Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other?- The Daily Post

Dialogue with photos is not my forte.  My brain can link the most weirdest things together. Except I just thought an occasion a few years ago that merits a bit of dialogue.  Its just two angles with one beautiful subject and they express the beauty that lasts a moment before it flutters off.

I’m hoping I’ll get to go back to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls eventually but here’s a little memory.

Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

I was quite the butterfly magnet that day because that conversation could continue right along to this…

butterfly conservatory

butterfly conservatory

Its a bit reversed as the last picture was the first butterfly that landed on me and then halfway through the above two landed on me at about the same time.  And that one on my hand, would not let me leave….

How’s that for dialogue? Not sure what it says but at least it tells a little story of my memorable day at the Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls in 2011.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

I’m finally back with one of these.  The past few have been a bit not my cup of tea or I’ve been too busy with other posts to do it.  However, this one involves pictures and I fully intend on checking out the March Phoneography but since I only have a dumbphone still.  I will be using this to learn a bit more about my tablet.

For this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, they kick off this March Phoneography with a picture…

For this challenge, we want to see a photo of someone looking truly happy. Not “I’m-smiling-for-this-photo” happy, but really, deeply, twinkle-in-the-eyes happy. When we’re smiling a genuine smile, our whole faces get involved — our whole bodies, for that matter. There’s a light in our eyes. We look relaxed; there’s a forced tension in a fake smile. Then we want to know why: what’s going on in the photo? What are you (or they) thinking about at the exact moment? (And if you really want to get into it: what happens next?)

I hunt through my old pictures as they requested to look for one of me.  I also had to put in my loved one, my boyfriend, because I captured that shot.  Its really hard to capture myself truly happy although most of the pictures I take, I am genuinely happy but to catch myself giggling to myself spontaneously is hard.  The most genuine is when we don’t realize..like when I’m baking…but then my hands are kind of full with hand mixers, spatulas, flour, butter, etc…Enough rambling on my part and let’s go!

My absolutely favorite and natural picture of my boyfriend giving off all kinds of natural happiness in his expression:

natural smile

This was in the summer of 2011 when we went on our Niagara Falls trip at Bird Kingdom.  That place is super beautiful and we went into this area with these little birds flying and chirping away in their mocked natural habitat.  They were all so adorable.  I don’t exactly remember what my boyfriend was looking at. My guess is probably some kids or some conversation going on while he was patiently waiting for me to chase or sneak up on birds and take millions of pictures before I got it right.  That is a natural smile right there.  He had no idea I was taking pictures of him until we got back to the hotel and I was checking out the pictures.

The other picture is full credits to my friend, if they see this post via Facebook, they will know who they are so thank you to my awesome friend or else I wouldn’t have these memories:

2012 party2

It was hard to choose which one for this but the one before is of me holding the actual gift I got.  Why not? I was asked to put one and then here’s two, why not three, right?

2012 party

Wait wait, back track…

Last year, I held a huge duo birthday party for two friends and also it was a huge party in general to gather everyone together.  What I didn’t know was that they had planned out a surprise for me.  Making me get a lot of attention that night.  One of my friends somehow snuck in two shots of me.  I think this is me really happy from actually holding a guitar that they all chipped in for me and then (they don’t know this) tearing up…I was really touched.  I don’t like attention but I do like feeling appreciated and loved by my friends.  Surprise, right? And that card made me laugh a lot too, because its pretty much cats meowing to the tune of Happy Birthday.  Whenever my cat hears it, she just starts sniffing the card, biting and meowing at the card to get those cats to reveal themselves.  Its pretty hilarious 🙂

Sometimes, its really these moments that you look back and you really smile.  I look back and I had a hard time choosing the moment to use. A lot had to do with the one party that I have a year for my birthday which I stopped doing huge.  This one was in April, well past my birthday but they all remembered, so that was really sweet.  Point being, I’ve been very fortunate to feel genuinely happy throughout the years and I have tons of pictures to show for it.  That thought makes me even happier.

Whats a moment that comes to your mind that makes you smile right away?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

We have learned on Friday (and many times before that) and reminded very often that life is delicate and fragile.  We must take measures to take care of those around us.  We strive to conserve the flora and fauna around us by setting reserves, national parks and conservatories.

In 2011, I went to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend and there you can find the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory (I attached the link, just click on it and it’ll bring you to the website for those interested).  It was the most beautiful experience.  You have 2000+ butterflies fluttering all around you.  It is their man-made habitat to conserve them from the dangers that exist outside.  They are in all sorts of colours. You can spend hours standing and watching and taking pictures of them feeding, taking off, landing, etc.  However, even in a conservatory, we had to be careful to not move too quick and hurt them.  Even with all these measures, there were some that still had little injuries on their wings…So prove that, life is definitely delicate, especially with these little beautiful butterflies…


butterfly 2

butterfly 3

butterfly 4

butterfly 5

This butterfly did land on me.  I had the opportunity of having 3 land on me during my entire stay and I was so nervous to hurt them. So I stood around until they fluttered off or when I moved, I did it even more slowly.

Life is delicate, isn’t it?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Ceilings are the answer to this.  Cielings and exterior walls of buildings are very geometric.  With lines and similar shapes that piece it together.  Architecture is a good example of geometry as you will see for a few of my pictures.



A cieling in the library of Alexandria

The spiraling stairs in a pagoda in Taiwan

This is one of my favorite dome-like ceilings.  Its the ceiling in the entrance of Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls.

While looking at the Niagara Falls picture, I got this one.  Aren’t ferris wheels quite geometric as well?

I think they are! So here’s one of the Skywheel in Niagara Falls.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

How do we define with is right and wrong?

Most times wrong is what is socially, morally, ethically determined that way by the society or the group that we reside or interact with. Wrong are mediums that cause imbalance and perhaps even destruction.

The most common form we see around us is pollution.  The factor that is ruining the appearance of our world, our cities and the environment.

These two were taken last year around the Trois-Rivieres area near a plant.

Below was in a lily pond in Niagara Falls.  Garbage ruined this beautiful shot…

In a more legally structured wrong, its when someone breaks a law and gets sentenced to jail.

In the same trip around Trois-Rivieres, we visited an actual prison museum from back in the days.

Taken within one of the cells was the male living quarters for someone who has been deemed wrong by the society for whatever crimes he has committed. On the walls, it says, ” I loved, I suffered, now I hate”.