Sunday driving on a Tuesday

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house, a change of pace, change in scenery, to change your course from going stir crazy. That’s what we did this afternoon…a little Sunday driving!

Ice forms on the Ottawa River.
Pixel 4a. ©WQuinn 2020
Ice building along the Ottawa River.
Pixel 4a. ©WQuinn 2020
Sunset on highway 50. Pixel 4a.
Photo of the day, 29 Dec 2020 ©WQuinn
Full moon rising this afternoon. Pixel 4a. ©WQuinn 2020
Full moon rising, taken with Canon t6i camera. ©WQuinn 2020

Canadian summer bliss

Thursday, 30 July 2020

It’s an evening like this that sums up summer in Canada.

Canadian summer. Photo of the day, 30 Jul 2020 © WQuinn

Sitting by the river, tunes on the box, ducks swimming by, enjoying a cold beverage on a hot evening as the sun teases it’s decent.

What strikes me most is the sound of silence. Not the song 🤣, but the actual silence. How often in your day can you say you hear nothing?

I stood near the river, the moon shining bright, the stars appearing one by one as the sky slowly darkened to astronomical twilight and I hear…nothing. No cars, no boats, no dogs, no fridges, no air conditioners…it’s pure bliss and my paradise for a few days.

Ottawa River. © WQuinn 2020
A forest view. © WQuinn 2020
Waxing Gibbous moon. © WQuinn 2020
Ottawa River sunset. © WQuinn 2020


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A beautiful sunny summer day. Not too hot.

Today, we said adieu to my beautiful aunt. A beautiful funeral and burial followed by an Irish celebration of life. Eating, drinking, sharing stories and laughter. It does that soul good.

Today’s painting is inspired by a photo I took of the Ottawa river at Campbell’s Bay. The photo will be my photo of the day as well.

Watercolour painting landscape trees and water
205/365 Painting of the day, 24 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

River and trees
205/365 Photo of the day, 24 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn


I have a collection of photos of my favourite beaches hanging on a wall in my bathroom, of all places. Yesterday, one of those beach photos caught my attention and I studied it, long and hard, taking in the colours, hues, shadows, details, and came to the conclusion…this is something I could paint.

So, tonight, I pushed myself to give it a go and if I failed…well, that would be ok. At least I would have tried. While I prepared my painting space, a voice was repeating a litany over and over of all the reasons this was a stupid idea and I was just setting myself up to fail. I almost changed my mind. I was feeling tired and would prefer a quick painting.

But I didn’t. And I’m so thankful I went ahead and tried it, because, for the first time in this creative journey, I have actually sat back from a painting and smiled, liking what I just painted.

13/365 Painting of the day
Private beach on the Ottawa River
13 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

Photo of the day

It was a grey day today, and everything looked dull. Not very inspiring for photography. My sister and niece popped by for a visit and, as we chatted, I noticed a light reflecting on the window behind my sister’s head. It took me a few minutes to figure out that it was the sun. There was a tiny strip of yellow/orange light between the horizon and the massive grey cloud covering. The sun was setting! The colour changed to a vibrant red orange and the clouds took on the colour as well. It was so beautiful. I grabbed my camera, boots, coat, gloves, headband…by the time I got outside it was gone. All that was left was a small strip of red behind the trees. I went back inside, grabbed my tripod, then set up and began snapping photos. Turned out pretty well after all.

13/365 Photo of the day
13 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn