Kreativ Blogger Award

I opened my blog this morning to discover that I have been nominated by Leanne Cole for a Kreativ Blogger Award. Firstly, thank you to Leanne. She commented that she nominated me because she enjoys my view of the world, which is similar to hers. What I find most interesting is that sometimes I hesitate to post because I think my view of the world is, well, uniquely mine.

The Kreative Blogger Award has responsibilities including nominating 6 other blogs. So, below I will nominate 6 blogs you may have already met here on my blog!

The 6 blogs I would like to nominate are:

 Sara Heinonen is a writer whose short stories have been published in a variety of forums. She shares her deeply intelligent writing and her views on fiction in her engaging blog.

Denzil Jennings presents his photography on his blog and there is no one way to describe his style other than versatile and creative. I look forward to his daily posts.

Mary Schwartz, in her blog, Shell River Experience, takes photos that remind me of that moment in yoga that you are quiet and serene. Relaxation Pose in a blog…

Sheila Creighton‘s blog, Imagery of Light, is delightful and her subjects are varied and beautifully composed.

Burnt Embers shares photos and thoughts on her surroundings. The photos are incredibly rich and the compositions are wonderful.

The Lantern Room is another photography blog that again takes simple subjects and composes them in captivating ways.

The other requirement of the Kreativ Blogger Award is that I have to tell you 10 things about myself. 

1. I have been married for almost 29 years.

2. I am mom to two amazing people, Kyle and Laura.

3. I work in education as a teaching assistant, working with students with behaviour and special needs.

4. My favourite tv shows are The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife.

5.  My favourite colour is purple.

6. I love writing, photography, scrapbooking and reading as hobbies.

7. I really don’t like being cold.

8. My favourite form of exercise is yoga.

9. I’m spending a lot of time these days trying to figure out what my future work life should look like.

10. My favourite thing in the world: spending time as a family.

Thank you again to Leanne for the nomination.

 

The internet…urgh

“Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach that person to use the internet and they won’t bother you for weeks” – anonymous

I am that person – give me the internet and I can find a million things to read about, to learn about and to keep me entertained. I follow a significant number of blogs and there’s a reason….they are all really engaging.

That being said, my internet has been highly unreliable and unstable the last few days. And I realized that this has been a positive. I need to take my head out of the internet cloud (no pun intended).

Maybe I’ll go take a nap.

The details

“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”  – Perry Paxton

The highlighting of wonderful blogs continues…..starting with photography blogs.

A Life Less Boring is most definitely NOT boring. There are photos, tips and other interesting reads.

Denzil Jennings Photography is an inspiring and captivating blog. Many different subjects keeps one looking forward to his next post.

The Lantern Room has a theme, “Enlightenment through Photography”. This is a wonderfully apt theme as this blog presents subjects in a wonderful new way.

Marina Chetner completely pulls you in to her blog. Her most recent blog about LennyKravitz at Radio City Music Hall is a perfect example of her great photography and love of life.

Lens and Pens by Sally combines beautiful photography with well written discussion about her photographic focus.

The written word….

Sara Heinonen is a deeply intelligent writer who shares her work and her thoughts on reading and writing fiction. She links to her website where you can read even more of her engaging work (and see a really impressive webpage)!

Classroom as a Microcosm is written by an English teacher who shares her experiences and observations on the classroom. This blog encourages the reader to actively engage in thinking about education.

Where Do Gaybies Come From? (“Loveable Misanthrope, Gay Superdad”) is the first blog I discovered from “Freshly Pressed”, a section of WordPress blogs that highlights posts for their ability to “entertain, enlighten or inspire”. Jerry Mahoney’s blog meets all three aspects of that criteria. Jerry is definitely a superdad and he shares his adventures (and misadventures) with his readers in a completely engaging way.

Three blogs that can make me laugh. Out loud. Live, Nerd Repeat (“Living life better through the perfect application of humour and nerdery”), Peas & Cougars (“If life were a cartoon, I would be a triangle, which probably better than being a square”), and Maximum Wage (“Life, Jobs and the American Way”).  

