The Adorable Donia

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I received the annual stats report from wordpress, it should be no suprise that Donia’s photos were looked at more than any other image posted during 2014. I think that her adorable little face is worthy of a second look (if not divine worship) and a great final post for 2014. I like Donia explored my (many) environments, smiled at strangers, giggled, laughed and was surprised by my luck during 2014

we have been in transit for the last couple of day, moving from Paris to Malaga, we are tired from riding the rails, dragging our bags through train stations, eating fast food, and sleeping in small hotels rooms! But we are here now, ready to settle in for a month in one location, ready to celebrate all the gifts of  2014, and look forward into 2015.

We want to wish everyone all the very best in 2015, we hope that this is the year you make your dreams come true.


Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman
Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Just a couple of days ago we were travelling from LLanes to Leon Spain, the gentleman in the photo spoke to us as we boarded the train, the usual “hola buen dia” I greeted him in return, as this is common practise for people in Spain, to greet those as you enter the train or a store. But he continued to talk, and I had to apologized “lo siento, no entiendo” another little bit of Spanish I have picked up! He sat quietly through the remainder of the trip looking out the window and watching the towns roll by.  The at one stop, he suddenly got up and began asking questions, the gentleman in from, told him the town we were at. The train was starting to roll forward when the conductor noticed him and pushed the button for the train to stop and helped the old gentleman off the train.

I have written about riding the trains in Spain before, there are at least a couple of different lines, each with their pros and cons for travelling, and the RENFE website provides lots of information and makes train travel through Spain easy and affordable. But that isn’t the best reason for travelling by train, that of course is the people you meet, and the countryside you will see.  The train lines seem to be used by people travelling to work, shopping or to visit friends,  school kids for outings, going to the beach or the skateboard park in the next town. I found a very relaxed pace to the people we meet on the train, and there is always someone around to help.

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Tui to Santiago de Compostela

Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.
Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

We just leaving Praza Obradario, just in front of the Santiago Cathedral when we witnessed these 5 women march, with full packs and carrying their weapons, into the Praza.  As they arrived the other military personnel that where already there welcomed them with a cheer and loud applause. It wasn’t until the next day when we went back to the square that we found out what had happened.

The next day, in the square was a big celebration, with a military band, bagpipes and all,  we learned that the women were part of a group who had walked the Camino Portugues from Tui, Spain, a city along the Spanish Portuguese border, 105 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela in under 22 hrs!   The four teams, three men, and own women’s team, that had completed the camino received medals.

The ladies didn’t speak any English, but were happy to pose for a photo, it was one of the other officers who told me of the events. He also said many who walked ended with injuries, and a few who started didn’t finish.

Lady in Red; Street Photography in Madrid

Lady in Red; Madrid Spain
Lady in Red; Madrid Spain

There is so many great opportunities to practise my street photography here in Madrid, something I don’t do a lot of. Photographing people I don’t know, I am not yet comfortable with approaching people I don’t know. I might grab a shot from across the street that I find interesting, as I did here. Then there is the language barrier, well at least that is the excuse I am using. I have occasionally asked to take someone’s picture, and almost every time I have had a positive outcome. Still I find once I have asked someone it I can take their photo I get a posed photo, not the one that originally attracted me to take the scene.

So I am still finding my way, doing street photography, taking photos of people who are unaware of me seems to be the best fit right now. Maybe I need to find a way of approaching people after I have taken their photograph, to ask permission to share the image of them on my blog. This would give me the candid image I envisioned yet allow people the opportunity to decide if they want to share the image.

Tell me, how would you feel, if you were approached by a total stranger, who showed you a picture of yourself. then asked to share it on the blog. Keeping in mind the photo was a beautiful as this lady sketching in Madrid. I still think it would be hard, even if we both spoke English to get people to understand I wanted nothing more than to share the photo with the world on my blog.

Help me through this process, let me hear your thoughts on the subject.


Holy Week, Salamanca Spain

Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain
Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain 

It is Holy Week in Spain, one of the most important Christian events, and here in Salamanca, it is one of the great celebrations of the year. Continue reading “Holy Week, Salamanca Spain”

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain,

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night
Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand.  Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.

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Lady of Peace Mission, Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta

Lady of Peace Mission_Heritage Park_Calgary Alberta
Lady of Peace Mission_Heritage Park_Calgary Alberta 

Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta, Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. We try to visit once a year, check out the new exhibits, wander the streets of the town, and maybe have lunch at the Wainwright Hotel or the Dairy Barn. Each year I talk about packing a picnic and sitting on the lawn near the Glenmore Reservoir but that hasn’t happened yet! One of the great places to visit is the bakery for a cookie or better yet a butter tart!

This year we wandered around and I spent time talking to the many people who were working at the exhibits, learning a little about their “role” in history.  This gentleman was at the Lady of Peace Mission close to the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Fort. He was busy making Metis Sashes to be sold I.G. Baker & Co. Store.  He was sitting it the little mission, just inside the door.  The light was perfect for a portrait of him at work.



Jillian; Calgary Portrait Photography


Yesterday the sun was shining, it looks like the nice weather has finally come to Calgary, and I hope it lasts through the summer!  The hard part is spending time in the basement studio, processing images, and getting my work done when I really want to be outside.

Working with Jillian does make it easier to be in the basement, she is beautiful and therefore her images are also beautiful!

Today is going to be another wonderful day, but I am determined to get her photo package done, so today is a promise of things to come.


Eyelash Extension Technician at work; Environmental Portrait

Eyelash extension technician at work
Eyelash extension technician at work

Getting eyelash extension is the fashion rage right now. It seems every girl I see these days is following the trend and sporting beautiful long, thick eyelashes. Individual eyelash extension are glued to your individual eyelashes and the process can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. and they last 2 to 3 weeks before you need a touch up.  A touch up is when the technician fills in the areas of missing eyelashes.

I loved working on this Environmental Portrait, trying to create an image that shows the work that is being done.  The technician was working in a dark room, with a bright light shinning on her hands and the work area, as you can see she is wearing a small magnifying glass type glasses to see what where she is to place the next lash.  It was really interesting to see the process.

Environment Portraits are interesting way to learn about different job that people do.

Fathers and Daughters,

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!