Visit with Noreen

I just got back with another visit from my cousin Noreen, she’s my first cousin 1x removed, on my paternal grandmother’s side. The only way I know the specifics is by using a genealogy program to tell me. I’m not that smart.

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Noreen and Stewart

She and her husband Stewart are very accommodating and gracious hosts. Each time we visit we talk family and the history of such, and each time I have come away with more photos to scan. On my last visit, prior to this one, I went home with a bag and box of photos and ended up getting about 125 old shots of many family members. This time I collected a few more.

To be honest some of the folks in the pictures I don’t know, and that’s where I will need to rely on other family to assist. Over time I’ll get them all cataloged and organized and will have most, if not all of the photos, in the gallery.

This project, the family history collection and family tree, has become an entity unto itself. While I thoroughly enjoy it, and get some fulfillment from it, the consumption of time is beyond what I expected. I’m not complaining though, it’s also brought me much enjoyment and I’m gratified to see that people are checking it out.

Noreen gave me some suggestions as to other possible photo collections so don’t be surprised if some day I come-a knockin’. Failing that I may be asking some of you to do some scanning for me. That’s once I get my plate cleaned off a bit first.

Have a great day.

A Stroll Through the Past

My stroll through the past continues. Yesterday I took a mental-health day and I used my time to look through some old photos of Noreen’s and scan those appropriate for my trip through history. I can’t describe how nostalgic it made me feel.

One photo in particular struck me, of the hundreds I viewed and scanned, and it was of Aunt Eleanor with a young girl. That little lady is probably well-grown now and likely has kids of her own. If you know who it is please let me know. I will ask Noreen as well, could be her daughter, or grand-daughter.

The photo caught me by surprise in a couple of ways, in the likeness of Aunt Eleanor and how I remember her best, and in my reaction to it. To say I was touched was a wild understatement. I was happy, and sad, at the same time.

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Aunt Eleanor with friend

So many of the photos I looked at brought out some emotions in me, whether curiosity or sadness, happiness or delight. Almost all took me on a trip through time. I traveled to places I know not, to a time before my own, in some cases to visit family I never had the pleasure to meet.

Perhaps that is part of my yearning, to re-meet those I haven’t seen for so long, and to become acquainted with those I’ve never met. Perhaps it’s that clock within me that’s ticking away, telling me that so much time has passed and I should, no, NEED, to see those we call kin. Too much of the importance of family has been lost.

I suspect if we ask most people under 30, maybe even those under 40 or 50, if they see importance in history they likely reply with a no. I’m not talking Roman history or the history of civilization. I’m referring to family history. Something that was once taught and passed down through generations. It was part of our oral traditions.

Now that dialogue and the associated history is becoming less than a memory except for some. In our passage there’s becoming fewer and fewer to walk with, fewer to stroll through the past with. Where has that history, that story, gone? I’m feeling lost.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This weeks Photo Challenge is “Up”.

I chose a variety of shots, from one of my grandson Madden at his 1st birthday, to a few scenic shots I took over the last couple years. At least one would fall into the category of “phoneography”, those taken with my phone. Nice thing about it is that it’s always there.

The sun “Up” picture was taken on one of my morning walks. The feet “Up” shot was taken on the lanai when we stayed in Molokai a few years ago. I loved it there, I hope to go back some day.

The photo taken from “Up” high was shot from the rail line (a bike route) above Christina Lake, BC.

As always other Weekly Photo Challenge entrants can be viewed at “The Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge”.

What, No Sun This Morning?

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Ok, I’m cheating. This shot wasn’t taken ‘this’ morning, but it was taken ‘in the morning’. I took it about a week ago and the morning was not unlike today’s, grey and overcast, cool and breezy, a good day to be indoors.

It’s different than a number of more recent mornings, days where the sun is in full bloom as soon as it peaks over the horizon. Or mornings, like below, where even though the sun’s full glory is not known immediately it’s evident you will witness it soon.

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Now, isn’t there a larger sense of optimism in the lower shot?

But regardless of the sun, whether it’s in or out, I must walk. It needs to become part of my routine, and shortly I may do it on my bike. It’s all uphill but sometimes our days are like that.

I went all out today walking from Maureen’s school back to our home. I’m estimating about 6.5 k or thereabouts. I have stopped for coffee to break up the trek but I’ll be on my way shortly, as soon as I’m done talking to you.

Here’s a couple more shots, as the others were, taken with my phone. Also as this is written. Hope you enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day (or 3) in My Life

I don’t know if we can do more than one day in our lives but here’s a few shots over the Easter weekend.

These first photos were taken on Good Friday, the day family started to arrive.

On Saturday more events were planned, culminating with a family dinner. Some of the photos were taken by Misty, my niece.

Sunday was the sweet finish to the ‘long’ weekend. We began with an Easter egg hunt for the kids and finished off with a great wiener roast and all the fixins’. Home made perogies and potato salad (Grandma S. recipe) were on hand, along with the smokies and dogs. My favourite cookie dessert and a fruit platter finished it off. Too bad I never got pictures of the food.

It’s Amazing What Pops Up – Fall Colours on the Slocan River

Isn’t it amazing what sometimes pops up, what snippets of life and experience just appear. Some may say happenstance, or perhaps good fortune, but I say it’s just plain ‘neat’. Fall colours on the Slocan River were just that.

