victoria butterfly gardens

it was a cold, rainy day so we thought we’d go to the victoria butterfly gardens to enjoy the butterflies.  the air was warm and humid and smelled just like a tropical rainforest!BUTTERFLIES 2016-5485

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beach musings

we thought we would enjoy watching the lunar eclipse and blood moon while enjoying a warm fire on the Island View beach with friends (we had a weenie roast!).  although we couldn’t see the moon until it was quite high in the sky, we enjoyed listening to the oyster catchers calling along the beach and the nightly calls of the Canada geese as they flew toward their evening nesting site in a nearby marsh.

as it became darker, we could see local water craft dock at their homes along the shores of the neighbouring islands.  the lights along distant shorelines resembled a sparkly necklace that curved around the head of the peninsula. a passing cruiseship slowly made its way past the islands, it’s portholes all lit up and inviting.  we stargazed and could see the outline of the milky way, which was very exciting for me as it is impossible to see more than a few stars when you live in the city.

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books about photography

i would pore over national geographic magazines as a child and was always fascinated by the images that showed us the world, thanks to the dedicated and dauntless photographers who went out and captured them for the world to see.

today, we are able to access whatever we need online, the but i’ve never been able to resist holding an actual book in my hands.  combine photography and books and well, you’ve got an addiction!

i thought i would show you some of my favourite photography books.

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edward steichen

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helen levitt

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vivian maier

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steve mccurry

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here are some books on my (very long) wishlist

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discovering montreal in black and white

the best way to get around montreal is by bus, metro or with your own two feet.  the city is rich in history and hidden corners that one sometimes just sort of ends up in.  i constantly find myself smiling at how my fellow montrealers live and enjoy life.  the sun is getting warmer and soon we’ll start to smell springtime again.

anyone want to go for a walk?  bring your camera… let’s go!

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for those who don’t know what the metro looks like…

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this was taken on an excrutiatingly hot day…

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on an excrutiatingly cold day (i hope i spelled that right!)

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a very early morning (got up at 3:00 a.m.)

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late at night…

me and the motorcycle-

a windy, rainy day

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with the sun at my back