Day 360 – 10/31/11 – Candy Corn

Today is of course Halloween.  That being so, what image could I possibly make other than one of the girls in costume?

So here’s the little one in her guise as a Candy Corn Witch.

The little one as a Candy Corn Witch.

The little one as a Candy Corn Witch.

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Day 359 – 10/30/11 – The Carving

We’re a bit late this year as Halloween is tomorrow, but we finally got around to carving our pumpkins this evening.  The girls, as you can see, enjoy the process immensely.  The little one may enjoy it a bit too much…

The little one guts her pumpkin with a grin.

The little one guts her pumpkin with a grin.

While the big one enjoys the carving too, she displays a bit less maniacal glee.

The big one guts her pumpkin as well.

The big one guts her pumpkin as well.

Not everyone enjoys pumpkin carving quite as much as the girls do.  It can be a bit trying for someone who is squeamish.  It seems to have been a bit too much for the guy on the left there to handle…

The carving process was too much for this squeamish pumpkin to stomach.

The carving process was too much for this squeamish pumpkin to stomach.

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Day 358 – 10/29/11 – Autumnal Gourd

I can definitely tell the Photos to 40 project is coming to a close.  We’ve come nearly full circle, and are starting to revisit subjects from around this time last year.

For example, we visited Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns at the end of their life way back in the first week of the project.  It seems fitting that as we move into the last week of the project we visit the next generation of Jack-o-Lanterns.  These are at the beginning of their life though, before the commencement of the carving.

The traditional pumpkin awaits its carving.

The traditional pumpkin awaits its carving.

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Day 357 – 10/28/11 – Two Tone

Something a bit different today.  We’ve got some beautiful color on the trees in the yard, particularly one tree that is turning a spectacular blend of yellow and red.  Looking out the back window the color change on this particular tree is quite striking.

That’s what I was out to capture this evening, the colors.  Not an individual leaf, or the tree as a whole, but just the sense of the colors.  As such this evening’s image doesn’t have a single defined subject, other than the colors themselves.

I settled on two compositions which I feel both convey what I was after.  I think I prefer the first, though only by a narrow margin.  What do you think?

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Day 356 – 10/27/11 – Céilidh

As I mentioned yesterday, the Sou’Wester excursion involved more than just strolling around wearing funny seaman hats.  In each of the pubs we visited we were met by an Irish folk band.  Joined by our kilted bagpipe playing guide and his fiddle, they played and sang a variety of Irish songs.  The overall event is what is known as a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), a traditional Gaelic social gathering.

Our kilted guide trades his bagpipes for a fiddle.

Our kilted guide trades his bagpipes for a fiddle.

These images are a touch grainier than I’d like.  It was very, very dimly lit in this bar (the Lower Deck in Halifax, amazing place!), and I had to crank the ISO way up past the reasonable performance of my camera.  Even so, I rather like the effect, it gives the images a nice feel.

The four musicians who entertained us throughout the Ceilidh.

The four musicians who entertained us throughout the Ceilidh.

The cruise overall was incredibly enjoyable, and the Ceilidh was inarguably our favorite part.  That makes it an appropriate place to end the series of cruise images.  Tomorrow I’ll move on to new subject matter to finish of the remaining nine days of the Photos to 40 project.

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Day 355 – 10/26/11 – Sou’Wester

By far, our favorite excursion of the cruise was in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I’m not sure what this says about us, but it wasn’t a historical tour, a scenic cruise, or anything of the like.  It was a good old fashioned pub crawl.

We were each given a Sou’Wester hat (aka Gordon the Fisherman’s headwear 😉 ) and were introduced to a Scottish bagpiper who led us through the streets of Halifax stopping at a variety of pubs.

In addition to some good music, we were introduced to some good brews, including my new favorite, Alexander Keith’s.  While the India Pale Ale was good, the Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale was simply outstanding!

One of my new favorite brews.

One of my new favorite brews.

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Day 354 – 10/25/11 – Sentinel

In Halifax, Nova Scotia we visited the Halifax Citadel, guarded today by historical reenactors portraying the 78th Highlanders Regiment.  This particular lad was on guard duty at the entrance to the Citadel, a duty which as you can see he takes quite seriously.

A Highlander on guard duty.

A Highlander on guard duty.

The citadel itself was quite interesting, as were the reenactments and demonstrations put on by the regiment.

A pair of 78th Highlanders in perfect step.

A pair of 78th Highlanders in perfect step.

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