#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 21 season 4) I grabbed this shot last week during a lull from the annoying biting insects. See that back porch across the pond? It's all screened in and pretty much "off limits" to biting things except an occasional appearance by some kind of docile hornet type of things. They don't bite, they could care less about us, so I guess they're allowed until the tall man with the electrified tennis racket sweeps the room. What I'm trying to say is that screened
#FrameItFriday (week 20 season 4) Rather than tell you about the tick bite, the 2 dead birds we found (one hit our window & one snuck in the basement and died). Or the frustrations of online ordering (what you thought you were getting vs what you got) let's talk about these fences now shall we? So, we're walking along the road and on one side we've got fence 1 and the other side we've got fence 2. My brain starts to sputter into gear, my imagination begins to flicker to life.
#FrameItFriday (week 18 season 4) Sorry I'm late, what did I miss? Holy smokes, this moving stuff is very overrated when it comes to every single aspect from start to finish. I'm not complaining, ok, yes I am. I'm feeling my age and it's making me grumpy lol. I think I need a t-shirt that reads "I'd rather be taking pictures" because I would much rather be doing that than opening bins that say "kitchen stuff" or opening bins and exclaiming "why the hell did I bring THAT?" No
#FrameItFriday (week 17 season 4) So, if you've been following me for a bit you know I have a thing about counting, tracking, etc. I don't count everything, just important things like "how many days until we do this?" or "how many days have we done this for?" For some of my friends my habit makes their heads spin lol. I don't count everything, in fact for YEARS I didn't count calories or lbs. So, on that note here's some stats for you (because I know you're DYING to know). 1
#FrameItFriday (week 16 season 4) Hey y'all, happy Friday! I've been posting quite a few videos lately. I know some of you who follow me are not as mobile as you'd like to be so I hope the little snippets I post make you feel that you're there along with me. I've had a few folks message me about certain locations I've been going to as they can't believe some of our walks are so close to home. They are. Right outside our back door practically. Even if you don't live in Brantfo
#FrameItFriday (week 15 season 4) Well, we're in lockdown again here in Ontario our search for remote trails close to home is becoming trickier. Luckily for us though, there's a plethora of trails throughout our county. Since being in a holding pattern until we FINALLY move across the province we've been so fortunate to focus on our walking along many cool paths. Working on our fitness has been our top priority and I've piggybacked my beloved Canon 1DX with the 100-400 lens a
#FrameItFriday (week 14 season 4) Do the days of the week feel like "days" and you no longer experience that "feeling" to that "it's the weekend?" or is it just me? It's our 2nd Easter in lockdown and the only difference between this Easter and last Easter is the fact that I was actually ready for it this year. By ready, I mean I sent a bag of Easter eggs to my son and daughter-in-law via Amazon. They got it 2 days ago and they finished off the "pretty small bag for the money
#FrameItFriday (week 13, season 4) Another Friday, another blog. I thought I'd surprise you all about me and my walking buddy going to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy but I told you all LAST week I was going there. What the heck will I talk about with you this week? I swear this happens to me every single Friday. Anyhow, "focus" Heather. Well, yesterday, around these parts was absolutely perfect, the temp was bang on, very little wind, sunshine with a dash of haze. A perfect
#FrameItFriday (week 12, season 4) Saw a Bluebird the other day. Just the one. It could care less about posing for a photo op, it was on it's way immediately following this shot. It's a male. I've read that alot of male birds migrate back before the girls do in order to set establish or re-establish their territories before, you know, they hook up and make the babies. Seems like a legit idea. Spring is what, one day away? That's exciting even if we had a pretty tame winter in
#FrameItFriday (Week 11, season 4) Ok, let's just start with....what IS THIS (in the photo)? For those of you NOT local, this structure is in Paris, Ontario just alongside the Nith River. Enquiring minds need to know (my mind does anyhow). I have to admit this was my very first time along the trails in this place. They're lovely trails, some parts are paved, some are gravel and some are winding, hilly, muddy paths. Plenty of options for all levels of walkers. It was great but
Walter Gretzky 1938-2021 #FrameItFriday (week 10 season 4) Today we all mourn the loss of the world's best hockey dad, our Lord Mayor, ambassador of kindness and generosity and a loving father, grandfather, husband. My social media feed is blowing up with tributes to everyone's friend, Walter Gretzky. I'll just mention my experience throughout the years here whilst living in Brantford.
I first met Mr. Gretzky at the Christmas Baskets program. We were boxing food up and he was