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Photo of the Day

Did you see?? The sun came out AND it was above minus 20 today. It was practically summer!! We celebrated with a walk on one of our favourite Ottawa trails, and were delighted by the number of animals who came out to say hello: pileated woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees, a merlin, a few playful red squirrels and then, to our delight, a big fat porcupine came sauntering up the trail beside us.

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

(I did not zoom in for this – in fact, I had to back up to get him in the frame as the porcupine sauntered past us!)

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

Winter walk on the Jack Pine Trail

It was a gorgeous afternoon out, made even more delicious by the recent spate of miserable cold.

If you’re interested, I’d love to do a few sessions of winter portraits out there before the snow melts and the trails get muddy. For any weekend in March, I’ll offer a spring thaw discount if you’d like to do a “feed the chickadees” family portrait hike at the Jack Pine Trail – $150 for the session fee, and you only buy whatever prints or files you want. Prices are listed on my photo site.

I’ll even bring the bird seed!


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Photo of the day: Think spring!

by DaniGirl on February 22, 2015 · 1 comment

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I got tired of waiting for spring to make even the faintest hint of an intimation that it was going to show up this year, so I took matters into my own hands.

Spring, goddammit!

Spring, goddammit!

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I am pretty sure I am the LAST person you expected to be celebrating Hockey Day in Canada. The boys wanted to go out and play for a while on our local rink though, and while an hour outside in the -15C plus windchill was not high on my list of favourite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon – we had a blast. Well, they had a blast and I took pictures, and everybody was happy. And when it started to snow but the sun was still shining through a bit? Well that was downright magical.

See? (Yes, we have a spare. Always good to have an extra kid around, especially one as sweet natured as this one.)

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Hope your Valentine’s Day was also filled with sunshine, smiles and love!


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Photo of the day: Simon in the snow

by DaniGirl on February 6, 2015 · 0 comments

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Simon’s turn for a portrait in the snow!

Photo of a child outside in the snow

Don’t you love his sweet smile and creamy skin?


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Photo of the day: Late afternoon

by DaniGirl on January 31, 2015 · 0 comments

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I was making dinner when I looked over and saw Lucas caught in the late afternoon light streaming in the window. I loved how the shadows made a geometric frame around him, but the contrast between the light and dark was so stark that the light areas were blowing out – it was so bright all detail in the light areas like his cheek were being lost. The black and white version was much more forgiving, and I think it shows off the framing shapes more, too.

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I love the way the late afternoon light comes into the house this time of year, not least because it means that spring is coming – eventually!


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Photo of the day: Ice flowers

by DaniGirl on January 15, 2015 · 0 comments

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Leftovers from our little ice storm last week:

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Pretty, but oh so cold!

(I’ve sent my main camera off for service. It’s been a week. I’m starting to twitch!!)


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Photo of the day: Pups in a pile

13 January 2015 Ah, me boys

Our darling old dog Katie arrived in our lives long before any babies did, and I think that’s why she always acted in a very maternal way toward them. Bella, on the other hand, arrived into a pack of noisy, playful boys, and it’s clear she thinks the boys are her littermates; never moreso than [...]

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Photo of the day: Family fun on the Rideau Canal

12 January 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

When the last of your Christmas family visitors happen to arrive on the first day that the Rideau Canal is open for the season, and they’ve never visited the world’s longest (or is it largest?) outdoor skating rink, and the temperature rises above minus 10C for the first day in a week, an extended family [...]

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Photo of the day: Owl in motion

10 January 2015 Life in Ottawa

You might argue that this is not a photo at all. It’s bits of two photos, actually, plus a filter, and a colour tweak, and some contrast. The snowy owl is from a photo I took about this time last year. Have you ever driven the roads south of town, around Eagleson or Barnsdale or [...]

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Photo of the day, #TBT version: Pining for summer in PEI

8 January 2015 Photo of the Day

It’s minus stupidly cold with the wind chill, and my darling Nikon has gone back to the mothership for service, so I decided to post a warm summer #TBT (Throwback Thursday) photo as today’s picture of the day. Then I realized that somehow I had missed including this, probably my favourite photo of 2014 (it’s [...]

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