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beautiful day…

today is gorgeous…a blue, blue sky, which I absolutely love, sunny, a bit windy, but 49F which is none to shabby at this point! I managed to snap a few shots on my walk at one of the public access for Lake Nipissing.    The whole lake is still completely frozen, but it is beginning to open at the shore, at least it is a start…there is already a small amount of debris on the shoreline, always is in the spring.  It is from the people who ice fish out on the lake in the winter, they are supposed to cart their garbage/debris home with them and most do…if you look closely at the second and third photo you will see the debris…it will eventually get washed up on shore and be cleaned up.

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FYI…these photos were taken with my iPhone 5…


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oranges & grapefruit…

my mother has a huge grapefruit tree and a much smaller orange tree on her property in Florida, she has enjoyed an abundance of grapefruit in the last 7 years.  the orange tree is only a couple of years old so not much fruit from it, 9 oranges I think she said…

I don’t eat grapefruit, but apparently these are delicious!  she gives them away by the bag full every year…

grapefruit.2013below is the lovely flower on the tree along with the tiny green grapefruit…

grapefruit2.2013below are the tiny new oranges…it is interesting when they are this tiny they look exactly like the grapefruit…even the flowers do!orange tree.2013


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I’m using my camera as much as possible while I’m away…taking photos of everything that catches my eye…trying to figure it out as I go…

this little fellow is very tiny, I don’t think he would be any larger than an inch…he just sat there while I snapped away, I zoomed in as much as I could…taken in Leesburg, Florida

tiny greenfrog.2013leesburge

the pilot and crew managed to find a parking spot so the could go for lunch…taken in Traveres, Florida

airplane.2013.leesburgethere actually were about seven of these fellows, but they wouldn’t cooperate so I could get them all at once…taken in Marco Island, Floridathreebirds.marco.2013


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visions from my walks…

while I’m away I’ve gotten back into my walks…had to stop for awhile at home due to the terribly cold weather…here are three lovely flowers, unfortunately I don’t know their names…if anyone does please let me know!   a blogging friend of mine who takes many gorgeous photos of flowers said the first is a bougainville, the the 2nd, and 3rd are hibiscus…

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I’m around…

I thought I should do a post to let anyone who happens to stop by that I’m away…left February 15th returning March 17th.  with the exception of answering emails, I’ve not been online…I will visit and post when I have the time…below are photos from Florida…

this fellow is having breakfast in Dunedin…bird eating dunedin .2013Lake Dora, Tavares, lakedora.taveres 2013part of the Clearwater Beach skyline…clearwater skyline.2013these are the first photos taken with my “new to me” Nikon DSLR  camera…I’m having fun experimenting with it…after only a few days I realize already I need a macro lens, possibly a stronger zoom lens?  will see after a bit more working with it…

 


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looking west…

I wanted to play a bit with this photo as I thought it had great potential…as you may have noticed I’m a huge fan of contrasts…so that is what you will see today…below is the original photo…this was taken last Saturday before I went the the Radar Runs…

sunsetpark.lookingwest.original.2013this is  threshold adjusted…

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sepia of course…I’m becoming a fan of sepia, it adds interesting colour to the photo, giving an aged appearance to the photo…

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radar run…

today was a beautiful day…sunny, no wind to speak of and not terribly cold!  I saw in the paper the snowmobile Radar Runs were taking place today at Sunset Park,Lake Nipissing, so I decided to take a few minutes and take a look…I used to love going to these events when I was younger…driving a snowmobile was very high on my list of a good time…I managed to get a few photos, but I have to say the lack of attendance surprised me…there were a large number of participants but very few spectators…years ago when I attended it was wall to wall people, it was difficult to get a good viewing spot for each event…radarrun.sunsetpark.2013.

the photo below should be to the left of the photo above…didn’t know how to pan with the camera so did it in two shots…regardless of the lack of spectators the participants  to enjoyed themselves…if you look very closely at the top photo you can see the track just left of centre in the photo…

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just finished his races…

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favourites…

I’d decided to show you a few of my favourite photos today…but…I’ve been having an issue with the photos showing up on the page properly…anyone else having a problem with this?

 

frothy at the shore.2012. (557 x 421)

corner house.14.2013

Island off Champlain Parknaked trees...lake nipissing 2010 (710 x 382)


looking for heat…

today is one of those days when I’m thinking of Florida…so I’m posting three photos from there…

this is one of the beaches at Naples, at the end of 5th Avenue…there was a person laying on the sand that was rather close so I used the cloning brush and brushed him out…kind of a cool process…this was my first attempt…I think it is rather visible but I’m sure my technique will improve over time…Naples 2012this is the same beach but if you look way down on the right you will see the white of the condos/high rises farther down…again I used the cloning tool to eliminate a body I didn’t want in the photo…very nice beach and not busy at all!!!Naples 20122sa US Navel ship docked at Fort Zachary, Key West…US Navel Ship docked at Fort Zachary key west


