Cloud Nine

It’s not quite midnight here so I’m managing to just squeak this one in for my Wednesday deadline!

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I don’t think the emotion of “Cloud Nine” is fully attainable without first experiencing the opposite, hence, the picture above. And though falling love isn’t the only time that we can experience ‘Cloud Nine’ moments, it was the easiest to describe to you visually – I hope you enjoy!

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Great amounts of gratitude to my models Fairlite and Dustin – you two are fabulous! Thank-you!

Ready for next’s week’s photo challenge – it makes me chuckle… Next week is… ‘CHALLENGE’ – submitted by Ginny – ha ha haaaa! Too funny! Thanks Ginny – look forward to this!

Trust Update

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SOOOOOOO – the sun is brightly shining today BUT my sweet little model has come down with a cough and a cold – poor girl. 😦 So we need to postpone the ‘trust’ photo challenge until she is better. I thought I would pick out the next challenge anyway and then maybe, just maybe next week you’ll have the bonus of TWO photo challenges in one week!

Drum roll please…. my next photo challenge is… ‘CLOUD NINE’ – submitted by Jody. Oh fun! Putting my thinking cap on now.

Hoping you all have a lovely weekend friends!

Pssssst… maybe I’ll manage to also finish up the big commission piece I’m working on too and then it’ll be THREE posts in one week – whoa! Here’s hoping! 😉

TRUST ME – This Week’s Photo Challenge Will Happen!

Yes I do know it’s Wednesday and, yes I know I should have posted my ‘TRUST’ photo challenge by now… BUT… (you knew there was a ‘but’ coming didn’t you?). BUT the shoot was scheduled for today and the weather did NOT cooperate! Boo! So my little model and I are planning to retry on Friday. Props are made, costume is prepared and now all we need is a little bit of sunshine.

In hopes of compensating you for this delay I’ve attached a photo showing a detail from the large commission piece I’m currently working on. This painting is 5′ x 3′ – a big canvas and a heap of work but I’m really having fun with it! Hoping I can finish it up in about a week or so – be sure you check back to see the end result!

See y’all on Friday – weather permitting!Detail

How Does One Photograph ‘Forgiveness’?

While the dictionary definition of ‘forgiveness’ is rather simple to understand the actual act is very complicated. Even without adding a religious context it evokes multiple emotional responses and strongly associates itself with many other words. In short, this is a complex concept to photograph! I guess that’s why I call this a weekly photo “challenge”. 😉

I decided to try and convey some of the emotional responses and words that can be associated with the word ‘forgiveness’ but I’m leaving it up to you to discover those meanings within the photos themselves. And in the end, if I’ve done a horrible job of relating these images to the challenge then my hope is that you at least find them interesting to scroll through. 🙂
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AN ENORMOUS THANK-YOU to my enchanting model Makaria!!! You are beautiful inside and out!
A big thanks to Lisa for submitting ‘forgiveness’ as a challenge – you pushed me hard with this one (in a good way).

Okay, drawing out the next challenge as I type – (yes, I can do both at once) – ready?

TRUST – submitted by Melody. Check back next Wednesday!

Happy mid-week everyone!

Okay, Sometimes MORE is NOT Merrier…

The More the Merrier! HA! Maybe for skiers!!!  Sigh… I did manage to find some beautiful things to photograph in the midst of all this white stuff but I have to admit that I hated the snow this week… 😦 I say, BRING ON SPRING!

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Next week’s challenge was submitted by Lisa – ‘FORGIVENESS’.  Hmmm… feeling a little nervous… I have no idea what forgiveness could look like. See ya next week!

Cherish

Years ago during one of our homeschool sessions my daughter and I learned about forests and rain-forests. We loved the topic and spent a whole week focusing on it. However, my little girl was quite saddened to learn that the forests were disappearing and that the environment was suffering as a result. When it comes to environmental issues I always feel rather helpless, the only way I knew how to comfort my daughter was to suggest that we pray about it. Hannah agreed that praying for the environment was good but she suggested that we should also pray for our own bit of forest too. During our research we learned that some wealthier folks had actually bought portions of  forest and rain-forest to personally protect themselves. I never dreamed that her little prayer would come true but in 2010 when we purchased our farm we acquired 15 acres of forest with it! Our forest is pretty small but we cherish it and we are super grateful for the opportunity to protect it.

Maybe if we cherished our world just a little more it would suffer a little less…?

