Category Archives: out and about

Blossom time!

The trees have started blooming in my city… I just can’t resist snapping a ton of photos this time of year!  

These are a few I took with my iPhone, and then played with in Photoshop.   

I believe the plum trees are the first to blossom… or is it the cherry trees? I’m not sure, but I never tire of the show of pink and white against a blue sky.




The other day I went to check out this mural in a downtown alley… made of sugar! This unique mural was made by artist Shelley Miller. A temporary creation, obviously, and by the time I went to see it on a wet day, parts of it had already fallen off… but I actually like the way the rainy weather has influenced the picture…. it looks like it’s raining at sea.

You can read more about the mural  here, and see what it looked like when it was first installed, before the rain.

On my way to see the sugar mural, I passed some other temporary street art.
This artist has been recreating Old Masters paintings (currently Renoir) in approximately the same location for years. I often walk past them, and I’m intrigued by the idea of creating art with such a short life span… putting time and effort into making something that will be affected by the elements, so people can enjoy it…. but only for a little while.

I like the images best after a few days, when the chalk starts to fade… either from rain, or foot traffic.

Often there are two or three drawings in a row… a bright, new one, and others that are more ghostly, disappearing into the sidewalk.

Like a mini-vacation…

Yesterday I took the day off to spend time with my neice and her friend, who came to stay with us for a few days. (and what sweet houseguests… fun and full of laughs, but also polite and well-mannered…. they even brought flowers!)

This photo was taken during a break between antique shops, at a window seat in a cafe, watching the world go by.


Some photos I took at the Templeton in Vancouver last weekend. This little diner hasn’t changed much since the 1950s, and the food was good, too.

It’s a small world

I was in Chemainus on the weekend and took some photos, then started playing with the “miniature” feature on my camera, and tweaking in Photoshop… an imitation of “tilt shift” photography, in which a shallow depth of field can make a real life scene look like a miniature.

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I like the effect the pink house the most, but I don’t know how well I’ve captured the look of miniature scenes… can you see it?

There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift photos on line, some of them are truly magical. I need to take more photos that I can turn into miniatures!

Blue skies and blossoms

I left work a bit early yesterday…. we’re having such perfect spring weather, I just had to get outside with my camera!

Photo of the day

I’m not sure if this is an instance of guerilla knitting or if someone just found a scarf and put it somewhere visible so its owner might see it when they came looking…. either way, the lion looked like it was enjoying its jaunty scarf on a nippy day.

Weekend wanderings

I got a chance to wander around Chinatown in the sunshine, getting better acquainted with my camera….

…but in spite of the bright day, most of the shapes and textures seemed more interesting in black and white…..

A Cozy Ride

KBN bike

I am fortunate to have three yarn shops within walking distance from where I live and work  (not to mention three art supply shops…. it can be rather dangerous!) 

Today on my lunch break I went to the newest yarn shop, Knotty By Nature.  They sell fibre and tools for knitting, spinning, weaving, crochet and more, including local fibres and locally made items.  I went looking for (and found) something specific for a little project I’m working on… more on that later.

In the meantime, I thought I’d show you the bike that sits outside the shop. As you can see, it’s completely covered in knitting – sort of a bike slipcover, or bike cozy.  I love how the knitting is coming apart a bit on the back tire and the kick stand, as if someone’s actually been riding it.  It reminds me of the yarnbombing or guerilla knitting I’ve been reading about, where people cover public objects with pieces of knitting…. sort of grafitti with yarn.  I’ve seen photos of knitting wrapped around trees, lamp posts, statues…. even an entire bus covered in knitting!  Pretty cool, huh?