Quietude…

Hello my friends,

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Quietude…  A deep inner feeling of peace of mind and heart.  Sometimes gripping us only just for a fleeting moment, leaving us longing for more, trying to make it lasts longer, to linger.  At other times descending upon us and taking roots deep within, leaving us centered and in perfect harmony with the universe.  Pure moments of bliss…

I wish there could be more of these moments.  In the image above, I liked the calmness that preceded a storm.  When I took these photos I was at peace, living in the present moment, enjoying quietude.  I was in the Middle Way.

#dogs #quietude

Peacefulness on the shores of St-Lawrence River where I went whale watching.  I saw the great blue whale on that day, after sitting patiently on these rocks for two hours.  It was a grand moment for me.

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Quietude on a beautiful day at St-Simon Les Mines.

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Something that gives me instant quietude is when I go kayaking.  There’s only me in my kayak, the river, the trees and the occasional sound of a bird.  Silence….  Perfection…

#Kayak, #Chaudière River

This summer I couldn’t do much kayaking.  We had crude oil in Chaudière river after the great train tragedy in Lac Mégantic, last July, where wagons transporting oil exploded, destroying half of downtown of the village and killing fifty-two people.  We had an interdiction to navigate and floating booms were installed in some places along the river.  Now the interdiction to navigate has lifted and I went on the river with my kayak to see how it looks.  I didn’t see oil, the floating booms are still there but they left corners open so we can go through them.

I hope you will all have a nice week-end.  As of me, if the weather cooperates I hope I can go kayaking and enjoy quietude on the beautiful Chaudière river.

Jocelyne

Country charm

Hello my friends !

This post is dedicated to my grandfather, my guardian angel, who passed away when I was only 5 years old but with whom I feel a strong connection.  He had a great love for the countryside and farming and one of his biggest dreams was to live there.  In his forties he moved with his family in the lower Laurentians in Two Mountains. A dream come true.

I was born a city girl.  I lived in Montreal until I was 8 years old and then we moved to Two-Mountains to live with my grandmother.  I spent part of my childhood, my teen years and early adulthood between Two-Mountains,  St-Eustache and the beautiful Oka village in the lower Laurentians.  I also often went to Montreal to visit my aunt and cousins.  These years spent in the lower Laurentians sowed a seed that was to become a great fondness for the countryside.  At the age of 28 I moved to La Baie, Saguenay, a superb region where beautiful scenic country along with great wilderness and a majestic fjord was my playground and the place I called home for ten years.  There, my love for the countryside grew stronger and took root deeply within me.  Now, after living in Beauce for the past ten years, I realize how the country was always a part of me, even if I was born in a big city, and how my path led me where my heart was.

My guardian angel has spread his wings over me, guiding my steps and illuminating my path, so that I shall find my place among the stars… ❤

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#Old architecture

Gone fishing

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#cows #countryside

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Wishing you a happy week-end !

Jocelyne

In the heart of winter

Hi everybody !

I have new photos to share with you from an afternoon spent a few weeks ago looking for some wintry images to capture.

It was a gloomy, snowy afternoon, the light was faint and almost everything seemed to have a greyish tint, from the clouds to the ground.  I was walking down a route where there are few houses, and at some point there aren’t any.  From time to time, cars were passing by.  I wanted to photograph a barn I am especially fond of, since I didn’t have  a photo of it in winter.  While walking further down the route I realized how quiet this route was, there was no one to be seen, no houses nearby, and I felt a sudden loneliness.

It also felt as if I were immersed in a muffled environment where the few sounds I was hearing seemed to be echoing  from far away.  Loneliness and solitude were the predominent feelings I had on this gloomy afternoon, but with them also came a sense of peace and serenity.

The sun had set when I headed back home.  On my way I saw two deers who looked surprised to see me walking down this route where, usually, few people walk.

Solitude, in the heart of winter.

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My favourite barn

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Recently I’ve made a new friend who shares the same passion for photography.  It is so much better and so much more fun to go on a photographic excursion with a friend than to go alone.  We’re planning many more excursions in the coming months where I hope to capture the beautiful sceneries of Beauce and, of course, barns, which are one of my favourite subjects to photograph.

I’m wishing you all a nice week, and by the time I’m ready for another post, maybe I will have heard the first cheering notes of the song sparrow.  Spring is almost here !

Jocelyne

Textures : An artistic touch

Hello !

The first and foremost reason why I have learned to work with layers in Photoshop was because I wanted to create artistic images.  I was seeing all these beautiful photos on blogs which were displaying a gradation or hint of colour and scratches in their backgrounds, some had a wonderful vintage look and others looked like paintings.  I so loved these photos and I was so inspired by all these blogs.  When I finally learned how  to work with layers, a whole new world opened before me.  I had discovered a way to be creative and give my photos a more personal touch.

When I choose a photo to work with, I envision and sense what I want the image to convey.  And from that, the choice of textures will infuse the image with an ambiance, an emotion or a surreal feel.  While I love transforming my photos, I try not to denature them to the point where the qualities of the photos are lost, but rather just transform them in a subtle and gentle way while conserving their essential qualities.

