Taking photos in the Woods.

Hello. I’m so tired today. I don’t know why. I had a fitful sleep last night maybe that’s the reason. But I still forced myself to edit quite a few photos from my hike in the nearby woods yesterday. Then I took a short nap instead of posting on here. So this is a late post.

I LOVE the woods, forest, woodlands. I can walk for hours, and take pictures. Dinner is pretty much ready, so I have to make this quick. I have many, many more photos of the woods to share, so I can talk about my obsession another time. In the meanwhile, here’s some photos from yesterday that I edited today. 🙂

This is where the path starts.

This is where the path starts.

Folding Over Mushroom

A mushroom that had drooped over to the side

Rolled Bark

A piece of bark on a fallen tree had curled up into a perfect cylinder sphere.

Luc on the Trail in Front of Me

This is my husband Luc. He was walking ahead of me while I took photos.

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Meet the Family

This was taken yesterday. Amazing that he sat still long enough for a photo. :D

This was taken yesterday. Amazing that he sat still long enough for a photo. 😀

Aoife when she was a kitten. She was always sleeping on my sandals. lol

Aoife when she was a kitten. She was always sleeping on my sandals. lol

Our little Chihuahua Girl

Our little Chihuahua Girl

This was taken yesterday while Pakalolo(left), napped next to Simba.

This was taken yesterday while Pakalolo(left), napped next to Simba.

As I mentioned in my first post, my husband and I have quite a few animals. No children yet. That is a sad tale to tell. Five babies lost before they could even get to the second trimester over the last 8 years. But we still have hope to grow our human family someday. For now, we have a family of 7 furry sweethearts. Sadly our cat Inuyasha, who was 8 years old, died about 3 weeks ago. The eldest is Simba. He’s an orange tabby, 14 years old. I brought him with me up to Canada from California. The second eldest is my 10 year old baby boy, Pakalolo. He’s part Chihuahua, part Toy Poodle. His parents were our family dogs. I also brought him to Canada with me from California. He is my heart, my cuddle bug. Next is Maisy, she’s our full blooded Chihuahua. She is our little drama queen and she loves her dresses and coats. Next is Kuruk. He’s our 3 year old Siberian Husky, Chocolate Lab mix. Kuruk is Pawnee for Bear. When my husband and I bought our first house out in the country three years ago, I wanted a big brown dog. He’s a teddy bear. Next is our two rats Tadd and Modesitt. They’re about 2 and a half years old. I just love rats. They’re so sweet and so smart. Finally the baby is Aoife (pronounced Ava). She’s our little kitten. Well she’s actually a year and a half, but she’s small in frame, like her mother. She’s our princess and she knows it. LOL These are our little furry babies, and yes, they’re babies to us. They are our family.

My husband is Luc. He’s a beautiful,  smart, talented French Canadien. And I am absolutely blessed to have him in my life. He’s my best friend. I could spend every moment of every day with him, and still want him around even more. It’s not a codependency thing. It’s just, that’s how much we click. He’s also my photography assistant. He’s very good at helping me, just not always as patient as he could be while I’m out taking photos. Hehe

So this is my family.

Total Blog Newbie

Hello, My name is Kathryn Belanger of Silver’s Glow Photography. This is my first ever blog. I’m excited and scared all at once. This is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for some time now. What better time to start then the day after my 38th birthday and the Autumn Equinox. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. The time of vibrant orange, red and yellow leaves, with a little mix of green still. A time of pumpkins and chill crisp air. And the time of harvests and feasting. Not to mention Halloween, the best holiday of the year.

This is going to be a place for me to post my photos and talk about the photograph or just about my day. So this might get a little personal at times. But I think anytime an artist displays their work it’s personal. Every piece is a part of you. I’m hoping to post at least one photograph a day, but I’m not the best at keeping up with things. Procrastination loves me. So this is a new and challenging adventure for me, hence the excitement and fear.

I studied photojournalism in college, and I have an AA degree in journalism. I was supposed to get my BA, but I decided I’d had enough of school and dropped out the beginning of my senior year. Soon after dropping out of college my Canon died on me, and so for almost ten years I didn’t have a camera. It’s hard when you see everything as a potential photograph but don’t have a camera to capture such moments. Eventually a couple years ago, my husband told me to take his bonus money and find myself a camera. I think he got the hint after constantly dragging him into photography stores to look at cameras. LOL I was very resistant to the idea of digital cameras. I was a film and darkroom girl, no way was I going to use anything but analog. Well technology decided for me. I swear, all the stores only had DSLRs. So fine. This time I decided to go with a Nikon. Oh how I wish I had tens of thousands of dollars for camera equipment. I’m starting from scratch. But alas, I’m on a budget, so I purchased the Nikon D3100 with two stock lenses. My 18-55mm Nikkor and 55-200mm Nikkor. They’ve been great to have, but I’m counting the days to upgrade my camera and lenses. Not to mention all the toys on my wishlist, like a Lensbaby and CS6.

I really had to get back into the swing of things. I had to relearn my eye, and learn how to use a digital camera and Photoshop Elements. I love Elements it’s a great Photoshop to learn on. And since I live in the country, I took to photographing everything around me. I love nature and so now nature is what I photograph. I’m also trying my hand at still lifes and food photography. Sometime in the near future I’m going to start working with models. I like the fairytale aspect that can be achieved by dressing people up and sticking them in interesting locations. But for now, most of my photos that I will be sharing will be of nature, animals and food. I have three dogs, two cats and two rats, so you might see a lot of them as well.

Okay, well I guess I’ve established that I can be long winded. hahaha But I think this has been a good introduction. Perhaps you’ll see me again tomorrow. I hope so.