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Ellie Kennard has been at 12 events

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First Friday Art Walk654,852The July #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  *The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, July 7, 2013.* ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)July First Friday Art Walk2013-07-05 13:00:00232  
Ellie Kennard54,485*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 Tom17,649You are invited to post your favorite photographs from May 1 to May 31 2013.Peter's May Exhibition Event2013-05-26 21:00:00124  
pio dal cin82,752Samantha 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  
First Friday Art Walk654,852The February   #FirstFridayArtWalk   is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The February First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, February 1 to 12 a.m. Saturday, February 2. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. Friday February 1 to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 2. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, February 1 to 9 a.m. Saturday, February 2. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk   . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk    hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  , so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk   , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-02-01 14:00:57141  
Jeff Smith62,376Welcome 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 03:00:02262  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,230,519We'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 16:00:0087  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,230,519Where 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 04:00:00487  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,230,519The 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 17:00:0082  
Jeff Smith62,376Welcome 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 03:00:00267  
Heidi Anne Morris66,734Please 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 Smith62,376Welcome 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 03:00:00243  

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2015-11-25 23:20:33 (83 comments; 53 reshares; 522 +1s)Open 

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour

This wonderful maple tree is right outside the back of our house and every fall it presents us with a stunning display of gold and red  light. It is one of the last to 'turn' but also, happily, one of the last to lose its leaves. When all the other trees have become bare skeletons, this one is still brilliant and alive, giving us one last blaze of colour before the end of the season. I decided to catch this in a multiple exposure which seems to really do justice to this grand fall finale.

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b 

My posts are on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

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2015-10-30 12:32:15 (78 comments; 61 reshares; 532 +1s)Open 

Passiflora Beauty

The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend.
Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

My posts are all on my blog: http:/www.elliekennard.ca.

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas  +10419852001929985760  +Francine Vanlé  +Sonya Murray

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre+mimies... more »

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2015-10-30 12:32:15 (78 comments; 61 reshares; 532 +1s)Open 

Passiflora Beauty

The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend.
Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

My posts are all on my blog: http:/www.elliekennard.ca.

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas  +10419852001929985760  +Francine Vanlé  +Sonya Murray

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre+mimies... more »

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2016-02-05 22:57:13 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The Show Must Go On!

Love the title of +Steven Kennard's new box almost as much as I love the box. It's on its way down to Minnesota now, but we have the photographs. Click through on the blog link to see the images in full size in our new slideshow on his site.

#notforblog  

The Show Must Go On!

This box, titled “The Show Must Go On!” was made specially for an invitation I received to submit a piece for the American Association of Woodturner’s annual exhibition and Professional Outreach Program auction. The theme for this year’s auction is “Patterns” and so I decided to pursue a design that has been going around in my head for a few years. I have used the exterior....
Read the rest of the posting and view the full sized slideshow of the other images on the blog link.
http://stevenkennard.com/blog/archives/2369

#notforblog  ___The Show Must Go On!

Love the title of +Steven Kennard's new box almost as much as I love the box. It's on its way down to Minnesota now, but we have the photographs. Click through on the blog link to see the images in full size in our new slideshow on his site.

#notforblog  

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2016-02-01 23:53:06 (32 comments; 26 reshares; 118 +1s)Open 

Bending, not Breaking

Some photographs really need no words of explanation.

(But for those who want a bit more): This was another snowy walk on a Sunday afternoon and with the new heavy fall of snow and the bending trees, the light called us along that path and through into the woods. These special times are fleeting and for this reason we treasure them and think of them as a typical winter scene. In reality, these scenes happen very rarely as usually the wind blows it all off the trees as it falls. Now, the snow is almost all gone. So I'm so glad I caught this.

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#inthelight +In the Light by +andi rivarola
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow and +Leanne Cole
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography... more »

Bending, not Breaking

Some photographs really need no words of explanation.

(But for those who want a bit more): This was another snowy walk on a Sunday afternoon and with the new heavy fall of snow and the bending trees, the light called us along that path and through into the woods. These special times are fleeting and for this reason we treasure them and think of them as a typical winter scene. In reality, these scenes happen very rarely as usually the wind blows it all off the trees as it falls. Now, the snow is almost all gone. So I'm so glad I caught this.

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#inthelight +In the Light by +andi rivarola
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow and +Leanne Cole
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting___

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2016-01-27 18:29:54 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 126 +1s)Open 

A Cat's Not in Fashion Without Hot Pink Nails

Molly loves to show off her hot pink nails, especially for her new G+ friend +Sophie Bonnet.  I promised Sophie I would share this picture of my fashionable feline.

Molly, our black Cornish Rex loves craves attention and shows her pleasure by kneading and pulling at our clothes and skin when we pick her up. She's a cat. That's what they do. But we were getting sore necks and arms and my clothes were full of holes and pulls, despite regular nail trimming sessions. We read about these nail caps for cats and they have completely solved the problem. Molly gets her cuddles and we avoid the scratches. I took this last year when we first tried them on her. They don't seem to bother her, even when we put them on, so everyone is happy. And she is the height of fashion. (Rupert, who has his claws in the cushion, can be seent... more »

A Cat's Not in Fashion Without Hot Pink Nails

Molly loves to show off her hot pink nails, especially for her new G+ friend +Sophie Bonnet.  I promised Sophie I would share this picture of my fashionable feline.

Molly, our black Cornish Rex loves craves attention and shows her pleasure by kneading and pulling at our clothes and skin when we pick her up. She's a cat. That's what they do. But we were getting sore necks and arms and my clothes were full of holes and pulls, despite regular nail trimming sessions. We read about these nail caps for cats and they have completely solved the problem. Molly gets her cuddles and we avoid the scratches. I took this last year when we first tried them on her. They don't seem to bother her, even when we put them on, so everyone is happy. And she is the height of fashion. (Rupert, who has his claws in the cushion, can be seen to be sporting purple ones, which are far more manly. Zoom in to see his.)

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .
#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#mybelovedcats +OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page by +Edith Kukla
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson___

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2016-01-25 23:34:23 (24 comments; 8 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

A Snowy Woodland Brook Journey

A winter walk along a snow covered path through the woods has a special quality of stillness. It's a quiet made of your own muffled, almost soundless footfalls and those of the creatures who made those tiny tracks. You sense that they are hiding with held breath just out of sight under the pillowed snow beside the frozen water in the stream. Your frozen breath hangs in the air, as if afraid to fall and shatter the peace. The lowering sun makes the shadows lengthen silently through the woods, across the brook between the trees. 

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey  +Hans-JuergenWerner +Shannan ... more »

A Snowy Woodland Brook Journey

A winter walk along a snow covered path through the woods has a special quality of stillness. It's a quiet made of your own muffled, almost soundless footfalls and those of the creatures who made those tiny tracks. You sense that they are hiding with held breath just out of sight under the pillowed snow beside the frozen water in the stream. Your frozen breath hangs in the air, as if afraid to fall and shatter the peace. The lowering sun makes the shadows lengthen silently through the woods, across the brook between the trees. 

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey  +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow and +Leanne Cole

#allthingsmonochrome +All Things Monochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox,  +Dorian Stretton and +Bill Wood

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting ___

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2016-01-23 01:29:36 (17 comments; 3 reshares; 101 +1s)Open 

Je me Souviens : I Remember

Québec city at night is an impression of lights on colours on textures on curves and deepening shadows. These lend a rich warmth and mystery to the bitter winter cold of the deserted night streets. Deserted, that is, except for another photographer, lit by the street lamp, equally captivated by the mystery of the shadowy gardens to the side of this street.  Je me souviens - I remember - the nights of this beautiful city, Québec.

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#Nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler
+Photo Mania Canada  #photomaniacanada  by +Giselle Savoie and +Mark HELM 
#hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Steven Markham and +Ingo Bruneske

Je me Souviens : I Remember

Québec city at night is an impression of lights on colours on textures on curves and deepening shadows. These lend a rich warmth and mystery to the bitter winter cold of the deserted night streets. Deserted, that is, except for another photographer, lit by the street lamp, equally captivated by the mystery of the shadowy gardens to the side of this street.  Je me souviens - I remember - the nights of this beautiful city, Québec.

My posts are all on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

#Nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler
+Photo Mania Canada  #photomaniacanada  by +Giselle Savoie and +Mark HELM 
#hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Steven Markham and +Ingo Bruneske___

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2016-01-20 13:38:40 (19 comments; 7 reshares; 232 +1s)Open 

Snowbank Adventures Part 2

When Joni is leaping around at high speed on top of snow banks you just have to keep on snapping, hoping that some will catch a special moment. This was taken the same time as yesterday's image, but this time she is framed nicely by the green and the snowbank. When she's having so much fun she doesn't always look up when you call her name to try to get her attention. This time she did.

