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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

As a street photographer, I strive to capture those fleeting moments that would otherwise be lost forever. I suppose I could plop any old image from my archive into this post and it would fit the theme of this week’s photo challenge.

However I thought I’d turn to nature since I have been spending a heck of a lot more time enjoying the natural surroundings of Mother Nature here in Ottawa, than I could in Toronto. Our capital city is alive with greenery, waterways and wildlife, and I enjoy every minute of it. Here is an image I shot while on a hike last fall in Mer Bleue. You can read about my hike here and lose yourselves in the beautiful landscape.

The image below is a capture (or almost capture) of the ephemeral feeding ways of a chickadee.

Mer Bleue

3 Year Anniversary!

WordPress 3 Year Anniversary

Wow! I can’t believe I started blogging three years ago. A lot has changed in the time since I started this blog, including the reason I started blogging.

In the beginning, I created a blog with the idea that I would write about the things that were going on in the industry I was trying to enter… fundraising. Without successfully landing my dream job, and not having many experiences to write about, I did as many of us do with a blog when we are starting out, and that is to just let it lie.

Over the next two years my ideas about the blog evolved and I went through short spurts of new blogger excitement, but I continued to struggle to find my spot in the blogosphere. My writing frequency, and my site views struggled too. Discouraged but still determined to make this dead horse of a blog work, I decided to give it one last shot, so in early 2014 I decided to start sharing the photos I was taking.

On Jan, 15, 2014 I published a post called Hair May Come and Go, but Friendships Stay The Same, and I was suddenly hooked. I began publishing with more frequency, participating in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges, and commenting on other people’s blogs. The more I blogged, the more fun I had, and the more hooked I became. The hard work I’ve put into the blog has definitely started to pay off, particularly in 2014, and I don’t really consider those first two years as blogging time. But in reality, I guess I was technically blogging in that time, and when I look back on it I think I learned a lot about the process.

I have made a LOT  of great friends through this process, and I’m thankful for that. Blogging has been a tremendous creative outlet for me, and I love what I, and others on WordPress have created. This is such a fantastic, close nit community, and I am so grateful for all of you who have encouraged and motivated me along the way.

Shane

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Order has been a very important thing for me from as far back as I can remember. When I was a child in school, I was often the only kid in class with a tidy desk, notebooks stacked largest to smallest, pencils aligned. And because books and papers were always exploding out of the desks of many of my classmates, we always had to turn our desks in toward each other so our teachers didn’t have to see the mess. I’ve always found it calming to have things in order, and I’m not sure if I have been like that from birth, or if it was a learned trait.

However, in photography, I often write about using lines to throw interest points off centre. For me, this technique helps to create interest in my images and help viewers see an otherwise ordinary scene in a different way… hopefully. But on occasion, I find beauty in symmetry

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