Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain 

we were first attracted to the wine store by the great graphics both out front and inside the store. But sitting outside looking in we couldn’t decide if it was a wine store or a tapas bar, you see there were shelves of wine, spirits and food, but there were also tables set for service. We decided to go in and check out the store, we ordered a glass of wine and a couple of tapas. Before long were “chatting” with the help of our smartphone translator to Manuel Tirado Marín, of Lugar del Wines, and we were coming back to do some more photos.


Manuel Tirado Marín

Manuel Tirado Marín 




Walking through wine country along the Via la Plata, Spain

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

We had another day of walking while a harsh cold wind blew in our face! But the country side is beautiful.

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Morning Coffee

morning coffee

morning coffee

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.
Lewis Black

There are some who believe that the day can only be as good as the your first cup of coffee.

A great way to start the day, a cup of coffee; sometimes an espresso, sometimes a cappuccino, or in Spain coffee con leche. Today I decided on an espresso and I decided to photography the coffee once it was made. Once photographed I decided to process the image using a warm antique photo filter, slightly tinting the image to warm coffee tone.  On hindsight the image, and the coffee cup is cropped a little tight, if I were to photography this again I would allow a little more room around the cup, maybe tomorrow’s cup of coffee?!

How do you like your coffee?

Working on my Christmas decorations!

christmas sock decoration_IMG_3430

while working on the Christmas decorations, I can’t help myself, I stop and take photos of some of the decorations that the family made over the years. Such great memories get made at the craft table with the family and friends who have shown up over the years to make decorations.  Wishing everyone a happy holiday, whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this time of the year.

Good Morning Coffee,


I have posted over 600 posts on this wordpress site since beginning my adventure into blogging. More that 85,000 visitors have popped by to see my work and read my stories. The blog started as a way to share our travel adventures with family and friends, then progressed into a place where I could share my photography. 600 blog posts and over 8500 visitors seems like a pinnacle for me so I thought I would share one of my previous posts.
This posts “good morning coffee” is my most visited post, I guess there are lots of people out there who like to start their day with a great cup of coffee. It was one of my first adventures in to using texture overlays with my photography, and I want to thank Kim Klassesn for her inspiration.
thanks for visiting, taking time to comment, and I hope you will continue to visit.

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Great days start with a great cup of coffee……..I hope you have a great day.

This and other photos at jmeyersforeman/alamy

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Farmer’s Market; posies for a friend

Posies for you

Posies for you

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers but for the wide world’s joy”  Henry Ward Beecher

The florist at the Calgary Farmer’s Market has beautiful flowers and arrangements. We were there on Sunday, the very rainy Sunday. Today Environment Canada has let us know the sun is going to shine what a wonderful change. With a little sunshine the plants and flowers should be popping out of the ground and blooming, we won’t have to go to the florist to enjoy the flowers.

I hope you have a great day.


Happy Friday: A gift of flowers

the gift of flowers

the gift of flowers 

said pooh,
“the smallest things
take up
most room
in your


A neighbour and friend dropped of flowers recently, it was lovely, and I thought I would share them with you.

Happy Friday


still life and wedding photography

wedding shoes

wedding shoes

The wedding shoe image was taken some time ago, just recently I pulled it from the archive to work with Nik Software, experiment with different processes, finishes and textures, all in an attempt to develop style and album options that will appeal to both myself and to potential clients.

I have a lot of respect for Wedding Photographers, they commit to a high energy, long demanding day, to capture moments that are both important to the bride and groom as well their family, and in some cases moments that few will actually see.  They are attuned to the emotions around them, without being caught up in them. Always on the look out for those family interactions that can be caught in an image without actually interrupting the flow of the day or the emotion of the minute. In some cases it is the photographer can be the “savior” of  the moment.

I have yet to meet a wedding photographer that didn’t have in their bag, a packet of pins, a role of duct tape, gum, kleenex, and just about anything else that is small and might be needed in the case of an emergency.  They can play with children and keep a group of 20 focused to get family pictures in the midst of the chaos and visiting that everyone would rather be doing.

But, for me, the most fascinating, the wedding photographer on top of all the people and activity, will walk around all day  also keeping track of the fine details that the bride has spent hours anguishing over; making sure that all those details are also photographed.  The detail images are  then processed and presented in an album that helps to pull the whole day together. A book of memories that will last a lifetime.

walking words from Thich Nhat Hanh, thoughts for the camino

“When we walk like (we are rushing) we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact betwen your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feelt”

Thich Nhat Hanh

old boots on the camino route. the camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

old boots on the camino route. the camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

I have recently started to follow Kat Eye Studio blog, and her Photo-Heart Connection for January was inspiring. Looking back over my January blog, this is the photo and memory that was in my heart, my Photo-Heart Connection.