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wondering the streets of downtown Calgary, I am always watching the shop windows and the reflections that appear with the display. Sometimes the reflections add to the story, sometimes it doesn’t. This time the two inthe window, look as if they could be standing near a tree in the park, the creature in the left of the image watching them closely.

Reflections; Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Reflections, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Reflections, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC 

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman 

The perfect reflection in a pond lets us know just how still the air was the day I took this picture.  It was early one morning in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. I am not the type of person that sits quietly for too long but this morning was peaceful enough I might have been there for a while had not the ducks arrived and disturbed the water, so a few pictures, and off we went to walk the rest of the park and the seawall.  Vancouver’s Stanley Park is a beautiful place to spend the day.

This photo is pretty much as it was taken from the camera, a little sharpening, was all that was required.  I hope your Monday is a peaceful one!

More Vancouver Images


Reflections of the Crucifixion of Christ

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If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that we, Bill and I, walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela not that long ago.  I am still processing images, and enjoying reliving the days of our walk. During our time  in Santo Domino de la Calzada we had visited the church, and then the museum.  Both were fascinating, are filled with history and artifacts dating back many hundreds of  years.

While museums can be interesting, with lots of things to see and learn about, the stories about the past helping me to imagine what life might have been like during a different times. But visually/photographically they can be a little dull. In some places no photos are allowed, in others lighting is restrictive, and often items are arranged in such a way to make uninteresting photos. With those challenges I often look for reflections to add to the composition. Reflections add a dimension to the image, lifting it from imagination of what photography can be about.

In this image we can see both sides of the Ivory Crucifixion. and because of the light shining on this item it is separated from all the other subject and the room around it, highlighting it in a way that emphasises it’s importance.

White Waterlily

the white waterlily regarded by many as the symbol of enlightenment because the bloom emerges from the mud.

this photo was taken during our last visit to Vancouver at the  Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden a beautiful garden sanctuary in the middle of the city.  we are planning another visit to Vancouver and I am looking forward to a return to the garden I am hoping there will be lots of flowers blooming, not just from the mud!

Wishing for warmer shores

Waikiki sunset……

It has been a cold weekend, and while I have heard the tempetures will be better during the week, it is just the beginning of winter.  Two things I am sure of, first there will be plenty more cold days ahead, and second it would be nice to watch the sunset someplace warm, Waikiki would do nicely.

For this photo I used a long shutter speed and a little movement to create an abstract landscape image.

Bacino Orseole, gondola’s and reflections of Venice

Reflections of Italy……….

I spent the weekend working on holiday pictures, and reflecting on the trip to Venice. Most mornings we were up early, enjoyed the sunrise, and the streets before the tourists were out for breakfast.

Here the gondolas are moored at the Bacino Orseole, stored during the night or on rainy days, by mid morning there is a line up of tourists waiting for a ride through the canals.

Pedestrian Bridge, Princess Island to downtown Calgary

This is a quiet little pedestrian bridge on the east side of Princess Island Park, that it seems, very few people know about. Princess Island park is linked to Eau Claire and downtown Calgary with three bridges.  There is currently one bridge connecting Princess Island to Calgary’s northwest communities and Memorial Drive, but that is soon to change.

It was a great fall morning, water was still and the clouds were perfect! You know that when your day starts like this it is going to be a good day.

Rio San Barnaba, Venice Italy

The travel guides suggest that the Rio San Barnaba is one of the prettiest canals in the area, it is home to the floating barge crammed with fruit and vegetables that was featured earlier in the blog. Quiet at night the canal reflects the lights of the shops and restaurants that line it giving it a friendly and peaceful feeling.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Cultural Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Classical Chinese Garden a beautiful place in the middle of Vancouver to spend a quiet time.  With weathered rocks, reflective water, quiet gardens of plants, and  architecture, that are symbolic of the landscapes.

The Dr. SunYat-Sen Garden Socety is a non-profit organization with the mandate to bridge the understanding between Chinese and Western cultures. It is inspiring to see each season, it all types of weather, well worth a visit if you are in the Vancouver area.

Upside Down and Backwards! Reflections and Life

I have this glass ball hanging in the garden on what looks like a spring, when the wind turns the spring it looks like the glass ball is moving up and down, it is an illusion! The glass ball also mirrors the world, but the image in it is upside down and backwards.  It is, at least for me, quite fascinating to study the view and I was reminded again how things aren’t always as they seem, our personal perspective shapes what we see, and is shaped by how we look at things, and I should try to look at things from more that one perspective occasionally.

I hope your view is a good one!