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

  • Welcome to my photo journal

    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.

    Post of the Day

    I just learned and am so grateful to have been included in David McMahon’s “Post of the Day”. David is a journalist and internationally-published photographer. He is also the author of the novel Vegemite Vindaloo.

    If you pay his blog a visit you’ll quickly learn why his photos are published internationally. It’s for that reason, I am particularly honoured he chose to include my post Ordinary Miracles as one of his picks for Post of the Day. Thanks David!

    And since David is sharing the blog love, here’s a trio of blog posts I’m going to share with you:

    Deborah Carr’s “What if we were all perfectly coloured and shaped?”

    Shutter Sisters (all the posts) for all you ladies with a passion for photography.

    Elizabeth Harper’s “Washed away”

    Enjoy! If you have a blog post that has touched you in a special way or that you would like to share with others, please post it here for all of us to visit! See you there.

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    Horse Photo Mosaic

    Horses symbolize power, vitality and freedom. Cave art from the Ice Ages depict wild horses and cattle as the most important subjects. In fairy tales horses embody prophetic creatures with magical powers. Psychological symbology interprets horses as noble and intelligent (which they are), though easily frightened or disturbed.

    I’ve always loved horses and miss having them in my life. The beauty now is that I can capture other people’s horses with my lens for them to treasure. Autumn has slipped away up here so today I put together this simple mosaic remembering the warm but windy day these friendly equines allowed me to mingle among them, inhaling their earthy scent and pressing against their soft, yet prickly muzzles.

    If you have horses or livestock you’d like me to capture through my lens, give me a call. If you live near Grande Prairie, Hythe, or anywhere in the Peace River region of Alberta, I welcome a drive through this beautiful countryside. I also have gift certificates available if you have someone with a horse who would love to have special photos taken of their equine steed.

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    Ordinary Miracles

    Ever since I was a child I’ve been drawn to the ordinary. There’s always been an innate sense urging me to pay close attention. It’s funny though if you think of it, everything that is ordinary really is rather extraordinary.

    For me my mother was, and still is, an ordinary miracle — she lives on in the eyes and soul of her daughter. Surely the reason I am the woman I am is because of her (now resting in peace and remembered with her heartwarming smile).


    The snapshot of my mom is just that, an ordinary snapshot. It doesn’t have to be professional or using the techniques of a serious photographer. What matters is that it exists and serves as a permanent image and reminder of one very special moment bearing significance to me.

    What sorts of ordinary miracles have you discovered today, or lately?

    Would you like me to come and photograph them with you, or for you? For all of you living beyond Alberta, contact a local photographer to come and take those magical ordinary moments for you. If you too are a photographer I hope you will capture your ordinary miracles.

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    When you least expect it

    It’s so true that we discover some of life’s most extraordinary moments when we least expect it.

    I had just walked a public labyrinth located in Victoria, BC and was drawn to a colourful and amazingly well kept church across the street. Camera in hand my intent was simply to get a few shots of the sharp architecture and vibrant colours of the building. No sooner had I crossed the street, a van pulled up and out stepped two figures: a white haired elderly woman and a neatly dressed young man no more than about twelve. What happened next is what I captured through my lens. This to me is the epitome of Life’s Sweet Ordinary.


    Notice the boy’s shoes? Someone really cares about him as well.

    “Learn from the people who have walked the path before you … respect them. Because someday — and sooner than you could ever imagine — you’re going to be old too.” — Anonymous

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    Shutter Sister’s photo challenge

    I belong to a wonderful online group called Shutter Sisters. Among the many wonderful and inspiring aspects of belonging to this group is a challenge called the Superhero Challenge. The current challenge by Jen Lemen is, “For this week’s Superhero Photo Challenge, go to your kitchen counter and capture that glimpse of ordinary magic you might have overlooked otherwise.” It’s such coincidence that earlier in the day, almost as if I had subconsciously known what the challenge may be, I took this single shot:

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    Photographing Dogs

    The more I photograph dogs (and horses too), the more I enjoy it. Dogs don’t worry about posing and they live in the moment. A week ago I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot in Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie, Alberta with a delightful American Bulldog. Yes, he may look very similar to a boxer in certain shots but he’s an entirely different breed. Most of them have a huge amount of white but I found Henry’s deep brindle colouring unique and spectacular wrapped up in one mighty package.

    Henry was like a curious child. He paid attention to everything and everyone yet stayed close to his human mom. He would frolic and bounce and make faces. It was sheer delight the hour I spent with him.

    Visit my website to see more of my photos. Contact me to book a fun candid photo shoot for your dog (or cat, or horse, or llama, or …).

    Don’t you love being around people or pets who live in the moment? What are some of your special sweet ordinary moments?

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