Capture Your 365 (March 3-March 9)

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Yesterday the snow really got to me…actually it wasn’t the snow as much as the bad drivers in the snow. But I found a way to deal with it – a quiet corner out of the snow and a white “wine with legs”…

 Strut white wine bottle

OK, not really. I bought this for Valentine’s Day and it has taken us awhile to finish it off.  I’d like to say my disposition has improved…but it’s probably better if I don’t say anything and just let you “ooh” and “aah” over at my pretty pictures! 🙂

Happy Weekend!

 

Capture Your 365 (February 24-March 2)

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“February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.” — Dr. J. R. Stockton

This February certainly seemed very long. Between the bone-chilling temperatures and the giant piles of snow, I didn’t think it would ever end. And Spring… well I know it’s coming but I’m pretty confident that it won’t be soon. On the plus side, I’m starting to feel better, and I was able to take a few pictures for a February finale.  To see the quotes I chose to go with the photos, just click on a photo and scroll through. Enjoy the day!

Capture Your 365 (February 16 to February 23)

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While my Big Weekend Plans were spoiled by getting sick, I did manage to take a few shots this week and to learn some different ways of displaying them. I know…look at me getting all tech-savvy. I’m impressed too.  To see picture better or to read the quotes that I attached to some of my photos, just click on a photo. You can scroll through them either by clicking the arrow or using the arrow buttons.  Only one more week of prompts to finish off February – the year is flying by! Happy Weekend!

Capture Your 365 (February 10-16)

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 I’m really enjoying the challenge of taking pictures to fit the prompts. I’m taking  lots of pictures – some  turn out and some do not – but if I don’t take a chance, I will never learn. Sometimes I even play with the dials on my camera – which is scary since I have yet to read the manual. Eek! I managed to take most of these pictures in the last week or so…except for one. Can you guess which one?

February 10: It’s Still WinterHay bales in snow

“Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” -Willa Cather, My Antonia

February 11: Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” — Ernestine Ulmer

February 12: Red

red_slippers

“Give a girl some red heels and she can conquer the world” –Bette Midler

February 13: Conversation

Conversation

Time out with Little Guy on a sunny Saturday morning!

February 14: Amore

Love, marriage proposal

This is how I know Hubby loves me – he posed. Of course, I had to get it right in one shot!

February 15: Geared Up

bikeFrom the day I survived Mountain Biking

Was it too obvious? Do you have a favourite?

To see the list of prompts so you can join in or to learn more about Capture Your 365, click here.

Capture Your 352 (January 26-February 1)

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It snowed again this weekend, the kind of snow that clung to everything, covering it in thick, white fluff. It was pretty…until we had to go out and shovel it… It was heavy snow, the kind that made our backs and knees ache. For a while, it was snowing faster than we were shovelling. In the words of Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day, “there is no way that this winter…is ever…going to end”. So instead of despairing of a never-ending winter wonderland, I spent Sunday afternoon finishing January’s photo prompts.

 

January 26, 2014: Vivid

scarf

 

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting”. –Henry David Thoreau

January 27, 2014: Secure

Holding hands

“Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.” — Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

January 29, 2014: Lively

Rudabeckia

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul”. –Luther Burbank

January 30, 2014: Focusing

Budding Photographer

Budding photographer!

February 1, 2014: In the Dark

lantern

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness”. – Anne Frank

 

Capture Your 365 (Week 4)

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It’s been another busy and frighteningly cold week. I can’t believe how many multi-car pile-ups we’ve had on the highways. With strong winds making it feel like the -30s and blowing snow, I didn’t venture too far to take any photos outdoors! If I’d had my way, I wouldn’t have ventured out from under the covers… but I rarely get my own way! So instead, I snapped a few in the house, pulled a few from storage, and the last one was one of the first pictures I took with my new camera.  Happy Snapping!

January 20: Upset

So sad (685x700)Yeah, I’m that kind of Mom…the kind that snaps a picture of an unhappy boy right before I cuddle him and he falls asleep. He was actually upset because I wouldn’t let him have the camera.

