Monthly Archives: February 2013

Spruce tree in a Snowstorm

A mix of rain, sleet, ice pellets and snow.

Good thing I have nowhere to go today, and instead I get to stay in my pjs, drink hot chocolate, and build a cardboard castle for Playmobil and Lego figures.

I know, you’re jealous. Sorry ’bout that.

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Snowball

As I tossed shovelfuls of snow over the berm alongside my driveway, an avalanche of miniature snowballs rolled gently into place amidst a sea of sparkles.

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From the Archives: Denali Caribou

We lived an adventure in Fairbanks, Alaska back in 2003-2004. My partner was working as a biologist while I wrote up my Masters thesis in a small cabin in the woods outside of town. The winter days were enveloped in that magical blue light, and everyday at 12:30 pm I would bundle myself up against the cold and trudge down the road to the top of a little crest so I could feel the sun on my face for a few moments before it disappeared under the horizon. Needless to say, when summer rolled around you got out and about as much as possible, drinking in the daylight.

Being a biologist has it’s benefits – we managed to volunteer with a project in Denali National Park for a few days, with free room and board. What a majestic untouched piece of wilderness that is.¬† Even the ‘bou seemed in awe of the landscape and possibilities before him.

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Ice bubbles

In awe of all the ice sculptures at Winterlude – crazy talent, that – but it was the ice bubbles that totally blew me away.

(get it? teehee).

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An Oceanic Ode Part 6

Saying good-bye to Cuba (for now), with a last look at a pastel ocean view. I need to embrace the last month of winter, while it’s still here.

I’m off to check out some ice sculptures at the Winterlude festival¬† today, see you in a bit!

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FYI – these images are not post-processed – just a slower shutter speed while panning created this look.

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An Oceanic Ode Part 5

And the entertainment for the week, aside from the waves crashing onto shore and the clouds drifting by?

The Brown Pelicans and Royal Terns, with elegance and agility, diving for their dinner.

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An Oceanic Ode Part 4

You know, if that’s the colour of seafoam, I don’t know why it gets such a bad rap.

I think it looks especially stunning when coupled with a lilac sky, don’t you?

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An Oceanic Ode Part 3

Two close-ups of the same water body: churned up and silky smooth.

I love how the light is hitting each one differently – one is frosted, the other has dancing circles of light.

Both were a pleasure to immerse myself in.

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An Oceanic Ode Part 1

A spur-of-the moment decision landed us on a beach in Cuba for a week. It was almost like time travel – winter boots and down coat in the morning, flip flops and bathing suit by midday.

There’s nothing much in the world that can compare to staring for hours into an endless body of water, being transfixed by the sound and motion.

And the colours, the colours! oh my. Depending on the light and mood of the day, it was a constantly changing tapestry of blues, greens, and aquamarines.

This week I’ll share images of the watery tableau here, so we can all escape together.

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