Wish This Was A Summer Vacation Report

Yesterday, a friend posted “It smells like autumn.”  NOoooo! It can’t be!  I’m not ready for the summer to be over yet.  Where did it go?

My friends and family already know the answer.  Yes, once again, I spent too much time at work.  Once I am able to talk about the project I’m working on, that statement won’t seem so sad.  It’s an important project, so the effort is worth it and the results are good so far.

In my free time I did manage to enjoy the summer somewhat.  So far, I’ve kept my promise to myself and visited my favorite place in the city once a month: Montreal Botanical Gardens.  I am particularly delighted with my July visit when I decided to photograph lilies in the evening.  I had never visited during lily season and the flowering brook garden was in full blooming glory. Below are a few of my favorite shots.

A couple week later, I bought my new toy: a Canon S100.  I’ve been frustrated with my old point-and-shoot camera for quite awhile and I don’t always want to carry my DSLR with me.  So, as a reward for successfully passing an important milestone on my project at work, I invested in my photo habit.  I’m carrying that camera with me everywhere and I’m gradually figuring out all the features.  It’s almost as good as my DSLR but WAY more compact.  It can also do HDR, but I haven’t had an appropriate subject to try it out yet.  Of all the creative modes, I’m enjoying the toy camera and the spot color modes the most.
The major festivals came and went.  Now that I no longer work beside Place des Arts, I didn’t even walk through the festival area and take in the free concerts/activities.  At least D and I went to see one of the fireworks shows from La Ronde.  It was our anniversary, so we got the gold seats and it was worth it!  We also had a great afternoon at La Ronde… it didn’t (really) rain!
Finally, just this weekend, I got out on my bike!  I hosted a MEETin event to cycle along the Lachine Canal.  It turned out to be a bigger adventure, resulting in a tour of Verdun.  The weather was amazing! Since I was the only person with a camera, I did not take any scenic pictures along the way.  Still, it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Every time I go cycling, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.  Montreal is a great city for cycling, especially when the weather is like it was yesterday.
Hmmmm… maybe I should start a photo blog instead?  I would probably post more often!

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