Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo. – The Daily Post

I’m not exactly sure how to approach this topic to believe in but I took the original post’s inspiration and worked on looking up pictures with different scale/size relationships.

Not so much to say about this one but, search up the hidden objects here? Should be pretty apparent 😉

butterfly field

Butterflies and yellow flowers

squirrel and fence

Squirrel on the fence

ducks in a river

Ducks on a River

kungfu with kids

Martial arts session with kids

real and fake cats

Cats: Real vs. Fake

insect in flower

Insect in flowers

bees in flowers

Bumblebees and purple flowers

What do you think? On topic or off topics? I started losing track of contrast and scale after a while.. Haha! Still, some pictures for your enjoyment!

A little break from the Valentine’s Marathon, which is only returning tomorrow for a finale! But I’ll have a nice little Valentine’s themed post in the afternoon 🙂

Happy Friday, my lovelies!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, like me, by showing something (a dense forest, your lawn after a blizzard) that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom. Or go with a more figurative approach: use a deep color palette, play with your image’s depth of field, or highlight a person, a place, or an object to which you feel deeply connected. – The Daily Post

sentier des chutes

sentier des chutes

Going deep into the forest on a hiking trail, the breath of fresh air from going into something so deep into nature that its like a calm clearing makes us forget about the busy urban every day life and here’s where I feel deeply connect to nature.  I’m taking this past week’s theme to a figurative and literal interpretation 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Sometimes serendipity is the casual photographer’s best friend.  Today, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you. – The Daily Post

From last night :)

From last night 🙂

Not exactly a great shot but its the best one I’ve had of my cat sniffing the camera/my phone.  She loves attention and hates it when this little device is taking mine away from her.

And just a few recent random shots that I personally kind of like…because I never just use one photo for these challenges.

After a night of freezing rain a week or two ago

After a night of freezing rain a week or two ago

Fountain show at Complex Desjardins

Fountain show at Complex Desjardins

Not sure how any of that expresses myself but these were all random shots and events that I didn’t quite expect but just had my phone with me and caught a really decent shot of my surroundings 🙂

Hope you like it! Happy Friday, my lovelies!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Serenity (noun):
The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. – The Daily Post

This is right up my alley, right? Honestly, Tranquil Dreams could have very much also been Serene Dreams.  It just didn’t appeal to me as much.  When you see the word Serenity in Chinese on any items in stores, you are looking at a part of my Chinese name.  Isn’t that nifty?

Anyways, enough of my rambling.

Despite my blog name, I am not very serene because I’m a worry-wart.  Where do I get away from these things? Thats where my hiking trips come handy. Nature is where I find this. Nothing quite beats being engulfed in nature, surrounded by trees and especially bodies of water: streams, rivers, lakes, seas, oceans…you get the idea.  I just love the sound of water.  Its so calming.

Saguenay Lac Saint Jean

On the way to Saguenay Lac St. Jean, August 2014 at a viewpoint

Trou de la Fee

Green Corridor (Trail) on Trou de la Fee Park in Saguenay Lac St. Jean, August 2014

Sunrise Old Montreal

Early morning sunrise session in Old Montreal, December 2014

Finally, I don’t get hiking every day so my constant serenity comes from my sleeping cat.  She purrs *really* loud (more than normal) and she just calms me down when she does.  Its a little weird but it helps me sleep. So, here’s a little bonus picture…finding her under the covers.

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What makes you feel serenity? 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

For this week’s Photo Challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow, or you can play with the light and dark, and create a moody scene, or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way. – The Daily Post

biodome montreal

Biodome, Montreal High Lights Festival 2014

Hong Kong

Saigon Harbor in Hong Kong

Old Montreal

Shadows in Old Montreal’s playground

Lights

Front door light, December 2014 🙂

Low light or actual shadows, I have a little mix here 🙂 I don’t have a tripod so low light photography gets a little tricky. Most of these are taken with my DSLR except for the Hong Kong shot.

Weekly Photo Challenge: New

I’m back with Weekly Photo Challenge!

