what a night. With the sky displaying thousands of stars, and the Milky Way’s galactic center in plain view, Karen and Dave took a short moment on a bench and let me take some pictures of them. I’m sure that being away from the party and the music for a few minutes while I forced them to sit in silence for 30 second intervals gave them time to reflect everything they had just gone through in just one day!
This weekend my wife and I rented a car and decided to go to Gatineau Park for a hike and a picnic, before the winter chill came (I’m a little bit of a baby when it comes to cold weather!). Of course I decided that being in the forest would be the perfect opportunity to take a few pictures, and it wasn’t long before I found a nice little creek!
It happens so fast every year, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate it. One moment, Ottawa is basking in the double digit patio season, the next thing you know, the trees look like they are on fire! Where did all the green go? The answer? To hibernate for a long time! I actually enjoy the fall very much; The crisp cool air in the morning, red and orange leaves coming down like rain on my way to work, pumpkins appearing on the doorsteps of my neighbors, there’s so much to look forward to!
I think my favorite part of the fall though, is Halloween. Every year, people find ways to impress me with their costumes as they stroll down the Byward Market, and every year, seeing the kids trick-or-treat in the neighborhood really makes me happy! We also get to break out the Catrinas we bought when we travelled to Patzcuaro, Mexico for “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the dead). The holiday focuses on paying your respects to the deceased, with offerings of food, dances, poetry and even some humour to connect once more with those who have passed away. Continue reading
A while back, I had the idea of using color to do a quick photoshoot with a friend, and was researching the best techniques to do this when I stumbled on a video showing the Holi festival in India. Seeing how amazing it looked, I wondered if the festival was celebrated in Ottawa, and to my surprise (and delight!) not only was there a festival of colors in Ottawa, but it was in two weeks! Naturally, I was very excited and eager to research a little about it! It turns out that Holi in Ottawa is part of the Festival of India Ottawa, which offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of India. Holi is a festival of colors, where crowds gather and throw colored powder at each other in a very fun and colorful fight! The first and most important thing that I researched though, was how to keep my camera gear safe from the colored powder and dust, as they could quite easily damage the lens. To deal with this, I placed my camera in a plastic bag, cut a hole in the bag wide enough for my lens to come out, then taped the hole to the lens. I also made a small hole where the viewfinder was so I could use it.
camera safe from dust
On June 07 , my step-father turned 60. That’s 21,914 days! You wouldn’t think that Todd is 60 by his fantastic attitude towards life! He’s still sharp, fun, clever and curious as ever! I was asked to do a video of him for his birthday, that would have pictures of him through the years. I decided that it would be more fun to have friends and family talk about Todd in between, and boy, did people have great things to say about him!
Todd also had a birthday party to celebrate his 6 decades in this world, all done by his wife ( and my mother!), who settled for a James Bond style setting. If there is one word to describe this party, it’s laughter. The place was full of energy and people having a great time, and I hope to be able to celebrate many more with Todd!
Every year on July 1st, thousands of people gather downtown to celebrate the birthday of Canada, and every year, I get to see almost every type of Canadian in one party! From the youngest Canadians who are seeing massive crowds for the first time, to the young partying Canadians who know where the best bars are at, to the new Canadians, happy to experience the pride of being surrounded and embraced by other Canadians. There’s the loud Canadians, the serious Canadians, the “why would you bring a stroller into a crowd this big?” Canadians, and the “I LOVE CANADA AND WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW IT!! Canadians (they’re really fun!)