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Ellie Kennard has been at 12 events

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Heidi Anne Morris67,765#dogweekend AUGUST 27 & 28th Please post some pictures of dog/s! Event starts Saturday morning (gmt) ends Sunday night No limit to the amount of images. Please try not to post whole albums at once. *exception = if you are working with an Animal Shelter or Animal Rescue please share images of the dogs that need homes* This is a weekend long event open to all. *PLEASE KINDLY SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS* Share with us *:)) it's #dogweekend on Google Plus You can post a picture in the event or if use the tag #dogweekend (your pictures won't show up in the event stream unless you post them directly there - BUT - if you use the #dogweekend tag and post public - everyone will get to enjoy them) :)))IT'S #DOGWEEKEND on GOOGLE PLUS - AUGUST EDITION2016-08-27 10:00:0097  
Azlin Bloor58,812Google+ is turning 5! This is your virtual _PARTY!_ Come and join us, wherever you are, and celebrate with us! *Bring a drink and your favourite canapé!* _Party hat optional!_ Anyone who fancies, can come on and join us Live, even if it's just for 5 minutes! We'll drop the link during the show. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhIJT1LzWok #G+5Global #Gplus5GlobalG+5 Global 5th Anniversary Party!2016-06-26 21:00:0090  
Ellie Kennard56,351*What?* Please join us for the Google+ Two-Year Anniversary Photowalk! *When?* Saturday, June 29th, meeting up at 2 PM. *Where?* At the moment we have it set to start in Kentville, but if another town (Wolfville for example) is identified as being more suitable for the attendees, it can be chosen. Kentville has the Miner`s Marsh area, which is a great place to go. *Why?* This will be a great occasion to meet other photographers in our area, (whether they are on Google+ yet or not) see and photograph some of the sights around us and most of all, HAVE FUN!!!  This is a FREE event, just for the fun of it. And there could be some exciting prizes. Stay tuned! *Who?* Everyone is welcome to participate. Photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to pro.  What if you only have a cell-phone camera?  YES! You, too!  This is a community-organized event.   *How Can You Help?* *We need your help!*  Can you help us get the word out?  Click on the "invite" button and tell your friends!  Second, start thinking about good locations in our area to hold this event - Miner's Marsh, Kentville? Long Beach? Scott's Bay and Cape Split for the more adventurous? Share your ideas for the best place to hold this. The categories for this years Photo Contest are: Macro  Wildlife  Portrait  Landscape  Architecture  Black & White  Sunrise/Sunset  Photo Contest Rules :  Everyone is eligible to enter one (1) photo in each of the seven categories and you may not enter the same photo twice. For instance; it may be a great “Portrait” shot that you got out on your photowalk and you decided to process it in “Black & White.” You will need to choose between one of those two categories as to where to enter it. The photo MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN DURING YOUR PHOTOWALK!  The photos will be judged by the judges and the winners will be revealed in a Live Hangout when completed.  (exact date/time TBD when available) Judges decisions are final. All photos will be available for public viewingG + 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk - Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia2013-06-29 14:00:006  
Peter Tom17,130You are invited to post your favorite photographs from May 1 to May 31 2013.Peter's May Exhibition Event2013-05-26 21:00:00122  
pio dal cin82,433Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
Jeff Smith61,152Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for *Jan. 13/13.* There is no _theme_ this week. We are open for any artistic interpretation that you may bring to your selfy. *A big thanks to +C.J. Sros for the use (or re-use) of his fantastic selfy from last year as the event cover.* Selfy Sunday is the cornerstone event of The Art of the Self Portrait community. There are 17 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  ____ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-01-13 03:00:02261  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,318,421We'll finish our 366 project in several days! Are you happy about it? Or are you sad? Anyway, who not celebrate the fact that we're completing our missions! You can share two shots this time. *Please remember just two images!* 1) Your best or most favorite shot you took in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October- December). Add #Bestof4Q12Creative366  in the comment section after you post the image! 2) Your best or most favorite shot you took for the project this year. Add #BestofCreative366Project  in the comment section after you post the image! If you think those two tags are too complicated, forget them and just two of your images! But please add your comment in the comment section after you have posted them. *And if you are the one who failed to complete the mission and are thinking you are going to do it again next year, you can add your fav one you took for the project here!* One last thing: I have made this event "public." I might have missed inviting those who are participating this +Creative 366 Project, so if you know anyone who isn't here but is doing his/her project, please invite them! 366プロジェクトもあと数日で終わりです。うれしいですか。それとも、悲しい? どちらにしても、長かったミッションの終わりを皆で祝いましょう! 今回は写真を2枚シェアしてください。 *2枚だけです!* 1.10月~12月にプロジェクト用に撮った写真から、お気に入りの写真かベストの写真を1枚選んで投稿してください。 #Bestof4Q12Creative366  のタグを投稿後にコメント欄に入れてください。 2.プロジェクトのために撮った写真から、今年のベスト(もしくはお気に入り)! の写真を1枚選んで投稿して下さい。  #BestofCreative366Project  をタグとします。 タグが面倒なら、ただ2枚を選んで投稿してくださるだけで結構です。写真のコメント欄に、その写真の思い出などを書き添えていただけるとうれしいです。 そして、このプロジェクトに参加したのに途中で挫折した!来年こそは!という方も、ぜひこのイベントにご参加ください。挫折するまでに撮った写真をシェアしていただければ結構です。もちろん、来年への抱負も添えてくださいね!The Best of Your 3662012-12-30 16:00:0084  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,318,421Where are you and what are you doing on December 12, 2012 (tomorrow), and at 12:12:12 if possible (your lunchtime?). SLRs, compact cameras. phone camera, digital or anolog ... Any cameras are welcome! Let's record the day together! *Invite your friends :)* *Share this link with your friends outside Google+:* http://bit.ly/Shoot121212 明日は12/12/12。どこにいて、何をしていますか? この日に撮った写真をシェアしましょう! 12時12分12秒なら、なお素敵(ランチタイムでしょうか!) カメラは一眼、コンデジ、スマホ、何でもオーケーです。みんなでこの日を記録しましょう。 *お友だちもご招待ください!*Shoot 12/12/122012-12-12 04:00:00486  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,318,421The third quarter is going to be over soon! I'm happy to announce that the event page for the 366ers again. why not share your best or favorite shot you took in the third quarter of 2012 (July 1 - September 30). The date of the event has been set one week after the end of the quarter, so please select one (up to three images) and share it/them here! After you post your photo, please write why you have chosen the image in the comment box. If you have questions about this event page, feel free to leave comment here. One last thing: Please don't share your entire album here. Sometimes it happens when you press a wrong button. Be careful. もうすぐ「クリエイティブ366プロジェクト」も9カ月が過ぎようとしています。今回もやります。2012年第三四半期のベストショット、お気に入りのショットを1枚選んでシェアしてください(最高3枚まで)。シェアしたら、その写真の下のコメント欄に、何でその写真を選んだのか、理由などを書いていただけたらうれしいです。イベントの日時は9月を過ぎて1週間後の月曜日に設定してあります。 最後に、間違って366のアルバム全体をシェアしないでくださいね!Best of Creative 366 Project 3Q122012-10-07 17:00:0079  
Jeff Smith61,152Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 30/12 *No theme this week.* The past weeks SSP was incredible and the submissions were frightful to say the least. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks ___________________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 30, 20122012-09-30 03:00:00266  
Heidi Anne Morris67,765Please be gentle with me, this is my first use of the events feature....! :))  *Calling all DOG owners!* You are invite to post your canine images here  _a few side notes_ *- please only post your own images* *_maximum of 3 images per person please_* (I'm sure you have loads to share, there will be other opportunities!) *_event is open for 24hrs starting now - 28.09.12 - 9.48am GMT_* Look forward to seeing your dog photos ! Have fun ♥ +The G+ DogPark +Dog Lovers Worldwide - DLW +The Good Dog Guide +Lost Dogs +We Love Dogs! ♥♥♥ _let's give this baby a whirl!_  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWT2qHVftGk THE DAY OF THE "DOGS" ON GOOGLE PLUS (September issue)2012-09-25 08:30:0065  
Jeff Smith61,152Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 2/12 The Selfy Sunday Project has switched over to the GPlus "Event Mode" which should help in previous issues with the shared album format. *There is no theme this week as we move to the event mode* I will announce the SSP Event one week prior to the actual event time. +LaDonna Pride will be helping along the way as our co-host. Thanks so much +LaDonna Pride . Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. *Selfy Sunday FAQ* can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check _there_ first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________________ *UPLOADING* You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 2/122012-09-02 03:00:00242  

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Meet Joe

One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful children.

This was taken with my little vintage Russian lens, the Helios 44-2, which is my favourite for portraits, especially for black and white.

All of my posts are on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca

#helios44-2 #moodymonday +Moody Monday​ by +Alen Ianni​ #monochromemonday #monochrome

http://www.elliekennard.ca/joe-elsie/

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2017-03-06 00:20:03 (32 comments; 8 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

"You've had your vegetables, now it's time for the fruit serving."
Are you wondering where the fruit is in this picture? You're looking at it!
#icantbelieveitsgoodforme

Don't let the fact that it's good for you put you off trying this out! (No ice cream maker needed.)

DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM recipe:
Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients:
2 bananas peeled and cut into medallions and frozen for several hours (I have several sitting in the freezer waiting for emergencies)
1 tblsp organic plain cocoa powder - not drinking chocolate! (I use Camino Organic)
1 tblsp peanut butter, with nothing but peanuts in it - no sugar, salt, added oils etc (optional, but if you leave it out you have to change the title!)
1 tblsp honey (optional)
Small handful of unsweetened plain... more »

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2016-10-25 22:14:33 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

Original post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/black-eyed-susans/

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/ #helios44-2 #vintagelens #flowers

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2017-03-08 03:14:48 (23 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Stage photos of
DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM:
(so you can see you're on the right track the first time you try this!)

Photo 1: when you have processed for a short time the bananas become almost like flakes. Keep going!

Photo 2: you'll see it begin to 'come together' rather the way pastry dough might. Keep going!

Photo 3: suddenly it becomes creamy and looks like soft serve ice cream.

Photo 4: Now add the extra yummy ingredients (cocoa, chocolate chips, honey, peanut butter etc). Blend until it's all incorporated. Eat at once or freeze!

See my previous post for the finished ice cream ready to serve. https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/XzX9FE5y79V

#dairyfree #vegan #guiltfree #icantbelieveitsgoodforme #icecream #kindlydelicious 

Stage photos of
DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM:
(so you can see you're on the right track the first time you try this!)

Photo 1: when you have processed for a short time the bananas become almost like flakes. Keep going!

