I’ve chosen these photos in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.” Today is the first day after the summer residency program which I participated in. I must admit, I’m feeling a little lost. But here’s what a great day would have been over the last 3 months.

You can see a print table set up for work, samples of quilt fabrics and various table linens all printed. On a good day I would leave school early enough to catch the sunset, and be greeted by my lovable Kush the cat.

In truth I have included far more than anyone could possibly accomplish in one day, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if it could be done?

Galata Tower

I’m sorting photos and wanting to post from my Turkish travels. I’ve given up on managing any kind of order and have decided to simply post whatever catches my attention. While in Istanbul with my daughter, Christine, and her friend, Olivia, we stayed at an airbnb apartment near the Galata Tower. Late one afternoon Christine and I stood in line to climb the tower and take in the views. There was a line up to get into the building and pay admission, a wait for the elevator, and a solid mass of people moving around the tiny balcony that surrounds the tower. there is only one door out to the balcony so you are able enjoy the views in all directions. Our timing was perfect, as the waits weren’t too long and we caught the setting sun.looking up the tower our neighborhood view2 view of Topkapi view1 galata bridge view 3 taking photos start of sunset sunsetRather than wait for the elevator, Christine and I walked down the tower stairs – the path less travelled and much more interesting.

walking downHere’s our view of the Galata Tower in the early evening. I’m glad we chose to stay in this charming neighbourhood in Istanbul.Galata Tower


weekly photo challenge : grand

Here’s my entry for Daily Post’s photo challenge this week. I think that many things I photograph are grand. Some are large, some are small. I think it has more to do with your point of view. A lot of grand photos rely heavily on nature, which truly is grand.River Park clouds Buddha's hand citrus fruitairplane view

weekly photo challenge : illumination

There are so many ways to illustrate illumination. I wish I could get a picture of Kush now. She is basking in the light from the family room lamp as though it were the sun. But back to the challenge. Here are my  photos to illuminate your day.

church candles

dome ceiling at law building

lights at law building

restaurant lighting

sun on Ranchos church

The church votive candles were found in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The next two photos were taken in Osgoode Hall, the law society building in Toronto, Ontario.  The interesting hanging display is in Notable Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. Hanging in with the simple light bulbs are glass transformers from old telephone poles. An illuminating idea to be sure. The last photo shows the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. The big sky source of illumination illuminates the church as it sets. Where would we be without illumination? Oh, I know – in the dark!

Be sure to check out other challenge photos here.