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I’ve been playing around a bit more…rather like the results, especially with the luminance and the reverse black & white…

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brightened.2013snow day photo…luminance

luminance sky & branches.2013original photosnow day sky.14.2013


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low visibility or bright & sunny…

yesterday was bitterly cold, more important the wind was very strong & raw, it was a north west wind so it came of the lake, whipping up the snow and blowing it around…I took two photos yesterday of ice huts on the lake to show you what kind of day it was…today I took photos of the same ice huts to compare…

single ice hut.2013above is yesterday…visibility was very low…below is today, still very cold but nice!

ice huts.3.2013 ice huts 2.2013

again above is yesterday and below is today…the wind is still cold today but nothing like yesterday…

ice huts.5.2013there was a time when I enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling…I’m passed that now!   🙂


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more snow photos…

the weather here has been so strange…tons of snow…bitter cold, warm and rain, now back to bitter cold today…makes it difficult to walk!  which I miss, can’t take photos…the photos below were taken back on Feb. 13th…

I liked the snow on the pole like this, with the blue sky and branches in the back ground…

snow on the post.2013the next two photos are of the same bush/hedge, the first is of course head on… snowy bush.2.2013it amazes me how these branches can hold up with all the snow on them, as they look very delicate, as branches go… snowy bush.2013


more warm weather shots…

Daytona Beach, 2008 or 09 not sure which…I used to enjoy visiting…was rather disappointed the last time I was there in 2011…  datona beach.2008Daytona Beach…found these two photos,  figured they would make good warm weather shots daytona beach. 2008.PS…it is considerably warmer here today 9F, a balmy day… 🙂  so I’m going to walk today, will take photos but they will be snowy winter ones!


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warm weather thoughts…

it is still very cold here…-24F with wind chill right now!  it is expected to warm up in the next few days…I’m looking forward to it…but for today my photos will be “warm weather” shots…

this is a view from the vehicle on the way to Key West…although slow going the trip from the mainland to Key West is beautiful…so much to see along the way…so far, we’ve been fortunate to have perfect weather during the drive to and from…drive to key west 2012

below is a very small part of Shipyard Condominiums, Truman Annex, Key West Florida, it is a great complex of condos…all are individually owned many rented out to winter vacationers…by the week, month or season, which ever is preferred…this complex is beautifully landscaped with a pool in the centre…only two blocks from Ducal Street…what ever you are looking for is within walk distance…

truman annex.2.key west.2012this is a small shopping area to the south of Mallory Square…have visited it numerous times and never found it any busier than it is below…not sure why it is a pretty area, nice shops…the cruise ships dock just to the right and in front of this area maybe people don’t venture here as they think it will be terribly busy???

key west, newr mallory square.2012


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baby it’s cold outside!!!

enough said about the temperature!  but it is freezing…

I’ve two photos of a gorgeous blue sky with white fluffy clouds, that I took the last day I was taking photos, the day I took all the snow photos…feels like a long time ago!  these photos  are soft, delicate and fluffy…  😉  I love to watch the sky/clouds, there is always something wonderful to see…

cloudes.2.2013 sometimes simple is good!clouds.2013


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snow!

I’ve not been for a walk for a couple of days…way too cold for my liking…with wind chill -26F, over night with wind chill -38F…brrrr…I have to go to the post office today so I will take a walk around one of our Malls…that’s the best I can!  😉    One of my visitors told me she looked forward to seeing my snow photos so I’m going to show three more today…these were all taken on the same day last week…after one of our snow storms…

this poor little bush was weighed down with all the snow…

spikes.2013 I thought this one was rather interesting with the red of the branches & white of the snow…nice contrast…rather heavy load on the delicate branches though…red & white.2013 the photo below is the kind of visual that appeal to me…I love the way the branches curve & bend every which way…they are their own abstract painting!  hanging in there.2013


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colourize & colour enhanced…

I’ve down loaded a new photo software program, PhotoScape…it is simple to use, easy to find my way around, for the most part…especially when I take the time to play a bit…of course there are settings I’ve no idea of what they do but that will come with experimentation.   I tried GIMP a couple of weeks ago, while I’m sure it is a great program  I found it too complicated for me right now…I would have to learn the software before I could do any thing and didn’t want to take the time…PhotoScape I could jump right in and do things right away…so I did a bit of experimentation today to see what I could come up with.

this has been colour enhanced…I rather like the little sparkles all over the photo…and the blue is part of the enhancement…

crow.2012.colour enhanced. 2013I simply colourized this photo…”pretty in pink”

hsf.heather.cote.after the snow.14.2013.colour enhanced this was colour enhanced…looks better than the originallavasse river. 2010 (600 x 400)colour enhanced


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this is one of the public accesses I like to stop at on my walks…this was taken November 13, 2012, on a blustery day…Lake Nipissing is famous for being calm one minute and gale force winds the next, which has led to some rather frightening times on the lake, when I was younger…not gale force this day but windy non the less…

lake nipissing11.13.2012this is the exact same location…a bit broader photo, you see more of the trees on the left. this exactly one month later…December 13, 2012…looks more calm and serene this day!

