Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Are you a morning person? Day 43 photo 365 calendar project February 13, 2014

Day 43 Arise and Shine

It’s funny how in a family, someone is usually the early riser, and willing to get them up and going!! How fun!! Oh…and that’s not me, on most days!

Camera: 1so 100, 50mm, f.8.0, /30



Can you tell what this is? – 365 Photo Calendar Project January 21, 2014

This is shot from underneath a big fern leaf, with it being backlight.  I love all the lines and I love the green! Image

Camera: ISO 500, 100mm Macro Lense, f/2,8, 1.20 sec hand held


Appreciating what we had. Day 16 – 365 Photo Calendar Project January 16, 2014

Today, with the chinook warm winds, that arrived on Tuesday we have been having unusual highs for Mid January.  The average is usually -20C, but since Tuesday, it`s been averaging 8C and is even expected to hit 13C on Saturday, and into next week, still high above normal.  Each night, the temperature drops just below 0 to around -3C, just enough time to freeze the melted snow.  And Boy did we have snow!!  Our stockpiles, were so high, that there really wasn`t anymore places to put the shoveled snow, if it snowed again.   The snow was piled as high, on a tree, where the branches started coming off the trunk.  We are experiencing a huge melt down of our record amounts of snowfall that has occurred, with the risk of flooding, even to have a chinook last this long, is very unusual!   Everyone seems quite chipper, the warmer weather has been very welcomed…minus the chinook headaches, that some get due to the pressure.   Helping with a sick friend`s dog today, I slipped on some ice, and my back is very strained, 95%…down my left side, and on the verge of being pulled right out.  I didn`t dare exercise today…and I didn`t get to taking a photo.  I did though take this one, just 8 days ago, when we had a beautiful hoar frost that lined all the trees, turning it into a snowy winter wonderland.    It sometimes takes warm winter day or a sore back, to realize, you have a good back, that you take advantage off!

Day 16 Hoar Frost Christina Parker Photography


Day 16 – Hoar Frost


Northern Lights Day 9 365 Photo Calendar Project January 9, 2014

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I read in the news this evening, that my city and almost all of Canada, we were going to have a good show of the Northern Lights late evening -before morning.  I took a late night drive, and could see the clouds hanging over the city.   Although surrounding the city, the clouds weren’t as heavy.  Since, it’s winter, dark, and I was tired and alone, I wasn’t willing to go out too far, to encounter the chance of seeing a better sky, wildlife, the boogie man, or getting stuck in the snow.  I just took a far away city view, to show that I at least tried.

Day 9- Sky

800 iso, 50mm,, 1.2L  1/13 sec  Me:  handheld, sitting in the car, too busy to get out to set up a tripod and too tired, too.

Sky and city Day 9


Where do they put it all? Day 6 -365 photo Calendar Project January 6, 2014

There is snow everywhere in Canada, and most of the northern US.  It’s been a record cold and freezing December & January season.   Where do they put all the snow, that the come in and truck away?  Our driveways are piled her up to our front trees, and if it snows again, there is no place for it to go.  The city where I live, is bringing in some trucks in residential neighborhoods to actually truck it away, they expect it will take 4 weeks to accomplish this.   I don’t know where they take it too…perhaps the ski hills?! I’ve heard that the mountains haven’t hardly gotten any snow.   Perhaps, they can truck it down to some of those southern homes.

Do you prefer a hot climate, 4 seasons, or where I live, they joke, winter, winter, winter, and construction season?   At least today, it’s tropical with a chinook in site.

Day 6:  iso 200 50mm f/1.2 1/4000 sec.  Me:  straight on, trying to fill the frame, to show the  piles of snow on the bush.  Mid morning daylight

Day 6 Piles


What happens when? March 6, 2013

A smile is your own facial signature with each one being unique and is often the first thing another will focus on when looking at your face.  What happens when your smile is not like others?   For thousands of children and adults their smile is affected by a cleft.  Matthew was one of those babies born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and this is his story.



Matthew came into the world on a warm afternoon in August 2009 with a complete bilateral cleft lip and palate. 

His cleft was on the severe side and it quickly became apparent that the simple things that most take for granted would be a challenge.  Feeding Matthew was a challenge as he didn’t have the oral structure needed to suck from the breast or bottle.  He met with a team of specialists who from the day he was born created a treatment plan.  This plan included weekly hospital visits, weekly dental visits, an oral appliance (NAM-nasoalveolar molding device), and hearing tests which all led up to his first surgery, his lip repair in December 2009. During the 4.5 hour surgery his plastic surgeon fused the muscles in his lip, joined the three segments of his cleft together, lifted and shaped his flattened nose.  For the first time in his life, Matthew no longer had a cleft lip.  His wide smile was no longer and his new smile would be one that people wouldn’t stare at negatively or with pity.  Matthew started puréed foods at 6 months old like other babies his age.  With Matthew’s cleft palate he would often choke and aspirate the food that had entered his nasal cavity.  We stayed away from hard cereals or other typical teething food as pieces could and sometimes would get lodged along the side of his nasal passage.  Matthew did continue to have speech therapy and frequent dental care until his palate repair in September 2010 where the same plastic surgeon closed the gaping hole in his palate.

Matthew still has years of treatment which include bone grafting, orthodontic, and other facial surgeries but until then he is a thriving three year old who loves reading books, playing with his siblings, and most of all playing with his trains.  Matthew’s determination, will, and spirit continue to inspire those who work with him. ~post written by Amanda L. Matthew’s Mom!

With your donation of $24, 100% will go towards operation smile, to help repair other children across the world! You will receive 1, desk size print or a headshot image.   Can I count on your support April 4-April 6, 2013?  Please book your session time at




What is Hoar frost? December 6, 2012

On the 2nd day of December…mother nature sent to me, “a hoarfrost and snowy evergreen trees”


Welcome to the land of the Great White North, also known as Canada! It really doesn’t snow all year long, and we don’t live in igloos! Only since, living in Calgary, Alberta, which is about 1 hour drive from the famous town of Banff which is nestled in the mountains, have I discover experiencing a hoar frost. Taken from Wikipedia, the definition is “refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.”

It really feels like you have just landed in Narnia! A hoar frost is stunning beautiful, every tree and bush is lined with ice crystals! It usually doesn’t last for too many days, and if you are really lucky you get a dump of snow, that then sticks to the landscape, making it even more breath taking.

On Sunday, I was determined to go out for a walk, to take a picture, as I already missed last weeks opportunity, and was so thrilled that a hoar frost had returned! I dressed up in my layers, as it was -10 Celcius (without the wind chill) and took this landscape just a block around from my home. Brrr…time to warm up, get the crackling fire roaring, and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Christina