The life of a tree

Sitting quietly under a tree on a beautiful Summer day, hearing the soft rustling sound of the leaves in the breeze.

Crossing an open field on a bitter cold winter’s day and taking shelter from the harsh cold wind at the edge of the forest.

Admiring birds perching in a nearby tree.

Walking a trail in the woods under a canopy of trees, feeling at peace and united with nature.

Leaning against the trunk of a tree, embracing it and sensing its healing energy flowing in.

What would we do, what would we become without trees ?  We need them to survive much more than we think we do.

One of my favourite scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki wrote, along with writer Wayne Grady, a wonderful book about the life story of a tree, from it’s beginnings as a seed and expanding through the tree’s lifetime.  Suzuki and Grady describe how the tree grows and receives nourishment and what role the tree plays in the forest throughout its life. It acts as a home to a succession of creatures and plays a crucial role in the water cycle, in breaking rock down into soil, and in removing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Even after the tree dies, it provides a home for moss, ferns, and other plants, which use the tree as a nurse log, and it provides nutrients for insects and fungi. Tree also looks at the community of organisms that share the tree’s ecosystem and at the events going on in the larger world during the tree’s lifetime.

I went for a long walk a few weeks ago and was captivated by the great beauty of an old maple tree.

#maple tree #trees #érable #arbre

I took more photos of trees that day

#trees #arbres

#trees, #arbres, #winter #hiver

If you are interested in David Suzuki’s book “Tree A Life Story”, click here to go to his website and learn more about it.  I haven’t read it yet but I surely will.

I hope the weather will warm up here so we can really embrace Spring and see all the snow disappearing. We still have a lot here.  I wish you all a wonderful week !

Jocelyne

 

Winter scenes

I know many people are tired of winter at this point.  But me, I’m not !  I love winter and I think it’s as beautiful and great as summer.  Even when I freeze my hands and toes when I go cross-country skiing or venture out for photos opportunities.  And even when I get caught in a blizzard.  It happened a few weeks ago as I was taking a walk with my dog.  Suddenly, and out of the blue, strong winds were blowing and snow was swirling and lashing my face, I couldn’t see neither earth or sky and I could barely walk.  I was enveloped in a muffled, furious and  white swirling cloud and it felt as if I was in another world.  In some ways it was beautiful and I loved it all !  I love to feel nature’s pulse and power, it sharpens the senses and make me feel more alive.  I had a black coat and when I arrived home it was completely white  :)

Here are some winter scenes I captured recently.

St-Joseph de Beauce

St-Joseph de Beauce

A beautiful scene in front of my house

#winter scenery #paysage d'hiver #snow #neige

Hockey time !

#hockey #winter #hiver

St-Joseph de Beauce

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I’m happy, It’s snowing today.  A beautiful week to all of you dear friends !

Jocelyne

Behind the scene of an image

I love this photo so much.  Yet, there’s nothing spectacular about it, nothing to be amazed of.  Only a barn and a snow-covered field.  But, for me, it represents something that I really love.  The country.

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I must love this photo a lot to have spent 6 hours only to remove two trees in the foreground.  These trees were spoiling the composition.  They were going all the way from the bushes to the barn, to the tree and into the sky.  When removing the trunks and branches it would leave some marks so I had to work these areas by drawing branches in the bushes, planks on the side and lines on the roof of the barn and many of the tiny little branches on the tree.  I had to paint colours in the sky and shadows on the snow near the barn.  I knew this would be very time-consuming getting rid of those trees and at first I didn’t want to work on this, but I just couldn’t let it go…   So it was many hours to restore this image and only then I could edit the rest of it.   This image is a blending of three different exposures using luminosity masks in Photoshop.  Christopher O’Donnell wrote a tutorial on how to work with luminosity masks, click here to read it.  It didn’t go exactly as how he explains it in his tutorial so I’ll have to practice this technique again.

I also love this photo with a more vintage look

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We’re having a little break from the cold spell, here’s a photo of Winny playing in the snow during one of these polar colds.

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And since I’m ending this post with a photo of my dog, I’m sharing a link to a wonderful slide show from professional photographer Julie Clegg’s from Bailey & Banjo.  If you love dogs this will put a smile on your face, guaranteed !  (Thanks Janina for sending me this link :) )  Click here for the slide show.

I wish you all a wonderful week.  Be happy, be sweet, laugh a lot, smile and dance in the rain or in the snow !

