Vibrance in the Storm

Yellow! Burdock, waiting to catch my clothes come spring.

Yellow! Burdock, waiting to catch my clothes come spring.

Yesterday I posted Black and White pictures from the start of a heavy wet snowfall.

While I was out in the snow, I also shot some vibrant bits that caught my eye.

Persistent apples that turn from yellow to orange as the winter progresses.

Persistent apples that turn from yellow to orange as the winter progresses.

It must have been warmer under the pines because the snow there was melting.

Green! It must have been warmer under the pines because the snow there was melting.

Tomato cage with leftover orange hemp support twine.

Pink! Tomato cage with leftover orange hemp support twine.

Rose hips on Rosa rubra

Orange! Rose hips on Rosa rubra

Rose hips on a shrub rose that reverted to its rootstock. I think it's an invasive and I'm debating on digging it up.

Red and Black. Rose hips on a shrub rose that reverted to its rootstock. I think it’s an invasive and I’m debating on digging it up.

And finally, our out buildings which are more vibrant when you aren’t looking at them through heavy snow!

Our Indian Red outbuildings with blue trim.

Our Indian Red outbuildings with blue trim.

To see how vibrant things are for other WordPress bloggers participating in this week’s photo challenge, have a look here.

 

All photos taken with a Pentax K3 and a Tamron 28-200 mm lens – several at 200 mm which is a 300 mm equivalent on the Pentax crop sensor. One of the reasons I shoot with the Pentax is that it is weatherproof.

Optimistic Chipmunk

Chipmunk debut

Chipmunk debut

On April 9 of last year – 2015 – this chipmunk emerged – probably from our garden shed – optimistic about spring. The stand for the weather vane on which the chipmunk is sitting is a meter (3 feet and some) off the ground and the snow is the cumulative result of two months of blizzards and storms.

This post is dedicated to all those in the eastern USA who were snowed under and snowed in this weekend.  I am thankful that the storm went offshore before it reached PEI.

Boundless optimism from other WordPress folks can be found here.

Photo taken from inside the house with a Pentax K20D and a 200 (300 equivalent) mm Tamron lens at 1/90 sec at f/13 andISO 200.

Oh, Christmas Tree

Lots of people leave their Christmas trees up until January 6 of the new year. Around here it’s called Little Christmas, but for the religious it is the feast of Epiphany.  We took ours down on January 6 but before we did I finally took some non-iPhone photos of the tree’s lights. I also tried a selfie, which I posted yesterday.

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

Taken with a Pentax K3 and a Tamron 90mm Macro lens at various shutter speeds, ISOs, and apertures. You do need a shutter speed of at least 1/125 to capture the bubbles in the bubbling lights.

Circle, Sphere, Selfie

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

On the day we took our Christmas tree down I figured I’d better exercise my photography muscles. I used my new Pentax K3 which I ‘gave’ myself for Christmas and a Tamron 90 mm Macro lens at f 4.5 for 1/10 second and ISO 12,800.  (It was getting very dark out when I took this.)  I could never have gotten a shot like this with the Pentax K20D because anything at a higher ISO than 80o was useless.

The January 1, 2016 WordPress Photo Challenge was Circle, and you can see lots of entries here.

More Christmas tree photos in the next post.

A trio of trios

Three selective windows on Great George Street, Charlottetown. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

Three reflective windows on Great George Street, Charlottetown. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

Trio of floating things around Peake's Quay in Charlottetown Harbour. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

Trio of floating barriers around Peake’s Quay in Charlottetown Harbour. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

Three steeples on St. Dustan" Basilica, Great George Street, Charlottetown. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

Three steeples on St. Dustan’s Basilica, Great George Street, Charlottetown. Kelby Photo Walk 2015

The WordPress photo challenge for this week is Trio. These trios  are from October 3, 2015, shot with my Pentax K20D and a Tamron 28-200m zoom.  Other WordPress entries can be found here.

Wandering for two years and 300 posts

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

This is my 300th post on WordPress. I published my first on October 27, 2013, almost exactly two years ago. I started the blog to share my photos of a tour to China with my fellow travellers, and have gone on to show off Prince Edward Island, Toronto, San Francisco, and New York City  – among other destinations.

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Who knows where the wandering will take me from here. I have a stock of digital photos from Japan, Thailand and Peru that you can expect to see in the coming year. I have a photo workshop booked in Havana for February. And I hope to start digitizing slides from earlier years.