I was off loading some photos from my camera tonight, trying to find something interesting to post, and I came across some pix I took last fall on the Slocan River. This one in particular caught my eye due to it’s bright colours. It just happened that the light was perfect for a shot like this, so I took it (and a few more too, of course). As I study it now I see it could probably do with some cropping, but hey, it’s late and I’m pooped. It’ll have to wait for another day.

Last year I had gone ‘up the valley’ to pick up a free child’s gate, in anticipation of Madden walking or crawling to places he should not be. On the return, as I crossed the bridge over the Slocan River, I saw the glowing grasses and trees framed by the blue sky and it’s reflection off the water. The fluffy white clouds just set it off. Anyway, here ’tis.

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Fall Colours on the Slocan River

I guess the shots from today will have to wait.

It’s Amazing What Pops Up – Fall Colours on the Slocan River

Isn’t it amazing what sometimes pops up, what snippets of life and experience just appear. Some may say happenstance, or perhaps good fortune, but I say it’s just plain ‘neat’. Fall colours on the Slocan River were just that.

I was off loading some photos from my camera tonight, trying to find something interesting to post, and I came across some pix I took last fall on the Slocan River. This one in particular caught my eye due to it’s bright colours. It just happened that the light was perfect for a shot like this, so I took it (and a few more too, of course). As I study it now I see it could probably do with some cropping, but hey, it’s late and I’m pooped. It’ll have to wait for another day.

Last year I had gone ‘up the valley’ to pick up a free child’s gate, in anticipation of Madden walking or crawling to places he should not be. On the return, as I crossed the bridge over the Slocan River, I saw the glowing grasses and trees framed by the blue sky and it’s reflection off the water. The fluffy white clouds just set it off. Anyway, here ’tis.

fall colours, Slocan River
Fall Colours on the Slocan River

I guess the shots from today will have to wait.

Time Flies

I’ve made some headway with Charles Reeves memoir, as far as copying the text to this site. I’m about halfway now and with luck I get about 5 pages per day. That translates to about 20 something more days at that rate.

I think I mentioned that I went with my Mom to a writers exhibition called the Tucson Book Fair and on our layover in Vancouver I was fortunate to meet a couple of family members, albeit family members a bit removed. One of the ladies I had been emailing back and forth with, exchanging family information. Fay H., the distant cousin, invited me to her home to share with me some of her family history. She had also invited my Great-Aunt Delores to join us, the wife of one of Charles Reeves sons. What a great treat to meet and talk to both of them.

Delores has since given me the contact information of one of her nieces, Noreen, the holder of the original Charles Reeves memoir. I will certainly get in touch with her to talk family. Maybe she’ll lend me some photos to copy and put on here.

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I took some photos the other day of a nearby creek. I was playing with the shutter speed and trying to get the motion of the water to blur and was partially successful. I think I need another run at it to perfect. These were taken at 1/10 of a second, I think at least a second or so exposure might be better. Apparently the slower the shutter speed the better.

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Rushing Creek

The picture below is the same creek just a different location and a wider view.

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Another Rushing Creek

Time Flies

I’ve made some headway with Charles Reeves memoir, as far as copying the text to this site. I’m about halfway now and with luck I get about 5 pages per day. That translates to about 20 something more days at that rate.

I think I mentioned that I went with my Mom to a writers exhibition called the Tucson Book Fair and on our layover in Vancouver I was fortunate to meet a couple of family members, albeit family members a bit removed. One of the ladies I had been emailing back and forth with, exchanging family information. Fay H., the distant cousin, invited me to her home to share with me some of her family history. She had also invited my Great-Aunt Delores to join us, the wife of one of Charles Reeves sons. What a great treat to meet and talk to both of them.

Delores has since given me the contact information of one of her nieces, Noreen, the holder of the original Charles Reeves memoir. I will certainly get in touch with her to talk family. Maybe she’ll lend me some photos to copy and put on here.

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I took some photos the other day of a nearby creek. I was playing with the shutter speed and trying to get the motion of the water to blur and was partially successful. I think I need another run at it to perfect. These were taken at 1/10 of a second, I think at least a second or so exposure might be better. Apparently the slower the shutter speed the better.

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Rushing Creek

The picture below is the same creek just a different location and a wider view.

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Another Rushing Creek

Spring is around the corner – time for some macro photography

I can feel spring in the air, most days at least. It was below 0° C this morning and only warmed up to about +5 or 6. Still too cold to spend much time outside. I did forge ahead the other day though, while the sun was still shining.

I picked up some extension tubes on my last trip to Kelowna. They are used to magnify objects, things you want to take close up pictures of (macro photography). Being that it’s a tad too cold to be outside I thought I’d take some photos indoors.  It’s all about the practice isn’t it?

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Close up of fern

The photo above was a hand-held shot and one thing that jumped out at me right away was the really shallow depth of field.

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macro of Angel face

This photo, above, was of a small angel’s face. Again depth of field is interesting. I think there may be some challenges when using these tubes. I tried a similar shot using Aperture priority however it wasn’t appropriate without a tripod, and the shot was too blurry to use. Note to self, use tripod whenever possible if using extension tubes.

On the other hand the shot below is of one of my Coleus, using a tripod but with one of my zooms, no tubes. I was about 3 – 4 feet from the plant. There’s still a depth of field issue, but probably not as bad as with the tubes.

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Coleus, up close and personal

Still a pretty picture though.