January 21: In a bowl

Christmas balls in a bowl

Maybe this year I will get these put away before next Christmas…maybe…

January 22: Eight

Clock face

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” -Hal Lindsey

January 23: Umbrellas

boy with umbrellaLittle Guy – April 2008

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” – E.E. Cummings

January 24: Fresh Air

snow in the laneway

December 27, 2013

“Running in the snow has its own special qualities – softness, quiet, the white landscape – and it can make you feel like a kid again.” –Claire Kowalchik, The Complete Book of Running for Women

Capture 365 (January 14-20)

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If I had a choice, I would have spent every day this week hibernating under a thick blanket in my flannel jammies. On Sunday, it was snowing and blowing…and then the ominous “arctic vortex” swept in again and it has been frighteningly frigid. Hubby’s car wouldn’t start on Tuesday and we had to have it towed. The roads are icy and the chocolate cupboard is getting bare…so I haven’t gone anywhere with my camera or my sassy green boots! Instead I started working on some of the photo prompts for next week, and I pulled together a few photos from recent years that (hopefully) pass inspection!

I’m confident that when it gets warmer, I will get out more!

January 14: Yummy!

When I saw the challenge “yummy” my mind immediately raced to desserts! I’m a big fan of sweets, especially when chocolate is involved (not to mention what a great excuse to have to buy something sweet with chocolate to photograph…but then I’d eat it and blow my “diet”). So I opted in favour of my other favourite food group: grease. I can happily report, however, that this was not what I ordered! Someone else in my family did – and he savoured it for me!

burger with bacon

January 15: In the Air

Little did I know that when I was snapping photos at the school playground after the huge ice storm, that this snapshot of an airplane would come in handy! It’s harder to see in the size I’ve posted here…but it is in the air!

December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

January 17: Knobby

Knobby knees or knobby trees? I saw plenty of beautiful and colourful trees on a nature walk in our family’s woodlot – Thanksgiving 2012. But this gnarly, old soul really took my eye. What he lacked in foliage, he made up for in character, just like an Ent, an ancient shepherd of the forest.

weird tree3Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its own strange and graceful legend attached to it.
– Douglas Hyde

January 18: Pose

That same Thanksgiving (2012), before we headed to the woodlot, we went to the Boardwalk along the river. The river was so low that we could walk on the riverbed at the base of the waterfall. My father had just passed on his motorcycle jacket to Big Guy – the same motorcycle jacket that I proudly wore one Halloween with a poodle skirt. I carefully cut out cardboard letters – “Leader of the Pack” – and taped them on the back. I took several “posed” pictures of my kids sitting on the tree trunk that had conveniently washed downstream earlier in the year.

Sitting on a log

What a handsome pair!

January 19: Abandoned

On that same nature walk, we came across an old wagon quietly rusting under the trees.

wagon in the woods

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” – Henry Ward Beecher

For my first installment of Capture Your 365, click here.

Capture Your 365

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It seemed like such a good idea when I first signed up to take 1 photo a day for the entire year (capture your 365). I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about photography and to push me look at my world differently. And it is…but by the time we settled back into routines, 2 weeks had passed, and like all resolutions in the years before this one, it never happened (it’s a little chilly and snowy outside too and I prefer to hibernate indoors). Thank you to Danny Boy for his sage advice: “Just get the camera out and start taking pictures. Get going girl!” So this weekend, (in between laundry loads thanks to Vincent), I printed the list and picked just a few to start (it seemed more manageable that way)…

January 1: Celebrate

January 4: A Little Bit

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“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” – Robert Lynd

January 6: Unique

Since I was already pulling things off my living room shelf, I pulled out my grandmother’s pickle cruet. The silver is worn away in many places and I have no use for it, but I think it’s a unique piece. I especially like the elaborately designed mini tongs that hang on the side hook.

pickle cruet

January 7: Natural Treasure

My grandfather loved to fly south in the winter, where he would rise early and walk the seashore for hours. He treasured the many seashells he gathered over the many years he travelled. His house was full of them, and he made me promise once, that if anything happened to him, I would rescue his shells before Grandma threw them out. Last March, I flew south and walked the beach alone. It had been less than a year since he died, and I was missing him terribly, when I stumbled upon this gray natural treasure. It sits on my shelf alongside many of Grandpa’s shells.

Sea shells

January 8: Blue

Grandma J. always liked pretty dishes and the colour, blue. This was one of her pretty bowls. The edges are fluted and milky, while stippled scallops sparkle on the underside. At the very bottom are four tiny pedestal feet.

blue depression glass footed bowl

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