This was the photograph I meant to post yesterday, but mixed them up. So this is a double Joni billing, celebrating the fact that this is the featured image on the +Woof Wednesday​ page #woofwednesday   curated by +Sandra Nesbit​ and +Debbie Drummond​ 
With thanks also to the folks at +HQSP Animals​, #hqspanimals   in particular +Andy Smith​ +Nicol Eh​ and +Shannon Adelson​
And of course to +Animalia​  #animalia  curated by +Adelphe B... more »

Snowbank Adventures Part 2

When Joni is leaping around at high speed on top of snow banks you just have to keep on snapping, hoping that some will catch a special moment. This was taken the same time as yesterday's image, but this time she is framed nicely by the green and the snowbank. When she's having so much fun she doesn't always look up when you call her name to try to get her attention. This time she did.

This was the photograph I meant to post yesterday, but mixed them up. So this is a double Joni billing, celebrating the fact that this is the featured image on the +Woof Wednesday​ page #woofwednesday   curated by +Sandra Nesbit​ and +Debbie Drummond​ 
With thanks also to the folks at +HQSP Animals​, #hqspanimals   in particular +Andy Smith​ +Nicol Eh​ and +Shannon Adelson​
And of course to +Animalia​  #animalia  curated by +Adelphe BACHELET​ - merci Adelphe!

_My posts are all on my site: http://www.elliekennard.ca .____

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2016-01-19 18:44:41 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 223 +1s)Open 

A Jump in a Snowbank Always Makes a Border Collie Feel Good!

Joni's favourite season has always been the winter. As she was born into a Canadian December, her first trips outside were into the snow and the cold and even as a young pup she loved it and never wanted to come inside, preferring to brave the cold wind and snow to play and run than to be indoors looking out the window at it. 

Her new favourite winter pass-time is to jump onto snowbanks, digging around in them for any small creatures that might be hiding under the covered vegetation. Here I just caught her as she leaped joyfully over a bank that was partly covering a holly bush.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

For #Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
Early for #woofwednesday  +Woof Wednesday with +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond  
andfor  ... more »

A Jump in a Snowbank Always Makes a Border Collie Feel Good!

Joni's favourite season has always been the winter. As she was born into a Canadian December, her first trips outside were into the snow and the cold and even as a young pup she loved it and never wanted to come inside, preferring to brave the cold wind and snow to play and run than to be indoors looking out the window at it. 

Her new favourite winter pass-time is to jump onto snowbanks, digging around in them for any small creatures that might be hiding under the covered vegetation. Here I just caught her as she leaped joyfully over a bank that was partly covering a holly bush.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

For #Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
Early for #woofwednesday  +Woof Wednesday with +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond  
and for  #hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson___

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2016-01-08 17:11:22 (24 comments; 5 reshares; 119 +1s)Open 

Café de Paris

When we were in Québec (city) at the end of 2014, we ate in this little café, the Café de Paris and while we waited for our meal, I photographed this part of the restaurant, as the decoration seemed to be unique, if not a bit random in design! It might have been a bit off-putting to have that bust staring disapprovingly at you while you ate, which might explain the empty tables near him, in spite of the temptation of the bottle of champagne! You can see from this post and image that otherwise it was a uniquely romantic environment.  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/dYRTxEaXjvC

My posts are all on my site: www.elliekennard.ca .

#emptychairsandemptytables by +Rob Hallifax

Café de Paris

When we were in Québec (city) at the end of 2014, we ate in this little café, the Café de Paris and while we waited for our meal, I photographed this part of the restaurant, as the decoration seemed to be unique, if not a bit random in design! It might have been a bit off-putting to have that bust staring disapprovingly at you while you ate, which might explain the empty tables near him, in spite of the temptation of the bottle of champagne! You can see from this post and image that otherwise it was a uniquely romantic environment.  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllieKennard/posts/dYRTxEaXjvC

My posts are all on my site: www.elliekennard.ca .

#emptychairsandemptytables by +Rob Hallifax___

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2016-01-04 17:32:17 (37 comments; 5 reshares; 191 +1s)Open 

Florette, Our Beauty Queen

This short story tells more about our time in France, this time featuring our first cow, Florette and some of our fun with her.

I hope you will go to the blog and read the full story (and see the photographs taken by +Steven Kennard) and if you do, that you enjoy reading it.

#notforblog  

Florette, Our Beauty Queen

This short story tells more about our time in France, this time featuring our first cow, Florette and some of our fun with her.

I hope you will go to the blog and read the full story (and see the photographs taken by +Steven Kennard) and if you do, that you enjoy reading it.

#notforblog  ___

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2016-01-03 19:23:58 (36 comments; 7 reshares; 207 +1s)Open 

My Two Boys

Rupert, our Cornish Rex cat has always had a special love for Steven and will sit at his feet at every meal and wait for a moment such as this when he can be snuggled right next to his face. Often Steven, even when he's holding him is a bit distracted, but at this time I caught them both lost in each other. Rupert is 14, the cat with the sweetest personality we have ever had (and we've had a good few) and seems to need that close connection and affection more than ever. 

I have decided not to take part in a BW project as such this year, but want to continue working in black and white and monochrome where the subject seems right for it, as in this one.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#cornishrex  #Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S.+... more »

My Two Boys

Rupert, our Cornish Rex cat has always had a special love for Steven and will sit at his feet at every meal and wait for a moment such as this when he can be snuggled right next to his face. Often Steven, even when he's holding him is a bit distracted, but at this time I caught them both lost in each other. Rupert is 14, the cat with the sweetest personality we have ever had (and we've had a good few) and seems to need that close connection and affection more than ever. 

I have decided not to take part in a BW project as such this year, but want to continue working in black and white and monochrome where the subject seems right for it, as in this one.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#cornishrex  #Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella___

2015-12-28 16:18:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Sad, but the time has come. Announcing the closing of the Public Calendar of Daily Photo Themes.

#notforblog  

Announcing the Closing of the Public Calendar Page and Service

I am very sad to have to announce that I will be closing down the Public Calendar of Daily Photo Themes. There are two main reasons for this, the most important one being that as few theme moderators ever advise me of changes, it takes a lot of time and effort to keep the information up to date.

I did, however, put in a lot of time to make sure that dead themes were removed, moderators were up to date and all the information was accurate, last summer. I was glad to do it if it was a resource that would be used. It mattered that it should be accurate.

The second and main reason is that few people use this resource. Although many people still post to themes, most are using out of date information for themes that have died and gone, gleaned from sites that do not keep up to date. There is no point in keeping a resource such as this up to date if no one comes here and uses it. This has become a resource for a ghost town. The town still carries on (G+ is not a ghost town) but the majority of themes have died a death.

For that reason this will be closed as a page and the calendar itself at the end of the year. 

I want to thank all those who have helped me in the past in various ways and apologize to those few who have found this to be a useful resource. ___Sad, but the time has come. Announcing the closing of the Public Calendar of Daily Photo Themes.

#notforblog  

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2015-12-27 18:21:35 (43 comments; 7 reshares; 133 +1s)Open 

Bright Lights of Québec

One of the best things about visiting a city like Québec is walking about in the darkened streets at night. Along one of the main streets, each of the restaurants uses lights to make them stand out among the considerable competition, all vying for your attention. The architecture is wonderful in the daytime, of course, but it takes on a different feel in the dark with the textures and features highlighted skillfully by them. Almost garish, these colours made a real splash along the street. This photograph was taken during our visit in November 2014. This collection will feature images and experiences from that visit. I hope you enjoy them.

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

Bright Lights of Québec

One of the best things about visiting a city like Québec is walking about in the darkened streets at night. Along one of the main streets, each of the restaurants uses lights to make them stand out among the considerable competition, all vying for your attention. The architecture is wonderful in the daytime, of course, but it takes on a different feel in the dark with the textures and features highlighted skillfully by them. Almost garish, these colours made a real splash along the street. This photograph was taken during our visit in November 2014. This collection will feature images and experiences from that visit. I hope you enjoy them.

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

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2015-12-18 17:23:38 (52 comments; 10 reshares; 197 +1s)Open 

Full Circle 
Week 26/26: Full Circle 

This photograph represents to me so much of the concept of 'Full Circle'. The beginning of the project was on the theme 'New Beginnings' and in my case featured a photograph of Steven hand planing the wood beading for our new kitchen cabinets that were being made.  (You can see that original post here: https://goo.gl/Ue4gK9). The kitchen is not quite completed (not quite full circle) but the change over this year has been wonderful.  At one time my mother used to say that if we started work on fixing up our kitchen, that would be a sign that we would be on the move. We did plan to do up the kitchen when we first moved in, over 18 years ago, so now, with this work almost completed, it is a completion of our plans and dreams over those past years. And so far no move in sight (I love the kitchen too much to want to leave it sosoo... more »

Full Circle 
Week 26/26: Full Circle 

This photograph represents to me so much of the concept of 'Full Circle'. The beginning of the project was on the theme 'New Beginnings' and in my case featured a photograph of Steven hand planing the wood beading for our new kitchen cabinets that were being made.  (You can see that original post here: https://goo.gl/Ue4gK9). The kitchen is not quite completed (not quite full circle) but the change over this year has been wonderful.  At one time my mother used to say that if we started work on fixing up our kitchen, that would be a sign that we would be on the move. We did plan to do up the kitchen when we first moved in, over 18 years ago, so now, with this work almost completed, it is a completion of our plans and dreams over those past years. And so far no move in sight (I love the kitchen too much to want to leave it so soon).

