My favorite wine is Dande,
made by Spirit Hills Winery in Millarville Alberta, Canada.
Because it has a perfect combination of honey and dandelions for a delicious, refreshing wine. (It pairs very well with one of my favorite foods, Indian curry.)
My favorite place is Little Bay in Fanny Bay, British Columbia.
Because of it's stunning beauty with mountains on one side, large Douglas Firs on the other side with backyards of homes. Swimming is awesome there in the summer. I even had the chance to swim there in bioluminescence a few times.
(That was magical and very invigorating.)
Happy Woman's Day to all the girls, women, the feminine, the female.
May you all embrace your powers, your talents, your creativity, your wisdom and all the gifts you bring to the world.
May you be showered with love, respect, appreciation on this sacred day and every day of the year.
May you be nurtured as much as you nurture.
May you feel the love you give and may you acknowledge how special you are.
Bringing you a flower wagon. There is a farmer in South Alberta who decorated this great looking old wagon with flowers. It looks fantastic with the foothills in the backdrop and the colorful rocks underneath.
Welcome to a treasure-trove of delights: snow-capped mountains, hot pink flowers, soothing waterfalls, bright butterflies and birds, quaint bridges, a white horse grazing….
Whether calm reflection, inspiration or motivation is your desire, you will find it among these images. Each photo is enhanced by an aptly chosen quotation. Reflect on each saying separately, or view each one in harmony with the chosen photo. This up-lifting collection is an antidote to the images of gloom and doom filling up the daily news. Allow this splendid digital-presentation to ignite your own inspiration and creativity!
I don't need to read more.
I am ordering the CD now.
While not every viewer enjoys the same view — some have a passion for mountains, some long for the sight of the prairie, and others thrill to the bronze of a sculpture — these photos allow for multiple subjects and perspectives. The detail in each one is unique and exquisite, and the colours are remarkable.
These are the renderings of an artist at work, and not merely someone taking a selfie or a quick vacation picture. One is not only a viewer of the visual, but also drawn into the vicarious experience of all the senses: strong olfactory scents — the pungent smell of lush green fields of grass and the freshness of mountain air, the sound of a waterfall or footsteps across a bridge, and the taste of finely brewed tea.
Also, the sense of touch is everywhere present in the tactile quality of a bronze sculpture, the silky feel of petals between thumb and finger, or the roughness of a horse’s mane on the palm of one’s hand. Paradoxically, these photos can both calm the senses and stimulate them, at the same time.
Moreover, one can imagine movement within the images, although the pictures are obviously still: the water flowing, the birds soaring, the petals of flowers opening, the horse lifting its head to a loud sound, the tree branches swaying. There really are no limits to the possibilities.
Furthermore, to the creative mind these photos might over-lap one another, or be juxtaposed. These photos provide images, metaphor, symbols that can be used for further inspiration by not only other visual artists, but also fiction writers and poets. Further, they can be considered as great story-starters for teachers and other educators at all grade levels. They can even prove inspiring to ESL instructors who want to introduce their students to the delights of Canada in a pleasant, relaxing, and uplifting way.
Thus, these photos extend, expand, reach out, reach across so the observer becomes both the viewer and participant bringing his or her own gifts of a unique vision or aesthetic to each picture. In this way, these pictures provide connectedness to all things and the global community — a sense of wholeness, completeness and ultimately pure beauty.
This photo is for Conserviscape Landscape Consulting. The Owner, Tracey and I were talking about xeriscaping. I promised her to dig up some old pictures from my landscaping days. I created this Oriental garden for a client. A sprinkler expert put a drip irrigation system in that used very little water and was directed to the roots, where the water is needed. Using rocks, pebbles in the landscape is only one way of cutting down on water use and maintenance. There are many other mulches that can be used. Once the plants are established they don't need a lot of water and they hardly need any maintenance.
In the prairies we can use grasses and other hardy plants that thrive here. When a garden is designed well it can pretty much maintain itself with a little tweaking here and there. Ask Tracy for her advice on it. What you pay for her advice pays back fast in the money you save later. And the time you save your self is priceless.
Our four year old grandson loves airplanes and likes coming to the airport with his mom to pick us up. This time when he arrived he said he wants to go on the air plane. I promised to take him to the airport thinking we can see the planes taking off and landing. Pretty good for a little boy. So he grabbed his aviator jacket with helicopters and deckles on it and off we went to the airport. A nice looking helicopter landed when we arrived and we had a hard time seeing it because the landing area was covered by buildings.
I decided to go to the office of the helicopter company hoping they would let us look at the landed helicopter. My partner in crime was excited to go in there so I picked him up, thrown my camera on my shoulder and we went to the office. There were a few man sitting there in what seemed a waiting area and a lady behind a desk. I told the lady we were looking for a job. I informed her that our 4 year old grandson was a pilot and I am his groupie. First they froze and then they laughed. I asked the lady if we could see the helicopter and she said yes. I was so excited. My favorite pass time is doing something that gives people pleasure and seeing our grand kids smile makes my heart sing.
Base Engineer Dave hunt showed up and gave us the grand tour of one of their helicopter in the hangar. He sat in the pilot's seat and I snapped some pictures of him looking very serious and involved in his "work".
We than went outside to see the helicopter that landed and later saw it take off. I was able to take some photos of it taking off and here are some of the results. Jet Ranger during takeoff.
I would like to thank Vivian Turcotte, Base Engineer Dave Hunter and the pilots for an unforgettable day.
Please send donations for our grandson's pilot training. (joke)