Today we were graced with grey skies, cool air, and a brisk wind. After we spent a few hours reading, grooming the trail from the main cabin to the sauna, and cutting down a few standing dead trees for firewood, we decided to venture into town. Dunchurch is a very tiny town. It consists of a few local enterprises; the Dragon Cafe, a selectively open eatery and karate studio, the gas station and general store, a library, a post office, a liquor store, the dump, and Duck Diner. No, Duck Diner is not the real name of the restaurant, but it’s what we call it.
On today’s sojourn into town we stopped by the liquor store to replenish our stock of red wine, the general store for ice-cream, and the dump to toss out our bear-attracting garbage. By July, the bears have usually reinstated their daily visits to the dump and it’s common to see at least a few of those black furred beasts burrowing through the garbage, feasting on discarded leftovers. Here, they pay little attention to humans, even though there is absolutely no barrier between the lip of the pit and the piles of trash; they’re utterly consumed by their delicious finds. Although it’s not great for the bears to be eating this kind of stuff, it’s really neat to see wild bears up close in a semi-non-threatening environment. As funny as it sounds, we always try and take new guests up to the dump to check out the bears. It’s not often that you can get so close to a wild animal like this!
After I failed miserably in my efforts to find an affordable source for my favourite Lomography film, I caved and resorted to the ubiquitous Kodak Gold 200. It cost me $11 for three rolls of film and, once again, I’m fairly happy with the results. A lot of the reviews I read online about Kodak Gold 200 were negative and I’m not too sure why. I suppose I’m just not experienced enough in the film world to tell the difference between a subpar and excellent quality film.
Although digital photography is more convenient and is considerably cheaper in the long run, there is something too real about the product it creates. I know, there are tons of programs available out there that can eliminate the blinding harshness that modern cameras can produce, but until I get a computer that is able to handle that kind of editing, I’m quite content to experiment with film to achieve the look that I want. Most of these photos are raw, but a few have been filtered and tweaked in VSCO’s iPhone app. I know, I’m embarrassed to use a free mobile app to edit my photos, but it’s the best solution for the time being. Eventually, I’ll upgrade to VSCO’s actual software or another similar program. For those of you that use the app you’ll know that it’s a great editing tool, but it unfortunately compresses the images to a more manageable size. The largest VSCO edited print I’ve dared to make was an 8×10. It turned out perfectly fine, but I’ll wait until there is a sale on larger prints before I attempt to make a hard copy of anything in a bigger size.
Right now, the pup is curled up by my side, panting from the heat; outside the thunder is rumbling, punctuated by a flashy spark of lightening every few minutes. I suspect that some heavy rains are not far off. I’m off on holidays this week and, being the poor post-grad that I am, I’m spending my time up at the cottage. Who says no to an almost-free holiday, right? The sun has been shining brightly for the past two days and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the weather report is calling for nothing but clear blue skies for the rest of the week. It’s about time that we get some summer weather here!
While I was going back through my archives, I really enjoyed re-reading my “Taking Stock” post (which you can find here) and remembering how I felt at that time. Now that I find myself in a brand new season and phase of life, I thought I’d try it again!
Cooking: nothing – who needs to cook when you’re living at home with mom and dad again ;) Drinking: lots of water to beat the heat Reading: the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (again) Wanting: a 5D Mark ii (or Mark iii) camera Wishing: I could book a trip somewhere with my favourite traveller Enjoying: long summer days and nights at the cottage Waiting: for Connor to come home (!!) Wondering: what my future will look like Loving: my summer tan potential this year (shallow, yes, but after that brutal winter I don’t care!) (Still) Hoping: I find happiness in everything I do Needing: a winning lottery ticket Wearing: floral rompers, jean shorts & t-shirts, maxi dresses Thinking: about how I can become a serious humanitarian photographer Bookmarking: hilarious Buzzfeed articles Opening: duffle bags filled with smoky, campfire scented clothing Giggling: over funny emails Feeling: extremely restless