It’s been a while since I last posted, which is mainly due to considering if I should continue with my blog.
Is blogging really still relevant in this day of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, where posts swish by, constantly vying for likes and comments? I have asked myself this question for some time and I am sure I am not the only blogger to do so. My blog is only small and has just over 320 followers, most of which don’t engage at all, and I suspect the majority of them no longer use this platform. That being said, people do still read blogs, otherwise platforms like this would no longer exist. I don’t like to bow to defeat, so have decided to continue this blog. I might change things around a bit in the next little while to freshen things up, but I do like sharing my photos and creations even if only a small number of people read the posts and engage with me (I am not going to let that defeat me!).
So, here is a beautiful sunrise my husband and I got up early to see on our recent vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Sunrise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Working from home has its benefits, especially when you can capture a beautiful sunrise on a frosty cold morning. I wish I could work from home every day, but alas telecommuting is still not a thing where I work.
Tags: Alberta, Canada, cold, early mornings, freezing, frosty, ice, Landscape, morning, snow, sunrise, tree, view, winter
The things that makes us happy is this week’s theme.
There is so much that makes me happy that I had a hard time choosing some examples. Aside from my family and friends, there are a few things that stand out for me.
- Travel – I love to travel, especially when there is a coast involved. One of my favourite destinations so far are the Greek Islands. I first traveled there backpacking with my husband many many years ago, and that trip started a life long love affair with the islands. We hope to one day perhaps to be able to find ourselves an island to settle down on.
A stretch of coast on the Greek Island of Zakynthos
- Flowers – It is fair to say that I love flowers; I am actually a trained florist, which should give some indication as to how much I love flowers. Just seeing a nice flower makes me happy and nothing more so when they are grown in our garden.
Lavender in our garden
- Sunrises and Sunsets – I mean, who doesn’t love these? They remind me daily that I am alive and that I should cherish every moment.
A stunning sunrise in our current hometown
- A trip home – Going home to Hannover in Germany always makes me happy (not when it is for funerals though). There is nothing quite like going home where you grew up.
My hometown of Hannover in Germany.
Last weekend my husband and I got up before dawn to try and see the alignment of planets, which is currently best visible just before dawn. Armed with coffee, binoculars, my camera, a blanket, and wrapped up warm we made our way to our chosen spot. We decided that the best place to view the planets was higher up with an uninterrupted view of the horizon, which just happens to be in the middle of our off-leash dog park. As we had left our dogs at home I dread to think what the couple of early dog walkers must have made of us. After all that though we never did get to see the planets, as a large Chinook arch had swept in and robbed us of a clear view. However, there was a silver lining (pardon the pun) to all this; I ended up with some nice sunrise photos.
Categories: Canada, Canadian Nature and Animals
Tags: Alberta, Canada, clouds, colourful, early morning, Landscape, Sky, sun, sunrays, sunrise, winter
We are very fortunate here in Alberta; our sunrises and sunsets are phenomenal.
The office I am currently located in faces the East on one side and over the past few months I photographed the sunrises from that side of the building with my phone. My colleagues, whose cubicles are on that side soon got used to me appearing around the time of sunrise, pulling the blinds down to avoid the glare of the office lights and taking a number of shots. I usually shared them that same morning on my Instagram account (storki).
I thought a selection of them would make a great collage; the template I used for this comes from the Coffee Shop Blog.
The early bird apparently catches the worm.
Well, in this case I almost didn’t catch this sunrise yesterday morning. We had planned to get up in plenty of time to make our way to the nearby storm water pond (about a 5 minute walk from our house). However, I had not set the alarm as I usually wake up around 6am, which would give us enough time to get up, have coffee and be in position well before 7am when sunrise currently takes place for us.
I woke up at 7am, got up to look out the window to be greeted with what promised to be a fantastic sunrise. I have never gotten dressed (well, jeans over PJ dressed really) and out of the house so quickly, and that included getting my husband up and out as well. He had a right job trying to keep up with me, and let me tell you, usually I am the slower one!
When we got to the pond it was still a little dark and the pond, with a very thin sheet of ice reflected the sunrise perfectly. I should mention that I expected it to be very cold, but when I opened the door to get out of the house a heat wave hit us. Evidently the Chinook that the weather forecasters promised had arrived overnight, as is shown by the Chinook arch in this photo.
This is sort of my happy place, not the actual place from where I took this photo, but the sunrises and sunsets. Just looking at them makes me happy and thankful for what I have.
This was taken early on Sunday morning, just outside of our little town here in Alberta, Canada. Scenes like this make it so worthwhile to get up early in the morning, even on my day off.
We live in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and on some mornings we get a lovely misty view of the majestic Rockies. I feel lucky that we currently live in such a beautiful area where we are afforded such stunning views. Makes getting up at 5am on a Sunday morning very much worth it.
The Canadian Rocky Mountains with the foothills in front.
Sunrise above the clouds
Forgive me for the lateness, but after the Christmas break, which included a quick trip to Las Vegas (of that more in a future post), I fell ill with a serious case of a sinus infection and have not really felt up to doing much. Today is the first day that I feel good enough to actually switch on my laptop and catch up with everything and everyone.
So, I hope you had a great break and that the new year will bring you health and happiness.