Sunday, February 28, 2010


I can hardly stand it. The snow we have been getting is clinging to the branches, just asking to be captured as one of winter's last shots. But it won't stop snowing long enough to get out there. I've been madly cleaning the house, trying to get the restlessness out, but it's not working. I desperately want to go out and take some pictures. I just don't want to risk ruining my camera in the process. If I'm lucky, the breeze that is creeping up will not knock all that beautiful snow off before I can get out there.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Picture Perfect

If ever there was a perfect winter morning for pictures, this was it.

A light snow had fallen through the night, coating each branch with white fluff. The clouds drifted away while the sun peaked through, creating a glow at the tops of the trees.

If only I hadn't had to work...

I knew it was pointless for me to grab my camera and try to get in a few quick shots before work; I could so easily have become lost in it. Maybe next time.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Note to Self

It is not productive cooking practice to become mesmerized by the shape and colour of a red pepper, thereby forgetting about the food that is on the stove.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Time Flies

A couple of nights ago I dug out some old photo albums. It had been awhile since I'd taken the time to look through the kids' baby pictures. My son, my daughter, and I curled up on the couch with these memories on our laps. Even though I know time flies, and I feel every day how fleeting their childhood is, I was amazed at how quickly they've grown. The baby faces have turned into child faces, their eyes a little more knowing and their bodies growing.

My children were keen to talk about the things they remembered, and hear stories about the ones they didn't. The pictures speak of moments of laughter and love, smiling faces and silly ones too. Firsts: First Christmas, Halloween costumes, visits to the beach.

We will add to these albums as they grow; as time moves on, we will continue to run for the camera to captures those moments.

So we can remember,

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Enriched by Photography

I am fortunate to teach at a school that values enrichment for all. Tomorrow, we begin a new block. It will be the first time for some of the students at Parkwood; others are looking forward to continuing the tradition.

Of course, I am teaching photography, teamed with another teacher. We will introduce the digital cameras to students from 5-12 years old. It is as fun for us as it is for them.

View my wikispace at where I share some ideas for ways to teach photography to children. It is a great way to teach kids to slow down and notice the world around them in this increasingly busy world we live in. I believe this can help them to focus amid other distractions, and to learn to appreciate the little gifts of beauty around us.