108: the guilty party

Packing to head up to Yellowknife tomorrow, and this guy has been giving me the evil eye/third degree/how-dare-you-abandon-me face all day.



1/60sec, f / 2.0, ISO 1600.

078: dog walking

I promised to walk a friend’s dog today (I do this pretty often, actually) but it was a gorgeous day out.  By the way, taking a photo of a dog who wants a treat is really hard!


1/200sec, f / 4.0, ISO 100.

And the pretty, pretty Hudson Bay Mountains (which is actually my photo for the day, somehow, they got switched when I uploaded them…)


1/500sec, f / 6.3, ISO 100.
(I really do love taking photos of this mountain)

076: just chillin’

Completely unrelated to the picture: Don’t spray your paintings with finishing varnish in the house with all the windows closed.  My house is the land of headache fairies and unhappy cats.



1/40sec, f / 1.8, ISO 400.


074: coconut oil

Everything I touch is currently getting covered in coconut oil, because after seven days of not washing or brushing my hair, an oil treatment was the only way I was going to get my comb through my hair.

(before you ask, I don’t wash my hair, and I was too lazy to comb it)

So, a small handful of hair and a substantial amount of grease later, my hair looks like it is SUPA’ STYLED.

PS: I hate all the little torn hairs, but my hair is really thick and hard to brush, and it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE not to break the strands when I brush it (even when I do on a regular basis…)



1/13sec, f / 1.8, ISO 800.

073: I hate sundays

No, really.

I don’t own a car.  Nothing is open, except the grocers.  Not even the gym.

Sundays are the bane of my existence, here.

Here’s two things entirely lacking in creativity:


1/15sec, f / 1.8, ISO 800.
(Reflection in the window)


1/60sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(my bear. I bought him in Iqaluit, NV.)


071: stupid clouds

Today was really dreary and overcast.  With the fresh snowfall yesterday, it made it almost impossible to take scenic photos today.  Clouds kept rolling in and obscuring my view.


1/250sec, f / 11, ISO 100.


Snowing heavily all day today.  Despite me buying spring flowers.

Jerk weather.


1/50sec, f / 5.0, ISO 100.

065: more of my cat

I feel bad with how often I take photos of my cat.  But then I think that other people have spouses and children to take photos of, and I don’t.  So here’s two cute ones of my cat this morning.  He was trying to attack my lens.


1/8sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.


1/8sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.

062: The Night

My house had a showing this evening (it is for sale), so I had to be scarce for a bit while my landlord showed it to an entire family, with kids and everything, and I came home to something on my wall which was knocked down, but I digress…

Anyhow, I took myself, my camera, and my tripod out for a walk to see if I could come up with anything interesting.  Well known fact: Smithers turns into a ghost town after 6PM, and even my attempts at highway photography proved fruitless.  It’s hard to take streaky car photos when there’s only one every minute or two.

I can’t decide between two photos that I took, so I will share both of them.  The first one was taken behind my house in the alleyway, where the only light is the neighbour’s light to his shed.  The second was taken up the street, and see what I mean about deserted?


5 sec, f / 6.3, ISO 400.


2 sec, f / 5.6, ISO 400.

And one more from my phone, because it’s adorable.  Look!  It’s my two favourite things.

A cat and his camera.

photo (2)


054 – kinda late, oops

Not a great photo, and it’s late besides. Yesterday was kinda hectic, and not worth the trouble to dig my camera out of my carry-on.  I took a sunset photo, too, but there was too much lens flare, and I didn’t like it.


1/60sec, f / 5.6, ISO 800.

053: little photographer

My last day in Vancouver before I head back home, and I tried to convince my little brother to have a bit of a photo shoot with me.  Mom unearthed some old Fujica cameras that my grandpa gave her, and I was trying to teach my brother about how cameras didn’t used to have screens where you could see the pictures right away, and that you had to send your ‘film’ away before you could see your pictures.

He thought I was crazy, and that it was a stupid idea.


1/8sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.
He kept posing like this until I told him it looked like he had boobies.

Swapped to my prime lens here, and increased my ISO.  He can’t stand still.  There were a lot of really (I mean, REALLY) blurry photos.


1/100sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.


1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 800.


1/100sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
“What the heck does this do?”


1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 800.
It took a ton of conniving and asking and pleading to get him to repeatedly pose like this until I got a shot I wanted. Damn kid, quit wiggling!


1/125sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
The last photo I took, I let him be as silly as he wanted to. He chose this. I thought he looked like a zombie, so I edited it accordingly. All his little freckles make him look a bit diseased. I like it.

