Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific (Victoria’s Last Best Cherry Blossoms)

Most of the cherry blossoms in Victoria have already bloomed, so when I saw the theme of this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, I thought I’d have to find something else to photograph.

But lo and behold, the last best blossoms (in my humble opinion) have suddenly burst open. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Springtime Flowers on a Cloudy Day

The weather’s been grey and rainy in my corner of the world this week – great weather for staying warm and cozy inside, but not so pleasant for walking outdoors.

Yesterday my husband and I ran some errands at our local shopping centre and didn’t feel like we had much to smile about as the cold rain started to soak us through. (Like many West Coasters, we don’t bother to use an umbrella. I’m not sure why we do that – I used to tell people that after living here for awhile, the rain just starts to roll off our backs, like a duck.) 🙂

But anyway, in the midst of feeling grumpy and cold, we noticed this colourful display of daffodils, tulips, and other flowers growing in the courtyard. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Easter Sunrise

When I saw that this week’s Daily Post photo challenge was asking us to share our favourite sunrise or sunset photo, I thought for sure I’d be sharing a sunset. I’m not much of a morning person, so I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a sunrise.

But all of a sudden I remembered this special photo I have of an Easter sunrise service I attended at Cadboro Bay in Victoria, BC, a few years ago. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place (in Chartres Cathedral)

In 1991 I went on the trip of a lifetime to visit a cathedral I had studied in an art history course – Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. Coming from Canada, where old buildings are often no more than 100 years old, it was incredible to visit a place where construction began in 1145.

I was fascinated by the beautiful Gothic architecture and in particular the stained glass windows. This is the West Rose Window. I have a dim memory of standing under it in awe. My little film camera didn’t do it justice, but here it is as I saw it. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story (Upon a Sunset Ocean)

This week’s challenge from The Daily Post is to “do some visual storytelling with your photography.”

Imagine a cool, crisp evening with the ocean air in your lungs. There’s an ordinary story unfolding on the Salish Sea near Dallas Road, a dance between boats and ocean wake that’s fun to photograph in the changing light. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of This World (Seagull Stampede on Clover Point)

There’s no question that the scenery on Vancouver Island is “out of this world.” That’s the first thing I thought of when I read the theme of this week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post.

But the challenge is also asking us to find a photo that takes a familiar scene and makes it look and feel like something out of this world. Read more

How to Be an Awesome Passenger on a Winter Drive

Last week, my husband and I travelled to Canmore, Alberta, and experienced some real winter weather. As a result, I thought I could write a helpful blog post with tips on safe winter driving.

But, who’s kidding who… I don’t actually drive. So instead, I’ll share some (mostly) helpful tips on how to be an awesome passenger when you’re on a road trip during the winter. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd (Travelling Alberta)

I love the topic of this week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post, to “explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden.”

This week my husband and I were travelling through Alberta, and I took two photos that seem to fit this theme. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme (Inspired by Magnolias)

Before I moved to the West Coast, the only thing I knew about magnolias was that they were in the title of a very emotional movie called Steel Magnolias.

Then one day I discovered them outside our local library and rushed to take a photo. Read more