My Top 11 Photos of 2011

I joined Google+ in October and started participating for real about three weeks ago.  I’m enjoying it, not only as a great platform to show off my work and see what other photographers are up to, but also as a place to get a challenge or two.
Recently we were  invited everyone to post our top 11 photographs of the year.
After a lot of sifting through my back catalogue – searching, choosing, discarding, re-choosing – with a sigh of relief (and a big round of applause) here are
my Top 11:

Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 2011

Academic Bikes

Oxford, UK
October 2011


Birmingham, UK
December 2011


Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
September 2011


Fraser River, Vancouver, BC, Canada
August 2011

Edge of the World

Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
September 2011

Cottage Country

Six Mile Lake, Ontario, Canada
August 2011

Touching the Sky

Canmore, Alberta, Canada
July 2011

Garlic – Yum!

Burlington, Ontario, Canada
August 2011

The Other Photographer

Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
September 2011

Not Gone Fishing

Dungeness, Kent, UK
March 2011
I do hope you like them (or at least one of them!!!) and please come and visit me on Google+ as Julie Mellors or The Truly Useful Company.    It’s fun!

2822 Miles by Bus – Toronto, Ontario to Nanaimo, British Columbia or Bust!

This summer, in a mad moment I decided to see Canada by bus.  Well half of Canada.

Overall (as there were a few glitches) it was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to see this beautiful country.

Bring sandwiches!

Where it all started – Toronto
The first loyal steed! Greyhound – Toronto to Winnipeg
Why Sudbury isn’t well known for fresh air
Highway 17 – One of a 1000 lakes!
Highway 17 – A few of a million trees!
Highway 17 – Canadian Shield country
Somewhere in Northern Ontario
Cheeky Monkey – One of my traveling companions
Lots and lots of trains – heaven for trainspotters!
Sunrise in Saskatchewan
Little house on the prairie
Big sky country!
Security line up in Calgary
The view of TranCanada from the back of the bus
Rocky Mountains, Alberta
Big ooooh and ahhhs people 🙂
Really, really early into Vancouver
And so worth getting up for!

Off the bus and onto the ferry

Finally at my parents, north of Nanaimo
Happy and tired so not at my most glamorous
Off for a long shower!!

It’s Different in Canada….How they Celebrate the Festive Season – Part 2

Last week I entranced you with my holiday photos from Vancouver.  This week you can shiver at the cold in the Rocky Mountains, British Columbia and Alberta.

Going over Revelstoke Pass on the way to Alberta
Hardy Canadian and Canadian icon
Less Hardy Canadians indulge indoors 
Tim Hortons a great Canadian tradition
Highway sign – Back on the road
Another hardy Canadian
Taken just outside my brother’s condo
New Year’s Eve in Canmore, Alberta
But we went to Party on the Pond anyway!
Canmore, Alberta
Me getting ready to go out
Even the family dog has to wear booties!

It’s Different in Canada….How they Celebrate the Festive Season – Part 1

Yes, I’ve been away, thus the articles on Cloud Computing and semi successful Location Independence.  Now I have my Mac back and I’ve started sorted through a few of the 1400 photos I took.
Don’t recoil in horror, I won’t make you look at them all!!!
I spent the festive season with my friends and family in British Columbia and Alberta and I thought you like to know how they celebrate in the Great White North.
So for your visual delectation, Christmas in Vancouver, BC
Disclaimer – These are snaps!  Not up to my usual standards are photographic excellence %-)
Jingle Dog!!
 They take pride in their work

Ocean Cement Co., Granville Island
The Gingerbread House at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Even more lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Decorating the Tree
Kidsbooks – not just books for Kids!
Happy Santa?
Peking Lounge, Chinatown
Even the family vehicle isn’t left out
Next week I’ll regale you with New Year’s in Alberta.  Just 900 more photos to sift through…..