with spring finally here I can hardly wait for the flowers to bloom. I am working through some old files, and finding some flower images to satisfy my needs for flowers! I love the red poppy. They are delicate, the color is rich, and they seem to dance with the slightest breeze.
I went to the foothills orchid society show at the triwood community center on Sunday with a friend, the flowers were spectacular, the arrangements and groups gorgeous. I managed a few great shots using the canon 100 macro lens, a great lens for this type of work. Unfortunately I don’t remember the names, I guess I will have to spend some time on the internet searching them out, for now enjoy the photos.
We had a great visit to Vancouver, it was an opportunity to visit with family and friends. To visit the sites, some old favourites like the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, and some new sites like the Capilano suspension bridge. This photo was taken while we visited the UBC botanical garden, the sunshine on the delicate unfolding fonds was beautiful. One special feature of the gardens is the Canopy walkway, which is worth the price of admission. A 308 meter aerial trail system suspended about 50 feet in the trees offers a view of the upper part of the forest and forest floor from a unique perspective. The Catwalk suspended as it is, feels like walking on a trampoline and with more that one person on each section walking with the or against the bounce is great exercise. Great fun and worth every minute.
I hope you have a great day, and beauty unfolds before you.
Monday I was visiting Cochrane Ranch, near Cochrane Alberta, the willow trees were past the bud stage, but seemed to have a halo around them when seen in front of the setting sun. It is friday and I am looking forward to a long weekend.
The jolly jump ups have not yet made themselves known in my garden this year – it won’t be long now. But it seems to have been a busy week with little time to get out and photograph the world around me, and I am anxious to get out into the garden, so I thought I would dig, (pun intended) through some of my old image files and find a spring like picture to brighten the day. It is just +1 degrees here in Calgary, but things are looking good for a sunny warm weekend. Yes I might just get some pots planted.
The Christmas tree has been set-up, and decorated with lots of my favorite home-crafted, decorations. Heirlooms from the past.
When th girls were younger we would spend some time each season making a new christmas decoration for the tree. Some years we made an evening out of it with another family. Now the girls are grown. with busy lives of their own, making Christmas decorations is a tradition that has not been observed for a couple of years now, who knows it might be revived again in the future! For now I have many wonderful decorations created by loving hands to enjoy and decorate our tree with.
Baby Emily slept, comfy in the warm fuzzy blanket, while a got in close to photograph her little hand. I have to admit that I was relucant to move her around too much, I didn’t want to wake her. Waking the sleeping baby is a lot waking the sleeping giant, once they are awake they control the room you are at their mercy, and they look so peaceful when they are asleep.
Using the macro lens I can get in close, with a shallow depth of field, we get a lovely photo of her hand at rest, and her cute little face.
“Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.” - Anonymous
Fall has arrived in Calgary, it has been cool the last couple of days, but I hear that it is going to warm up. Walking on Nosehill Park, and you can see the grass going golden, the leaves on the shrubs chaging color, and the flowers setting their seeds. I am not sure what kind of flower this is, but it does have an intersting seed pod, and a pretty color. Every season has it’s beauty and we are lucky to live so close to such a great park. If you know what the flower is, let me know!
I love mushrooms, you can bake, broil, deep-fry, grill, roast, saute, steam and stew them. You can eat them raw alone or in a salad, you can use them in stock or in soup and you can stuff them! Reading the Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg I realize there are so many types of mushrooms I get lost in the names, I am sure that I could spend a month trying new recipes that feature mushrooms and not eat the same one twice!
Mushrooms are also a great subject to photograph! These little guys, and I emphasis little because I don’t think they were much more than an inch tall, were growing in my back yard, more precisely on the mat at the bottom of the deckstairs. I was laying on the ground just inches from the mushrooms, using my macro lens. Success, I have captured wild mushrooms! while I won’t be eating these little guys, I now crave something mushroomy for dinner!