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Eilles Tee : The Pleasures of Everyday Things

To introduce my new collection "Everyday Things" and in honour of the theme by the same name, I want to share this photograph of these everyday objects in my cupboard that are special to us. The story starts with a trip to Germany and a stay in a small hotel in Karlsruhe. The hotel is small, clean and comfortable, run by a friendly young couple who were always pleasant and more than helpful. They serve the most copious and delicious selection of food for their breakfasts, including a wide choice of speciality teas and excellent coffee.

After the first few days of our visit I began to appreciate more and more the little touches that made our stay one of comfort and pleasure. One of these was in the breakfast room where there were delicate glasses with handles and special filters so that we could make our own tea from the selection in the tins. On each table were small white porcelain holders into which you placed the filters when your tea was brewed to your own personal satisfaction. The colours of the various teas - from a deep rich brown through a golden amber to a pale almost colourless light liquid, each looked more delicious in those lovely clear glasses. We seemed to enjoy them even more because of these delicate glasses. It was such a civilized way to enjoy morning (or afternoon) tea. Each glass had "Eilles Tee" discretely etched on it.

We searched through the town to try to find some of these tea glasses, with no success, even in the Eilles store on the main street. We then looked online, but couldn't find them. Eventually we asked the managers who told us that they are normally reserved for hotel use only. When he saw our disappointment. this kind man offered to order some for us, so that on our next visit we could pick them up. He did exactly that and we brought them home. So now every day we remember the relaxed, comfort of that hotel and have the little touch of luxury in our own breakfast tea ritual. We, too, have a good selection of speciality teas, from green and china and smokey to herbal combinations and each one tastes better because it is served in these beautiful glasses. And they hold warm memories for us of our visits to that wonderful part of the Black Forest in Germany and the friends we made there.

The other day I looked at the glasses with their filters and porcelain holders  in the cupboard . A foil bag holding tea leaves was reflecting the light in such an interesting way that I thought they should be caught and shared with everyone who likes 'Everyday" but special things.

My posts are all on my blog at http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS​ curated by +luca lancieri+Barbara Manciulli+Nynke B+Boba Musura​
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This is beautiful - the more I look the more wonderful details I find.  Nice, Ellie :-)
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Bee Trap

On the same afternoon when I photographed Steven doing doughnuts on the tractor while cutting the grass, I stopped to take a look at the wild flowers growing at the edge of the lawn. The black and white project is to feature 'living things' for tomorrow and I was looking for subjects. As I stood there, a bee flew in to feast on the nectar and I quickly focused to catch a photograph of it. Just then, taking both the bee and me by surprise a crab spider dropped from its hiding place and pounced on the poor thing. It seemed to bury something into the bee that surely paralysed or stunned it and then it twist it in its legs, presumably while it proceeded to suck it dry, which it apparently does. There was nothing I could do but continue to watch and photograph as by the time I knew what was happening the bee was finished. Later, when I got to see the pictures I had taken, the first one, a little out of focus from my haste, showed the bee about to land and,  almost completely hidden, but just about to descend to attack, the spider. I had not been aware of it but the camera had caught it.

So here is my rather dark themed image for  #beethursday +Bee Thursday​​ by +Dorothy Pugh​​

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The Voice of Reason

Thanks for the article, which is lengthy, but makes total sense. +Mike Elgan 
Please comment on the original posting. I am busy enjoying G+.

#notforblog  
 
Sorry, tech press. Google+ is alive and well.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/Z6sQ6w )

A chorus of tech journalists this week is saying that Google is phasing out its social network, Google+.

Where did they get this juicy nugget of information? Well, they made it up. And I'll tell you why.

But first, let's look at what the press is saying and compare that with reality:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-is-alive-and-well-despite-persistent-media-reports.html

#GooglePlus #Google+
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The Rain... Falls Mainly on the Plane

Spending a long, very rainy and stormy night in an airport with your camera has its benefits. The observation lounge was dark and quiet and gave a great view of the activity on the tarmac after midnight. Everything takes on an other-worldly look -  the planes seem like toys with unnaturally bright lights and smooth toy plane like shapes.

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#blur #airport #night  

For #transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving
and #hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser
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This beautiful picture has been shared at +HQSP Night. Thanks for your contribution & have a nice day!
Shared with pleasure by Nico Kaiser 
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Leaves in Waiting : Impressions of a Silk Flower Maker's Craft

This past weekend was the annual Summer Craft Market of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft's Council (NSDCC). I spent part of the morning volunteering at the information booth as I try to do every year and the rest of the day I wandered around with my camera. Next to the info booth, a wonderful milliner Edie Orenstein ( +Edie Orenstein ) was demonstrating the traditional art of making real silk flowers. She was passionate about her work and while she explained the various procedures involved in making these wonderful fabric leaves and blooms she lit up with the love of her craft. 

I took some images of my impressions of her work and they are in blur mode as they were multiple exposures, but they give an idea, I think, of the delicacy and beauty of some of her creations. 

