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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.

    After the Storm

    Once again I’m responding to today’s post over at Shutter Sisters. Stephanie Roberts wrote a post about an exciting experience she had then ended it with this statement, “Show us something extraordinary today.”


    snowdrift after the storm (that

    snowdrift after the storm (that's a 6 ft high gate) behind the drift

    Well do I have something most of you will find extraordinary. Living in such a remote and isolated area, I haven’t had as great an opportunity as Stephanie shared. But this weekend we experienced a raging snow storm with blizzard conditions producing a windchill factor of minus 50C (fifty degrees below zero). On the weekend I mistakenly told someone I thought the approximate windchill factor was about minus 40 but when I watched the news last night that’s when I learned the windchill factor had been minus 50 up here. This morning it is 37C below zero before any windchill factor — my weather facts and perhaps these images may well be something extraordinary to most of you!


    top: during the storm; bottom: after

    top: during the storm; bottom: after

    With these two during / after photos, note that in the top image, that bar is the top of our 6 ft. high chainlink fence! Yes, that’s how high the drifts were.

    My apologies for the poor quality of these photos: my fingers were getting frostbitten and it was bitterly cold trying to steady myself in the wind and cold, not to mention trying to focus.

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    The Right Light

    This is a response to Shutter Sister’s Superhero photo challenge for this week.

    “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” ~Elliott Erwitt

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    “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” ~George Eastman


    Diane is a lifestyle photographer serving Grande Prairie & Northern Alberta. Visit Diane Schuller Photography.

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    Thoughtful Friday

    spruce cone

    “Some of nature’s most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake.” – Rachel Carson

    Leave the mouse behind and take a magnifying glass (real or metaphorically) outdoors this weekend … do it with your family or friends, enjoy!

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    Fresh Face

    Well, as you can see I’m trying on a new face. Once I went through the themes with light backgrounds, I found several that I liked. Some had a real classy look yet had a very narrow text box for photos and some had teeny tiny print that I was sure you’d curse me for! Then I found two that have a flexible width so I am really hoping when I try offering you the first of my monthly desktop wallpapers, it will ‘hold’ the size. This is going to be an experiment (in size) so if the images I’m offering end up pixelating then I’ll have to find a different way of offering them (either in a pdf document or by including them over at my website gallery). I know that in the past I have come across a few personal blogs like this that offer images and instead of right-clicking, you simply click on the image and it automatically downloads in full size. If any of you are far more web savvy than I am and know how to do this, please contact me to explain or share the coding process. See, I’m really in learning mode!

    I plan to offer you a choice of two desktop wallpapers each month. The two images below in this post are yours to use and to brighten up your days. You are welcome to send others here as well to share in the colourful backdrop as we head towards spring. Right click to save it and then add it as your wallpaper.



    ** Please note: these images are being made available for personal use only. They are not to be used for commercial purposes.

    On Thursday or Friday I will post about the giveaway and a couple of the things I taught myself so far this year. Sorry to scoot off … today I have a proposal to complete and submit, dogs to walk, and another interview to arrange. That means it’s time to get off the computer and get my bones off to work. Cheers!


    {Reminder for those with dogs, I still write the occasional post over at Dogs Naturally.}

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    Sunrise in the City

    As promised, here’s one more image from my recent trip to Edmonton. It’s a shot of the sunrise and the other buildings reflected in the glass of the building across the street from the hotel where I stayed. Isn’t it beautiful?

    Sunrise Reflections :: Copyright © Diane Schuller

    Sunrise Reflections :: Copyright © Diane Schuller

    I have good news. With my recent decision to spend less time on the Internet and with a renewed interest in the life that surrounds me, I’m experiencing my own sunrise of sorts. I’ve finally begun to revisit my fiction writing. It feels so good. It’s like a golden light filling that corner of my creative self. Really all I’ve done is give myself less time as a mouse-potato resulting in more time out experiencing the outdoors and real life. I highly recommend it.

    I don’t plan on cutting out any of my other creative pursuits, particularly the photography. I’m just so pleased that my fiction has risen up to see the light of my days.

    Remember I had mentioned at the beginning of the year I don’t do resolutions but definitely set goals? This year in my personal goals, I’ve been doing something very different: each month I have set out to learn or experience one new thing. Well I’m pleased to share that not only has that been an easy one to accomplish but (so far) I’ve been tackling more than one new thing in January and February. Unless I get sidetracked (which is entirely possible), the next post will demonstrate the results of another of my new self-taught lessons from February. (Oh yes, and I have a give-a-way coming up very soon … it’s really a pay-it-forward.)

    What new thing have you taught yourself recently? Or, what new thing have you experienced recently?

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    Something Fresh for March

    I need your input.

    I have decided I would like to offer you, my blog readers, a free desktop wallpaper for download every month beginning in March. Because I am limited to the size I can offer with this particular blog format, it has me considering a slight change. This is where I need your input please.


    Cyclamen © Copyright Diane Schuller. All Rights Reserved.

    Cyclamen © Copyright Diane Schuller. All Rights Reserved.



    To be able to ‘drop in’ a suitably sized image for you to download once each month, I would have to change the particular blog theme so that it can handle a larger sized image (in dimension and pixels). So, are you open to seeing a facelift here? If I do a facelift to the blog I’m still limited to using the standard WordPress templates, especially since I have no idea how to customize blog themes. You are the ones coming to view the photos and read the blog, so I felt I’d give you the opportunity for input on this. Would you like to see a fresh perky white or light background? I thought it might be nice with Spring soon upon us anyway. I really like how the black background allows the photos to stand out, although white can do the same thing. So, here are the two real questions for which I need a response:

    1. Would you be interested in a free downloadable desktop wallpaper (a new one available each month)?
    2. Would you like to see a change in theme with a white or other light background (even if only for the spring & summer months)?

    If you have other suggestions how I could conveniently offer the free downloadable photos each month, I’d love to read your suggestions. Also, if you have any other suggestions about the blog theme (how the blog looks), bearing in mind I haven’t a clue how to customize using CSS (whatever that is) or HTML.


    PS: This is blog post 2 of 2 for today! … just in case you missed the one below.

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