Hello 2019!

Winter at Port Credit Waterfront, Mississauga//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

While posts have been few and far in between, this year and the years to follow will be more about self care and focusing on what’s important to me. While 2017 was fantastic with opportunities to travel places within Ontario and connecting with family, 2018 was not so easy at all. It was a surprise to even be able to fit in some joyful moments as I look through my social media accounts and see what I captured. Having Screen Time on my iPhone shows me how distracted I am with social media and it brings awareness to where my time is going.

Initially when I started this blog, it was more about the photographs I took. That quickly fell away as I became busy.  Before, I used to loosely plan what I’d like to spend time on (i.e. edit photos that may take an entire weekend or more), life was a bit off kilter as I didn’t do much connecting at all, not even paying much attention to my needy cats.

Yes, I had goals, ideas of what my life would be like five years, ten years down the road. Now I think to myself, how much closer am I to these goals? Did I even attempt to take steps towards these goals? Even with the photos I took, as enjoyable as they were to take because I had to go out to take them (mostly landscapes), it was partly for show like posting on Instagram. It was actually time consuming and Instagram was and is very fickle if you’re not posting every few days. I watched as I gained and lost followers so easily.

Now, it’s about committing to the things that make me happy and letting go of things that are not working for me. It’s also creating a balance. That includes any and all things that relate to connecting with people, creating memories, travel and all things that brings happiness and relaxation. While I will still continue to go out and take photographs, it will be with a sense of purpose instead of just feeding social media just for show. I can’t deny I will still be using social media. I will still be posting for sure. This time it will be with more soul and purpose.

So I begin with backtracking just a bit to Christmas that just past. Yes, I know, it has been almost two months now. Who cares? I like it and it makes me happy to get together with people that matter and having our Sunday best. I also like these photos because it shows how we can celebrate by creating that kind of atmosphere to make it special.

 

For Christmas, I had also put together photo books for family members. What joy it created since each were curated specifically for each recipient. What fun it was to look at these photo books as family members sat around. The stories, the memories, the comments, the likes and dislikes. It made each person feel special as they saw themselves in print, not just digital images on a phone or social media. These photo books are physical items they can pull out anytime, even many years down the road and recall all these memories. Descriptions that include places, dates, and names help jog memories young and old. For my niece and nephews, since they are that age of learning to read, it also helps them see these things written down.

 

**First image: winter, Port Credit, Mississauga waterfront

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World Travel

In retrospect, I look back as to why I picked up a camera in the first place – it was to capture the best moments in my life. These include travel, events and people. The truth is… I’ve always been jealous of those who could capture a moment in a single photo and make it look amazing. As in the case while flipping through many National Geographic magazines. While there were many amazing images, one struck me as memorable – the vibrant green moss growing on vastly tall trees of a forest. I have also been in awe of those I knew personally who took photos of landscapes and family. They looked so professional.

This is when I decided to buy a DSLR and learn. Here are some of my travel photos put together in a short video clip.

Locations in this video:

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and Welcome Centre, Nova Scotia
Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, Hamilton, Ontario
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario
Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Beagle Channel, Patagonia, South America
Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park, Ontario
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Crack, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

I look forward to creating more memories and capturing them on camera.

Scenes from Point Pelee National Park

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Did I ever tell you how much I like going to Point Pelee?

I never really knew this place existed until, oddly enough, I played Hangman on the computer. The word Point Pelee kept coming up. It was an odd word and I never knew it existed. One day, curiosity got the better of me and I did more research on it.

Located in Ontario, it’s the southernmost point in Canada and lies just below the 42nd parallel. It is as far south as Rome, Northern Spain and the northern border of California. It is also known as the Carolinian Zone where the average temperature for the year is 8°C. As described on the official Parks Canada site, “Early scientists called this region the Carolinian zone. Now, it is more generally referred to as the eastern deciduous forest, except in Canada where the term Carolinian is still popular because of its southern flavour.” Considering the massive size of Canada, this zone is only a tiny fraction of the country. The reason it stays warmer than Laramie, Wyoming (which is considered the center of the continent and on the same parallel as Point Pelee) is because it is surrounded by large bodies of water that helps to maintain heat better. It serves as a migration center for birds in the spring and fall and plays host to 370 species of birds.

This year, I managed to make two trips to the park and only because I was working on location in nearby towns. With the three hour drive from where I live to get to Point Pelee, it’s difficult to make it there on its own, unless I make a weekend trip to the area. It just makes it more difficult for sunrise and sunset photography. The park does operate from 6:00am – 10:00pm in the summer and it does change depending on the time of year it is. As you can imagine, if I really wanted to, I’d have to make an effort to leave at 3:00am just to make it to the gate at sunrise. That is why when I did so, I appreciate being able to get the sunrise shots all the better.

Without further adieu, here’s what I captured in recent weeks:

Lookout Point
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Lookout Point, Sunrise at Point Pelee//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Marsh Boardwalk
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Yellow Pond Lily (Spatterdock)
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Revisiting Point Pelee//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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