Nov 27, 2010

I went out to photograph the cattle leaving our property as the snow is getting too deep for grazing. Due to a stray cow I ended up driving the herd to the Long's Ranch on foot with nothing but my telephoto lens that might have appeared to the cattle as some new, strange, object to be feared and avoided :) I guess my yipping and loud hand whistle helped too. Good work out as it's a 4 km return trip. Usually, my friend does the driving on horseback but she mentioned it was too slippery for the horses which I could see as the cows were slipping on the road if they went too fast. My friend and her truck were stuck back at my place trying to herd the lone cow to catch up and join its friends. No luck and by the time they were done I'd already pushed the cattle up to their ranch. Not too much hard work though as the cattle were mostly motivated by the tractor with hay leading the way and their desire to stay as a group.

Nov 23, 2010

2 Chances to win a complementary photoshoot in 2011!

As you may or may not know, I am in the midst of writing a detailed business plan so that I can launch a full- time photography business.

It is very important to me that I offer the best possible service and products to my future clients while still honoring my craft and business viability. In order to facilitate this I need to gather important market research details regarding professional photography. Over the past few days I have carefully crafted a survey that will capture information and help me organize and output the results into usable date in my business plan. 

I'm looking for honesty, constructive feedback, and for this survey to reach anyone you might know (preferably living in Southern BC and the Pacific Northwest). I'm using a secure, well respected survey provider and by clicking the link below you will be redirected to Constant Contact to commence the 5 minute process.

I encourage you to use the social media buttons below this post to share the contest with your Facebook or Twitter contacts!

My sincere gratitude,

Kristina Hockley

PS - details about the contest are on the first page of the survey.

Nov 21, 2010

Flurries forecasted but actually snow is accumulating quickly

Grant spot what he believes to be a Hawk Owl which apparently is pretty rare in these parts. He managed to get some shots through the kitchen window but never managed to get outside for a closer sharper shot. Sometimes just better to get something than nothing so we could at least ID the bird. Hoping it will return so we can try to get a little closer.

Then off for a family walk to visit the cattle. The weather person's forecast was for flurries today but we are getting much more than that at Whistling Kettle Ranch. Tuesday evening is going to dip down to minus twenty-four degrees Celsius. Home fires will be working hard to keep us cozy in our home. All that wood chopping is paying off!

Kyra's new HP glasses and G's balaclava

Nov 20, 2010

Wintering Cattle at Whistling Kettle

The Long's cattle returned to our property last week and I went for a walk this morning to see how they were handling the snow. A chilly -5 Celsius but all was peaceful in the field. Ben, my English Mastiff fits right in amid the brown cows and they never seem to mind him. 
My favorite shot from the walk were these three but there are definitely other cute ones.

Nov 15, 2010

Are you a photographer based in Southern BC?

If so I would really appreciate if you would participate in my

It should only take a few minutes and I think it will bring you good photographic karma :)

UPDATE: here are the results of the survey to date (click on the highlighted link to the left)

Nov 10, 2010

No one gets it done alone - inspiration from a friend

My lunch                                     © Kristina Hockley 2010

Lately I have been inspired back to health by a new friend Teralee Trommeshauser who is also starting a business Real Life, Real Health. When I met her at a conference in Nelson I was compelled to ask her what she did to keep such a healthy glow. She definitely practices what she preaches and if her health is any indication of her talent to coach she will no doubt be successful in her business venture. Teralee, has reminded me of my belief in nutrition as a way to support every aspect of my life and that it must be accompanied by a healthy, active lifestyle. As a photographer who is busy putting a business plan together and trying to balance out my time as a mother and wife I find little time left for anything else. Alas what will a career or family be worth with out my health both mentally and physically? For now I will relay on inspiration from Teralee, her health investment, her new business, and her adventurous stories to plant my own seeds of change and finding balance. Her business name, Real life, Real Health is perfect in my mind. Thank you Teralee... no one gets it done alone! Hope I find myself giving back to you one day soon.

Lunch today was caramelized onions with tofu on top of hummus and sesame rice crackers. Topped with grape tomatoes, deli sprouts,avocado, and cracked black pepper. It was delicious an full of flavors! My four year old son wouldn't touch this lunch for any convincing reason. I'm hoping all my ohhh and ahhhss  might one day make him consider a bite.

In addition the wealth of information on Teralee's blog you can read more of her thoughts on Twitter @Teraleet

She will be open for business soon and her coaching might help you to reach your health goals and or at least help you plan a path to health.

Nov 9, 2010

Photographic Surrealism on the Streets of Paris

My Manifeste du Surréalisme
Walking the streets of Paris hour upon hour and I and found myself falling down the rabbit hole of reality. There is as much to see as you have the open mind to observe. Visual poetry writing itself on my hard disk and I had no control over the layers and depth unfolding in this still life.

The photograph above is available in high resolution
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Nov 6, 2010

Anyone want to buy a tinker toy sculpture?

My son, Jack, requested a new tinker toy sculpture. He likes to play the art supplier. He inventories the pieces and instructs me to ask him if he has any (insert whatever piece is to be used next) and he passes it over. When I felt the sculpture was complete he passed me an invoice :) 

He told me, "I better get a good price for this sculpture to pay off his invoice!"

Since it was minutes before bed he gathered his flashlights (his other favorite toy right now).

I said, "well, first we have to clean up the toys."

to which he replied, "Can you take a picture so we won't forget it". 

"Ok, sure!" I say happily.

 We weren't exactly on time for bed. Oh well.

One of the greatest reasons I love being a Mom is a joyful return to free play.

Nov 4, 2010

Autumn abounds in our yard at Whistling Kettle Ranch

Ben, our 200 lbs English Mastiff can be seen through out this little video.

At the rate the leaves are falling from our maple tree I think by the time you watch this it will be bare and I will have to refill the seed in the wild bird feeder in our apple tree!

Autumn in the Boundary Region of British Columbia. Beautiful!

The feathery visitor this morning

Wild Grouse
G called me to come see the visitor on our front lawn and at first it was like looking for Waldo as the Grouse just blended into the leaves. We wondered if it was hurt or stunned as Grant could go right up and stroke it. It appeared to want to rest. The dogs were still snoring it off so I knew I had a little window of time to get a photograph of this beautiful wild bird. Eventually it got up and ran under our lilac tree. A short time later I heard Zeus bark sharply and found a raven was playing with him. Of course the elusive bird flew away when I came out to investigate. They are very shy birds.

Grant's hand

back to sleep

See you again soon!

Nov 1, 2010

Update: Thank you for all who voted: Innocent Cow was the winner!

once you have completed remember your answer
and click on the blog link at the top of the page to
return to the polling station. Vote ends Wednesday
© Kristina Hockley 2010