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Confederation Trail 19 to 23

Until then, I’m wandering paths in PEI on the Confederation Trail. (Well, not today – we had snow this morning!)

Thank you to all my followers, to those who comment on my photos,  and to those who look at my posts on Facebook. Blessed be.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Bangkok Palace and Temple

We visited three palaces of the Thai Royal Family when in Thailand in November of 2012:

The Grand Palace: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand on the Chao Phraya River.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Bang Pa-In Ayutthaya Province. (Posts to follow…)

Bhubing Rajanives Palace Phu Phing Ratcha Niwet is a Royal Residence located in the Muang District of Chiang Mai Province. It was built in 1961 to accommodate the royal family during state visits to the north of the country. (Posts to follow….)

I’m not sure how much of the Grand Palace we saw, and how much was part of the temple of Wat Pho, in the block next to the Grand Palace. We just wandered around, trying to avoid the massive crowds (see next post) and taking in the details that are so different from those we see in North American or European architecture. This post features roof lines.

Thailand November 2012

Bangkok Palace and Temple

It did rain, briefly, while we were on the site, but it was so hot and humid that it didn’t seem to matter.

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

I had my 50 mm f 1.4 Pentax lens on my Pentax K20D with me that day; it is the smallest and lightest lens I have, so it was a good choice.

PEI Burger Love

For the fifth year, restaurants in this province are participating in a burger promotion for the entire month of April. Sixty of them. Sixty restaurants serving sixty different over-the-top burgers. You’d have to have two per day to try them all.

It’s a good promotion, meant to support beef farmers and provide customers to eateries at a time when business is slow. (Some restaurants survive only because of the tourist trade which lasts from June to October.) Even some chains, like Pizza Delight and Smitty’s have added a burger to their standard fare, but the hamburger chains don’t participate.  Some places that never serve burgers, have one for Burger Love.

Many Islanders make a real effort to eat as many of them as they can.  You can go to the PEI Burger Love web site and rate the ones you’ve tried.  The winning burger and restaurant get a lot of extra publicity out of it.

 

Phinley's Diner 2015

Last year I had four. This year I had my first on April 1 (no fools’ joke) at Phinley’s Diner, the restaurant that won in 2013. Meh. 3/10. Cold bun, overwhelming sauce, boring beef.  Saving 2 and 1 for a terrible one. Don’t think they have a 0/10.

Sucker punch in the flesh.

Sucker punch in the flesh.

The burger is called Sucker Punch (compare promo poster with the real thing), and you get your dessert with the burger, the gum-filled sucker which has been shoved in the top to hold the burger together. Extras on toothpicks are a standard item on a burger love burger.

Can anyone tell me what language is on this sucker wrapper?

Can anyone tell me what language is on this sucker wrapper?

Yesterday at lunch at Cedar’s Eatery I split their Shawarma Burger and a side of Fattouch salad with my partner. More like an 8/10, it included shawarma spice-infused beef AND chicken shawarma with pickled turnip on the toothpick.  Sorry no photos.

There are favourites emerging on Facebook already!  Like this one from Piatto Pizzeria and Enotica: 7oz. Island Beef Infused with Soppressata Salami and House Seasoning, Bacon Onion Jam, Maple Goat Cheese, Jalapeno Roasted Garlic Aioli, Smoked Caciocavallo Cheese, Baby Arugula, and Hot Banana Peppers on a Ciabatta Bun seasoned with olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and Grana Padano, and garnished with a Soppressata Salami Wrapped Pepperoncini Pepper.  Is your mouth watering yet?

I’ll probably post one or two more burger love updates during April….

PS Photos taken with my iPad and edited a bit in Lightroom.

Dancing Blur

Celtic Dancing, Acadian Dancing - go figure

Celtic Dancing, Acadian Dancing – go figure

For a number of years, there was a PEI Fiddle Camp where families and adults gathered to learn celtic instruments, dancing and yes, the fiddle. Neither their web site nor their Facebook page is up to date, so I guess they stopped doing it.   One of my partner’s cousins came up from Maine with her family to participate and so we attended one of the evening shows which featured some of the instructors and other invited groups. This might have been a group from the French part of PEI, whose step dancing very much resembles that of Irish step dancing. At the end of the evening, there was a square dance – which I hadn’t done in ~45 years.

I almost deleted this photo some time ago; so I’m glad I didn’t. The step dancers created their own motion blur but there is also camera shake (1/13 sec, ISO 1250, f 5 handheld)

For more blurry photos see the WordPress challenge post.