Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

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“Sometimes the perfect image comes to life by simply changing your composition, and photographing your subject from a different angle.”  ~ 

A little bit of spices and/or herbs can add wonderful flavors to dishes. Do you use spices for cooking?

WPC: From Every Angle

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Grows higher than soul can hope

Cee’s Black and White: Trees

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here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;

which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide

~ e.e. cummings

“i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)”

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I enjoy photographing trees. When I see majestic trees soaring to the sky, I often think of e e cummings’ poem “i carry your heart”.  He preferred his name abbreviated in all lowercase letters.

Submitting to Cee’s Black and White: Trees

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Throwback Thursday: A Good Heart


 Forgive yourself for the blindness that put you in the path of those who betrayed you.

Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad.

~ Iyanla Vanzant

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Mobile Photography: Challenger’s Choice


In a 2010 TED Talk lecture, “We Are All Cyborgs Now,” Case argues that smartphones — and the connection they represent to a global social network — have become more than just a device in our pockets but something closer to a digital extension of ourselves.

Thanks to Sally D (Lens and Pens by Sally) for educating and encouraging us to capture the beauty of nature, architecture, macro, B&W through her weekly Mobile Photography theme. :)

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Mundane Monday Challenge #21

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Pasta is not so mundane when you add cherry tomatoes, basil, and pepper/garlic.


I thought I’d experiment food photography for a change. I’m using my 50 mm lens again, still struggling.

Trablogger is posting a cool shot of a street sign, the string of a L shape street lights behind the sign is incredibly beautiful. Click HERE to get some ideas and guidelines.


To do foodie photography, I had dry pasta, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and basil spread on the table. While I was busy with making arrangement for taking photos, hubby came by. I explained to him what the mess was about, and made sure he knew I was working. :)  Hubby said, “I just want to know if we are going to have pasta for dinner.”  So, I made smoked salmon pasta for dinner. :)

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Salmon Pasta:

Sautée red onion, sweet red pepper, and garlic first, then add cherry tomatoes. Mixed it with cooked pasta and olive oil (I used linguine for this dish). Top with grated cheese (optional), smoked salmon, and basil. Voila! 

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Monday Walk: Castle in the Wilderness (Part 2)

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This is how the National Geo. describes the Fairmont Banff Springs:

“… a stone edifice with shining towers rises above evergreen forests. At its feet flows a torrent of milk-white foam. All around are massive, snow-gilded peaks. The image is wrapped in plumes of steam, like clouds seeking heaven.

Here is a castle in the wilderness.

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In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, three railway workers discovered a natural hot spring, and from there the park was born. Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations, spanning a region of unparalleled majestic mountain scenery.”

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The part 2 of the series is touring the second floor of the castle, where you can sit by any of the windows to get different views of the beautiful surroundings.

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A room with a view…

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The first day, I was up on the second floor with my camera before 7:30 am and thought it would be a quiet time for taking photos. When I got out of the elevator, I noticed the place was already crowded with tourists. The next day, I tried to get there at around 6:30 am, there were only a few tourists, but service people were everywhere busying with cleaning floors and windows, and many staff were running around in the hallways setting up for the upcoming conferences and formal parties of the day and week; and I was told politely not to take photos of those rooms. On our last day, I thought that was my only chance, I was ready at around 5:00 am, and sun was up already. It was very quiet, and I thought had the entire floor to myself, almost.

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The Fairmount Banff Springs has rarely been presented as a hotel. PBS had made special programs and the National Geo had a few articles introducing its architecture and history. The Castle in the Wilderness, Indeed.

This Monday Walk is in response to Jo’s Monday Walk theme. Take an enjoyable walk with Jo On the beautiful Waterfront, BRISTOL


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today was a Good Day

Lake Louise, Canada

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Colorado River, Austin

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When I was trying to take street shots, this bunch of students run toward my camera and were happily posing for me. :)

Today was a Good Day!

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