There are more I could include and more to be discovered, I’m sure, but I’ll leave it here.

Enjoy.

Oh the places you’ll see…

Oh the places you’ll go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!

– Dr. Seuss

As I mentioned on Sunday, I wanted to share some recommendations for blogs to check out. Here’s today’s suggestions:

The Lantern Room has photos and words that often take my breath away. The simplest subjects portrayed beautifully.

Leanne Cole’ Blog allows me to see the other side of the world, literally, through her photographs. Her experience in photography began when she was 10 and the way she sees the world is wonderful.

Burnt Embers  has a wide variety of subjects and great explanations of the process of the photographs.

Again, all of these are wonderful and I could – and probably will – go on forever suggesting places to see.

A little mystery

At school, the teacher I work with has started a class blog. This is exciting news for me as I am able to actively participate with confidence.

The way that I have chosen to participate, beyond commenting on student’s blogs, is to post “mystery” photographs for the students to consider.

Last week on my school blog, I posted the “little green army man” shot from this post.  I asked the students what they thought the army man was sitting on. Most students felt it was a chocolate chip. In reality, it was a pine cone (which looks remarkably like a bunch of chocolate chips).

This week, hubby and I headed to Rattlesnake Point. I had the “mystery photo” idea in my mind and I took this shot. I then used Paint to highlight the “mystery” item in the shot and have asked the students to tell me what they think it is.

So far, students have guessed birds and a tree. In reality, it is a rock climber.

I am really enjoying this activity and look forward to seeing the world through their eyes.

 

Shining a light

I wanted to share some of my favourite blogs, a few at a time, with people who read my blog. I have discovered some wonderful “new to me” blogs through referrals from others. It might get a bit overwhelming to mention all at one time, though. So here’s today’s suggestions.

Daily Dose of Imagery, which you can view here, appeals to me in many ways. It might be Toronto specific, but I think everyone can enjoy the beauty and composition in Sam Javanrouh’s photos. There are no words to accompany his photos. None needed.

Shell River by Mary Schwartz, Katie’s Camera Blog by Katie Johnson and Imagery of Light by Sheila Creighton also are three daily “must sees” for me.

All three of these photographers are exceptional. By following their blogs I have learned the power of one photo and limited words. I have come to believe  in the power of this type of post through these women and their incredibly inspiring blogs. The way in which they see the world, and their use of the simplest of subjects, makes you want to pick up your camera and create.

Thank you to all of you.  

Stay tuned for more….

A different point of view

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.

That reminds me…

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.

 

How blogging has changed my life. Sort of.

Okay, the title is a bit over the top.

I am not sure where I thought having a blog would take me, but I do know that when I achieved 500 hits this week, it felt like I’d won the lottery.

But, I am just one among a million bloggers (slight underestimate there).

Yet, looking back at “how blogging has changed my life”, it’s more about the community that I have found. There are some AMAZING photos online. I currently follow about three dozen blogs and most of them are photo based. I am inspired and intimidated all at the same time.

The stories on some of these blogs are ones of adventure or people’s day-to-day lives but many have no words, just stories told visually. I used to find it frustrating not to know the story behind the photo, but I have come to appreciate the variety of blogging styles and how important it is to have your own.

I follow three written word blogs. The first was created by a friend who is a writer and it affords her another venue to share her writing. It is an interesting written word blog (saraheinonen.wordpress.com) and is linked to her website that is not only wonderful due to her writing, but it is also very visually appealing (saraheinonen.com).

For pure entertainment value, I have discovered a couple of truly funny writers, one blog is filled with sarcasm  (maximumwage.wordpress.com) and the other is filled with simply engaging stories (jerry-mahoney.com).

Almost all of what I have stumbled upon came through the WordPress link, Freshly Pressed (wordpress.com/#!/fresh). It is a way to highlight some of the brilliant content currently on the web. And I’m confident it is simply the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

So, blogging has kinda, sort of changed my life. Like my photography, it has taught me to look at the possibilities and the realities of what is out there. My world is definitely bigger.