Discovered: The L.A. Flower District

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Recently, I traveled to Southern California. Β While there, I had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Flower District.

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I believe almost every flower imaginable is shipped there! Just kidding, I know that isn’t true… but it sure felt like it! Fresh flowers from all over the world arrive (almost) freshly picked.

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Some were obviously more recognizable than others! πŸ˜‰

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To think… all these were available in November!

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After being purchased, flowers are wrapped in newspaper, often from their country of origin.

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Well, I hoped you enjoyed a little taste of my journey through the flower market! I found the whole process fascinating and am super glad I took the opportunity to go when it was offered!

Always, Aims

Yellow

Just something to make you smile on a Monday morning! πŸ˜€ Yellow is one of those “smilely colours”, wouldn’t you agree?

On a side note…I’m out in Colorado for the week doing a photography course! (How cool is that, eh?!) Super excited to be here, to have the opportunity to learn, to stretch my skill, to spend time with other photographers! πŸ˜€ I’ll be posting during my week here, so be sure and check in to see what I’m up too!

Always, Aims

The Tea Master

 

So…I recently bought a tea master. πŸ™‚ I’d heard good things about them, I’d even seen one or two. Β But wasn’t planning to buy one…until I saw they were 75% off. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, it’s a super cool tea pot. πŸ™‚ (I mean, the tea pours falls out the bottom! How cool is that?!)

I love loose leaf teas so I’m pretty excited about this and will definitely be putting it to good use, especially in the coming fall and winter months…(wow! I can’t believe I just wrote that! Fall and winter?!)

Yup, now I can make myself a tea latte anytime I want. (Yes, this is a good thing…I think πŸ˜‰ )

Just thinking about tea makes me smile. πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

Post Number 100?!

My 100th blog post…how cool it that?! πŸ™‚

(Where has the time gone?!)

It’s been just over five months since I started blogging consistently (and yes, I know the last couple weeks haven’t been that consistent. πŸ˜›Β ) Summer has been crazy with so many extra little things and parties and…everything!

However, looking back over the few months that I’ve been blogging…it’s been exciting; a learning experience – to be sure – but in a great one! πŸ™‚ I love looking at my stats page… to see which countries have viewed my blog (to date, 73 different countries have viewed this blog…that’s pretty amazing if you think about it!) adding up to over 13,000 blog visits with over 200 followers. Connecting with so many different people from so many different places would never have happened otherwise! When I log into WordPress it’s almost as if the whole world shrinks and is suddenly at my fingertips… (but that’s just one of the wonders of the internet in general, I guess.) But, it still amazes me – so there. πŸ˜›

So thanks, to my followers, to my family, and to my friends (those who comment and those who don’t πŸ˜‰ ) for all the support! Blogging would be boring without you all!

It’s been a fantastic journey so far, thanks for joining me during my first 100… I for one, am looking forward to the next 100! πŸ˜€

Always, Aims

P.s. I promised myself once, that I would never publish a blog post without (at least) one picture…however, my mind kept coming up blank trying to think of a picture to go with this post. (This also may or may not have to do with the fact that it’s Monday morning and I haven’t had coffee yet…) I just can’t even think of something that would be fitting. :-S

So, my 100th blog post is also my first picture-less post!

An Outdoor Concert

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been spending some time with my family this week. πŸ™‚ We spent the long weekend out of town and stretched that into Tuesday and for some that carried on into Wednesday.

Yesterday, our “family band” gave some guests a little outdoor concert.

Trying to make a longish story short… there were about 10 RVs parked in our baseball diamond over night.

They’re on their way across Canada (how cool is that?!) The evening’s entertainment included a little Southern Gospel music. πŸ˜€

Our band…

The man who started it all, my Grandpa. Instilling a love of music into his children who have passed it down to their children.

Grandpa started the band years ago when my mom and her siblings were kids. Β It’s grown to include their spouses and the grandchildren. Β Over the years we’ve played in church and different nursing homes throughout the city.

Violins…

Cellos…

Bass Guitar and viola

Cousin love πŸ™‚

The keyboard.

The newest addition to the family band. The Double Bass!

He was tuning at the time I took the picture, hence the serious expression. πŸ˜‰

More guitars and one of the three mandolins (a little too cool look at the camera though πŸ˜‰ )

Introducing the all new “Mandolin-Air”.

Another electric

Another way to play pizzicato, just hold it like a guitar πŸ˜‰

Of course, our guests! πŸ˜€

After this I joined in with my violin! It was great to play together again! As we’ve grown up and there are more schedules to work with it’s hard to get everyone together at the same time! Β Even last night there were at least three missing. If we’re all there I think we’re about 21 musicians strong (not including the mandolin air πŸ˜‰ )

So very thankful for my grandparents and my parents who have encouraged the love of music in their children and grandchildren!

Definitely a lovely memory of this summer!

Always, Aims

Ah Summer.

What does summer usually entail for you? Long summer afternoons on a hammock with some ice cold lemonade (complete with a lemon wedge of course)? Or perhaps evenings spent watching the sun set over a lake?

(Wouldn’t that be nice, eh?) πŸ˜‰

Along with an unpredictable schedule…and lots of extra all around business…my summer is flying by!

It’s nice to take time to be with the family…and that’s what I’ve been doing a little of over the weekend.

Always, Aims

Why a Photographer loves RAIN!

So we’ve had a rainy spring…I won’t deny that! I decided to write this post after reading various tweets/statuses etc. about how much people hate the rain! I’m SO tired of the complaints…!!! I love it, so there!

Rain in the Okanagan Valley! Can’t you almost smell it?!

I’m going to enjoy it while I can…because you know what? Those same people will be complaining in July/August when the ground is starving for moisture and we’re enduring 35+ degrees Celsius… (That’s about 95+ Fahrenheit if you’re American.) Ok I’ll stop ranting now, this wasn’t meant to be a “rant post”. πŸ™‚

So for all those complaining…here are a few reasons I decided not too whine. As a photographer, I like the rain because our flowers look like this….

I love that the rain helps our my Mom’s little garden does this…

It makes everything so frash…so clean….

Ah, the sounds… Ever opened your window while it’s raining just to hear it falling outside? Have you ever fallen asleep at night listening to it drip off your roof? It’s…phenomenal. Β Maybe because it’s a natural sound… knowing it isn’t made electronically, nothing about it is changed. Everyone through the ages have heard the sound of falling rain…that’s pretty awesome if you think about it.

The smell… that can’t be properly described nor can a picture capture it. But nothing compares with that moment when you walk outside after a rainstorm and you’re enveloped with the wave of freshness. Β Or taking a deep breath and you can smell that raining coming…ah, one of the best gifts of spring!

There’s something kind of freeing…or perhaps childish of walking down the street and hearing the splash your footsteps make…even if it is childish, I like it, so there.

I may or may not “stomp” in puddles on purpose. πŸ˜‰

Guess that’s more than enough ranting for today. Just wanted to say…if it’s raining, open the window smell the fresh air and be thankful!

Sunshine is probably just around the corner πŸ˜‰

You know me…it’s a great excuse to cuddle up with an extra cup of coffee! Always, Aims

P.s. No, this isn’t meant to be the end all argument on “rain”. I realize it’s flooding etc. in my area right now. This post was meant to encourage people to make the best of what lots see as a “bad situation”. Β Stop complaining, sit back, and enjoy the good side of things!