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Welcome to My Heartsong!

My Heartsong came out of a desire to be true to myself and sing the song of my heart,to take the time to do the things that I love to do because I came to believe that to follow this call is to do the will of the Creator and it gives me great pleasure.(when one receives a gift,one must open it). An activity that feeds my soul is photography. I share with you my photos and a little bit about them. Enjoy!
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Getting A Closer Look at Nature

I like the big scenic shots outdoors as well as the closer views that caught my attention at Elk Island National Park. I took these with my 70-300mm zoom lens. I felt sad when I saw the withered state of the once magnificent dragonflies and damsels and chose to pay tribute.

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Autumn Scenes from Elk Island National Park

These shots are from a trip that I took to Elk Island National Park, just a 45 minute drive from Edmonton. It officially became autumn around 8:30 p.m. today. After that early snow we had a couple of weeks ago, the weather now is sunny, hot and the scenery  beautiful.We stopped at some of the roadside ponds at the side of the main road near Astotin Lake.

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 Later my friend introduced me to the Amisk Wache a trail that is new to me that I would like to get  back to at another time. It is a short trail, but not being up to too much walking, I was content to stretch out  on the board walk on one part of the trail and just look around.Very relaxing.Here is what I saw from this viewpoint::

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Take the Time

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Take the time to go for a walk. You will never know what is out there if you don’t. After the sun sets, take the time to see what happens next. it is worth the wait.

Last Days of Summer

After the cold and snow flurries last week and the inevitable whining, I felt so relaxed and grateful today as I walked along natural paths, observed  the changes in the trees and bushes. and watched the  squirrels as they hurried back and forth,  with mouths full of food , preparing for the inevitable cold days ahead.It was a good day to be out doors with temperatures back in the normal zone.

Except for a few territorial squabbles, and the odd chase by children, the geese mostly ate grass and relaxed. I took photos of the things that caught my eye. hope you enjoy my look at the world.

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So What is the Park Like Now?

Two weeks ago Hawrelak Park was full of people attending the World Triathlon finals. The pond, or lake, as the media called it, was treated with chlorine and some ducks and a few die hard geese stayed at the opposite end from where the activities took place, their feathers looking a little worse for the wear.I wondered if the rest of the ducks and geese had left permanently. The people who were responsible for  organizing, setting up and striking down all the equipment for the World Triathlon Finals did a phenomenal job and the grounds look good , the pond, er lake is full.

I returned today as it was my day off and it was  sunny and warm, a perfect day for the last bit of summer. The park was a good place to go to walk and take photos. No special events here today but people and water fowl were out in numbers, mostly  relaxing.

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Have been lying low today with upset stomach. I did look outside and saw snow falling. It is going to get warmer again. No photo of the white stuff-not going to give it my time.Just thinking of a nice warm fall…

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I had a visit with a friend the other evening to welcome her to Edmonton and we both got something we will not forget. As we came up out of the river valley, the sun was setting and rain was drizzling. There was a glorious double rainbow in front of us , in fact we could see the end of the rainbow right in the bushes below us. That prompted a lot of comments from passers by about finding “the pot of gold.”

My friend couldn’t get the entire rainbow in the lens of her point-and-shoot and my camera was at home a couple of blocks away so I ran as best as I could knowing that I might miss it all.The light had changed as had the position of the rainbow that had mostly faded out I still got some images of wonderful colour and light.

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Mixed Relay

Back to the World Final Triathlon in Edmonton that took place last weekend. It is over but I have been editing my photos.They love to be cheered on and the energy is infectious. In the mixed relay, each athlete swims 300 metres, runs to the transition area while taking off their wetsuits which is a feat in itself, mounts their bicycle for a 6.6 km bike course then runs for 1.6 km before returning to the water where they tag the next team member.

At the beginning of the relay race all the athletes start at the water together.

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Here they have left the water and are on their way to the bikes.

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Now they are getting on their bikes in the transition area.

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After riding 6.6 km they return the bikes and start their run.

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Then they return to the water area  where they will  tag their team mate.

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Some Glimpses of the ITU Grand Final

What an amazing day! I finally made it to the Final on the last day and saw the Age Group Standard World Championship race and the U23/Junior relays. Here are some photos from the events:

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No Shortage of Magpies

Here two magpies wrestling with a bone, possibly from a nearby food truck then another  flies to join them until it seems that the whole family unit is there. You can see groupings like this in every city block. The tails of the young are growing in and new feathers coming in, although the process is not complete yet as they are a little “patchy-looking.”

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