observed by Diane » photo journal for those who enjoy vignettes of an ordinary life

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    Living on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada Diane loves the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, and holds discoveries and stories in high regard.

    Where mornings begin with a drum roll! --Diane M Schuller

    Updated on random Mondays ... simply an online journal of an ordinary life. Come on in to enjoy a breath of West Coast air.

    A Year of Moving Forward

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I do set goals for myself, however.

    Most of the time my goal setting is related to my writing and now with my photography. Those are all good & necessary things, of course. When I was visiting a few Flickr friends the other day I was struck by one of the beautiful photos of a lovely paper Parisian peace crane. Granted, the photo of it was what struck me at first. But, like cupid’s arrow, its ‘potion’ shot deep inside me. There was a stirring within me as if that peace crane was fluttering about, nudging me to comprehend what it was telling me.

    The next thing I did was to Google “peace crane” to see if there might be instructions on the Internet on how to make these lovely origami creations. Sure enough, I found oodles of instructions, many of which are also in video format. So, that leads me to what I plan to include in 2009 as a resolution of sorts.

    My 2009 resolutions (a better term would be challenges or intentions) will be monthly and, although I’m sure most will be of a creative nature, they will all teach me something or move me forward in some way. January’s resolution (challenge/intention) is to teach myself to make origami peace cranes. Who knows, if I get good enough at making them, I may be able to gift them to others.

    Each month in 2009 I will select something to learn or do in that month. I’ll post them here and provide photos of the results of each of my monthly resolutions (challenges/intentions). Tell me, what are you resolved to do — I mean really do — in 2009?


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    So cold

    It continues to be in the minus 30’s and warming in the minus 20’s during the day.


    Depending upon the time of day, the snow has different colour casts. I’ve chosen not to remove the natural tints to demonstrate that cold and snow have different colours. You can see more examples of this in my Flickr photos to the right (see the ones with that almost peach tone).

    cold_home-8826wtrmarkThis is where the wild animals such as deer, moose, and elk seek shelter from the bitter winds.

    cold_home-8830wtrmarkTurned the corner and I’m almost home.

    cold_home-8836wtrmarkMade it! I’m home.

    Have you had enough of the cold yet? Next time I’ll tell you about my resolutions for 2009 (and none of them have anything to do with losing weight or any of those standards).


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    Joy … making spirits bright

    Yesterday I received a beautiful photocard from another photographer. It was a delightful black and white of her smiling and joyful daughters. Lyn had added the lyrics to Jingle Bells on her photo creating a truly spirit-lifting greeting. My desire is to wish you a season that lifts your spirits.


    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, my greeting for you remains the same:

    Warm wishes for the very best the holidays can offer: time for reflection, relaxation, family, friends, creativity, and tasty food too. Thank you to each of you who visits and leaves your comments. A special thank you to each of my new clients and your families. May you and yours enjoy a very happy new year.

    Here’s to the past, the present, and your successful & joyful future.

    Warm thoughts and joy from our home to yours,


    (continuing to capture life’s sweet ordinary into the coming year … “see”  you in 2009)


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    Happy, Jolly

    We have favourites for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s the aesthetic, sometimes it touches us in a significant way, perhaps a sentimental reason or perhaps it simply gives us joy. The reason this is one of my favourite decorative items each Christmas is because it was something my Mom bought for me. She knew I enjoyed Santa images and, like her, this chubby, jolly fellow simply induces a natural smile from all those who see him.

    roly poly Santa

    His happy, jolly presence gives joy simply by being. Here’s another Santa that is one of my other favourites.

    Usually the reason something has meaning to us, is far more important than the item itself. It bounds reverberating like a belly laugh from the heart.

    “It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.” 

    ~ Marjorie Holmes, American writer.

    “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” 

    ~ Oren Arnold

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    Perfect Gift Idea

    Still struggling with what to get that hard-to-buy-for person? Don’t settle for another tie, box of chocolates, pair of slippers, or a duplicate CD. Struggle no more.

    harp player

    So how do you get a cool reaction and genuine smile on Christmas morning? Have a glistening little fabric bag with a Gift Certificate tucked inside towards an exclusive photo session by Diane Schuller. Gift certificates are redeemable for any lifestyle photography session for individuals, families or pets!

    Make it easy and make it one of the most memorable presents that you give. Gift certificates can be for any amount towards a session and come wrapped, ready to place under the tree.


    Photo sessions focus on capturing yours or your pet’s personality, creating a visual story of the family or the  bond that exists between you and your four-legged friend. Contact Diane at dianeschuller @ gmail . com to order yours today!

    Diane is available in or around Grande Prairie and the Peace River region of Alberta, as well as the North Peace Region of Dawson Creek BC and surrounding areas, but is pleased to travel anywhere in Alberta to capture your precious moments.


    Be a hit with the best gift under the tree this year!

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