I thought I’d try my hand at some ghostly images tonight. This isn’t what I had intended to take, but it’ll do.
The side of Curtis’s computer is clear plastic, this is what you see when you look inside. I really didn’t feel like taking a picture today 😦 This 365 thing is still pretty difficult.
“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.
On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
— Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)
It was a beautiful day to be out riding, I organized a group of about 20 riders to all meet up today and ride out to Canmore for a bite to eat. Unfortunatly, I never thought to take a picture until everyone started to pull away. Oops.
Although the snow has melted, we have yet to see any green grass. This picture reminds me of Autumn instead of Spring.
Big Rock (Okotoks Erractic)
Big Rock (also known as Okotoks Erratic) is a glacial erratic situated between the towns of Okotoks and Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada (18 kilometres south of Calgary). The 15,000 tonne (16,500 short ton) quartzite boulder is one of the world’s largest known glacial erratics. As per Wiki (you should click to see the full size of the rock)
These two were so cute, I had to snap a photo of them.
The field surrounding the big rock is full of prairie dog holes. I was lucky enough to find a very curious little prairie dog peeking out of his hole, not only did this guy pose for me, he kept coming closer with the clicking of the camera!
Well, it’s not really Easter yet, but this is what was on my desk at work when I arrived in the morning. It’s not a top quality photo, but my phone is all I had to snap a photo with. All the ladies in the office received one of these 🙂
My point and shoot captured this sunset….well, after glow of sunset. I like the silhouette of the branches, I thought it was a pretty picture.
Lately I’ve noticed that in the mornings as I’m stumbling down the stairs trying to wake up for the day ahead, the sun has been a blazing shade of orange. This morning was different though, instead of just an orange glow coming through the front door, there was a direct beam of light. I liked seeing the sun rise through my sunburst front door.
Penny for your thoughts?
Curtis and I were testing out some more macro extension tubes this evening, and as usually we test it out on an american penny. I’m not sure why, it just seems to be our comparison test to other macro setups we have. During this test we took a picture and managed to only get the last half of “America”, and I thought it was a cool shot. So for my friend Erica, I put I pretty pink back drop because I know she absolutely loves the color pink (sarcasm of course!), and snapped a shot or two of just her name. Some days, I really understand why I’m sometimes called a dork 😛
Did you know that Canada geese nest in the same region as their parents did, often in the same nest every year? They have strong family ties and the male and female raise offspring together.
I personally think that this is very impressive, considering a bird can get it “right”, but we as humans seem to struggle more and more with the concept of family.
It started snowing again today. I thought I’d go outside before the sun set and snap a picture. This is what I came up with.
Can you imagine living without your telephone? Or any daily electronics devices? I do love to turn it all off and just get away. Hiking in the mountains is one of my “get away” activities. I’m counting the days when the snow melts and the sun brings out the flowers, so I can go hiking on a regular basis. Yes, I’m aware that you technically can hike in any season, which I have done, but these days I choose to dislike the cold weather and not try to hike through it. Today, I stayed inside.
That’s right, I would rather be riding today…but instead I shoveled the driveway!! I was hoping we were done with winter, last week motorcycles were out and about, but today we all woke up to a foot of snow!
The wild temperature fluctuations characteristic of Calgary weather are partly attributed to the continental climate. The high altitude plays a role, and some of the remaining credit goes to the turbulent winds in the wake of the Rocky Mountains.
The temperature reaches 20°C or better, about 85 days each year. And 30° only about four times. Chinooks and cold fronts can result in temperature changes of 10° or more in a single hour.
It can be bright, sunny and extremely cold and windy all at the same time in winter. Something to experience.
On the plus side:
At over 2400 hours on average of bright sunshine per year, Calgary weather, along with many other south Canadian prairie locations, makes us one of Canada’s sunniest places.
After supper tonight, I laid down and had a nap, when I woke up it was raining outside 😦 Here’s another indoor shot, I’ll make a solid effort to get an interesting shot tomorrow! It’s hard to take a picture everyday!
I haven’t had much time for picture taking in the last couple of days. I added some cheap extension tubes to my 50mm lens and tried my hand at some more macro shots. I think I had too many extensions on this time though because I couldn’t get a sharp shot.
Instead of putting tomato sauce on my pizza, these days I tend to leave it off and just put tomatoes on top, it makes less of a mess that way and the crust doesn’t get soggy and fall apart.
