O is for Outdoors

OThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

O is for Outdoors. Because I had to narrow it down more than that if I was going to keep this blog post from becoming ridiculous, O is actually for Outdoors on Hornby Island.

My mother and father-in-law live on Hornby Island and we go there to visit them when we can. These photographs are from our trip in 2011.

This is one of my favourite pics, um, evar. There was actually a little unintentional smudge on my polarizing filter, but I didn’t clean it off right away because that meant that by turning it just so I could totally direct where the flares would fall in my photograph:

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I don’t think I arranged the flare in this one, but I don’t remember LOL It’s super simple, but I like it πŸ™‚

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I made this photograph by stitching several exposures together:

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And this took while we were on a twilight hike. I really like the soft, muted tones:

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N is for Nova Scotia

NThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

N is for Nova Scotia

In 2012 we took a family vacation to Nova Scotia. Jo was pretty familiar with the province because he did his PhD in Halifax, but Danica and I had never been. Not only did we have a great time and make a lot of memories, but I got a lot of great photos too. Also, I discovered I’m actually pretty damn good at planning vacations πŸ˜‰

I took this one at Crescent Beach. It was beautiful with loud crashing waves and lovely sand. The whole time we were there I just kept thinking how much Tre (our dog) would have loved it.

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The tall ship festival was going on while we were in Halifax. It was lovely to see them all in dock… one of the saddest moments of our trip happened when we were walking along the harbour and one of the ships came in, sails open and glorious… and I didn’t have my camera on me. *sigh* We rushed back to the hotel to get it, but by the time we got back the ship was docked and the sails tied up. I did, however, learn a lesson there. LoL

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I learned another lesson at Peggy’s Cove, where I took this shot (actually, these shots–I stitched several images together to get this photograph). That lesson was, always, always, always charge your freaking battery before you go out shooting for the day. Always. >_<

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Halifax is a small city, and an old city. One of the best places I found for photographs there was The Old Burying Ground. I wish I’d gone back again before we left, but there are only so many hours in the day, you know? I took this one there:

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We didn’t only stay in Halifax while we were there. I’d fallen in love with Lunenburg from watching the television show Haven (which is filmed in and around Lunenburg). After visiting I’m still pretty convinced I could live there LOL Anyway, this was my fangirl shot of the trip. It’s the Lunenburg town hall, but in Haven it’s the police station πŸ™‚

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Finally, we spent some time on the farm of some friends. It was a breathtaking farm, right on the Medway river. The lifestyle they have there… well, let’s just say when I retire that’s how I’d like to do it. It was magical. I took this photograph one evening there. It’s stitched together from multiple exposures (it’s worth clicking on to see it bigger):

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M is for Magpie

MThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

M is for Magpie

Magpies are one of my favourite kinds of birds. Unfortunately, theyΒ  never seem to want to co operate when I try to take their pictures, so I don’t have nearly as many shots of them as I’d like. Here are the few I do have… even if a couple are a bit cheaty πŸ˜‰

This flouffy dude was hanging out on a tree by my back door. I had to shoot this through the window because I knew as soon as I opened the squeaky screen door he’d fly away. After I took this shot I tried to open the door to get a better one, but as I’d known he would, he flew away πŸ™‚

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I’ve seen this graffiti in a few places around Edmonton. This one was on the side of a dumpster outside the High Level Diner

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According to its title, I took this one in October 2010. Seriously? How does time keep moving faster and faster?

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Finally, I did not do this embroidery (alas), I only took a photo of it:

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L is for LoL

LThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

L is for LoL

I took this picture when we were in Nova Scotia for a family vacation. To some people this probably seems completely normal, but to me it was so paradoxical as to be ludicrous. In case you can’t see it, it says ‘McLobster is Back’. Because, of course it is LOL:

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I misplaced my iPod a while back. Spent the whole day looking for it off and on. That night when I went to bed I discovered it right where I’d left it — on my pillow. The note, however, hadn’t been there in the morning πŸ™‚

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And lastly, this… because apparently I’m really still twelve at heart:

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K is for Kitties

KThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

K is for Kitties

I know I posted some pictures of a couple of my cats back on the first of the month but I was kinda stuck for what to make K stand for, so kitties it is! In order to keep you from being totally bored, however, this post will be pretty Indiana-centric (since Absinthe was on A and I’m pretty sure Eowyn was on E… so… yeah. It’s only fair ;))

I was working (on the first drafts of some poems, I think) when I stepped away for a moment and this is what I came back to. The kitties are never far when I’m working on my bed (which is how I do most first drafts) but I do try to discourage them from being ON my books. Not pictured in this photo is my dog Tre, who was at my feet.

