It comes with no warning. Days of being sad. Energy tank on empty. Dark, dreary, heavy days. Overwhelmed. Too much, too many. I’ve been down this road many times before. It always passes. It is seasonal or hormonal or just being sad. It isn’t depression, but it is a gift that helps me to understand those who battle real depression. If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. – Stephen Fry – I wanted to write down exactly what I felt but somehow the paper stayed empty and I could not have described it any better. – WTM –
The Car Guy and I decided to replace our refrigerator. It is over 20 years old and well past its ‘best before’ date. This is a haiku Haiku’s don’t have to make sense Refrigerator – Author Unknown – The appliance store had so many fridges to choose from – at least, that is what we thought when we first walked in the door! But, as our sales associate, Todd, walked us through the choices, it became clear that our new fridge would be ‘one of a kind’. Yes, if we wanted a fridge with an ice maker/water dispenser, with two upper doors and a lower freezer, that would fit in the space we had, in the colour white (to match the appliances we weren’t replacing) – our selection was one fridge. So we ordered the fridge. It was supposed to be delivered in a week – two weeks tops! That was almost two months ago. On a very local scale, a refrigerator is the center of the universe. On the inside is food essential to …
Alberta has 21 million hectares (52 million acres) of agriculture land that is used for farming and ranching. Wheat, barley, canola, oats, rye, dry peas, lentils, flax, dry beans and potatoes are the primary crops. An Alberta Harvest – past and present. Irricana’s Pioneer Acres hosts an annual Farm Days which features working demonstrations of the farm equipment that would have been used by our grandfathers and great grandfathers. This photo shows a wagon, a stationary thresher machine (which separates the grain from the straw and chaff) and a grain truck. The thresher is powered by a tractor (not shown). Today, harvesting is done by self propelled Combines that cut the crop and threshes it. The combine doesn’t even have to stop moving to transfer the grain to trucks. This is one of three combines that harvested the quarter section behind our place yesterday afternoon. It was a dusty day for everyone within a mile of the action (but probably not for the driver!) Farming has always been a risky business and that is no …
We haven’t seen the Great Horned Owl Family very often this past month, but I now have a permanent set of Owlet triplets to remind me of how special it was to watch the Owls. I crocheted my own owls from a pattern at Jacquie’s Website. Jacquie says “If you are proficient at crochet you will be able to make one of these sweet little owls in no time at all.” Proficient is the operative word. My crochet skills were rusty, and apparently my counting skills were too. ‘No time at all’ took several weeks. There are many fiddly bits to the project. The hardest part, however, was getting a decent photo of them. Their light weight little bodies didn’t want to sit on the branches of the trees. I finally had to wedge them between branches or skewer them a bit with the poky thorns. As for real owls, two of the owlets were hunting here on July 19. There were several other owls too, but they didn’t land. The original un-retouched photos are …
Palm trees – yes. Miami – no. Arizona! This post was for the old WordPress.com Photo Challenge Rise/Set.
The original ‘Prolific’ post and photos, without these Topaz Studio filters, are at my other blog post: Bottlebrush Plant. This post is for the old WordPress.com photo challenge Prolific.
The originals of these photos are at Fueled by Chocolate. All filters are available in a program called Topaz Studio. This post was for the old WordPress.com photo Challenge Lines.
My Place in the World is in the Garden, with my camera, then at my computer – turning photographs into digital art. All photo filters were applied in the program Topaz Studio. This post was for the old WordPress Photo Challenge Place in the World.
This simple bouquet of two roses and some baby’s breath will last forever (or until it gets so dusty the roses don’t look red any longer) because I dried the roses by hanging them upside down in a cool spot for several months. After I took the photo, I tried a few filters in the Topaz Studio program which is a free download. Roses are angiosperms, Violets are, too. Sugar is C12H22O11 We know this from peer review. – Author Unknown – Roses are red, Violets are blue. Some poems rhyme, Some don’t. – Author Unknown – Roses are red and violets are purple Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple. – Roger Miller – Roses are red. Violets are blue. Please flush the toilet after you’re through. – Author Unknown – Roses are red. Violets are blue. Please don’t kiss me, ‘cuz I have the flu. – Author Unknown –
We arrived in Nelson on motorcycles, hot and dusty after a long day of riding. We could almost see our hotel, but couldn’t get to it because it was on a parade route. A police officer asked us to pull over and park. That is how we came to be spectators at the Annual Gay Pride Parade. That evening, after we had wined and dined at a local eatery, we realized that this was a perfect opportunity for people watching. There was a wedding reception in the hall near our hotel (downtown on Baker Street). Guests in fancy dress came and went from the venue, frequently upstaged by the eclectic garb of cross-dressers, marchers from the parade and bikers. The booze evidently flowed. It was an extremely entertaining evening. Nelson has many heritage buildings, but the finest, and most photographed, is the Court House. It was designed by a British architect, Francis Mawson Rattenbury. It was completed in 1909 at a cost of $109,145.88. Francis was also the architect of the province’s Parliament Buildings and …
All filters can be found in the Topaz Studio program.
All filters can be found in the Topaz Studio program. The original photo is here – Your Blog – What do Your Visitor See?
We had a family of Great Horned Owls in a tree in our front yard. For the full story, see Great Horned Owl Family.
My Story about these Alberta wildflowers is at Lady’s Slipper Orchids – Surprise in the Ditch
This post was inspired by the post Foreign Street Scenes.
A simple photo of a Canadian Flag lapel pin and the bobbins from my sewing machine. Why? Good question that has no answer. I bought an old sewing machine at an estate sale in Arizona. The owner had recently died, so I couldn’t ask her why she had a Canadian flag lapel pin in the box of sewing supplies and bobbins!
I’d rather be here where it is warm Than there where it is cold. This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is I’d Rather Be…
Photos taken at Car Shows in Arizona: The first four photos use a Topaz Studio filter called Fine Wine. The next four photos use a Topaz Studio filter called Impasto. This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is A Face in the Crowd.
Photo altered in Topaz Studio with a crackly overlay and enhanced colours. The story that goes with this photo is at Windows – Watching a Fall Snow Storm.
The story that goes with these photos is at Blanche Russell Rock Houses. These photos were altered with a filter called Fine Wine in the Topaz Studio program.