Photo 2: you'll see it begin to 'come together' rather the way pastry dough might. Keep going!

Photo 3: suddenly it becomes creamy and looks like soft serve ice cream.

Photo 4: Now add the extra yummy ingredients (cocoa, chocolate chips, honey, peanut butter etc). Blend until it's all incorporated. Eat at once or freeze!

See my previous post for the finished ice cream ready to serve. https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/XzX9FE5y79V

#dairyfree #vegan #guiltfree #icantbelieveitsgoodforme #icecream #kindlydelicious ___

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2017-03-06 00:20:03 (32 comments; 8 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

"You've had your vegetables, now it's time for the fruit serving."
Are you wondering where the fruit is in this picture? You're looking at it!
#icantbelieveitsgoodforme

Don't let the fact that it's good for you put you off trying this out! (No ice cream maker needed.)

DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM recipe:
Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients:
2 bananas peeled and cut into medallions and frozen for several hours (I have several sitting in the freezer waiting for emergencies)
1 tblsp organic plain cocoa powder - not drinking chocolate! (I use Camino Organic)
1 tblsp peanut butter, with nothing but peanuts in it - no sugar, salt, added oils etc (optional, but if you leave it out you have to change the title!)
1 tblsp honey (optional)
Small handful of unsweetened plain... more »

"You've had your vegetables, now it's time for the fruit serving."
Are you wondering where the fruit is in this picture? You're looking at it!
#icantbelieveitsgoodforme

Don't let the fact that it's good for you put you off trying this out! (No ice cream maker needed.)

DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM recipe:
Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients:
2 bananas peeled and cut into medallions and frozen for several hours (I have several sitting in the freezer waiting for emergencies)
1 tblsp organic plain cocoa powder - not drinking chocolate! (I use Camino Organic)
1 tblsp peanut butter, with nothing but peanuts in it - no sugar, salt, added oils etc (optional, but if you leave it out you have to change the title!)
1 tblsp honey (optional)
Small handful of unsweetened plain chocolate chips (Camino Organic 71% again) for a bit of crunch

Method:

Put your frozen banana pieces into a high speed blender or food processor and blend. Keep on blending, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed as you watch the chunks of banana transition through a kind of dry looking mixture, then start to resemble soft serve ice cream.

At this point add in the additional ingredients - cocoa powder, honey, peanut butter, chocolate chips - and keep blending to incorporate and aerate the ice cream.

Either eat at once or put into a container and freeze for a little while. Make it a 2 fruit serving by serving it with strawberries, blueberries etc.

Enjoy!

#nodairy #dairyfree #vegan #veganrecipes #crueltyfree #chocolateicecream___

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2017-02-27 17:48:52 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Now that's Matcha!

What a special experience this has been! Our first taste of ceremonial grade Matcha tea. It's not just about the tea, it's also about the presentation and preparation: the simple bamboo utensils and the beautiful bowls. And then the taste. And then the feeling... Happy discovery!

#matcha #japanesetea @tealyra #tealyra #teaceremony

#notforblog

Now that's Matcha!

What a special experience this has been! Our first taste of ceremonial grade Matcha tea. It's not just about the tea, it's also about the presentation and preparation: the simple bamboo utensils and the beautiful bowls. And then the taste. And then the feeling... Happy discovery!

#matcha #japanesetea @tealyra #tealyra #teaceremony

#notforblog___

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2017-02-25 20:11:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Air Dried Plant Based Cheeses
Taking the non dairy cheese making to the next level

These cheeses are based on home made almond cashew yoghurt, rejuvelac and for two of them cashews (in the the darkest, cheddar type air dried one and the darker round air dried camembert type) and hemp seed in the paler round one. In the first image, the two varieties of 'camembert' type are formed and ready for air drying. The left round is made with the hemp seed, the right from cashews. In the second photo, the cheeses have cracked nicely and formed a slight skin over the creamy interior. The cheddar type has dried longer as it should and has a much more robust, sharp flavour.

I wish you could taste them. They are so good!

#nondairy #vegan #nutcheese #fermentation #fermentedfoods

Air Dried Plant Based Cheeses
Taking the non dairy cheese making to the next level

These cheeses are based on home made almond cashew yoghurt, rejuvelac and for two of them cashews (in the the darkest, cheddar type air dried one and the darker round air dried camembert type) and hemp seed in the paler round one. In the first image, the two varieties of 'camembert' type are formed and ready for air drying. The left round is made with the hemp seed, the right from cashews. In the second photo, the cheeses have cracked nicely and formed a slight skin over the creamy interior. The cheddar type has dried longer as it should and has a much more robust, sharp flavour.

I wish you could taste them. They are so good!

#nondairy #vegan #nutcheese #fermentation #fermentedfoods___

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2017-02-25 14:41:05 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Time For Reflecting to the Future
sunrise - the future is golden

I've spent a lot of time lately (mostly in the kitchen it seems) reflecting on the past but also on the future. I have many more photos to share from our trip to England, but I realised that I had not shared this image from my blog post, also taken on the outgoing flight. I don't usually sit by the window when we fly together. Towards the end of our flight, Steve had got up to stretch his legs and I picked up my camera and slid across to his seat. I looked out of the window as we flew into the morning, nearing the shores of the British isles. Just then I was startled to see, out of the corner of my eye, a flash, almost like a flame coming from the jet engine under the wing. It was glowing with the reflected sunrise just as if on fire. Such golden promise for the future.

Have a lovely weekend... more »

Time For Reflecting to the Future
sunrise - the future is golden

I've spent a lot of time lately (mostly in the kitchen it seems) reflecting on the past but also on the future. I have many more photos to share from our trip to England, but I realised that I had not shared this image from my blog post, also taken on the outgoing flight. I don't usually sit by the window when we fly together. Towards the end of our flight, Steve had got up to stretch his legs and I picked up my camera and slid across to his seat. I looked out of the window as we flew into the morning, nearing the shores of the British isles. Just then I was startled to see, out of the corner of my eye, a flash, almost like a flame coming from the jet engine under the wing. It was glowing with the reflected sunrise just as if on fire. Such golden promise for the future.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!___

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2017-02-17 12:10:54 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Can this really be 40 years ago?
setting the pattern

Found this old photograph of myself cooking (making marmalade) in the same kitchen in England where my daughter now cooks for her family. Around late January or early February is the time we usually could get the Seville oranges that made the best marmalade. I still spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I guess things don't change much (though I don't make marmalade any more).

Have a great weekend everyone!

#realfood #homecooking #throwbackthursday 

Can this really be 40 years ago?
setting the pattern

Found this old photograph of myself cooking (making marmalade) in the same kitchen in England where my daughter now cooks for her family. Around late January or early February is the time we usually could get the Seville oranges that made the best marmalade. I still spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I guess things don't change much (though I don't make marmalade any more).

Have a great weekend everyone!

#realfood #homecooking #throwbackthursday ___

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2017-02-16 02:30:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Stuart McLean - a Canadian Treasure
died today and will be sorely missed

This is a beautiful photo story tribute to this Canadian storyteller extraordinaire by photographer +Steven Kennard​ and accompanied by the reading of an all time favourite tale of Stuart's, 'The Jock Strap'.

Stuart McLean - A Canadian Literary Treasure

I just heard the sad news of the death of Stuart McLean. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his crew and photographing his show in 2009 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The video I made of the photographs is accompanied by one of his best loved stories, as told by Stuart himself. It's a very funny story and typical of Stuart's wonderful story telling talent. He was a Canadian literary treasure who will be sorely missed.
https://vimeo.com/48110160___Stuart McLean - a Canadian Treasure
died today and will be sorely missed

This is a beautiful photo story tribute to this Canadian storyteller extraordinaire by photographer +Steven Kennard​ and accompanied by the reading of an all time favourite tale of Stuart's, 'The Jock Strap'.

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2017-02-12 00:58:37 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

First Non Dairy Cheese Making Class Just Finishing Up

We covered a lot of ground in a very short time this afternoon in our non dairy cheese making party and there were 10 people who came! We went from quick and easy Brazil nut parmesan and the basics of a simple cashew cheese including rejuvelac, through to starting a batch and then making simple chèvre. Then came a tasting of 4 different types of non dairy cheeses and other whole food plant based treats including the delicious raw chocolate fruity balls that everyone loved (nothing to do with cheese). Then we finished off making almond milk (shown here). I had a great time, thanks for coming everyone! And thanks to +Steven Kennard​ for taking the photo, having been banished to the workshop with Joni for the afternoon.

First Non Dairy Cheese Making Class Just Finishing Up

We covered a lot of ground in a very short time this afternoon in our non dairy cheese making party and there were 10 people who came! We went from quick and easy Brazil nut parmesan and the basics of a simple cashew cheese including rejuvelac, through to starting a batch and then making simple chèvre. Then came a tasting of 4 different types of non dairy cheeses and other whole food plant based treats including the delicious raw chocolate fruity balls that everyone loved (nothing to do with cheese). Then we finished off making almond milk (shown here). I had a great time, thanks for coming everyone! And thanks to +Steven Kennard​ for taking the photo, having been banished to the workshop with Joni for the afternoon.___

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2017-02-11 17:29:14 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

First Non Dairy Cheese Making Party

Almost ready for my first non dairy cheese making party! Lots of interest already, so maybe there will be more of these! (Lots of tasting to happen, including my first air dried cheddar 😊)

#crueltyfree #nondairy #vegan #animalsaremyfriendsnotmyfood #noanimalswereharmed

First Non Dairy Cheese Making Party

Almost ready for my first non dairy cheese making party! Lots of interest already, so maybe there will be more of these! (Lots of tasting to happen, including my first air dried cheddar 😊)

#crueltyfree #nondairy #vegan #animalsaremyfriendsnotmyfood #noanimalswereharmed___

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2017-02-06 18:48:49 (23 comments; 2 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Sourdough before Bread - Just Smell This!

This is when I wish there was a sniff button to tap so you could smell just how good a true, slow fermented Sourdough starter is. None of this cheating in-store 'baked on the premises' supermarket stuff, but the real thing. This is made from my 4 year old sourdough starter that I grew myself from the wild yeasts that are in the air all around us. No commercial yeast is needed to make the bread rise, as you can see by the little holes in this! Bread made slowly this way from organic heritage grain flour tastes better, but it's also better for you.

"Lactic acids make the vitamins and minerals in the flour more available to the body by helping neutralise the phytates in flour that would interfere with their absorption. The acids slow down the rate at which glucose is released into the blood-stream and lower the bread's... more »

Sourdough before Bread - Just Smell This!

This is when I wish there was a sniff button to tap so you could smell just how good a true, slow fermented Sourdough starter is. None of this cheating in-store 'baked on the premises' supermarket stuff, but the real thing. This is made from my 4 year old sourdough starter that I grew myself from the wild yeasts that are in the air all around us. No commercial yeast is needed to make the bread rise, as you can see by the little holes in this! Bread made slowly this way from organic heritage grain flour tastes better, but it's also better for you.

"Lactic acids make the vitamins and minerals in the flour more available to the body by helping neutralise the phytates in flour that would interfere with their absorption. The acids slow down the rate at which glucose is released into the blood-stream and lower the bread's glycaemic index (GI), so it doesn't cause undesirable spikes in insulin. They also render the gluten in flour more digestible and less likely to cause food intolerance."
The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/22/sourdough-bread-good-for-you%0A#sourdough #slowfood #fermentedfoods ___

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2017-02-03 19:21:35 (25 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Gomasio (Sesame Salt) - the Macrobiotic Seasoning

I was just finishing up making my gomasio this morning when I thought this might be an excellent time to introduce my readers who might not have heard of it to this wonderful condiment.

Gomasio, which I first heard of back in the 70's, was the principal seasoning in a macrobiotic diet. It originated in Japanese cuisine (goma = sesame seeds and s(h)io = salt) and it has many benefits, not least of which being its ability to enhance the taste of almost any dish. The combination of toasted whole sesame seeds and toasted Kombu (seaweed) strengthens the taste of the small amount of salt, helping to reduce the sodium being added to your diet and providing minerals. Recent scientific studies have shown that the consumption of (ground) sesame seeds has been as effective at the reduction of joint pains as commercial analgesics.... more »

Gomasio (Sesame Salt) - the Macrobiotic Seasoning

I was just finishing up making my gomasio this morning when I thought this might be an excellent time to introduce my readers who might not have heard of it to this wonderful condiment.

Gomasio, which I first heard of back in the 70's, was the principal seasoning in a macrobiotic diet. It originated in Japanese cuisine (goma = sesame seeds and s(h)io = salt) and it has many benefits, not least of which being its ability to enhance the taste of almost any dish. The combination of toasted whole sesame seeds and toasted Kombu (seaweed) strengthens the taste of the small amount of salt, helping to reduce the sodium being added to your diet and providing minerals. Recent scientific studies have shown that the consumption of (ground) sesame seeds has been as effective at the reduction of joint pains as commercial analgesics.

The sesame seeds, salt and seaweed (kombu, nori etc.) are dry roasted and then lightly ground in a pestle and mortar or in a spice grinder. We sprinkle it on almost everything, from soups, sandwiches, salads and other meals, as well as (perhaps surprisingly) on such sweet things as coconut oil and honey on toast.

Recipe:
2 cups of unhulled (preferably organic) sesame seeds
1 strip of kombu
1 tblsp +1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt (without additives)

In a heavy pan, gently dry toast the seaweed and salt for a few minutes, taking care not to burn the seaweed. Remove the salt, break the seaweed into little pieces and add the sesame seeds to the pan. Toast lightly again until they have a pleasant taste. Using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind the seeds and seaweed , not too finely so that there are still some whole seeds, with some finer ground. If using coarse salt, grind this finely separately and add to the ground seeds and seaweed mix. Enjoy sprinkled on whatever you like!

Store in an airtight container, not in the fridge or freezer.

I read that this condiment is: "... a source of high quality protein, calcium, iron, iodine, and a superior range of amino acids—including methionine, tryptophan and lysine—it provides nutrients that are often missing in vegetable protein sources. Sea vegetables, due to their sodium alginate content, are also well-known to be protective against environmental pollutants." http://annlouise.com/2011/05/05/5-super-foods-mom-may-not-be-eating/___

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Almond Milk Cashew Yoghurt With Chocolate Pecan Brownies
A special treat celebrating veganuary 2017 as it comes to and. But this wonderful lifestyle for us continues!

We were served these delicious vegan brownies by one of our hostesses when we were in England and we really loved them. They are described by +Jamie Oliver​​ as a 'luxurious vegan treat' and he got that right!

Topping it with home made almond milk cashew yoghurt really takes it to a new level!

For the yoghurt, I made 1 litre of plain almond milk (not sweetened for this if you find any with no additives), then blended some of this with 2/3 US cup of raw cashews I had previously soaked in filtered water for 3 hours until smooth and creamy. All that was whisked together and heated to about 110° (blood heat) then 3 tablespoons of vegan yoghurt I had originally made from a purchased culture(Cul... more »

Almond Milk Cashew Yoghurt With Chocolate Pecan Brownies
A special treat celebrating veganuary 2017 as it comes to and. But this wonderful lifestyle for us continues!

We were served these delicious vegan brownies by one of our hostesses when we were in England and we really loved them. They are described by +Jamie Oliver​​ as a 'luxurious vegan treat' and he got that right!

Topping it with home made almond milk cashew yoghurt really takes it to a new level!

For the yoghurt, I made 1 litre of plain almond milk (not sweetened for this if you find any with no additives), then blended some of this with 2/3 US cup of raw cashews I had previously soaked in filtered water for 3 hours until smooth and creamy. All that was whisked together and heated to about 110° (blood heat) then 3 tablespoons of vegan yoghurt I had originally made from a purchased culture (Cultures for Health) were whisked in. I poured it all into my ancient yoghurt maker and let it culture for 4 hours. It's amazing how smooth, thick and... yoghurty (really! 😉)it is. I will be making more cheeses with a nut milk yoghurt base so I am really pleased at how good the results are. Let me know how you get on if you try it for yourself.

Jamie Oliver's recipe for the brownies is here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/vegan-chocolate-brownies/

#vegan #animalsaremyfriendsnotmyfood #noanimalswereharmed #veganuary2017 ___

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2017-01-31 00:23:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Notes on Vegan Cheese Making
Step 2: The rejuvelac is ready

As a reminder from post 1, for the liquid that will give my cheese its fermentation I had to make my own 'rejuvelac'. (Part 1 was here if you missed it:
https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/YwidiaAEErh)

Here is the final stage of that process. Once the grains had sprouted (actually I let them go a little long that first time, which might not be ideal, just pipping was better the second time) I divided them between 2 glass jars, with 3 cups of filtered water in each, covered then with fresh cheesecloth, secured with rubber bands. They were then put into a warm place out of direct sunlight and after about 3 days they were ready, the water was cloudy whitish and tasted a little like lemon juice. I strained the liquid and refrigerated it, as it will last about a month, refrigerated.
... more »

Notes on Vegan Cheese Making
Step 2: The rejuvelac is ready

As a reminder from post 1, for the liquid that will give my cheese its fermentation I had to make my own 'rejuvelac'. (Part 1 was here if you missed it:
https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/YwidiaAEErh)

Here is the final stage of that process. Once the grains had sprouted (actually I let them go a little long that first time, which might not be ideal, just pipping was better the second time) I divided them between 2 glass jars, with 3 cups of filtered water in each, covered then with fresh cheesecloth, secured with rubber bands. They were then put into a warm place out of direct sunlight and after about 3 days they were ready, the water was cloudy whitish and tasted a little like lemon juice. I strained the liquid and refrigerated it, as it will last about a month, refrigerated.

Now that I have my rejuvelac, my next step will be making the cheese!

Here you see the process of the fermenting, bubbling around the grains.___

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2017-01-26 22:43:39 (22 comments; 6 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Hummus Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Colourful Kale Rice and Avocado

Quick and easy, this tasty supper dish has garlicky home made hummus spread thick onto fat cauliflower steaks, sprinkled with parsley and rosemary and roasted in a 400° C oven for about 30 minutes and then served on rice with purple and green kale wilted into it. I know that the avocado was a touch of decadence, but we all need spoiling from time to time! Sprinkle with some nutritional yeast and black pepper...
(And did I mention it was super tasty?)

To make:

For the hummus, your favourite one will do. If you haven't already a favourite, here's one: I make one which is not unlike this one, but I don't usually add the cumin, or smoked paprika instead I put in some cayenne pepper powder and flakes to taste. I always drizzle olive oil on the top with parsley and cayenne sprinkled... more »

Hummus Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Colourful Kale Rice and Avocado

Quick and easy, this tasty supper dish has garlicky home made hummus spread thick onto fat cauliflower steaks, sprinkled with parsley and rosemary and roasted in a 400° C oven for about 30 minutes and then served on rice with purple and green kale wilted into it. I know that the avocado was a touch of decadence, but we all need spoiling from time to time! Sprinkle with some nutritional yeast and black pepper...
(And did I mention it was super tasty?)

To make:

For the hummus, your favourite one will do. If you haven't already a favourite, here's one: I make one which is not unlike this one, but I don't usually add the cumin, or smoked paprika instead I put in some cayenne pepper powder and flakes to taste. I always drizzle olive oil on the top with parsley and cayenne sprinkled on it . The oil stops it growing a fur coat lol!
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/03/hummus-in-the-blender.html

The rest is so simple, just cut the (organic) cauliflower into steaks (through the middle, from the top, then either side about 3/4 inch thick). Sprinkle with salt and pepper on one side, them spread the hummus on the other side, sprinkle with dried rosemary and parsley and pop in the oven at 400°C for half an hour.

The rice is whole grain organic, when there are about 10 minutes left to cook, add the purple and green kale chopped small and cover to allow it to wilt in the rice steam.

#vegan #veganuary2017 #noanimalswereharmed #plantpure #wholefoodplantbased___

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2017-01-24 20:48:18 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Nutty Miso Soup with Black Beans

The freezing rain is lashing outside of the window and walking is treacherous, we even risk losing power as the ice is sitting heavy on the power lines and branches. This is just the kind of weather where a bowl of soup will really be the perfect lunch, teamed with a chunk of warm sourdough bread.

One of my favourite soups is this Nutty Miso Soup which was adapted from a recipe I got in England, in the 1970's and it is one of my main go-to heart and tummy warming meals for a day of miserable weather.

(This is a repost from a few years ago but it fits this collection perfectly so I decided to repost rather than just move it into the collection.)

Here is the recipe if you want to try it out:

Nutty Miso Soup with Black Beans

Ingredients

1 lb Onions, finely chopped
2 medium... more »

Nutty Miso Soup with Black Beans

The freezing rain is lashing outside of the window and walking is treacherous, we even risk losing power as the ice is sitting heavy on the power lines and branches. This is just the kind of weather where a bowl of soup will really be the perfect lunch, teamed with a chunk of warm sourdough bread.

One of my favourite soups is this Nutty Miso Soup which was adapted from a recipe I got in England, in the 1970's and it is one of my main go-to heart and tummy warming meals for a day of miserable weather.

