Adding some spring to that fall step

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Who says you need to stick to warm colours during the autumn months? Not me. Sometimes, a few of those brighter spring colours are exactly what you need.

And if those bright spring colours happen to be decorating a bouquet of orchids? Well, there’s no complaining about that. Especially if those orchids come on the last day of a particularly busy week.

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A Cookie update

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It’s been a while since I posted about my rabbit, Cookie. So I thought this week’s photo post was a good opportunity to give you an update.

Not that there’s much of an update to give. Cookie hasn’t changed much since I last posted a photo of her.

Although, she has learned a new trick, of sorts. She’s figured out how to close her pen door from the outside. She just hasn’t quite figured out how to open it up again, which means she can’t get to her food, water, or litter.

She really is too smart for own good sometimes.

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Autumn

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I love fall. It’s probably my favourite time of year.

No, not because of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I don’t actually like those.

Fall is my favourite time of year because of the colours and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Because it’s cold enough to wear a soft sweater, but not so cold that it hurts to spend more than a few minutes outside. Because I can sit inside with my fireplace lit, a hot drink in my hands and a book in my lap.

And the fact that I can buy these adorable little pumpkins at the grocery store? That’s just a bonus.

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Animal instinct

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It always surprises me a bit when animals don’t flinch at the sound of a camera’s shutter, especially when I’m as close to them as I was this little frog. The edge of my lens couldn’t have been more than a few inches from him, and yet he just sat calmly on the lip of the net while I clicked away.

As much as I love photographing animals, it can sometimes be frustrating. They tend not to be still for very long. They either want to run from or inspect the camera. Basically, they go ahead and follow their instincts.

Despite all of that, I still find it easier to photograph animals than people. It’s a lot less stressful, somehow. Plus, you get some utterly adorable pictures out of it.

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In bloom

I’m going to do something a little different with today’s photo post. Normally I would write up a little narrative, something for you to read between photos.
Not for these ones, though. I love these flower pictures, but I don’t really have much to say about them. So I’m just going to let them speak for themselves.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Summer nights

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If you read July’s Monthly Update, you may remember that I mentioned I was going on vacation early in the month. I went with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law down to the States for about a week and a half.

It was a great trip–lots of shopping, lots of family time, and lots of relaxing. It was exactly what we all needed.

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The first half of the trip was spent in Iowa. We have family there, and it had been about five years since we’d been down to visit. They did come up to see us recently–for Denie and Kaleigh’s wedding last summer, and for Dad’s funeral in December–but it felt like a really long time since we’d been the ones to make the trip.

I’m so glad we made it this summer. Plus, our timing meant we were there for July 4. Admittedly, the fireworks we saw were a bit disappointing, but spending the day out at my aunt and uncle’s farm was pretty wonderful.

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The second half of the trip was spent at a cabin in Minnesota. We rented a place on Lake Emily for a few nights. It was the perfect size for the four of us, with a large fire pit and a path directly down to the lake. Our timing was perfect, too. It rained a couple of nights, but the days were sunny and the evenings beautiful.

All of that said, the trip was bittersweet. It was our first family vacation without my dad, and his presence was definitely missed. He would have enjoyed both Iowa and Minnesota, and having him there with us would have made it so much better.

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Something I need a little more of

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Oddly, though, I almost never buy flowers for myself, so I rarely have the chance to photograph them. These ones were a surprise from my mom. She dropped them off one afternoon a few weeks ago, brightening my day.

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I really do need to buy myself flowers more often. If nothing else, they provide some beautiful pictures.