March Roundup

Winter-sminter. I don’t like it so much that I actually forgot to post this in time! Yikes!

Snow Diamonds“Snow Diamonds”

I try to see beauty even in things I don’t like…such as winter and snow and the cold and the windshield and the ice…you get my point. Lol. So, after a particularly windy and snowy day, I spotted the way the snow looked in the fence at my work and took the pic.

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“Particles”

Hard to believe, but this shot was taken at the beginning of the month, when spring was playing with out hearts. Fully dangled the prospect of fresh flowers and no snow…#urgh

 

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“Dead Leaves”

Hard to believe, but this shot was taken at the beginning of the month, when spring was playing with our hearts. Fully dangled the prospect of fresh flowers and no snow…only to hit us a couple days later with a FULL on snow storm. #urgh

 

Snow Bush

“Snow Bush”

Some days, I wake up and actually like to see snow, those are not the days I’ve hit my head, usually it’s a mild day and the snow is merely a backdrop and not trying to kill us. Those are the days I like. Fresh snow on bushes kind of shot.

Snowy Crystals

“Snowy Crystals”

I’ll have to admit, I’m not sure what I was going for in this shot, I think I was taken in my the sparkling “diamond like” shine of the snow on the bank. The photograph, really doesn’t do it justice as it really was very pretty with the naked eye. I promise.

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“Montreal Skies”

I love this shot, it reminds me to always look up; metaphorically and literally. There is honestly utter beauty in so so many things and no matter how you’re feeling, you really can and should find beauty in all things and if all else fails, nature has got yo back!

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February Roundup

Say what?!!?! Where has the actual time began?! I feel like I was just making my NYE resolutions yesterday.

“Gleam”Gleam

I am so so happy and kinda proud of this shot! I literally captured it quickly on the morning run. I really love the way the light and blue skies shows the details in the ice. The contrast of colours are calling me. #proudofmyself

 

 

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“All Smiles”

This cheeky little monkey is my four-going-on-fourteen-year-old daughter. I try not to post images of her on social media, but every once in a while I just can’t help myself…I mean…look at her! Luckily, it’s the one moment she was actually standing still, allowing me to take this shot! #bonus

 

 

 

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“Mini Snow Mountains”

We were hit with so much snow this past month, it was beautiful but also irritating. A Saturday morning, during a break from the snow downpour, I look out at our outdoor table and noticed the way the snow make an interesting pattern through the grates of the table. Nature can really surprise us sometimes.

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“Weedy”

The good part of having lots of snow is the way it looks on some of the plants and shines a different perspective or creates a different “look”. Believe it or not, this was a lovely plant in the summer, which barely survived my black thumb. That being said, peeking from a lower angle, I thought this looked really nice.

 

 

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“Streak”

Yet another, lucky-on-the-morning-run shots. Coming off the back of a whopping amount of snow, the next day was mild with lovely blue skies. I love the watermark in the shot and was actually playing it up a but. I love when the streak of light creates such beautiful imagery.

I have to say, I’m very proud of my haul this month, I’ve stuck by my resolution to take more shots, be less critical and simply post more is well under way! Happy February!

 

January Roundup

Other than the fact that January is the time for “renewal” and “renewed hope”, I don’t like January- it’s cold, bitter, a long month…yea, yea- I’m grumbling, the only thing that keeps me positive is that fact that with every passing day, we get more minutes of daylight! With the bitterly cold weather reaching temperatures like -35 with the windchill, it’s been tricky to capture shots of our winter wonderland…but I’m trying to make due and reduce the hibernation…somewhat.

 

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“Icicle Bundle”

Our weather was bitter cold one day, mild the next and freezing rain the day after- making it somewhat tricky to to plan photo ops, but I’m made a promise with myself to look out for and try to photograph more “everyday” moments. This was one of them.

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“Falling”

When we got pounded with 10-15 cms of snow, it acted as a lovely backdrop to get lots of pretty snowy shots. I’m working on trying to get sharp shots of the falling snow, maybe on our next snow fall.