(This is a repost from a few years ago but it fits this collection perfectly so I decided to repost rather than just move it into the collection.)

Here is the recipe if you want to try it out:

Nutty Miso Soup with Black Beans

Ingredients

1 lb Onions, finely chopped
2 medium carrots grated
1.5 oz vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
2 UK pints of water (5 US cups) or vegetable stock
1 large tin tomatoes, I used crushed, organic if possible from a glass jar rather than a can
1 large clove of garlic, crushed, more if you like
1 ½ stick of celery, chopped small
Sage, parsley, (about 1 tsp each, dried)
1/2 oz vegetable oil (Coconut)
1/4 pound finely chopped mushrooms
1 handful of nuts, finely chopped (1/2 almonds, 1/2 peanuts or cashews etc)
2 cups cooked black beans (rinsed and drained if using canned)
2 tblsp tomato paste/purée
2 tablespoons dissolved miso

Directions

Saute the finely chopped onions, garlic and grated carrots together in the first 1.5 oz oil until soft.
When the onions are soft, add tomatoes and herbs and simmer 5 minutes. 
Put into soup pan with hot water or stock.and keep warm
In a frying pan saute mushrooms in 1/2 oz veg oil and when done add the nuts, finely chopped (I accidentally added them all together one time and that worked too.)
Keep stirring even if it sticks a bit until the nuts have developed a nice flavour.
Add some of the soup mixture to this pan then put all this into the stock pan. Add the cooked, drained black beans.
Simmer all for 5 minutes.
Then add the tomato paste and when mixed, take the soup off the boil. 
Add the 2 tblsp dissolved miso. Never boil miso. It destroys the nutrients.

Enjoy!

http://www.elliekennard.ca
#vegan #noanimalswereharmed #veganuary2017
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2017-01-21 23:34:00 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

It Pays To Organise
Chickpea Tikka Masala

I find that when I'm planning a whole-food plant based meal that involves a lot of ingredients, it is a really good idea for me to get all the herbs and spices, vegetables plus any rice or pulses weighed out ready to add as I will need them in the preparation. First of all I get the pleasure of seeing all of the beautiful colours and textures of the foods as you see here. Just that alone is food for the eyes and the soul. I already know how delicious this will be just looking at it all set out like this.

Secondly (and equally important), having everything ready to hand means that I am not likely to leave anything out. Also I will see if I am going to be short of an ingredient, such as if I need, for example to make more coconut milk.

These are all the ingredients I need to make this delicious meal, recipe... more »

It Pays To Organise
Chickpea Tikka Masala

I find that when I'm planning a whole-food plant based meal that involves a lot of ingredients, it is a really good idea for me to get all the herbs and spices, vegetables plus any rice or pulses weighed out ready to add as I will need them in the preparation. First of all I get the pleasure of seeing all of the beautiful colours and textures of the foods as you see here. Just that alone is food for the eyes and the soul. I already know how delicious this will be just looking at it all set out like this.

Secondly (and equally important), having everything ready to hand means that I am not likely to leave anything out. Also I will see if I am going to be short of an ingredient, such as if I need, for example to make more coconut milk.

These are all the ingredients I need to make this delicious meal, recipe courtesy of +PlantPure Nation​​
#vegan #wholefoodplant based #kindlydelicious #noanimalswereharmed
http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/recipe/chickpea-tikka-masala-with-cinnamon-brown-rice/___

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2017-01-16 23:23:43 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

And Now For Some Real Man's Comfort Food For a Cold Winter Night
Not as pretty as some meals but delicious!

We don't always want salads! (We don't usually, to be honest!)

Especially not when it's minus lots of degrees outside, whether Centigrade or Fahrenheit. Sometimes life calls for marinated garlicky grilled Portobello mushroom 'steaks' with avocado chimichurri, fried potatoes and peas. It's a favourite here, specially with my real man +Steven Kennard​​​​​​
Thanks for the recipe to +Dana Shultz​​​​ the minimalist baker
http://minimalistbaker.com/portobello-steaks-avocado-chimichurri/

#realmendonteatmeat
#vegan #veganuary2017 #kindlydelicious #noanimalswereharmed #portobellomushrooms

And Now For Some Real Man's Comfort Food For a Cold Winter Night
Not as pretty as some meals but delicious!

We don't always want salads! (We don't usually, to be honest!)

Especially not when it's minus lots of degrees outside, whether Centigrade or Fahrenheit. Sometimes life calls for marinated garlicky grilled Portobello mushroom 'steaks' with avocado chimichurri, fried potatoes and peas. It's a favourite here, specially with my real man +Steven Kennard​​​​​​
Thanks for the recipe to +Dana Shultz​​​​ the minimalist baker
http://minimalistbaker.com/portobello-steaks-avocado-chimichurri/

#realmendonteatmeat
#vegan #veganuary2017 #kindlydelicious #noanimalswereharmed #portobellomushrooms___

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2017-01-15 23:33:12 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Aquafaba Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream
(Aquafaba means literally 'bean water')

This is a most delicious recipe for a dairy free dessert. The addition of the beaten aquafaba gives it a lovely light quality. The second photo (Google decided the order for these, not me!) shows it ready to be folded into the coconut mixture before putting into the ice cream machine. The third photo shows this marvellous bean liquid whipped to soft peaks, just like egg whites.

For the aquafaba, either use the liquid from canned chick peas (in that case add no extra salt) or the liquid you have from cooking your own. (3 tblsp aquafaba =1 egg)

Recipe:

* Pre chill the ice cream maker, as well as the container you plan to store the frozen ice cream in.

Blend up together
• 3 cups full fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated overnight (usec... more »

Aquafaba Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream
(Aquafaba means literally 'bean water')

This is a most delicious recipe for a dairy free dessert. The addition of the beaten aquafaba gives it a lovely light quality. The second photo (Google decided the order for these, not me!) shows it ready to be folded into the coconut mixture before putting into the ice cream machine. The third photo shows this marvellous bean liquid whipped to soft peaks, just like egg whites.

For the aquafaba, either use the liquid from canned chick peas (in that case add no extra salt) or the liquid you have from cooking your own. (3 tblsp aquafaba =1 egg)

Recipe:

* Pre chill the ice cream maker, as well as the container you plan to store the frozen ice cream in.

Blend up together
• 3 cups full fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated overnight (use canned or, even better make your own using 2 cups of desiccated unsweetened organic coconut and 3 cups of filtered water.Soak the desiccated coconut in the warm or hot water for an hour or two (I might leave it overnight). Then blend it up in a blender for 2 or 3 minutes. Then put the whole thing into a nut milk bag or cheesecloth and extract the liquid. That's your coconut milk! For regular use the proportions are 2 cups water to 1 cup coconut, which equals 1 can.)
• Just under 1 US cup organic palm sugar
• 1 tblsp vanilla essence
• 1/4 cup cold strong coffee (we use espresso made with Organic fair trade, shade grown beans)
• 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (Salt serves to intensify the sweetness, so start with 1/4 and see how it tastes to you before increasing it.) If you used canned liquid, you might not need any additional salt.

Pour this into a large bowl and keep chilled while you:

Whip together the following into soft peaks:
• 1/4 cup aquafaba from cooking chick peas
• pinch of cream of tartar

Fold this gently into the chilled coconut milk mixture

Put into your pre-chilled ice cream maker and follow directions for making a softish ice cream then put into a container that has been waiting in the freezer. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

Enjoy!

#vegan #aquafaba #kindlydelicious #nodairy #plantbased ___

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2017-01-15 19:05:24 (20 comments; 6 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Start at the Beginning

It’s the only place to start. The beginning of the day and the start of the trip back to England, the country of my young womanhood. I looked out of the window as we flew into the morning, nearing the shores of the British isles, seeing that the jet engine under the wing was glowing as if on fire.

And so the day began, with the rising sun appearing over the blue and white cloud layer beneath. A dawn in the sky has such an immense purity about it, with all of the earthly complexities rolling and tumbling beneath the clarity of the still sky blue yonder. This so well describes our stories as we recall and relate them, with their moments of supreme clarity shining still through the confusion beneath that threatens to suck them under.

My England always has an airplane at the beginning and at the end of it. And I remembered back to where I was manyy... more »

Start at the Beginning

It’s the only place to start. The beginning of the day and the start of the trip back to England, the country of my young womanhood. I looked out of the window as we flew into the morning, nearing the shores of the British isles, seeing that the jet engine under the wing was glowing as if on fire.

And so the day began, with the rising sun appearing over the blue and white cloud layer beneath. A dawn in the sky has such an immense purity about it, with all of the earthly complexities rolling and tumbling beneath the clarity of the still sky blue yonder. This so well describes our stories as we recall and relate them, with their moments of supreme clarity shining still through the confusion beneath that threatens to suck them under.

My England always has an airplane at the beginning and at the end of it. And I remembered back to where I was many years ago, sitting in an airplane flying from Montreal to London for the very first time. So this return would be a trip for memories and for clarity. I really wanted to cut through to the essence and this dawn was the way to begin, before we started our bumpy descent through the ever present cloud layer lying over England.

See the full post with another image and photo gallery of England:
post: http://www.elliekennard.ca/beginning/
gallery: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/uk/

+Moody Monday​​ by +Alen Ianni​​
+Landscape Photography​​ by +Margaret Tompkins​​ and her wonderful team. #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography​​ curated by +Margaret Tompkins​​ +Eric Drumm​​ +Chandler L. Walker​​ +Krzysztof Felczak​​ +AJ Lim​​ +Jeff Beddow​​ +H Peter Ji​​ +Jani Westman​​ +Dorma Wiggin​​___

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2017-01-14 17:20:43 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Notes on Vegan Cheese Making
Step 1: The rejuvelac grains
Part 2 is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/MA43c6zzSfj

For the liquid that will give my cheese its fermentation I had to make my own 'rejuvelac'. My first time I started using 1/3 cup spelt grains, 1/3 cup oat groats, 1/3 cup rye grains. All organic. I soaked them for between 8 to 12 hours so they can be sprouted and then produce the lactic ferment for the cheese recipes.
I will keep adding to this post as I progress.

Note for next time: use all rye for the rejuvelac as it's supposed to be the best. (Edit: I did and didn't let the sprouts get too long, just starting to pip, made a better brew, I think.)

The recipes and processes all come from the book Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, which I bought from Amazon, though I first of all borrowed the... more »

Notes on Vegan Cheese Making
Step 1: The rejuvelac grains
Part 2 is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/MA43c6zzSfj

For the liquid that will give my cheese its fermentation I had to make my own 'rejuvelac'. My first time I started using 1/3 cup spelt grains, 1/3 cup oat groats, 1/3 cup rye grains. All organic. I soaked them for between 8 to 12 hours so they can be sprouted and then produce the lactic ferment for the cheese recipes.
I will keep adding to this post as I progress.

Note for next time: use all rye for the rejuvelac as it's supposed to be the best. (Edit: I did and didn't let the sprouts get too long, just starting to pip, made a better brew, I think.)

The recipes and processes all come from the book Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, which I bought from Amazon, though I first of all borrowed the digital copy from my library. Kindle book is $9.99 CA. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/1570672830/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478284593&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX280_SY350_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=artisan+vegan+cheese&dpPl=1&dpID=5131XEhAlwL&ref=plSrch

282 gms cashews makes just over 1 lb cheese. ___

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2017-01-14 02:48:11 (28 comments; 2 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Celebrating Non Dairy 'Cheese'

And introducing my new collection featuring the whole food plant based way of eating. In this collection I will share some of my fun experiments with fermenting, culturing and cooking in this most creative of lifestyles.

Delicious selection of home made cashew 'cheeses': clockwise from the top -
1. sun-dried tomato and basil roll
2. hard, sharp 'cheddar' beginning to age nicely
3. Peppercorn and lemon zest - soft and creamy to offset the peppery flavour
4. 'Boursin' herb and garlic roll, (sourcing some chervil made all the difference!)

The cheeses all began in the same way, with soaking raw cashews in filtered water, then processing into a paste and culturing for a day or two or three with rejuvelac that I had made with rye berries. Once the base cheese was made I added the various... more »

Celebrating Non Dairy 'Cheese'

And introducing my new collection featuring the whole food plant based way of eating. In this collection I will share some of my fun experiments with fermenting, culturing and cooking in this most creative of lifestyles.

Delicious selection of home made cashew 'cheeses': clockwise from the top -
1. sun-dried tomato and basil roll
2. hard, sharp 'cheddar' beginning to age nicely
3. Peppercorn and lemon zest - soft and creamy to offset the peppery flavour
4. 'Boursin' herb and garlic roll, (sourcing some chervil made all the difference!)

The cheeses all began in the same way, with soaking raw cashews in filtered water, then processing into a paste and culturing for a day or two or three with rejuvelac that I had made with rye berries. Once the base cheese was made I added the various elements and refrigerated. The hard cheese used a thickener and was heated, more information to follow as I do more experimenting.

#vegan #veganuary2017 #kindlydelicious
#easypeasyvegancheesy___

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2016-12-03 21:55:42 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

Meet Elsie

Part 2: (One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful children.)

This was taken with my little vintage Russian lens, the Helios 44-2, which is my favourite for portraits, especially for black and white.

All of my posts are on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca

#helios44-2 #moodymonday +Moody Monday by +Alen Ianni #monochromemonday #monochrome

http://www.elliekennard.ca/joe-elsie/

Meet Elsie

Part 2: (One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful children.)

This was taken with my little vintage Russian lens, the Helios 44-2, which is my favourite for portraits, especially for black and white.

All of my posts are on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca

#helios44-2 #moodymonday +Moody Monday by +Alen Ianni #monochromemonday #monochrome

http://www.elliekennard.ca/joe-elsie/___

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2016-12-03 21:54:17 (35 comments; 0 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 


Meet Joe

One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful children.

This was taken with my little vintage Russian lens, the Helios 44-2, which is my favourite for portraits, especially for black and white.

All of my posts are on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca

#helios44-2 #moodymonday +Moody Monday​ by +Alen Ianni​ #monochromemonday #monochrome

http://www.elliekennard.ca/joe-elsie/


Meet Joe

One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful children.

This was taken with my little vintage Russian lens, the Helios 44-2, which is my favourite for portraits, especially for black and white.

All of my posts are on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca

#helios44-2 #moodymonday +Moody Monday​ by +Alen Ianni​ #monochromemonday #monochrome

http://www.elliekennard.ca/joe-elsie/___

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2016-11-25 23:37:22 (34 comments; 8 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Where Else But My England?

I lived for 21 years in England in total and have been away from it except for short visits for almost 30. There are some scenes that are uniquely English memories for me (though they might well exist in other places) and I am hoping to find some of them on this trip and share them here. This is one special scene to start off with.

As you gather from this post, we are back in England for a visit to family and friends. Today we went for a lovely walk along the bank of a river near where Steven’s parents live. There is something so very English about a river in the country, with the weird and wonderful boats moored along a rickety jetty and the ‘Walk here at your own risk’ sign posted there. The path was damp and muddy with blackberries still in the hedgerows which surprised me as ours have been over with long ago, as well as the bright red wildroseh... more »

Where Else But My England?

I lived for 21 years in England in total and have been away from it except for short visits for almost 30. There are some scenes that are uniquely English memories for me (though they might well exist in other places) and I am hoping to find some of them on this trip and share them here. This is one special scene to start off with.

As you gather from this post, we are back in England for a visit to family and friends. Today we went for a lovely walk along the bank of a river near where Steven’s parents live. There is something so very English about a river in the country, with the weird and wonderful boats moored along a rickety jetty and the ‘Walk here at your own risk’ sign posted there. The path was damp and muddy with blackberries still in the hedgerows which surprised me as ours have been over with long ago, as well as the bright red wild rosehips. The trees still have some leaves and, though they lack the brilliance of the autumn foliage we see, there is a rich depth to their colours of yellow and browns and to the greens and rough black earth of the ploughed fields. This is always intensified by the dampness in the air and on the ground. A lonely horse grazed quietly in a field, hardly bothering to lift his head to watch us go past.

The sun was setting behind the misty paler clouds that were gathering in the distance beneath the darker cloud banks. It was by no means the most spectacular sunset, as my father-in-law assured me. In a way that made it more special for me, in the understated quiet ending of the day. So very British.

The full post can be read here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/where-else-but-england/
My landscape gallery is here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

For +Landscape Photography​​ theme by +Margaret Tompkins​​ and co. Thanks Margaret!___

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2016-11-24 21:37:59 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

England Swings

… like a pendulum do’ as the song goes. When one of my readers said he wanted to see a pair of Bobbys on bicycles two by two, I had to fix it for him somehow. Well they don’t ride around on bicycles in pairs anymore, and certainly not where we are.

So here’s my laughing policeman! Part of my England!

Thanks for modelling for me, +Steven Kennard​!

England Swings

… like a pendulum do’ as the song goes. When one of my readers said he wanted to see a pair of Bobbys on bicycles two by two, I had to fix it for him somehow. Well they don’t ride around on bicycles in pairs anymore, and certainly not where we are.

So here’s my laughing policeman! Part of my England!

Thanks for modelling for me, +Steven Kennard​!___

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2016-11-23 20:10:52 (31 comments; 8 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Where Else But England?
I Wished For Swans

I lived for 21 years in England in total and have been away from it except for short visits for almost 30. There are some scenes that are uniquely English memories for me and I am hoping to find some of them on this trip and share them here. This is one of two special scenes to start off with. The other, in the full post is here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/where-else-but-england/

The river we were walking along is just by an RAF station and suddenly there were jets screaming deafeningly overhead as they practised whatever manoeuvres they were performing. The sound of the engines ripped through the air and buried itself in my chest so that, with my fingers in my ears I instinctively pulled my elbows in to protect my heart. I can't see how this noise is permitted in an area where people and wildlife can be so assaulted,... more »

Where Else But England?
I Wished For Swans

I lived for 21 years in England in total and have been away from it except for short visits for almost 30. There are some scenes that are uniquely English memories for me and I am hoping to find some of them on this trip and share them here. This is one of two special scenes to start off with. The other, in the full post is here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/where-else-but-england/

The river we were walking along is just by an RAF station and suddenly there were jets screaming deafeningly overhead as they practised whatever manoeuvres they were performing. The sound of the engines ripped through the air and buried itself in my chest so that, with my fingers in my ears I instinctively pulled my elbows in to protect my heart. I can't see how this noise is permitted in an area where people and wildlife can be so assaulted, but it is.  (I felt so sorry for the poor horse grazing nearby who couldn't put his hooves into his ears.)

And then, just as if they had read my mind and placed themselves where I couldn't miss them, I saw two swans dabbling in the reeds of a pond on the other side of the river bank. I don't believe I have seen a swan since I last lived in England. They are the quintessential royal bird, indeed they are the property of the Queen, no matter where they are found in the UK. They never turned their heads when the jets flew over. Their very presence and calm, elegant dignity turned that humble reedy pond at the edge of a muddy field into a place of silent, glowing, pristine beauty. It's all part of my England.
My gallery of animal photography is here: <a href="http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/animals/"

Read the full post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/where-else-but-england/

For +Water Bird Wednesday​​ theme curated by +Margaret Tompkins​​___

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2016-11-17 17:04:24 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Experimenting With Patterns

Almost every time I drive past this scene I want to photograph it. It’s so close to where I live that I pass it several times a week, so I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t give in to this impulse each time or my hard drives would be filled with images of these experimental fields. And you, dear viewers, would be tired of them… But maybe you wouldn’t be bored, but would be as drawn to them as I am. The attraction of this scene is the constantly changing designs, growing over the original hard work of the farmer. In the spring the patches look wonderful with the neatly plowed rows and squares, then come the patterns of the sprouting crops in their straight lines; in the summer the grain varieties grow at different rates, but the overall look still remains crisp and defined in the blocks so carefully arranged by the planter. There is even a little,older tractor ... more »

Experimenting With Patterns

Almost every time I drive past this scene I want to photograph it. It’s so close to where I live that I pass it several times a week, so I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t give in to this impulse each time or my hard drives would be filled with images of these experimental fields. And you, dear viewers, would be tired of them… But maybe you wouldn’t be bored, but would be as drawn to them as I am. The attraction of this scene is the constantly changing designs, growing over the original hard work of the farmer. In the spring the patches look wonderful with the neatly plowed rows and squares, then come the patterns of the sprouting crops in their straight lines; in the summer the grain varieties grow at different rates, but the overall look still remains crisp and defined in the blocks so carefully arranged by the planter. There is even a little, older tractor that is used to cultivate these as they are too small for the monster vehicles normally used in modern day agriculture (and by the same farmer on different fields).

So although I am pretty sure that I have shared an image of this scene previously, I hope you will indulge my obsession and enjoy an October evening view as the fields are ready for harvest. The foreground is an expanse of soy as a foil to the crops behind. Two days after I took this, the soy was harvested and it all looked different again.

For +Farm Friday​ #farmfriday moderated by myself, +Susanne Stelle​ and +Steven Kennard​
As well as +Landscape Photography​ by +Margaret Tompkins​ et al.

