This is my first WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme this week is Reflections, and I happen to have TWO such photos. Please click on photos to enlarge.
The first is of a motorbike reflected in the chrome engine of another motorbike. It was a bike framed within a part of a bike, if you will. This photo was taken on the Halifax Waterfront where many bikers congregate on many days during the years, even when it’s rather cold.
The second photo has the steeple of St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, framed in a tall, church like glass window of a building next to it. In November, when the photo was taken, it was just cold enough that all the windows were closed to provide a full reflection, but not cold enough for there to be any frost to ruin the perfect reflection. I thought the counter-themed church seen in a window, rather than something seen in a church window, was a nice composition. I also had to get out in the middle of an intersection to get just the right angle to frame that steeple reflection in that window!
These two photos were among the first I ever took with a digital SLR camera, back on November 18, 2006. It was the second set of photos I took with a digital SLR. After a cross-country race where I first put that camera to use, I just got out to walk around downtown near where I lived to see what I could find to shoot. What I immediately realized with a camera was that I saw the world through a completely different lens doing photography, pun intended. I noticed things I never did before. I saw beauty in things and people I never saw before. And I saw it all at a much greater level, even in what I had noticed before.
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Happy Earth Day, everyone!
In the past, I have set annual Earth Day goals to work on for the “environmental year”. For example, I pledged to reduce my possessions by 3X my weight in 2009. I still don’t own a car and rarely ever take a cab, opting for public transit and walking mostly… by choice. I recycle a lot. I’ve become much better at energy usage than before, including turning off just about everything any time I’m away for more than 3 days. The freezer is usually the exception. I eat more locally and seasonally now, and so on. I plan to upkeep all this, of course, but have one more thing to add for the 2012-13 “environmental year”.
With my new foray into sewing and fashion since last fall, though, this will be the area of my Earth Day environmental focus for this upcoming “environmental year”. Below is what I plan to do to start. However, because I need to do a lot more research in this, I will have to add more specifics as I go along. Any suggestions anybody’s got is much appreciated. Thanks!