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I planted a first sowing of peas in my community garden plot this week. Here at home my tomato seedlings are just starting to get their true leaves. I’m spending too much time on Pinterest gathering ideas, planning, and dreaming of gardens. My day and night dreams are filled with all things garden-related.

Part of our assignment for the Be Still – Fifty Two class this week is to print some of the photographs we’ve been taking and then use them in some new photos. I’ve got some ideas, but need to print some photographs before I can try them out. I don’t know about you but I take many photographs but print very few.

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Since I didn’t have any of my printed photographs available this afternoon–my self-proclaimed Photography Practice Day–I decided to do something a bit different. Taking inspiration from my teacher Kim Klassen, and other talented photographers I’ve been following on Flickr and Instagram, I captured some simple images that reflect what I’m focusing on these days. I tried a square crop for a change–it does give a different feel, doesn’t it?

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Nothing fancy, just simple photographs reflecting my simple garden dreams.

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I’m behind.

It started with having to compile information to provide to our accountant in preparation for tax time. Our returns are complicated as we had a foot in two countries last year. I’ve got a handle on it now but it took a few days of sequestering myself in my office to get my head above water.

Our home is quiet today in contrast to the busyness of the past few days as we enjoyed a visit from my daughter and granddaughter. A house is never so silent as it is after a grandchild leaves. I’m still adjusting to the quiet again.

As a result of the extra time I needed to devote to tax preparation, and the special time spent with family, I fell behind in my weekly lessons from the Be Still – Fifty Two class. I’m not sweating it . . . looking forward to catching up though.

This morning I grabbed a couple of simple things from the kitchen to play with light sources per the current lesson. I’m fascinated by how the mood of a photograph can change depending on where the light is coming from.

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Here are three simple photographs where the light is coming from three different directions that illustrate the lesson. There’s no right or wrong, just a subtle difference.

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This got me thinking about how we, as individuals, can perceive the same circumstance in completely different ways. It kind of does depend on where we see the light coming from, doesn’t it? We can choose to see the positive or the negative in any circumstance and, in making that choice, change how we experience it and impact potential lessons we may learn by going through it.

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Interesting, isn’t it? I love how there are lessons for us everywhere if we slow down long enough to see them and, more importantly, learn from them.

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Surviving Winter At The Worm Hotel

March 8, 2015
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It was a beautiful day here in the ‘Loops and we took advantage of the afternoon to head down to our community garden plot to do a bit of prep for the season ahead. I’m anticipating putting peas in the ground before the end of the month. When we returned to Canada last year I […]

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Retirement – One Year In

March 3, 2015
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As I write this it’s early on a quiet Sunday morning in January. Gerry is away for the weekend spending time with his parents who, in their nineties, need some extra attention now and then. My home is quiet, save for the comforting hum of the furnace and the tap-tap of Maya’s toenails as she […]

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Love Is Like A Buttercup

March 2, 2015
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No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t find my photography mojo last week. Kim Klassen’s assignment for our Be Still – Fifty Two class came to me mid-week and I dabbled with this and that over the next couple of days taking many photographs but nothing that really spoke to me. Frustrated, and in […]

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My Thursday

February 26, 2015
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I look forward to Thursdays all week because, even in retirement, life can be busy. I schedule nothing on Thursday that I need to leave the house for. I protect the day. It’s mine. On Wednesday I receive the latest lesson from the Be Still – Fifty Two class I’m taking from Kim Klassen. I […]

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