View the full gallery of landscape photography here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

The original post with full size image is here: www.elliekennard.ca/experiments/___

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2016-11-15 12:18:19 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Now here it's all about the moon!

Great super moon +Steven Kennard​!

Tonight's Supermoon

Apparently it doesn't get any bigger than this. #supermoon  
This is the best detail I could get out of it on this unique occasion!___Now here it's all about the moon!

Great super moon +Steven Kennard​!

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2016-11-15 02:20:36 (33 comments; 4 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

It's Not Just About the Moon

When we were out photographing the moon last night, Steven said something that resonated with me when I saw this image. He said "it's not only about the moon, it's about what's around and under it". And this photo is about the moon, but also about the clouds, the light reflected on the waters and the shining mud of low tide, as well as the tiny lights glimmering on the shore on the other side of the bay.

It's so much more than just a beautiful big moon. It's what it's all about when I'm out with friends, in beautiful surroundings, in the still of a cold night as the moon rises through the clouds over the Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia.

See the rest of my Landscapes gallery here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

For +Moody Monday​ #moodyMonday by +Alen Ianni​#... more »

It's Not Just About the Moon

When we were out photographing the moon last night, Steven said something that resonated with me when I saw this image. He said "it's not only about the moon, it's about what's around and under it". And this photo is about the moon, but also about the clouds, the light reflected on the waters and the shining mud of low tide, as well as the tiny lights glimmering on the shore on the other side of the bay.

It's so much more than just a beautiful big moon. It's what it's all about when I'm out with friends, in beautiful surroundings, in the still of a cold night as the moon rises through the clouds over the Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia.

See the rest of my Landscapes gallery here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

For +Moody Monday​ #moodyMonday by +Alen Ianni​
#supermoon
My posts are all on my site and this one is found here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/not-about-the-moon/___

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2016-11-03 11:35:47 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

From Home
First part of this post is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/7JcdunBQLFy

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After taking a few photos (see earlier post) the cloud really thickened so that we could barely see the moon any longer and we gave up and decided to pack up cameras and tripods and head for home. As we drove away we remarked to each other that for sure as soon as we left that cloud would disappear and we would be in the wrong place to get a picture. Sure enough, as we turned into our drive, the moon was appearing above the trees at the bottom of our field. The cloud was beginning to break up and you could just see that full moon coming through, though looking much smaller than it had before. This next photo was taken from our driveway, when a ring began to appear around it, with the trees silhouetted underneath. So after this we now will choose a location for next month and... more »

From Home
First part of this post is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/7JcdunBQLFy

...
After taking a few photos (see earlier post) the cloud really thickened so that we could barely see the moon any longer and we gave up and decided to pack up cameras and tripods and head for home. As we drove away we remarked to each other that for sure as soon as we left that cloud would disappear and we would be in the wrong place to get a picture. Sure enough, as we turned into our drive, the moon was appearing above the trees at the bottom of our field. The cloud was beginning to break up and you could just see that full moon coming through, though looking much smaller than it had before. This next photo was taken from our driveway, when a ring began to appear around it, with the trees silhouetted underneath. So after this we now will choose a location for next month and wait and hope that the elements will be kind to us and the night not too cold.

+Moody Monday​​ #moodymonday by +Alen Ianni​​
http://www.elliekennard.ca/night-after/#1
_See my full landscape gallery here; _ http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/___

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2016-11-01 01:55:07 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

The Farms Around the Village
The previous part of this post is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/co2rxAGABRs

Just to the right of the scene in the post linked above is the farm near our house. Surrounded by the colours of harvested golden fields and the glowing leaves everywhere, the small white buildings cresting the hill look protected and inviting under that heavy sky. Some gulls in the field in front of me are settled, resting on the ground, some searching for worms, grubs or rodents that can be found in the stubble. Their white feathers are a striking contrast to the darker, vibrant tones around them. Suddenly, one starts up and the whole flock lifts to wheel in the air and fly into the wind. I am forced to turn away as the cold rain really begins to fall. Winter is coming.

http://www.elliekennard.ca/farm-fall#2


The Farms Around the Village
The previous part of this post is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/co2rxAGABRs

Just to the right of the scene in the post linked above is the farm near our house. Surrounded by the colours of harvested golden fields and the glowing leaves everywhere, the small white buildings cresting the hill look protected and inviting under that heavy sky. Some gulls in the field in front of me are settled, resting on the ground, some searching for worms, grubs or rodents that can be found in the stubble. Their white feathers are a striking contrast to the darker, vibrant tones around them. Suddenly, one starts up and the whole flock lifts to wheel in the air and fly into the wind. I am forced to turn away as the cold rain really begins to fall. Winter is coming.

http://www.elliekennard.ca/farm-fall#2
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2016-10-30 18:11:10 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

White Rose's Glowing Heart of Summer

With the chilly temperatures of autumn creeping into our bones in Nova Scotia, I felt like seeing a flashback to the drowsy heat of summer. This white rose in multiple exposure shows the warm glow inside the cool white petals. This beautiful flower was blooming in the middle of Halifax in the public gardens which are like a quiet oasis of peace with the bustling of the city surrounding it. As the gardens in the city, the heart of a flower is an oasis of visual sweetness for the visitor to sit and contemplate, just as it is literally for nectar seeking insects. I hope this warm-hearted rose has brought back a memory of summer days and taken some of the chill you might be feeling from the cold damp days of autumn.

See the full posting with photograph here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/white-rose/
My 'When Life is a Blur' photoga... more »

White Rose's Glowing Heart of Summer

With the chilly temperatures of autumn creeping into our bones in Nova Scotia, I felt like seeing a flashback to the drowsy heat of summer. This white rose in multiple exposure shows the warm glow inside the cool white petals. This beautiful flower was blooming in the middle of Halifax in the public gardens which are like a quiet oasis of peace with the bustling of the city surrounding it. As the gardens in the city, the heart of a flower is an oasis of visual sweetness for the visitor to sit and contemplate, just as it is literally for nectar seeking insects. I hope this warm-hearted rose has brought back a memory of summer days and taken some of the chill you might be feeling from the cold damp days of autumn.

See the full posting with photograph here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/white-rose/
My 'When Life is a Blur' photo gallery can be viewed here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/when-life-is-a-blur/
Perhaps not too late for :
#unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Jetski +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ___

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2016-10-29 22:46:44 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Change to Fall
First part of this is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/6YLWL4NkeJp

And then, suddenly it’s here, in all its glorious colour. Different fields, with grain crops gathered in are the foraging grounds for these many gulls – standing so still then lifting, wheeling, falling, dropping to stand again in groups as if by some invisible command. The light is on the backdrop of the autumn reds, golds and browns against the darker shades of the North Mountain behind. The heavy clouds above threaten rain that begins to fall in slanting drops as I am taking the pictures, trying to shield my lens from the water. I know that with the wind and rain most of these beautiful leaves will be a carpet before the week is out and this will be changed again, ready for the winter landscape.

See the full post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/farm-fall/
Myland... more »

Change to Fall
First part of this is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/6YLWL4NkeJp

And then, suddenly it’s here, in all its glorious colour. Different fields, with grain crops gathered in are the foraging grounds for these many gulls – standing so still then lifting, wheeling, falling, dropping to stand again in groups as if by some invisible command. The light is on the backdrop of the autumn reds, golds and browns against the darker shades of the North Mountain behind. The heavy clouds above threaten rain that begins to fall in slanting drops as I am taking the pictures, trying to shield my lens from the water. I know that with the wind and rain most of these beautiful leaves will be a carpet before the week is out and this will be changed again, ready for the winter landscape.

See the full post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/farm-fall/
My landscape gallery is here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

Way too many people on this list! But I think this at least semi qualifies for this theme
#notatheme #seagullbuttsaturday
+Robin Griggs Wood​​ +Ursula Klepper​​ +Christin McLeod​​ +Sassi Sassmannshausen​​ +Lauri Novak​​ +Richard Ball​​ +Craig Szymanski​​ +Melissa Beagle​​ +Ellie Kennard​​ +Cora Triton​​ +Steve Savoie​​ +Pam Wolfe​​ +*** +Jon Cassill​​ +Tom McGowan​​ +Annie Irving​​ +Diana Boyd​​ +Debby Moran​​ +Alex Lapidus​​ +Lou McCorkle​​ +*** +Kimmetal Smith​​ +Bette Kauffman​​ +Liz C​​ +*** +Darion Jackman​​ +Steven Kennard​​ +Sharon Stone​​ +Dawn Siadatan​​ +Sumit Sen​​ +Jasbir S. Randhawa​​ +Gazzaroonii T.​​ +John Wade​​ +Dave Bell​​ +Swee Oh​​ +Leo Deegan​​ +Nancy Battis Vita​​ +Patrick Kelly​​ +Marilyn Benham​​ +Mari Luukkonen​​ +Lora Lee Chapman​​ +Giselle Savoie​​ +Carin Bruce​​ +David Q. Cohen​​ +Gernot Glaeser​​ +Maureen Roberson​​ +Brian Grzelewski​​ +cobalt please​​ +Darcee McCutcheon​​ +Annelies Jansen​​ +Rachel Ferris​​ +Margaret Tompkins​​ +Jan Vermeulen​​
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2016-10-28 18:22:18 (14 comments; 7 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Farm Seasons Changing to Fall

For every photograph that I take, there are far, far more that I miss. They are the pictures stored in my memory, ready for when I plan to go back and spend the time it takes to get it right. They are the ones that got away because the scene is never there again. That first time, the light was just right, the elements all came together in a pattern or shape that was perfect, or something else about it made that moment (as every moment) unique. You can never get it back. As we drove by this scene at the end of the summer, the light and dark lines in the harvested fields, cresting the curving hills really made me want to photograph it. Unfortunately each time we were passing it we were in a hurry to go somewhere and it is right on the main highway, making a sudden stop a dangerous manoeuvre. So every time I had to content myself with looking longingly at the... more »

Farm Seasons Changing to Fall

For every photograph that I take, there are far, far more that I miss. They are the pictures stored in my memory, ready for when I plan to go back and spend the time it takes to get it right. They are the ones that got away because the scene is never there again. That first time, the light was just right, the elements all came together in a pattern or shape that was perfect, or something else about it made that moment (as every moment) unique. You can never get it back. As we drove by this scene at the end of the summer, the light and dark lines in the harvested fields, cresting the curving hills really made me want to photograph it. Unfortunately each time we were passing it we were in a hurry to go somewhere and it is right on the main highway, making a sudden stop a dangerous manoeuvre. So every time I had to content myself with looking longingly at the curves of the landscape and the straight paths left by the mower, the big round bales and the smaller squared ones.  I knew that soon these would be gathered in and the green growth would blur the clean look of the field, the impression of all the elements flowing like meandering streams down the hill. On this particular weekend we set out specially to catch it. We had to stop on the side of the busy highway, with cars and trucks rushing past and the wind they created making it difficult to be still enough for the photograph. I had a long walk to get to this particular vantage point (sorry on the one hand that I had not brought my tripod, but also glad as it would have been so heavy to haul along the shoulder of the highway) and the day itself was a very blustery one as you see by the sky. I could already feel the shift of the season beginning with the gathering in of the crops.
See the full post with additional images here (though I will be posting the other parts here, too, so keep watching): http://www.elliekennard.ca/farm-fall/
My landscape photography gallery is here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/landscapes/

For #farmfriday +Farm Friday with myself, +Susanne Stelle and +Steven Kennard as the moderators.
Also for #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla___

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2016-10-27 23:32:39 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Michelle Cooking

An evening meal with friends is one of the greatest pleasures we can have. Wonderful food, interesting conversation, warmth and laughter. Nothing makes you feel as good on a long drive home as the feelings that linger. Thank you, Michelle and Kyle. It was a lovely evening.

