Friday, September 28, 2012

Vacation Shots

We are still on our vacation in Alaska with only a couple more days before we return home. I look forward to reading and catching up with all your blog posts, but until then, I thought you might be interested in seeing a few of my favorite sights!

An early evening shot of Vancouver as we are leaving port.

An evening sunset just off the coast of British Columbia.

 Our trip to Skagway was incredible. We did a train excursion and had amazing views along the White Pass. Marvin took this photo as I was just a bit on pins and needles and for some sections of the tracks I stayed inside so I would not see the sharp drop offs!

I loved Glacier Bay... the crisp blue layers were mesmerizing.

There you have it. Now you know what I have been up to! Tomorrow morning we disembark and will hook up with some other friends in Vancouver. We have some plans which include seeing Madonna and then we will be traveling home!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt!

In keeping up with Rinda's Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt, I thought I best show the rest of the photos I have collected because Fall is near and the Hunt will soon be finished and we can start looking forward to next year!

1. pier - I took this picture near where my parents live. The lake was very busy and I wasn't able to get a shot without lots of people.

 2. A Clothesline! This is one I thought would be difficult to find, but in the end it didn't take much. I knew it would be easy once we went home to visit my parents.
4. A Roadside Stand. Not a great photo at all, but I did get a side shot of the "Fresh BC Cherries" sign, just not of the actual fruit! Every year there are lots of roadside trucks selling fruit from British Columbia and then closer to September the Taber Corn makes it's way to the vendors.

7. Instead of using "a person playing a musical instrument" I am using my replacement, the "four leaf clover" . I was fortunate enough to have found this potted plant at my sister Brenda's house!
10. A Horse. This horse was very interested in us stopping on the side of the road and likely had he been able to come closer to us, he would have.
13. A Library

15. Someone Dancing. A photo of my niece.

18. A movie poster. 
We went to see the Bourne Legacy and I LOVED it!

20. A swing hanging from a tree. So this one may be controversial. I know it says the swing is to hang from a tree - this swing is hanging from a structure made of trees, I'm pretty sure it still fits the description... right?
21. A picture of you standing with something that symbolizes your country. Okay, so really this one made me think the most. Sure I could have taken a pic with a Canadian flag, but then that would have been simple, or maybe I could have laced up a pair of skates and put on a hockey jersey... but then again who wants to talk about hockey with the NHL lockout... then when I tried to search out a beaver... I stopped when I heard about the beaver on the news attacking two dogs... so here's what I came up with...

 There I am... with you guessed right... a Canada Goose. This happens to be my second attempt at getting a photo with one. When we were at my parents we tried a couple times, but the geese at Hawerlak Park are not so skittish, so even though this one didn't want to face the camera, he sure didn't mind shakin' a tail feather at my efforts. I do love to hear the sound of them migrating south for the Winter... but when we do hear that... it's a good sign Summer is ending....

There it is. Thanks Rinda for a great season of scavenging!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Well perhaps not quite, but it is 98% complete and I thought I would share the photos. We love how it all turned out and although it took some time, we enjoyed watching the process and seeing how it developed. You can see other posts here.

I'm already looking forward to next year as the plants/shrubs/trees will have all grown and filled out. Edwin is pretty happy with his new yard smell.

Saturday evening was beautiful and warm which made for a fantastic night out on the patio. I pulled out my tripod and took a few evening shots.

It's very relaxing... and on Sunday morning I was thrilled to just sit and drink my cup of coffee while listening to all the birds chirping away. Our summers do not last long, but I have a feeling this yard will make us that much more appreciative of every moment spent in it.

How are you spending your last days of Summer, or Winter? What are you looking forward to in the season to come?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Posing for the Paparazzi

Every morning for the past week I have started to wear a jacket to work. With the cooler air I cannot help but still try to hang onto bits of summer. This layout reminds of a warm summer day... one spent with the family.

 We were being silly... just having some fun.

Tomorrow is Friday, and I have the day off, but with so many errands to run and appointments  to keep I reckon it will be a busy day!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Storytelling Sunday Year 2 | September Edition

Friday my sisters and I drove to see our parents for a weekend visit, and while it is a long drive, it is one that I know well and enjoy.

As we drew nearer to our destination the conversation slows and the music plays... while we continued on the last stretch of the highway I kept looking in my side mirror at the view behind me and that little voice inside my head said "you really need to stop", several minutes pass, "if you don't stop now, you will regret it". So... I stopped, and jumped out of the driver seat and found my camera, racing against time to get the right lens... noticing the vehicles I had passed, now passing me by. I didn't care though... because I got what I wanted. Thank you inner voice!

This photo and story is brought to you by way of Sian's Storytelling Sunday where you can join in on the first Sunday of every month.You can tell a short story, a long one, or maybe share a few words with a photo. Anything goes! You can see more stories from this month here