Georgia and Orange Peel, a "red leopard" Appaloosa.
I couldn't seem to find gestures in everyday objects last weekend, but I captured each of the girls in a simple gesture toward some beautiful and friendly horses we had the privilege of meeting on July 1.
With that, my Picture Black & White series has come to an end. Hope you enjoyed it! I certainly have a new appreciation for black and white photography!
Neil preparing the grill (Big Green Egg) -- a common sight from the opposite direction. I took this picture from under the big spruce tree to show the back door, patio, etc.
I wanted to post this yesterday, but our Internet was down! We've had some severe weather in SK this week -- and these cool clouds appeared after a thunderstorm on June 26. In context? For those familiar with Regina, it's clear where I took this photo (there's only one cathedral with two spires).
I don't have a third shot for this prompt. It's been a crazy week.
First home game of the season (Saskatchewan Roughriders). I think this crop (4x12 ratio) is a bit odd, but the original seemed awfully empty above and below the people. Mosaic Stadium is in the background.
Same subject; much closer. I think this one is easier to understand; it feels more natural or something. (To get these shots, the girls and I picked up some ice cream at DQ and then stood on the west side of Elphinstone for a few minutes. We had already dropped off Neil for the game.)
Went to my archives for this one... Sophia landing her first- place long jump at a city track meet three weeks ago. The track is rusty red and the students were colourful, so this picture looks very different in full colour.
Our neighbour gave us one of her ferns and we just planted it in our front yard a couple weeks ago. :) (Processing: PW BW with all layers at 50% opacity.) / We have a wonderful lupine this year. In this picture, there's a fully opened stalk of flowers behind the new stalk.
Spiderwort (and Waldo? I didn't see an insect when I was taking this picture! Do you see it?) On the far left is today's spent flower; the bud on top will be open tomorrow; and the others will open day after day... it's fascinating! I used a 1x close-up filter on a 50mm lens for all three of these pictures.
I enjoy genealogy as a hobby and have collected quite a few old documents over the years. This is a copy of a Cunard Steam Ship contract. I love how it says "Please forward this family to Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan" which is my home town. The date was July 1907 and the second person listed, Kristine, was my great grandmother. She was 13 when they emigrated from Norway to Canada.
I've always admired my Aunt Chris's wonderful whimsical handwriting. Digital frame by Rhonna Farrer.
Third picture??? I was planning to get another, but ran out of time today. I think I'll take it tomorrow.
12 June 2012
Well, this isn't what I had in mind for another "handwritten" shot, but it tells a timely story! I wrote this note after work today -- and, yes, it's terrible that we don't know our neighbour's name. She saw some people spray painting words on our van, called the police, and then knocked on our door at 3:00 am. After the police came and took pictures, we cleaned off the spray paint using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Amazingly, the culprits appeared in youth court this morning! They had also vandalized a trailer on our street and a mosque a block away. They were caught on the mosque's security camera.
This series of "good fortune" is all thanks to Stacy Julian and BPC! I've had the privilege of learning from Stacy for many years. I found this fortune (which describes me pretty well) in my cultural memorabilia box -- part of the Library of Memories system taught by Stacy.
I keep this postcard from Stacy and BPC in my scrapping area. I like this definition very much! (Thanks to my 6-year-old assistant, who is now in the tub cleaning those grubby hands!)
I received this in a package of happy mail from BPC. Good fortune, indeed. :)
Speaking of good fortune, today was our 13th wedding anniversary! To celebrate, Neil prepared a delicious feast for our dinner (with our girls) -- grilled pork chops, crispy potato wedges, corn on the cob, and Greek salad. Yum!
These objects were sitting in a basket in my craft area. When it occurred to me to pair a word with "create," "harmony" came to mind immediately -- and then I realized it was the perfect length. How serendipitous! I've never thought this specific phrase before, but I can think of many areas of my life in which it's fitting.
I've had this piece of paper (cut from a Simple Scrapbooks magazine) for many years. Always a good reminder for me.
I received this note from my youngest daughter today. She had her older sister (Sophia) print "Momma" but everything else is her own. The note to myself is (something like): Remember the little things. Or, maybe: Keep this!
Prompted photos are extra challenging this week (and, yet, I look forward to receiving another prompt tomorrow!). We're in the throes of Mosaic preparations. I had no time during daylight hours yesterday. I snapped this one (above) between our house and van on my way to work this morning, and just managed to get the next two before sunset this evening.
We're enjoying the Abutilon we bought a couple weeks ago. It's full of buds and the flowers are gorgeous!
Added: Taken 36 hours later. I just wanted to try it again.
We had a huge spruce tree break in half during a storm last summer, and this pile remains in our back yard. There's a leaf in the centre (fallen from another tree) that popped out (green) in the colour version, but almost disappears in b&w.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson