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Fun Times With an Inspiring Artist

We just had a few days hirl (hangout in real life) with a great friend and inspiriting wood artist, +Cynthia Carden Gibson​. If you don't know Cynthia and her work, check out her beautiful collection "Two Artists One Vision”, on her profile, which is on the featured collections list. It is a treasure of collaboration art between Cynthia and wood artists around the world.

We all hope you come back soon, Cynthia! Joni keeps looking for you and Rupert is sulking in his bed. And Steven and I are consoling ourselves by scoffing the rest of the chocolate tart.


I am missing my Canadian fur friends, Rupert, Molly and Joni as well as their Mom And Dad, +Ellie Kennard​ and +Steven Kennard​ after arriving home from my visit to Nova Scotia. Lovely times with special friends!! Many thanks, Ellie and Steven! 
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It was so very nice to get to meet her and view some of her beautiful work.
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Happy International Kitten Day!

You didn't know it was International Kitten Day? Well when you have a cute pile of kittens like this, every day is International Kitten Day. And when the kittens are just next to your bedroom in a bed and breakfast, your holiday just doesn't get any better!

I'm back from my vacation time and have lots of photos of our trip to share as well as stories waiting to be told. I also have a new project I'm planning to share with you all very soon. What does this have to do with kittens? Not a thing, but who needs an excuse to share photo of cute kittens? Not me.

View the image full size on my site: and the animals gallery is here .

For a good mood image on #MoodyMonday #MoodyMondayPhotography #MoodsOfMonday #MyMoodyMonday +Moody Monday Curated by my friend +Alen Ianni
+HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson #hqspanimals
#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET
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+Ellie Kennard​​ Most welcome dear Ellie. I will remove my comments concerning my product from this particular post. Thanks for kindly letting me know.

Sincerely Yours
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Beetle Coming up Roses

This handsome but voracious Japanese beetle photographed in Maine at the botanical gardens is obviously on a path of destruction. Even though he was bent on the destruction of this lovely rose his beauty is what I saw first. See the full size image on my website : And he fits very nicely into the Tiny Wildlife gallery on my site:

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+Jean Chang hi Jean! How could I forget? Your videos were always a delight to watch, we still quote from them to each other sometimes! How are you doing? I'll write you a private message so we can catch up.
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Looking for a Home

Ladybirds, ladybugs or ladybird beetles* are usually associated with the outdoors, climbing up plants and flowers in their bright hard shiny shells of red and black. This little one will not be staying there for long as the weather was becoming too cold and had crisped the leaves of this plant, one of the signs that it was time to seek shelter before winter arrived. 

Here in Canada, these insects cannot survive in the months of winter cold and so they all search for a warm place where they can stay safe and wait for the spring. Somehow, despite the screens on our windows, they manage to get into our house where they choose to lodge in the top corners of our cupboards and bedroom walls and ceilings, where they congregate in big heaps. I don't mind seeing them there as they always remind me that if they can be patient just sitting there waiting for the winter to pass, then so should I. 

As the days start to lengthen and the warm sun streams through windows, they begin to wake up and start to stretch their little legs and wings, preparing to start their new cycles, raising their young in the great outdoors. While it's still too cold outside, the ones in our house take  their daily (and nightly) exercise in our bedroom, landing on lampshades and even on our faces at odd times in the night.I was shocked when I realized that they have a little nip to them when they are upset (when you accidentally brush them off your face too roughly when you are woken up by them!)  I like them much better when they are outside, like this one.

You can see the full size image in the post here: and all my tiny wildlife will be displayed on the gallery linked below.

View my gallery "Tiny Wildlife" at this link on my site: where you will also see other galleries begin to appear.

* Ladybirds (UK) or ladybugs (US): From Wikipedia: "Entomologists in the United States widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not true bugs."
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I Love ladybugs... This is an awesome photo. Thank you so much for sharing nature 💞👍👍
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This beautiful dog, named Zoë really seems to be saying in no uncertain words "This is my baby"! I was visiting my friend with her tiny, gorgeous new baby, Scarlett when I met her lovely, year old dog Zoë for the first time. She was boisterous and determined to jump all over me in her excitement. For the first time I tried out the famous "don't look at her, don't talk to her, don't touch her" trick of the Dog Whisperer (Cesar Milan). We both were amazed at how quickly Zoë relaxed and calmly sat to watch me. She was still and quiet while I moved around, letting me take her photograph (she didn't see my eyes looking at her behind the camera), while little Scarlett and her mum chatted with me. After she calmed down (Zoë I mean) we had a good pat as her reward!

I love those eyes that look at us with warmth and wisdom.

