Playful Edits

Here are a few more bokeh photos from the other day… I’ve been playing around with them on Photoshop. My favourite is the pink one. ūüôā

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Moving On

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Speaking of letting go, it seems that it’s time for me to move on from the challenge I created for myself.

At the start of the year, I was feeling stuck with my photography, and so I made up a mindfulness challenged that aligned with my yoga practice and allowed me opportunities to “focus” on my photography.

It started off well.

Midway through, however, I got stuck in a different way.  I was inspired once again with my photography, but sticking with the challenge turned out to be, well, challenging.

For the last couple of months, I have had my list out on my desk, hoping to get back to it.  However, instead of helping me to write, it stalled me completely.

This morning, I am moving on.  I am letting go of the challenge, and returning to my write-when-the-inspiration-arises format of this blog.

After all, it served its purpose.  And some writing is better than no writing at all.

Mindfulness Challenge Week 22: Home

There’s no place like home…

I could have chosen many images to represent home:  our house full of our memories; the soothing beaches we’ve spent hours on searching for treasures; the house I grew up in; the people who make this place feel like home: or any of the scenic spots surrounding this beautiful city.  

Any of these, alone, seems inadequate to represent the feelings of comfort and community that come from having a history in a place, when thinking of the city we live in.

It is equally challenging to place the entire meaning of home in our house; we’ve moved several times and each one felt like home.

Home is more than a place: It is family and ftiends and shared stories and a sense of safety.  It is where our past meets our present.  It is an intangible feeling of being at home, a feeling of belonging.

While waiting for the Canada Day fireworks, we spotted this beautiful rainbow over the water.  The light was mesmerizing.  I decided to use this picture to represent home because it is warmth, beauty, and wonder – just like home.

#createminfulness2017


Mindfulness Challenge Week 21: Breath

When I focus on my breath in yoga, I visualize the sea.

Breathe in, waves recede.

Breathe out, waves wash the shoreline.

Its natural rhythm calms me, draws me into the moment, and brings with it all the soothing qualities of the beach.

It is a reminder to slow down and go with the flow, to let go and ride the waves, so to speak.

The ocean is my motivation, my inspiration.

Mindfulness Challenge Week 10: Imperfection

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Transformation

I’m a little behind on my photo challenge… ¬†Quite apt for this theme: ¬†Imperfection.

This little beach find is perfect for my imperfect theme.  It is slightly cracked, softened by the sea, speckled by the sand, and faded by the sun.  Yet it remains intact, traces of vitality evident in its lines and shape.

Once a vibrant protector of life, it is now vacant.  But the story of life resides in its curves, the scent and sound of the sea still alive within it.

It is imperfect, but it is still beautiful.

 

 

Patterns from the Past 

Behind a bookshelf in what was once my sisters’ room, this floral wallpaper is a remnant of our childhood. Faded and discoloured by sunlight and time, it is a memory of a little girls’ room.

Matching paper lined the walls of my room, the flowers a cornflower blue. The paper was chosen and applied by our mother; we each had a bedspread to match, crocheted by our Memere.  These were the rooms we played Barbies in, made friendship bracelets, and spent hours with a phone glued to our ears.  These rooms were where we giggled late into the night during sleepovers, where we told our secrets to our locked diaries.  They were also the rooms my sisters and I would sometimes make a bed on the floor so we could all be in one.

The shelf that revealed the wallpaper is now in my daughter’s room.  This paper will be peeled and sanded away to prepare for a quiet shade of cream that better suits my parents’ house these days.  But for a little while, we are reminded of the sweetness of a moment in time.

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Mindfulness Challenge Week 8: Possibility

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Projects

New yarn, craft supplies, patterns…

These are the materials that become the projects that become the process that become the product.

This is possibility.

Possibility is creativity and potential.  It is a motivator and a series of choices.  Possibility is positive thinking, expectation, and hope.  It propels us forward.

Possibility is inspiration.

#createmindfulness2017

Mindfulness Challenge Week 8: Simplicity

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This is Simplicity

This photo was taken a number of years ago.  Rather than making a new one, I chose to use this one as it represents simplicity to me on many levels.

I’ve always taken pictures, but this is one of the first photos I took with my DSLR.¬† Even though the camera became more complicated, my style did not.¬† Photography for me has always been focusing on a few simple details, cutting out anything that does not add to the subject matter.

A daisy is that most common flower, found growing wild, picked by children who pull the petals off, and gathered by women in wedding bouquets.  They are grown without fertilizer or fanfare.  Daisies represent purity, innocence, cleanliness Рperfect for the theme of simplicity.

In art as well as photography, a palette of black and white is also simplicity itself.

This photo is  a reminder to pare down the elements in a composition; a reminder that sometimes, simple is best.

Snow on Skylight

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The best place to take pictures on a snow day:¬†¬†Inside, where the fire’s on and the only layer I need is my pyjamas.

There, I can admire the snowflakes gathering on my skylight and pause now and then from my reading and knitting to appreciate the snowy white scene outside my windows.

Later, it will be cleaning cars and¬†clearing walkways.¬† It’s harder to appreciate the snow when snow equals hard work.

For now, I’m happy to stay inside and appreciate from a distance.

 

Mindfulness Challenge Week 5: Self

I could have simply posted a picture of myself for this week, but I wanted something that would represent a part of me.

My morning routine (love mornings) is to wake ahead of everyone else and sit in the quiet (love the quiet) early hours with my coffee (love coffee!) in my favourite seashell mug (beach).

I sit in the same retro-style chair (decorating), wearing my cozy pink (favourite colour) house coat, curled up in a  fuzzy blanket that I made myself (occasionally crafty).

Next to me is my rustic  (love this style) bookshelf stacked with books  (voracious reader), vintage cameras  (photographer) and other mementos.  Beyond theshelf, the sunlight  (love the sun!) begins to stream in through the curtains. 

This is my self.