i heart faces – sun flare

I’m temporarily coming out of a self-imposed blogging break to participate in this week’s i heart faces challenge. I had actually planned to share a very recent sun flare photo but, today, I’m drawn to this outdoor shot taken last spring. Could it be that I want to replace my reality of cold, snow-covered days with memories of much warmer times when the boys and I spent our afternoons at the park? Yep, sounds about right.

In the photo, my then 2 1/2-year-old is lying on the boardwalk to get a closer look at the swans. The swans, thinking that they’re about to be fed, swam a little closer. And I, armed only with my compact digital camera snapped away, marvelling at the great luck of having swans, my son and sun flare reflections in the water all in one shot. The planets aligned then. Perhaps, it might happen again tomorrow. I see warmer days ahead. Don’t you?


scavenger hunt sunday

5 Photos – 1 Camera – 1 Hour. Yep, that’s my sub-theme for this week’s scavenger hunt for no other reason than my DSLR battery dying this morning and knowing that I’d be spending the afternoon with my favourite fellas at our favourite restaurant.

1. the view above – On our way to the restaurant.

2. something hot – And, I don’t mean our food. Still don’t get it? See theme #4.

3. something cold – Little Dude sucks back his coconut shake … the shake being the cold part.

4. electronic – My hot hubby pulled out his Blackberry to keep the boys occupied while we wait to be served.

5. sparkle – Had a hard time getting my bling to bling in this self-portrait. I blame being in a moving car and my husband making funny faces at me.

A couple of my interpretations were a bit of a stretch, I admit. But no matter. Lunch was both yummy and fun. Now go visit Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk to see how others interpreted this week’s themes.

Here are the themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. Black and White (next week’s Paper Mama theme)
  2. I Ate This… (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  3. Historic (Dina’s Suggestion)
  4. Off-Center (Dina’s Suggestion)
  5. The End (Dina’s Suggestion))

scavenger hunt sunday

It’s that time of the week again. My favourite photo challenge at Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk. When I saw the themes last weekend, I breathed a sigh of relief. Everything seemed doable. But as always, I left it a bit too late and had to scramble to put this together. I seem to have fallen off my groove with the big fancy camera and used my little compact digital for the last 2 shots.

1. self-portrait – No young child or animal was hurt during this very brief “jump” photo shoot for my 52-week project. My ego, however, was badly bruised.

2. handmade – The boys and I made a couple of these Wednesday evening. Not quite as spiffy as Ashley’s crown from The Paper Mama, I’m afraid.

3. orange – Not the crown but LittleR Dude’s shirt. Just needed to show off his crown, too.

4. candle – Kaboom!

5. traffic signal or signs – I don’t get out much so this is all I’ve got.

Here are the themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. The View Above (next week’s Paper Heart Camera theme)
  2. Something Hot (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  3. Something Cold (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  4. Electronic (Mandy’s suggestion)
  5. Sparkle (Mandy’s suggestion)

scavenger hunt sunday

1. boo!

2. black

3. texture

4. wet

5. language

This was a quick post. Very behind on many things. I do love seeing other people’s interpretations of the Scavenger Hunt themes and hope to visit your sites a little bit later today, possibly even later in the week. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Here are the themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. Self-Portrait
  2. Handmade (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  3. Orange (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  4. Candle
  5. Traffic Signals or Signs

water droplets

We woke up to a thin layer of snow covering the ground. By late-morning, wet-snow was pelting down and blanketing the yard. The boys, of course wanted to go outside. And they did. I took a few shots of them with the D70 from inside the house. Then I joined them outside, taking the smaller P6000, and got some interesting shots of the water droplets on a few of the tree branches.

scavenger hunt sunday

This week’s scavenger hunt was very challenging for me for 2 reasons: I have very little experience in night photography and ditto for sky scapes. On the other hand, I do have 2 children and they do eat a lot. Interestingly enough, my favourite photos this week turned out to be the ones that posed the biggest challenge (night and sky).

All photos except the children image were taken with my little Nikon P6000. I’m enjoying a little break from the clunky DSLR this week.

1. the 5 senses – I decided to take a picture of my boys lunch plate since eating pretty much covers all the 5 senses. For my boys, the better the presentation, the more likely they will gobble everything up so I try to make their sandwiches interesting visually.

2. child/children – The boys enjoying a bit of iPad time … closely watched by mommy, of course.

3. dining – Our meals have gone to the dogs!

4. night – I set the camera on a little $5 tripod on our glass deck table and used no flash to get this image. I also used the timer to avoid blur caused by my finger pressing down on the trigger.

5. sky – I like this one because, aside from applying an auto tone edit, it’s pretty much a SOOC.

Check out Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk to see other scavenger hunt entries:

Here are themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. My Town
  2. Something Vintage (October 2010 item)
  3. Tilt-Shift Photography (October 2010 item – Tutorial Here or Tilt-Shift Maker here or Coffeeshop’s Teeny Tiny World)
  4. Dress Up (this could also be “in disguise” – October 2010 item)
  5. Chocolate

scavenger hunt sunday

I only had only 2 photos (#3 and #4) taken for this week’s hunt just before sending the boys up for a bath/shower tonight but I wanted to participate since I missed last week’s challenge. The other 3 were taken only moments ago.

1. side lighting – The hubby in front of his computer.

2. jack o lantern – I should have grabbed the tripod for shot.

3. faces formed in nature

4. sunset – This is as close to a sunset that I got this week. We don’t have much of a view from our house.

5. warm – Nothing warms my tummy like my hubby’s homemade pumpkin pie. Yum!

Check out Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk to see other photo hunt entries:

Here are themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. The 5 Senses
  2. Child/Children (October 2010 item)
  3. Dining(October 2010 item)
  4. Night
  5. Sky