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A year ago I began an adventure… 

Hey Everyone…

I have had a passion for photography for a long time now… one that over time just increasingly grows stronger. My burning desire over the past year has being to do something about it… to share that passion with those around me and to grow in my knowledge to become a better and more experienced photographer.

I never have had a desire to create a blog… and then one day while I was searching the web for inspiration to grow in my abilities, I came across a concept – weekly photo challenges. This stirred a thought that I would create a blog to share with those around me, my photos. Some of these photos will be gems that I have had already taken – just to share with you some of my favourite photos… and some of these photos will be challenges that I set myself in order for me to grow.

The secondary part to this is my love for food… growing up in a country kitchen I have a love for making food, especially from scratch. I have a desire to create a recipe book one of these days with all the recipes I grew up with and a few that I have grown to love in the years since I have left home… and my desire is that all the photos in this book are taken by me! So to challenge me further in getting this project moving along… I will blog recipes and try to master the art of food photography at the same time!

Please join with me in this journey. My aim will be to blog recipes on Tuesdays & weekly photo challenges on Thursdays. I hope that you will enjoy my photos and possibly enjoy making one or two of these recipes as well!

A year on, I am pleased that I manage to blog each and every week – both with recipes and weekly photo challenges! Even though there were a few weeks where in the challenges all I did was show previous photos I had taken – those weeks were few and far between. I feel like I grew heaps during this process and I am now seeking what my next steps are going to be. I am not going to stop blogging recipes or doing photo challenges but I am releasing myself from the weekly grind of this need. I haven’t lost the burning desire to do something more with my photography – in fact, it’s grown immensely more since I have began.

Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me. Stay tuned. At this stage I’m going to take the next few weeks off, but if I cook something that I haven’t shared or have an awesome photo from a recent shot – I’ll share it will you. 

If there is a photo challenge or a recipe that you want to see me try – comment below and stay tuned.

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Week 52: Photo Challenge

Camping

First and foremost I must say that I have done my challenge! I have officially completed ONE YEAR of blogging – both recipes and photo challenges! What’s next… you’ll just have to wait until next week to hear what I have to say!

I was privileged enough to get a three day weekend last weekend with my hubby and we took the chance to go camping! But before our camping adventure could begin, we started off with a date night by going to the CFL Football Game in Calgary. It was Calgary Stampedes vs Saskatchewan Roughriders. As Cam was born and raised in Saskatchewan, he follows them – and as a good wife, I support them too! It was a really good game, which ended in a draw! What I didn’t know was that they play overtime in CFL matches, each team get’s one chance for a touchdown from the 35 yard line. Roughriders went first and kicked a 3 point goal… then the Stampeders followed… and scored a touchdown… so the draw really wasn’t a draw after all! The crazy thing was, that with 8 minutes left to go, Calgary were two touchdowns behind and I would say that about 75% of the Stampeders fans had already left the Stadium!!!

We headed off Camping around noon on Friday – our plan was to go to Beaver Flats just south of Elbow Falls… but it was already full – as was most of the Kananaskis area… so we called the Banff National Parks to see how those sites were filling up and we managed to get a spot at Two Jack Main Campground – that is just north of Banff and on Lake Minnewanka. It turned out to be a better campground than I expected – and we’ll be back! We set up camp in the drizzling rain and then chilled out.

On Saturday we stayed at the campground – read books, played cards, listened to our neighbours play the same song over and over and over again and generally hung out around our campfire.

That evening we made ‘Hobo Stew’ as we like to call it – basically it’s meat and veggies wrapped in tin foil with whatever spices you like and butter… let it cook over the coals (turn a few times) for about an hour and your good to go!

The next day, we packed up and left. We drove around and visited Lake Minnewanka and then headed into Banff for a late picnic lunch in the Cascade Gardens before heading back home.

Next Week: Ummm… stay tuned.

Week 51: Photo Challenge

Silhouette

This week I am cheating! I haven’t had a spare moment to get the camera out and think creative… so here are a few of my silhouette photos from the past. I’m surprised that I haven’t actually posted either of these before. The first one is the Melbourne skyline from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the second one is the fountain in Bendigo.

Next Week: Camping

Week 50: Photo Challenge

Break the Press! Front Page News!

This week the Calgary Stampede began! The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth (as their tag line suggests). This year it is also the Centennial Celebration of the Stampede – 1912 to 2012!

In 1912 the great Stampede was born from the vision of Guy Weadick. Guy was a famous working cowboy and vaudeville entertainer featured in the traveling wild-west shows that were popular world-wide in the early 1900s. He was a man with a dream of celebrating the romance and authentic culture of the old west.

The Stampede we enjoy today has evolved from Guy’s vision. He was successful because he understood that as much as things change, we need to believe in the way things were.

Our historical information tells the story of who we were in our earliest days, and reminds us that Guy was right; fundamentally we believe in the same western values today as we did in 1912.

For more Stampede History: http://corporate.calgarystampede.com/about/stampede-history/

Since I haven’t gone to the Stampede since the first year I arrived in Canada, we thought this year we should hit it up! With it also being the centennial celebration year and the need for a few of the other international staff wanting to go – we took the plunge, braved the train & crowds and had a wonderful day!

Our first stop (once we made it through the line that was at least a mile long!) was to go to the Rodeo! With only standing room seats available, there are lots of heads in the shots! Tie-Down Roping, Bareback, Steer Wrestling,  and Barrel Racing were the first few event we saw – but the one we were all waiting for was the Bull Riding!

