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Archive for March, 2012

WordPress Photo Challenge: Arranged

Does it count as “arranged” when gravity and physics puts things into order?


The woods are lovely, dark and deep…

…but I have promises to keep.  And miles to go before I sleep.

Thanks, Robert Frost.


Can you see him?

That little speck down in the water is a man.  A fisher man.  A fisherman.

Trust me.

Also, this was my first attempt at this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Through, but when I looked at it when I got it home all I could think was that he was too small to really see.  Still, I like the photo.


One thousand and one nachts!

I like the ferris wheel.  I like the merry-go-round.  I like the roller coaster.  I like skyshot rides.

I don’t like 1001 nachts (nights – why is this ride German?).  Nor do I like any of the rides like it.  Anything that spins?  Blech.

It makes a nice photo, though.


Upon reflection…Fun!

Okay, so here’s a photo of a little parking lot carnival that just finished up this weekend in Chilliwack.  It was small, but it looked like everyone was having fun.  What I liked was that it afforded me some fun shots without having to drive out to Vancouver.

The reflection is off the roof of my car (which I had just washed earlier that day).  I’d love to say that I planned this, but I noticed it by accident as I was shooting other photos.  Fortuitous accidents…gotta love them.


Feeling a bit rusty…

Happy Monday, everyone.

Today is my first day back to work after Spring Break.  In conjunction with the first day back, I’m also on my first day back after having had a student teacher for six weeks.  I’m feeling really rusty, and hoping for the best.  Please send your hopes and encouragement my way today, and I’ll hope that I make it through.


Nothing says Carnival like Mini Donuts

Well, that and a ferris wheel.  If you’ve never had Mini Donuts, you should probably try them, and then see your doctor.  They are greasy, doughy, cinnamon-and-sugary, and definitely not good for you, but they taste greasy, doughy, and cinnamon-and-sugary so you’ll love them while you hate them.


WordPress Photo Challenge: Through

Late night last night.  Late post this morning.  Sorry.

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is “Through“.  I hope you like the photo.


Photo Friday: Rain

I love rainy foggy misty days…

…do you believe me?

 

Because you shouldn’t.  I hate these days.  I never know where to go on these crappy days.  It’s cold.  It’s wet.  It’s..aww…it’s just crud.  I can’t wait until they’re over.

Oh, and Photo Friday this week is Rain.


It’s a Fern! Okay, maybe that’s not exclamation mark level excitement.

It is a fern, but there was hardly a need for an exclamation point.

There are few days as a high school teacher wherein I don’t see misused punctuation.  In this case, it was me.  Please forgive me.

Please!


Is it awe…or ahhh?

My son and I went for a hike Monday and we had a great little walk and talk.  I have to admit that I’m more out of shape than I’d like to be, but I am working on it.

My son, however, kept telling me how tired he was, but spent the entire hike swinging a stick at everything and taking three steps for every one of mine.  He exerted himself far more than I did and then came home to jump on the trampoline.  I came home and sat down on the couch.

The photo above is him checking out our local cedars.  They’re always beautiful and smell so great.  He was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over their height.


Happy Spring!

A new shoot on a very young birch tree.


Interesting pot of gold

So, that’s what the leprechauns are all guarding.

Hmm…now I get why they’re so secretive.


It was a happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Well, any day when I get to drink a Guinness is a good day.


Unusual: WordPress Photo Challenge

The placement of these lights is what made this unusual for me.  They are placed on the underside of a concrete stairwell at Simon Fraser University.  They, sort of, light a number of study carrels that are also situated under the stairs, but do not provide enough light to make much of a difference.  As a style choice, it’s like a bunch of little halogen UFO’s hanging over one’s head.

Unusual.

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


Beauty. Unwind. (Photo Friday)

This is my daughter.  This is the lake.  This is the snow we’ve been experiencing lately.

There is little better in the world than going to the lake to unwind. Beauty, even cold, abounds.


Hey! Remember when it was almost Spring?

I remember a March or two wherein the sun shone and the clouds parted.  Today?  Today it dumped snow.

I don’t know about you, but my feeling is that photos like these should not be possible in March.  Sure, in Saskatchewan or Minnesota, but in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia?  Actually, I think it was warmer in Saskatoon today than it was here in Chilliwack.

Stupid global warming.

Nice photography weather, though.


Sumas Mountain (again)

It dumped snow over the last couple of days, as though Winter is screaming out to make sure we don’t forget about it as Spring approaches.  Thankfully, it’s been mostly on the surrounding mountains.  Here’s some fresh snow on Sumas Mountain.


Late post today…please accept some apocalyptic clouds

The top of Sumas Mountain looked like this about twenty minutes ago.

A little too much like “end times” clouds, but maybe it’s just a sign of the end of winter with Spring coming next week.


Lime Cream Cheese Tart

This was what my daughter wanted for her birthday cake.  She and I have been cooking together for a long time.  She is turning eleven in a couple of days and since she was old enough to help, she’s been my assistant in the kitchen.  I had her smelling spices and stirring batter and cracking eggs at age three.

So when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake, I should have expected her to say something like this.  What I wasn’t expecting was how long it would take to make it.  It was worth it, though.  It might be the best “birthday cake” I’ve ever made.

I realize this is not my best photo ever posted, but it certainly is one of the tastiest.


Contrast in Lime Green

I finished off my daughter’s birthday cake, a “Lime Cream Cheese Tart“, with a white chocolate ganache.  I then sliced up this lime to garnish, but never ended up using it.

I did, however, manage to snap off a few photos of it.  I like the contrast of the green on white background.


WordPress Photo Challenge: Contrast

Welcome to Spring (or almost) in the Fraser Valley.


Photo Friday: Floral

Good morning.

I hope your day is as great as this flower is pretty.

 


Destructimication…is that a word?

From the way-back files…this was a hospital.  Now it is an unused piece of land.  But, for a brief and shining moment, it was this half-pile of rubble and bent rebar.  Kind of pretty in its destruction.


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