Clouds come floating…

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky – R. Tagore

Sunset at the cottage

Sunset at the cottage

 

I have not done anything processing wise to this shot, mainly because I have a new computer and haven’t gotten to that part of the learning curve yet…but this is what the sunsets at the cottage actually look like – although my sweetie isn’t always swimming off into them….

 

I feel a bit like the clouds are in the way of me seeing the future right now, so I like the quote as it reminds me to enjoy the view as every view has its upside!

Opinions…

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. – Oscar Wilde

Opinion

Looking at photos, we form an opinion….perhaps not even consciously. At some level, we decide whether to stop and look further, or simply skip right past. My hubby has strong artistic opinions and so when we are looking through shots I take, I usually get him to help me decide which ones are worthy of keeping and possibly posting, and which ones are not.

When I first began taking photos, it was hard because I loved so many more of my photos than he did. Over time, he taught me to be more critical – for example, the off centre focus that dominates my photos came about because he suggested I compare photos taken straight on versus off centre to decide which I preferred.

Now, I still get his opinion, but we disagree as often as we agree and I have the final say, mainly because it’s my finger on the “delete” button.

So, the above photo is one that I thought was “meh” but my hubby liked. Today, his opinion won out.

photos – quality versus convenience?

Lily....on my phone

Lily….on my phone

Often, there is a debate around phone cameras and the quality of the photos. Without question, I feel that my DSLR takes better quality photos. (I also feel that I could take better pictures with my DSLR if I spent more time playing with the features, but that’s a WHOLE other story.)

Yet, if I am out and about, with photography not being the purpose of my being out and about, I don’t want to miss a beautiful lily, for instance, that I come across. And that is why I am including this photo – I know that it is not the best photo of a lily of ever taken, but it is a good picture of a lily.

This signals a change in my blog, too – lately I have started posting pictures that are not necessarily “picture perfect” (or as picture perfect as my abilities allow) but ones that depict life. Not to say that taking photos solely for the joy of photos will not continue to be the primary focus of the blog – it’s just an expansion of the parameters that I’m considering pursuing.

….to eternity

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. – William Penn

Today, a kind, wonderful caring man, Reverend Donald MacMahon, turned over from time to eternity. Reverend MacMahon was a great father, beloved grandfather and well-loved husband.

Thirty years ago, as I sat in a room awaiting the start of my wedding, Reverend MacMahon knocked on the door and asked to come in. He sat down next to me and said, “Dear, are you sure your invitations had the right date? There’s only about a dozen or so people out there.” He said it in the kindest way, trying to prepare me for what he thought would be a great disappointment. I took his hand and assured him that, including family and him, we were only expecting about 20. Reverend MacMahon stood up and said something about how the wedding ship was ready to sail.  The gift of calm was greatly appreciated that day by me, and without doubt, by others throughout his life.

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Simply rain

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rain on an umbrella

This morning, as I went through some posts of people I follow, I came across this one by Sheila Creighton, an amazing photographer. I was inspired to run outside with my camera (and my umbrella) to get some shots of hostas and other plants. I wasn’t happy with my shots but when I headed in and put down the umbrella at the front door, I noticed the drops on the umbrella. I usually keep my flash off, but the light emitted from the camera just prior to the shot lit up the raindrops. So, turning on the flash, I shot away. There is something really simple about raindrops.

“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Coming home….

Joy

Joy

This photo of my daughter and her boyfriend says it all – summer time is here.

I have been away from blogging for several months. Lots of reasons, no excuses.

I was declared excess at my school and had to find a new position for next year. Due to seniority, I would have been placed at a school had I not been successful in finding something on my own. Yet, I wanted to have some semblance of control in a situation that was somewhat uncontrollable. I went on a total of 8 interviews and had 4 offers, which was a true luxury. That process took several weeks to accomplish.

I also was very intensely training for a long distance ride. I participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer which takes place over two days, covering 200 km. I loved the feeling of accomplishment, not just as I crossed the finish line, but as I got to the top of each of the MANY hills. I was so touched by the support of my donors, as we collectively fundraised over $3200.

The finish line

The finish line – wearing my hubby’s shirt from his 2012 ride.

Another big time issue for me was putting together the yearbook at my present school, the school I have had to leave. This was a great deal of work, but so worth it. Yet, it was hard to do because it just made me realize, again and again, how much I love my little community school. The school is a few blocks from home – it was my children’s school and therefore I have been going into that building on and off for 19 years. There is something undefinable about the school – perhaps it’s just that I feel so comfortable there, like going to work is like coming home every day. I will miss being there and the amazing people I was so lucky to work with for the past several years.

And finally, I was busy planning a surprise for my sweetie. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in May, but I wanted to surprise him with a party all about him. Our daughter goes to school in B.C. and was attending summer school this year, so I had to wait until late June to have the party. And bringing her home was another layer of the surprise. It was really hard to keep the secret of her homecoming, along with hiding all the party items and ensuring people kept the secret. It almost all fell apart a few days before the actual event when my hubby announced he was not going to go away for a few days – the few days leading up to the party, when I was going to get everything in place and my daughter was going to arrive. In the end, he went away and the party went off without a hitch. The first part of the surprise was the party, the second part was when my daughter and her boyfriend snuck up and surprised him!

Sneaking up to surprise Dad

Sneaking up to surprise Dad

Now, summer is here and taking photos should again be happening. Glad to be back.