The gallery attached here features photos I’ve taken in our little forest this past week and a few are from the past year. Enjoy!

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So funny enough… I did the draw for next week’s photo challenge and it was actually submitted by me! Yes, I put one into the hat too – I couldn’t resist! 😉 So tune in next week for “The More the Merrier“.

The Rain Dance Didn’t Work…

My photo challenge this week was ‘Dance in the Rain’ (submitted by Ginny) and I actually thought that interpreting this one literally would be super fun but I ran out of time to organize it – sometimes one week just isn’t enough time!  I probably should have come up with a simpler alternative plan but I didn’t… So here I am, Wednesday is upon me and I have no more time left… OOPS!

The solution?

Well, I cheat of course!

Wait before you judge me though – this kind of cheating can be fun! I think you still might enjoy the rainy little collection of images that I gathered up. 🙂

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Next week’s photo challenge is ‘CHERISH’ – submitted by Leigh. Sounds like this one could be sweet! Tune in next Wednesday. 🙂

Sometimes ‘tranquility’ can only be found in a cup of coffee (or tea).

Four kids, one dog, two cats, a lizard, cooking, cleaning, cleaning, CLEANING, wiping noses, wiping bums, calming tears, refereeing fights, helping with homework, the endless bedtime routine, reading stories, fixing broken toys, playing cars, doctors appointments, dentist appointments, spills and more spills, outdoor chores, disciplining, finding everything that’s been lost (even by your husband) and don’t get me started on what it’s like when everyone has the flu! Got the picture? Did I mention cleaning? Everyday. ALL day. No wages and NO breaks.

And so I say – sometimes “tranquility” can only be found in a cup of coffee (or tea).

‘Tranquility’, submitted by Damien, was my photo challenge for this week and all I could think of was warm sun on my skin and white sand between my toes – sigh… Obviously winter is a bit of an obstacle, so instead of soft sands and lapping waves I photographed a stay-at-home Mom.

“Stay-at-home Mom” / “tranquility” – catch the irony?

These photos are probably never going to end up in National Geographic and it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll get nominated for any awards but I do hope that they manage to capture and honour a small portion of every regular Mom’s day.  I remember those years at home with little ones. Being a stay-at-home Mom is the most difficult and least honoured profession in the world!

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A huge THANK-YOU to my friend, Sylvie and her four beautiful kidlets for letting me invade their home for an afternoon. YOU are all amazing!!!

Next week’s challenge – ‘DANCE IN THE RAIN’ – submitted by Ginny. Oooooo!!! Sounds fun! Check back on Wednesday.

It’s as Cold as Ice!

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Love the abstract play of ice on windows.

Us Creston Valley peeps are wimps… It’s been minus 8 – 16 degrees this week and we’re freezing – brrrrrr!!! (I’m rolling my eyes because I know that all you folks who live in the truly arctic areas of Canada are laughing at us right now.) However, I am grateful for this little cold snap because I found ICE everywhere.  A big thank-you to Valerie for submitting ‘ICE‘ as a photo challenge it has been a fun week of ice hunting and ice play!

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This is a view of the tree in our backyard through the ice covered greenhouse windows.

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Funky icy bubble formations on our pond.

And not only is ice fun to photograph it’s apparently a lot fun to play on as well! Couldn’t resist sharing these silly pics of my son and his friends sliding around on our frozen pond yesterday afternoon!Ice_04_Logo

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Next week’s photo challenge, submitted by Damien, is ‘TRANQUILITY‘.  Ahhhhh… I like the sound of this one! Check back next Wednesday to see how tranquil I can be! 😀

The LOVE photo challenge – probably not what you’d expect.

“All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.” ~Author Unknown

My first idea for the challenge ‘LOVE’ was quite uninspired, although as the week progressed I roused my inner artist and came up with something a little better.

I have never been a horse person myself, but my daughter and most of her friends are die-hard horsey girls. I have often heard them exclaim, “Who needs boys when you’ve got horses!” And from what I’ve witnessed and been told, this kind of horsey love lasts a lifetime.

Pictured here is my daughter’s friend Maddy and her two geldings, Detour and Breeze.

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A big thank-you to Maddy and her “boys” for modelling and also to Ginny for submitting this challenge!

I already did the draw for next week’s challenge  *drum roll please* – “ICE” – submitted by Valerie. Hmmm… this is a good one to get during the wintertime! Check back on Wednesday next week – hopefully I can make “ice” inspiring. 😉

Happy day my friends!