Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos. This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures.
portfolio images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u3a_7z5GZ8
I participated in a postcard swap this spring, and received 5 great postcards, some did not have any info on how to connect the photographer artist. thanks so much to Shelly Shockley Jenny and Susan Nystrom.
Check out all the cards and posts at Kat Eye Studio. Thanks Kat for all your hard work, and your inspiration.
- Liberate Your Art (colorpoems.wordpress.com)
- The Postcard Revival Project (10and5.com)
- Postcard Swaps for 2013 (artyjenniep.wordpress.com)
- Liberate your art 2013 (artyjenniep.wordpress.com)
- Postcard mailing fun! (whythisbox.wordpress.com)
It has been an amazing 4 days. We left Calgary about 1pm friday, on a flight to Paris via Toronto. Unfortunately the plane out of Toronto was two hours late, meaning we were two hours late arriving in Paris. It seemed to take forever to get our bags…. We took the subway from the airport to the train station, and managed to arrive just before our train to Biarritz was leaving A 6 hr train ride to Biarritz France. I had wanted to get a photo of the sunset over the Atlantic ocean but we were too late in the day. We walked up town to a beautiful little Bristo for dinner. Then back to our little hotel. I think we were sound asleep by 10 pm.
We had booked a cab for the next morning(Sunday), to pick us up at 7am, and as luck would have it, the cab did not show up. At 7:10 we left, hiking 2 k. to the train station, in time to exchange our email reference ticket for our real tickets, just in time for the train to St. Jean Pied de Port.
We arrived in St. Jean Pied de Port about 11:30 am, and headed to the Camino office, to register for the camino and get our credentials stamped. We had a reservation at the Orisson Refuge, and dinner was served at 6:30 pm so we grabbed a couple of bottles of water, juice and sandwiches The water turned out to be lemon aid, very good on the trail! Orrison was 8 k down the road, really I should say 8 k up the road – the elevation gain is 470 meter gain. It was 1:10 pm when we left St Jean Pied de Port, temperature on the trail mid 30″s C, all I can say is exhausting! We arrived at Orrison about 4:30 pm. We had time for a beer, get registered and have a shower before dinner. We were not the only ones that were exhausted, lights in our bunk room (6 people to a bunk room) was out shortly after 9 am.
Today we left Orrison about 7:30 am and arrived in Roncesvalles about 1:30 missing the heat. The road was steep up gaining 800 meters in about 15 k, then we headed downhill to Roncesvalles dropping 600 meters in 3.6 k. of a rocky trail, hard work, very hard work. Roncesvalles (Orrega) is a lovely little town, with a beautiful abbey. We have plenty of photos which will be posted sometime in the future……
Words can travel thousands of miles.
May my words create mutual understanding and love.
May they be as beautiful as gems,
as lovely as flowers……………….Thich Nhat Hanh
I am reading a good book by Thich Nhat Hahn. In it he offered this lovely poem, or rather mediation prayer, as a reminder that our words have impact. If you are angry or irritated the other person will receive your negativity, he suggests we be mindful of our words and the impact they have.
So I offer you a lovely flower; may your day be filled with flowers and gems.
- Inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindful Living (liveloveveg.wordpress.com)
- Thich Nhat Hanh Once Said, (piscesbabe.wordpress.com)
I have always held a certain fasination for circular staircases, not sure why. Maybe it is the idea of sliding down the banister, or maybe it is the workmanship that goes into building them. In this case a beautiful stone carved staircase is a remarkable example of craftmanship.
Maybe it is the straight and curved lines forming a pattern that is almost hypnotic, definitely peaceful, they remind me of a seashell.
I have had the light table set up with a high key lighting for a while experimenting with the light. I think I am just about done with it now, I will have to try something new soon. Here is a small sample of my camera collection. Three of these are old brownies, three of the cameras my mother gave me, they are not the same three!
The camera on the far left is a baby brownie that my grandmother had as a young mother. The next camer is a Brownie Hawkeye that belonged to my mother-in-law, and was given to me after she passed away. It had not been used in years I cleaned it up, and have shot a couple of rolls of film it’s beautiful. The other two camers were gifts, my mother loves garage sales, and occassionally she comes across something she know I would love to put on the shelf. I don’t know how she does it!
Listed on Jakesprinter’s Sunday Challenge: Collection I recommend you check out all the other collections!
- iPhone vs. Brownie Hawkeye (iphonelife.com)
The Versatile Bogger Award
Having my blog nominated by Jakesprinter at http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com is quite a complement, and I want to thank Jakesprinter for acknowledging my blog, it is nice to know that the photos and content are enjoyed.
There are three simple rules after being nominated as a versitile blogger;
1. Thank the person who gave you this award by linking to their blog! with that I do want to thank Jake for nominating my blog, and recommend that you heck out his blog, he has some great illustrations, and is working hard to build a community by not only asking readers to get involved with him, but by reaching out to support other bloggers. He seems to have a wonderful sense of humor!
2. Nominate 15 bloggers here is 15 blogs I read, enjoy and are inspired by
3. Tell your readers 7 things about yourself: that’s probably harder than picking 15 great blogs out of all the great blogs out there!
1) I love to travel; 2) I carry my camera almost all the time; 3) I love poetry, and have been reading/studying haiku; 4) I am a volunteer at the Calgary Stampede, Western Photo Gallery Committee; 5) dancing is a great way to spend the evening; 6) dinner with family and friends is another great way to spend the evening; 7) I would like to see sunrise more often!