Here are a few photos I took this summer.

St-Simon Les Mines

A barn at St-Simon Les Mines

Autumn path in a wood near my home.

St-Lawrence River at Cap De Bon Désir where I have seen the great blue whale.

Chaudière River at Notre-Dame Des Pins

Covered bridge on Chaudière River in Notre-Dame Des Pins

My greatest inspiration in art images is professional photographer Sarah Gardner.  She has mastered the art of textures and each of her images are pure beauties.  To me, she is the high priestess of textures  🙂   and I’ve learned so much from her in her beautiful and wonderful new book “Art Beyond The Lens”.  If you would like to learn how to work with textures then this is the book to own.  It’s a beautiful book filled with many of her photos, tutorials and tips on how to apply and work with textures, and the book is beautiful enough to sit on a coffee table.  You can buy it here  and visit her blog here.

I hope you are all doing fine and having a nice end of autumn.  Here the weather is great, it’s 16°C and guess what ?, I’m off on my bike to take more landscape photos !

Have a nice week everybody !

Jocelyne

A change of scenery

Hello my friends !

Lately,  I have seen so many amazing and beautiful landscape photos on different blogs that it inspired me to try my hand at it.  I had done a lot of flower and still life photos so I thought a change would be nice.  When I look around me I see plenty of sceneries which would make beautiful photos.  I live in the countryside and I never get tired of seeing meadows, horses, barns, pastures, rolling hills and farms.  At this point in my photography I can’t seem to figure out what kind or categories of photography appeals to me the most. Is it still life, flowers, landscape, portrait ? (I would love to try portrait !)  I love all these categories and I just take pictures of the beauties I see all around me.  So last week I went to some near and familiar places to try to capture the soothing tranquility of the countryside.  I hope you enjoy these few photos from “La belle province ” !

“A calm evening before returning to the barn”

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to”  John Ed Pearce

“A river runs through it”  The beautiful Famine River in St-Georges de Beauce.

“The soothing tranquility of the countryside”

“Night falling on the meadow”

If you love landscape photography I have a few suggestions for you.  Three blogs and three amazing photographers.

Here, on WordPress, Anne Jutra’s blog is my very favourite photo blog.  Her photos are wonderful and so beautiful.  And the very surprising fact is that through the whole wide web with photographers from all over the planet, one that is among my very favourite photographers lives only a few hours drive from my home ! I would have never imagined that one of my favourite photographers would live so close to me ! 🙂  Her blog is in french but there is a translate button and she also speaks english.

On Paul Zizka’s blog you will see breathtaking photos of beautiful mountains, many from Banff, Alberta, Canada.   There is also many spectacular photos of aurora borealis.  I was also surprised to read, in one of his post, that he’s from Quebec city.  What a small world we live in !

And finally, JDT Photography.  Unfortunately I don’t know his name, I only know he’s from the UK and that his photos are superb !  You won’t be disappointed if you visit his blog which is filled with beautiful photos one after the other.  A must see !

And to end on a beautiful note, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of some of my little flowers tucked in vintage teal bottles on my kitchen windowsill.  🙂

Have a lovely week-end everybody !

Jocelyne

Horses and barns in winter

Hello everyone !

I guess you could say I love horses and barns, since it is the second time I share photos of them.  Last time they were summer photos and now with the winter landscape they are just as beautiful as the summer ones.  I love winter sceneries, and when framed, some photos here would make a nice wall decor.   These horses and barns are close to my home, the red barn is just a 5 minutes walk, so one sunny morning I went to see the horses, accompanied, of course, by little Winny.  When we arrived they were lying on their back, rolling joyfully in the snow, the same way dogs do.  It was so funny watching them.  Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures of it because I don’t have a tripod and telephoto lens (yet…) and they were just too far to make a nice photo.

According to Wikipedia “the Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Perche valley in northern France.  They are well-muscled and known for their intelligence and willingness to work.”  They are beautiful horses.  One day I was walking along the road when six of them arrived running at high-speed and I could feel the ground shaking under my feet as they approached.  When I experience magical moments like this, I call them “moments of grace”.

This beautiful horse is not a Percheron, I don’t know which breed he is.

Old barns are an integral part of the country landscape. They are a wink to the past and by-gone days.  I can’t imagine a country landscape without them.

With their rustic simplicity, barns comfort me.  As I watch these old shabby buildings I feel a need to slowdown things in my life and take more time to appreciate all the beauties around me.

I love this photo.  This horse had fallen in love with my boyfriend, he was following him every time he would move.  He wouldn’t even look at me.  It’s so beautiful to see how they look into each other’s eyes.

If you want to attract horses close to you, bring your dog.  If the horses are not shy they will come and greet him or her.  Here they are with my Duncan who passed away 3 years ago this week.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and collages, I had great pleasure creating them.  If you would like to see my other post of horses and barns in summer it’s here.

I wish you all a very nice week-end !  Mine will consist mostly of cross-country skiing, tomorrow we have an open house activity at our ski club and I will be patrolling the skate-ski trails for the most part of my day.

Jocelyne

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Bluff Area Daily for Barn Charm and

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