In this image you see images that have been shared throughout the year: blue ball for Joni, bottom left of the circle, Molly the black Cornish Rex, drinking from the water bowl, Steven's boxes (old ones) on the mantelpiece, my copper pans I cook with, my flour mill. And possibly more.

As an aside, on the mantle, an anniversary card shows that another year of marriage has completed, a full circle each year, in a sense. And of course the image, taken with a fish-eye perspective is a full circle. The year is ending, another is beginning.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris ___

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2015-12-14 16:04:52 (33 comments; 6 reshares; 119 +1s)Open 

Brush Strokes on the Landscape 
The Journey Passed in a Blur 2

The landscape at the side of a highway is sometimes a surprise of delicate shapes and textures, especially at this time of the year. Gone are the beautiful greens of summer and the brilliant leaves of fall, but the shapes of branches and trunks against the gentle hills, punctuated by the shapely evergreens look like brush strokes on the landscape canvas. A bit of intentional camera blur gives a sigh of movement that is perfect for the grey December mood. Soon the snow will cover everything with a softly deceiving blanket.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#unsharpsaturday   #softfocussaturday  +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​  by +Alex Lapidus​ +Julianne Bockius​ +Jetski​ +Patrice Christian​ +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski​  (sorry it's late)
#hqspmotion  +HQSPMotion​  curated by +... more »

Brush Strokes on the Landscape 
The Journey Passed in a Blur 2

The landscape at the side of a highway is sometimes a surprise of delicate shapes and textures, especially at this time of the year. Gone are the beautiful greens of summer and the brilliant leaves of fall, but the shapes of branches and trunks against the gentle hills, punctuated by the shapely evergreens look like brush strokes on the landscape canvas. A bit of intentional camera blur gives a sigh of movement that is perfect for the grey December mood. Soon the snow will cover everything with a softly deceiving blanket.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#unsharpsaturday   #softfocussaturday  +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​  by +Alex Lapidus​ +Julianne Bockius​ +Jetski​ +Patrice Christian​ +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski​  (sorry it's late)
#hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion​  curated by +Anja Wessels​ 
+Photo Mania Canada​ by +Giselle Savoie​ and +Mark HELM​ ___

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2015-12-05 19:20:05 (27 comments; 4 reshares; 104 +1s)Open 

Grace and Resilience
The Journey Passed in a Blur 1

There is something that I love about the bare pre-winter landscape with its white birch trunks slim and a little twisted against the rich tones of brown, green and gold vegetation. The black and white project this fortnight had a theme of 'blur' and so I took many unsharp and intentional blurs to be able to pick one that worked best. The photographs I took on this car ride on the highway were so much nicer in colour that I hadn't the heart to strip the life out of them and turn them black and white. I like how the movement in the image reflects the resilience of these slender trunks and bushes and how they have survived storms of wind, rain, ice and snow to grace the fields at the side of the road.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp... more »

Grace and Resilience
The Journey Passed in a Blur 1

There is something that I love about the bare pre-winter landscape with its white birch trunks slim and a little twisted against the rich tones of brown, green and gold vegetation. The black and white project this fortnight had a theme of 'blur' and so I took many unsharp and intentional blurs to be able to pick one that worked best. The photographs I took on this car ride on the highway were so much nicer in colour that I hadn't the heart to strip the life out of them and turn them black and white. I like how the movement in the image reflects the resilience of these slender trunks and bushes and how they have survived storms of wind, rain, ice and snow to grace the fields at the side of the road.

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
#hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Anja Wessels___

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2015-12-04 17:59:39 (34 comments; 4 reshares; 135 +1s)Open 

Blurred Lines on the Port Side
Week 25/26: Blur

I was sitting in the cafeteria in the Cunard Centre in Halifax looking out of the window at the dock structures when I saw how beautifully the condensation streaking the glass between the grid of the frames worked with the outside elements and at the same time blurred the lines. Right in front of this scene people were constantly milling around as they ordered their food and collected cutlery. Then, suddenly there was a break and I took this. 

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 
  #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW  by +Edith Kukla

Blurred Lines on the Port Side
Week 25/26: Blur

I was sitting in the cafeteria in the Cunard Centre in Halifax looking out of the window at the dock structures when I saw how beautifully the condensation streaking the glass between the grid of the frames worked with the outside elements and at the same time blurred the lines. Right in front of this scene people were constantly milling around as they ordered their food and collected cutlery. Then, suddenly there was a break and I took this. 

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 
  #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW  by +Edith Kukla___

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2015-12-03 20:01:12 (50 comments; 9 reshares; 231 +1s)Open 

A Look of Maturity and Sensitivity 
But Don't Believe it

Joni is now 2 years old and this photograph appears to portray a dog that is calm and mature and even sensitive. The true story, however, is somewhat different. As I type this, Steven is outside on a ladder in the pouring (and freezing) rain clearing leaves from the gutters in preparation for the snow expected tomorrow. He has trudged back and forth carrying a heavy long ladder all around the house with a wet, bedraggled Joni at his heels. Each time he stops and puts the ladder down to set it in place, Joni drops the Frisbee at his feet ready for him to play. Does that show sensitivity? Maturity? I think not.

Even this photograph, where she is lying apparently peacefully on a rug disguises her real state, which is closer to that of a coiled spring. She is watching us working around the kitchen, gauging where she... more »

A Look of Maturity and Sensitivity 
But Don't Believe it

Joni is now 2 years old and this photograph appears to portray a dog that is calm and mature and even sensitive. The true story, however, is somewhat different. As I type this, Steven is outside on a ladder in the pouring (and freezing) rain clearing leaves from the gutters in preparation for the snow expected tomorrow. He has trudged back and forth carrying a heavy long ladder all around the house with a wet, bedraggled Joni at his heels. Each time he stops and puts the ladder down to set it in place, Joni drops the Frisbee at his feet ready for him to play. Does that show sensitivity? Maturity? I think not.

Even this photograph, where she is lying apparently peacefully on a rug disguises her real state, which is closer to that of a coiled spring. She is watching us working around the kitchen, gauging where she should drop her blue ball so that we might see it and start a game. It took me several frames to get one this sharp as all the others were blurred by her sudden movements. 

She is only 2 years old, still a youngster, so the playfulness and excitement is completely understandable. And she is a border collie, so the focus will never lessen, at least not for several years. But she could show a little understanding and sensitivity to the situation and not ask a busy man on a freezing roof to play Frisbee. Give him a break, Joni!

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#woofwednesday +Woof Wednesday by +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond - sorry it's late!
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson
#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni  ___

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2015-11-30 15:07:17 (30 comments; 5 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

Hold Your Heads Up

It's very cold here this morning - outside at least - and I thought of these frozen beauties that spent so long in my freezer. These gerbera daisies you see here are encased in ice. As I photographed them using a macro lens, you can see the details in the lovely petals and stems and the way the bubbles in the freezing water embrace the blooms and seem to buoy them up. I took the photograph with some natural light, but as the exposure time was sufficiently long, I played with moving additional light around the flowers to highlight different areas during the exposure.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen 
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by ... more »

Hold Your Heads Up

It's very cold here this morning - outside at least - and I thought of these frozen beauties that spent so long in my freezer. These gerbera daisies you see here are encased in ice. As I photographed them using a macro lens, you can see the details in the lovely petals and stems and the way the bubbles in the freezing water embrace the blooms and seem to buoy them up. I took the photograph with some natural light, but as the exposure time was sufficiently long, I played with moving additional light around the flowers to highlight different areas during the exposure.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen 
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla
#freezeitphotographit   #frozenflower  

My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .___

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2015-11-29 20:34:02 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Rusty Chains no Longer Hold Us Down
PLUS post!

This rusty pile of chains that I photographed last summer on the docks in a little harbour town in Maine seemed perfect to symbolize the material we learned in this first week of the "Travel on a Photographer's Budget" mentorship. The mentor for this is +David Zipprich and he is sharing with us his knowledge on how to travel the world on less than a shoestring - that is "a photographer's budget". How many times have we all had to stop dreaming of travelling to a special destination as soon as we took a look at the cost of transport? The chains of 'money' held us back. I know I am not alone in this. This week, however, David smashed those particular chains for us and showed us how we could get to our dream destination for a fraction of what we thought it might cost. His tips are unbelievable and his... more »

Rusty Chains no Longer Hold Us Down
PLUS post!

