Thursday, February 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Here's a photo from our trip to Kauai two years ago when we did an open door helicopter tour.  We won't be doing that again this year, but looking forward to visiting Tunnels Beach shown here.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Through the Years

On March 1st, Hubby and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary by watching the sun set from the patio of The Beach House restaurant in Poipu, Kauai. This past weekend I collected some photos to chronicle our romance that began June 9th, 1984.  I feel so lucky to have this man as my life partner and the father of our amazing children.  I can't imagine where I'd be without him.  I am eternally grateful for him and whatever gods, angels, twist of fate, or fortune cookie brought him into my life.

June 9, 1984 - Guelph Ontario
March 1, 1986 - Whitby Ontario

October 1986 - U of G

December 1987 - Saanich BC

August 1988 - Saanich BC

December 1990 - Whitby Ontario

December 1992 -  Peterborough Ontario

July 1993 - a cabin in the Kawarthas, Ontario

July 1995 - Oak Lake Ontario

1997 ish - Kelowna

2000 ish - Kelowna

 2002 ish - Kelowna

2003 - Whistler

January 2005 - St. Maarten

July 2005 - Tofino

2006? - Kelowna

February 2007 Grenada

February 2007 - Mayreau

September 2009 - London England
 March 2011 - Huahine, French Polynesia

January 2012 - Off Coche Island, Venezuela

Summer 2012 - Myra Canyon Trestles near Kelowna B.C.
September 2012 - Canyon Park, Kelowna

August 2013 - Columbia River, BC

January 2014, Kelowna Rocket's Game

August 2014 - Saltspring Island, BC

August 2015 - Adding our "love lock" to the others in The Distillery District, Toronto Ontario

Two days later we dropped the keys to our love lock from the boat as we toured 
Niagara Falls - our fate sealed at last after 29 years!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I Spy Week 5

Week 5 on the photo a week challenge was "I Spy".  When the kids were little we would get the "I Spy" books from the library.  It made me think about taking a photo of some sort of object collage.  I also thought about taking a photo through something round, or through a window.  Then I saw some early snowdrops and thought Aha...I Spy spring!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Photo a Week

My son and his girlfriend made me a very cool gift this past Christmas.  They created a box of weekly photo prompts and included a gift certificate from Blurb, my favourite photobook company.  It's been a creative and thoughtful few weeks and I thought I'd share what I have so far.

Week 1:  Joy

There were a lot of people enjoying themselves in Stuart Park in January, but these two lovebirds caught my attention.

 Week 2:  Free Choice

I had a very interesting chat with 87 year old Johanne, whose photo I have added to my 100 strangers collection. Originally from Montreal, she moved to Ontario and then to British Columbia where she attended UBC and became a nurse at the age of fifty-two.  As a fifty three year old woman who's most common uttered phrase start "where's my...." I am extremely impressed.  Johanne's traveled extensively through the U.S. and Europe, including three trips to Italy and I believe her most recent trip was to Turkey.  She's a busy woman who rises at 6 a.m. each morning and after breakfast goes to church where she prays and says her rosary.  She attends mass every day and by one o'clock on Tuesday afternoons, she's across the street from Kelowna General Hospital with a small group of dedicated Right To Life advocates.

I thought this photo fit week two's theme well because it's my belief that every woman has the freedom to choose what's right for herself and her body, including the freedom to choose to protest in  support of her beliefs. 

Week 3:  Self Portrait

Sometimes gravity is your friend.

Week 4:  Flat

Week four was my most challenging week so far.  I didn't just want to photograph a flat piece of land or water.  On a sunny day last week I took some time to visit a few favourite photography spots from the summer.  I had no theme in mind, but when I looked back on the results, I realized the flat tire made for a creative choice for week four's theme.

Week 5:  I Spy

This week could turn out to be a challenging one as well, but I do have a couple of ideas... if you live in my neighbourhood, you might want to keep your curtains closed.