Monday, January 31, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside

These are what I'm currently wearing around the house. In fact, these are what I put on the instant I came home from work and changed out of my scrubs. It's chilly outside, and flannel pajama pants just feel so nice!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Talk to the Paw

Last night Mum brought up the subject of a challenge for today's photo. The discussion, if it really can be called that, didn't go anywhere past the first suggestion, and I'm not even sure it was a serious suggestion.

So that's how we ended up with 'feet' as theme for today.

We're having some amazing weather today, so I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine, and wandered outside to try take pictures of horse hooves and chicken feet. (Pride, the horse, tried to eat the camera....apparently the one apple I took out for him wasn't enough!) The dogs weren't an option, that felt too much like copying. I even ended up with a few pictures of my own feet clad in black rubber boots.

And then I happened upon Smudge on the patio. She hates the camera with a passion, so it was too good of a challenge to resist. I had her held on my lap, clamped down with one hand, while the other held the camera out at an awkward angle to get this photo.

She probably won't acknowledge me for the rest of the day :)


Saturday, January 29, 2011


It's raining again today....shocking!

I really like how you can see the upside down reflection of one of the hedging cedars (blurry green background blob) in this water droplet.

Today I tried playing around with the manual focus, which I don't usually do. I don't know that it was any quicker, but it definitely made it less frustrating trying to get one small thing in focus instead of the many things behind it.


Friday, January 28, 2011


Something a little graphic today, dead grass held up by the wire fence. I managed to get home while it was still slightly light and snap this outside.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

To Grandmother's House We Go

These are some of my grandmother's things. Two small clutches and a lovely leaf shaped broach. I have a small collection of her costume jewelry....a lot of which I may never wear, but that I like to have because it is her's.

I like the pop of colour in this photo set against the more monochrome textures, and the sparkle of the gems and beads.

It's been a struggle to take photographs this week...I'm lacking any inspiration, and the light has been crappy....and now that I look at this picture, it looks no where near as sharp as it did before I loaded it onto the blog. Oh well, at least I got my photo taken today, so that's a plus, even if it's a small one!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Two reasons I'm glad to be working a late shift on Tuesdays:

1: Sleeping in.
2: Taking pictures in daylight.

I'm not sure which one makes me happier!


Monday, January 24, 2011


I'm liking the way the individual threads pop out in this one, it makes the folds of fabric much more interesting.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Frustration Art

Saturday last week 11 of us got together to celebrate a friend's birthday. We booked a splatter art party at a local 4Cats Art Studio, and it's pretty much a consensus that it was the best birthday party ever.

If you're feeling frustrated, there's something quite cathartic about being allowed to throw paint around and not worrying about getting it on the floor/walls/ceiling/each other! We each got to complete an 11"x14" canvas, and the birthday girl also went home with a 6' by 3' canvas splattered by the entire group.

This one is mine (obviously) much fun!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Welcoming Myself to the 21st Century

Dear Jennifer,

I couldn't figure out how to take a simple picture with my phone, hence you having to smile forever and ever while I figured it out.

This is what my mum must feel like with her new phone, and I like to tease her about it! Sorry Mum!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Enough to make you cry....

Enough onions to make you cry buckets.....but they would make lovely French Onion Soup.....and that may be exactly what I make on my night to cook this week!

Yum yum!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Words on the Page

Curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book...that's how I spent most of my evening.

I'm reading this for the second time and am thoroughly enjoying it again.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

All We Need is a Little Less 'Blah'

Today's photo taken less than 5 minutes before leaving for work.

Through the dining room window.

While speed-eating a bowl of cereal and a banana.

And I even managed to be on time for work!

I really love the shapes of the branches in this shot, but the colours were all grey-ish sky (blah), brownish-beige-ish tree branches (more blah), and some dark green coniferous branches. I came home and played around with the photo editing, and I think the graphic black & white silhouette is much more interesting. All this shot needed was a little less blah and a little more oomph!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The highlight of my day...

....was getting in my car after work to go home.

It was one of those days.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Ghost of Art Class Past

This is a close-up of a pottery barn I made in Grade 9 art class. What you are looking at are my unskilled attempts to make the walls look like wood siding, and to give the impression of boards on the door. The glaze I was using was supposed to be red....I was so dissapointed after it was fired and it turned out brown instead!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shades of Sepia

So we decided on sepia for today's challenge. It's not normally an option I use when taking photos, I usually find it a little too blah for my liking. On the other hand, it does nicely disguise the fact that it already is kind of dreary outside right now....and, with some editing, it is growing on me. :)

I think my favourite is the picture of the water, I like the way the light plays of the ripples.

Second favourite is Calli....and the enormous strand of drool :)


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Variations on a Theme

So looking to make life more difficult for ourselves  Mum and I decided to pick a theme for today, and what she came up with was "Black & White."

I probably would have taken pictures with the black & white setting on the camera, if I had remembered to change it back to that.....however, with black & white subject matter, it didn't really matter!

It's Black & White in full colour!

Looks just like a catalogue can't even tell that the background is actually the bathtub!


P.S. I' ve now typed and retyped "black & white" so many times, it's starting to lose all meaning!

P.P.S. I seem to have an uncontrollable urge to use exclamation marks tonight! And I can't be bothered to change it!! This post is going to be published before 12:00 midnight dammit!!! :)

Early Signs of Spring

Bought at the grocery store, but I'll take what I can get!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snug as a Bug

There's nothing like being cozy and dry inside while the rain pours down outside.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ignorance is Bliss

Day 10: The title refers to this.....<sigh>

Below is what I was so intently taking photos of while the blowing wind and barking dog covered the noise of Mum opening the window to shoot a picture of me and my *lovely* outfit.

We're developing a bit of a rivalry with this challenge....I'm going to get her back, she just won't know when....



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Day 8 dawned crisp (cold!) and clear after a snowfall last night. There's nothing prettier in winter than a blue sky and bright sunlight glinting off the snow....or in this case, through ice!

It seems that I'm having difficulties picking just one photo each day. I should have made a New Year's resolution about learning to make decisions. But what the heck, it's my photo challenge, I can make my own rules, right?



Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gone to the Birds

Day 7: Today's photos taken during the brief period of blue sky and sunshine, which occurred after the hail shower, but before this happened:

It's been a weird day weather wise.


P.S. Thank you to Ryker and Far Side of Fifty for your comments :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Blues Have It

Day 6 shows my lack of organization.....

And makes it look like I only own things in one colour.... :)


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Art Imitates Life (aka It's Dark Outside)

Day 5:
Being too lazy to get up early to take photos before work means wandering around the house after dark looking for inspiration. It seems I was in black and white mood.

Maybe I could attempt to ramble on philosophically about black and white photos echoing the dark of night outside against the brightness of light needed for photography, but I'm tired. And my throat hurts from coughing. I think instead, that it's time for bed.

Goodnight :)


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome to the Wet Coast

Day 4:

There was supposed to be snow here today...instead we get dull, dreary drizzle.

This photo is the best of a boring bunch. (Can you tell I'm not thrilled with it?) :)


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Scaredy Cat

Day 3: The only way you'll get a picture of when she doesn't even know you're there.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Twinkle in Time

Day 2:

Numb fingers and collapsing tripods reveal suprisingly lovely results.



Sunday, January 2, 2011

Like Mother Like Daughter (aka Day 1)

A New Year's Challenge

One photo per day for one year.

(Starting late already!)

Packing up Christmas ornaments.

And a couple extras taken outside on a crisp, clear winter day.
Frozen tree branches and fuzzy backgrounds.

Oak leaf frozen in ice.

Mum's are here.
Only 364 to go....