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clear skies and ocean…except one!

I have many more snow photos but I thought maybe I should show you something else…we did get some snow last evening…not sure how much…enough to need to shovel!keywest2010this is in new town in Key West…it is not far from where you come on to the island…pretty but I prefer old town, it is much more quaint!

keywest.marina.2012Key West marina…there is a nice boardwalk, with restaurants, in case you need to keep your strength up…

cherry point.2010this is Lake Nipissing when the water has been drawn down, the left hand point is called Cheery Point…they draw down the water every fall to avoid flooding in the spring…I used to live to the right of the photo…we had a huge sand bar, often similiar to this,  most falls…in the twenty years we lived there I remember a couple of times we had flooding in some areas along the shore line…we had damage done to our break wall and water came up very close to the house…I moved from this house in 2010…


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signs of the times…

I’ve  visited this public beach access often during my walks this fall, always finding it clean…but…the other day when I stopped by to take photos I found these two signs, along with the full garbage can?  we have such a beautiful water front, we should respect its beauty…it is such a sad state of affairs when it is necessary to post signs to remind people to clean up after their dog!!!   never mind the logic of people who feel it is acceptable to throw their garbage around the access…as I mentioned I’d always found this access clean but on that day someone had walked their dog and didn’t clean up after it…were they snubbing their nose at the sign?   truly sad…

not dumping 2.2013

by the way…there is the blue snow again…


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from gloomy to sunny…

it is a gloomy, rainy day today…which contributed to my decision to post something sunny and warm from key west…sailboat.keywest.2013withoutframe (2)


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fort zachary park beach…key west

fort zachary beach 2012 (600 x 549)key west doesn’t have wonderful sandy beaches as they are all man made…this one… if you look closely you can see the beach is small pebbles…very hard on the feet…walking in sandals or water shoes is a must…as mentioned before I don’t go there for the beaches…having said that south beach has a much nicer sandy beach, although very small…there is also higgs beach, which I don’t have any photos of, rather small but the sand is better there & smathers beach, the couple of times I ventured there I found the shore line littered with weeds…


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partially frozen lavasse river, champlain park…

lake nipissing...2009 (600 x 346)this is a shot of the partially frozen lavasse river, at the mouth of lake nipissing, which is in champlain park… I’ve visited here many times over the last twenty years as my home was a 5 minute walk from here…


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here it comes…

when I began this blog I consciously didn’t write…my thought was keep it simple…only show the photos, not who I was as a person by writing…I think my photos are very much a part of who I am, but sometimes I feel the need for words…I’ve been visiting a couple of photography blogs since I began this blog…the people have inspired me a great deal, to do what is in my heart..here goes!

cruise ship nose at park beach (808 x 651) (600 x 483)west side of Fort Zachary State Park…Key West


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south beach…key west

this is as you can see a tiny beach at the southern end of Key West…I’ve stopped by and took a few photos, but never actually sat down for the day…in all honesty, in my opinion, Key West isn’t the spot to go for a fabulous beach…although this one is not bad…I enjoy Key West for the smallness, the sun, & the friendliness of the “natives”…having said that it isn’t a place for everyone…I think you will enjoy it if you are somewhat of a “hippy” at heart…or a bit artsy…  :~)

south beach,key west.2012 (600 x 336)


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rail cars across from lake nipissing

rail lines..2012 (600 x 361)


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snow day…

Didn’t venture for a walk yesterday as it was a “snow day”.  I went for my walk this morning…although the wind was biting when walking into it the sun was shining brightly, wonderful day for a walk!    I’m adding a few photos today as I want to show how much snow we received in about 18 hours…I’m not a winter person so I’m not thrilled but I know those who were thrilled!  The photo I posted yesterday morning gives you some idea of how little snow we had before our “snow day”…Environment Canada weather offices says we received approx. 24cm or approx. 9.5 inches of snow…give or take!   Definitly more than I would like…

Parking lot pile…lakeshore drive! parking lot snow pile.dec.22.12 (450 x 600)sidewalk plowed on lakeshore drive…snow 2...dec. 22.12 (484 x 600) snow over hang business, lakeshore drive…snow over hanging.dec.22.12 (600 x 278) again parking lot piles!snow piles.dec.22.12 (600 x 400)


passing by…

cruise ship. park beach2011. (520 x 300)this cruise ship is passing by the beach at fort zachary state park in key west…


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restuarant…key west

key west restuarant. 2012 (600 x 400)Yes…this is a restaurant in Key West…simple fare but good none the less!


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frothy at the shore…lake nipissing

frothy at the shore.2012. (557 x 421)

this was taken a few short weeks ago…how I miss the open water!


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friendly fellow…

friendly fellow...key west.2012 (600 x 451)


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fishing for lunch…

fishing for lunch (612 x 816)


delicate branches heavy with first snow…