Friday, July 31, 2015

Break Time

Hi all.
Time for a little break.
Will be back in a week or so.
Until then have a great start to August!

Ron and I met up with Louise and her family the other night.
Louise is second from the left next to Ron.
She and Ron were school friends in Wolfville, N.S.
They got in touch again a few years now through FB

Louise has a wonderful/intelligent/thought provoking blog called
'Standing Into Danger'. Here's the link:
Check it out.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boys And Their Toys

We were up on the Hill last evening and came across this fellow and his plane.

It was so quiet and he was steering it all over the hill and down above the water.

It caught all three of our attention.....a very Zen-like activity to watch it soar

above our heads and swoop down to the water below.

I can see why this is a popular activity for some.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 'Vivian' Moment

I always feel a little like 'Vivian Maier' when I photograph people from afar.
(If you don't know about this very illusive photographer
you can learn about her here:

Hers is a very interesting story.

I don't usually take photos of people I don't know.
If I do, I usually 'mask' their face if I can.
However, I have learned that there is nothing illegal
about photographing people when outdoors in public places.
It's common ground and therefore if we decide to be there
then we must accept the fact that this could happen....
along with with a number of other things these days, I'm afraid.

So, I occasionally see people in interesting settings
or wearing bright/interesting clothes and snap away.
I have at times asked for permission and will continue to do so
if it is deemed appropriate at the time.

Case in point was yesterday afternoon......
we were sitting in the car outside our favourite Starbucks.
I glanced across the street and saw this woman wearing
'dying-to-be-photographed' brightly coloured clothing
that matched her hair!
What was I to do!?
The man, the dog and the rear-end of the car just completed the picture,
in my mind anyway.

What are your thoughts about taking photos of strangers
or being photographed by strangers?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Contemplative Monday

The following is from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh'
and published by 'Shambhala Pocket Series'.

Touching The Earth

"With the earth you are safe.
She is always there, in all her wonderful expressions like trees,
flowers, butterflies, and sunshine.
Whenever you are tired or unhappy,
Touching The Earth is a very good practice
to heal you and restore your joy."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eclectic Tastes

A good song for summertime here in the Northern Hemisphere
by these great Canadian singers and musicians.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Morning Post


Down at the boardwalk the other morning...

Wild Rugosa Roses on the trail....

Billboard ad in a mall in Halifax....

'I'm outta here'!

Looking towards MacDonald House (where my shop is) from Lawrencetown Beach.

The sky and clouds were so dramatic at the park in the city
that they enhanced everything around/under them.

Still at the park.....looks like the ocean and a mountain ahead
but it isn''s the sky and clouds.

Summertime theatre outside at the park in Halifax.

Ron and Sophie on the Atlantic View Trail at the beach.

A minute later....

Surfer calling it a day.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Neat and Tidy

Always having my camera nearby, I am, or try to anyway,
on the lookout for some thing/scene/setting/situation to photograph.

Wednesday evening we were on the Hill and as I was walking up
I looked out into the Atlantic and saw a composition I liked.

In the photo below you will notice that it is made up of two rectangles
that stretch over the entire photo.

The top one is of sky and clouds and starts at the horizon line.

The second one goes from the horizon to the bottom of the grassy hillside.

What I like about this particular composition is that the bottom rectangle
is divided into two triangles......right-angled triangles to be precise.

In my mind it all 'fits' so well together and is visually easy to look at.

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