I dropped Project 365 this year, am really enjoying a weekly photography challenge over on flickr (also hosted by PJ), and recently decided to add a monthly Photo Blogging Challenge to the rhythm of things.
The overall idea is to take photographs throughout the month (not a problem as I take at least one camera along pretty much everywhere I go) and then create a blog post to share your five favourites.
This first month (March 2013) the theme was “My World.” I interpreted this to mean things I like to do and places I like to be.
1. My Kitchen
One member of our family has multiple anaphylactic allergies. The silver lining in the diagnosis is that we eat almost exclusively home-cooked-from-scratched meals and home baking. I often spend two or three hours a day in the kitchen. My guess is that I try at least 4 or 5 new recipes each month. This month, I added four new recipes to the rotation, including this soft pretzel recipe from things we make.
2. My City
Calgary’s city centre is pretty compact and very walkable. I usually head downtown once/week and try to make time to walk through the large city park at the north end (the vantage point for this photo). It’s almost impossible to make the walk without spotting at least one of Calgary’s unofficial “birds” – the construction crane. The skyline has changed quite dramatically since I moved here, with the dramatic Bow building (on the left, with the “X” external girder structure) one of the most recent additions.
3. West LRT
The newest leg of Calgary’s Light Rail Transit system just opened in December and it’s made a huge, positive difference in my life. Not only is it quick (40 minutes to city centre including the 20 minute walk to the nearest station), but I arrive at my destination a lot less stressed and I get some exercise with the 2 km walk to the station and again on the way home. The bonus is that the new stations are quite attractive and are equipped with push-button trigger infrared heaters to keep passengers warm on the coldest winter days.
4. Canadian Rockies
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir
The mountains are all of that for me. I start to go a little nuts if I go more than 3 or 4 weeks without surrounding myself with the beauty and majesty of the mountains. Enough said!
5. Anywhere Out and About with the GeoKs
Although the GeoKids are often reluctant to get underway, once we’re all out hiking, biking, snowshoeing, walking, geocaching, or whatever, we almost always have a good time. In March we enjoyed several walks in and around Canmore, a couple of winter hikes, a photography lesson and a visit to a museum. This photograph was taken using the 12 second delay, while we were eating lunch at a viewpoint overlooking Peyto Lake, a short hike off the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park.
I`m looking forward to learning what April’s theme will be. Maybe you’d like to join in?