The Lights of Rio Lane

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Christmas time is here … filled with love and cheer.  And you sure can see it over on Rio Lane.

Every year the folks who live on this circle in the north end of St.Catharines go all out to bring smiles to the faces of the people who visit them.  Starting on the first Advent weekend, all the homes and the circle are aglow with twinkling lights, balloon characters and the message of Christmas.

Those who visit get to help spread the Christmas cheer to those who are in need by contributing to the collection barrels placed along the street.  Non-parishable food items and toys are delivered each week to be given to families in need this season.

When I was a kid I loved it when my dad would drive us around the city at Christmas time to see the houses all lit up.  When we had kids, we just had to walk across the way to visit our neighbours on Rio.  On those winter nights when big, fluffy flakes of snow started falling it was absolutely magical!

Our kids are all grown now, but I still get a little excited when the lights are switched on for the first time each season.  It’s probably not enough to be seen from space, but it doesn’t matter.  I can see it from my front window and it makes me smile.  Merry Christmas, all!



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Pelican Brief

I am very blessed to be able to travel. I recently spent some time on the Riviera Maya, Mexico beside the emerald waters of the Caribbean.  Every morning we would walk the beach and every morning we would be greeted … Continue reading

Reflections a la Beckstead

I had a completely different photo shoot planned for today.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we had to postpone.  So, instead, I decided to play with the puddles a bit.

I recently attended a workshop with world renowned, destination wedding photographer, David Beckstead.  I was inspired by the use of reflection in many of David’s gorgeous images.  Though I didn’t have a bride’s reflection to capture, I had a beautiful bouquet.  And it didn’t mind a few rain drops.



To Everything a Season …

The great thing about where we live is the change of season.  Fall is my favourite.  The colours, smells and tastes that come with fall are magnificent!

Today I needed some solitude and found it amongst the trees at Ball’s Falls.  The sound of the rushing water and the birds in the trees was music to my soul.  Nature is the best healer!  Of course I took my camera along and here are a few pics of the beauty I found.


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A Year the life …

All sorts of feelings are floating around inside me as I write this last blog post for the year.  Excitement, exhaustion, a little sadness.  But most of all I feel contentment.  I count myself very lucky to have the family I do, the great life-long friends near and to have been able to get to know some wonderful new folks as well.

It’s been a year of learning and of examination for me as a photographer.  I send a BIG Thank YOU to the seasoned pros who shared their wisdom and time with me.  I’m in awe of your talent and skill and you have inspired me to become better at my craft.  You’ve helped me find my courage and I’m heading into the next year with new anticipation.

I’ve got some big events on the calendar for 2013, starting with Hannah & Keith’s Wedding, so get ready!

So here are a few of my favourites from 2012.  I wish all of you and your families the most Wonderful Christmas and a Fabulous New Year!


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