We went for a stroll in the park today. I didn’t have any time to adjust any camera setting when this guy flew over, I just pointed the camera and hoped for the best 🙂
This is a tree in our backyard. I think it might be a crab apple tree, but I’m really not sure.
“Unique among all God’s creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species.” ~ Royden Brown
Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. (I officially have a new found respect for bees and the honey they create!!)
A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work at all. All they do is mating.
To see the rest of the bee fun facts CLICK HERE.
Today has been a cloudy and somewhat rainy day. I went outside to try and get a shot of water on flowers, instead this little gal got in my way 🙂 Actually, I think my camera got in the way of her supper, but whatever.
Thought I’d try out a new recipe today. Chocolate avocado pudding. That’s right, avocado! I saw this recipe on the Marilyn Denis show a couple of days ago and it looked interesting. It turned out great!
1/4 cup of raw honey
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of water
2 tsp. of vanilla
1/4 tsp of sea salt
Recipe makes enough to fill the dish in the photo above, plus 1/2 of another identical dish.
Just mix it all up in a food processor (I used a magic bullet). I had to use 1/2 cup of water instead of the suggested 1/4 cup. The chocolate flavor is really strong, I probably didn’t need 1/4 cup of cocoa, but I like chocolate! I made a couple of strawberry fans and sprinkled some coconut on top. Delicious!
While riding bicycles today, the path we were on crossed below many bridges. This was under one of the train bridges. I really don’t understand graffiti, or the need to crawl into dangerous places just to “decorate”. This particular bridge was decorated right out over the river, there really is no ledge to stand on to get out that far, but I believe the people that crawled out there to spray paint should really be in Cirque du Soleil or something like that. They’re definitely more daring than I.
Curtis and I rode our dual sports out to visit some friends that were staying in a near by camping/off-road vehicle spot. This happens to be one cute 4 year old! He may need a bath when he gets home 🙂
This isn’t the first time I’ve posted up Canada geese in my 365 project, but I went to Prince’s Island Park tonight and they were so tame, and there were so many of them that I couldn’t help myself!
Symbolism: (I particularly like the symbolism of the Canadian goose!!)
CANADIAN GOOSE – remind us of the Sacred Circle, how life cycles on and about family. The migration of Canadian Geese marks the passages of the Great Circle of the Year, and reminds us of the sacredness of the cycles of our own life. We can also learn from the cooperative and communal behavior of these birds, who never abandon a sick or wounded member of the flock, and who know when to lead and when to seek guidance and follow. The goose is also about traveling to distant places, it is about breaking free from one place to move on in your life in order to survive. If you are stuck in an old pattern, goose can help you move forward bringing new patterns in.
I did not take a photo today, however, I did complete some more of my trip blog. So here are some photos from it. If you want to see the actual trip blog CLICK HERE.
I found some wild horses! This is as close as I could get without them running away. They were beautiful!
“Every leaf on every tree
And every drop of water in the sea
Every grain of weathered sand
That smashes itself onto dry land
Every stone and every petal, everything that’s elemental
You are never gone.” ~Jann Arden~
Today myself and fellow riders lost a very special person. May he rest in peace.
This was a great little stop on our ride to Drumheller today. I could have done without the crosswind though, I had forgotten how the wind can whip across the prairies sometimes.
I’m not actually sure if these were once flowers, but I was at a loss for a title.
This little guy was under the bird feeder when I got home today. I think he finally realized that the birds are messy and spill bird seed everywhere.
We wandered down by the river this evening in search of a photo opportunity. I like this one, it seems peaceful.
Another night of riding instead of taking pictures, I did stop and snap this one though. The first ride out on my new CBR1000RR….an amazing bike!
Curtis and I have recently bought a couple of used dual sport bikes so we can start to ride some of the local dirt roads. This was our first night out with them, and they’re really fun!
I didn’t have much time for picture taking today. The two bikes on the end (without plates) showed up today so I’ve been a little preoccupied 🙂 But Hey…I did put pretty pink and blue text on the photo, so that must get me one point for creativity!
Another day of on again off again rain. This time I captured it moving in over a lone house just as the sun started to get low in the sky.
~ The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So…as I let it rain, I took a picture from my car. Some days I think it’s nice when I don’t have to get out of my car to take a picture.
Finally! We’re starting to see the signs of spring around here. Green grass, odd sprouts of something or other…I love it all!
So lets be clear on this…I am afraid of spiders. I would like to not be afraid of them, since I’m really not sure why I’m afraid of them. This little guy has fur, my cats have fur…and I like my cats…so logically I should like things with fur, right?
Truthfully, this spider is no bigger than 1/4″ in length. That’s right, we’re talking a fraction of an inch, so he’s pretty tiny. It’s that time of year when the creepy crawlies start to show themselves again, and I had been thinking since I washed the last one down the drain, that I should in fact embrace the moment, grab a camera and take a picture (the moment I see the spider, not the moment I watch it drown and wash down the drain), anyway…this time I grabbed the camera, the extension tubes to make a macro lens, put the camera (and my face) as close as I needed to to get a clear shot. Or in this case, a semi-clear shot. Step one of operation no fear is complete 😀
I cropped the photo in Photoshop, and then realized that when the picture is enlarged (as below)…I still find this fraction of an inch long spider kind of creepy.
**no spiders were harmed in the taking of this photo, I let him live and roam the house freely**
I didn’t have much of a chance to get outside and take pictures today. So this will have to do for today 🙂
I took this picture today for the purpose of using it in a classified ad to sell my bike. You’ll have to excuse the lack of creativity, but it wasn’t suppose to be my photo of the day. However, since I actually put my bike for sale today, and then sold it within a couple of hours, I think it’s deserving of picture of the day!
I didn’t actually take a picture on Saturday….I took this today (Sunday). But I took 2 pictures today, so that makes up for my lack of picture taking yesterday 🙂
I was discovering in my backyard all the wonderful things that have mysteriously started growing (it snowed today…it snowed yesterday…it’s still cold here!). I found some tulips starting to poke up through the ground, I noticed leaf buds starting to grow on the trees, and THEN!! I found a pretty pink thing! Flowers!!! Hmmmm…I’m actually not sure what this thing is, it looked sort of like a bulb growing, but the pretty pink ruffle thing is hard, so I’m going with fungus, it’s got to be a fungus. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.
**Edit: Apparently this is Rhubarb! Which seems to be growing in a very odd location in my backyard! But, YAY! I have a garden!!
Today’s photo was one of those shots that you get purely by chance. I headed out towards the city limits of Calgary, with the intention of taking a photo of the rain/snow clouds that were surrounding the city and maybe getting a shot of partial cloud and partial blue sky over the city. As I crawled along in first gear stuck in traffic, and slowly came to a stop at stop lights, I turned my head and looked towards the city, and this was what I saw. I snapped a few photos, turned off of the main roads to avoid traffic and came home. This turned out so much better than I had expected.
This is what I would picture a post apocalyptic world to look like. Well….Sort of, there would be burning buildings and zombies as well.
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.