This rusty pile of chains that I photographed last summer on the docks in a little harbour town in Maine seemed perfect to symbolize the material we learned in this first week of the "Travel on a Photographer's Budget" mentorship. The mentor for this is +David Zipprich and he is sharing with us his knowledge on how to travel the world on less than a shoestring - that is "a photographer's budget". How many times have we all had to stop dreaming of travelling to a special destination as soon as we took a look at the cost of transport? The chains of 'money' held us back. I know I am not alone in this. This week, however, David smashed those particular chains for us and showed us how we could get to our dream destination for a fraction of what we thought it might cost. His tips are unbelievable and his ready assistance when we have questions goes beyond the call of duty.

This is only the first week of the 7 week mentorship and I know that I am not alone in beginning to realize that what I saw as 'dreams' are actually achievable. The week of 'travel' is over! Now on to the next stage of the planning. I can't wait.
My posts are all on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

This program is part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers program.

#rustysunday +RustySunday by +Gary Posner___

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2015-11-28 21:22:59 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Flora Album


#notforblog  

Flora Album


#notforblog  ___

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2015-11-28 21:18:56 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

BW Project 26-15 Album

This is one of my albums to be kept in a collection, for easy access.. I am building this collection simply with albums.


#notforblog  

BW Project 26-15 Album

This is one of my albums to be kept in a collection, for easy access.. I am building this collection simply with albums.


#notforblog  ___

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2015-11-25 23:20:33 (83 comments; 53 reshares; 522 +1s)Open 

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour

This wonderful maple tree is right outside the back of our house and every fall it presents us with a stunning display of gold and red  light. It is one of the last to 'turn' but also, happily, one of the last to lose its leaves. When all the other trees have become bare skeletons, this one is still brilliant and alive, giving us one last blaze of colour before the end of the season. I decided to catch this in a multiple exposure which seems to really do justice to this grand fall finale.

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b 

My posts are on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour

This wonderful maple tree is right outside the back of our house and every fall it presents us with a stunning display of gold and red  light. It is one of the last to 'turn' but also, happily, one of the last to lose its leaves. When all the other trees have become bare skeletons, this one is still brilliant and alive, giving us one last blaze of colour before the end of the season. I decided to catch this in a multiple exposure which seems to really do justice to this grand fall finale.

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b 

My posts are on my website: www.elliekennard.ca .___

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2015-11-23 13:11:28 (28 comments; 6 reshares; 131 +1s)Open 

Frozen Beauties

Today it's pouring with rain, dull grey and windy. The leaves have all fallen and the flowers all finished. To cheer myself and everyone else up, I am sharing this photograph of deep frozen Queen Anne's Lace. The details of the tiny flowers that make up the 'platform' of the bloom are exquisite as seen through a macro lens. The flowers are frozen in blocks of ice when they are at their peak and then are preserved until I have time to photograph them (or need freezer space)! Now the Queen Anne's lace plants are just spiky stalks denuded of their blooms, but we have these to remind us of their past (and future) delicacy and glory.

In celebration of the beauties of flowers especially as photographed through ice and with a macro lens to show fine detail, I have created a collection dedicated to this subject.

My posts are on my blog:... more »

Frozen Beauties

Today it's pouring with rain, dull grey and windy. The leaves have all fallen and the flowers all finished. To cheer myself and everyone else up, I am sharing this photograph of deep frozen Queen Anne's Lace. The details of the tiny flowers that make up the 'platform' of the bloom are exquisite as seen through a macro lens. The flowers are frozen in blocks of ice when they are at their peak and then are preserved until I have time to photograph them (or need freezer space)! Now the Queen Anne's lace plants are just spiky stalks denuded of their blooms, but we have these to remind us of their past (and future) delicacy and glory.

In celebration of the beauties of flowers especially as photographed through ice and with a macro lens to show fine detail, I have created a collection dedicated to this subject.

My posts are on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +10419852001929985760 +Francine Vanlé +Sonya Murray___

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2015-11-21 14:24:24 (51 comments; 11 reshares; 397 +1s)Open 

Close Quarters

Once you start really seeing fungi, or mushrooms, you discover that they are everywhere, in places you wouldn't have imagined. I have a friend who loves to photograph them and so on my walks around with Joni I keep my eyes open for possible subjects for her. I almost feel as if they belong to her, so I often don't take a picture myself until I have given shown them to her first to capture. On this occasion I couldn't resist them. The whole stump had perhaps 3 or 4 different varieties or stages, but these had such a wonderful thick smooth skinned clump that I took the photograph anyway.

A couple of days later my friend and I took a walk so she could see and photograph them but were horribly disappointed. Some nature vandals (we have lots of those, sadly) had kicked the whole clump to pieces. So I was just glad that I had taken this picture.
... more »

Close Quarters

Once you start really seeing fungi, or mushrooms, you discover that they are everywhere, in places you wouldn't have imagined. I have a friend who loves to photograph them and so on my walks around with Joni I keep my eyes open for possible subjects for her. I almost feel as if they belong to her, so I often don't take a picture myself until I have given shown them to her first to capture. On this occasion I couldn't resist them. The whole stump had perhaps 3 or 4 different varieties or stages, but these had such a wonderful thick smooth skinned clump that I took the photograph anyway.

A couple of days later my friend and I took a walk so she could see and photograph them but were horribly disappointed. Some nature vandals (we have lots of those, sadly) had kicked the whole clump to pieces. So I was just glad that I had taken this picture.

Happy Saturday everyone! It's raining here, perfect weather for growing more of these.

My posts are all on myblog here: www.elliekennard.ca .

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday by +Sabeena LoBello +Patricia A +Keith Elliott___

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2015-11-21 01:14:59 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 106 +1s)Open 

Collection
Week 24/26: Around the House

Sometimes other people's houses have more interesting things around them than you can find in your own. This collection of random items was on the front porch of a house not far from us. I loved how everything seemed to have been carefully placed to show each piece off to best advantage. My untrained eye couldn't detect any relationship between any of the pieces. I could only imagine that everything on that table had meaning to the people who had put it there. Closer inspection revealed all kinds of unexpected little surprises. The new G+ does not permit (so far) zooming in but if you can, enlarging the image will reveal some of the stranger additions. There are no children in this house, just in case you wondered.
My posts can all be read in my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery​+... more »

Collection
Week 24/26: Around the House

Sometimes other people's houses have more interesting things around them than you can find in your own. This collection of random items was on the front porch of a house not far from us. I loved how everything seemed to have been carefully placed to show each piece off to best advantage. My untrained eye couldn't detect any relationship between any of the pieces. I could only imagine that everything on that table had meaning to the people who had put it there. Closer inspection revealed all kinds of unexpected little surprises. The new G+ does not permit (so far) zooming in but if you can, enlarging the image will reveal some of the stranger additions. There are no children in this house, just in case you wondered.
My posts can all be read in my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery​ +Brandon Luk​ +Lauri Novak​ +Al Chris​ 
#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS​ curated by +luca lancieri​ +Barbara Manciulli​ +Nynke B​ +Boba Musura​___

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2015-11-20 01:44:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Man of a Thousand Songs

Sadly we lost Ron Hynes, iconic Newfoundland singer songwriter today. This is one of the most beautiful photographs I have seen of Ron, taken by +Steven Kennard in 2009.

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Ron Hynes

Sad news today that Ron Hynes, iconic Newfoundland Singer Songwriter,  "The Man of a Thousand Songs" has died.

I photographed him in 2009 and in 2011. This is from 2009.___Man of a Thousand Songs

Sadly we lost Ron Hynes, iconic Newfoundland singer songwriter today. This is one of the most beautiful photographs I have seen of Ron, taken by +Steven Kennard in 2009.

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2015-11-18 14:30:52 (37 comments; 14 reshares; 307 +1s)Open 

Waiting Patiently

Border collies are working dogs and are happiest when they have a job. That job can be something as fun as playing Frisbee or ball, or as serious as sheep herding or search and rescue. Joni wears this pack often when we go for a walk, partly because it helps to focus her, but also because the weight it carries gives her additional exercise and builds stamina and muscle. When she sees me holding the pack, she walks up and puts her nose into the harness. As soon as it is buckled on her character changes to being calm and serious. She becomes a working dog in fact as well as name.

She is learning to wait patiently for me while I stop to chat with someone or to take a photograph as I was here. She has also learned to drop to a 'down' position wherever she is, when I raise my arms and call her name (this was how the sheep herder told me to train her). She... more »

Waiting Patiently

Border collies are working dogs and are happiest when they have a job. That job can be something as fun as playing Frisbee or ball, or as serious as sheep herding or search and rescue. Joni wears this pack often when we go for a walk, partly because it helps to focus her, but also because the weight it carries gives her additional exercise and builds stamina and muscle. When she sees me holding the pack, she walks up and puts her nose into the harness. As soon as it is buckled on her character changes to being calm and serious. She becomes a working dog in fact as well as name.