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And this is Indiana. He’s probably the most photogenic of our kitties:

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And I really like the light in this one of him:

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J is for Jo

JThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

J is for Jo. Jo is my husband and he may or may not appreciate me posting a whack of photos of him on my blog, so I’m going to keep it to just a couple. But c’mon, how could J be for anything else?

Jo is a biochemist who teaches at the University here. A while back I brought my camera to the student lab there to take some pictures of test tubes, centrifuges and other fun things. I also took this picture of him doing science-y things. I call it ‘Game Face’. Because.

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This is one of my favourites. I took it at Thanksgiving a couple years ago. We’d gone back to southern Alberta (where I grew up) to visit my family.

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I is for Ice and Frost

IThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

I is for Ice and Frost

Isn’t it weird how some words sound ‘wrong’ when they follow one another in the wrong order? To my ear ‘frost and ice’ sounds fine, but ‘ice and frost’ is off somehow. Still, it has to be Ice and Frost to fit the alphabet theme, so there you go πŸ˜‰ I would have made today’s theme ‘Ice and Snow’ (which sound right) but I’m kinda planning on making S stand for Snow… so there’s that…

I took this one in my yard at some point… Great description, right? Even better I’ve titled it ‘Branchy’

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I took this picture from a bridge looking down at the North Saskatchewan river as it was just beginning to freeze up. I don’t usually love abstract-y photographs, but this one I’m a fan of πŸ˜‰

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H is for HDR

HThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

H is for HDR

I don’t do as much HDR as I’d like (my cameras don’t autobracket so I have to use a tripod to do it “right”) but I do enjoy playing with HDR when I can πŸ™‚

This was the first HDR photograph I created that I liked and it’s still a favourite. The subject is a ‘blooming tea’. It took me a long time to find a composition I liked and by that time the tea had been steeping so long it was really dark, so I actually emptied it out and re-filled the cup with cold water LOL I love the fact that if you look closely at this picture you can totally see my entire kitchen in reflection πŸ˜‰

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I love the fact that this is a black and white photograph which is (accurately) entitled ‘Blue Bottles’. Because :-p

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I took this photograph when I was on a writing retreat at Strawberry Creek Lodge. The experience was amazing and I think the photograph is magical:

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Pretty, no? πŸ™‚

G is for Glowsticks

GThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

G is for Glowsticks

I used glowsticks and long exposures to make the pictures below. It was a trial and error process that created a lot of failed photographs but it was a lot of fun where Jo and I got to play in the dark with glowsticks πŸ™‚

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Translated: Waste Not

AlgernonMy fun zombie tale, Waste Not, has been translated by Silver SΓ€ra and published in the most recent issue of Algernon. This is my very first translated story and I think it’s pretty awesome that the language is Estonian. This publication is a fantastic way to start off my week. Check it out:

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One of my favourite discoveries from this process came when I ran part of my story through Google translate. The phrase ‘Waste not, want not’ appears in my story, but when Google translated it back to English from Estonian it became “Waste not, then do not miss seeing” which I love. I think that will need to become a short story title at some point πŸ˜‰

I’d like to add a shout-out to my friend Deborah Walker. Without her I would never have thought to submit to Algernon and what’s even cooler is that it’s my great pleasure to share this table of contents with her. Thank you, Deborah!

F is for Flowers

FThis year I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again. I thought it might be fun to share some of my photography instead of always my words. They say a picture is worth–well, you know what they say πŸ˜‰

I will try to keep these blog posts short and sweet, while still offering a little bit of insight into each photograph, just for fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge you can check out these links:

~ What Is The Blogging from A to Z Challenge? ~ Participants ~Β My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2013): All About Niteblade ~ My Blogging from A to Z Challenge (2012): Unthemed ~

F is for flowers:

I took this one at the legislative grounds a couple years ago… I think.

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For a while I was taking A LOT of daisy flowers because that year my garden was pretty much all daisies LOL This one was a zoomy long exposure I took at night. Just to see what would happen.

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I was struck early in the morning by the idea for this shot and actually got out of bed, took it, then went back to bed LOL I don’t do mornings.

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And I’m adding this photo of crab apple flowers just for good measure πŸ˜‰

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