Thursday, March 12, 2015
For photographers it's a nice opportunity to take that camera outside. After fighting the cold and snow, the glaring brightness of sunlight on snow when taking pictures in the cold season, it's satisfying to be able to focus more energy on the subject and worry less about conditions and challenges.
And those subjects are stunning — the awakening of flora and fauna brings action and visual interest to your photography results. From the gentle pastels of Easter to the soft brilliance of blossoms and buds, the landscape comes alive with colour. A robin strutting its architectural expertise, constructing its nest amidst branches or atop and window ledge is a welcome sign of rebirth. The emergence of verdant foliage on trees puts an end to their hibernation and invites us to their revival.
So, with so much fodder for camera buffs, what can one do to make spring photographs memorable? Here are some helpful tips:
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Many will wander down to a local pub for green beer, others will simply don the colour. There will be lilting tunes from the Emerald Isle piped through stereo systems and on radio stations, while children will be colouring pictures of leprechauns and shamrocks.
In the days leading up to this, however, there will be professional and novice image editing software users looking for tutorials and resources to help them create St. Patrick's Day projects. For one stop shopping here's a list of the possibilities I found while searching:
21 Tutorials and Downloads for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day Brushes
Create a St. Patrick's Day Postcard in Adobe Illustrator
Cool Collection of St. Patrick's Day Tutorials
St. Patricks Day Collection Photoshop Presets
Best St. Patrick's Day Graphic Design Resources
St. Patrick's Day Clovers Tutorial
St. Patrick's Day Beer Text Tutorial
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
But it's the holiday just under two months from now that holds significance for me. As a daughter, a mother and grandmother, I find plenty of reasons to celebrate Mother's Day. First, I'm lucky to be able to honour my own mom, a sharp 94-year-old who has, since the passing of my father last year moved to a long-term care facility just blocks away from me. For people my age, having someone in your life who still introduces you as "The baby" is rare.
Then there are the ones that call me Mom. I joined the ranks of motherhood early and can't recall a time when my kids weren't with me. They've essentially been my life's work and there's no greater pleasure for me than having them all together to celebrate, well, me.
And then there are the two I call daughters but others call Mama. Watching my girls as mothers, acknowledging the gifts that they gave this grandma, is an amazing experience. Commemorating the day with them is a treat.
There are many mothers to honour — old, young and all those in between. These collections of images cover all the bases and are perfect for personal and business projects you might create to commemorate their special day this May:
Monday, March 9, 2015
So, there I found myself with open mind and heart, in a quiet room, softly glowing candles casting shadows on the wall, while a woman did her best to tell me things about who I am and who I was.
It was the latter that took things on an interesting turn. One of the first things she asked me was if I have anything to do with yarn or wool. I told her I was an avid knitter, and she told me that in a previous life I was an Irish shepherdess, known for my fine wools.
Well, obviously she can say what she wants. It's not as if I can find someone from that past to confirm it. Yet it was a bit eerie, given my lifelong obsession with Ireland. To my knowledge anyway, I've never visited, yet the Emerald Isle has cast a spell on me. The music will set my toes tappin'; images of the cities and countryside give me a sense of home and comfort.
Even in grade school my fascination with Ireland was obvious. Every celebration as a child is exciting, but I eagerly looked forward to St. Patrick's Day, enthralled by the charming images of shamrocks and leprechauns.
So with just over a week remaining before we raise our mugs of green beer in celebration of all things Irish, here's a favourite collection of images from iCLIPART.com