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Sins of Nutrition

I don’t make specific New Year’s resolutions anymore. But, since the New Year, and the shiny and fresh new calendar pages seem to offer us all a chance at a new beginning I do tend to feel a resolve to rededicate to doing the things I know I should be doing, or doing more, or doing better.

But in the dark days of later February, with snow swirling around and few signs of spring to lift the spirits, it is easy to look elsewhere for some satisfaction or something to give us that momentary pleasure that makes life more enjoyable.

At least, that’s what I am blaming for my last two days dietary indiscretions.

 

Monday home made cookies seemed like a great idea:

 

Yesterday, as I was driving by the local fast food outlet my car somehow got sucked into the drive through line:

 

Looks like it is time to get over to the fruit and vegetable market and back to photographing fresh green veggies and colourful fruits. 

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Craft Clean Up

It was clean up weekend in my craft room. I decided these big glass and pastic jars would make great containers for some of the odds and ends of cords, ribbon and embroidery floss.

 

 

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AH...Friday Night

I know this is my Saturday photo blog, so sorry for any confusion the title may cause but, I took these photos last night as a sort of tribute to the relaxed mellow feeling that comes for me with Friday evening. 

I'm not exactly sure why it is since, these days, I'm usually as busy on the weekend as I am on weekdays but, when Friday evening rolls around there is a sort of feeling of relaxation and relief from the stresses of the week. It seems a perfect time to enjoy a special glass of wine and take a little time to sit back and breath.

 

 

 

And a black and white conversion of the first shot.

Wishing everyone a nice, relaxing weekend, with or without the wine.

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House Guest

Here is our house guest for two weeks. The cats are not impressed.

 

 

I think the puppy just wants a friend but the cats are not having any of that.

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Shadows

One thing I learned a long time ago about shadows is that you get the strongest ones when you have a bright directional light source, something like the sun, on a cloudless day.

Doing the happy dance here because, finally, we have just that here today; bright sun, cloudless sky, cold as heck but that's a small price to pay for a break from relentless flat grey. So here to celebrate are a few pictures of shadows.

 

 

 

 

And finally one of the bright blue sky itself, and tree branches with those littl nodules that will in the hopefully not too, too distant future, be turning into leaves.

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My Morning

So this morning I went into the downstairs bathroom, noticed that the toilet paper roll had run out and that, as usual, no one else in the house has yet figured out how to take the empty one off, and put a new one on so, also as usual, I opened the cabinet door to get a fresh roll out but, when I did, the top hinge detached itself from the cabinat and the door sort of hung there askew, bottom hinge still attached, top hinge not. That's not usual. On closer examination it seems the top had snapped right off one of the screws, letting the whole hinge contraption fall apart. 

So much for my plan of spending an hour or so setting things up, and trying to take some artsy shots of china as a break from the outside, winter scenes.

I can't really leave this just hanging there so instead I got to schlep down to the nearest Home Depot to try and find a new screw that would work and get the thing back together. ( Let me just say, I'm not sure if it is a lagging economy, leading to staffing cuts, or if it is just that Home Depot employees hide when they see me coming but, wow, for a big store there seems to be very little staff on duty these days.)

Anyway the job is now done, not really well, as the cabinet doors don't seem to line up so well, but both cabinet doors actually open and close and stay more or less where they should which is good enough for me for now.  

To be honest I'm not sure how well they ever lined up, it's not the kind of thing I notice unless something draws my attention to it. 

Somewhere along the way I realized  that the china, photo session was not about to happen so I decided to go with what fate had presented me, as a subject, so here are this morning's pictures. 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Farm

More grey skies. at least this time I managed to find a spot of colour amidst all the winter drabness.

 

 

And now to stave off winter depression...here is a view of a BC vineyard, taken in May, with leaves on the trees and the promise of a harvest of grapes and wine to come.

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In the Ravine

I headed out today looking for some scenic shots and found snow, trees, and overcast grey skies.

 

 

This is a different ravine than the one in my last post but at this time of year,  they all seem to have a lot of snow and branches.

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Here and There

Just a couple of pictuires taken while running around the other day.

First, early morning by the ravine, I liked the way the peachy-pink sky was showing through, from behind the trees.

I've noticed that it seems to be a good year for pine cones, a lot of the trees seem to be heavily laden with large ones. Did I never notice this before or is the crop of cones actually larger and more abundent some years than others?

 

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Going Nuts Here

We're back in the backyard today with another story of that squirrely friend of mine again.

 

I think I smell a nut.

 

Hey, who's that?

 

Beating a hasty retreat...

 

 

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Happy Valentine's Day

We've been doing our Winterfest celebration, over on the Stamping board, which includes lots of fun challenges involving stamping. I've been preoccupied by that, so haven't been getting out with  my camera  quite as much, the last few days, but I have been using it to take photos of some of the stamping projects I've done.

Here, appropriate to the day, are a couple of my Valentine inspired cards. 

I hope you all receive a sign of someone's love today and remember to let those you love know how you feel about them.

 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

 

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Far and Away

I'm tired of snow and slush, and grey and beige, and I was inspired by the dreamy, blurry flower photos poted by Nicki a couple of days ago so, today, I decided to dig back in my files for a few pictures I took, a couple of months ago, in a place far away, in distance and in climate, from the place I call home.

These all employ a lot of blur which, I think,gives them a dream like quality that seems perfect to inspire a daydream of warmer places, soft breezes and salt tinged air.   Sigh...wish I were there...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections of Winter

All the snow from the big storm last Friday is starting to melt slowly as temperatures rise during the day and then everythig refreeezes overnight. this is a shot from the end of my driveway. 

 

Here is another which I call 'Studies in Slush' that brown colour is becoming predominant, around here, as the sparkley and pristine looking snow of a few days age degrades into muddy slush.

