While visiting Saskatchewan we made a trip out to the old farm. It is the place that my Grandfather received as part of his soldier’s grant after World War I, my father and most of his siblings were born there and where I with my brothers were raised. Grandpa has been gone for a long time now, mom and dad farmed there for almost 40 years before selling and moving to town. This was our first visit back in a while.
Most of the old sheds and granaries that my brothers and I play on and around are gone, as are the old cars that were parked between them. The old barn is just about ready to collapse the passage of time taking its tole. A new, much young family has taken possession of the acreage round the house, the land sold to a rancher to raise cattle. There is a familiarity and a strangeness to walking around the yard where I grew up, but haven’t lived for years. While there has been many changes, there are still many views around the yard that felt familiar.
It was nice to visit the old farm, to walk around the yard and recall favourite memories, and to talk to the new owner about his future plans. But most of all it was great to savour the views one more time.
Visiting my home town over the last couple of weeks has been great. Visiting family and friends of course the best part, but I have also had a chance to play tourist and see some of the city where previously I was too busy with work to see and enjoy. The Olympic Plaza just one the great gathering places downtown. It was built and used for the medal presentations when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, and is now used for festivals and events. the pool is drained and bands play on the stage, there is square dancing during the Stampede, and during the winter the water is frozen and we can ice skate there.
I used a fish-eye lens to capture as much of the skyline as possible, most of the high rise office towers in Calgary’s downtown core are to the west of the Olympic Plaza so we get a peek at the great Alberta sky, as well as the new Bow Building on the left side of the frame. The Bow Building is currently the tallest building.
For the photographers who read the blog, to process the image I used Camera Raw, Lens Correction, Manual, it does an amazing job fixing lens perspective, and straightening lines. I was surprised! I also increased clarity and vibrance, and burned a little more detail into the clouds, but the work on it was very minor.
Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel, and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.
I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow
The garden covers 1.7 hecatares and sits on the Ille de Versailles, a small island in the River Erdre. A beautiful garden with waterfalls, rock features, a raked garden, as well as quiet ponds of lily pads and lotus flowers, pathways through the patches of bamboo, azaleas, camellias day lilies and cherry trees.
It was a beautiful place for an evening walk. I love the way the clouds are reflected in the pond, almost as if you are walking on air.
If you have followed the blog for a while you might already know that I love to watch the clouds. The constant shape changers affect the light we see, and the weather we are having or going to have. Another favourite subject for my photography and this blog has been reflections, two stories for the price of one, combining what is going on in front of me, as well as behind me.
When we walked up to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, I was amazed at the reflections in the colourful glass panels, so clear was the detail it was as if someone knew I was coming and had washed the windows for me!
just down the street was another building, this one an office building, deep blue in colour…..
I feel I must tell you that I get some really strange looks from people as they walk by and try to figure out just what I am taking a picture of, some look at me as I have lost my mind, and several time I seen people who have been watching me, go and stand where I have stood (after I have moved on) to see if they can see what I have seen!
It was a great day in Leon Spain!
This image and others like it are available on my website and gallery.
I have read that Tarragona has 15 kilometres of soft sandy beaches along its coastline, and after a couple of days of wandering the city we thought we would head out to the beach is which is just minutes from the apartment we rented for the week.
I love getting up early to see the sunrise, we drove out to the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes, earlier in our visit. There were a few wispy clouds, and for a few moments they caught the colour of the sun and reflected it back. It was quite amazing how far the sunlight was reflected in the clouds. We were 40 miles north-west of Yuma, at the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes.
We had a wonderful weekend visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan over the Labour Day weekend. The drive home was perfect, meaning uneventful! I watched the clouds and hills roll and enjoyed the peaceful view. There is something very calming about watching the puffy white clouds roll by. The long ride provides an opportunity to read, relax, and possibly daydream….
today is going to be another great day in Calgary, a great day for laying in the grass and watching the clouds roll by.
I remember as a kid we would go to the top of the hill and lay in the grass, we would watch the clouds roll by and see if we could see different shapes. I am not sure how I managed it, but there is a big “M” in my sky! Okay I will admit it was a big fluke. Using a fish-eye lens on the camera, I set it the camera down in the grass below the dandelion and released the shutter. It did take a few shots to get just the right angle on the dandelion stretched up to the blue sky, but I did not see the “M” in the clouds until just now!!!
How many of you have gone shape spotting? If you have gone shape spotting in the past, how long ago? Let me know.