Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 2010 Mosiac

Days 215 - 245 of my first Project 365. I must admit, I'm somewhat surprised (and more than a bit pleased) that I have not yet missed a day!

January was the hardest month yet. The weather was gloomy and nasty - gray skies and snow at least 3 weeks out of 4, and the lack of colour seemed to zap me of any imagination. But there are a few shots that I'm happy with. And on to February!

Project 365 ~ Day 245

Creating Fire.

Well - fake fire... We had to take the wood stove insert out of our hearth, and were left with a weird Beetlejuice open hole that - at 22C below - was sucking all the heat out of the house. The household budget won't allow for another insert right now, so we got one of those fake fire heaters with the mantle to cover the hole. I spent the afternoon building the mantle, and - tada! Fire! Well, not really... But, heat! Yes!

Photo taken January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 244

Winter Cherries.

More snow today. I took this out my window at the wild cherries still hanging on the tree next door. The blue in the background are barrels on the neighbor's back porch - I was happy to have them add a bit more colour to another gray pic...

Photo taken January 30, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 243

Inside Time.

Macro peek at the inside of my pocket watch. The area inside the circle is about the size of a dime.

Photo taken January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 242

Kitty Closeup.

Auto ha a regal look about him, don't you think?

Photo taken January 28, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 241

Mountain Tops of Colour.

Macro shot of some pencil crayons.

Photo taken January 27, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 240

Monsters, Inc.

Finger puppet sized...

Photo taken January 26, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 239

All Filled Up.

The sparrows turned these trees into an instant hotel, and they were loud! All puffed up against the cold....

Photo taken January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 238

Measuring the latest...

...snowfall. Finally we had about 2 hours of sun today, so I took this photo. There is another one in my blog from last month - we have about 6 new inches since then.

Photo taken January 24, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 237

And here is the Amazing Flying Dog!

...practicing the high jump! If only there were canine olympics - Dori would take the gold medal (if those frisbee dogs don't compete, anyway...!)

She can be seen in 14 shows weekly - at breakfast and supper time...

Photo taken January 23, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 236

And yet more snow...

All week - gray skies and snow. I'm jonsin' for some blue sky!

Photo taken January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 235

Finding Colour...

......wherever I can. I'm tired of gray!

Photo taken January 21, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 234

Rasberry Bushes in Winter.

The hoar frost was so beautiful I tried to get some macro shots. This was handheld, with the Canon 100 L Macro lens. The IS on the lens comes through again!

Photo taken January 20, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 233

Warming Up in January.

Northeastern BC in January is cold. It's generally the coldest part of the province. The average high temp this past week has been -9C except - in my office. The radiator in my office is broken, and the offices on the other end of the floor have no heat. My colleagues are working in their parkas.

In the meantime, the radiator in my office and the ones next to me are trying to heat the entire floor. We can't turn them off - control is at Regional, 4 hours away. The last few days it's been +30C, or worse.

So I couldn't help but have Lilo (of Lilo and Stitch fame) do a hula dance in honour of the tropics in my office! You'll notice the temp is 31C. 88F. HOT!!

Photo taken January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 232

Just After Sunrise.

The sky was really pretty this morning as the clouds broke up and the sun began to peek out...

Photo taken January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 231

Preserved Until Spring.

There isn't much around in January, but there is plenty of ice.

Photo taken January 17, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 230

Strange New Universe.

Macro of the ice on my front porch, with enhanced midtones to give some colour. I think it looks like the topography on a map...

Photo taken January 16, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 229

Wise Eyes.

Fall back picture - I tried to get star trails, but the wind was blowing so much I couldn't keep the tripod still! A shame because the sky was amazing and it was a new moon... Oh well. I do like Yoda's expression - and his eyes sparkle in a really cool way...

Photo taken January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 228

Hangin' Out.

The weather was back to gray and bleak today, so I was back to finding things around the office to shoot.

Photo taken January 14, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 227

Lengthening Shadows.

With these short winter days, it doesn't take long at all for the shadows to seem like giants.

Photo taken January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 226

"This is my good side..."

"Just ignore the french fry bits in my beak..." The ravens are bold, and allowed me to walk right up to them today. Too busy eating french fries to worry about what I was doing... This guy was huge - when he stretched up his head was even with the headlight of the truck next to him!

Photo taken January 12, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 225


It's funny how much holiday candy has turned up at my office the past couple of weeks. New years resolutions and chocolate don't always mix...

Photo taken January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 224

Mountains Out of Molehills.

By the power of my macro lens, I turned tiny quartz chips into huge boulders! To give you some perspective, the giant slab of silver in the background is a dime...

Photo taken January 11, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 223

Midnight Sun.

The sudden warming of the temperature caused a strange fog to envelop the neighborhood after nightfall. The bright globe is the streetlight, and the eerie lighting was more like Halloween than January...

Photo taken January 9, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 222

Lingering Poinsettia.

January is a really bleak month in northern BC. Everything is white, grey, and black. Even the occasional blue sky isn't enough to ward off the doldrums. I went around the office this afternoon hoping against hope that someone had flowers in their office - anything colourful that I could shoot. I found this last lingering poinsettia plant in the waiting room - it was the most colour that I could find (that was alive, at least...)

Photo taken January 8, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 221

"I'm about to bark!..."

Cricket has found her voice - and it's very loud!! How such a small dog can make such a big noise is one of the mysteries of life...

Photo taken January 7, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 220

First Waning Gibbous of 2010.

The moon is on a cycle right now where it doesn't rise in my area until about 3am. I took this just after 8am, before dawn.

Photo taken January 6, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 219

Luck, Joy, and Transformation.

The frog represents all three - a fitting symbol for the new year...

Photo taken January 5, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 218

Winter Field.

Mid day and bright sun. But cold! A temp inversion held down the fog from all the furnaces in town, making it look as if my sleepy little town was full of smog! No - a perk of living in small town Canada is all the fresh air...

Photo taken January 4, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 217

More Snow.

and more snow, and more snow, and more snow. Just another January in the north...

Photo taken January 3, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 216


Auto and Jedi share a pillow and a nap.

Photo taken January 2, 2010

Project 365 ~ Day 215

Light the new year.

...a light to show the way into 2010...

Photo taken January 1, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Project 365 ~ December 2009 Mosiac

Days 184 - 214 of my first Project 365. I LOVE how the month begins and ends with a full moon. The Blue Moon (or 2nd full moon in a calendar month) happens every 2.7 years. The last time the Blue Moon was on New Year's Eve was in 1990!

Project 365 ~ Day 214

Blue Moon.

Wow - tonight is a triple threat! Full moon, blue moon, and new year's eve!

Happy New Year!

Photo taken December 31, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 213

Winter Sun.

I took this photo at 1:42pm. Look how low the sun was in the sky. That's winter in the north - about 6 hours of daylight on this date. But since the winter solstice we've been gaining 7 minutes of daylight a day. By summer solstice the sun will rise a 3 am and not set until after midnight.

Photo taken December 30, 2009

Project 365 ~ Day 212

In Repose.

The holiday decorations are still up, and I noticed this little deer on a shelf.

Photo taken December 29, 2009