I'm so sorry that I have neglected my postings lately. I have been very busy after my bout with the flu' helping with the Camera Basics mentorship. I hope to get back to resume my regular programming once the mentorship is over in a couple of weeks!

My posts are all on my website:

For +HQSP Animals​​  curated by  +Andy Smith​​ +Nicol Eh​​ +Shannon Adelson​​ #hqspanimals
and for  #Animalia (+Animalia​​) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET​​
and of course #woofwednesday   +Woof Wednesday​​ moderated by my friends +Sandra Nesbit​​ and +Debbie Drummond​​ 
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Beautiful dog 
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We Two Are One Three

A little while ago we were asked to provide a recent photograph of ourselves. It was supposed to be taken out of doors (it was cold at the time!) and to show some context, with Steven's workshop in the barn. We tried different places that we thought might work but nothing seemed ideal, so in the end we decided that the doorway to the workshop would be the best location. We set up the camera on the tripod and discussed how we thought we should be standing. I didn't want to be bundled up in a winter coat, tempting though that was, so settled on a light jacket. Steven wanted Joni in the photograph and asked me to hold her while he set the camera timer and ran back to his place in the scene. Joni really did not want to stand still and was squirming so much that I was forced to let her go as the shutter clicked leaving two blurred figures out of three.  

Take Two

"Forget Joni", Steven said and so we prepared again and he ran back. As he did so I called her name once.  She ran straight up to me and sat as you see her. As the shutter clicked she had just begun to turn her head toward the camera, but at least she is shown here as part of the family and not blurred. The Kennard family at home!

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Awesome photo my dear friend G+ friends.

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Official Dark Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Tart Day

(If it's not kittens it must be chocolate.) Got this one in before it was cut!

This is a true collaborative effort:
Food stylist/culinary/set designer - +Cynthia Carden Gibson  Pastry chef - moi. Flower picker, lighting technician - +Steven Kennard But I took the photograph. :-)

#teacoffeechocolatefoodclub +Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) by +Andrea Martinez +Rob Heron (I hope it's still being moderated)
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+Steve Gard there is: It's not a sweet tart, just s warning. We don't eat a lot of sweet stuff.
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We are enjoying a trip visiting friends and family and the time spent sitting as a passenger can be such a lot of fun when I decide to play with the light and the scene and the camera. This was taken using multiple exposures (6) and an 'additive mode' for the technically minded. The resulting file was then inverted (as if it was made from a positive into a negative) which gave this interesting result. To see the full size image go to my website: and to the website gallery: and of course all of my posts are on my site:

Enjoy your Sunday everyone, if you are travelling or staying at home.
This is a blur suitable I hope for :
+HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels #hqspphotoart
and one of my favourite themes: #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
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thats good so when are you coming to uganda.
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Diaphanous Crocus

We only had one patch of white crocus this year, so I decided to take several exposures of it and combine them to give one of my favourite effects, which I think distills the essence of the plant, while giving a translucence and delicacy to the flower petals. Spring is supposed to be on the way, but with the world weather patterns shifting there is every chance that we might end up once again buried under mounds of snow. Well, perhaps not every chance. And hopefully no chance at all. Please. Just some sun and warmth. With no black-flies or mosquitoes. (I can dream.)

Enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather!

I am trying out a new method of sharing, to adapt to the new Google photos (changes coming on May 1). 

You can access a larger version of this image and see the full "When Life is a Blur" gallery on my website here:
and the posting is here: .

My offering for   #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday  +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​ by +Alex Lapidus​ +Julianne Bockius​ +Jetski​ +Patrice Christian​ +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski​
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Agreed, Ellie - the effect is just wonderful, I love it! :))
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The world has lost a great musician this week so somehow purple seems to be the appropriate colour in memory.

Seeing a grouping of African Violets in a multiple exposure image intensifies the experience as they are photographed from multiple angles and combined. This one is a lovely rich purple with beautifully contrasting yellow centres. The tiny hairs on the petals seem to be highlighted by this process.

I am trying out a new method of sharing, to adapt to the new Google photos (changes coming on May 1). 

You can access a larger version of this image and see the full "When Life is a Blur" gallery on my website here:
and the posting is here: _ .

Alex said that things are running a day behind for  #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​ by +Alex Lapidus+Julianne Bockius+Jetski+Patrice Christian+Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
So here is my offering for that theme!
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Thanks +Denera Owens 
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A Posy of African Violets For Your Sunday

I love the multiple exposure of small flowers and this one of a pink African violet I have on my window sill is one I took this week. I love how it seems to distill the various flowering stages into this one image making it seem to be a small bunch, a posy of colour and light!

