I love my yard this time of year. It’s one of the main reasons my husband and I bought this house – even though we’re in the middle of town, in a residential area, we have a super private yard, front and back. One side is lined with cedar hedges, the other by raspberry bushes and a couple maple trees, and the front by giant green bushes (the name of which escapes me). Throughout the yard are lilac bushes, apple trees, a spruce tree, a pine tree, ivy and a whole lot of other smaller plants and bushes. It really is a private, spectacular garden.
Whenever I’m looking for an app for something, I usually do a ton of research looking for the best in category for what my needs are. But one day I randomly found a photography app called Snapseed when I wasn’t even looking. And an hour later, I was in love.
The app has a ton of features anyone would be familiar with, such as cropping, tuning and straightening, but the real prize is the variety of special effects options. My favorite effect, one I use for almost every photo I take with my iPhone or iPad to at least some degree, is tilt-shift. It lets you create a bokeh effect to varying degrees. The area, transition and blur strength is totally adjustable by the user, making for some pretty rad effects.
The app cost me $4.99 but is totally worth it for anyone using their mobile devices for photo editing. The pic below was taken today, on my local hospital grounds.
Today I got flowers. And not any ordinary flowers, no. They don’t smell good; their petals aren’t silky smooth; and they certainly won’t die.
These flowers are made of nails and a nut and a metal washer, but they’re still my favorite kind of flowers, they’re still daisies. And they were made just for me.
One of my passions of days gone by was photography. It took up a lot of my life for quite some time, but somewhere along the lines, I somehow lost that passion. Can’t quite pinpoint when or why, though. Have been thinking lately that maybe it’s time to look for it. And maybe I’ll share that with you, dear internet.
These aren’t photos I’ve taken recently, but rather some of my favorites from the past. I’ve been yearning lately for the season of camping and hiking and playing on lakes; it’s so close, but still not quite here in our neck of the woods (I can barely bring myself to say out loud the fact that it … snowed… a bit today).
So these photos serve two purposes for me, both with the theme of sharing my passions: 1. for photography – perhaps motivation to get my groove back; 2. for the outdoors, and all the adventures that are waiting for me, just around the corner.
This past weekend – August long weekend – finally saw the arrival of summer. The sky cleared, ending a month of daily downpours, and the heat of the sun found my cheek.
My fiance, Russ, and I ventured into the backwoods, down Blackwater Rd southwest of Prince George, to escape the city and commune with nature, if only for an afternoon.
We happened across a beautiful field, filled with wildflowers, where the sun streamed through the trees like a refreshing waterfall.
Further down the road, we came to an amazing hidden jewel – a little lake, bare of houses, cabins or boats. I’ll reserve the right to mention the name of the lake, or the side road we were on, and preserve our secret fantasy that we will one day own it. The scene was perfect in its quietude. There wasn’t a noise to be heard that wasn’t the wind, the lake, a bird, or our own.
Now isn’t that just the height of serenity?