Wednesday, May 30, 2012

toot toot

Time to toot my own horn. Last week, our photography club held its annual awards dinner. I came home with some hardware. All photos are courtesy of fellow club member Deborah C. and I'm pictured with our club president Derek J.
Photographer Of The Year

Best Projected Image Photographer

The Gordon McGowan Trophy - Sight and Sound Essay Competition

Remember this video? It won the sight and sound essay competition.
Silent Essay Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

keep it simple

I had myself convinced that I needed a wide angle lens...did some research...bought one...and brought it home. After a few outings with John, and quite determined that I would like the lens if I just used it a little more... Well, it was not to be. I disliked the lens a LOT.

But, I did discover a lot about my photography. I hadn't realized it before, but I like to be up close and personal with my photos. It seems I like simple, and not photographs of far away scenery. 

We took the lens back, and today I was outside happily photographing raindrops on lily leaves. Bliss.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

quarter of a century

A quarter of a century ago...on the 26th of May...this guy was born on my 26th birthday...the birthday gift that keeps on giving....and my best birthday gift ever.
a not so warm day in early May

Happy Birthday kiddo!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dragonfly Swirl

Here is the 3rd window that's going to The Tourist Trap in Musquodoboit Harbour. I love the colours in this one! And who doesn't like dragonflies?
Dragonfly Swirl - May 2012 - the glue is still drying and will dry clear
shown with the light coming from in front

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Early Evening Laundry

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we'll be dropping off three windows to The Tourist Trap in Musquodoboit Harbour tomorrow. This one is called "Early Evening Laundry" and is the 2nd window in my Laundry Series. Sometimes it's hard to say good-bye to my windows. This one is one of the toughest for me to let go.
Early Evening Laundry - May 2012

the clear glass is iridescent - shown here with the light coming from the front

I'll be sad to say good-bye to this one!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blue and Yellow Abstract

We'll be delivering three new windows to The Tourist Trap on Sunday. Here is the first...created in April for fans of abstracts. Some of the glass is showing clear in the photos, but all the glass is in shades of blue and yellow.
Blue and Yellow Abstract - April 2012

the sun shining from the front

Thursday, May 17, 2012

down the garden path

We moved to Nova Scotia four years ago, and are going through our fifth spring. Time sure does fly. Every spring, I have envied the many yards that have a red flowering shrub...they are quite common around here. One year, I mistakenly bought an azalea (but no flowering shrub is actually a mistake!). Then, last fall, I found out what the shrub is actually called....a quince. So, I've been on the hunt this spring and found some at a small garden centre called One Sky Now. ( It was my lucky day in more ways than one...
notice the ears in the window

They have miniature donkeys at One Sky Now, and a baby had been born just the day before. "Annie" had a son, who has been named "Alice" (after Alice Cooper). I took some photos but was quite disappointed with them when I got home. I had the wrong settings for low light, and all the photos were blurry. These are the best two photos. I generally don't do any post processing, but I did play up the old fashioned feel with the bottom photo. Notice the ears in the window of the first photo? The donkey outside let out a huge braying bellow...irritated about being left out I guess!
the one day old son is almost as big as his mom!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Believe In Dreams

This was a window commission that I worked on a while ago. I enjoyed it hanging in our living room for a while, and just added the grout yesterday. I chose a lighter grout than usual (sand instead of black)...I thought it would look nicer since all the glass is in pastels. The frame was sanded and left rustic, with a couple of coats of varnish. The woman who ordered it asked for a butterfly in pastels. I added the etched words "Believe In Dreams" because that's the name of her website. Hope she likes it!
window with the light shining through

window with light coming from the front - sand coloured grout used
detail of the top half

detail of the bottom half

Believe In Dreams is etched in the mauve glass

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paws For Charity donation

handing the Paws for Charity donation to SHAID representative Harold
I'm extremely happy to announce that I gave the first donation from the 2012 Paws For Charity Project to SHAID ( yesterday....$1,500!!

Regular updates about the Paws For Charity project are on the facebook page:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

what we did last week

We had some visitors last week, and they paid a heavy price for staying here. No, we didn't charge for the rooms, but we did make them work! Our son Cody flew in from Toronto, and son, DIL, and granddaughter from Halifax all helped with fence building. Ever since we lost our dog Cassie, we have been keeping the dogs tied when outdoors. Thanks to an absolutely exhausting 4 1/2 days of work, we have an area fenced in and the dogs (and us!!) have freedom. Aren't families wonderful? Hugs and kisses to our great kids (and grandkid)!
the work crew

the back gate

we believe in child labour

typical work crew - one worker and 4 supervisors

our first line of posts

the final stretch of posts ready for hole digging

the driveway gate

saying goodbye to being tied up


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Flat Stanleys are still in Lunenburg

If you remember their last adventure, you will know that Flat Stella, Ms Flat, Flat Chris and Flat Luke were on the truck headed for the Old Lunenburg Jail! But everyone breathed a sigh of relief when they found out that the old jail is now a restaurant. Phew! Everyone is smiling and happy now that they know they don't have to spend time behind bars.
Here is everyone down on the wharf, standing in front of some bright yellow dories.
Dories have been traced as far back in history as 300 A.D. when they were used as surf boats on the Arabian Sea. Dories are still commone for fishing in Labrador, Newfoundland, prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and the coast of Maine.
in front of the Dory Shop (love their shadows on the old dory!)
The Dory Shop still builds dories. Dories are made of white pine, red pine, red oak, spruce roots and hot dipped galvanized nails. They are painted dory buff (yellow) and ships' green trim. The yellow shows up on dark water. The green shows up in white fog. Dories are made primarily to row.
The Picton Castle
The  Picton Castle is a three-masted "tall ship" based in Lunenburg, and it makes frequent trips in places around the world. Our flat visitors got to see the ship just a couple of days before it headed out on a voyage to Bermuda.

This boat is used in the filming of the television series called "Haven". If you watch this tv show, you'll recognize it as Duke's boat! The tv series is filmed in the towns of Lunenburg and Chester, and areas around the south shore.
Lunenburg Academy
Our flat visitors were excited to see the Lunenburg Academy, and were hoping to visit with some students. But the "Castle on the Hill" closed in March, after 117 years of teaching students. The Lunenburg Academy sits high on the high and is a landmark of the town.
Our flat visitors had lots of fun seeing the sights in Lunenburg!

Here is a short video called "Live Well in Lunenburg". You might just want to move to Lunenburg after watching it!