Project 365: Portraits and pretties and rampaging pumpkins

by DaniGirl on November 5, 2011 · 6 comments

in Photo of the Day

The days are getting shorter and the light is low in the sky, but it’s been such a beautiful, mild autumn that almost all my pictures were taken outdoors this week.

On the weekend, I had the great pleasure of meeting the Pietersma family. Have you ever seen the Victorian tinsel and gorgeous tin stars that Lee Valley Tools carries at this time of year? I am totally addicted to the stars and they’re one of my favourite holiday decorations (that may creep out into the house for everyday decorations one of these days!) After our session, I was delighted to find out that this family makes all those stars and the tinsel. Isn’t that awesome? It’s not every day you meet a tinsmithing family! (And also? Incredibly charming. I hope my boys grow up to be as polite as these big boys were, and the twins were good as gold as well.)

310:365 P family portrait

No big story to this one. It’s a vine snaking over the brick wall of one of the many cobblestone courtyards in the Byward Market. I just liked the colours and form.

314:365 Vine

Speaking of colours and form, more low-hanging fruit — erm, leaves.

313:365 Leafy

I saw this tableau out of the corner of my eye and very surreptitiously grabbed this picture shooting from the hip. I loved the pattern of the boots but didn’t want to freak out the strangers wearing them by being obvious about taking pictures of their feet!

309:365 Boots

I wonder if there’s anything worth examining in the fact that I am fascinated by things that grow in ditches? I’ve admired these weedy things for weeks. I love how the setting sun plays in the puffiness of whatever they are — kind of a cattail/wheat/bullrush thing? (I am such a city girl.)

315:365 Breezy

We had such a good time on Halloween that I ended up with a bunch of snapshots, and only mediocre ones at that, but together they paint a pretty good picture of the fun we had. (Halloween this year further reinforced my theory that it’s actually still 1975 in Manotick. The boys ended up with things like full-sized chocolate bars and cans of pop in their loot bags, and at one point a pumper truck from the Ottawa Fire Department was driving around the ‘hood handing out candy! And also? I beamed with pride for days after watching how well-mannered they were in trick-or-treating, and hearing people comment on their well-manneredness and cuteness. We’re doing something right!)

311:365 Halloween 2011

And speaking of Halloween, did you hear about the Giant Pumpkin Rampage?

312:365 Pumpkin lockdown

It was an epic struggle but Farmer Brown finally managed to get the giant pumpkins back into their cages under lock and key. God help us if they ever escape again…


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Valerie November 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

don’t knock the old standby’s. I love that ivy picture – the contrasts of colour and texture are lovely. The leaf one, too, is a fave. Glad you had a good Halloween. Despite your house troubles, it does sound like a wonderful place to LIVE.

2 Valerie November 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

oh, my captcha said it was actually 1983 and you should be growing hemp. šŸ˜‰ This captcha told me to give you that information, LOL. (information is one of the only “real” words I’ve had from a captcha!)

3 Paula November 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

So relieved that the pumpkins are no longer on a rampage. Good old Farmer Brown! Photos are lovely, Halloween looked like a grand time and nothing is ever mediocre about your pictures.

4 lori November 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I grew up in Manotick, delighted to hear it hasnt changed..full sized bars and cans of it!

5 Christina @ According To C November 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’ve been visiting your site for couple of months (after the shout out in Canadian Living); you take such beautiful pictures! What kind of camera do you use?

6 DaniGirl November 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Thanks Christina! I mostly use a Nikon D7000. šŸ™‚

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