Sunday, June 26, 2011

The next 45 days.

I can't believe I am almost half way done the year in my Project 365. With this last batch of photos, it's been especially neat to see how much the everything changes in such a short amount of time. In winter, you just get used to seeing white and brown all the time. It seems like the only thing that changes is the amount of snow. But for the other 6-8 months of the year, there's certainly a lot more activity.

So here you have it, the next 45 days:

Top Row:Park Pagoda, Green Dots, Regent, First Tulip, Light Dance, Egg Cups, Easy Button, More Tulips, Grass
Second Row: Pear Dessert, Narcissus, Lilacs, Tree, Moth on Tulip, Rainy Blossoms, Fungus, Ocean Salt, Lampshade
Third Row: Same Tree, Dandelion, Aftermath, Five of Hearts, Lilacs, Pearly Dots, Wicker, Bee, Lily of the Valley
Fourth Row: More Leaves, Meadow, Creepy Purple, Gosling, Tiny White Flowers, Cribbage, Forest Path, Dragonfly Wing, Light Dances
Fifth Row: Iris, Green Onions, LEDs, Haiku, Watermelon, Poppy, World in a Drop, Daisy, Cupcakes

That's all for now!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Beautiful Day

Well, guess what, it finally happened! Both days of the weekend were gorgeous!

Saturday morning, I had the misfortune of being the "chosen one" by the cats. I was awakened at 5:50, with the loud demand for food. I wasn't able to fall back asleep. At this point, it was still raining, but it was starting to subside. By 7:30, the sun was shining, and all that was left of the night's rain was a lovely layer of small water drops on everything. So out I went, camera in hand, still in my pyjamas into the backyard for a few shots.

So here's where the day started, with droplet covered poppies...

And irises...
I finally got the opportunity to shoot natural droplets on plants. I had only fabricated this type of shot before Saturday (using a spray bottle and a bouquet of flowers).

I even managed to find a hanging down droplet. These are the ones that capture little scenes best. You can somewhat make out a few irises. I would've loved to try my hand at more of this type of shot, but there weren't any other downward facing droplets to be found.

So as I mentioned earlier, the sun was out and the day was quickly warming. So I also made it out to Assiniboine Park. Tamara and Mom came along, we enjoyed a picnic in the Leo Mol Sculpture garden, saw evidence of at least 2 weddings, and of course, there were several flowers to photograph. I expected a bit more, but I guess everything is still a bit behind. A lot of items had just been planted- it was primarily irises, poppies, and peonies in bloom.

Prior to entering the English Gardens, I checked out the water lilies. I always enjoy the classic white ones:
These flowers almost looked like a fruit tree blossom, but it is far too late for fruit trees to be blooming:
I have no idea what these ones are either, but they reminded me of Dr. Seuss:

Here's one of the ridiculously vibrant peonies:

How about a bee enjoying the English Gardens as well?

This is a smaller version of an iris, I really liked the colours:

Good night!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


You see a particular subject that you just know would make an interesting focal point for a photograph. Even better, sometimes the photo turns out exactly as you want it to!

That is all, just felt like sharing this photo. And in case you're wondering, these are tiny LED lights. The range of colours is supposed to be ideal for hydroponics.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

An evening walk at the park

Sometimes it's so nice to simply enjoy a walk at the park with one of your oldest friends. And even if it's been 5 months since you last spoke, it doesn't even matter, you can always just pick up the conversation where you left it.

And, if you happen to see some nice sights and some adorable baby animals along the way, you might as well take a few pictures, right?

Here is a goose couple enjoying the St. Vital duck pond.

Here are some not so small goslings. I have to say, the geese are certainly a lot friendlier once they've had their babies, I didn't see any of the usual hissing at people.

I liked how this scene looked with the sun just peeking through the trees and a little bit of the river reflection coming through.

And here's a duckling enjoying the green algae.

Finally, here's the "boat launch". If you're at all familiar with this area, you realize how high the river still is here. Generally this area goes downhill until you reach the river. Well, right now, you basically turn the corner, and there it is. I guess at some point the river went over the main road within the park. At times it seems like the river has come down so much, but it's really still not at a normal level.