carnival lights @ the CNE | city snapshots

in our annual tradition of going to the CNE, I spent a little time practicing with longer exposure times of all the pretty lights.

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— KM

East Point Park | lakeside in the city

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Fall flora from East Point Park.

— KM

cherry blossoms III | city snapshot

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Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

cherry blossoms II | city snapshot

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blossom4 @ high park

Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

cherry blossoms | city snapshop

blossom @ high park

Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

air roots | at home snapshot

I am in love with the worn out texture of these roots! the Phal orchids I have are so funny with their old-man roots and glossy fresh leaves.

air roots | monstermonster

– KM

braided texture | at home snapshot

About 4 months ago I moved, and one of the first projects was a new light fixture with a braided cord.

braided cords | monstermonster– KM

 

bougainvillea | at home snapshot

hello! it has been too long.

bougainvillea | monstermonsterblog

bougainvillea | monstermonsterblog

thank you for stopping by.

– KM

littlest squish squash | at home snapshot

Squish squash! Or is it a pear? Either way it’s cute and made for me by my lovely sister!

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– KM

puppy cuteness | at home snapshot

November is here and snow is in the air!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been busy helping pet-sit (more like pet-snuggle!) the very cute Sasha. Still very much a puppy, she has been excellent practice for photographing a moving target.

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– KM

glitter bomb | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshot

What’s better than glitter? Not much when it comes to putting a smile on my face! (from Nuit Blanche) Happy First Year on WordPress!

glitter bomb monstermonster

– KM

running wild in the big city | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshots

This month, for one night (and one night only) Toronto was lit up with the exhibitions of Nuit Blanche. This all-night art-fest is something we decided at the last minute to visit, and we’re glad that we did.

While it was tricky to grab photos amongst the huge crowds, I did take a few pictures I would like to share.

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– KM

 

mini eggs, from a quail | at home snapshot

A couple of weeks ago, my brilliant sister brought quail eggs over that she had picked up from an Asian grocer.

quail egg on monstermonsterblog

This tiny eggs have an incredible speckled pattern, and some even have a blueish tinge inside the shell. Lovely!mini egg on monstermonsterblog

– KM

just a hint of colour | at home snapshot

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have resumed learning to paint with watercolours. One of the things I love most, is the beautiful translucent tint of the water as your rinse your brushes. Too pretty!

hint of tint on monstermonster

 

– KM

watercolors | at home snapshot

This month I picked up my watercolors again, and I have been trying my hand in a formal class. It’s difficult but I am getting the hang of it and love working with this medium.

watercolors pallette on monstermonsterblog

– KM

little succulent | at home snapshot

my, how the weeks fly!

please enjoy this little succulent I snapped on my boyfriend’s windowsill. basking in one of the last warm days this year, I’m sure. *sigh*

succulent on monstermonsterblog

– KM

inside the Osage Orange | at home snapshot

Remember the Osage Orange I found last weekend? Well, I decided before composting it, I had to know what it looked like on the inside.

Check it out!

osage orange monstermonsterblog

osage orange monstermonster

– KM

 

Maclura pomifera | at home snapshot

This past weekend I wandered through Guelph’s Arboretum and found the strangest fruit.

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After some digging online, I found out this comes from a Maclura pomifera tree and is commonly knows as the Osage orange or hedge apple among other things.

Gosh, isn’t nature nifty?

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– KM

new air plants | at home snapshot

A trio of air plants for me!

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These air plants, or formally Epiphytes, are ones I’ve had my eye on for some time. Cross your fingers that they thrive for me as well as my orchids.

air plants monstermonster

-KM

more long exposures from the midway | CNE snapsnots

A few more of the long exposures from the CNE midway to go with the snapshots I posted earlier this week.

I hope you enjoy!

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– KM

long exposure on the midway | CNE snapsnot

To round out a lovely summer, I spent last Saturday at the CNE in Toronto. The CNE holds a certain magical quality for me because it is where my boyfriend and I had our first unofficial date. (I’m a little sentimental about these things.)

While we were there, I put most of my photo energy into capturing the midway rides after dark. Any type of night photography is new for me, and I had a lot of fun learning and playing with the exposures.

Please enjoy a few of my favourite snapshots.

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– KM

moss and tiny trees | algonquin provincial park snapshot

the last few photos from my Algonquin trip. please enjoy! 

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youngest trees monstermonsterblog– KM