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Blurry Insight

Blurry Insight, Night Reflections - Ellie Kennard 2019
Blurry Insight – Ellie Kennard 2019

It’s been a while since I published an intentionally blurred image, but the other night, this scene was irresistible to me. Blurry insight, and night reflections, are we inside looking out or outside looking in?

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Ipswich Town Upside Down

Ipswich in reflection - Ellie Kennard 2016
Ipswich in reflection – Ellie Kennard 2016

When we lived in England, I spent a number of years working in the town of Ipswich, in Suffolk. In those days (1980’s) we tended to park a vehicle and walk around the friendly little town, both during the day and at night. The last time we were there, however, in September of 2018, we parked our car (at a very expensive rate) to walk to a restaurant in the town at night. There were 3 of us including my husband Steven, but even so we all felt so uncomfortable, so unsafe, that I resolved never to enter the town on foot again at night. The streets where we walked were in the same part we had known so well. But they were so different that it was as if we were in an entirely unknown town. Where was my friendly, familiar Ipswich?

As in this reflection, my perception of Ipswich was turned upside down. This photograph was taken during our visit of 2016 when, even then in the friendly daylight, I was marvelling at the fact that it looked totally unfamiliar.

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Peonies

peony - Ellie Kennard 2015
A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it – Ellie Kennard 2015

During 2015 I was part of a mentorship about creating intentional blur, which was the most fun I had had in as long as I can remember. It changed the way I looked at the world through my lens immeasurably – in so many good ways. These photos were both taken during that mentorship and bring back warm memories of my experiences at that time, the great people who taught me so much and the lovely warm summer we had that year.

A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it - Ellie Kennard 2015
A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it – Ellie Kennard 2015
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Winter Feathers

Feather - Ellie Kennard 2012
Feather – Ellie Kennard 2012

It is winter again and the birds are looking for feeders and for seeds and leftover harvest to glean. We have fed the birds for 20 years but now no longer do so. We had a warning about a disease spreading via birdfeeders among the finches in our Province of Nova Scotia. Although winter was apparently not considered a high risk period for this disease and many people began to put their feeders out again, we decided against it. We had too many fatal instances of bird strike and we just couldn’t bear it each time it happened.

We still see the birds, but in the trees and bushes around us, we just have to keep watching for them. 

This photo was originally taken in a snow storm in 2012, of a chickadee flying toward a feeder and about to land. I submitted it for a Scavenger hunt entry in that year for the theme “Feather”. It got awarded 1st prize from one of the judges, which I was delighted with, especially so early in my photographic journey. I have rescued the photo to 

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Day Lily Delight

Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016
Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016

Original Post: August 13, 2016 – photo links to Blur photo gallery

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

As I am rescuing images and posts from Google+ I found this photo taken in 2012 of Day Lilies and it seemed a good place to put them.

Day Lilies after the Rain - Ellie Kennard 2012
Day Lilies after the Rain – Ellie Kennard 2012

Original Post: July 176, 2012 – 198/366 – Day Lilies after the Rain – photo links to Floral photo gallery

It seems that it is raining everywhere except where it needs it most. We need a lot of rain and we did have a very cloudy day with a few showers. But no real good downpours or nice steady rain. The day lily flower only lasts for one day (hence the name). There are day lilies everywhere at this time of year and I would consider this one of the most common. That doesn’t make it any less lovely in my opinion.

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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Blurred Lines on the Port Side

Halifax Port - Ellie Kennard 2015
Halifax Port – Ellie Kennard 2015

Week 25/26: Blur

I was sitting in the cafeteria in the Cunard Centre in Halifax looking out of the window at the dock structures when I saw how beautifully the condensation streaking the glass between the grid of the frames worked with the outside elements and at the same time blurred the lines. Right in front of this scene people were constantly milling around as they ordered their food and collected cutlery. Then, suddenly there was a break and I took this.

#BWProject26

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