 

 

“Frozen Needles”Frozen Needles

After snow, a couple of days later, we had freezing rain! Very temperamental…trust me! It was extremely slippery and a bit difficult getting some up close shots, but from the comfort of my balcony- it wasn’t laziness, it provided a great vantage point. Lol.

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“Icy Sunset”

As we chisel further into the year, allowing us more daylight- we’ve witnessed some gorgeous sunsets. On my way home, after parking up, getting my daughter out of the car- I bend down to help her out and caught this view from the side of my eye.  Changing your view can really shake things up! I’m actually very proud of this shot, which is saying a lot as I usually can find fault in everything I shoot.

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“Word Press Banner”

I’ve been working on trying to update the blog, working on adding more content and working on making it look less skeletal (#thestruggleisreal). I took this shot the summer before last and thought it would make a lovely banner. Hope you like the edit, because well…I do, especially the detail.

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“Gleam”

We had unusually mild weather the other day, while on my way to the car, I noticed the flicker of sunlight through the ice and took this shot. This is one of the reasons I love nature photography, you never know what you’ll get, but nature sure hands us a lovely canvas to capture!

 

I have to admit, for someone who is increasingly hating winter, I stuck to my target of taking my camera out with, in order to capture more “everyday” moments and I have good bit of photos to show for it. I will admit that having the target of posting a blog about it every month does help- lol. Hopefully it’s worth, let me know what you guys think…see you next month!

The December Roundup

Phew! I survived the holiday season in one piece; managed to not stuff myself or eat my body weight in stuffing. 😀 #winning. Although, I have been feeling a lot less motivated than per usual and with the weather being unbearably cold (I’m talking -26, but feeling like –why do I LIVE here again?!?) making it kinda impossible to take photos, but! I did manage to squeeze a few in! Hope you enjoy them!

 

Diamond Snow

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The older I get, I realised just how much I don’t like the season, that being said, nature does give you a gorgeous canvas to work with, so I guess I shouldn’t complain!

 

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Shooting Christmas trees, as appealing and beautiful as they are- can be difficult as it’s a balance of light and darkness, but they are so pretty and emotive of the holidays, there was no way I wouldn’t try to grab a few shots.

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Baked

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not a baker, it’s not that I’m not good at it- I just don’t like the clean up, if I’m being honest. Needless to say, the girls in the family had a get together to prep and bake the desserts for Christmas- here are some of the shots. I opted for the easiest option of making a caramel cheese cake #winning.

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Pine

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A quick snap, from my balcony door, the weather didn’t let up, I just sucked it up- opened the door and dealt with the cold for the 4 shots it took to get this one. You can never go wrong with snow on a pine tree, classic, timeless and oh so very wintry. #allthefeels

Furry Cheeks

Furry Cheeks

Being cooped up inside gives me limited “subjects” to photograph, so my unwilling family usually then bears the brunt of my camera in their faces. Anyways, throughout the day, there are many little moments, we may deem “unimportant”, but that are still worth capturing- case in point, this shot. Sometimes I wish I was brave enough to just be still and be assured that a moment will make its way to me, instead of me “fabricating” the shot. Often, I’m embarrassed or shy to pull my camera out in public because I don’t want the attention it may draw. (Don’t worry, I am working on it). Despite that, you hear about the difficulties working with animals and children- hence the look my cat was giving me at the time- what a lucky shot. (^-人-^)

 

 

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Ontario Fields

Recently, I’ve had to make a trip (or three…long story) to Ottawa, though it was too cold (and illegal) to stop and take photos of the gorgeous country of ours, I tried to take a few quick-fire-on-the-move shots. Kinda proud of how this one turned out, especially as I didn’t have much time to “adjust” the camera for the shot. 

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I’m hoping the weather will lay off for a bit so that I can take a walk and capture winter in more detail, the only part that I do enjoy about this freeze, is the detail we don’t usually spot in the cold.

Timeless photography from my lens to your heart…