Last week I had the flu. This week we had a major blizzard. I've been housebound for longer than I like. Today it's sunny and cold but I loved how the snow had gotten trapped in our garden art, so I quickly popped outside to take a few shots. This afternoon I'm going to summon my bravery and drive through the drifts to get some shopping done. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the first national park established in the United States and it is a geological wonderland. These terraces have been built up over many years as the super hot water of the Norris Geyser Basin runs underground through limestone and precipitates calcium carbonate on the surface where the hot water emerges. This forms a sedimentary rock known at travertine. Here at Mammoth Hot Springs the water from the ground has cooled slightly to a temperature of eighty degrees celsius allowing algae to thrive in the pools. The colours in the travertine are the product of those various algae. When sunlight hits the rocks the colours become vibrant, as Rudyard Kipling wrote:
"The sunlight took those wondrous walls and gave fresh hues to those that nature had already laid there."
We visited the park in the summer of 2002. It was hot. We were camping with teenage children. We had fun. The sights and smells were so unlike anything we had ever experienced before. It was amazing and other-worldly.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
It was a very cool foggy morning today. A perfect day to go for a walk and take some misty pictures by the river. First there were a few errands to run. By the time the errands were done the snow was falling and the wind was howling. A walk in the park turned into coffees at local coffee shop. It's just too miserable for me to want to go walking. It became a perfect day to hole up in my corner of the basement and try out a craft. A while ago I found this on Pinterest:
They had caught my eye because I had just busted the zipper on my trusty little change purse. I figured that at some point I could dig into my bag of scraps and whip up a few of these. Today was that day. I didn't have any cute fabric and I didn't want to buy more fabric so mine aren't nearly as cute as the originals but I think they are a success.
I'm pretty pleased with them. The fabric I used is tough and they are large enough to hold cards and a smart phone if need be. I could have been more precise in my sewing but hey… I will get a lot of use out of these. No pinstrosity here. :)
Monday, November 11, 2013
Prince Edward Island
I'm trying something new. I have been having trouble keeping this blog alive lately and I want to give it one last shot. I don't always have new pictures but I have loads of old stuff on the hard drive that could be re-edited and posted. There are loads of great memories to share. I'll do my best to get some current content as well, especially if I get into any interesting projects. But for now here is my first memory photo.
It was October 2005. I was shooting with a Nikon point and shoot. We had driven across the country for work purposes and took a day off to drive around PEI. It was cold, windy and threatening to rain, but we had the beaches to ourselves. Tourist season was over. I had never been this far east before and I loved it! We strolled the beaches, drank craft beer in a Charlottetown pub, and dug up samples of the most incredibly red soil I have ever seen. This is on my list of places I'd love to revisit.