Enjoy this on your Sunday wherever you are. It is sunny here, if still quite cold and I am going to take Joni and have a walk on the beach now that the tide is on the way out. I hope you do something as relaxing for the rest of your day.

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For  #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
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Thank you +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski!
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Seeing Into the Heart

I had taken this photo of Joni a few weeks ago (just before we were hit with the horrible flu virus that has kept me silent for weeks). I wanted to post it, but it wasn't until I made a reply to a comment from someone on a post that I had the thoughts right for what I wanted to say about it.

You see, you look at this picture and you see a dog, someone else's dog. If you like animals you might like the photo, especially if you are a Border Collie fan. But you can only see so much. The picture shows bright shiny happy eyes a snowy face, obviously from a time of play, clean white teeth (could be scary for some). But you can't see the heart of this dog the way you can with your own.

What I am saying is that all dogs are special to their owners who love them and who have seen into their hearts. So when I look at your dog in a photograph, as lovely as it is, I only see a small part of this special animal. It's a bit like an iceberg. So much is hidden beneath the surface. Isn't that the same with us all? You have seen some child misbehaving, perhaps, pitying the poor parents as you see them struggling. They alone really see into the heart of this child and know the beauty hidden in there. Or a good friend of yours might be going through a rough patch and when someone who doesn't know them very well is taken aback by a careless (or cutting) remark, you understand and stick with your friend from the love you have which opens your eyes to see into their heart. You see below the surface.

So I hope you enjoy the photograph of this dog. My dog. When I look at it I see the heart shining through in her eyes. I see a smile. 

(I am not sure where the new Google+ is taking us with photos, so am sharing the Definitive Joni album in the hopes that it might encourage people to browse the other Joni images if they want!)

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#jonithebordercollie #bordercollie #dogs 

#Animalia (+Animalia) curated by +Adelphe BACHELET

#woofwednesday +Woof Wednesday by +Sandra Nesbit and +Debbie Drummond
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Very very cute, I l💙ve Border kolie
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Partner at Innovative Imaging Studio, working with Steven Kennard (Shadows and Light Photography) as well as Steven Kennard Turned Art and Sculpture
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Canning, Nova Scotia
Sarlat, Dordogne, France - Bramfield, Suffolk, UK - Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK - Helsinki, Finland - Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK - Arnprior, Ontario, Canada - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Words and Pictures is what I am about.

I am a founder member of the Google+ Create Program created by Google for creative people.

I am the "Farm Friday Girl" as I am co-curator of the Farm Friday Photography theme along with Steven Kennard and Susanne Stelle.

My G+ Policy:

** If you have circled me and want me to add you to my circles (and I don't know you personally), the best way to make me interested is to make comments on my postings. (I have so many people adding me that I have not got time to go through everyone)
1. Please be using a real name or a professional name and display a real picture of yourself.
2. I like to see your profile contain some information about yourself (reasons I might want to add you) 
3, It's important to have made some public postings (more reasons I might want to add you)
4. Don't add me to market to me.

You won't find profanity on my postings or comments - even from others. If you do, I have had my account hacked. By the same token, if you use profanity on your postings or comments I won't circle you. I just don't want to see it in my stream.

Why would you want me to circle you?

In the words of Plusser Giselle Minoli  -  "... Ellie Kennard, is a kind of G+ "midwife," coming to assistance of so many people who are new on G+ and showing them the ropes, sharing information, tutoring, guiding. She is a self-described photo "snapper," who facilitates the appreciation of so many different arts on G+ aside from just photography, but other visual arts and she is brilliant and kind and generous in her commentary, which is a gift in my view." - Thanks Giselle.

I am one of the Women of Google+

** If wondering what circles I might fit into check out my public postings and see which is the best fit for yours.

I don't post nor take part in religious, philosophical or political discussions. It's not what I'm here for.

About Me:
Born and brought up in Montreal, Quebec, lived in England, Finland and France before returning to Canada. Work extensively with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and also teach classes in these, and in colour management in digital print work.

Feature interview on Women of Google+

I am also a birdwatcher and love to cook (real food) and bake (particularly artisanal breads). So feel free to include me in any circles that cover any of my interests.

Music is important to me and fills my environment all the time. I love the music of Ron Sexsmith, Elvis Costello, Teddy Thompson, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Peter Gabriel, Nora Jones etc etc. I particularly enjoy well performed live music.

I am also on the Google Plus User map.
I am also CREA+IVE  - check out this listing for other fascinating CREA+IVES to circle.
  • TMS
  • Watford School of Technology
    Advertising Copywriting, 1968 - 1969
    "Elevage Equin" Equine management and breeding, 1994 - 1995
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