Hello 2015!

Pets, this and that

Last year I wanted to try a 52 week photo project which I successfully completed last week.  Yippie!  Now, I’m not sure what type of photo project to do next???  I need to make some sort of commitment to my photography or my camera will move to the back of the closet.  I may try a specific theme every week or follow a weekly photo challenge.  Maybe something that incorporates pets??

Happy New Year from Stella and Paw Pixs!

MelanieDecember 30, 2014 2110-1Week 1 2015

Week Seventeen

sports, this and that

I was in Vermont all weekend for my annual women’s hockey tournament.  I played against some great teams from Montreal, Boston, and New Brunswick.  Our team did well with one loss, one tie and two wins!  I also spent a lot of time shopping between games.  I didn’t bring my camera with me and only had my old iPhone.   I took this picture at the University of Vermont Gutterson Fieldhouse Rink.  It’s the largest indoor arena in Vermont and it has a beautiful curved wooded roof.  I took this picture of the Catamounts banner because there is a “paw” in their logo.

Dramatic B&W

Week Two

Pets, this and that

We took our Christmas tree down over the weekend.  It was sad to see it go.  It was very beautiful and smelled wonderful.  The tree will now be repurposed on the Ottawa Rideau Canal for the annual Winterlude festival.

I was given this cute decoration last year.  It’s perfect as it’s a border collie and the frisbee  looks exactly like Stella’s favourite frisbee.

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Paw Pixs

nature, Pets, this and that

I’ve decided to change the name of my blog now that I’ve completed my 365 project.  I’ve noticed that most of my photos are of my pets or random dogs that I’ve met.  The name Paw Pixs represents the type of pictures I enjoy taking.  I’ll still take photos of other things that interest me but I just can’t resist pulling out the camera when I see a cute, furry face.

Stella had a wonderful time running through the dry grasses.

September 15 FINAL photo

this and that

Happy Birthday to me!  Last year on my birthday I decided to take on a photo 365 project.  It actually turned into a 366 project because I forgot it was a leap year.  I wanted to force myself to take a picture every day so I would think about and practice my hobby of photography.  When I first started the project I didn’t think about posting my pictures to a blog.  I wanted an easy way for my mum and sister to see what I was up to so I started this photo blog.  I had no idea how big the blogosphere was.  I’ve met and read about some really incredible, talented, funny people.  It’s a wonderful community.  I have never received a rude or creepy comment – all comments were encouraging and heartwarming.  It’s kind of neat to know that someone from next door or on the other side of the planet can take a peek into my daily life.  I’ve bored people to death with my dog and cat pictures – I’m sorry for that but my furry creatures are more patient than people to photograph.  I’ve learned a bit more about photography and have met some incredible photographers that I aspire to be like.    This project worked – I did pick up a camera every day this past year and I also thought about and explored my photography hobby.

Now that the 365/66 project is complete I’m not putting down my camera.  I’ll still take pictures, read and learn more about photography and hopefully will continue to get better.  I’ll post my photos here from time to time but I’ll try to only put up my favorites and not bore people to death with pet and food pictures.

Thanks everyone for your support, comments and likes this past year.  It’s been a fun challenge.

September 14 photo

this and that

The Looneyspoons Collection is my favorite cookbook.  It has hundreds of healthy, easy to prepare dishes with most ingredients found in the regular grocery store.  It’s my go-to recipe book when I want something fast, delicious and easy as pie.  The book is filled with a ton of humour and piles of health tips.  It sounds like I’m trying to sell this book, but honestly I’m not related nor have I ever met the authors (sisters Janet & Greta Podleski).  I’ve been told they have a program on the Food Network but I’ve never seen that channel.  You can check them out at http://www.janetandgreta.com/the-sisters.

Tonight we had one of our favorites – Thai Beau.  It’s a Thai coconut chicken with mango and basil.  It’s so simple to prepare and totally scrumptious!  I meant to take a picture before we started eating but we just couldn’t wait.  There’s a little left-over for lunch tomorrow.

Tomorrow is my birthday which means it’s the end of my Project 365.  I wonder what I shall take a picture of?  Suggestions?

September 13 photo

this and that

The ‘Les Yeux’ mural at the University of Ottawa recently received a facelift.  It was originally pained in 1972 by well-known Ottawa artist James Boyd.

I remember seeing these eyes as a kid skating along the Rideau Canal.  The mural used to creep me out because the eyes appear to follow you.

September 10 photo

this and that

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Inuit Youth Council held their 6th Annual Inuit Celebration of Life event to recognize this special day.  The event was held on the front steps of Parliament Hill.  Unfortunately, Inuit suicide statistics are very bleak.  Suicide rates among children and teens in the Inuit community is 30 times higher than the rest of Canada.  Inuit are working to raise awareness, increase support and promote the “Celebration of Life” campaign.