“Most people realize that tomatoes are healthy for you and that they have a number of important substances in them that helps us stay away from cardiovascular disease, cancers, cataracts and other health concerns. We are finding that tomatoes contain so many vital nutrients and we are coming to realize how important it is to have tomatoes as part of a health diet.” Click for full article.
Although I believe tomatoes to be healthy, I question the logics of picking the tomatoes while still green, and some time between having the tomatoes shipped to your grocer and you buying them, they’re sprayed with Ethylene gas to ripen. I question the logics of a lot of things we do when it comes to food production and consumption. Particularly the genetically modified foods, this tomato is most likely genetically modified. But I really don’t know because the Canadian government (and the US government) don’t feel that consumers need to know what foods are genetically modified, so it’s not required on the labels. I think it should be on the labels!
I finally pulled my bike out of hibernation today! She purred to life at the touch of a button, and we were off and riding the gravel filled streets in no time!
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence.
With the arrival of spring, there seems to be a lot of birds/ducks/geese enjoying the warmer weather as well! Here are some of the photos I took.
I love the pattern and colors that the Magpie showcases when in flight.
This little woodpecker wasn’t very afraid of me, I got pretty close to take this picture.
Apparently I got too close to this guy.
Much of the luck that is associated with bamboo comes from the number of stalks bunched together or woven together into an arrangement. The number of stalks determines the kinds of energy the plant attracts into your home and life. The more stalks in the planter, the greater the blessing of good fortune and luck.
It is said that the Bamboo is luckiest when you receive it as a gift (which is how we acquired this particular one!).
What happens when you buzz through your day and then realize as you’re getting ready for bed, that “OH MY!” I forgot to take a picture of the day!?! You take a picture of your cat!
This is Cindy…as in Cinderella, the neglected kitty. She’s hardly neglected, but up until recently I was convinced that she hated me, even though 12 long years ago, I rescued her from a barn, while she was tired, hungry and pregnant! Over the years I have made sure she was healthy, happy and eating food with more nutrients than the crap I fed myself, yet…she still seemed to despise me. So, last year I went on vacation for a month, which is the longest time period in 12 years that she has spent away from me. I had someone stop in every day and feed her (and her son), and when I came home…she’s loved me ever since! Now she’s the beautiful cat that I always thought she was 🙂
I got up this morning and liked the way the morning sun was highlighting the coffee table decorations.
My cats have discovered the backyard now that the warmer weather seems to be on it’s way. This is Bear, he’s referred to as the A**hole cat due to his constant meowing and scratching at walls for no apparent reason. He’s my baby though, and I don’t think he’s an a**hole at all!
The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown
Tonight I had a conversation with my boyfriend that went something like this:
Him: I have a headache, I did too much hard thinking today.
Me: Do you want an asprin?
Him: No, I don’t take drugs.
Conclusion…I mixed him a drink (because he thinks that’s not a drug!?!)
After all the snow yesterday, it seems that most of it has already melted away!
I’m not sure how these lasted the winter, obviously they’re not alive, but they’re still standing which is impressive!
The common cattail – all parts of this plant are edible!
Just when I was beginning to think Spring had finally arrived….we get a foot of snow!! Oh well, I put on my snowsuit this morning and went wandering around the local park to see what I could find. This bench made me realize that I was experiencing a peaceful solitude, so I took a picture of it. It was enjoyable with the only sound being the crunch of snow beneath my boots.
I thought I’d try to veganize (is that even a word?) my Mac’n Cheese tonight. It turned out much better than anticipated! Although I must say, as someone who’s used to the kraft dinner style of Mac’n Cheese, this one didn’t have that dried cheese in a package kind of taste 🙂 I had a regular box of Wal-mart brand Mac’n Chesse in the cupboard, so I cooked that up. I replaced the dried cheese with Daiya Cheddar style cheese (non-dairy, non-soy vegan cheese), which really does melt and stretch like real cheese (as the package suggests). I also replaced the regular hot dogs that I would normally cut up and mix in with some Tofurky (Italian style tofu sausage), these were also surprisingly good! I would say the texture is more like that of a hot dog than of a regular meat sausage, but that’s good for me because I don’t normally like sausage. Finally I mixed in some frozen peas, cut up some grape tomatoes on the side, and Ta-Daaa!! Fancy Vegan Mac’n Cheese 🙂
Here are pictures of the packages for the Tofurky and the Daiya Cheese. Both are quite good, I’m thinking that the cheese would be better on a pizza than in my Mac’n Cheese though. All in all, both are good buys!
