Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Photo Dump

"The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist,
but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking."
- Brooks Atkinson -

Everyone needs a creative outlet to expressive themselves and exercise the right side of their brain. Some favourite pastimes include writing, sketching, painting, playing an instrument, quilting, scrapbooking, needlepoint, crochet, woodworking, cooking, gardening, cinematography, acting, dancing, sewing, electronics, and on and on. It doesn’t matter if you are exceptionally good at these artistic outlets or not. What matters is that you are immersing yourself in them and enjoying the craft.

One of my most cherished creative outlets, as you all know by now, is photography. Below is another round of random photos from this favourite pastime.

"Ehh...what's up, doc?"

Pretty roses spotted during an evening stroll.

A piece of wood opening up its eye to watch me. Creepy.

Nemo the cat pondering life.

Lots of boat lovers parked in the downtown area.

Visual eye candy in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

"Open Sesame"

Even dogs enjoy boat rides...especially when wearing a life preserver.

There is always something nice to see along country roads.

A bee, butterfly and hummingbird magnet in the garden.

♪♫ Splish Splash, I was takin' a bath... ♫♪

"I've had it... I'm running away from home."

What is your creative outlet?

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful. The story's that trees can tell. A beautiful shot of a beautiful natural occurrence.
    Its all in the eye.

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    1. It certainly is all in the eye. I enjoy taking pictures so much that I see something everywhere I look. It's a lot of fun.

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  2. Nemo! I want you!
    Weathered wood had got to be the best for background and also all by itself. really good shots Martha.

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    1. Isn't that cat just gorgeous! And so wonderfully friendly. And isn't it amazing how the strangest things can be a photograph to someone who loves taking pictures?

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  3. The boat picture really looks like you stepped back in time. So pretty!!!

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    1. A camera can transform something simple into something spectacular. I think that's why I love photography so much.

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  4. love your photos! I can tell that this time of year you are out and about and snapping away!

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    1. Yes, this is definitely the time of year that I'm out about about snapping away like mad!

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  5. Lovely photos Martha! Where was the old lock? And I love the bunny! We have an overabundance of little grey bunnies this year. They run up and down my street like they are tax payers and have rights! :) My e-mail in francie.mcglynn@gmail.com You are heading to Niagara???

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    1. That lock was in Smiths Falls. We have visited so many of them since last year. Some are more beautiful than others.

      We are also overrun with bunnies in the area. They are all over the place, especially in my garden...eating everything!

      Just sent you an email with more information. I hope it works out and we meet!

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  6. I really like that opening quotation -- so true! And my fave photo is the knotty eye!

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  7. I so look forward to your "photo dumps" Martha! Your pictures are absolutely wonderful! Keep on with your creative outlet!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! That is very kind. This is one creative outlet that I will not give up willingly.

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  8. I enjoyed every single one of them! Wonderful.

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  9. I like them all! love the splish splash and always, Nemo....

    I used to have a bead shop and enjoyed making jewelry ... I also enjoyed playing the piano and singing. I'm not very good at any of those undertakings ~ well, I was very good at buying the bead shop stuff. ;)

    I can clear a room in a nanosecond when I go to my keyboard...

    works like a charm. ha

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    1. Hahaha...I am laughing with your comment about the keyboard. But I bet you play better than you think. We are often our biggest critics.

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  10. lovely photos...I love to blog, art, news, foodTV...

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  11. Lovely series of photos. I take so many photos, file them into all sorts of folders, but not sure I use them the best way I can. I do print many photos and frame them, I use lots of my site, and critique the ones I take so that I can get better.

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    1. You probably have an abundance of images like I do. Eventually I'd like to sort them out and pick favourites. But there doesn't seem to ever be enough time.

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  12. Martha, it is amazing how your photos have gotten more and more amazing since I started following your blog. Nemo's photo is amazing. Some of these should be in a gallery!

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    1. Thank you, Ana, that is sweet! I have taken so many photos that sooner or later I have to get better at it... :)

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  13. You have posted a lovely collection of photos. You obviously spend lots of time with your camera and your computer.

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    1. I spend a lot of time with my camera. And I do enjoy my computer, but not for very long periods. I prefer to be outdoors.

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