Everyone Should Have a Manifesto

Easy to make if you have some Photoshop knowledge and fun to do.

It’s nice to print and frame where you would see it every day.

This is actually an assignment for my Beyond Beyond class with Kim Klassen and this particular one is for DAY 21

I think I ‘ll make more of these … it’s sort of addicting … like Scrabble or Crosswords.

More to come …

Enjoy your weekend and Happy 4th of July to my US Friends!! Have a safe weekend!Joys Manifesto 2013


So Long Maple Family

I am really bummed. My favourite Maple trees across the street were cut down last week. They live in a tree nursery and the owner decided that because they weren’t selling and getting too big, he would cut them down.
I didn’t think in a million years they would ever leave other than being sold. I’m so sad =0( because I used to take these shots every fall … the most glorious colour. I am going to miss this wash of colour … will have to go hunt for some more but this was nice being so close.

When I captured this image, I had a neutral density filter on, I think 800 ISO because it was near dusk in the shade, and I used the Multiple Exposure setting panning up and down. I do think I only had it on three shots though …. so long dear maples … there were eight of them … I think this will spark a few ideas to bring more of what I took last time into some artwork.


The beauty of dawn never ceases to take my breath away …
Everyone on the world should take more moments to see the beauty around them … there would be far less ‘unrest’ on this planet and more preserving what our planet offers us by promoting our lives into being nourished by such wonders.

This was taken a couple of years ago. Found it and reworked it to enhance and add a little bit of magic to something already magical.
Photoshop, Lightroom, and onOne Perfect Effects were used … but sparingly to bring into the image what I actually felt at the time. The fleeting moments of dawn as in twilight …. nothing better.

Walter’s forest has seen many a dawn and lends me a perfect backdrop for such scene.

Have a lovely week everyone!
I must get to posting a proper blog post one of these days … I’m all out of whack at the moment.

Til the next one …
xo Joy

Nurture Your Spirit

Behind this line of overgrown Christmas trees ….

The large stance of Douglas Fir, Pine, Cedar, Spruce, Hemlock, in the background covers about two blocks in width and about a block in breadth. We call it the Fairy Forest (to my Grands) … and in March is it is where the Leprechauns hang out. It’s quite dense once inside and you really feel like you are in another world. The quiet is deafening, the air is thick with fresh evergreen scents (imagine being inside the Christmas Tree or inside your cedar chest!) Good for your lungs, good for your soul, good for your heart.
Years ago, I took two of my grands there and we spent the good part of an hour each time. They ran, cavorted, used down logs as balance beams, sat inside the hollow tree, found evidence of Leprechauns … yes really, =0). We learned about growth, decay, life, death, age and nourishment. I loved being a part of that with them, I love that this forest is close to me.

This is Walter’s forest … that’s the owners name. He pops by my house now and then to use my driveway to access it so he can go check out what might yield new firewood, damage that might have been caused from the kids, and the like. He brings us homemade cookies (by him) as a thank you … my, are they ever good. He bought the property eons ago to build a house for his wife then she didn’t want to live there so it sits as it was some forty years ago. The area has always been quite forested and still is in some parts. I love that about here. I can get this and be near to the ocean … I’m good forever!
I haven’t been in there for quite some time. Maybe this spring I’ll take my 4 year old granddaughter in. There are fallen logs, hollow trees, trails made by the high school kids nearby, brunt out stumps (vandalism), a trail that leads to the next road over, small wildlife, and the canopy is almost thick enough you cannot see the sky. When the sun shines, it casts rays through the branches and places dapples of light here and there …. it really is magnificent. If I go in late spring then there will be new life sprouting up … sooooo green. I think next time I go, I’ll take a little bucket to bring back some cedar chips for my closet … naturally made =0).

Until then I can dream. I must look back at my archives to find some images from within … I get so busy with everything else I forget I did have my camera with me a couple of times with the kids.

Painting the Dawn

As a photographer, I seek moments in life that allow me to breathe.

This morning (which was Jan 24th) where the dawn brought an inversion weather phenomenon was worth getting out of my nice warm bed … trek out to the back of our property to watch the mist meander, lift, fall, dance …
Is this not what we should embrace in our life? Is this not what our soul needs to become nourished? … I think so.

Too much unrest, distrust, disillusionment, in our world. Too many people trying to dispose of the beauty.

If each person could rest their eyes on such beauty even for a moment per day, … do you think it would bring us closer to peace?
If each person in the world would rest their eyes on such beauty for a moment each day … all over the world, … Peace could be possible. Peace starts with you.

Now, you see, … I’m not a morning person but this particular morning, my husband woke me to tell me to look out of the window. Well … I’m thinking to myself, I should get my you know what out of this nice warm bed and go shoot this and at that time it was blazing orange thick fog over the the trees in the foreground with the tops of the large firs etc., towering above. Most of which are 100′ plus. It moves so quickly, I knew … it would surely go away by the time I get ready to go … oh yeah, it’s about the equivalent of two blocks to the spot I want to stand.
But … I managed to dress, unload images on my card beforehand, remember to get the battery off the charger and into the camera and off I went.

I took a series of images while it was moving and stood there in awe as I always do in such moments, feeling blessed that I had this opportunity … more so that I got my rear out of the house to shoot the beauty.
Winter always drags me down but soon as we get into January I feel the lift … it just happens. Even though January is basically the beginning of winter, I manage to find something to capture, unplanned, around my birthday which was the 22nd. It sort of marks the change in my mood. The light starts to stay longer …. I feel brighter, clearer, you know?

As I process a few more of this image I’ll add them I think … so you can share in the beauty. We all need moments of beauty …

I’ve always wanted to paint the dawn and today I did.
Quote by David Hockney:
I’ve always wanted to be able to paint the dawn.

Until the next time, be well,
xo Joy