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.

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.

rushing creek, creek
Rushing Creek

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

creek, rushing creek
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.

rushing creek, creek
Rushing Creek

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

creek, rushing creek
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?

fern, macro, extension tubes
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.

macro of Angel face
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.

Coleus leaves
Coleus, up close and personal

Still a pretty picture though.

More Photos, Columbia River, Granite Mountain

It was another nice day the other day, I took the opportunity to take a few more photos while on a drive back from Trail. One shot is of the Columbia river on my return from Waneta, the second a shot of the river with Granite Mountain in the distant background, and the third a snap of the birch tree-lined road down to the Birchbank picnic area.

Columbia river, river, water, blue sky
Columbia River

It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies, and spring was in the air.

Granite mountain, mountain, snow capped mountain
Granite mountain

 

One more for luck…

Birch trees
Birch lined road

 

Visit with the Fam’

We are visiting our daughter and family again, can’t ever seem to get enough, especially with my grandson and lil buddy Madden. We had some great bonding time today, we went for a walk and even though it was cold enough to see your breath the chance to hang with the ‘Mad” made it worthwhile. I tell you, he warms the cockles of my heart.

20130126-210800.jpgWe’ll be back home tomorrow and take up life where we left off. I’ll get back to the routines of reading, writing, and relaxin’, sorry no ‘rithmatic.

I shall try to accomplish some of those tasks that have fallen through the cracks, that of updating the photos in the gallery, adding more pages of Charles Reeves memoir, and just generally trying to do a little bit of everything. The fun and games never ends, so much to do and so little time.

The weather here has been so so, better than many years in the past but not as good as some, and certainly not as nice as other areas of BC or Alberta. It’s the sun I miss, the inspiration and invigoration it gives me. It chases away the winter blahs and perks me up. I am so looking forward to spring, and I know it’s not good to wish away you life but come on I need some sun. Soon I’m told, soon.
grandmother, grandson, love

Another Christmas Photo

Ok, so here’s one family-type photo posted of the many taken. I put all of them up on the gallery site but depending on your access you may or may not be able to see the bulk of them. The gallery can be accessed from the Sklapsky.ca site and it appears I should put a link on this site as well.

In this blogging process I frequently feel as if I’m talking to myself, or at best like Tom Hanks talking to the basketball in his movie “Castaway”. Is there anyone out there? No matter, I do it for myself as much as anything.

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