30 Days in England: Day 21 (Roman Baths)

Yesterday was a tiny peek of the city of Bath.  A good chunk of the day we spent in Bath (sounds better when you pronounce it with a British accent by the way!) was spent in the old Roman Baths.  Wow…was that ever amazing!

The architecture was outstanding!

Down inside was just as phenomenal…but I really had to pick and choose my pictures (especially when trying to fit the entire Roman Baths into one post!)

Old tiles…used for heating.

An indoor round bath…

Back outside but down below

Looking up

Visiting the Roman Baths was totally worth it… there’s so much history and information.  Re-reading this post, I realize I’ve barely scratched the surface…hopefully it’s just enough to make you want to visit! 😉

Always, Aims

 

30 Days in England: Day 17

Last day in Oxford, I promise! 🙂 Thanks for coming along on my little journey through Oxford these past few days, I seriously enjoyed sharing such a small  part of this wondrous city with you!

Other cities coming up are London, Bath, Bournemouth, and Chawton… so be sure and check back daily. 😀

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”. 🙂

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.  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.  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. 😉

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 😉

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”.  Stop complaining, sit back, and enjoy the good side of things!

 

30 Days in England: Day 2

Child playing along the English Channel

Ever since I was old enough to want to…I’ve wanted to travel! 🙂 I loved the various road trips we did as a family growing up.  Also, I love reading… I always wanted to physically go to some of those places rather than just visit in my imagination through the pages and pictures in a book.

This dream came true in 2010 when I had the amazing opportunity to travel to England. This was my first trip out of North America…and I was ecstatic! I wasn’t disappointed…I loved (almost) every minute of it! (I’d be lying if I said I loved every minute of it…because who likes to be delayed in an airport for 23 hours on the way home?! But it’s ok…I learned a lot in that experience 😉 )

I went with my Grandmother and younger sister to visit our Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. 😀  They live close to a city called Henley-on-the-Thames.

Brighton Peir

The first “big city” we visited was Brighton. (Yeah, the seaside city that Lydia Bennet goes to in Pride and Prejudice.)

Looking out at Brighton from the Brighton Peir

Oops…so much for (only) posting one picture! Well, that’s what you get from a photographer! 😛

Till tomorrow… Cheerio, Aims

Feature: Anna Grad ’12


Today I get the pleasure of featuring Anna! She’s graduating from high school this year and we decided to start celebrating already!  She’s graduating in a couple of months, and we also “happened” to do this shoot the day after her 18th birthday. 🙂

Not only does Anna have a fun personality, I like her fashion sense too. 😀  She inspires me to be different and to be more adventurous in my own fashion tastes.

We did the shoot in downtown Kelowna at the waterfront.  After having a snowfall the week before, we were both pretty excited to have such a sunny afternoon for the photoshoot.

 

Anna is also a licensed lifeguard and swim teacher, but her future plans include something in the nursing field. I’m pretty sure she’ll be fantastic at whatever she sets out to do!

Hey, she can even drive stick (I can’t do that yet!) I mean, how cool is that? 😉

 

I had a blast Anna, thanks for letting me take your pics! All the best for your future! Hope to see you through my lens again soon! (Sooner than later I think… I’ve seen her prom dress already!) 😉

 

Always, Aims