Friday, September 13, 2013
But there's one group who can't get enough of these dates in a year. In Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, each and every Friday the 13th is a celebration of all things motorcycle. The streets fill with attendees — on bikes, as vendors and just those curious to see what it's all about.
From the official website, the tradition began in 1981 when a group of 25 bike enthusiasts decided to meet at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelos of Dover. It just so happened to be Friday, Nov. 13, and a tradition was born. Since then the number of people riding into Port Dover on each and every one of these fateful days continues to increase.
This year with only two Friday the 13ths occurring — the next is in December — motorcyclists have been waiting through summer to enjoy this annual get-together. In keeping with their enthusiasm we offer a clipart collection perfect for the occasion:
iCLIPART.com Motorcycle Illustrations
Acclaim Images Motorcycle Illustrations
iPHOTOS.com Motorcyle Illustrations
ClickArt Online Motorcycle Illustrations
ClipartGuide Motorcycle Illustrations
TOONClipart Motorcycle Cartoons
Thursday, September 12, 2013
First, of course, there is the mild dread of where autumn leads, but this is undoubtedly accompanied by awe over the gorgeous beauty of the season. The feeling that comes with the changing colours may be bittersweet, but I can't deny the incredible vibrancy they bring to nature's palette. Autumn is a photographer's delight.
Yet, while the amazing blend of hues and tones almost always ensures some great results when taking photos, one might ask if there is a way to make them even better. If you're interested in finding out, these sites offer great advice on autumn photography:
PhotoJojo Fantastic Fall Photo Tips
Digital Photography School Capture Fall Colours
Photography Blog How to Take Great Autumn Photos
Digital Camera World How To Photoraph Autumn Leaves
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
To my mind there is probably no creature on this earth so photogenic as the butterfly. Their bold markings, their grace, their usually colourful landing strips combine for the perfect photo op. The only problem is to try and keep them still long enough to get the shot.
I actually achieved it several years ago during a late summer visit to a lakeshore cottage. Though, to be honest, I'm not sure I really had that much to do with it.
Sitting on the beach near some Scotch thistles, I noticed a Monarch butterfly dancing around me. Now, a few months earlier a friend's daughter had passed away tragically and the grieving family had found representation in these beautiful insects and comfort in their presence. I was therefore so enchanted by my little guest that it took some time before I saw she wasn't alone. At least half a dozen of her friends were playfully skipping from one bloom to another all around me.
Realizing I was probably going to miss my chance, I nonetheless darted back to the cottage to grab my camera, only to find on my return that the majority had settled quite picturesquely. To have me further recognizing that there are occurrences and occasions in this world that we'll never understand, they all remained posed while I happily clicked away from a number of angles.
It is easily one of my favourite pictures. Certainly there are ways it could have been better, but for a spur of the moment shot, the results were pretty darn cool. Apparently others agreed, too, as I entered one of the photos in a contest for amateur photographers and it won. I take little credit, however. I've always felt there was an angel on my shoulder that day.
Opportunities such as I had are rare. Yet, while catching butterflies at the right moment and time, not to mention having them stay still, doesn't happen easily, it is possible to get wonderful pictures of them. These informative sites offer tips on how to best capture the beauty:
School of Digital Photography Tips on Best Places to Photograph Butterflies
PhotoNaturalist Tips for Photographing Butterflies
Exposure Guide Photographing Butterflies
ePHOTOZine Photographing Butterflies
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Living the country life in a small town, the significance of farming is never lost on me. Fields of crops surround me and on the right day I can hear cattle lowing. It's a picturesque and productive world with only the distinct aroma of pig manure upsetting perfection.
Living the country life in a small town, I'm educated on the challenges facing agricultural producers. I am sympathetic to their worries over the whims of the weather. I am familiar with the expressions, some closer to folklore than fact (Corn must be knee high by the fourth of July). I know that the biggest day in town each week is the livestock sale. It's a capricious and colourful world.
Living the country life in a small town, I enjoy seeing the fruits of farmer's labours at the annual fair. I appreciate being able to buy produce from vendors I know and respect. I celebrate the harvest and give thanks for the wonderful bounty is brings. It's a world of comfort and contentment.
In recognition of all of this I offer these fantastic collections of photos:
iCLIPART.com Harvest Photos
Acclaim Images Harvest Photos
Monday, September 9, 2013
My husband and I found out recently that the number of grandchildren we have is about to increase. It was happy news as we had experienced a bit of a drought for 13 years before our daughter blessed us with a new granddaughter a year ago. Now the promise of more is pretty exciting and the joy of being a grandparent fills me.
However, as Sept. 8 was National Grandparents Day, the memories of once having grandparents is also present. By the time I was 15 I had lost three of mine. My maternal grandmother passed away just seven years later. It was barely time to get to know them, yet they continue to hold a special place in my heart all these decades later.
Even though I know I'm the same way, it's rather amusing now to watch my peers turning into sentimental saps with the arrival of grandbabies. At a birthday celebration this summer, we old friends sat and talked of little else but the adorable things the newest members of our family are saying and doing. We'd all heard the cute axioms about being grandparents (think Willard Scott's "If I Knew It was Going to Be This Much Fun I Would Have Become a Grandparent First"); what we didn't know was how true it is.
Then again, these new arrivals probably haven't quite figured out yet the significance of having grandparents. I certainly didn't know way back when how much I would miss having my grandmas and grandpas in my life.
Bottom line? They are pretty great to have and it's pretty great to be one.
"The history of our grandparents is remembered not with rose petals but in the laughter and tears of their children and their children's children. It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone. It is in us that their history becomes a future." — Charles and Ann Morse
Today's collection of illustrations celebrates these special family members:
iCLIPART.com Illustrations of Grandparents