After the rain fell and before the next storm moved in, I stepped outside to check on my garden. Now is the time when some of my Lilies (which are just finishing up) and Daylilies (which are beginning to flower) are in blossom at the same time. Last year they were hit by heavy hail and most were torn to shreds, it’s nice to see them looking so good, so far this summer. – Leslie
As we go into Canada Day, we thought about what symbolizes Canada and for us the Common Loon is a top contender as it appears on our dollar coin (the Loonie) and it is found throughout most of Canada. Why not post an image or two, or maybe three, of such a grand bird that we recently took in Jasper National Park. (We’re changing the header at the same time)
Although many Canadians assume that the Common Loon is Canada’s National Bird, but surprisingly Canada doesn’t have an official bird. Hopefully by the time Canada turns 150 years old in 2017 we will finally have a national bird. If you want to weigh in on what bird you think symbolizes Canada the best, you can place your vote for Canada’s national bird on the Canadian Geographic website (http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/nationalbird/).
This is our salute to Canada Day, may it remain wild and free. Happy Canada Day everyone! – Leslie and Mark
Our garden is a little wild in places, as we have encouraged wildflower species to grow whenever possible. One species that we encouraged is Goat’s-beard, also known as Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius). Today I noticed that it is one of the first plants showing itself in our garden this year. A few years back Mark went out and took a few shots of the Goat’s-beard seed heads, this is one of the results of his morning in our garden. – Leslie
Last week we went to Fort Edmonton Park with the Art Society of Strathcona County’s Photography group on one of their photography outings. It has been a very long time since Mark and I have been to the Fort, we both forgot how interesting the place is. Here are a few shots that I took while there. We are definitely planning on going back there to explore the area some more, the morning was just not enough time. – Leslie
It’s snowing outside and I think it is time for a bit of spring, even if it doesn’t look this way yet. So here are a few images to put a bit of cheer on the screen along with changing our websites header, looking forward to seeing some greenery soon! – Leslie
I’ve just returned from the south coast of B.C. where spring is arriving. After a week of rain, the weather finally cleared on the last evening before I returned home, so I went for a short walk in the neighborhood. Daffodils and flowers on the fruit trees were starting to open. So for the rest of Canada, spring can’t be too far away. – Leslie
Often photographers will see something that catches their attention and then focus their efforts on that subject. They take a picture or two of it and then they move on to see what else they can find to photograph. Many of us are guilty of doing this, I know that I am and have often wished I could go back to photograph the subject further.
Instead of just moving on, we should fully explore our subjects; use our feet to back away or move forward, walk around your subject, observe the light that falls on it, watch where the shadows fall. Try different compositions using both vertical and horizontal orientation or try low or high angles of view. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to do that, but when we are not pressed for time we should push ourselves further and fully explore our subject to make sure that we have gotten its full potential. – Leslie