It’s a Sunny Kind of Day

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature & Wildlife Photography

This weekend will be filled with floral photography workshops, first with Lotus blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens, and then the following day Sunflowers at McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

Preparation is always essential in photography and even more so when I’m leading people on a photo field trip. So earlier in the week I spent the time to visit each location to spend time getting my own captures and to get a lay of the land. McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area is set along the Potomac River in Poolesville and is a very popular place for visitors to get beautiful images of sweeping fields of sunflowers.

The sunflower fields are planted for wildlife management and provide essential sunflower seeds for a number of bird species. Once again, an o-dark-thirty departure lead me to the sunflowers fields just as the sun was coming over the horizon. After a few wide sweeping landscape…

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In the Cool of the Garden

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

Notes From the Hinterland

Still. Everything is quiet in the hot afternoon sun. The birds are hiding in the deep shadows of the woods, and only occasionally do I hear one call. The little boy next door has stopped running, yelling, and playing. No squirrel chitters, no chipmunk squeaks. Barely a car goes by. People are already where they want or need to be.

Meanwhile, in the cool of the garden, that brute of a hosta—Frances Williams—blooms.

Minerva, the little cat, waits until nighttime, when she can romp in the dark, and no one will see her.

Except for the small bird, who watches and waits, ready to take off at a moment’s notice.

No matter the temperature, the garden is a mysterious place.

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new harvest this week in the veggie garden – peas!

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

Fresh Digs Garden Blog

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Plus I am still eating lots of lettuce and arugula, although they’re both almost finished now.  How about you?

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RAINING EAGLES

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

Welcome to Tofino Photography

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This was the last shot for the evening.A unexpected localized rain shower dampened my photographic hopes. Romeo seemed fine with it!

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Natural landscapes: from the river to the peak

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

FRANK KING PHOTOS

SUNRISE ABOVE THE ATHABASCA RIVER, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I visited this Canadian Rocky Mountain viewpoint in overcast conditions and vowed I would return when the weather was better. Fortunately, that was the next morning. Truly one of the most spectacular scenes in all of North America; I made equally compelling vertical and horizontal photos because it’s hard to screw up a vista this stunning.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peak and sky.

Click on the picture for a larger view.

Want to buy this picture? Email me and I’ll make it happen! (fdking@hotmail.com).

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It’s Clematis Time!

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

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We got back from Michigan on Saturday, and I like to think that our various Clematis varieties had put on a show to welcome us home.

DSC_0325 Clematis ‘Jackamanii’

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Summer Reads–Don’t Miss the Greatest Books

I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

Happily Writing

If you’re looking for some summer reads, may I recommend this list?

The Greatest Books

If you haven’t already discovered some of these, you don’t want to miss out on some excellent literature.

Many years ago I found a similar list. With a goal of reading one or two from the list each year, I started with some books that I thought I could stomach: romances by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, My Antonia by Willa Cather, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (only because it was very thin).

All of them were fascinating. Who knew?

Then I got brave and read some that looked endlessly boring and painfully long–The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes–only to be pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to read and how hard to put down (Don…

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