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Something Squirrelly….

Friday Frame-Up returns! What better way to usher back a blog tradition than with a simple little snapshot of Fall? Enjoy!


Water and Foam

Sorry for the lack of written content here lately- usually I post interesting school assignments…so yeah, you see how great classes are right now. I’ll have a school post later this week, but in the meantime how about a picture or two?

This was some of the weirdest water I’ve ever seen. It didn’t move at all, but somehow this foamy stuff formed and created these weird patterns. See? Look:











Hmmm, I don’t think you all can see from that picture just how weird this water is. How about a closeup?











Kinda creepy, yeah? Anyway, ponder on the weird water for a while, and I’m going to do my best to get a Starbucks post up for you all this weekend. There’s so much going on this week that I should be able to cobble something together.

Have a great weekend!

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Fountain View

Been busy with school this week, so a simple post for today. Enjoy!

Just as a note, though the focus of the photo is meant to be the fountain and the pond, I really love the colour layers in the left background area and how you can see through the trees to the field beyond. What do you all think?

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Midday Bay

I really love the ocean. I mean, really really love the ocean. There’s nothing like standing at the water’s edge staring out into the infinite horizon to realize just how insignificant you are in the scope of time. However, at the same time I love looking down at the minute grains of sand and remembering that God has them all numbered; so how much more does He care about us?

It’s an odd conflict of feelings- feeling both vastly significant and insignificant at the same time.

Then I tend to just stare out into the horizon. It’s so peaceful; there’s nothing there to distract your mind. My imagination is then free to imagine what lies beyond what I can see: more ocean, deep swells, and far-away lands.

I don’t know if I could ever live far away from the ocean. Even though I don’t go to the beach that often, it’s comforting to know that it is there. I love sitting in a restaurant looking over the bay and the ocean, driving over long bridges to get from one place to another, or even just driving by the oceanfront while running errands.

Enough pontificating, on to the picture! This is taken from the porch of one of our favourite local seafood restaurants. The food is amazing (she-crab soup with sherry especially!), but the view is really spectacular. The restaurant is set back into a bay, so this shot is taken from one end of the bay looking out to the other. The infinite ocean is to the left….

Enjoy your weekend! (Click on the picture to see it full size.)

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the A gaean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach


Flutter By….

I like butterflies. A lot. My family will back me up; my friends will back me up. I like butterflies.

Specifically, I like pretty blue butterflies, but that’s not important right now!

Butterflies. They are little, delicate, and graceful. They are one of the few winged creatures that can outshine the flowers, and they bring smiles and laughter. And now I’m just being sappy.

So, last year I had a chance to go to our local botanical garden. As we were wrapping up our flower photoshoot, one of the workers asked if we had made it back to the new Butterfly Pavilion. Now, I spent our whole day taking “candid” shots of butterflies in the grass, on flowers, and on people. It really excited me to think of finding them in an enclosed space where THEY CAN’T FLY AWAY FROM ME!!!! Ahhhh, it’s the little things in life.

I got some really nice shots in the Pavilion, but this is one of my most favourites:

It’s beautiful, is it not? I hope this little guy brightened up your day; see you for a Starbucks post soon!


PhotoShop: The Journey Begins!

It’s interesting: over the past few years, PhotoShop has come to mean so much more than a simple editing program. Just like we say “Google” to describe people using a meta-search engine to find out information, so we apply the phrase “PhotoShop” when we intend on editing a picture.

Such a common phrase. Such a simple goal: to edit/fix/improve pictures.


Apparently, when I bought PhotoShop Elements 6 last year (Please, no comments on the Elements portion of that title. The fact that Elements is stumping me is a crushing blow to my ego.) I had no idea exactly what I was getting into. I loaded it on my old laptop, and played around with it a bit. Really though, the most I did was to take a prom picture and change the background colour to match the scrapbook paper we wanted to mat it on.

Kid’s play. Silly stuff. Then that laptop died.

So, I got a new laptop- the one I use now. (It’s a Sony Vaio CS series and I love it! Really, I should do a post on how great it is….) This was right before school started up in the fall, so I only loaded the absolute necessities: Flash for school, Microsoft Word for school, Microsoft PowerPoint for school, iTunes for…school…erm, yeah. Moving on….