She is learning to wait patiently for me while I stop to chat with someone or to take a photograph as I was here. She has also learned to drop to a 'down' position wherever she is, when I raise my arms and call her name (this was how the sheep herder told me to train her). She will also come straight back to me and sit by my left side when I call her name and tap my leg. She needs to work a bit more on it as, like a child, at times she becomes distracted and needs a reminder that life is not all about play. But she is getting there. She will soon be 2 years old.

#woofwednesday +Woof Wednesday by +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond
#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #dog  #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni ___

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2015-11-17 13:14:47 (41 comments; 8 reshares; 218 +1s)Open 

Tout Compris
A short story

Tout compris roughly translated from the French means Everything is included, but it can also sound like the meaning Everything is understood. 

This piece, a mini story was written on the back of an envelope, scribbled down feverishly, almost illegibly, while I was sitting on the train. This was a trip I took every Monday and Friday while I commuted to Montmorillon, in France, for my year at the Agricultural college there. I have always loved travelling by train and these words came to me, suddenly crystallizing of the reasons that I do.

Click on the blog link to come with me on this short train ride. Don’t bring a book!

#truestory   #trainrides   #notforblog  

Tout Compris
A short story

Tout compris roughly translated from the French means Everything is included, but it can also sound like the meaning Everything is understood. 

This piece, a mini story was written on the back of an envelope, scribbled down feverishly, almost illegibly, while I was sitting on the train. This was a trip I took every Monday and Friday while I commuted to Montmorillon, in France, for my year at the Agricultural college there. I have always loved travelling by train and these words came to me, suddenly crystallizing of the reasons that I do.

Click on the blog link to come with me on this short train ride. Don’t bring a book!

#truestory   #trainrides   #notforblog  ___

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2015-11-16 18:19:25 (39 comments; 9 reshares; 159 +1s)Open 

Jubilation!

The situation had become critical. My freezer was filled with flowers to the point where I had no more room for food. I decided that I had better get some of these blocks of flowery ice out and see what they had  become, frozen forever in the attitude they took when first plunged into the water. In my experience it's not easy to know what will work as far as frozen blooms are concerned. They have a habit of moving around randomly as though alive before they slowly but surely are trapped by the hardening ice. 

This spray of gerbera daisies seems to be full of exultation, almost leaping up with the spikes of bubbles that encase them. I hope they bring a ray of sunshine to the start of your week.

To photograph this I decided to play with the light by using a torch (flashlight) and moving it around during the exposure to bring more light to certaina... more »

Jubilation!

The situation had become critical. My freezer was filled with flowers to the point where I had no more room for food. I decided that I had better get some of these blocks of flowery ice out and see what they had  become, frozen forever in the attitude they took when first plunged into the water. In my experience it's not easy to know what will work as far as frozen blooms are concerned. They have a habit of moving around randomly as though alive before they slowly but surely are trapped by the hardening ice. 

This spray of gerbera daisies seems to be full of exultation, almost leaping up with the spikes of bubbles that encase them. I hope they bring a ray of sunshine to the start of your week.

To photograph this I decided to play with the light by using a torch (flashlight) and moving it around during the exposure to bring more light to certain areas. Thanks to the whole team on the #blur  mentorship, including +Alex Lapidus, our wonderful mentor, who introduced so many exciting techniques to our photographic toolbag.

And before you ask, no, I don't seem to have much more room for having released two of the frozen blocks, of which this was one. So I had better get some more out again soon if we are going to be able to eat.

My posts are on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#frozenflowers  

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Sonya Murray +Wayne Lu 
#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

Taken with a 50mm macro lens, so  #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen___

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2015-11-13 21:30:43 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 141 +1s)Open 

Reality Check 
1904, Montreal, Canada

"A little boy walks down the streets of Montreal with his father. The child’s name is Eric and he is 8 years old. His father, Thomas holds onto his hand tightly saying little to him along the way, but Eric will remember this walk for the rest of his life..."

Read the rest on my blog to find out what happened to this little family.
http://elliekennard.ca/reality-check/


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Reality Check 
1904, Montreal, Canada

"A little boy walks down the streets of Montreal with his father. The child’s name is Eric and he is 8 years old. His father, Thomas holds onto his hand tightly saying little to him along the way, but Eric will remember this walk for the rest of his life..."

Read the rest on my blog to find out what happened to this little family.
http://elliekennard.ca/reality-check/


#notforblog  ___

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2015-11-07 17:27:33 (33 comments; 3 reshares; 126 +1s)Open 

Not so Many or so You Think
Week 23/26: Stacks

This small stack of CDs for the theme for our BW Project reminds me of a trip we made to Canada many years ago, before we moved here. We lived in France at the time, in an area where CDs were not easy to find, sadly, as music is a very big part of our lives. We had an eclectic taste in music and missed  having access to a wide range of genres. They were also very expensive to buy, so our purchases were few and far between. 

By contrast, Canadian music stores had a huge and varied inventory and we spent hours wandering around them making exciting discoveries. They were also cheap and doubly so for us as the dollar was low compared to the French franc. This meant that each trip to the stores saw us coming back to our room with a few more acquisitions to add to the pile.

We spent some time in several places andf... more »

Not so Many or so You Think
Week 23/26: Stacks

This small stack of CDs for the theme for our BW Project reminds me of a trip we made to Canada many years ago, before we moved here. We lived in France at the time, in an area where CDs were not easy to find, sadly, as music is a very big part of our lives. We had an eclectic taste in music and missed  having access to a wide range of genres. They were also very expensive to buy, so our purchases were few and far between. 

By contrast, Canadian music stores had a huge and varied inventory and we spent hours wandering around them making exciting discoveries. They were also cheap and doubly so for us as the dollar was low compared to the French franc. This meant that each trip to the stores saw us coming back to our room with a few more acquisitions to add to the pile.

We spent some time in several places and finally on the last leg of our journey I started to gather things together for the return flight. As I made my way around the room, I found a few stacks of CDs, then a few more, then a few more, under or behind or in boxes and bags or suitcases. I had not realized just how many CDs we had accumulated on that trip, but when I made the count finally, I realized that we had bought about 41 of them! 

We still have them all, still in perfect condition and still treasured, along with the hundreds more we have bought since. We still buy CDs, not digital downloads. These are beautiful musical memories. Have fun reading the titles and seeing which you know (and discover) in this small stack. 
The full list of titles is:
Boz Scaggs: My Time
Boz Scaggs: Memphis
Boz Scaggs: But Beautiful
Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care
Sade: Stronger Than Pride
Sade: Love Deluxe
Van Morrison: Poetic Champions Compose
Mark Knopfler: Tracker
The Rails: Fair Warning
Richard and Linda Thompson: The End of the Rainbow (an introduction)
Beppe Gambetta, Carlo Aonzo, David Grisman: Traversata (Italian music in America)
Craig DeMelo: The Whiskey Poet
The Great Piano Concertos - Grieg, Schumann
Judy Garland: Over the Rainbow

(to be continued)

My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery​​​​ +Brandon Luk​​​​ +Lauri Novak​​​​ +Al Chris​​​​ 

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS​​​​ curated by +luca lancieri​​​​ +Barbara Manciulli​​​​ +Nynke B​​​​ +Boba Musura​​​​

#allthingsmonochrome +All Things Monochrome​​​​ by +Charles Lupica​​​​,  +Enrique Pelaez​​​​, +Brian Cox​​​​,  +Dorian Stretton​​​​ and +Bill Wood​​​​

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World​​​​ by +andi rivarola​​​​___

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2015-11-05 12:46:21 (38 comments; 24 reshares; 366 +1s)Open 

Jewels Fit For an Autumn Bride

The webs in this pile of leaves seem to be like jewelled necklaces that hold them together, strung as they are now, with beautiful gems all along them. This is one of my favourite photos taken for the daily photography project I undertook in 2012. I found it again the other day when a friend commented on another webby photo and thought it was worth sharing it again. I always feel really happy when I see it with its warm tones, leathery textures contrasted with the drops and all tied together with these thin filaments of web. I hope it makes you feel the same today!

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen 
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel+IgorSch... more »

Jewels Fit For an Autumn Bride

The webs in this pile of leaves seem to be like jewelled necklaces that hold them together, strung as they are now, with beautiful gems all along them. This is one of my favourite photos taken for the daily photography project I undertook in 2012. I found it again the other day when a friend commented on another webby photo and thought it was worth sharing it again. I always feel really happy when I see it with its warm tones, leathery textures contrasted with the drops and all tied together with these thin filaments of web. I hope it makes you feel the same today!

