Monthly Archives: July 2011

This is My Backyard…

My Dad and I hiking on a ridge by Sunshine Meadows in the Rockies - our greater backyard!

What’s yours?

My selfie for this week’s “In your backyard” Selfie Saturday.

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Mountain Panoramas

I love the Canadian Rockies and I love that they are so close to me! This summer I’ve been trying my best to take advantage of this by going hiking as much as possible. I’ve already gone four times and will go for a fifth tomorrow. I haven’t felt like many words lately, so I leave you with these panorama shots I’ve taken. Please click to enlarge the images!

Bow Valley from Castle Mountain

Rockbound Lake at Castle Mountain

Lake Louise

Bow Valley by Lake Louise

Lake Agnes by Lake Louise

What have you been up to lately?

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River Edits and Random Brain Dump

1. Mr. Bean and I went and saw Harry Potter tonight and it was great! Two things: Neville Longbottom is all kinds of epic and Snape’s flashbacks make me cry. I guess a third thing too: Snape is one of my favourite characters because he can be so hilarious and I somehow always end up liking the characters who are good the whole time without people realizing it and who make sacrifices for other people.

Motion for the Crazy Days of Summer

2. I planned a nice date night for us last night and it included ordering pizza from a new pizza joint that supposedly had gluten free pizza available. (I was quite excited to get the little brochure guy in the mail and see that they had GF stuff!) Naive me assumed that since they had GF pizza crusts that the ingredients that they put on them would be GF as well. WRONG. I ate the pizza and it didn’t taste good, but silly me completely ignored the symptoms. I wondered why I felt terrible and tetchy (and poor Mr. Bean had to deal with me!) I finally called the place this afternoon to ask whether the meat they put on the pizza was GF or not and it turns out it wasn’t. (Unsurprise!) I kindly explained that I had a reaction to it and that I wanted them to know as some people react more severely to gluten and they could get extremely ill and/or potentially die so could you please do something about it. At least she was very apologetic!

I guess it shows that while people are jumping on the GF wagon, they still have no idea why people are GF and what’s involved. It’s not just a fad! Please learn from me and ask about everything that goes into your food so that the legions of the brain dead won’t make you sick!

If you live in Calgary, don’t order GF pizza from Olive Grove pizzeria in Stadium shopping centre in the NW as they apparently have no idea what they are doing. According to Mr. Bean the gluten-tastic pizza wasn’t that great either.

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Hosted by Cecily and Lolli3. I’m really glad that Mr. Bean and I went out swimming earlier this week as it was a balmy 12C here yesterday. Needless to say I didn’t do much outside.

4. My mom left to go work in the field for a few weeks and now my dad has been calling me to chat more frequently. I think it’s kind of cute. Apparently their dog is a mountain dog – she went on a 15km hike with a very large elevation gain with my dad. I’m hoping to get some of the pictures of her on the ridge as they are probably quite awesome!

What’s on your mind?

The above photos are my edits from this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit Summer theme. You can see my SOOCs here and the rest of the edits over on Ashley’s blog.

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Summer Fun: Swimming in the River

5 pm

Ah… Summer. One of my favourite things about summer is swimming. I LOVE water and I’ve always been a water baby. So much so that I’ve gone swimming in alpine lakes and glacier fed rivers like the one at my parent’s cabin. Luckily it’s been super hot over the last two days, so swimming in a cold river is more of a treat that anything. (Who am I kidding? I’d probably be in the water as long as it was above 15C and not raining.)

8 pm

Our usual “swimming hole” is a whirlpool deep enough that you can’t touch the bottom. Yesterday, I went swimming by myself while my mom did a bit of work. Unsurprisingly, she had to come and tell me to stop when was time to head back into town. I was having too much fun!

Who knew my leg went that high while I dived?

Tonight, Mr. Bean and I headed out there for dinner and to cool down. However, our plans to be cooled down by swimming were foiled as a thunderstorm came through and did it for us. Being me, I was still determined to go swimming despite it being cooler and much later in the day, so understandably our swimming was much shorter than the day before!

I’ve been on a bit of a panorama kick lately, so I couldn’t resist making one of our swimming spot. I really like it, but I’m curious to see if anyone can spot evidence that the panorama is a composite.

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What is one of your favourite things about summer?

See all the other summer themed Straight Out Of the Camera shots for this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit over at Jill’s Blog!

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Stampede Fireworks Edit

Well, it’s technically not an edit as I just put the photos in the CoffeeShop Shadow House Storyboard as per the tutorial on Ashley’s blog about adding frames.

It kind of helps give it a bit of a western-y theme, don’t you think?

I also want to thank all of you who left comments and encouragement on my previous post with the SOOCs of these photos! It means a lot of me that you took the time to write out your encouragement and advice! 🙂

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