Saturday, March 10, 2018

A House Guest!

We are busy this weekend, with a friend staying overnight ...

Well, he's actually more family than friend!

The small but mighty ...

Madi the Teacup Maltese Poodle


What a cutie, eh?!

See you next time!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Blue Between Blizzards

Ok, blizzards might be putting too strong a spin on it, but you catch my drift!

Before I get onto that, though, here's the sunset Alpenglo on Garibaldi from last weekend's day of gale-force winds - the fuzziness you can see is the snow blowing around in the alpine!

As always, click to enlarge the photos!

And now, back to regular programming...

Yesterday's storm brought 10cm+ to the Squamish area. Needless to say, this caused chaos on Highway 99, the main artery between Vancouver and Whistler, on the worst possible day of the week: Friday! Vancouver was snarled, too, because the city isn't set up for snow (or efficient snow-clearing) and city-mice don't put winter tyres on their vehicles.

This morning, though, we woke to a glorious bluebird day and, as soon as the sun reached the valley floor, we were out walking to enjoy the winter wonderland before the sun started knocked the globs of snow out of the trees:

The next storm is forecast for tonight ... another approx 10cm of snow!

Could this be the last blast of winter?! We shall see...

Until next time!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


As I sit at my window and watch the latest North Pacific winter storm dumping what's forecast to be up to 30cm of wet snow by tomorrow morning, I am contemplating what's scheduled for me (and my camera) this year!

After a couple of summers taking photos at local equestrian events, this year I have been offered the chance to shoot at three multi-day hunter-jumper events at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre! Those are in May, June and August.

Hunter-Jumper at SVEA

Also, in late June and early October, I'll be capturing the action at two two-day eventing clinics being taught by world-greats William Fox-Pitt and Lucinda Green! These gigs will be shared with popular Vancouver area equestrian photo-guru, Marion Fox. (Marion also happens to be the person who I owe props to for opening the door to the events at MREC!)

Lucinda Green instructing at MREC

To say I'm excited about these opportunities is an understatement!

As soon as the schedule for the local Squamish riding club, SVEA, has been released, I'll be adding a few more dates to my calendar - hopefully a couple of dressage dates along with hunter-jumper and other activities!

Dressage at SVEA

Of course, I'll be continuing to do any pet photography that comes my way, too!

But, it's only mid-February and, the weatherman says, after this snow has fallen and the skies start clearing, there's an Arctic outflow coming! This means all this lovely slush will freeze solid! Ack!

See you next time!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Year Ago Today ...

It's almost a year since I posted here! I have every intention of making it a regular contribution but, as my track record indicates, my intentions can't be counted on ... at least when it comes to regular blog posts! (One of my new year's resolutions was to get back to my blog ... and look how long that took!)

What inspired this return to the blog? Today was the first full day of sunshine that we've had in about 6 weeks! It feels like spring (although we know that's probably a false alarm)! Don't get me wrong: Not complaining! We had a couple of weeks of snow over the holidays but, since then, nothing but rain. Dreary, yes, but less of a pain in the butt to deal with in daily life!

Today we had a lovely walk from our flat through Squamish towards the Terminals and Estuary area. Here are a few of the photos (click the image to enlarge):

As many of you already know, we now live in Squamish. That's about 90 minutes' drive south of Pemberton, where we were before. It's a moderate-size town at the head of a fjord called Howe Sound, on British Columbia's coast, about an hour's drive from Vancouver. We've been here since June last year, and are loving it! That's a big surprise, particularly to me, because I didn't have the town at the top of my list of most-want-to-live-in locations!

Have to admit that I'm getting a tad nervous because our lease is up in 4 months. No idea if that will mean we have to move yet again ... one can only hope not but, at this time, it's up to the landlord gods, if we're to continue renting. And the WHA gods ... which by extension means the wait-list gods, if we ever hope to be able to find a place to buy ... and finally unpack all these xxxxing boxes!!!

If anyone's still out there ...

See you next time!

Monday, April 3, 2017

The more things change ...

... the more they stay the same!

Stormy Spring Skies - click to enlarge

I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post!