Both portraits in the post were taken with the vintage Helios 44-2 lens
#Helios44-2 #vintagelens

See the post with another image here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/chelle/ 

Michelle Cooking

An evening meal with friends is one of the greatest pleasures we can have. Wonderful food, interesting conversation, warmth and laughter. Nothing makes you feel as good on a long drive home as the feelings that linger. Thank you, Michelle and Kyle. It was a lovely evening.

Both portraits in the post were taken with the vintage Helios 44-2 lens
#Helios44-2 #vintagelens

See the post with another image here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/chelle/ ___

2016-10-26 13:25:09 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Wish I'd been with him on this trip, but I do get to see the wonderful images he has posted and look forward to the building of his new collection. The first image is wonderfully dramatic!
Thanks for sharing +Steven Kennard

Wish I'd been with him on this trip, but I do get to see the wonderful images he has posted and look forward to the building of his new collection. The first image is wonderfully dramatic!
Thanks for sharing +Steven Kennard___

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2016-10-25 22:14:33 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

Original post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/black-eyed-susans/

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/ #helios44-2 #vintagelens #flowers

Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

Original post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/black-eyed-susans/

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/ #helios44-2 #vintagelens #flowers___

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2016-10-20 22:50:24 (22 comments; 6 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Petals Like Butterflies
More hydrangea delight. Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/1dDA1N8oFvZ

When I look at these petals, they seem to me almost like delightful random butterflies, flitting about in the breeze and landing here and there on the stems. The blurred background bokeh effect from the vintage lens I used almost gives the appearance of a reflection under this branch.

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/

All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/#1



Petals Like Butterflies
More hydrangea delight. Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/1dDA1N8oFvZ

When I look at these petals, they seem to me almost like delightful random butterflies, flitting about in the breeze and landing here and there on the stems. The blurred background bokeh effect from the vintage lens I used almost gives the appearance of a reflection under this branch.

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/

All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/#1

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2016-10-19 17:37:11 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Fall Hydrangeas

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.
All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/

Fall Hydrangeas

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.
All my posts are on my phlog: www.elliekennard.ca
My Flora photo gallery can be see here: www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora

#flora #flowers #floral #helios44-2 #vintagelens

The full post is here (but I will post the rest here, so watch this space): http://www.elliekennard.ca/fall-hydrangeas/___

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2016-10-18 20:49:13 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

The Night After the Night Before - Super Moon Rising

The night of the full moon (the night after my previous posting) I went out again, this time with Steven, hopefully having overcome the technical issues, to try to get a better photo of it. That night, the elements decided to get involved and a single big cloud rose with it. There were stars around the sky in other places, so this really was a cloud dedicated to obscuring the Super Moon. I took the photo here in spite of it, as the colours reflecting off the water in the bay and the cloud around made it look more like a sunset than a moon rise. It was much darker than the night before as the sun had gone down over half an hour earlier.

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The Night After the Night Before - Super Moon Rising

The night of the full moon (the night after my previous posting) I went out again, this time with Steven, hopefully having overcome the technical issues, to try to get a better photo of it. That night, the elements decided to get involved and a single big cloud rose with it. There were stars around the sky in other places, so this really was a cloud dedicated to obscuring the Super Moon. I took the photo here in spite of it, as the colours reflecting off the water in the bay and the cloud around made it look more like a sunset than a moon rise. It was much darker than the night before as the sun had gone down over half an hour earlier.

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2016-10-18 00:16:16 (34 comments; 3 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Hunters moon, Super Moon over the Minas Basin

We had a fun time, Linda and I, planning our trip to try to photograph the Supermoon which was also the Hunter’s Moon this month. We chose the location to try to get the reflection of the moon in the little water that would be visible at one of the lowest tides, if possible. We also hoped to get some cliffs in the scene, but I miscalculated the position of the moon and it rose in a different place from where I thought it would so we only have the tidal flats and water in the scene. (Note to self for next time: calibrate the device for the app before using it if you hope for any degree of accuracy.)

This was the night before the full moon which was the best for getting some light into the landscape as the sun set just before the moon rose. The next night it was much darker as the sunset was half an hour before moonrise and itw... more »

Hunters moon, Super Moon over the Minas Basin

We had a fun time, Linda and I, planning our trip to try to photograph the Supermoon which was also the Hunter’s Moon this month. We chose the location to try to get the reflection of the moon in the little water that would be visible at one of the lowest tides, if possible. We also hoped to get some cliffs in the scene, but I miscalculated the position of the moon and it rose in a different place from where I thought it would so we only have the tidal flats and water in the scene. (Note to self for next time: calibrate the device for the app before using it if you hope for any degree of accuracy.)

This was the night before the full moon which was the best for getting some light into the landscape as the sun set just before the moon rose. The next night it was much darker as the sunset was half an hour before moonrise and it wasn’t possible to see much foreground.

I liked this one with the colours of the fading light from the setting sun which just showed a hint of the foreground detail and warmed the sky. The atmosphere on the horizon gave the moon the reddish tone.

We had a few other little technical difficulties which meant that most of the images from that night are not usable, but every photographic session seems to be a learning experience and we plan to try again next month on the 13th, putting into practice what we learned from that evening’s results. And I have in mind a setting where we can get some cliffs into the scene as well. What we have to hope for is the same clear weather on that night, though a few wispy clouds would work nicely, too!

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2016-10-14 17:29:43 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Welcome Cat, Lion's Head Trail
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During our trip to Ontario last Spring we went on a couple of hikes through the trails around Georgian Bay. On this particular day we were heading to the cliff’s of Lion’s Head, so we parked our car and had to make our way along a road to access the main trail. It was a lovely warm spring day for a hike and as Steve and I walked along together chatting, we saw in the distance a little orange cat heading down a driveway towards the road. He seemed to be coming with a purpose, as he turned at the end of the drive and headed in our direction.

He kept walking towards us as if intent on greeting us personally at the start of our trek. As he drew closer he slowed down and sat as if waiting for us to reach him. We’re used to cats that talk to us all the time, butthis ... more »

Welcome Cat, Lion's Head Trail
View all the images on this post here: http://www.elliekennard.ca/welcome/

During our trip to Ontario last Spring we went on a couple of hikes through the trails around Georgian Bay. On this particular day we were heading to the cliff’s of Lion’s Head, so we parked our car and had to make our way along a road to access the main trail. It was a lovely warm spring day for a hike and as Steve and I walked along together chatting, we saw in the distance a little orange cat heading down a driveway towards the road. He seemed to be coming with a purpose, as he turned at the end of the drive and headed in our direction.

He kept walking towards us as if intent on greeting us personally at the start of our trek. As he drew closer he slowed down and sat as if waiting for us to reach him. We’re used to cats that talk to us all the time, but this cat never made a sound. As we got up to him, he rolled over and invited us to pat him, loving the attention from another set of hikers that he waylaid at the start of their climb up the cliffs of Lion’s Head.

As Steve patted him I got this portrait of this a gentle beautiful ginger cat who gave us such a great welcome to our start of the Lion’s Head Trail.
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2016-10-07 17:15:47 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Goodbye to the Monarchs
If you missed the previous section of this piece, you can view it here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/WyUSiayZtvH

A couple of days after this was the last time we saw a Monarch before the rain and bad weather set in. I had gone with my friend (and her new lens) in the hopes of catching sight of them before they left on their journey down south. We walked almost the whole path and were heading back home, disappointed (though she got a nice close-up of Joni :D) when we spotted one solitary one sitting alone, up in a tree at the side of the path. It stayed a little out of reach, opening and closing its wings in the sun’s rays, but she managed to get a few good shots of it before we had to head home.

Who would have thought that chatting with a friend about getting herself a new zoom lens would have led to such an opportunity and such al... more »

Goodbye to the Monarchs
If you missed the previous section of this piece, you can view it here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/WyUSiayZtvH

A couple of days after this was the last time we saw a Monarch before the rain and bad weather set in. I had gone with my friend (and her new lens) in the hopes of catching sight of them before they left on their journey down south. We walked almost the whole path and were heading back home, disappointed (though she got a nice close-up of Joni :D) when we spotted one solitary one sitting alone, up in a tree at the side of the path. It stayed a little out of reach, opening and closing its wings in the sun’s rays, but she managed to get a few good shots of it before we had to head home.

Who would have thought that chatting with a friend about getting herself a new zoom lens would have led to such an opportunity and such a lovely record to remind me of that serendipitous walk along the trail? I really look forward to seeing them again next year, if they are able to return to our little corner of Nova Scotia.

Read the full story with all the photographs on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/
And view my Tiny Wildlife gallery of images here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/tiny-wildlife/

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2016-10-05 20:24:54 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Sci-Fi Insects?

This pair of insects appeared on the porch of a little house in the woods. While everyone was inside (it was a really really tiny cabin) I tried to get some photographs of them, to be able to identify them later on. The time was late afternoon and the trees were shading the area heavily, so the light was very low, making it more difficult, but I did get a couple of them. When I enlarged them I was able to see these amazing eyes and formation and markings of the bodies. They are so delicate looking with those long legs and fine wings.

If anyone knows what these might be, please let me know. They look like something from outer space!

Read the full story with another photograph of these on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/sci-fi-insects/
and see more images on my Tiny Wildlife gallery here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/tiny-wildlife/
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Sci-Fi Insects?

This pair of insects appeared on the porch of a little house in the woods. While everyone was inside (it was a really really tiny cabin) I tried to get some photographs of them, to be able to identify them later on. The time was late afternoon and the trees were shading the area heavily, so the light was very low, making it more difficult, but I did get a couple of them. When I enlarged them I was able to see these amazing eyes and formation and markings of the bodies. They are so delicate looking with those long legs and fine wings.