The thing I neglected to install was PhotoShop Elements; at least, until a few weeks ago. You see, I had to install it. There was this great picture:

See? Pretty water, pretty fountain, lovely trees, nice reflections, and great contrast with the black and white. Except, there’s this cart. Trolley, really. You see, there was a wedding across the lake, and that trolley brought the wedding guests and some of the wedding party. I can’t really complain about it, but still…a perfectly beautiful shot ruined.

Or is it?

I decided to work a little PhotoShop magic (alright, alright PhotoShop Elements magic!). Granted, I admit that I knew nothing of what I was doing. I didn’t know anything about layers (Like a cake! But not a “piece of cake” I tell ya….), how the clone tool works (Oh! It moves in tandem!), or how to get a shadow out of water. However, I don’t think that it turned out too badly:

I mentioned in the blog title that this was the beginning of a journey for me. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to have an awesome customer offer to help me out with PhotoShop (Elements). Thus, I’m now working my way through this PhotoShop class manual. I’m not doing great, but I’m starting to understand some of the basic elements. I think…sort of…*looks for the curve option*….

All that to say, I’m hoping to have some more cool PhotoShop examples  for you all in the near future!

As usual, click on the pictures to see them full size….


Hitting It On the Head, So To Speak

More pictures from my mini photoshoot at the lake. Quite frankly, I’m just grateful that I saw this before I stepped on it; not only do we have horrid water in the lake, but apparently we have tetanus carriers strategically placed around the perimeter.

It’s a good thing, then, that it makes for an interesting picture! Otherwise, I’d be a bit upset.

Not much of anything more to say about this, excepting that you should click on it to see it full size. See you this weekend for a Starbucks post!

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Lazy Days

As promised, I took pictures with the blog in mind on the 4th of July. At the center of my neighbourhood is this lake. It’s not a particularly pretty lake; in fact the water is horrifically murky. There are box turtles, snapping turtles, fish of questionable provenance, and who knows what else in those waters.

There’s also a submarine, but that’s a story for another time.

So, I find it especially challenging to find pretty shots of the lake. However, many of the yards that border the lake are very well maintained. It’s neat to see the different things that people do to make the lake’s edge pretty. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll put up a picture of this really pretty little dock. It’s very sweet.

Anyway, back to the picture. This is taken at a place where the lake bends and curves around a little bit. Not only are the branches reflecting in the water really pretty, but I love the crepe myrtle and snap dragons (someone told me that’s what they were called; let me know if I’m mistaken!) in the right background. It makes me wonder what’s around the bend…but you can’t see around the corner from the public park. Thus, it remains a mystery….

(Oh, and can you see the pink crepe myrtle buds floating on the lake’s surface near the tree? The brightness of the sun bleaches them out a bit in the photo, but in real life they were very, very bright pink. So pretty!)


If This Was An Egg, It Would Be Fried

Welcome back to the Friday Frame-Up. This week’s picture is from a few months back, taken in my neighbour’s yard. I’ve got two reasons for posting this today. The first reason is that it’s pretty cute. Don’t believe me? Then take a look:

See? I love how all these colours interact with each other.

The other reason is a little sillier. Tonight we were discussing how hot it’s been lately. It’s been so warm that when you pour water on the cement, it evaporates super quickly. We’re talking all traces of the moisture disappearing in under 2 minutes. So, that of course begged the question- if you cracked an egg on the sidewalk, would it fry?

This flower looks like a fried egg.

See? I told you that it was a silly reason. But did it make you smile? I hope so.

Going through my recent photos has really brought home how long it’s been since I’ve done a proper photo shoot. I’m hoping to get out on the 4th of July and get some fresh pictures to feature here.

Have a wonderful Friday, and I’ll be back later this weekend with some fresh Starbucks stories!


Just Pretty

I’m pretty worn out this week- it’s been a long few days, with a few more long days to come. If you all don’t mind, I’m keeping the Friday Frame-Up simple and sweet. Enjoy the picture- it’s one that I snapped a few weeks ago, but something about it really appeals to me.

I love taking pictures of flowers: unless you are in Wonderland, they rarely move on you!

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