 

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For the Birds

Well we are back to one of my few available back yard subjects, today. 

These are not the kind of birds that birders wait around to see they are just the common little sparrows that one sees everywhere but I am still happy to have them flitting in and out of my grden and, on a day when there is not much else to photograph, I'm happy to use them to practice trying to improve my technique of getting pictures from a distance.

 

 

 

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More Snow

I have a rather odd set of photos for today, another series from yesterdays snowstorm but on a small scale.

I've been looking at some of the snowflake photos that have been posted on the board recently and feeling a tad jealous. I've looked around during snow flurries here to see if I could find my very own snow flake to try to capture but all I ever found were less than glamourous looking clumps of snow, no beautiful single flakes like those that seem to be falling on everyone else.

Yesterday during the big storm I discovered, stuck to the window on my back door, some tiny but individual flakes. 

They were very smal and mostly a little broken or missing an arm or two but, at least, they were recognizable flakes so I got out the macro to see what I could get. Here are my results:

 

 

 

Then I got up close and personal with one of those clumps that had been all I'd seen up till then, when I looked for flakes. It's not  a great picture butwhen cropped way in  it does show how those clumps are actually composed of pieces from tiny broken flakes.

I can't say that I find these images very visually stunning but I did find them interesting and, after looking for a photographable snow flake, for so long in vain, at least they gave me hope that there may be a beautiful flake out there, somewhere, with my name on it, if I can just be patient enough.

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Snowstorm

Oh boy, woke up to snow all over and the fun of scrapping off the car, and making it to the train station, sharing the road with all the people who didn't bother buying snow tires. 

It looks pretty although it will be nicer when the storm ends and we have a little sun to glisten the snow, for now it's still rather grey and dull looking, and a bit fuzzy with all that snow still flying around.

 

 

Think I'll stay inside and watch it through the window.

 

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Piles of Pallets

The challenge: photograph something 'spring green'.

Doesn't sound that difficult, on the surface but, in February, in Canada, finding  'spring green'  isn't all that easy.

I was thinking of going to a flower shop (I still may) and looking for that white lily or amaryllis with the beautifully green tinged throats that some of them have but, purely serendipitously, happened to park behind a Home Depot store so I could go across the street and take some winter photos of a deep raveen and creek.

In the back lot of the store I discovered piles and piles of pallets and eureka! there was my 'spring green'.

Funny I've seen lots of pallets, in lots of places, before this but don't remember ever seeing that particular shade. 

Just my lucky day.

 

 

 

 

Of course, since I was there, I took shots of some of the other pallets too.

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All that glitters...

The last few days have been a challenge for me, as far as inspiration goes. Cold weather and not feeling great have made the idea of heading out, too far from home, unappealing. Grey skies, brown grass and dried branches, close to home, have already been done and are quickly losing their charm for me so, today I decided to try something different.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I'm going to have to take some photos of the jewelry I make, to post on the internet, so yesterday  I decided to get a head start and pull out a couple of pieces to work with.

These are some of the results...not the best shots for showing the pieces,  as a whole, but kind of fun detail highlights. 

 

 

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Snow for the Goose

The rain finally stopped but the skies are mostly still grey, except for a few, brief, sunny breaks, during which I always seem to be stuck inside doing something.

So, here are more grey,taupe, brown, colour pallette pictures.

The park, not far from here, is almost always full of Canada Geese. In the summer, life as a goose seems like a not bad bargain. Nice pond, grassy fields and (one assumes from the size of the flock) a good supply of food are all available and, except perhaps for the occasional threat of a big dog, there doesn't look to be that much threatening . 

Once winter arrives however, things look different. The pond starts to feeze over, the sky and the water turn  a cold slate colour and, eventually when the whole surface of the lake is covered with ice, the geese retreat to the nearby snow covered fields and hunker down looking rather miserable. 

 

I can only assume that feathers make a warmer coat than they would appear to because the geese seem to come through thw winters and go on multiplying, but it sure doesn't look like much fun to be a wild goose, in February,around here.

 

 

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Things are getting a little squirrelly...

A couple of days ago, I hung out a piece of dried bread, spread with peanut butter and with some seeds pressed into it as a homemade bird treat. I purposely hung it on a smallish tree, with thin bendy branches, with the thought that the birds could get to it, but the squirrels wouldn't be able to.

What I didn't take into account was the relentless rain that started, shortly after I hung it out and softened the bread to the point that the string holding it tore right through the bread and the whole piece ended up on the ground.  For the next couple of hours I kept glancing out as I went about my household chores wondering how long it would take for some creature to notice it.  

Sure enough on one of those glances I saw that a small 'black' squirrel had found the peanut butter bonanza and was chowing down;

He sat there for a while snacking away then finally grabbed what was left of the treat in his mouth and took off with it.

Later I saw the same guy pause in his run across the back fence and grab a mouthful of fresh snow. Maybe the peanut butter made him thirsty?

Then one of the lighter, grey squirrels, that are around here too, chased him along the fence. The grey one looks bigger and plumper to me, so maybe he didn't need the extra food bonus as much as the smaller black one did. 

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All Fired Up

This week's photo challenge was to photograph fire. So, since the end of the week is fast approaching, I decided yesterday was the day to try my hand at some fire shots. I originally was hoping to start a roaring fire in the fireplace and take some shots of that but, since the strong wind yesterday was blowing from the one direction that seems to rattle the chimney flue and inhibit the fireplace's ability to draw well, resulting in a smokey room instead of a nice fire, I was reduced to something less grand and had to work instead with a candle.

 

 

 

Can't say I'm really wowed with any of these but it was an interesting exercise and I've still got the roaring fireplace fire on my must try list, for the future. 

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