Sunday, November 23, 2008

If Wishes were Horses

DSC_0708, originally uploaded by jake orr.

Sometimes I think I should carry my camera everywhere with me.

I made a trip to Vernon today to have brunch with the momskis. Then I helped her rip out some carpet in her house. As a side note I recommend wearing gloves when ripping out carpet. On my drive to Vernon in the morning there was a gorgeous blue sky and the reflection off the lake completed an amazing image. This was the first instance of the day where I was wishing for my camera.

The second happened on the way home when there was a blazing sun tearing through clouds near the horizon during my drive home. Looking down the valley the layers of hills were slowly obscured in more and more cloudy haze. It was a beautiful picture.

It's times like these when all I want is my camera. It doesn't matter that I was trying to make it to a wine seminar I was doing for work and that time was getting short. I just wanted to capture it. Either picture would have made a fantastic blog photo for the week. Well, these things happen. Maybe I've learned some lessons. Or maybe I'll just be happy capturing amazing sights like these in my mind. I'll just have to share them using words rather than photos.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yeah, That's Nice

Have you ever been to Kal Park before? It's in Vernon and if you haven't been there, you should go. I'll show you around.

I worked in Kalamalka Provincial Park one summer and walking around that park day after day was amazing. I had so many beautiful sights and lovely experiences. Working with my oldest friend Dave was also a great part of my time there. We had days where we would take a break and climb off the trail into spots I'd never seen before even after spending so much of my childhood there. After we got to a comfy grassy spot we'd just hang out, have a beer, and relax. Yeah. Those were good days.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

When Push Comes to Shove

DSC_0688, originally uploaded by jake orr.

"If there's a bustle in your hedge-row, don't be alarmed now" - Led Zepplin

I was thinking the other day about how I've been hearing a lot lately about the weather getting people down. It's that in between season right now. Right at the end of fall, but getting close enough to winter to start seeing snow on the hillsides and getting the occasional flurry that doesn't last. Fall. Winter. Should we call this Finter? Wall? How about Falter? I think that seems more appropriate.

It was a grey, Falter morning and I was on my way to the bus stop when I noticed a tree deep in the throws of seasonal change. The leaves were an amazingly rich, red and some had started to dry up and fall to the ground. These brown, dead leaves brought interesting contrast to the image and helped me to appreciate the stunning red leaves all the more. It's little things like this that can help you to appreciate the beauty of the season even under its grey blanket. The lovely sights are still there; you've just got to look a little harder to see them.

This revelation has opened my eyes to even more spectacular sights. Next time you're out on a dreary fall day have a look around. What can you see? Maybe there are some brightly coloured trees dropping their artwork onto the grass. You might be treated to clouds rolling down the hills, creeping between tree and houses, and gripping entire hillsides in their grey tendrils. You might be riding on a bus on a drizzly day and when you look out the window you notice that you're looking through an intricate web of criss crossing water lines and droplets. There really is so much beauty to see. You've just got to look for it.

So I was reminded, thanks to Kaare's comment on my last post, that not everyone's going to be able to come see my showing at Starbucks and some of you might be curious

which photos I'm going to be showing. They are all pictures people have seen, but I'd like to maintain at least a modicum of suspense for the showing itself. I'll tell you what though, I'll make sure to take pictures of the show itself or at the very least let you know which shots I used after they're up at the 'Bucks. I hope everyone understands and can contain their irresistible excitement. I know you can do it.

Until next week, stay happy!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


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Version Two. I know, I'm surprised it happened so fast too. I link photos to this guy from my flickr account and as I was about to do just that this time - what do you know! I find myself staring at a friendly little button offering me an option for the very task I'd been looking to complete: Post to a Blog. Hey, neat! Long story short, well maybe it's too late for that, but nevertheless here we are at blogger. One of the easily compatible blog options for flickr. And hey, we all like the smooth option, don't we? Fingers crossed I won't be switching it up any time soon. Here we go!

Hey I've got a bit of exciting news for some of you. Well really it's just me who's excited about it, but hey maybe you'll get a rise out of the situation too. This coming January I'm booked at the Rutland Starbucks to show my photography for a little while! I have known about this for a while, but my recent excitement has been that I've picked out the 10 photos I'm going to be showing and I've got them in being printed and mounted as we speak. That means I'll be ready to go soon! And I'll have some photos printed and I'm sure a lot of you know what a rare occurrence that is for me. If I get any more specifics on the event I'll be sure and let all of you know just a soon as I can.

That's it for this week. Until next time I want each and every one of you to go out and do one thing that puts a big, silly grin on your face. Like putting on a new pair of socks.