MumI thought it would be good to get together a few photos of my Mum, Cris, who unfortunately passed away 5 years ago, almost to the day. Sadly Mum didn’t like having her picture taken and so there are not that many photos of her, especially after my brother and I had grown up.

There are a few things I have been putting off subconsciously for a while now. However, I feel that looking back helps me deal with the grief. There were lots of boxes of Mum’s things in the garage and I have only recently started to go through them. In some of those boxes were some old photos which gave me the idea for this post. I am now able to look back with a smile on my face instead of tears in my eyes…

Mum meant the world to me. We were very close and we were always in contact even when I was on the other side of the world. Dealing with a loss like that is pretty tough and you come out the other side a slightly different person. I wrote a post a little while ago about some of the effects of grief and looking back I think this was when I realised that I was getting over the worst of it. I think that is why I am so determined to make the most of the time I have…

Vancouver From AboveAbout this time last year my wife and I were in Canada. When I first started this blog I had intended to write a sort of diary with a post for what we got up to. A whole year has passed and I never managed to get to it so instead I thought I would write a single post with the highlights of the trip.

We flew in to Vancouver, drove around Vancouver Island, then back to the mainland, through the mountains and eventually flew back from Calgary. Here is a Google Map to show the complete route of our trip, where we stayed and any points of interest.

Along the way we saw Grizzly and Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles and many other creatures all in the wild as well as taking trips on a helicopter, ski-lifts and gondolas, sea planes and boats of all differing sizes.

Anyway with all the pictures this post grown into a bit of a monster so lets get to it…

Taking PhotosI love photographs. I really enjoy taking photos, and I love looking through old photos that bring back so many memories. Now that probably isn’t very surprising since I mention my passion for photography a lot here on this blog.

Recently while looking at the mass of photos that need editing and the boxes of old photos and slides that I need to digitise I recently had pause for thought. Do I really need them all?

This got me thinking a bit more about what purpose these photos have. After a bit of thought I eventually arrived at the most important question. ‘Why do we keep photographs?’

This is a very interesting question and I have a feeling there may be more than one answer to it. Until I work out exactly what these photographs mean to me then things can get a bit confusing when it comes to editing. Which photos do I keep and which do I throw away? I end up being a bit indecisive and then spend time editing a lot of photos that are average at best. I feel this is a bit of a waste of time and I end up with a lot more photos than necessary and as an added insult the average quality of the photos is lower than it should be…

Stroking The TurtleWhile I was backpacking around the world I had the wonderful opportunity of watching a Loggerhead Turtle lay her eggs before crawling back to the water. It was a pretty amazing experience and one that I am very proud to have witnessed.

I saw this turtle at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg, in Australia. I visited there back in December 1999. It was a long night as I didn’t get back to my room till 05:30 the following morning but it was well worth it.

The monumental effort involved for the turtle to drag herself up the beach, dig a nest and lay the clutch of eggs almost seems to much to handle. That is only half the battle though as she still has to cover the nest back up with sand and then crawl all the way back to the ocean before swimming off back to her natural habitat.

As this item is on my bucket list I thought it might be nice to upload some of my photos. I hope one day to return and watch some turtles hatch and make their way to the sea for the first time so that is also on the list.

Large Red DamselflyThis is a sort of follow on article from Thoughts On Copyright. The first article goes into how copyright and licensing affects the freedom of use of any material that anyone produces.

This article is about the different types of content I may produce and my thoughts on how I should license my work. If you are thinking of creating any work of your own then the ideas raised in this post may be of benefit to you but make sure that any license you use aligns with your way of thinking before you commit to it.

Once I have defined what I want the license to achieve then I can get into the territory of finding a suitable license for each type of material that I may produce. From my point of view that will include everything from posts on my blog and any of my other websites, websites designed for other people, photos and other graphical images, any books I may write and software applications for both Windows and the Web—possibly even Linux, Mac, iPhone or even something else down the line.

Wedding AftermathI have started the editing process for my step-daughter’s wedding so I thought it time to share some of the photos from the day. I am by no means finished but at least I have made a start.

Overall I am quite pleased with the quality of these photos. There are, however, definitely a few points I want to raise in case there is another amateur photography reading who is thinking about photographing a wedding. Or even to help me if I am asked to photograph another wedding.

So, just to explain, this post is a collection of photos from the wedding of Lianne & Kev, along with some points raised after my second attempt at wedding photography.

This is only a very small selection of the photos taken. The images shown are specifically designed for display on this web site and are not big enough to be printed. So if you are a friend or family member of the happy couple you will have to wait a little bit longer until I have finished editing the images. Don’t worry though that shouldn’t be too much longer…

The Happy CoupleEarlier this week I celebrated my third wedding anniversary with my wonderful wife, Shirley. And what an amazing life we now have together.

To celebrate we went to Rome for a few days, somewhere I have never been before. So you can expect a few photos in the not too distant future. In fact I’m not sure why Rome wasn’t on my bucket list?

Luckily we both have a passion for travelling and have already visited many great places together. We will have to start thinking about where to go for our next anniversary…

I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of the beautiful photos from that wonderful day three years ago. It was the perfect day and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

It has been very hard trying to pick the limited number of photos to show but hopefully this will give you a good overview of the whole day.

Chimpanzee WalkingHere are some photos from a recent trip to Monkey World.

This is a refuge for rescued apes from around the world. This includes animals that have suffered abuse or neglect and provides rehabilitation back into some sort of natural living groups.

We took a trip there to celebrate June’s birthday, my Mother-in-Law. June even had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy, the star from the program Monkey Life.

It gave me the perfect opportunity to get my camera out as practice for Lianne’s upcoming wedding at the end of this month. Bit of luck really as I was definitely a bit rusty…

Taking photos through fences or glass can add to the challenge and as some of the shots were inside with low light that gave me a few more things to think about.

Boats In A RowFor last years wedding anniversary, Shirley and I went to Polperro, in Cornwall, for the weekend.

It was a picturesque little place and the weather was pretty much ideal so I couldn’t help but take some time out to take a few photos. What better way to showcase some of those photos than here on my blog.

In case you are interested we stayed in a lovely little Bed and Breakfast called Chyavallon. It was a nice easy stroll down into the village and the harbour, and it wasn’t too far back up the hill afterwards. The rooms was comfortable, the owners were really friendly and the breakfast was great.

I am still not really sure what to do with my photos in the long run? If I do plan on trying to create some money from them down the line I need to protect their integrity. That is why I am only including fairly small, web-based images for now. I will have to put some proper thought into this in a future post.

Feel free to leave a comment, it is nice to know there is someone reading…

St Ives HarbourThis post is a bit late because I have been on holiday in Cornwall for a week.

Every year Shirley and I try to go away with the family. We rent out a house and take everyone along, including all 4 of the grand-children.

This year we found a house in St Ives for us all to stay in. It was only a short walk from the town centre.

Even though it isn’t that far away I can honestly say I have never been that far into Cornwall. I was stunned at how beautiful it was. And the weather was pretty amazing, especially as it was April.

I think everyone had a wonderful time and Shirley is already looking for somewhere to go next year…

Anyway I thought I would post a quick selection of holiday snaps. Enjoy…