Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde

A little piece of the day!!  A small wedding big in love!  Nothing was catered but brought and made by friends and relatives.  (I made the punch and it was great!)

I am not a wedding or events photographer but a little photoshop magic and here are a few offerings.  My sister and friends said please don’t publish the awful pics I took of them, but, on my word, a good time was had by all!!  Until I got home and found one of the kids had flushed an ice cream bar stick down the toilet and now it’s Sunday and must call a plumber!  Still have guests lingering, past 3 days and Poor Richard’s Almanac notwithstanding.   ( look it up!!) :D Love them of course!!!



Monochrome Madness with Leanne and Laura

Just a quick message to all my WordPress friends, I’m off work but I have a very busy week with a huge celebration (a marriage) coming up, with relatives and friends etc.  I may not be online a lot but will try to pop in and catch up with all.

We will be out boating and having fun, shopping, and partying and  drinking wine (or Guinness) and catching up with old friends.  Hopefully I will get some good photos too.

Please visit Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness episode 20!!  There are wonderful submissions to be discovered!!!

My submission was my “summer memory” path from a previous post


Under a marmalade moon

we go walking you and I.

 heads up in a field of stars!!

but we must wait till the mother moon sleeps 

To meet the 7 sisters 

only 440 light years down the Orion road

Oh!  and where did we park the car!!?

Hoping to get out there for some star shots at some point.

Astronomy Bites (and bits)

You ask me where is the Andromeda galaxy and I point – just turn left at Cassiopeia. She is  the Queen whose vain boasts unleashed a curse from the gods and as a sacrifice, her  daughter Andromeda is chained against the sky waiting forever to appease a sea monster from below.

Now go left cautiously!!  But never fear! Perseus is rising up from the north, his sword drawn, coming to the rescue. In August he showers the sky with the arrows of his wrath as the Perseid meteor shower.

The moon will not be outshone and so when she holds court, all the other heavenly courtiers must  bow and wear less glowing finery.

The faint light of the Andromeda Galaxy or M31 can be seen with binoculars on a dark night, and sometimes with the naked eye. In the moon’s light our sister galaxy is not visible, but when she is seen, she hangs like a curl of angel’s hair on, as Shakespeare called it, “the cheek of night.”

 Venus like the moon dances in shadow light.  Bottom center in her quarter phase

venus phase

quarter phase of Venus

this is what andromeda galaxy looks like through a medium size telescope  (image by Ted Van)

and from Hubble-

Something Scary

To think, she is a sister galaxy but beware!  Like ancient rival mythological sisters or warring angels she may be out to annihilate us, as she is on a collision course with our own galaxy.  Apolcalypse, like the battle for the heavens  is coming,  but not for a few billion years yet. :)


Background: ( astronomy)

our solar system is located on the Orion arm of the milky way galaxy. Many of the stars we see are  in that area.  The Perseus arm is a major arm of the galaxy and located there is a beautiful nebula called The crab nebula. It is the spectral remnants of a super nova whose cosmic explosion was witnessed and recorded by the Chinese  in the 11th century CE. It was like a sun in the night sky.  The star actually exploded  previously but the light of that explosion only reached us 6000 years later. That’s the distance it is from us!!  Can you imagine!! That’s why I love astronomy!! It boggles the mind.

Our galaxy is part of a group of galaxies called the local neighbourhood :D. When we see the andromeda galaxy we are looking at what she was 2.54 million light years ago.

Walking in View Royal

I had a little fun here with the Nik Analog filter that gives photos a vintage look or  an old plate photograph touch.


Fort Rodd Lighthouse across the cove

I live near the water and I’m close to many regional park lands.  The mountains in the distance are The Olympic Range on the American side, across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

The westcoast of the island is spectacular. View Royal is a more rural area but well connected to the town of Victoria.  My brother ( 50 something) and his friends just finished walking the famous, grueling and beautiful West Coast Trail for the last 6 days, through rain forest, torrential mud (the trail when it rains), and over mountain, raging river and chasm carrying 30-40 lb. back packs and watching for bear and cougar.  He saw three people airlifted out by medivac.  No, I’m not in the least bit interested!!  I prefer to be home at tea time and at bedtime.  I’m off to Scotland and Ireland at the end of August!!


The road to the point

Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library has provided a wonderful story inspired by “the road to the point” entitled Apocalypse at Tea Time

old house

An old house on the Cove


gallopping goosebikesepia

Riding the Goose – to Sooke Regional Park from View Royal ( Galloping Goose Trail)

Tales of the tuatha chapter 26 of the keep it sweet and short tales

Where Niamh is renewed


Niamh left her tears on the forest floor and set out with renewed purpose.  At last all was understood. The young selkie on the crossing to the island had been Bran.  Mischievous Bran was the raven thief.  He was the butterfly! Bran had watched over her and he had led her here. Though he was  no longer visible in any incarnation, she knew he remained inside the root of her own being which was ever changing.

Now she was alone but she was no longer afraid. She gave herself over to the wind, and to the water that flowed from the spring down to the sea. She gave herself over to the fierce tree guardians, and to the dreams of swans and bereft father kings. The journey had grown as she had grown. She was leaving childhood behind.  As she went further inland her heart grew stronger.  She saw forest flowers  growing everywhere. She saw the shadow spirits trying unsuccessfully to quench the streams of light that flowed from the dancing mane of Aine’s mare who climbed the eastern sky.*   Niamh knew the sacred spring was close and she still held the 7th dream in her hand.

rosy spring

The waiting spring

Background: *The Goddess Aine was sometimes represented as a red mare or the sun. She was the goddess of harvest and summer.

The 3 leaf shamrock was sacred to the Druids. The number 3 was a mystical number as seen in the triple spiral of the old religion. St. Patrick turned the shamrock into an example of the Holy Trinity.  The sun disc which was another sacred symbol to the ancient Celts became incorporated into  the Celtic cross. Thus the old became part of the new.

Monochrome Madness Time- we all love!!

Thank you Leanne Cole  and Laura Macky!!  Visit their  Monochrome Madness  on Leanne’s blog this week for all the great submissions!

I missed submitting this last week but it’s in this week’s!!

the tree

The Druid’s Tree


and from the visual alchemists  lab  two Infrared studies in the morning park

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep — Rumi

Leanne Cole’s Introductions

What an honour and joy to be one of those featured on Leanne Cole‘s wonderful blog.  I have admired her work since I joined Monochrome Madness by Leanne and Laura Macky. These two wordpress bloggers and  photographers have been so encouraging to me. Much gratitude to these two friends and all who have included me in their followings!!  I’m a bit teary eyed (like my Niamh)- but happily so!!

Leanne’s Blog  - Introduction- The Dune Mouse


Niamh's tears

on the forest floor

Niamh’s tears


niamh's boat

the dark island

Leanne’s fave
from my Tales of the Tuatha chapter 20