I totally didn’t do any of them in December and I feel horrible about it but its been ridiculously busy for December (life & work) and doing photo shoots just didn’t happen. I also had like this massive energy drop, hurt my shoulder and then writer’s block all combined together didn’t really help much.

Enough of excuses! New year means I need to get back to this because I have some photography things I want to do.

When I saw this topic: New. I thought about right away to December 25th when we (me, my boyfriend and our little kitty) celebrated Christmas at our new house/home.  Due to few timing problems, I haven’t officially moved in yet so my cat hasn’t either and we gave her the first taste of her house there.  I brought my DSLR that day to document the day because it is quite a special memory.

Exploring upstairs

Exploring upstairs, slowly and carefully

Staying alert

Staying alert

Later in the evening, finding a new playing spot

Later in the evening, finding a new playing spot

Which also was a perfect lookout spot

Which also was a perfect lookout spot

It was a day trip for her but its a new start thats right around the corner.

This is going to be the big NEW thing in our life this year.  Its a pretty nice feeling, even if there’s a lot of changes (mostly on the budgeting front).

This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: New.  To see more entries, check it out HERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”- The Daily Post

Seeing as I never got that post up on the Lantern Festival/Garden of Lights at Botanical Gardens.  I will continue to use those pictures for this challenge 🙂

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillon

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillion

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillion

Botanical Gardens

Water Garden

Botanical Gardens

The Great Pumpkin Ball

My guess is that the first one portrays refraction the best but then if its off a reflective surface well, all of these have some form of reflection and diverting light in some extent 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!-The Daily Post

On Tuesday night, one of my girl friends asked me to go with her to go see the Lantern Festival in Botanical Gardens.  This year the entire event is called Garden of Lights.  I had gone two years ago and rumor has it that this year is captivatingly beautiful.  We both headed over after work and got there a little before it was completely dark.

I will have a full post on this after I sort through more of the pictures but I did go to this event looking for dreamy pictures for this challenge 🙂

Botanical Gardens

Walkway going into the main Chinese Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Walkways in the Chinese Garden

Botanical Gardens

Botancial Gardens

Lanterns on the water

Botanical Gardens

A full view of the main feature

Botanical Gardens

One of the walkways

Dreamy is something that is obscure and mysterious, maybe a little dark and lots of contrast.  Something unreal and out of the ordinary.  This captures how I felt in the Gardens.  It was a beautiful, mysterious but so mystifying experience. It was definitely nicer than the last time 🙂

What does dreamy mean to you?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

For this challenge, share an image of a sign: it can be a sign near your home — a comforting sight after a long journey — a sign that doubles as art, or other types of signs that hold meaning for you.-The Daily Post

I took a little walk during lunch time around my work area while the rain took a little break from pouring (or so I thought). The signs reflects a little the city and the area 😉

Montreal

Dessert ad 🙂

Montreal Java U

Java U Poutine ad

Montreal Loto-Quebec

Loto Quebec

Dessert is one of the love of my life although I’ve waved goodbye to chocolate for a fair bit of time.  Coffee shops expanding to selling meal foods seem to be getting a tad desperate and well, Loto-Quebec Jackpot because everyone needs money. Haha! Random thoughts while I walk, I guess.

Don’t try to put meaning behind this.  I just snapped as I was walking around.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

It’s trickier to take pictures at night, but the rewards are well worth it…What nocturnal photos do you like taking? Whether it’s a starry sky, a street lamp, or the shadows cast by your cat, share them with us. Your shot can be outdoors or indoors, blurry or crisp, overexposed or ominously dark. As every owl (and night owl) knows, nighttime is when the real action starts. – The Daily Post

Montreal is a party city which means there are tons of night owls hanging about. With that, there are a lot of night activities.  A few always are at night, in February there’s the Montreal Festival des Lumieres (aka Festival of Lights).  In October, we have the Lantern Festival (with an eerie Evening Walking in Japanese Pavillion).  For the last few years, I even ventured to Upper Canada Village in Ontario for the Pumpkinfest.  So many events at night and I’m still looking for more 😉

This year, I have a few night festivals in mind along with revisiting the Lantern Festival as October plans.

Are you a night owl? Do you like to take pictures at night? What activites happen after dark in where you live?