052: When the sun shines, it pours

I made a two hour voyage by transit today in Vancouver just to go visit the sea for 30 minutes.  Worth it.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 16, ISO 400.
(English Bay)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/640sec, f / 16, ISO 400.
(graffiti on Davie St)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 18, ISO 400.
(Canada Place, with the mountains peeking from behind)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/10sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.

Day Zero Three Four: January Photo Challenge: DOORS

Day 23 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com, and the challenge was “Doors”.

“Hippies, please use the back door.” – a random sign I found in Vancouver.  Home sweet home!


Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 5.6, ISO 400.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/30sec, f / 5.0, ISO 400.
(The Sistine Chapel found its way to the sidewalk on Robson and…and…that street with the Chapters building. Thurlow?)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.


Day Zero Three Three

I didn’t have time to do today’s photo prompt, but because I’m doing a 365, I have to post something.  Not a great photo, but it’s what I spent the better part of today doing: packing.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/40sec, f / 1.8, ISO 1600.

Day Zero Three Zero: I made a mistake.

I made my previous decision last night at 11PM (a time of evening when I am rarely cognizant).  Nothing good ever comes of being awake past 11PM in my mind, and this is another instance of which it is utterly true.  So, after your comments (and a text message or two), I apologize.  In reality, I was shamed into continuing, simply because I never finish what I start.  Ever.  And I am hard on myself – I honestly believe almost every decision I’ve ever made has ended in failure.  So, shamed and embarrassed for being such a twat, I’m going to continue the January Photo Challenge over at Fourtuitous.com.  Today is Day 19, and the challenge was “Fur”.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/20sec, f / 5.6, ISO 1600.
(my bus sitting on a rabbit fur pelt)


Day Zero Two Six: January Photo Challenge: BUNDLED


Day 15 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Bundled”

I’ve gotten really good about taking my camera with me whenever I go out and about these days.  Because of the crazy weather yesterday, everything was covered in hoarfrost today (why couldn’t you have been covered in frost yesterday? WHY?) and I went for a walk to the post office and to grab a bite to eat at a little organic diner we’ve got in town.  So I took photos!

But first, my Photo of the Day:  About once or twice a year, I settle in for an entire morning, and make homemade beeswax candles.  My haul for today is this set of a dozen drip candles (plus six shotglass candles), all bundled up and ready to go.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/40sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.

A few more shots from making candles this morning:


Canon Rebel XS. 1/13 sec, f/ 5.6, ISO 400.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 4.5, ISO 400.

And now a few from my walk this morning.  It turned out to be a pretty nice day!


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 14, ISO 400.
(trees covered in hoarfrost)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/250sec, f / 11, ISO 400.
(taken through my sunglasses, not edited)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/100sec, f / 8.0, ISO 400.
(om shanti, om)

…and that brings me to this.  I went to Two Sisters for lunch today, and these pretty flowers were on the table I was eating at.  So I snapped a quick pic in the sun, and for the LIFE of me, I can’t decide which edit I like the best.  What are your preferences?


Day Zero Two Five: January Photo Challenge: FROST

Day 14 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Frost”.

It warmed up to just a couple degrees below zero today, bringing in a massive fog bank that hasn’t bothered to lift all day.  Haven’t been able to see much further than this tree all day, thanks to the frosty little molecules in the air.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 16, ISO 400.

Day Zero Two Three: January Photo Challenge: FLAKES

Day 12 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Flakes”.

With two-plus feet of snow on the ground, today’s challenge wasn’t much of a challenge at all (which is wonderful, because I’ve really struggled with a couple of them – for the sake of keeping things interesting, and all that…)

My photo for the day is lovely Lorraine during our snowshoe hike today.  The day started wonderfully, and I dragged my sorry self out of bed and headed down to the farmer’s market to meet Linda (and get some fresh eggs!  our chickens haven’t been producing lately in the valley, so eggs are in short supply).  After lunch, we headed to Lorraine’s house and went snowshoeing up on the ridge overlooking town, and then down and across Col Lake.

It was a lovely way to spend the day.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/250sec, f / 13, ISO 400.
(lovely Lorraine)

And now a few extras!


Canon Rebel XS. 1/30sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.
(the coveted item: farm fresh eggs)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 13, ISO 400.
Hey look, I’m actually in a picture! I asked Lorraine to take a photo to prove I was on the hike (instead of the one photographing, like usual)


Canon Rebel XS. Photoshop CS5.
A pretty panorama of our ski slopes – Hudson Bay Mountain (on the right)

Day Zero Two One: January Photo Challenge: SOCKS

Day 10 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Socks”.

I have lots of pretty funky socks, but…how on earth do you make socks interesting?  Here’s my best attempt with the socks I chose to wear today.  They mismatch.  I like it.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/100sec, f / 2.5, ISO 400.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 400.