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#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
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Looks so soft and misty
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Mysteries of the Night

The night is a dark and lonely place and sometimes even a bright light is somehow forbidding. 

A challenge -  by Alex Lapidus.

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For #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski

#hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser 
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+Jetski :-)
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Frozen Bubbles
Week 15/26 : Bubbles

The theme for the BW challenge for this week is 'bubbles'. With the fun we have been having in freezing various flowers and objects to photograph them (in our blur mentorship) bubbles have formed a major part of the process. Some people hate them, wanting to have perfectly clear ice to enclose the blooms. Others quite like the interest they bring to the composition (within reason, of course). Like them or hate them, they are not easy to avoid. There are tricks (you can join the Freeze community to learn those) but in this case I was pleased to find the bubbles as they fit the theme.

These flowers are a miniature double deep purple aquilegia from my garden, the very first flowers I froze to photograph.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak
 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#freezeit   #iceflowers  
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superb abstract +Ellie Kennard unique take on the theme 
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Living Things : Obviously Lying in Wait
Week 15/26: #BWProject26

This spider is not one to take on a bee, unlike the one I posted yesterday, but was sitting in a very fine, almost invisible web above the wet giant hosta leaf. It seems to be hovering in mid air and is so visible I can't imagine how any prey would be surprised by it. Unlike yesterday's gruesome scene which needed colour to be properly appreciated, this one is perfect for converting to black and white for the theme.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#spider   #arachnid   #insects  
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Burning Turf : Turning a Deere on a Dime

When you have a lot of grass to cut, with little time to do it, you need to be speedy, with a responsive machine that can turn on a dime. 

+Steven Kennard​ master turner, doing just that! (hint: see "Turns" if you haven't already here: https://vimeo.com/126545288
Another blur image, as there is no other way to show this.

A little early (indulge me) for #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​ by +Alex Lapidus+Julianne Bockius+Jetski+Patrice Christian+Nadia Cantou-Pewinski

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Heehee +Ellie Kennard​ your welcome! A zero-turn mower is a kind of mower that can turn around in one place. Most commercial lawn care people use them
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Views of a Daylily

Next time you're in a garden, try a little experiment. Walk all around a flower such as this daylily. Look at it closely from every angle and see how the curve of every petal, each stamen, the pistil are all set just so one folding into another, rising out of the whole. See how the colours subtly blend, from the secret, deep almost hidden centre to the airy light softness that reaches out of the protective cup into the bright sun. How this colour is perfectly complemented by the leaves, the stem and buds. Nothing looks awkward or out of place. Nothing jars or shocks the senses. How much more beautiful can it be?

Then blend all of those views into this image of a daylily.

My posts are all on my blog: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
#bellesphotos +Belles photos by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet
and for  #PhotoManiaCanada curated by my friends +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM
#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James
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It's something to play with when I get time +Rob Patterson and +Ellie Kennard! I do love these photos!
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Mysteries of the Night #2

The mysteries of the night are everywhere, you just have to open your eyes to see them.

This is another for the Mysteries of the Night challenge by +Alex Lapidus 

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#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World  #monochromemonday  +Monochrome Monday 
And for #mirrorsandreflections  
#mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections by +Gemma Costa +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores 
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+Ken Fowkes it does have a sinister feel to it, I agree. Thanks for the comment, Ken! 
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Purple Aquilegia : Frozen in Time

This was the photograph that I shared for the BW project for the theme 'Bubbles'. My friend +Ursula Klepper asked to see this in colour and I have to say I do prefer it showing the rich colour of the miniature double aquilegia flowers with the deep yellow stamens. 

Why not try freezing flowers or fruit, or....? It can be very addictive and is a perfect occupation for a hot summer day! There is a community dedicated to the fun called "Freeze it Photograph it", here:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/107337572996687972080

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#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#flower   #floralfriday   #freezeitshootit   #frozenflowers   #icephotography    #freezeitphotographit  
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Thanks very much +Ursula Klepper - I had to tag you as it was you who suggested I post it. :D so I'm doubly glad you like it better.
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  • TMS
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  • Watford School of Technology
    Advertising Copywriting, 1968 - 1969
  • CENTRE DE FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE ET DE PROMOTION AGRICOLE DE MONTMORILLON
    "Elevage Equin" Equine management and breeding, 1994 - 1995
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Ellie Wornell
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Words and Pictures
Introduction
Words and Pictures is what I am about.

If you're looking for the Calendar Girl - you've found her. (I created and maintain the goo.gl/zcCTK (posting) Google+ Daily Photo Themes calendar - traduction francaise, grace a notre ami Paul Paradis ici: http://goo.gl/t97OK)

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

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.

Posts I have made that some folks asked to be kept linked here:

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.
Work
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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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  • A partner at Innovative Imaging Studio. Photography, post production, Lightroom teacher, sometime writer.
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Canning, Nova Scotia
Previously
Sarlat, Dordogne, France - Bramfield, Suffolk, UK - Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK - Helsinki, Finland - Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK - Arnprior, Ontario, Canada - Montreal, Quebec, Canada