This week in pictures: cows, fat, fairs, flowers, clouds, boats, and nuts (oh my!)

by DaniGirl on August 25, 2012 · 2 comments

in Photo of the Day

And the theme in this week’s pictures shall be, “Oh look over there! Something colourful!” *snap*

When I took a photo course earlier this summer, I mentioned that I spent most of the time with my 50 mm f1.4 lens on my camera. I adore that lens! The instructor said a simple way to push your creative limits is to change up your perspective by using a different lens for a while, so this week I carried around my beast of a 35-70mm f2.8 lens on my camera instead. The 50mm weights 229 grams (about 8 oz) and the 35-70 mm weighs literally three times that at 660-odd grams. In fact, the lens weighs almost as much as the camera! All that to say, um, I’m not sure what I was trying to say after I googled all the camera and lens specs. Maybe that my left side is now stronger because that’s where I carry my camera? Or that my door frames now have larger divots from when I bump into them with the camera (you’d cringe if you saw how often I did that.) Um, no, it was that I did in fact find it useful to change up my perspective a little bit, despite the sore left arm.

But first, an iPhone picture – this one has no special filters or post-processing. The clouds really did look just like this over a farm out in the rural south as I looped my way out to Stittsville the back way on the weekend.

Crazy dramatic clouds over Manotick today!

I came across this guy playing with his nuts on a stump and loved how he was perfectly silhouetted against the sun on the river behind him – and that he was nice enough to freeze in terror just long enough for me to snap a shot!

Breakfast interuptus

Now that summer is creeping into fall, the morning fog is often thick between Manotick and the airport, where I found this cow noshing on some wildflowers.

Cow wandering through the wildflowers with morning fog

I was driving to work past the Rideau Canoe Club one morning and the colourful kayaks caught my eye from Hogs Back Road, so I pulled in and started poking around with my camera. Oooo, colourful! (Beloved and I want to get a canoe one of these days. Any advice for finding a good one that’s big enough for a family of five but would still be maneuverable by one early riser with a camera?)

Kayaks at sunrise

I walked by this downtown, got about fifteen feet down the sidewalk and went back for the picture. I mean, I know I ate a lot in Mexico last week, but don’t you think this is a little personal?

Ahem. Are you trying to tell me something?

I bought this adorable little bottle and wire basket set for less than $10 at my new favourite antiques and reproductions store, Gendron’s Antiques in Stittsville. OMG, how have I driven past this a hundred times on Carp Rd and never noticed the giant red barn? I also bought a barn star for my porch and made a wish list about as long as my arm. The yellow flowers are from my garden, about the only thing that survived the drought.

Yellow flowers

This is by far my favourite photo of the week. We went to the scaled-down SuperEx at the Rideau Carleton Raceway last weekend, and mid-morning on a Saturday you can see how busy it wasn’t.

SuperEx fun

It cost us $16 for the boys to win a $5 Pokemon stuffie, but getting this photo was worth every penny… and seeing the big boys happily let Lucas keep the stuffie, and Lucas sleeping with the darn thing every night this week, makes it just about perfect.

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1 Tracey August 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

We bought our dining table at that antique store in Stittsville! A LONG time ago! The table has reclaimed flooring as the top on reproduction legs. I haven’t been there is so long- thanks for reminding me. I’ll have to pop by the store soon.

2 Anonymous August 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

you wrote- “I came across this guy playing with his nuts on a stump and loved how he was perfectly silhouetted against the sun on the river behind him ? and that he was nice enough to freeze in terror just long enough for me to snap a shot!”

i read that w/o looking at the photo and you can imagine what i was thinking! a guy playing with his nuts..hmmmmmmm.

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