Jocelyne

Seeing beauty in simple things

What I love about photography is how we can bring out subtle details  we don’t always notice.  How we can reveal and really see the essence, the uniqueness,  the intricate perfection and exquisiteness of simple things like branches and weeds.  And sometimes, when we look with the eyes of the heart, perceiving the pureness and the spark of life within them.  How sublime is mother nature, how interconnected we are with her.  And us and these little branches and weeds have something in common. We come from the same source…

#cedar #branches #cèdre

#tree branches #branches d'arbres

#tree branches #branches d'arbres

#weeds

A beautiful week to you dear friends :)

Jocelyne

An award

My good friend Carlos, from cruzdelsur, came here a few weeks ago and left something for me

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Thank you very much Carlos for giving me this award and for your friendship, it means a lot to me.  I recommend a visit to his wonderful blog where the magic of his words awakens the senses and lift the spirit, and where his photos of his beautiful country, Argentina, with the majestic Andes mountains, the Cordillera de los Andes,  will bring you a little closer to the infinite.  Click here to visit his blog.

This award is a beautiful one.  It speaks of friendships shared throughout the WordPress community, of all the visits, compliments, encouragements, good wishes and sometimes, support our blogger friends so generously gives us.  It speaks of the impact other bloggers have on us, and without all of you my blog would be like an empty shell.  Each one of you is important, each one of you brings a special touch to my blog and your friendship is highly valued.  Now, I’m supposed to pick 10 blogs to give this award to, but it’s impossible…  How can I choose 10 and leave others behind ?  So I decided to give all of you an award and here you are my friends, you all deserve it.

http://annejutras.com/  Anne

http://lemehograph.com/  Meho

http://thecozyred.wordpress.com/  Jenna

http://janewalkerscards.com/  Jane

http://jimreidphoto.com/  Jim

http://udaynarayanan.com/  Uday

http://georgiannalane.com/  Georgianna

http://photonatureblog.com/  Jeffrey

http://jdtphotography.co.uk/blog-2/  James

http://dancingwithlightandshadow.wordpress.com/  Judy

http://picproj2722.wordpress.com/  Mike

http://hiddenlens.wordpress.com/  David

http://jmnartsy.com/  Janina

http://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/  Tom

http://anyluckypeny.wordpress.com/  Adriana

http://talesfromcarmel.com/  Linda

http://www.dicietdailleursphotography.com/  Marie-Charlotte

http://drenagoram4444.wordpress.com/  NéO

http://photobach.wordpress.com/  Christophe

http://mendibourefrancoise.wordpress.com/  Françoise

http://crisjos5068.wordpress.com/  Christian

http://davidmeyerphotographies.wordpress.com/  David

http://montucky.wordpress.com/  montucky

http://elisaruland.com/  Elisa

http://drawandshoot.me/  Karen

http://www.lisa-gordon.com/  Lisa

http://johnstirlingphotography.wordpress.com/  John

http://graciebinoya.com/  Gracie

http://pskphoto.com/  Peter

http://ronablackphotography.wordpress.com/  Rona

http://caleephotography.wordpress.com/  Camilla

http://leannecolephotography.com/  Leanne

http://singingsparrows.wordpress.com/  Teju

http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/  Mick

http://gardengateproject.wordpress.com/  Debra

http://www.aupaysdesc.com/  Céline

http://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/  Jane

http://joeinfocus.wordpress.com/  Joe

http://capturinglittlemoments.wordpress.com/  Elina

http://godguidesme.com/  Vivian

I also have to mention these friends

http://rosesanglaises.canalblog.com/  Evelyne

http://mylittlehomeandgarden.blogspot.ca/  Karen

http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.ca/  Marlys

Thanks to all of you for being here !  I hope I didn’t forget anyone.  Now I have to go to all your blogs to let you know of the award.  Ok… 1,2,3 GO !

Have a great week !

Jocelyne

p.s.  I know many bloggers prefer not to participate in awards, so no pressure ;)

From me to you…

My dear friends,

#Christmas  #Noël  #Christmas decorations  #Décorations noël

As I visit your blogs and discover new ones I am delighted by the talents you all have, whether it be photography, writing or drawing to name a few.  We have blogs in part because we have this need to share what we love with other people.  Sharing is innate in us and part of human nature.  But what impresses me most is the spontaneity of your friendship, of your kindness that you give so generously in your comments and that is what I hold most dear in my blog.  I would love to visit each one of you more often than I do, there is so much to see, so many interesting posts.  I do my best, if only days could be longer…

So, dear friends, I come today to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a beautiful Christmas surrounded by those you love.  And I hope the new year will bring you inspiration, awe, peace, joy and love in your hearts and maybe even see a few of your dreams come true.

It was fun taking these photos with my little Winny, but I’m not sure he had as much fun as I did…

#shetland sheepdog, #dog, #chien, #

#Christmas  #Noël  #shetland sheepdog  #dogs  #chiens  #berger de shetland

#Christmas  #Noël  #Christmas decorations  #Décorations de noël  #pine cones

Safe travels to all of you who will take the road on Christmas and New Year’s day.  I will be traveling to Montreal on New Year’s eve to celebrate with my family.

Have a beautiful end of week everybody :)

Jocelyne

p.s.  I’m not sure if it’s my computer or a problem with WordPress, but in a lot of blogs some photos appear either like little thumbnails or much too big instead of the right size.  If it happens here, just refresh the page until the photos return to their normal size.