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Can I delete old blogs and media library and keep going or do I start a new site? Readers and fellow bloggers, what has been your experience?I cannot afford to pay. Sigh…Come visit me at my new site, janesheartsong, still with photography but tryig to stick to one photo per post.

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Back to Nature

I am a person who wants to get things done yesterday, especially concerning unpacking in my new digs. I settled for some balance and let the boxes be and drove to a couple of water spots in  or near the city. A lot of water fowl were not present : Pelicans, Red-necked Grebes, and Great Blue Heron, but the Ring-Billed Gulls, Double-Crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks and American Coots were still around. oh, and of course Magpies.The vegetation has changed considerably since before the move, not surprising  since there is a lot less light but I still had a bit of a pout for missing most of August due to packing..soon the leaves will be at their natural finest, in fact some are changing now.

It was good to get out and see some feathered friends and even a curious squirrel.it was great to play with the camera again, too.

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Mallard Duck in an Idyllic setting

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My New Home

It is tiny, I prefer to use the term “cosy” and i have my phone and computer set up-that is a relief. i have kitchen table and chairs, couch and living room chair, craft table that fits perfectly in the closet-YAY!

I have made a lot of progress but still a ways to go before I can call it settled in. Unpacking is like packing, it gets harder as you go, particularly with the last few boxes. At first there is room to put things away,  then it gets tricky. A lot of  contents are probably going to Good Will, Value Village or some other charity.

my first meal:Horrible quality of photos, must have been tired.

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view from my balcony-yay, trees!

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night shot looking northwest

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Soon I will pull myself away from this and get out for some real photography

A Quick Note

No photos, just a quick note that my move is complete. What a relief! Thanks to fantastic friends and even one stranger who showed up with vehicles and helped me complete the move in 1.5 hours.it was quite the feat without use of a phone but we did it. there was a higher power guiding this, it all came together so smoothly. Due to timing, the phone company technician missed me (he showed up too early and I hadn’t given written permission for entrance to my suite to the office.)  so I won’t get my phone and computer hooked up until Thursday. No photos either, but did go for a bike ride today to explore the neighbourhood.

Going to grab a nap now. Be back soon. 🙂

What Happened to Summer?

It has become chilly out, only temporary but a reminder that the hot weather won’t last forever.My thoughts are with those who are suffering from the effects of the many forest fires across our lands. It is green here in the city but many trees are chaging colour due to stress from lack of moisture. the leaves look wilted, too.

I am moving to a new neighbourhood and my computer is full to almost bursting so I will upgrade but not until the next month or month after. It makes it hard to go out and shoot away so am slowing down photo ops and replacing them with packing.Not as much fun,I tell you!

in the meantime, here are some photos from the summer months.

Belly dancers at the Heritage festival

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scenes from EdmontonFolk Music Festival

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A Visitor on My Hat

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Main stage- Edmonton Folk Music Festival

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bark abstract from a walk in the woods

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A Weekend of Music and Fun

I volunteered at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival recently and enjoyed seeing people from my crew again  and enjoyed listening to new artists that were previously unfamiliar to me as well as seeing some familiar ones. I came away from the experience feeling creatively and spiritually inspired. Here are some shots from the weekend.

Here’s from behind the scenes in the kitchen where food is prepared and served up to over 2,000 people per meal at the peak of the festival.

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the food is fresh and delicious.

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And outside, facing the hill.The stages all face hills in the ski club in the middle of the city..

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Some of the musicians Oysterband and Mike Farris

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Final Act of theFirst Evening with the City in Background

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Fledged Sora

While visiting a wetland boardwalk in St Albert, of course I was looking for Soras, but got a few peeks at a young one. It was wary but curious, too. It would run, which was orgininally what caught my attention, then hide, but back up to take a peek. There were a few fuffly feathers and no colour to its bill. That and its behaviour led me to believe that it is a young one.

It walked through the open spaces so I got a couple of looks at it.

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The Colours of Summer

When the bright spring green disappears, and summer arrives, there are other colour combinations to delight the eye. I can’t believe that July is almost over. I want to get out more and capture various light conditions and the birds.

This is what I have seen lately: the changing of the colours of the grasses and shrubs, the ripe berries and the duck weed and algae in the ponds.

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the red leaves and berries
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duck weed inthe ponds

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yellow flowers

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combination of grass and leaves of trees

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shrubs and bushes

Pelican Landing

There is something that captures my attention and sense of wonder as I see an American White Pelican soar into sight, gliding with its wide wings outspread and circling the area as it gets lower and lower. Then the feet stick out and foreward before it hits the water creating a large wake behind it. This one landed at the platform where other pelicans and a couple of cormorants were lounging and in one motion heaved itself out of the water onto the raft. (I missed that shot  as well as the first one when I first caught sight of it to one side of me.) When they are gliding alone or as a group they are so graceful.This one stood out from the rest-it was huge.

A nod to the two cormorants who are holding their own.

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It Was a Good Party

Out of a lot of choices for Canada Day celebrations, I chose the activities at the Alberta legislature since I could ride my bicycle  and meet my friends there.

My friend Nolan liked splashing in the pools, as did his mom and I,  and got some wicked splashes in though because of the camera couldn’t indulge more fully.We listened to some music at two different stages.One stage was beside the legislative building where we could sit in the shade of some trees, and get up and dance, a beautiful spot for a concert.

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Nolan checking out the waterfall that goes under the bridge.

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Booming Tree Taiko

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In the shade listening to The Royal Foundry

We filled our water bottles at my favourite fountain that had three heights, one for filling bottles, one for kids  and adults and one a few inches off the ground for dogs. What a great idea!Whenever I saw people with thirsty dogs, I told them about it.

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I felt very grateful for our freedom to gather in this space designed to be public-friendly, for the presence of the police who keep us safe, and the openess of the government that allows for the public to swim in the pools, walk the grounds and celebrate out country’s birthday.

We were hot and tired so all went home after some good fun, then after my nap (yes, I had a nap) I went down to the river valley above the golf course to watch the fireworks. I don’t have a phone so couldn’t listen to the music that accompanied the lighting of the bridge but will say it was a great display of pulsating and running lights of all colours.I enjoyed the fireworks too, happy with my photos but slightly disappointed in my focus. I put the camera in Manual setting,same with the focus, and set the shutter on bulb for longer exposures, f18-22 for larger depth of field and ISO was 800 and 400 respectively. A bonus that I wasn’t expecting was  the full moon! Live and learn!

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