This is (part of) the giant maple tree at the bottom of our driveway. Its a pretty good summary of what the landscape looks like around here now that the snow is gone....all wet mossy branches or bare brown-ness.
I was in Vancouver with a friend today, and stumbled across this outdoor art installation, part of the Vancouver Biennale. This is one of eight identical, life-sized monks crouching in a circle in Cardero Park in Coal Harbour.
Someone's gotten creative with a white marker on this one....
I'm pointing fingers at Shawna....or maybe Duncan? :)
So this is my camera, it's a Canon Powershot A540, a little older and scratched up, and the lens cover doesn't open properly anymore. I haven't used it much for this challenge, so far only having taken a couple of photos with it, because, when I have the option (and I usually do), I 'borrow' Mum's camera...
...it has more setting to play with, and a much nicer zoom. :)
I'm scraping the bottom of the photographic barrel film canister tonight.
I think Smudge may have finally figured out that my cell phone = a camera. Apparently it has a pretty strong flash, and she hates the lights and noises associated with the camera. She ran away right after I took this. :)
I'm sick again (seriously, who's in charge of these things?!), my head is woozy and I was awake all night with chills...except for the one hour when I was hot enough to heat the whole house single handed. Mum made me hot lemonade this morning as I was heading in to work (seriously, why did I do that?), and I thought this evening that I'd make myself some more.
Easier said than done.
First, I filled the kettle for hot water, but forgot to turn on the switch that starts it heating. Then, after I got it heating, forgot about it, and then left it sitting too long and had to reheat the water. Then I poured boiling hot water into a glass mug (seriously, I'm smarter than that) which cracked in three places and I had boiling water, lemon juice and sugar pouring over the entire counter.
I switched to this giant green mug, and finally, and much more work than it should have needed, had my mug of steaming hot lemonade.
Seriously, totally worth it in the end :)
PS: Seriously seems to be my word of the day. Blame the sickness. :)
This isn't the first time I've tried to take a photo of this plant, but the other times I haven't got the focus correct. This time I put the camera on supermacro mode and put the branch directly on the lens.
I'm probably not supposed to do it that way...but it worked! :)
I took Calli out today for a walk down the road. Mum and Dad took Jake and Luna to an agility trial today, so it was just us girls at home for the morning. Of course, by the time I made it outside, the rain was pouring and the wind was howling....it still is in fact, as I'm now back inside typing this up.
What you can't really tell in this photo is how I'm holding the umbrella pretty much sideways as I take it so that it doesn't blow inside out. It was not a pleasant walk....even Calli was ready to turn around and head back home!
So I had the idea, seeing as it's a nice clear night, to try take a picture of the moon. As I'm heading out onto the deck to try take photos, Mum tells me to leave the shutter speed open as long as possible. Not thinking about it, I take multiple shots with a shutter speed of 10-15 seconds. That would have been great, if blurry white blob was what I was going for :)
Turns out a faster shutter speed would have been better. This photo was taken at 1/200. (That makes sense, now that I stop to think about it. The moon does reflect quite a bit of light.)
I would have spent much less time freezing outside if I'd tried that the first time! :)
So, no rainbows today, but since you need rain to have those....I'm okay with it!
The sun is shining, and it's amazing how good that can make you feel....even if you're headed into work and won't be leaving there until 9:00 tonight....
These buds are on some unknown shrub in the corner of our front yard. They are actually lying directly on the camera lens, and they're not really in focus, except for a couple of the buds, but I really like the softness and the spring colours. All that blue sky in the background doesn't hurt either!
Well, I did say no macro shots this weekend. And I'm delivering.
Ahh, it's the small things that make me happy :)
This is a crop of the larger picture below, with the addition of some extra contrast and saturation. I never can resist playing with the colours in the photos...even with the bare bones editing program we have.
See if you can spot Waldo Luna hiding in the background.
Silly girl, she loves 'her' sheep. They, on the other hand, are not so fond of her! :)
So we had a break in the rain and wind today, and I made it home today just in time to catch it on film...or, you know, the digital version anyways.
This was the view from the bottom of our driveway, looking to the southwest.
This second picture was taken using the 'Sunset' mode on the camera. It's interesting to compare the two photos taken a few minutes apart from the same spot. The second one has definitely bumped up the orange/red values. It makes the sunset appear more dramatic, almost burning, but I'm missing the bluey-purple sky.
Of course, neither of these pictures quite captured the real thing! :)