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.