It was another nice evening in Calgary today, so my boyfriend and I went for a walk in the park. Robins are a good sign that Spring has arrived, right??
I can’t figure out what kind of bushed these are with the red bark, but they’re everywhere here. I liked how the dead grass weaved around the branches.
And finally….a moment to reflect….
Today has been a good day for photos…and a great day for food!!
In my quest to be vegetarian I’m always looking for new and interesting non-meat types of food. I always thought that I’d have trouble with a full vegan lifestyle so I’ve settled on vegetarian…or have I?? I thought that I wouldn’t be able to give up dairy ice cream and cheese, two foods that I love! I’ve discovered today that the ice cream issue has been settled with a more delicious and sweet chocolaty goodness! Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss!! Wow!! My taste buds have died and gone to heaven! $7.59 = totally worth it!
After eating my super good cold delight, my boyfriend and I decided to go for a walk in the park behind our house to enjoy the warm temperatures of spring (finally!!), of course we took our cameras. I noticed that the a lot of trees all had blue ribbons tied around them, this is what I found upon closer inspection.
I found some bridges to take pictures of today. I drive over these bridges everyday and never thought to stop and look under them before. I thought the sunset cast a nice shade over the bridges. New vs. old.
I like the symmetry of this one.
Today I actually left the house with the only intention being: picture of the day. I came across a whole row of caterpillar 657e Scrapers (used in road construction), and I thought they made an interesting photo!
On the way home, the sunset showcased a pretty orange sky with snow falling in the foreground (that’s snow, not noise in the picture). It only lasted a few minutes before hiding behind the clouds again. I wish I would have captured this better, but standing on the side of a fast paced road isn’t much fun.
I didn’t have much time for pictures today, but I thought it was cute that my cat likes to lay in the tub.
I spent the weekend in Edmonton visiting Curtis’s family. This is his youngest sister, Christa. And apparently I need a white background for this picture to work properly…oops!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Hoar frost (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air.
Today’s picture is a clear indication that even though Spring has technically arrived (according to the calendar), it’s not ready to actually show itself just yet.
Mr. Ducky was horribly shocked to find his pond still frozen this evening 😦 We will both be happy to see the snow disappear, ice melt from the ponds and the landscape to turn a beautiful green once again!
I didn’t have a lot of time to take a picture today, my evening was filled with the live comedy of Jeff-fa-fa Dunham! Which was awesome, by the way!
The average person eats 65 apples per year.
Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases.
China produces more apples than any other country.
There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world. About 2500 varieties are grown in the United States.
The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
The more apples a person eats, the lower his or her risk of developing lung cancer.
Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
One medium apple contains about 80 calories.
Apples are a member of the rose family.
It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
Pink Lady® is a trademark, the actual variety name is Cripps Pink. The apple below is a Pink Lady®.
I was on my way to Home Depot this evening, I noticed that the lights were on at the driving range. I thought to myself, people can’t actually be out hitting golf balls in this weather (it’s about -6 Celsius and snowing). I pulled over and sure enough they were! Unfortunately I didn’t have my 300mm zoom lens with me, so I couldn’t get a good picture of the people. I took this picture instead, it’s about 100 meters down the driving range. I suspect that the people hitting the balls had absolutely no intentions of seeing where there ball went, it might be difficult to see a white ball in the snow 😛
I’m finding that even when I don’t have a lot of time to take a picture, or even if my motivation to take a picture is lacking (as it is today), it’s becoming easier to make a picture interesting. The picture below started out as a round Ikea table lamp and some lucky bamboo, and ended up looking like a harvest moon. I’m very pleased with the 5 minutes I spend taking pictures today!
A housewarming gift from a friend. A vase full of flowers and pussywillows. I happen to love pussywillows, so it’s my picture of the day. They are typically one of the earliest signs of spring and have the symbolism of motherhood, but I prefer the chinese symbolism which is the coming of prosperity. So bring on the prosperity in 2011!
More macro shots! I’m looking forward to spring and the new leaves and pretty flowers!
As many times as I’ve seen a tree just like this, it still amazes me every time!
From a burnt and dead tree, life grows.
After hiking Ha Ling Peak, we headed into Canmore to watch a little of the Canmore Ski Nationals. What other town closes down their main street, covers the street with snow, and lets you ski on it for a few days??