItFriday (week 25 season 4) I told my family that I'm trying to do better at keeping track of the days of the week. Acknowledging the fact that it's the weekend and stuff like that. Not to worry, I won't take it as far as putting on "days of the week" underwear to track the days though, nah I'll just check my phone or iPad. I'd ask that google home thing we've got but she doesn't play well with our internet. She keeps on making some excuse like "I can't do that right n
#FrameItFriday (week 24 season 4) Some mornings you just wake up and hit the ground running, that would be today. My walking buddy came up with a great idea for our daily walks: let's avoid the trails and the mesh hoods and walk the road right outside our front door instead. For the most part we've come back from our new walk route with far less blood donations and we free up the rest of our day for other things such as chores. Having not ever seriously tried to grow vegetabl
#FrameItFriday (week 23 season 4) Discovering and learning lots about "shtuff" here in the country. An example would be: learned a new shortcut to the hardware store that takes me past a pond that had two great white herons or egrets. Not sure exactly what they are but when I post the image I'll be sure and ask all you bird nerd buddies here. I was hoping it was a nesting pair and was without camera (of course) when I first spotted the pair. On my second trip to the hardware
#FrameItFriday (week 22 season 4) Say "helloooooo" to Lolly (as in Lollipop because of her big old eyeballs) she lives at the barn down the road from us with her mum Lilly, her buddy Shirley the Sheep and a goat with no name. Until the lockdown restrictions are lifted and I can take human family photos etc I have had the barn animals all sign photo releases so that I may take their portraits. First, I must purchase a big bag of carrots and some apples to bribe them to show me
#FrameItFriday (week 34, season 3) How'd your week go? I went from floating around a lake taking photos of wildlife to shooting a whack of houses inside and out back here in the city. Night and day.
Night. and. Day. Of COURSE I prefer to paddle and shoot obviously but if I don't do the paid stuff I can't afford the gas in my kayak. lol I'm slowly scrolling through the 1,000s of shots I took up north. That's the thing with digital, you shoot and shoot and shoot and fill the ca
#FrameItFriday (week 33, season 3) Well, we finally got away. In fact, we still are away and it's been outstanding weather. Road trips have been replaced by early morning paddles. I'm not an early riser but have managed to get up and out on the water a few times before 8am. In the nature world that is a bit late but we still managed to hit the motherland of wildlife on a couple of mornings which was super cool. Yesterday though we went out and saw pretty much nothing but the
#FrameItFriday (week 32, season 3) Sometimes the camera gear sits and rests. With the exception of it joining me on a bike ride and some real estate photography, my gear had some time off. Most of this week was spent assisting my husband with some long overdue projects. You never truly complete the "to do" list now do you? Something breaks from wear and tear or you decide you want to upgrade. On that note, the same goes for me. No, I'm not broken and although I'm sure parts o
#FrameItFriday! (week 31, season 3) Well if it isn't another Friday and the end of the month of July, halfway done summer. Sorry, tis true. BUTTTTT it's a long weekend for some of us folks. By now us newbie covid gardeners should at least have produced one red tomato right? (asking for a friend) I was out the other day inspecting the successes and massive failures of my first attempt at a legit vegetable garden (all 0.0000125 acres of it). Mostly I was hoping to see at LEAST
#FrameItFriday (week 30 season 3) I'm working on my green thumb. This year I have attempted to grow radishes, spinach, arugula, cilantro, etc. In between roaming around taking photos for people and backroading for shots. The camera is winning out over the garden tools by a landslide. A hundred bucks says that all 100 tomatoes we've grown will all ripen the week we're up at #StudioNorth. ANYHOW, after a bite into the skinniest radish I've ever seen (it even had a trunk in the
#FrameItFriday (week 28, season 3) Holy my moly, may I just say to Mother Nature, "the banana bread has baked, time to turn the oven off!" As much as I enjoy being outdoors, this past week has not exactly screamed "get out and take photos". Asides from the few house photos my trusty camera has remained indoors languishing in it's bag in my air conditionied office/kitchen. Don't roll your eyes and sigh too deeply gentlemen but I'm sure you ladies out there will understand this
#FrameItFriday (week 27 season 3) It's bad enough trying to remember what day of the week it is but throw in a national holiday mid week and well, I don't know about you but Wednesday felt like a Sunday and now here we are it's Friday and it feels like a Tuesday! Not only that but I just wrote THE longest run-on sentence EVER! LOL. For clarification, it is FRIDAY (unless you're on the other side of the road then it's Saturday). I'll stop now. Sitting beside me right now is my
#FrameItFriday (week 25 season 3) Sorry I'm late but like I said the other day.....I had to have a wee escape, go off the grid so to speak. Sounds intense but I wasn't completely off grid, let's be honest. I wanted to be elsewhere on the 1st anniversary (anniversary, do you call it that?) of my mum's passing. I can't explain how I was feeling but I knew I needed to change things up, even if it was only for a day. I delayed my escape by a day so that my husband could join me.
#FrameItFriday (week 24 season 3) #StellaCat was making me feel guilty because I haven't mentioned her in a bit. She's fine, just needy and wanty. Cats. So here she is on her make believe throne comprised of my camera bag and groceries. Shhhhh don't EVER her show her the Game of Thrones throne or she'll be wanting one of those too. Since my last kayak paddle I've left my 'yaks up on the roof of my car which makes it so much easier to find my car in a parking lot. I had plans
#FrameItFriday (week 23 season 3) Some weeks are frazzling. This week and well, last week too, took its toll on a few of us in more ways than we could ever imagine....throw in a full moon and well, things teeter on the brink of flying off the charts. Thus the photo of the Northern Flicker I saw off in the distance, enjoying some down time on a fence post looking like he'd been through the wringer too! I just want you all to know that I began this page 9 years ago as a way to
#FrameItFriday (week 22 season 3) Let's just jump right in to this week's blog shall we? If you've followed me for a bit you will know that I totally suck at ID'ing birds and stuff. Even turtles. I've turned towards the google many a time only to miss identify many a species. Today is no exception as I am dying to know what type of turtle this is. Any of you know? Google said it was a Common Map Turtle. I don't believe it is. I mean look at the top of it's shell, it's not smo