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“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it.  Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.”  Vincent Van Gogh

My husband and I have gone away to the Lake for a few days for our Anniversary.  It’s up in the Interior of BC, about a six hour drive from where we live in the Greater Vancouver area.  It’s incredibly peaceful and lovely.  This time of year however, it is still a bit cold out . . . hitting around Zero Celsius overnight.  We even had a sprinkling of snow this morning.  Thus a fire in the hearth was quite mandatory!  I processed this photo in HDR using Photomatix, Lightroom, and Photoshop.  I’m following tutorials by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs.  I have a lot to learn . . . but practice makes perfect.  

I’m quite determined to learn as much as possible about my Passion – Photography.  I may be sixty years old, but my mind is ready and willing to soak up all it can.  Like the quote above  . . . if I just sit idly by I will get no where and wonder why no one notices.  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be to stretch my creativity . . . because I’ve lived with some pretty set boundaries and expectations all my life.  Boundaries and expectations that have kept me safe, and close to the hearth.  I’m working on changing that . . . although it is a nice comfy place to rest from time to time!

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