Archive for 2011

Spider Monkey Trees???

Sunday, October 23, 2011 · Posted in , ,

When we were in Vancouver someone showed us these amazing trees.  They look like trees because they are so tall but at the same time they look like a form of cacti.  I was told they are called Spider Monkey Trees but when I went to do this post I googled "Spider Monkey Tree" to get some information on them and came up with nothing.  So I really do not know what these are officially called but they really were a unique tree so I decided to post the photos here.  If anyone does know what these are please let me know!

A long Absence

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 · Posted in ,

I knew it had been quite a long time since I had done a blog post but I didn't realize quite how long until today.  So much has happened in my life and blogging just hasn't been on the forefront.  But I am hoping to change that.  Today I am going to share more of the photos I took on our visit to Vancouver in September.  I did share a number of the Stanley Park photos but Vancouver is such a beautiful city (when it isn't raining) so I have a lot more to share.  Here are few more favorites.

 Flowers, my one true love!

Lovely little street cafe.


There are zero street vendors for flowers where I live but they are
so lovely to walk by.

I just love the rooftop garden on this beautiful building.

Love the details on this lovely, old building.  

Isn't this so amazing, a little room built into their retaining wall, all I could
think of is what an incredible art studio it would make.

These are just so lovely.

Blackberries ripening on vines on the side of the street!

Off to the Races

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 · Posted in ,

Last weekend we were in Edmonton visiting family and we spend Saturday afternoon at the horse races at Northlands Park.  It was a great afternoon, sunny and warm, wine, good food and even better company.  I managed to get a few shots in of the horses.  They were so beautiful and lean.  I was actually surprised how well the shots of them in action turned out.  Here are a few for you to sample.

Texture Tuesday - Orange Edition

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 · Posted in , ,

Here is my submission for this week's Texture Tuesday challenge over at Kim Klassen's Cafe.  The challenge was to use any texture with a photo showing your interpretation of orange.  Yes, I do realize a flower is not an overly creative use of an orange prompt but my love of flowers and flower photos won out.  So here it is...

It doesn't actually look like there is a lot of texture added to this photo but there is.  First I added a layer of Kim's Pumpkin Grunge to the photo and set the blending mode to Hue.  This brought out the color of the flower but gave a nice sepia hue to the rest of the photo, I then removed about half of the texture from the greenery on the left to bring back in some of it's color.  Then to blend it all I added another layer of Pumpkin Grunge and set the blending mode to soft light at about 22%.

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

Sunday, August 28, 2011 · Posted in

Back in July I participated in the Liberate Your Art postcard swap organized by Kat over at The Kat Eye View of the World.  It was a little nerve wracking for me, I wanted to do my best and I was hoping others wouldn't be disappointed by what they received from me.  But overall it was a really great experience and now I have six lovely postcards from people all over the world.

Here are a couple pictures.  

Not everyone who sent a card put their contact information on them but here is a list of the ones that did.

Carolyn Summers,
Maureen Nicols,
Kat Sloma,
Patty Waite,

Stanley Park

Friday, August 26, 2011 · Posted in ,

Last weekend we were in Vancouver to visit family.  The weather was gorgeous and Vancouver is such a beautiful city in the sun.  We decided to head to Stanley Park for a walk around the sea wall and some flower photography.  Unfortunately my memory card ended up full and I didn't get nearly the photos I wanted but here are a bunch of photos that show just how beautiful this area is.

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