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Sunday, September 04, 2011


On Saturday my sis Pammie and my young friend Shilo from work went on an annual "When Jude is on vacation" photo shoot. This year we went to Fort Edmonton Park (was there with Pammie 3 years ago) and got all 3 streets done. (1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street) Hopefully next weekend we'll be able to go back and shoot the Fort itself. :-)

We had the most PERFECT day for walking around outside. The temperature was just around 70F and it was sunny with a slight breeze. The only time we got a bit "hot" was upstairs in one of the less airy buildings, I believe it was the miliner's shop.

One spot where we started out there is a farm, and the chickens and turkeys followed us around everywhere. Especially the chickens.... about 2 hours into our day we decided to go sit on one of the many park benches under a shady tree and get off our feet for a half hour. A couple of the chickens even followed us there, and one of them jumped up on the table looking for us to feed it. Too funny!

There were no mosquitos and no wasps (this time of year is usually bad for wasps and I'm terrified of them) so it just couldn't have been a more perfect "outdoor" day.

All 3 of us are entrants on the Stardom Awaits! contest blog, so we all enjoy our photography hobby immensely. We've been talking about and looking forward to this outing for a couple of months now.

Fort Edmonton Park is a great place to see original old buildings like houses (my fav!), school, churches, and businesses like hardware store, bank etc. etc. And there are TONS of animals like horses, pigs, sheep etc. and there are always horse drawn wagons and stagecoaches to ride on, and plenty of old antique cars.

There is also a little fair with kiddy rides and a carousel that has hand crafted and painted horses. The horses are crafted right on site.

The only thing disappointing this year was the steam engine train was shut down for the year for maintenance so we took the old trolly instead.

Nearer to the last 3/4 of our day we stopped at a bakery in an old hotel which was CRAZY busy. I can see why too, their daily fresh baked goodies are delicious. I got myself a date square to take home, and a cinamon bun to eat there. Once again we found a nice shady spot under a tree and sat at a picnic table to enjoy our treats and some raspberry lemonade.

All in all I took only 281 photos this time, as I'd been there only 3 years ago I didn't want to take any of the same shots. It was easy though, there's so much to see and shoot. In the end I only decided to keep 91 shots which I posted on my Facebook page. I'm only posting a few here on my blog, but here is a "Public" link to my Facebook photo album. Anybody (apparently) can access this link. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed shooting!

Jude's Facebook Album

I hope all of my Canadian and American friends and family have a good Labour Day weekend!

Love Jude


Blogger Dick said...

Hi again!

I've lost my Blogrolling favorites and changed to a new desktop computer, so had lost the link to your blog. When you comment on mine I can click on you to go to your profile but you have it hidden, so I couldn't get to your blog that way. I finally decided to search a bit with Google and found you again, so now I have you in my favorites in Firefox on this new PC.

Good to see you are still having fun with your photography. It is a great hobby and digital has made it so much more affordable that we can take nearly 300 shots on one trip. Think what that would have cost if you were still using a film camera!

9:22 AM, September 06, 2011  
Blogger sydwynd said...

Aren't digital cameras great? Can you imagine taking that many shots with film? And how much that would cost?

Glad you had a good time and a perfect day for getting out.

2:15 PM, September 07, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Dick: So glad you found me, sorry 'bout that!

Vince: Same thing I was going to say to Dick, if it was only film I wouldn't be doing this as a hobby that's for certain. The cost would be too high, like a lot of photogs I often take 2 or 3 shots of one thing trying out different angles or light sources. It would be too expensive if it wasn't digital.

Thanks guys, it was a fun trip!

2:26 PM, September 07, 2011  
Blogger Janna said...

Beautiful photos, Sista Jude! Glad you're having a nice vacation. I am too but mine is going too fast, dammit! It's back to work for me next Tues, 9/13. Not looking forward to it because I despise my job and have been using part of my time off to network the market. Slim pickings out there, especially for "older" workers, but I keep at it.

Enjoy! xoxo

10:37 AM, September 09, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

I hear ya about vacation time going WAY too fast Sista Janna!

Finding out that you are unhappy in your job makes me so sad for you, I was hoping this one was a good one for you. I know how the job market is still horrid there but I am sending out prayers and much positive energy for you on this one. I hope you will soon find the perfect position!

I too would worry over the age thing, however we must keep in mind that we have so much valuable experience to give. Someone out there is looking for just that.

Please keep me posted darling friend. xoxoxox

10:52 AM, September 09, 2011  
Blogger Fullmoondolphin said...

It was a very fun outing, and yes, the weather was perfect. So was the company - it was great wandering around with you and Shilo! :)

11:45 PM, September 15, 2011  

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