New: Finally found a job ...

New/Same: Body breakdown ...

Same: The joys of being a tenant ...

Small Signs of Spring - click to enlarge

Like so many people who live and work in the beautiful Sea To Sky Corridor, we rent the place we live in. This means that you constantly under threat of having the place sold out from under you - whether you have a lease, or not!

Our circumstance was made doubly unpleasant by the fact that our landlord didn't even tell us he was formally putting the place on the market. Hubby found the listing by accident. And to add insult to injury, the landlord used photos that had been taken during an "annual inspection" of the unit, which showed our valuables - camera, computers, etc.

Rents are exorbitant (I was just offered a 3be/2ba unit for $4000/month!) here so it makes sense to seriously consider buying. Of course, it means buying something that's less than one's dream home, and living in too-close proximity to lots of other people. But at least we'd be paying our own mortgage, instead of someone else's!

Stay tuned for developments!

Moss in the Forest around Squamish - click to enlarge

Next up: Tennis elbow. Fantastic news to report on that front. It is 95% gone and my right arm is functioning as it should! I can still "feel" the elbow issue, but got through a day with SIX pet photo sessions without any side effects! Happy dance! I can take photos again, without fearing painful repercussions!

As I emerge from that 3-month recovery period, I seem to be diving into another issue ... my left shoulder is freezing. I've had frozen shoulder before. For weeks, I had to sleep sitting up because that was the least painful position, it ached all the time, and the pain from flare-ups when I forgot what I was doing were enough to knock me down to the ground, literally. This time, I'm diligently doing the exercises to keep the join moving and, so far, I'm still able to lift my camera. I have an acupuncture appointment for April 18th (unless the wait-list gets me in sooner). I've never had acupuncture before ... message me if you have, please, with The Truth about what pain is involved in being stuck with needles! ("They" said that having a tattoo isn't painful, but I found it quite challenging - yes, I'm a wimp when it comes to pain!)

Tantalus Range - click to enlarge

Ah, the new job. Not only working in a front-line position, but also in a medical field - a very busy dental clinic reception and administration. I'm being challenged on several fronts with this one! I've been there about a month, though, and they haven't kicked me out yet! Hopefully the great team of people I work with will get me through this breathtakingly precipitous learning curve!

Until next time, I hope spring has arrived where you are! It's warming up here and I've seen a few green shoots, but no daffodils or crocuses yet!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to Choose a Pet Photographer

Have you ever wondered ... how to choose a pet photographer?

I've put a comprehensive collection of thoughts onto paper, with the hope of helping you with what might seem like an overwhelming decision-making process!

It really isn't as difficult as you might think!

I'll help you figure out what to look for ...

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I'll tell you what to watch out for ...

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And I'll share a few things you hadn't thought of asking about, too!

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Follow this link if you'd like me to email your FREE copy of How To Choose A Pet Photographer to you!

Please share this blog post with your friends who might be able to benefit from this information!

Thanks for visiting ... and see you next week!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Restorations & Adjustments

Restorations & Adjustments

That's the name of the new section I've added to my website!

Restorations are when Photoshop is used to remove creases, tears, spots and stains from the digital version of an old print - or a newer print that's seen more wear and tear than it deserves!

First, the print is scanned at high resolution, which results in a digital file. (If you don't have a scanner, try a nearby stationery outlet like Staples - they usually offer this service).

Then you email the digital file to me - saves you paying for postage!

I will work on the digital file to bring it back to life, removing those unsightly marks!

For the month of February I'm promoting this fledgling part of my business by offering introductory rates for photo restorations. You get this great deal because I need to do two things:

1.     Practice, practice, practice!
2.     Build my portfolio of samples!

See the attachment below for more information about this one-time offer!

So if you or your friends have some precious photos that need some loving, please get in touch!

Until next time!

PS: In case you're wondering, adjustments in Photoshop are when I digitally alter an image's appearance. For example, I change a colour photo into black-and-white, or convert a photo to look like a painting or a sketch, etc. It is used in commercial work, too, when product photos need to have their backgrounds changed, things like that!

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