Friday, December 31, 2010
Hope you all had a wonderful 2010 and I wish you and yours all the best in 2011. Happy New Year! May 2011 bring you health, happiness and lots of great photos!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Now things are set up for the photos to come and since my external HD has 1TB of space I should be okay for awhile.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Was doing some cleaning and organizing inside when I looked out the window and saw our flowering crab apple tree filled with birds. I quickly grabbed my camera, put on my boots and headed outside. I tried to be quiet but I was still too noisy. Just as I got close enough to the tree to 'shoot', the birds flew away. I was waiting quietly hoping they would return and my patience was rewarded. I managed to get some shots of the Bohemian Waxwings and some cute little Chickadees. As I was shooting the flock suddenly flew away. However, this time I was not the cause. I realized that the woodpecker now on the telephone pole was the culprit. He moved quickly so I didn't get a great shot but wanted to include him just the same. The experience was definitely more fun than going to the stores today and a lot less crowded.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Had a wonderful day with family and friends. Took some time out between visiting and eating to take some pictures of the decorated tree. Here are my three favourites. Any preferences out there? I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Stay safe and healthy.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I used the mosaic filter in Photoshop. I find it gives it an interesting effect.
Students are also working on gifts of writing. They are to write a poem, letter or recipe for someone and present it to him/her for Christmas. It's a nice idea I got from Nancie Atwell's Lessons that Change Writers.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Candied Fruit Slices (Cherry Pecan Cookies)
Cream 1 cup of butter. Add 1 cup sifted icing sugar, creaming well.
Blend in 1 egg and 1 tsp of vanilla.
Add 2 1/4 cups of flour (sifted).
Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of cut pecans and 2 cups of cut green and red cherries.
Chill for one hour.
Divide dough in thirds. Shape each third into 12 inch rolls.
Chill for at least 3 hours.
Cut into evenly thin slices.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet (Trust me. You don't need to grease it.) and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until edges are delicately brown. (approximately 13 - 15 minutes)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Although I saw many great pictures today this photo above stood out for me because it's a photo of a young photographer taken by another young photographer.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
One of our teachers has recently purchased a set of Zoob for his students. It's a big hit with students, boys and girls, who need to keep their hands moving and their imaginations working. The kids made all kinds of creatures and I was invited to take some pictures. I found this dinosaur particularly interesting. When I was talking with their teacher about this new manipulative he said that the only problem was once the students created something they didn't want to take it apart. However, I'm sure once a new idea comes into their minds they'll willing take the old apart to make room for the new.
Once again, I played with two pictures in photoshop. I'm learning but have room for improvement. What I want to learn how to do now is manipulate the lighting/shadows so that the mixture of the two pictures looks more realistic.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
It was nice to visit with friends and snuggle with the little ones. Hopefully, we'll be able to get together again sometime soon.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It's a big event and the Palais des Congres in Montreal is set up to welcome thousands of teachers. To make sure that we don't get lost on our way to the conference there are greeters set up at different points. The gracious greeter above has been doing this job for quite a few years. We see him every year we go and each time we see him he's wearing a smile and guiding people with a cheerful voice. It's refreshing to see such enthusiasm in his greeting whether it's the first person of the day or the 500th. I just can't help but smile when I see him so I thought I'd share that smile with you.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
If you are a Canadian and of a certain age, you would recognize the title of this shot as being the opener from a popular children's show called "The Friendly Giant." The giraffe's name was Jerome and his trusty side-kick was a rooster named Rusty. This fellow was made by one of our Pre-K students as a decoration for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. The theme this year is "safari". Each class contributes decorations to liven up the atmosphere of the sale. The kids are definitely looking up to the fun ahead at the fair.