She can’t seriously still be milking those crab apple blossom photos she took last week?

Oh yes she can!

crazy crab apple bokeh

Don’t worry, I’m about done with the crab apple blossoms. But the irises are almost open and I just planted snapdragons and LUPINES!!!!


I have always liked this quote, and when I heard that it was coined by Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin, I liked it even more. It seems to fit the dandelion well: the fragility, but the ubiquity. (And, truth be told, I feared maybe you were getting sick of dandelions, so I thought I’d kick it up a notch.)

The days are long, but the years are short.

The Happiness Project has been on my “to read” list forever. I love the concept – you make your own happy, something I truly believe. Have you read it? What did you think?

And don’t you find with every passing year that those years seem shorter and shorter?


Can you tell I had fun with the crab apple tree in the front yard? I’m sad that I never got to take advantage of it as a backdrop for portraits, but delighted that I got to take advantage of it as a subject for portraits!

Apple blossom petals, stamen, stigma and style

Now I’m knowledgeable about apple blossom parts – those bits sticking up are the pistils, and the yellow bit on top is the anther. I love how the various parts of the blossom and leaf swim into and out of focus, depending on where the very thin field of focus falls, to give you hints of what exactly you’re looking at but not the whole picture.

I may have one or two other crab apple blossoms yet to share. The photos seem to have a longer lifespan than the blossoms themselves!


I took this photo on the weekend, and didn’t get a chance to upload it before my computer turned into the dreaded blue screen of death. It blue-screened on me once and restarted fine, but the next day it crashed utterly and completely and I couldn’t even re-boot it in recovery mode. It took a call to Apple support and a trip to the Genius Bar, and my MacBook was diagnosed with a failed graphics card – 64 days before the three-year Apple Care warranty was about to expire. Long story short, I was saved a $750 repair bill and had to deal only with four and a half long days without my computer. I missed it so! much! While it was at times liberating to not have my computer calling my name rather constantly, my life is just too big to comfortably share on the four inch screen of my iPhone!

And so, here is the photo I took Saturday and didn’t get a chance to share with you.

crab apple blossoms

Ironically, just five days later and there is nary a petal left on the tree. The blossoms are so lovely, but so ethereal. I didn’t do much processing to this – the neon colours are more or less as nature presented them under my macro lens. The sharp edges come partly from the sharpness of the lens itself, and partly from a bit of a torque to the sharpness in post-processing.

I really love the contrasting colours though! What do you think?



dandelion seed head

This may be my favourite dandelion portrait ever, and I love how the grass was rendered creamy smooth in the background. Weeds? Maybe, but pretty ones.


Why yes, in fact we ARE still playing with the dandelions.

Lucas BW

Just wait until you see the fun we have when they go to seed!

Are you still diligent with your spring weed control or have you too ceded to the dandelion invasion?


Photo of the day: Mini mushroom

13 May 2015 Photo of the Day

I almost overlooked this eensy-beensy mushroom growing on a stump, but when I saw it, I was completely charmed by it. Doesn’t it look like the kind of place fairies might hang out to play?

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Photo of the day: Lucas in the dandelions

12 May 2015 Photo of the Day

Companion piece to yesterday’s photo of the day: Uh oh, I don’t have a third one in the series and I cut the grass. We’ll have to go find someone else’s dandelions so I can make my triptych! It’s portrait season and the porch is open for business. I’ve got new gear, new props and […]

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Photo of the day: In the garden

10 May 2015 Ah, me boys

He’s as tall as me, all lanky legs and limbs, and his hair might be a little longer than I’d keep it if I were in charge of the scissors, but he’s still willing to humour me and my relentless camera. I love that you can see vestiges of the toddler he was and hints […]

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Photo of the day: Amateur tulips

9 May 2015 Photo of the Day

So I’m kneeling at the edge of the tulip bed in a skirt with my iPhone, trying to frame this shot without exposing my netherbits to the spring sunshine and I’m aware of the dude who has come up behind me with a tripod and ginormous lens but I’m almost done and I’ll soon be […]

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