Dancing to Basque Music in Pamplona Spain

While walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain we spent a couple of days in Pamplona, visiting the Cathedral and historical attractions. While out walking we walked through the Plaza de Castillo we heard the music, noticed the Basque Musicians.  There were dancers in the square, but it was the little one that captured my attention.  He seemed to have all the moves, but then the little ones always seem to know how to capture the attention and the hearts of those around them….

Amrita; Maternity Photography

Amrita

Amrita

Mom to baby Miya that you met last week, I thought I would show you one of the lovely maternity photos taken just a couple of weeks before Miya’s birth. Maternity photography is best when kept simple, I love black and white photography for its simplicity.

Eyelash Extension Technician at work; Environmental Portrait

Eyelash extension technician at work

Eyelash extension technician at work

Getting eyelash extension is the fashion rage right now. It seems every girl I see these days is following the trend and sporting beautiful long, thick eyelashes. Individual eyelash extension are glued to your individual eyelashes and the process can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. and they last 2 to 3 weeks before you need a touch up.  A touch up is when the technician fills in the areas of missing eyelashes.

I loved working on this Environmental Portrait, trying to create an image that shows the work that is being done.  The technician was working in a dark room, with a bright light shinning on her hands and the work area, as you can see she is wearing a small magnifying glass type glasses to see what where she is to place the next lash.  It was really interesting to see the process.

Environment Portraits are interesting way to learn about different job that people do.

Imperial Sand Dunes, Arizona and California

Imperial Sand Dunes Arizona

Imperial Sand Dunes Arizona & California

Morning as probably my most favourite part of the day. During sunrise the world is usually quiet, this is a beginning of a new day and new possibilities

The Imperial Sand Dunes are a recreational area for lovers of dune buggies, and all terrain vehicles, and most of them have not yet started their day or their buggies at sunrise.

The shapes and textures of the dunes is much more visible in the early morning light than any other time of the day.

The Plank Road of Imperial County, California

The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California

The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California  

Last week we went to Yuma Arizona to visit my parents who “winter” in the warmer climate.  Before our trip I goggled the area and things to do.  I had read about the Imperial Sand Dunes, and the historic Plank Road.  In 1915 the first planks of a one lane road were laid down so that automobiles could be driven across the burning desert of the Imperia County.  maintenance was a problem, and by 1926 ans asphalt concrete highway had been built to replace old plank road.

There is little left of the old road, Bill and I visited the area one morning at sunrise, my favorite time of day! the metal is twisted, torn and rusted, planks are missing, having been used by campers for firewood, torn up to make room for the canal.  What little is left is almost 100 years old, and is slowly being taken over by the same and the plants.   It is a beautiful place to see the sunrise.

 

Baby Miya

Baby Miya

Baby Miya 

I love newborn babies, okay, I love all babies…

And I have great admiration for professional baby photographers. My wonderful friends Brett and Amrita proud new parents allowed me an opportunity to take a few pictures of their beautiful baby girl.

 

Notre Dame, Paris France; Angel and Shadow

Notre Dame_Paris France_Angel and Shadow

Notre Dame_Paris France_Angel and Shadow

 

I am preparing a slide show; on Saturday Mar 16, 2013 I will be showing some of my work to the Calgary Chapter of Pilgrims about the Camino to Santiago.  An 820k walked from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela Spain.

The Spring Meeting of the Calgary Chapter, Canadian Company of Pilgrims
will be held at Good Shepherd Anglican Church (408 – 38 Street SW, Calgary)
on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

Everyone  welcome – light refreshments served – tapas/wine gratefully accepted.

If you have been following the blog for a while you will remember that Bill and I walked the Camino in the Fall of 2012, there are many stories and photos already on the blog.  If you are in the Calgary Area, and interested in learning more about the Camino please join us.  There are many people who attend these meetings with knowledge that is both interesting and helpful if you are thinking of doing the walk

safe and sound in daddy’s hands

Miya, sound asleep for daddy

Miya, sound asleep for daddy 

I was over to visit Amrita, Brett and Miya on Monday and of course to take a few pictures. Miya was a sleep when I first arrived and Brett was holding her in his lap. She had just eaten and was dozing peacefully.  It was a wonderful afternoon and I can hardly wait to get through the photos that were taken.

 

 

Guy Cooley; Calgary Realtor and Member of BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder

Guy Cooley - Realtor and member of BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder

Guy Cooley – Realtor and BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder Member

I met Guy Cooley, at the BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder meeting.  A family man, and top producing realtor with Keller Williams Realty Inc, since 2005.  He is dedicated to his clients, he dedicated his time to learning everything he can about the Calgary Real Estate Market, and being up todate regarding current trends. He motto: “moving one family at a time” he knows that being a realtor is more about the family and their needs that it is about the property.

Guy was a joy to work with when doing his business portrait, we had a great time chatting as we worked, learning a little more about him and his family, as well as the important role they play in his life and the choices he makes.

If you are in the Calgary area and need a realtor I would highly recommend Guy. check out his facebook page, and for more images from our portrait session, check out the gallery of images.

Alberta Winter; Panorama Landscape of Southern Alberta in the winter

winter on the prairies

Alberta Winter

Winter hit Alberta in a big way yesterday, and heavy snow blanket’s southern Alberta according to the cbc report.

Strong winds and anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of snow was in the forecast for Calgary Sunday, and another five centimetres could fall on Monday.  The Calgary police were advising motorist to stay off city roads because of dangerous conditions. I took their advise seriously and stayed home to get a few things done!   This image was taken last winter, looking south on highway 21. It had been a cold and windy day, the storm brewing on the horizon.

All I can say is I am looking forward to spring.