My name is Cathy Browne. I use my words to tell stories. I use my camera to capture and share a world I can’t see. I cover events, food and drink, the arts, travel and life in and around beautiful Vancouver BC. I’m passionate about accessibility and love helping non-profits and small businesses. I cuddle cats and I hug, a lot. Thanks for visiting!
It’s been ages since I posted here, for a variety of reasons, but I feel compelled to resurrect my Photo Friday series and share some of my favourite shots from the past week. I’m really proud of these shots – and I’ve had many positive responses to them as well. A shot in the arm in an emotionally exhausting week.
So, here they are – the result of a few meditative walks along Vancouver’s Seawall.
I hope what I do is an #EyeOpener for many of you. I also hope that my creativity and ability prompts you or someone you know to actually pay me for what I love to do.
I’m honoured to inspire, but the the reality is – inspiration doesn’t pay my bills. Won’t you help spread the word?
It’s been a downer of a week. The shocking loss of Robin Williams, turmoil around the world, personal frustrations and worries left me with a heavy heart and restless mind. And I know I’m not the only one who was left unsettled and emotionally drained this week.
So, time to embrace the calm on this Photo Friday. Here are some of my favourite photos from a walk along the Vancouver Seawall. There’s no better place to find serenity. Enjoy.
We have a winner! This photo was a result of being in the right place at the right time – and in this case, I happened to be on Vancouver’s SkyTrain as the sun was beginning to set amid the clouds. All I had was my iPhone, but I managed to capture the big, beautiful skies of Vancouver and the result took my breath away.
The big, beautiful skies of Vancouver.
This photo drew a lot of attention, and helped catapult me over 200,000 views on Flickr – a real milestone for me. And it’s made me even more determined to capture life as I see it, no matter where I am or what camera I have with me. That should be an #EyeOpener for us all.
Way back when I started to blog, I posted some favourite photos of the week every Friday. Unfortunately, I let it lapse, but I’ve always missed it. So, welcome back, Photo Friday! Here are my picks for this week, from Dude Chilling Park in Vancouver.. You can view the entire Flickr album here.
Photo Friday Pick #1 – Sunflowers and bees – what could be more inspiring?
Photo Friday Pick #2 – This bee was unusually accommodating!
Photo friday Pick #3 – Thrilled to get so close to the bee!
Photo friday Pick #4 – Sunflower about to bloom.
It feels really good to bring back a routine I loved and looked forward to. And I promise I won’t be dropping the ball this time!
I welcome your comments and support to keep me on track:-)
This past week, I went on two photo shoots that made me very happy. I had been losing my confidence in my photography over the last few months, questioning my camera, my lenses and my ability after a few less-than-satisfactory shoots. But I seem to have worked out most of the kinks as far as the equipment is concerned – and I’m feeling much, much better about me:-)
Why? Two reasons. First, I went out of my comfort zone and shot the first night of Vancouver’s annual Honda Celebration of Light, and was very pleased with the results. I was a bit intimidated at the prospect of freezing fireworks in action, given the darkness and the speed of the fireworks show. But, surprise! Not all of the photos sucked:-)
Here’s the slide show of my Flickr set. See what you think.
Secondly, I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous and historic VanDusen Botanical Garden, where I found myself back in my element – among wonderful trees, plants, flowers and water features. I was at home, surrounded by a peaceful silence broken only by quiet conversations of passers-by and the sweet songs of many birds. And I was fortunate to capture some of my favourite flower shots yet. I’m proud to share them with you!
By the way, the lovely lady in the black hat is the one-and-only Dianne Chow, whose Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver blog is a must-read. Thanks to Dianne for the invite, and the chance to share an awesome picnic basket, courtesy of the Garden.