A New Beginning…

Another new year, and thoughts of another photo project have been running through my head for a couple weeks, along with the visions of sugarplums and all that good stuff!

In 2011, I took on my first annual photo challenge along with two shutterbug friends. It was a 365 challenge: to take and post a photo each and every day in 2011. I decided to double my efforts and committed to 2 photos every day – one representing the Historic Gardens (my usual haunt) and one from outside the Gardens (to stretch myself a bit). I stuck to it faithfully all year, I am proud to say – the first New Year’s commitment I have ever really followed through with. See my wrap up post from 2011.

We decided to go in slightly different direction in 2012, with a 7/52 project – 7 photos with a central theme each week of the year. While I completed the project, I must confess I did not enjoy it nearly as much.

So… for 2013 I have returned to the 365 concept but with a bit of a variation.  I will once again be shooting and posting daily, wherever possible. But this time I have a theme “What a Wonderful World”, or WWW for short. The photos for this challenge will somehow represent something positive in my day, or in my surroundings, or in my community. It may not be obvious from the photo, but the accompanying text will explain the context as required.

And the last twist I should tell you about, is that this time I will not be selecting only one photo each day. That’s tougher than it sounds, sometimes. So I will narrow down the field to my faves, and then post them all on my Facebook Page and let others decide which should be the winner each day. If you are interested in participating in that exercise, or at least following it, feel free to check out The Garden Shutterbug on Facebook. For those who choose to accept this mission, just take a minute each time I post photos on Facebook, and hit Like for your fave. Simple!

Once the voting has happened (24 hours or so) then I will declare a winner. And that photo, possibly with the runners-up, will be recorded on this blog.

It will be interesting at the end to see how the votes land – it’s all a grand experiment, like most everything else in life. I guess that’s what makes this such a Wonderful World!

TGS

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Project 7×52 – Week 51 – Looking like Christmas

A little snow makes a big difference! Some pre-Christmas beauty in the Historic Gardens.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

TGS

 

Project 7×52 – Week 46 – Late Bloomers & more!

Late November and the Historic Gardens still look gorgeous!

#1 – Some really late Clematis…

#2 – The Paperbark Maple…

#3 – Callicarpa berries…

#4 – Love the kale!

#5 – There are still roses! This is Bonica…

#6 – My favourite little Spindle Tree Berries…

#7 – Ornamental grass… Graziella Maiden Grass

Ahhhhhhh… so nice!

TGS

Project 7×52 – Week 45 – Gathering Dust

It seems that life gets busier and busier, leaving less and less time for the important leisure activities. Yet these very activities will keep us healthy and better able to handle our stressful lives. It’s a vicious circle…

#1 – The Dread-mill…

#2 – Start! Yes, that’s what I need to do…

#3 – Weights…

#4 – And more weights…

#5 – Mat hasn’t been unrolled in years…

#6 – Stationary bike has been, well, just that… stationary in every way!

#7 – My runners… NOT!

I simply HAVE to wipe the dust off these things and start using them!

TGS

 

 

Project 7×52 – Week 44 – Fall Colour II

More fall colour in the beautiful Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

#1 – Rose Glow Barberry…

#2 – Autumn Courtyard…

#3 – Raindrops on roses…

#4 – Twilight…

#5 – Butterfly Bush…

#6 – Oxydendron (a.k.a. Sourwood)…

#7 – Pond colour…

This has been a surprisingly stunning fall for colour – despite the drought conditions in the spring and summer, the leaves have shown great colour and have hung on quite a long time.

TGS

 

Project 7×52 – Week 43 – Fall Colour

Autumn is an amazing time in the Historic Gardens, as evidenced by these 7 photos…

#1 – A frosted ornamental strawberry…

#2 – Fallen leaves…

#3 – Sugar maples…

#4 – Late bloomers in the Rose Garden…

#5 – A view of Allain’s River…

#6 – Colour around the pond…

#7 – Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple…

It just doesn’t get much better than this!

TGS

 

Project 7×52 – Week 42 – Ghost Town

In late October, the Town of Annapolis Royal is taken over by ghosts from our storied past during GHOST TOWN. And as part of this Hallowe’en inspired offering, the Historic Gardens are made over to become Ghostly Gardens.

We have an incredible team of volunteers who spend a week doing this incredible makeover so that visitors can experience the Historic Gardens in a unique way.

#1 – Our “Pumpkin Bonfire” has become an annual tradition…

#2 – Ghosts of the Gardens…

#3 – An inhabitant of the Witch-steria Arbour…

#4 – The Witch’s Lair had some spooky decor…

#5 – The Witch’s Lair by lantern-light…

#6 – One of our ghosts had an angelic aura…

#7 – A trio of ghosts in the Courtyard…

GHOST TOWN 2012 was a wonderful success, with visitors coming to Annapolis Royal from all over Nova Scotia to experience  this unique fall festival. Now we’ll have to start thinking about GHOST TOWN 2013…

For more information about GHOST TOWN, visit www.ExploreGhostTown.com.

TGS

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