Lighting Up the Days & Nights

I look forward to brighter days and spending more time outdoors and connecting with people. One of the things I can’t wait to attend is a waterfront light festival. I love lights and lanterns and as a tribute, here are many of the images I captured on my travels. Some of my favourite scenes are light festivals, holiday lights and lanterns.

 

Buenos Aires Skyline at Night

 

Downtown Hamilton, Ontario

 

Dundurn Castle

 

Toronto

 

Koryo Korean Restaurant and Bar

 

Soul Sessions

 

Holiday Lights

 

Distillery District, Toronto

Lights and Lanterns

 

Lumina Borealis

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Winter in Cootes Paradise

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I haven’t been out much to do walks the last few years. I’d like to get to it eventually and make it a regular thing, even if it’s as short as 20 minutes a day. Any walk is better than none. I usually don’t like to create New Year’s resolutions because they end up as big fails. I learned to create goals for weekends where I can commit more time to doing things. Creating an unofficial list of things to do, I feel I achieve more. There will be days of course where things just need to be attended to, i.e. my needy cats who want attention. Today for example, I think I spent the first five waking hours of canoodling my cats all the while trying to get breakfast together. This weekend being a long weekend (Family Day on Monday), I think it’s excusable. Other days, I just put them in a room and get to my list of things to do.

Some of the more simple things I can do on a weekday where my spare time is short and I’m tired is do stretches while watching t.v. and cook as little as possible to be able to spend more time with cats (cook on weekends and store).

Without much further ado, aside from snow tubing, I managed to get to the waterfront in the city and photograph the frozen lake. It has been on my hit list for the last few years since I noticed people walking on the lake every winter. I’ve even seen a wind surfer.

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Hello 2019!

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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

Autumn Equinox

For the first day of fall, here are images from past years covering some of Ontario’s nature trails, some of which are a part of the Bruce Trail that spans 890km.

 

Dundas Peak

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Tiffany Falls
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Cootes Paradise

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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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Upper King’s Forest Park
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Toronto, Ontario

A time lapse video of the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square and a view of the Toronto skyline at dawn set to a song called Investigative Medium.

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.

A Waterfall of Turqouise and Sun

Well, okay….I took that title from a game one of my publishing classmates put on Facebook where you fill in the blanks to create a title – place, birthstone and weather.

This said, I made a few visits to Niagara Falls to capture the Wonder of the World in winter. I have been eyeing photographs posted on a photography group’s Facebook page and wanted to capture the same. I came in after the deep freeze and did not have the same effect – frozen waterfalls and icy river. I still managed to capture some beautiful scenery. And so, here it is:

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Sunrise Time Lapse

Cloudy Sunrise Time Lapse