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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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Summertime and the Sky is Hazy

There are some nasty forest fires burning in Canada and the United States. In Alberta, where I live, there are 18 fires and over a hundred in B.C. The smoke travels far: in Edmonton the photo here shows a “sunny “day with a haze of smoke.It was much worse a few days ago when it seemed like night time.We are getting smoke from the Northwest Territories, from B.C. and from Nordegg, depending on which way the wind is blowing.

We had over a hundred fighters arrive from Ontario today to help with the various fires across the province. One fellow who was new to this thought it would be “fun”. Boy, is he in for a rude awakening!

I want to thank all the forest fighters , no matter where you are, for the hard work you do, with long hours, falling trees, exhaustion and dehydration a daily part of the job.Thank you for saving the homes of many. I thank all the people helping with evacuations and setting up centres for people to stay and for the people out there rescuing pets.It is good work that you are all doing.

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And this was a good day.The rain is helping.

Close-up of Field Flowers

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Since the flowers in my field guide are not always as clear as I would like, as are my photos,  I am guessing that rather than lupine, this might be Tufted Vetch. Gosh, I could start another blog on this topic of wild flowers alone, but not sure that I have the patience.

Fields of Flowers

On my way to the ponds I often pass through luscious fields of wild flowers and try to capture their presence in photos . Can’t say I know what they are, some may be clover or Alfalfa but I sure enjoy them up close and from a distance as a massive blanket of hues. I share them with you as best as I can, it was a little breezy.

 

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Oh, Just a Couple More

When the ruddy duck showed up at the pond, I was clicking away, if not always focused, but getting some good shots. When you get close to a bird, or it gets close to you, it is always, “Oh, just a couple more…”

So bear with me as I continue to show off the male Ruddy Duck after he came closer.

Interesting Display from a Male Ruddy Duck

I had no expectations of seeing this fellow but on this day had great luck with spotting the Ruddy Duck.He not only appeared, but also gave quite the show with splashing and sputtering , even coming closer than ever before.

I did not see the reason for this display until I looked at the photos after downloading them. It was then that I saw a female Mallard possibly on a nest.

See for yourself,as this male Ruddy gives quite the performance in this next sequence of photos.

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Introducing “Spike”

It was HOT today so I found myself heading for a pond that I hadn’t been to for almost a month. So many of the babies from the Mallard families  have grown up, though still in their family groups. One of the newcomers i nicknamed “Spike.”

He was the smallest of the siblings who were playing together mostly without the parents but when they showed up the young ones would beg for treats despite the fact they are able to forage on their own.The adult is busy breaking off reeds, perhaps making another nest or building the one they have.American Coots do have 1-2 broods a year but so soon?

Spike has a few reddish feathers poking out of his head apart from the mostly grey ones which is why I came up with the name.I could have named him “big foot.” since I think his feet have grown first.

Without further ado, here is Spike,a baby American Coot.

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One of “Spike’s” siblings.

By the light of the Moon

Now that the hullabaloo over the fireworks has passed as has the opening night of the show of lights of the High Level bridge, I returned to a park where I could take some photos of both the High Level and the Menzies bridge which serves as a way fare for both pedestrian  traffic and Light Rail transit. Usually I like my lights sparkling but not the moon. Will have to work on that.

I used my tripod, put settings on “Bulb” and kept the shutter open for 5-10 seconds with the ISO at 100.

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Bridges-Filling the Gap

Bridges are playing a major theme in our city lately. Two are being torn down to make way for new ones.Another, the High Level Bridge, has been adorned with over 50,000 lights to entertain us in the dark of night.

Today’s post focuses on the 102 Avenue bridge that joins the west end to downtown and stands  beside the Royal Alberta Museum. It is more of a functional bridge than “pretty” but that does not make it any less important.The 102 Avenue bridge is over a hundred years old and spans a deep ravine.It has flaws and weaknesses and needs to be torn down. The road under it is a major road as is the the one that runs over it. so that means temporary detours for Groat Road as well as the bridge road for  the next 15 months.

It has some flaws but as you can see in these photos , the structure still has strength because it didn’t fall apart as easily as expected. The clean-up is going to take longer than first estimated.I felt it important to record some of this moment in time.

I am looking from the museum side to the High Street shopping area off of 124 Street.

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It feels like Summer

When I go to a pool and wade in the water with a young friend, it reminds me that I am living in the days of summer. Cold refreshments to keep hydrated, wading pools to explore in and find leaves,  the smell of the peonies in the garden, listening to live music by Asani. Life is Good.

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Fireworks for Canada Day 2014

I was so excited this year, I looked up articles for taking fireworks and scouted spots ahead of time. When the evening came, I arrived 1 hour ahead of time to find that my first couple of spots were already taken but found p”plan c” and planted myself in position, checking the lens, set to manual focus and battery. I held down the shutter release in some cases as long as 19 seconds, periodically covering the lens opening with the cap to get multiple images in one shot. Sometimes it was blown out but got a good effect in a few.
The nice thing about a shutter release cable is that I could watch the fireworks live. It was fun and I got a kick out of the line-up of photographers dotted around the hill at different levels. The people next to me were newcomers to Canada and we hugged each other and I welcomed them. meanwhile they were recording and sending texts or emails back to their relatives.

I discovered a new feature here in WordPress. I put the photos into a” gallery”. if you click on one, a slideshow opens AND you can see the exposure settings.
So here are a few from last night:

Steve Boer Photography

Mostly wildlife and nature with a few random things thrown in

Nature and Wildlife Pics

Nothing in Nature is Alone

€merald Wake ©

❤ Diary of Artistic Visions - Art likes to hide in the dark ❤

Krahnpix

wild photos and the tales they tell

Rangewriter

What Comes Next?

caleephotography

Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)

booknvolume

For the Love of Words, Laughter, Inspiration (and the odd sexy split infinitive.)

Ted Griffith's Blog

Seeing the beatuy of God's creation and His Word

Bella Forza Portraits

Portraits, for women facing serious illness, which celebrate: Strength.Beauty.Grace.

I'm pretty sure I can Fly

If I forget about gravity...

Ian Spagnolo Photography

Photography by Ian Spagnolo, Coffs Harbour & Sawtell

1500 Saturdays....

...before I die and what I'm going to do, photograph, think or talk about on those days.

El Bueno, El Feo y El Malo

Capturing the good, the bad and the ugly of lesser-known Spain and now Malaysia.

Joshi Daniel Photography | Images Of People

Photoblog of Images of People by Joshi Daniel

One Blink One Life

Smiling, Laughing, Looking

phoblography

an outlet for my photos

Dan Jurak's Alberta Landscape Photo Blog

Musings on photographing the Alberta landscape.

Garden Walk Garden Talk

The Greater Garden of Nature

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