July 2015

Fireworks are part of of every Canada Day (July 1) celebration. I love that some flowers look like fireworks when in full bloom. Here are some to enjoy this month.

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These wildflowers are blue-bead lilies named for the blue fruit that remains on the stem after the blossoms have died off. They are not poisonous but also not very tasty.

My apologies to those of you who were looking for the calendar before it was up. I’ve been delightfully distracted by the first time gathering of all 6 of our grandkids. 🙂

happy growing family


precious infant girl
We are thrilled to have a new grand daughter. She and her sister live a 2 1/2 hour drive away from me so every moment we can be together is precious!

I had the privilege recently of capturing her during a nap.

Lightroom Develop Mode


The above image has been post-processed.

When I first uploaded the RAW files, I was a saddened by the harshness of the images. The clarity emphasized a mild rash on her skin.

In Lightroom, I found a couple of settings that softened the overall look.

As you can see in the lower portion of this module, under “presence”, I reduced the clarity quite a bit.

By reducing vibrance, the shades of colour lighten a little.

Reducing saturation I got an even softer, lighter look.


The image below shows the original image on the left and the adjusted image on the right.

It turned into a much sweeter, dreamier image, don’t you think?

Lightroom softening before and after

family love

Ontario celebrates Family Day today with a holiday while we celebrate the addition of a precious grand daughter to our family.
Macy, you are a delight! My heart can hardly contain the love I feel for you, your big sister, Baylee and your mommy and daddy! XOX
newborn grasp

Little visitors

This past week end was a holiday week end (Victoria Day aka May Long)- considered the kick off of summer for Canadians.  We were treated a couple of special little visitors.

Friday, we found this shy little Snapping Turtle on our beach.

Here’s his relative size to Lindor’s paw print. It couldn’t have been bigger than a dollar coin!

More importantly, our son, daughter-in-law and precious grand daughter came to spend a few days🙂

Love you forever

Thirty years ago today, we received a precious, priceless gift.  She brought with her and still holds for us a world of love and laughter.  Happy Birthday, Krista!

About the wrapping…

Christ’s birth is really a celebration of God wrapping all that He is in a tiny, human form.  The baby Mary delivered would become her Deliverer and ours  We are all alienated from God because of sin but can be forgiven and born into His family through faith in His birth, death and resurrection.

[Christ] being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize Him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children not born of natural descent nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” John 1:10-13 (NIV)

Have you received Him, believed in HIs name, become a child of God?