Monday, December 28, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 211

Portrait of Nellie.

My collection of these wonderful resin sheep now numbers two. I got Nellie for Solstice - isn't she cute?

Photo taken December 28, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 210

Stare Down.

I loved this shot of our cat Auto - his eyes especially.

Photo taken December 27, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 209

Boxing Day Moon.

The moon rose in mid afternoon today, and I was able to get a nice shot about an hour before sunset.

Photo taken December 26, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 208

Santa's Helper.

Not much time to take any shots today, but I did play with the macro lens a bit...

Photo taken December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 207

Peace on Earth.

Health, happiness and all the blessings of the season to you and all you love...

Photo taken Decembe 24, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 206

Just Before Dawn.

This display is in front of City Hall in my little town. I love that the season is noted with a natural scene of trees and deer.

I took this shot this morning on the way to work - 8:45am and not quite dawn.

Photo taken December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 205

Hip and Happening Holiday.

This little tree in our conference room at work reminds me of the 60s.

Photo taken December 22, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 204

Pressed Tree.

A sprig of evergreen with pressed flowers for ornaments...

Photo taken December 21, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 203

Test Drive.

Only 4 sleeps until Santa!

Photo taken December 20, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 202

New Member of the Pack.

Cricket joined the family today. She's just under 8 weeks old - a registered Miniature Long Haired Dachshund. After much sniffing and playing, she wanted nothing more than to lay in mama's arms and sleep...

Photo taken December 19, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 201

8th Night.

Happy Chanukah everyone!

Photo taken December 18, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 200

Hangin' Out.

Ares has taken to writhing like a porn star when he's on his cat tree and I pull out the camera. This was the only shot I got without motion blur...

Photo taken December 17, 2009

365 ~ Day 199

Study in Black and White.

I loved the colour of the sky today, and how the trees stood out against the snow. It was warmer today, up to -16C, gray and hazy. A hazy shade of winter...

Photo taken December 16, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 198

Hoar Frost.

It was so cold that the heat from the furnaces in town created an ice fog, which, in turn, left all the vegetation covered in hoar frost.

Ice fog is a unique and bizarre experience - imagine moving through a fog so thick you can't see 10 feet in front of you. However, the fog is recreated and worsened with every heat source. The exhaust from the vehicle in front of you blinds you - especially when moving foward from a stop sign or light.

It's just weird. The joys of the north...

Photo taken December 15, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 197


Effect achieved with Topaz Simplify pluging for Photoshop.

Photo taken December 14, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 196


On Sunday the high temp was -43C, and was over -50C with wind chill. Too insanely cold to do anything but watch football on tv. The ice crystals on the livingroom windowpane were beautiful, though...

Photo taken December 13, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 195

Noon Shadows.

This time of year the sun is so low in the sky the shadow at noon seems like late afternoon. Also notice the snow - that first branch is actually a foot and a half above the ground...

Photo taken December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 194


I love how this photo came out. It just speaks to me of the holidays, and warmth, and light.

Photo taken December 11, 2009

Project 365 - Day 193

Partridge in a Pear Tree.

More colour in the office - this beautiful sequined bird is in a colleague's office.

Photo taken December 10, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 192

Silk Cardinal.

This lovely little cardinal came into the office as part of a flower arrangement. In a gray and snowy week I was looking for colour whereever I could find it.

Photo taken December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 191

"And a Happy Ho Ho to You!"

I just love this lens! This little Garfield is about 3 inches tall... Again, handheld with the Canon 100L macro.

Photo taken December 8, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 190

Royal Eye.

Do you recognize those world famous eyes? It's Queen Elizabeth, sharply looking out from a Canadian $20 bill. Handheld at 1/60 with the Canon 100L macro.

Photo taken December 7, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 189

Sunday Sunset.

The glow of the sunset on the snowy fields was lovely. I ended up with a bit of flare, but I love the colours in this pic.

Photo taken December 6, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 188

Growing Family!

We met the newest member of our family today. She is yet unnamed, and is a 6 week old purebred mini dachshund. She will come to join the brood right around Christmas. We wanted another hound, but as I get older I've been drawn more and more to smaller dogs that I can easily exercise, etc. She is the tiniest hound!

Photo taken December 5, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 187

Holiday Bokeh.

My creative take on the tree lights.

Photo taken December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 186

"Red Sky at Morning..."

I took this just after 9am. As we get closer to the winter solstice the sunrise comes later and later here in the north. The sky looked as if it was on fire.

Photo taken December 3, 2009

Project365 ~ Day 185

Holiday Helper.

Frog offers up an ornament for the tree....

Photo taken December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Project365 ~ Day 184

Finally Full.

The moon is full tonight and the sky is clear. The air is cold (-14C at 6:30pm) and the stars are shining. It is truly a beautiful night.

Photo taken December 1, 2009