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen 
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels___

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2015-11-03 20:36:25 (41 comments; 10 reshares; 245 +1s)Open 

Monarch Butterfly Larvae and Pupa

There is a wonderful children's garden in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where I discovered that I am still a child as I enjoyed it just as much as any of the youngsters. When I visited there in September I was thrilled to see these colourful monarch butterfly larvae as well as this pupa (see the pupa image next image in the album or here: https://goo.gl/5E4XZJ ). I had never seen either of these and only identified them with the help of the guide who was happy to explain all about the life cycle of this beautiful (and threatened) species. The guide, herself passionately interested in and very knowledgeable about monarchs, showed us the plants that they preferred and helped us hunt until we found what we were looking for. It was a windy day, though still warm and it was not easy to get a photograph as the plants were blowing around so much, but I... more »

Monarch Butterfly Larvae and Pupa

There is a wonderful children's garden in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where I discovered that I am still a child as I enjoyed it just as much as any of the youngsters. When I visited there in September I was thrilled to see these colourful monarch butterfly larvae as well as this pupa (see the pupa image next image in the album or here: https://goo.gl/5E4XZJ ). I had never seen either of these and only identified them with the help of the guide who was happy to explain all about the life cycle of this beautiful (and threatened) species. The guide, herself passionately interested in and very knowledgeable about monarchs, showed us the plants that they preferred and helped us hunt until we found what we were looking for. It was a windy day, though still warm and it was not easy to get a photograph as the plants were blowing around so much, but I was glad to get these to share. 

More information about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly can be found here: 
http://monarchlab.org/biology-and-research/biology-and-natural-history/breeding-life-cycle/
And about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens here: http://www.mainegardens.org
My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca.

These are eating their way through the swamp milkweed plants to grow into adults so I hope they qualify for #buggylunch +Buggy Lunch​ by  +Kim Sinclair​ +Jitte Groothuis​___

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2015-11-02 15:40:12 (42 comments; 19 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

Autumn Sadness Tempered by Light

It's true that although the fall is one of my favourite seasons (and definitely the best time to visit Eastern Canada) it always brings a mixture of moods. The sadness in the mix is related to the end of summer, which this year seemed was shorter than normal and not nearly as hot as it usually is. I feel that I didn't do half of what I planned or hoped to do. 'Ah well, there's always next summer'  but that thought comes with a little sigh of resignation.

The fall also brings a feeling of restlessness as I am nagged by a persistent feeling that I should be leaving to go somewhere.  There is also a slight mood of foreboding about what the winter might have in store for us and this hangs heavy as the stormy dark sky behind these bright leaves.

But in spite of all of that, the brilliant autumn light, magnified andi... more »

Autumn Sadness Tempered by Light

It's true that although the fall is one of my favourite seasons (and definitely the best time to visit Eastern Canada) it always brings a mixture of moods. The sadness in the mix is related to the end of summer, which this year seemed was shorter than normal and not nearly as hot as it usually is. I feel that I didn't do half of what I planned or hoped to do. 'Ah well, there's always next summer'  but that thought comes with a little sigh of resignation.

The fall also brings a feeling of restlessness as I am nagged by a persistent feeling that I should be leaving to go somewhere.  There is also a slight mood of foreboding about what the winter might have in store for us and this hangs heavy as the stormy dark sky behind these bright leaves.

But in spite of all of that, the brilliant autumn light, magnified and intensified by the golden, orange and red colours leaves a feeling of joy that no other season seems to carry.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca.

#MoodyMonday #MoodyMondayPhotography #MoodsOfMonday #MyMoodyMonday +MoodyMonday Curated by +Alen Ianni
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow___

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2015-10-30 12:32:15 (78 comments; 61 reshares; 532 +1s)Open 

Passiflora Beauty

The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend.
Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

My posts are all on my blog: http:/www.elliekennard.ca.

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas  +10419852001929985760  +Francine Vanlé  +Sonya Murray

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre+mimies... more »

Passiflora Beauty

The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend.
Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

My posts are all on my blog: http:/www.elliekennard.ca.

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas  +10419852001929985760  +Francine Vanlé  +Sonya Murray

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b ___

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2015-10-29 15:40:00 (38 comments; 13 reshares; 201 +1s)Open 

The Chicken and the Pépie
A Tale of Our Farm in the Dordogne, France

What is a pépie? Read the story and find out.

This is shared from the True Stories category on my blog, featuring photographs by Steven.

As a different kind of posting for #farmfriday  +Farm Friday moderated by myself, +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle 

#notforblog  

The Chicken and the Pépie
A Tale of Our Farm in the Dordogne, France

What is a pépie? Read the story and find out.

This is shared from the True Stories category on my blog, featuring photographs by Steven.

As a different kind of posting for #farmfriday  +Farm Friday moderated by myself, +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle 

#notforblog  ___

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2015-10-28 13:31:17 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Such happy memories.

Please comment on and plus the original

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Our Family of Dogs in France

We were quickly scanning old photos from our time in France when we came across this one of +Ellie Kennard taken about 20 years ago. At the time we had a beautiful German Shepherd Vicky, our old Joni and the playful Lhasa Apso, Millie. (Our young neighbour had difficulty pronouncing Millie so in time her name became Mellie, then evolved into Melanie.)
My posts are all on my blog: http://www.stevenkennard.com/blog/ .

I wanted to share this in honour of the new today photo theme #WoofWednesday +Woof Wednesday curated by +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond . Congratulations on launching the new theme!___Such happy memories.

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2015-10-27 12:36:01 (42 comments; 17 reshares; 327 +1s)Open 

Please Release Me, Let Me Go

The spider who had so lovingly crafted this web had not intended to catch indigestible prey of this size but it surely decorated the web nicely for a lovely fall day. Thanks to Steven who spotted it and called me out with my camera to catch it.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca.

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS curated by +luca lancieri +Barbara Manciulli +Nynke B +Boba Musura

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b 

#PhotoManiaCanada +Photo Mania Canada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM

Please Release Me, Let Me Go

The spider who had so lovingly crafted this web had not intended to catch indigestible prey of this size but it surely decorated the web nicely for a lovely fall day. Thanks to Steven who spotted it and called me out with my camera to catch it.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca.

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS curated by +luca lancieri +Barbara Manciulli +Nynke B +Boba Musura

#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b 

#PhotoManiaCanada +Photo Mania Canada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM___

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2015-10-23 12:07:33 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 118 +1s)Open 

Autumn Stand in Black and White
Week 22/26: Landscape

When I was about 10 or 11 we had a cheap little film camera. I don't remember being given it, so it probably was shared by the family. I have early pictures I took with that camera, none of them very earth shattering, mostly pictures of family members. However my earliest memories of my photography was when I was standing with my camera in front of a wonderful landscape. I remember more than once thinking how beautiful the scene was and taking two or three photos. Weeks (months?) later when the film went in to be developed, the black and white pictures came back. I remember looking at them and wondering why I had taken them. Somehow that breathtaking landscape of rolling tree covered hills had turned into a dull scene, totally lacking interest. 

No one ever explained to me how to choose and frame a subject... more »

Autumn Stand in Black and White
Week 22/26: Landscape

When I was about 10 or 11 we had a cheap little film camera. I don't remember being given it, so it probably was shared by the family. I have early pictures I took with that camera, none of them very earth shattering, mostly pictures of family members. However my earliest memories of my photography was when I was standing with my camera in front of a wonderful landscape. I remember more than once thinking how beautiful the scene was and taking two or three photos. Weeks (months?) later when the film went in to be developed, the black and white pictures came back. I remember looking at them and wondering why I had taken them. Somehow that breathtaking landscape of rolling tree covered hills had turned into a dull scene, totally lacking interest. 

No one ever explained to me how to choose and frame a subject (landscape or otherwise) that would look good in black and white. No one told me that simple clean lines look great A landscape of stark tree trunks and branches against snow or fog would look wonderful in black and white, no colour needed at all (no fussy leaf masses) as do dramatic skies behind a subject, that no matter how striking the colour of the leaves you see before you, that colour will have little impact in the printed image. No one told me any of those things and we certainly couldn't have afforded colour film at that time. Neither did I have access to a darkroom, to the tools that would have allowed for creativity, such as dodging and burning, to bring out dramatic skies and highlight subjects. So every time the prints came back, I was bitterly disappointed. 

This challenge then immediately brought back those memories, but spurred me on to try to find a subject where colour was secondary to the composition. At this time of year, with brilliant foliage everywhere and as I could't get to a seashore (my first choice) I found this proud stand of trees in the field behind our house, in front of gathering evening clouds. In the foreground is a potential monarch butterfly nursery* for next year, seed heads of the common milkweed plants.

*As an aside, the invasive common milkweed is not the best plant for the butterflies, they much prefer the non invasive marsh milkweed, which I am planting next year.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca.

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris ___

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2015-10-22 22:10:01 (56 comments; 13 reshares; 267 +1s)Open 

Joni Has a New Toy : or The Lost Red Ball Process

This big red ball is mostly air with wonderful soft but strong rubber webbing that is most satisfying to run after and catch and chew (I imagine) and almost as much fun for us to kick and throw. The main problem with it is that it rolls. Of course all balls roll, but this one rolls without much outside influence. So Joni who loves to play with it shaking it and tossing it over her head, watches it with delight as it rolls away, then leaps to catch it and repeats the exercise. 

