Rain in December has its downfalls, specifically that freezing rain is usually the result. The roads were a mess yesterday but I was able to get out to photograph a few drops that had been caught by branches and buildings.
I am lucky. More than a little. I received an abundance of gifts beyond having my children home for Christmas. My sweetie spoiled me with a new lens for taking macro shots – from far away. I have played for a while with the lens but my brain is having trouble readjusting to the concept that you need to be 5 feet away to take a picture of something close up.
It’s hard to put into words the contentment of having everyone together. It is fortunate to have reasons for breaks in routine that create opportunities to share time yet I have every confidence that our family will come together throughout the years even if not on holidays. The time spent raising our children was the best investment in our future happiness imaginable.
Ubuntu – I am because we are.
Inspiration from other blogs continues….on her blog, Katie’s Camera Blog (check it out here), Katie Johnson posted a photo upside down. This inspired me to look at some of my raindrops and turn them upside down to see if I could see things from a different point of view. This one is my favourite so far because it is unbelievable to imagine I would ever get a raindrop on top of a small petal – and especially with something reflected in it.
One of the great joys of reading other people’s blogs is the memories they spark. Often I read travel blogs and am reminded about a trip we took. Recently, I posted photos of a trip we took to the Grand Canyon several years ago. This was prompted by another blogger’s post about the Grand Canyon. Today I saw a posting that included an amazing shot of raindrops http://iltana.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/the-cure/. That reminded me about a few shots that I simply cannot stop reflecting on.
For some reason, I have used this photo for sympathy cards and posts on loss. Probably because of the solitude and reflective nature of the shot.
This shot, on the other hand, is one that is very hopeful and upbeat. It was the first shot I took that had a great reflective aspect.
As I continue to follow other blogs, I will undoubtedly be reminded of others to share.
In July, 2011, I visited family in Lethbridge and headed down to the High Level Bridge to see what types of photos I could take. It was difficult for me because I was very immersed in learning about macro shots and I had no experience taking shots of structures. I keep reflecting back to these photos though because I was trying to capture the incredible amount of work that was done to construct this bridge.
The bridge was constructed between 1907-1909. It took a 100 man crew to erect the steel. It is the largest railway structure in Canada and is still in use today.
It is 1,623.86 metres long and 95.7 metres high above a river bed.