Casa Loma

Jul. 19th, 2014 09:16 am
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One of the many adventures that my girlfriend and I partook of, during our vacation to Toronto, was exploring Casa Loma, a grand structure styled upon European castles that was built by Canadian business visionary, Sir Henry Pellatt during the early 1900s.

Naturally, we took photos:

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The girlfriend and I recently returned from a week long vacation in Toronto, where we did ALL THE THINGS, including marching in the annual pride parade, as part of World Pride 2014, in support of asexual awareness and visibility.  I'm still going through all the photographs, of which I shot over 4200, between my two cameras and my phone. However, I have finished all the ones I took at the CN Tower (with a side trip up to the Skypod):

Teddy makes a triumphant return to the top of Toronto!

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Early last week, my girlfriend and I headed out on a four hour drive to visit her family in Cape Breton for a few days. We managed to make it just ahead of a storm of freezing rain that we figured would clear up the next to allow us to phototrek around the island. Unfortunately, the ice storm front 'stalled', according to the weather experts, pinning us down inside her mom's house for most of the trip, often without power. We even wound up missing a day of work waiting for the road conditions to improve enough to let us get back home safely.

So, no, I didn't get a chance to take many photos and I didn't get to play with the Canon Rebel T5i at all, on account of not wishing to expose it to the freezing rain. But you're welcome to peek at what I did manage to photograph:

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 These were taken with the Canon Rebel T5i a couple of weeks ago:

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I managed to regain a bit of my holiday spirit with the help of a little retail therapy:

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The candle I lit against the longest night is still going strongly. Good thing, too! I went out to greet the Sun with song for what should've been sunrise, but it was far too cloudy to see the Sun at all (still is). Regardless, I sang a few songs and shared a bit of libation, so it wasn't for naught. I checked the mailbox on the way back home and, most unexpectedly, there was a parcel for me. Yes, I got a present to open for Solstice Morn this very morning! Hee! (Thank you, [ profile] magikgypsy!)

A photo to share with you this beautiful Yule morning:


Nov. 1st, 2011 04:57 pm
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Apparently, I just won 500 LJ tokens for a photo I submitted to the LJ_photophile Halloween Photo Contest. :)
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So back in August, I had taken a short break from all the packing and cleaning and such to snap a few photos:

More photoey goodness under the cut... )

That red and blue LED growlight is so much to shoot with.  :)
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Adelaide, South Australia

South Australia Whale Centre, Victor Harbor, South Australia

Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia

Morialta Falls, Adelaide, South Australia
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Inspired, in part, by conversations with [info]swankivy , I've decided to put some effort into maintaining seasonal displays. I've put up displays for specific seasonal holidays such as Samhain, Yule, and Ostara before, but I've never put up anything for Midsummer. That changed not long after my Midsummer stay at the beach.

Below is my first Summer seasonal display, featuring sea shells, gathered during my Midsummer vacation, and one very cute stuffed lobster toy:


Jul. 7th, 2011 05:58 pm
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Guess who came to the beach with me!   :)

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Sorry this comes a bit late, but I wanted to share with you a couple images of both the egg I created for our Ostara ceremony and an arrangement I created for my seasonal altar.

And, yes, that silhouette IS a cut-out. It's my first go at this kind of sculpture. Mistakes were made along the way, but it turned out not too bad, no?
More photos here... )
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I recently purchased a lovely little 3" bronze resin statuette of Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Healing and Compassion. She now has a home on my primary altar. She's so beautiful and serene that I just had to share.  

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For Imbolc, my offering of inspiration was delivered in the form of a Brigid's Cross engraved onto a small, polished piece of hematite:

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Here's another post I've been meaning to do for a while.

It's a little photo essay on one of my houseplants, a croton petra. I call it my Crayola Croton, for obvious reasons.  :)

More pics under the cut... )

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This photo shows the first Jack-O-Lantern that I've carved in YEARS. Perhaps not the most technically complicated one I've carved, but very likely the cutest. :)

Happy Samhain! May it be filled with pleasant reflection of the past year and and joyous expectations for the next!

Blessed Be!
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As part of my ongoing efforts to improve my photography, I have assembled a collection of my top twelve photos, of which I will endeavour to replace at least one of each month. For more about the history of this project, please see this post. 

Last updated: September 21, 2010

My Top Twelve Photos... )


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