The trouble is that our drive has a gentle slope and when the ball rolls past a certain point, Joni knows she can't go after it as it's outside of her boundary. So she sits and watches it as it makes its way down the hill, gaining momentum as it goes around the corner and out of sight, before it comes to rest, buried in some weeds or under a pile... more »

Joni Has a New Toy : or The Lost Red Ball Process

This big red ball is mostly air with wonderful soft but strong rubber webbing that is most satisfying to run after and catch and chew (I imagine) and almost as much fun for us to kick and throw. The main problem with it is that it rolls. Of course all balls roll, but this one rolls without much outside influence. So Joni who loves to play with it shaking it and tossing it over her head, watches it with delight as it rolls away, then leaps to catch it and repeats the exercise. 

The trouble is that our drive has a gentle slope and when the ball rolls past a certain point, Joni knows she can't go after it as it's outside of her boundary. So she sits and watches it as it makes its way down the hill, gaining momentum as it goes around the corner and out of sight, before it comes to rest, buried in some weeds or under a pile of (red) leaves at the base of a tree. As most of this playing and losing of the red ball is done while we are elsewhere, we have no idea that it's even missing until we look for it to play with her and find it... gone.

If she lost it only a short time before we arrive on the scene she might still be sitting staring around the end of the drive in the general direction where she last saw it. Usually by the time we are looking for it, Joni has moved on to other toys that don't leave of their own accord (such as the Frisbee) and looks at us blankly when we ask where it is.  

She loved it as soon as we brought it home to her and this photo is showing her and the new red ball on the day she first got it. We still have it, but now have to reserve her playtime with it when we are there to keep an eye on it.

My posts are all on my blog at http://www.elliekennard.ca.

#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni ___

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2015-10-17 13:19:19 (52 comments; 38 reshares; 489 +1s)Open 

The One That Didn't Get Away!

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens features a profusion of flowers (of course) trees, shrubs and trees. Then there is the wildlife! In such a rich habitat, you didn't have to stand in one place for very long before you heard the scampering of tiny creatures, the buzzing of insects and the fluttering, screaming, chirping and whistling of birds. Before long the creatures that made all these sounds would begin to appear. I got photos of some of them, some I just couldn't get as they moved too fast or scurried in and out of the bushes and trees.

One of the most frustrating moments in that visit was when I heard the squeals of baby squirrels playing under a hedge of thick undergrowth. The sounds of high pitched delight moved quickly around the area at ground level, but they were hidden deep in the shadows and leaves. I got on my knees and... more »

The One That Didn't Get Away!

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens features a profusion of flowers (of course) trees, shrubs and trees. Then there is the wildlife! In such a rich habitat, you didn't have to stand in one place for very long before you heard the scampering of tiny creatures, the buzzing of insects and the fluttering, screaming, chirping and whistling of birds. Before long the creatures that made all these sounds would begin to appear. I got photos of some of them, some I just couldn't get as they moved too fast or scurried in and out of the bushes and trees.

One of the most frustrating moments in that visit was when I heard the squeals of baby squirrels playing under a hedge of thick undergrowth. The sounds of high pitched delight moved quickly around the area at ground level, but they were hidden deep in the shadows and leaves. I got on my knees and waited patiently for them to put in at least a brief appearance, but they never did. In the end, with knees aching and back and neck sore from being poised at such an awkward angle, I had to give up and move on.

As if to make up for my disappointment and discomfort, this little red lady was sitting on a rock calmly eating a seed when we came by and was quite content to keep (almost) still for me while I got my camera aimed for the photo. It doesn't match a rolling knot of playful babies but it is what I got!

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

For squirrel lovers everywhere and a theme which I believe is almost defunct, but in hopes that +Squirrel Saturday and +Skippy Sheeskin will find this post, I offer it for #squirrelsaturday .

#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson
#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET___

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2015-10-16 16:43:39 (28 comments; 13 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

North Mountain, Nova Scotia, Colours Beginning to Change

This time last year we went for a drive towards Blomidon to see the early fall leaves. This scene I loved for the contrasting colours of the crop of blue (cabbages, I suspect) in the middle ground. The "North Mountain" is, in fact, a part of the Appalachian chain of mountains that stretches down into the North Eastern US. It hardly qualifies for the term 'mountain' (I can hear laughter from those who are familiar with really high mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, Himalayas, Alps etc.) as it is barely more than a line of high hills. But these deserve a little respect as it seems that the mountains are very old and therefore worn down. 

The leaves are becoming really spectacular here and I hope I get a bit of nice weather to go out to see the colours this year. 

My posts are all on my blog:h... more »

North Mountain, Nova Scotia, Colours Beginning to Change

This time last year we went for a drive towards Blomidon to see the early fall leaves. This scene I loved for the contrasting colours of the crop of blue (cabbages, I suspect) in the middle ground. The "North Mountain" is, in fact, a part of the Appalachian chain of mountains that stretches down into the North Eastern US. It hardly qualifies for the term 'mountain' (I can hear laughter from those who are familiar with really high mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, Himalayas, Alps etc.) as it is barely more than a line of high hills. But these deserve a little respect as it seems that the mountains are very old and therefore worn down. 

The leaves are becoming really spectacular here and I hope I get a bit of nice weather to go out to see the colours this year. 

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

A #farmfriday  posting on a quiet +Farm Friday weekend (so far) curated by myself, +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle - hoping to liven things up a bit.

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Tony Phillips +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood ___

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2015-10-14 16:06:55 (27 comments; 9 reshares; 257 +1s)Open 

Aging Richly
In celebration of this collection being both 'Featured' and 'Recommended' today  by the Google+ Collections Team!

One of the wonderful things about plants and flowers is that they have a particular beauty at each stage of their lives. We all love to see the fresh young flower buds appear, ready to burst the green skins holding them captive, perhaps with drops of dew resting on them. Then, when the petals are fully exposed, the colours have a fresh beauty and boldness that entrances us. Even, as here,when they are drying and should be fading, there is a richness, a texture, details, that somehow seem intensified by a poignancy that we can almost relate to. 

As photographers no, as people we are drawn to every stage, almost as if we see mirrored in these delicate blooms the progress through our own lives. When, as here, we see a very close upv... more »

Aging Richly
In celebration of this collection being both 'Featured' and 'Recommended' today  by the Google+ Collections Team!

One of the wonderful things about plants and flowers is that they have a particular beauty at each stage of their lives. We all love to see the fresh young flower buds appear, ready to burst the green skins holding them captive, perhaps with drops of dew resting on them. Then, when the petals are fully exposed, the colours have a fresh beauty and boldness that entrances us. Even, as here,when they are drying and should be fading, there is a richness, a texture, details, that somehow seem intensified by a poignancy that we can almost relate to. 

As photographers no, as people we are drawn to every stage, almost as if we see mirrored in these delicate blooms the progress through our own lives. When, as here, we see a very close up view of one as this, taken with a macro lens which gives us a detailed view, we really can appreciate the fragile beauty that remains as the outside wrinkles, withers and fades from the original strong, rich blue.

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé
#oneprimewednesday by +Alfie Goodrich___

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2015-10-09 23:48:24 (29 comments; 8 reshares; 149 +1s)Open 

Decay : In Black and White
Week 21/26

Decay is everywhere around us and it should be so easy to get something that illustrates it, as this week's theme demands. I discovered that the trick lies not in finding something decaying, but in finding something that really shows that decay without the added dimension of colour. What makes this so challenging is that our eyes 'see' in colour and one of the most beautiful aspects of decay is the wonderful tones and shades in something in the last throes of life!  So a dying bunch of blue hydrangeas, beautiful in pale blues, oranges and yellows all crinkled and crisp, looks wonderful. As soon as you convert the image to black and white you can barely even tell that the flowers are decaying at all. A wonderful old fungus on a tree is full of rich browns, yellows and creams and is fascinating to look at. But it is really dull in black... more »

Decay : In Black and White
Week 21/26

Decay is everywhere around us and it should be so easy to get something that illustrates it, as this week's theme demands. I discovered that the trick lies not in finding something decaying, but in finding something that really shows that decay without the added dimension of colour. What makes this so challenging is that our eyes 'see' in colour and one of the most beautiful aspects of decay is the wonderful tones and shades in something in the last throes of life!  So a dying bunch of blue hydrangeas, beautiful in pale blues, oranges and yellows all crinkled and crisp, looks wonderful. As soon as you convert the image to black and white you can barely even tell that the flowers are decaying at all. A wonderful old fungus on a tree is full of rich browns, yellows and creams and is fascinating to look at. But it is really dull in black and white.

At last, having photographed many different decaying things including the above mentioned, I end up posting the most obvious subject for the time of year and strangely enough, the first image I took in the project. 

This leaf looks nothing at all as you see it normally. I wouldn't have given it a second glance had it not been for the delicate curve of the leaf end and the veins that stood out like the veins on the hands of an elderly man. In the end I discovered that what is drab and uninteresting in colour takes on a wonderful texture and beauty when stripped down to the grey values alone. 

