Happy Holidays!

The Season of Light is upon us once again, and I wish all of you the happiest of holidays!

2011 has been tough in some ways and amazing in most others. There is much to celebrate and be grateful for as we look back on another year gone by.

I confess, a bit like a kid, I look forward to each Christmas celebration with my family – although,  especially this year – we’ll have a FULL house with relatives and close ones joining us from as far as Arizona and a new addition with my now 5 month old nephew Benjamin.

My heritage is Swedish, and I’m fiercely patriotic to this small and wonderful Scandinavian country and the traditions I’ve been raised with. I’ve been blessed with relatives that give their all in the Swedish tradition of celebrating Christmas on the 24th of December. It’s great fun, filled with beautiful candlelight, music, fantastic Swedish cuisine, wine, toasting and singing with Akvavit at the dinner table (copious amounts actually :)), and much laughter.

I hope you all revel in celebrating with friends and family the traditions that are close to your heart this time of year. May there be peace, joy, health and prosperity as we enter 2012.

Merry Christmas, God Jul, and Happy Hanukkah!

Artful Impression – Siwash Rock

Today, I’m filled to the brim with appreciation for where I live. It’s mid-December…and it was a spectacular day here in Vancouver. The last few weeks have been pretty cold, but the sun has been out most of the time, whereas we’re normally accustomed to grey dreariness and rain, rain and more rain.

Today, I was in English Bay and walked half the seawall in Stanley Park with Shiraine. We hadn’t seen each other since I left Italy. Of course, we’re both missing Italy, but, conversation was geared towards, “Look where we live!”, “Days like this make you remember why we live here…”, “Can you believe how spectacular this is??”.

Both of us, armed with iPhones and point and shoot cameras, stopped in our favorite spots along the wall to shoot the views of the harbour – laughed at bobbing birds in the water, jostled with joggers and got sprayed by waves leaning too far over the wall while shooting…a day of play.

Siwash Rock has been photographed countless times, and it remains as one of my favorite spots in the city. I’m in the beginning stages of planning and working on a rather large project that will showcase Vancouver from my perspective in a “Close To Home” kinda way here on the blog. Here is my version of Siwash Rock today, in winter, as the sun was going down. Stay tuned for more “Vancouver goodness”!

Artful Impressions: Lone Board Paddler

More spectacular light from White Rock. I re-discovered this image on the weekend while going through my archives. This image was shot on my iPhone and processed in both Camera +, and then sharpened a tad in photoshop before exporting it out.

I took it in the beginning of September while hanging out on the beach front in White Rock with a friend. We were in the beginning stages of planning our trip to Italy. It’s a lovely memory, and also was a very peaceful sunset. It brings the feel of embarking on new adventures for me. Enjoy!