Then we went and visited the Saddle dome and saw the last of the ‘Cowboy Up!’ Challenge. In previous years, our Equine Coordinator, has been in this event – unfortunately, this year his horse was ill and couldn’t participate in the trials.

We then meet up with a few of the others, walked around for a bit grabbed some food before we headed into the part of the day that I was looking forward to the most… CHUCK WAGON RACES!

As a mid program break they brought out onto the stage some miniature horses that can be ridden by little kids – and they move! – and it’s not a horse on a stick!

The the evening show began – the cheapest Paul Brandt concert (if you can count four songs as a concert!) that I will ever see… some crazy acrobatic dances, BMX jumping, brightly coloured polka dot dressed dances, Paul Brandt followed by the best fireworks show ever!

I don’t know which photo you picked as YOUR favourite ‘Break the Press! Front Page News’ picture… there are a few that are my favourite of the bunch.

Next Week: Silhouette

Week 49: Photo Challenge

In Your Backyard…

The moon was in my backyard this week… it was so bright and big that I had to capture it. I like the second one better – doesn’t just look like a white dot in the sky!

Next Week: Break the Press! Front Page News!

Week 48: Photo Challenge

Find a Pair!

I took my camera outside (one the rain had stopped for awhile!) to see what I could see. I looked around and I saw horses – lots of them, all paired off too… but they were just too far away from me to get a good shot. So I kept watching and I saw lots of birds flying in the sky… but none of them landed close by. So I went around the front of the house and looked in our little garden bed. I hadn’t looked at it for a few days, I noticed all of the weeds but I was surprised by the flowers that were actually growing! I haven’t killed them yet! So here is my pair that I found…

This is another older photo of mine, a couple of Aussie Galah’s sitting in a Gum Tree at my parents place.

Next Week: In Your Backyard…

Week 47: Photo Challenge

People

This week I wanted to blog about some of the people that I got to spend the past week with. The two groups of people that I spent the most time with this past week were my husbands family and my work mates. On Sunday we celebrated Ella’s second birthday (and Canadian Father’s Day). It was a fun day – although all of the adults were pretty tired, the kids managed to keep us moving and having fun.

Now to my work mates… well, they are a crazy bunch of people – but I do say that you have to have a little bit of crazy in you to work at camp. I spent a lot of time with this bunch of people in the past week – we hosted a wedding at the camp on Saturday, which meant to a long day! Add in the standard hours of work, plus the additional hours getting us prepped and ready for the our summer season (which officially starts today with our Keenagers Camp arriving!). Then on top of that, add in the last days that we get to spend with my good friend’s Camara and Matt who are leaving us to head back to Australia at the end of the week… so Tuesday night was a ‘Jack N Jill’ baby shower/farewell for them and then Wednesday night was the last time (for now) that we get to spend with them at our local watering hole.

Sad… Privileged… Blessed… Pumped… Excited… Thankful…

Sad to see you guys go. Privileged to have friends from Australia join me in Canada for over a year. Blessed to have watched you grow and find a new Canadian family. Pumped that you guys are expecting a new addition in November. Excited by the fact that Aussie is our common link and I know that I’ll get to meet TP in person one day soon. Thanks for been great mates, God’s blessings to you as you journey back home and settle in. Xox

Next Week: Find a Pair!

Week 46: Photo Challenge

Garden Invaders

This year I gave myself a challenge – to plant a veggie garden and in at the front of the house to have a flower bed! I have had many veggie garden’s back in Australia, but in Canada I have yet to do this, until this year! So on May long weekend I spent a solid two days just pulling weeds from the garden and then half a day planting all the plants we bought. It was great! And needless to say, most are still alive. A few of the flowers have come out, not many, just a few – but I’m hopeful that come the summer they’ll be blooming beautifully!

So this weeks challenge is to capture the things in your garden that are invading it… this week I would say (other than the weeds) the invader is rain. We have had wonderful thunderstorms and lots of rain this past week – in fact, I think we have only had one day without rain!

I have a photo of one of my flowers, a storm that is brewing and the rain on our window.

Next Week: People

Week 45: Photo Challenge

Toy Time

I am privileged enough to have two nieces and a nephew here in Canada and another three nieces and a nephew in Australia… so it’s always fun and games when we get a chance to catch up with any of them. Last weekend we were celebrating Julianna’s 3rd birthday. The plan for the day was to hang out at the park and then go back to her parents place for supper… but plans took a small change when the weather took a turn for the worse. So Juli and her family went to the park early so that they could get some park time in… Cam and I were able to join them for a part of that while the weather held off! We all then returned back to Juli’s home and watched some kid shows and then went to the backyard and played with BUBBLES!!! It was then time for a hot dog supper (at which time the thunder storm which was predicted for 2pm came through) and then presents time! It was a fun day had by all… here are a few of the pictures that capture the day.

Next Week: Garden Invaders

Week 44: Photo Challenge

Alphabet

I knew that I needed time for this challenge. So I picked a week when I knew I would have time to get into this challenge 100%. I was away on a retreat for the past week and my hubby and I had a lot of spare time on our hands. We slept in, read books (even had to go and buy more books to read!), ate glorious food that was served graciously to us, went on walks by the creek, visited Elbow Falls and did a lot of relaxing. On most of our walks I had my camera on hand and kept looking for how the alphabet letters are intertwined in all that we see.

So here are a few alphabet letters that I found… I’ve complied a few together to make a word to make it more appealing for you!

Next Week: Toy Time

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