10/26/09

New for Sale @ The Paper Butterfly

I have three new prints for sale in my shop. Three gorgeous butterflies to be exact:

Monarch Butterfly and Fern

BUTTERFLIES-MONARCH FERN copy

Silvery Blue Butterfly and Phlox

Butterfly Bleu

Fritillary Butterfly on Echinacea

BUTTERFLY FRITILLARY PURPLE WM

I love how they turned out, especially the last one. Lately I have been thinking how about purple, pink and orange might complement and play off of each other, and I am pleased with my efforts!

Please visit me at www.thepaperbutterfly.etsy.com if you would like to see more.

Thanks!
Caitlin

10/22/09

Stone Butterflies

The other day, I noticed a butterfly. From fifty feet away I thought it was spray-painted onto this large rock next to a tree, near a city garden. I had a few moments before my bus so I wandered over to check it out. Carved into this huge rock was not one, but maybe five or six butterflies on every flat side of it.

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This carving was created in the middle of the city, across the street from apartment buildings and stoplights and hundreds of cars, but I felt like I was in the middle of the woods. Lichen was growing over it, even spiders had found camouflage in the lines of their wings. I thought about the person who might have done this, the tools they might have used, and how long it had been there. A year? Twenty years?

Just think of what archaeologists might make of something like this in a thousand years.

10/14/09

Cottage~Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, Day 2 was marked by a trip to the cottage. We hadn’t been up all summer long, and frankly I couldn’t wait to get there. It is a two-hour drive, just past Gracefield, Qu├ębec. I knew it would be brisk; it’s always colder in the woods than it is in the city. I wore layer upon layer of clothes and scarves, knowing I would be spending most of the day outside.

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I find Birch trees so stunning to begin with, and this shock of red Sugar Maple branches just stood out against them.

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On our walk I came across this strange bug, who as far as I can tell is a type of tree hopper. He was really mellow, climbing around on my hand, and even hung on as I ran to catch up with the group to introduce him.

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My main goal for the day was to practice taking pictures of the birds with my telephoto lens. I have been having a bit of trouble with it~ holding it still was a big issue because it has a manual focus instead of auto. Using my tripod has definitely helped, but I borrowed my dad’s remote as well, to prevent it from shaking when I press down on the shutter. Perhaps I just need the practice, but I found it difficult to pay attention to the birds, redirect the lens, control the focus of the lens, and use the remote. Also, the remote must be pointed at the front of the camera, and that the remote setting on my camera times out after a certain time (it couldn’t have been more than 2 minutes), rather than having to switch back to the regular photo-taking setting. It was a little bit frustrating, but I really enjoyed the whole process of learning as I went along.

And as for Mr. Blue Jay, well, the only clear shots I could get of him were at the feeder. He was onto me~ in every shot of him there was a leaf in front of his face, or he had his back to me. Pfft…

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This bird I had never seen before (only in books) and he was really cute. There were a few of them (Juncos) and they were hopping around on the ground looking for food.

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I just love the Nuthatches’ acrobatic abilities. In every photo they were hanging sideways or upside-down. And talk about camouflage. The Birch was made for the Nuthatch~ or vice-versa, I’m not sure.

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I laughed when I got this shot. This Chickadee and Downy Woodpecker landed on the feeder at the same time in the same poition. For a few moments, neither of them wanted to make the first move until the Chickadee gave up and flew away to wait for his turn.

Perth~Thanksgiving

Our three-day Thanksgiving weekend started off with dinner on Saturday in Perth. The weather was sunny and crisp and the food was delicious. After dinner we were so stuffed that we decided to go for a walk before having dessert. It was one of my favourite times of day, when it the sun is just starting to set. You still have lots of light, but it is either diffused and soft with lots of shadows, or concentrated and warm.

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We walked through Stewart Park and enjoyed the fresh air, and then went back for pumpkin pie and apple cranberry crumble. Mmmmm….

Gatineau Park~Pink Lake (part 2)

Boy, it has been too long since I posted anything. The last three weeks have been very busy for me, working more than usual and spending my free time relaxing. I now have time to put up the pictures from Pink Lake.

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I just can’t get over the colour of the water at this site. Clearly it’s not pink, as the name suggests. Pink refers to the name of the family that settled in the area. The water is a beautiful shade of aqua, which is attributed to the algae that grows within it.

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It was a beautiful trail, one that had a boardwalk and stairways built all the way around the lake. There were many vantage points~ high up on a cliff, down by the water level~ and many different photo opportunities.

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Our visit was at the end of September, early fall, so we caught only the beginning of the leaves changing. My guess is that right about now is the perfect time of year to see it in full colour.

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