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 

#allthingsmonochrome +All Things Monochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox,  +Dorian Stretton and +Bill Wood___

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2015-10-07 13:17:09 (40 comments; 17 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

Sometimes the Worms Have the Best View

How often do we search for a striking foreground to a beautifully coloured sky, at sunset or sunrise? And how often are we in just the wrong place, with scrub land or ugly buildings the only thing we can feature in the photograph? Too often, at least for me. I had just these same thoughts when I saw this beautiful fading sunset, but then I saw these lovely wildflowers and grasses boldly silhouetted against the pink and blue hues and decided to get down low and make them the stars of my picture. 

When we don't have glorious mountain ranges, canyons or waterfalls near us, we can make the smaller, quieter glories around us into such wonders. We just have to see their qualities and potential. Isn't that the same with people? 
My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#WormsEyeViewWednesday+... more »

Sometimes the Worms Have the Best View

How often do we search for a striking foreground to a beautifully coloured sky, at sunset or sunrise? And how often are we in just the wrong place, with scrub land or ugly buildings the only thing we can feature in the photograph? Too often, at least for me. I had just these same thoughts when I saw this beautiful fading sunset, but then I saw these lovely wildflowers and grasses boldly silhouetted against the pink and blue hues and decided to get down low and make them the stars of my picture. 

When we don't have glorious mountain ranges, canyons or waterfalls near us, we can make the smaller, quieter glories around us into such wonders. We just have to see their qualities and potential. Isn't that the same with people? 
My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#WormsEyeViewWednesday +Worm's-Eye View Wednesday by +Cliff Loresco

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS curated by +luca lancieri +Barbara Manciulli +Nynke B +Boba Musura
#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos page animée par +Jean-Louis LAURENCE  +Claudya Bonnet +Rando TrenteQuatre +mimiesmile b___

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2015-10-06 21:39:30 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 73 +1s)Open 

A Story of Great Aunts and Rock Gardens

The combination of a summer cottage by a lake and a couple of elderly and eccentric great aunts has an irresistible appeal to any child born and brought up in the city.

My own particular great aunts were two spinsters, Olive and Francis, born at the end of the 19th century in Jersey, Channel Islands, ....

Some stories are just better told in a blog posting, especially if I want to include several images. I hope you enjoy reading this one. It's a story of some of my memories from my childhood.

http://elliekennard.ca/archives/2074 #notforblog  

A Story of Great Aunts and Rock Gardens

The combination of a summer cottage by a lake and a couple of elderly and eccentric great aunts has an irresistible appeal to any child born and brought up in the city.

My own particular great aunts were two spinsters, Olive and Francis, born at the end of the 19th century in Jersey, Channel Islands, ....

Some stories are just better told in a blog posting, especially if I want to include several images. I hope you enjoy reading this one. It's a story of some of my memories from my childhood.

http://elliekennard.ca/archives/2074 #notforblog  ___

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2015-10-05 12:30:45 (32 comments; 17 reshares; 169 +1s)Open 

Early Morning, Late Summer

Summer has ripened and is ready to move into fall. We now have foggy, chilly (sometimes frosty) mornings with the sun rising later every day. It can seem a sad time, as we love our summer pleasures, of hot days, long, warm evenings, beautiful flowers, birds and insects all around us. But this 'shoulder' season has a beauty too. The late sunrise means that I am close to being able to see it again (not an early riser any longer), and that for now I get to see the rays of morning light pouring over the trees into the back field, highlighting the tussocks of late summer vegetation.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

My posts are all on my blog: http//www.elliekennard.ca .

#inthelight +In the Light by +andi rivarola
#breakfastclub +Breakfast Club by +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo... more »

Early Morning, Late Summer

Summer has ripened and is ready to move into fall. We now have foggy, chilly (sometimes frosty) mornings with the sun rising later every day. It can seem a sad time, as we love our summer pleasures, of hot days, long, warm evenings, beautiful flowers, birds and insects all around us. But this 'shoulder' season has a beauty too. The late sunrise means that I am close to being able to see it again (not an early riser any longer), and that for now I get to see the rays of morning light pouring over the trees into the back field, highlighting the tussocks of late summer vegetation.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

My posts are all on my blog: http//www.elliekennard.ca .

#inthelight +In the Light by +andi rivarola
#breakfastclub +Breakfast Club by +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ___

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2015-10-03 17:50:42 (76 comments; 19 reshares; 425 +1s)Open 

Lurking in the Bushes

Joni has her rituals and habits as do we all. She refines and develops hers into more and more complicated routines and uses her communication skills to train us to respond to them and make us a partner in them. This is her latest. If you looked out of our kitchen window you would not see a dog on our property. You would see dog toys - a Frisbee or a ball, strategically placed so you wouldn't be able to miss them if you stepped outside the door. As soon as you were outside, you would hear a slight movement in the bushes. If you crouched down, this is what you would see, lurking in the bushes, almost invisible. Her eyes are fixed on the toy near you, pointedly looking in that direction in case you have missed it. Every nerve of her body is tense as she waits for you to take part in the game. And you have to! How could you bear to disappoint her when she looks like... more »

Lurking in the Bushes

Joni has her rituals and habits as do we all. She refines and develops hers into more and more complicated routines and uses her communication skills to train us to respond to them and make us a partner in them. This is her latest. If you looked out of our kitchen window you would not see a dog on our property. You would see dog toys - a Frisbee or a ball, strategically placed so you wouldn't be able to miss them if you stepped outside the door. As soon as you were outside, you would hear a slight movement in the bushes. If you crouched down, this is what you would see, lurking in the bushes, almost invisible. Her eyes are fixed on the toy near you, pointedly looking in that direction in case you have missed it. Every nerve of her body is tense as she waits for you to take part in the game. And you have to! How could you bear to disappoint her when she looks like that?

I had to share another photo of Joni as I have just heard that this is #dogweekendonGooglePlus   #dogweekend   and I knew that she just had to be a part of it. It is the brainchild of +Heidi Anne Morris . A great idea!

My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

I guess I can name the other tags, too: #hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith and +Nicole S.

And #Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni ___

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2015-10-02 21:51:46 (40 comments; 19 reshares; 306 +1s)Open 

Yellow Petal Profusion

Other people's flower gardens fascinate me as I love to seek out plants that I have not seen before. This bed of low, bright yellow blooms, similar to sunflowers, but at the same time almost daisy-like captured my attention for ages. I took many blurs of it, as well as the photo of the partially eaten one with the moth in the middle of it, which possibly you saw in an earlier posting . I decided to take a multiple exposure of a prime specimen to show off the brilliant petals contrasted with the rich brown centre. This method seems to highlight the essence of a bloom, bringing out textures and details that aren't so obvious in a single exposure.

Wishing everyone a bright and happy weekend.

My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers... more »

Yellow Petal Profusion

Other people's flower gardens fascinate me as I love to seek out plants that I have not seen before. This bed of low, bright yellow blooms, similar to sunflowers, but at the same time almost daisy-like captured my attention for ages. I took many blurs of it, as well as the photo of the partially eaten one with the moth in the middle of it, which possibly you saw in an earlier posting . I decided to take a multiple exposure of a prime specimen to show off the brilliant petals contrasted with the rich brown centre. This method seems to highlight the essence of a bloom, bringing out textures and details that aren't so obvious in a single exposure.

Wishing everyone a bright and happy weekend.

My posts are all on my blog : http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé

and of course for #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski___

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2015-10-01 21:00:59 (62 comments; 11 reshares; 383 +1s)Open 

Joni Putting on her Welcoming Face for a Small New Friend

At last, another treat for the followers of Joni and Her Collection!

It's been a while since we showed her softer side as usually she wears the intense and focused expression so common in this breed. This time I caught her watching a bee that was crawling around on the ground. She seems to be able to spot an insect or worm wherever it is in the grass and usually alerts me to it by a cycle of dancing around it barking in excitement first, then trying to pat it with her paw and finally sitting down and putting on her friendliest look, hoping that it will be enticed to play with her. Then she starts the whole performance again. This shows her friendly face stage.

Joni will be 2 years old in December so she is still a young dog and finds delight in her discoveries every day as does a child. When I see her doing... more »

Joni Putting on her Welcoming Face for a Small New Friend

At last, another treat for the followers of Joni and Her Collection!

It's been a while since we showed her softer side as usually she wears the intense and focused expression so common in this breed. This time I caught her watching a bee that was crawling around on the ground. She seems to be able to spot an insect or worm wherever it is in the grass and usually alerts me to it by a cycle of dancing around it barking in excitement first, then trying to pat it with her paw and finally sitting down and putting on her friendliest look, hoping that it will be enticed to play with her. Then she starts the whole performance again. This shows her friendly face stage.

Joni will be 2 years old in December so she is still a young dog and finds delight in her discoveries every day as does a child. When I see her doing this I am often able to share in her excitement and have seen many tiny wonders just from watching her.

My posts are all on my blog : www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh and +Shannon Adelson

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni  

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET___

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