If anyone knows what these might be, please let me know. They look like something from outer space!

Read the full story with another photograph of these on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/sci-fi-insects/
and see more images on my Tiny Wildlife gallery here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/tiny-wildlife/

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus___

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2016-10-05 12:38:39 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

And Now For Something Completely Different
If you missed the previous section of the story, it is here:
https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/KCX9ZBKwBG4

As I was engrossed in trying to get another angle and another close shot (of the monarch butterflies), I suddenly looked down and saw the most enormous spider I have ever seen outside of a zoo. It must have been over an inch and a half long, the body alone, sitting in a thick web, right beside where I was crouched. I have no idea what kind it is, but perhaps a reader can tell me if you know. If you are sensitive to spider photographs, feel free to skip down to the next section! I have to say it did make me look more carefully before I stepped into the brush off the path.
Thanks to +Sandy Vetter who tells me: This is a "Yellow Argiope, People use a variety of other names like Garden spider or "Sewing... more »

And Now For Something Completely Different
If you missed the previous section of the story, it is here:
https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/KCX9ZBKwBG4

As I was engrossed in trying to get another angle and another close shot (of the monarch butterflies), I suddenly looked down and saw the most enormous spider I have ever seen outside of a zoo. It must have been over an inch and a half long, the body alone, sitting in a thick web, right beside where I was crouched. I have no idea what kind it is, but perhaps a reader can tell me if you know. If you are sensitive to spider photographs, feel free to skip down to the next section! I have to say it did make me look more carefully before I stepped into the brush off the path.
Thanks to +Sandy Vetter who tells me: This is a "Yellow Argiope, People use a variety of other names like Garden spider or "Sewing Machine" spider, because of the zigzag she weaves in her web. And it is a she, the male is incredibly small in comparison. :-) I'm so glad you took this and posted it, they are not only gorgeous but they do such a great job in catching insect pests! :-)" Thanks Sandy!

Read the full story with all the photographs on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/
I will be posting more of the story on here, though, so stay tuned!

#Animalia ( +Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

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2016-10-04 18:36:23 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Getting Even Closer - Serendipity and Monarchs Continued
If you missed the previous section, it is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/GC6jt7ZT1dJ

...When I felt that I had got all I could in the way of photographs and as the wind was getting really too strong for anything to stay still long enough, I made my way home, feeling a wonderful happiness from this chance encounter...

The next day we returned, Joni and I, and we brought Steven. As I had lent it to my friend, I no longer had that long lens with me but as we were leaving, Steven asked me why I didn't use the macro lens we have, which I had completely forgotten about. This was one where I would be able to get so much closer, if only we saw any of the Monarchs again. As we walked around the path, it appeared to be unlikely as, once again it was quite windy. They seemed to be keeping hidden from usun... more »

Getting Even Closer - Serendipity and Monarchs Continued
If you missed the previous section, it is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/GC6jt7ZT1dJ

...When I felt that I had got all I could in the way of photographs and as the wind was getting really too strong for anything to stay still long enough, I made my way home, feeling a wonderful happiness from this chance encounter...

The next day we returned, Joni and I, and we brought Steven. As I had lent it to my friend, I no longer had that long lens with me but as we were leaving, Steven asked me why I didn't use the macro lens we have, which I had completely forgotten about. This was one where I would be able to get so much closer, if only we saw any of the Monarchs again. As we walked around the path, it appeared to be unlikely as, once again it was quite windy. They seemed to be keeping hidden from us until, as the day before, there they all were, in their brilliant glory, dancing about in the wildflowersI And we got right in among them this time, taking photo after photo as they took no notice of us while they drank from the wild flowers along the edge of the wood. With that lens I got much closer and got photographs of the sole male we found as well as females, close enough to easily distinguish the telltale black spot on the lower wing of the male along with the more delicate tracery of the markings on him. You can see these in this next photograph. The female lacks the black spot and has much thicker markings.

Read the full story with all the photographs on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/
I will be posting more of the story on here, though, so stay tuned!

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

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2016-10-02 00:21:39 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

Garden Jester

In another burst of fiery colour, the day lily here as shown in a multiple exposure looks as delightful as the hat worn by a jester of old.

I was visiting the garden of a friend during a BBQ get-together and while others were chatting I wandered around among their flowers with my camera. They had some of the most exquisite blooms as well as a profusion of wonderful vegetables (believe me, they have more than their fair share of green fingers and green thumbs between them) and this one cried out to be photographed multiple times. So I couldn’t resist. As the cooler autumn advances too quickly, I hope this might cheer us all with the warm memories of summer evenings with friends.

These multiple exposures are all on my gallery on my website here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/when-life-is-a-blur/
And the post is on my site:more »

Garden Jester

In another burst of fiery colour, the day lily here as shown in a multiple exposure looks as delightful as the hat worn by a jester of old.

I was visiting the garden of a friend during a BBQ get-together and while others were chatting I wandered around among their flowers with my camera. They had some of the most exquisite blooms as well as a profusion of wonderful vegetables (believe me, they have more than their fair share of green fingers and green thumbs between them) and this one cried out to be photographed multiple times. So I couldn’t resist. As the cooler autumn advances too quickly, I hope this might cheer us all with the warm memories of summer evenings with friends.

These multiple exposures are all on my gallery on my website here: http://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/when-life-is-a-blur/
And the post is on my site:
http://elliekennard.ca/jester/

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2016-09-27 21:09:13 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

I'm Only Half Here
I have the Most Wonderful Husband in the World.

And I miss him a lot! He is in New Zealand, 10,000 miles from me, but before he left he posted this.

Thinking of you +Steven Kennard​​​

Portrait of Ellie

As I get ready to go to New Zealand I thought I would post a photograph I took of my beautiful wife, Ellie, who won't be able to go with me on my trip. It's a long journey, but I won't be away for many days, so this image of her will come with me. By chance, when I saw it, it reminded me a lot of a photograph taken of her when she was 18. When I saw that, I thought I would like to try to reproduce it. I'll have to wait for when I get back for that.
The original can be seen here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105804664540125819976/albums/5705374986375973953/5733227911642510706?pid=5733227911642510706&oid=105804664540125819976

We got a Russian vintage lens, the Helios 44-2 with adapter and this was taken with that lens.

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#vintagelens   #helios   #helios44  ___I'm Only Half Here
I have the Most Wonderful Husband in the World.

And I miss him a lot! He is in New Zealand, 10,000 miles from me, but before he left he posted this.

Thinking of you +Steven Kennard​​​

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2016-09-25 20:45:06 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

I felt as if I Had Come Across a Field of Dancing Unicorns
(If you missed the previous section, it is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/KNyv1vsp8SX)

...I finally gave up and carried on around the path on the nature trail, determined not to let my frustration spoil the beautiful afternoon walk....

Then suddenly there was a heart stopping moment. I rounded the edge of the woods toward the field and there they were! There must have been more than 20 Monarchs. I felt as if I had come across a field of unicorns, in a dream, so beautiful were they all, drifting about on the light wind, stopping here and there to sip at the nectar in the wild flowers. I was almost afraid to walk forward into this scene, as I lifted my camera to my eye, starting to photograph from a distance, then closer and closer, remembering to breathe only now and then, so moved was I by... more »

I felt as if I Had Come Across a Field of Dancing Unicorns
(If you missed the previous section, it is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/KNyv1vsp8SX)

...I finally gave up and carried on around the path on the nature trail, determined not to let my frustration spoil the beautiful afternoon walk....

Then suddenly there was a heart stopping moment. I rounded the edge of the woods toward the field and there they were! There must have been more than 20 Monarchs. I felt as if I had come across a field of unicorns, in a dream, so beautiful were they all, drifting about on the light wind, stopping here and there to sip at the nectar in the wild flowers. I was almost afraid to walk forward into this scene, as I lifted my camera to my eye, starting to photograph from a distance, then closer and closer, remembering to breathe only now and then, so moved was I by this display of delicate wind-blown dancing.

When I felt that I had got all I could in the way of photographs and as the wind was getting really too strong for anything to stay still long enough, I made my way home, feeling a wonderful happiness from this chance encounter.

http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/#3
Full story with all the photographs on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/
I will be posting more of the story on here, though, so stay tuned!___

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2016-09-22 14:01:18 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Disappearing Habitat - Even Locally - Affecting Monarch Butterflies
if you missed the previous section it is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/bs1g1XyUMx2

...that single bright fragile creature flitting among the bushes was enough to give us a thrill. And we wondered at times if it was the same one, or if there were, perhaps two or three, in different locations around the trail.......

For a few years now we, like so many around the world have been missing the visits from the striking monarch butterflies. Although we have plenty of milkweed around us, there was no evidence of any of the larvae or sightings of adults. Then this year our neighbour ploughed up a field next to our property to plant corn. This field had lain fallow for at least 19 years and had been full of wildflowers and trees and bushes, a wonderful wildlife habitat, which was where we had... more »

Disappearing Habitat - Even Locally - Affecting Monarch Butterflies
if you missed the previous section it is here: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/bs1g1XyUMx2

...that single bright fragile creature flitting among the bushes was enough to give us a thrill. And we wondered at times if it was the same one, or if there were, perhaps two or three, in different locations around the trail.......

For a few years now we, like so many around the world have been missing the visits from the striking monarch butterflies. Although we have plenty of milkweed around us, there was no evidence of any of the larvae or sightings of adults. Then this year our neighbour ploughed up a field next to our property to plant corn. This field had lain fallow for at least 19 years and had been full of wildflowers and trees and bushes, a wonderful wildlife habitat, which was where we had been accustomed to seeing the butterflies in past years. It bordered a part of a nature trail (The Bigelow Trail) where school children are taken on their nature walks. It had been edged with milkweed, the  plants eaten by the larvae of these beautiful creatures. Then, in the Spring this year the vegetation was torn out, the field was flattened, brown, ready for planting. I really despaired of seeing the Monarchs back in any number here again.

As we walked along, with me throwing and Joni catching the ball, I had my eyes open for a suitable subject to photograph to show the capability of the lens - a bird, some interesting insect or other. Suddenly I saw that single Monarch flying off in the distance. We hurried after it, as it dodged out into the open field, then back to the tops of the trees, flirting with me as it flashed around. I thought that once again I wouldn't get close enough to get a photograph, even with this more powerful lens. I finally gave up and carried on around the path on the nature trail, determined not to let my frustration spoil the beautiful afternoon walk.
http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/#2
Full story with all the photographs on my posting: http://elliekennard.ca/monarchs/
I will be posting more of the story on here, though, so stay tuned!___

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