Chasing Rainbows with Fujifilm

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fujifilm who generously provided me with X-A3 camera to facilitate my chasing of rainbows. The opinions, pictures, hopes, and dreams shared in this post are my own.**

Is there anything better than a sunny park on an autumn day?

Now that the worst of the summer heat has burned off, I’ve really started to enjoy taking the dog on daily strolls through our neighbourhood park. Patterson Park in Baltimore is not only sizeable but also contains so many amazing fun features. There are sports fields, a pool, a duck pond, a dog park, a charming fountain, and a lovely pagoda.

Last Sunday, the promise of fall was carried through the air on the first of the dropping leaves and I sensed a bit of magic at the park.

It was my first time oot and aboot with my new Fujifilm X-A3 camera and, though I’m still learning how to make the most of all the amazing features, I was so happy to be able to capture a few moments of that lovely autumnal alchemy.

Like this rainbow in the fountain.

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The Patterson Park Pagoda is only open to the public on Sunday afternoons – and only until mid-October – so I was delighted to finally be able to catch a peek inside, where I was greeted with more flashes of colour.

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The Pagoda is home to gorgeous stained glass that casts the most enchanting reflections all around its interior.

Catching the colour in unusual places made me feel, for the first time since moving to Maryland, like there is going to be plenty of beauty to discover here.

I mean, we all know I left my heart in Halifax and surrounded by the nautical charm of Nova Scotia, so it’s nice to see that I’ll be able to capture some equally unique and lovely moments while I’m here.

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In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes open and keep searching for more rainbows. 

Stay tuned for more posts as I continue to chase beauty with Fujifilm.

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Shoot Arrows, Hit Bullseyes at Highland Bow and Arrow

What do Susan Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia, Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, and Ygritte from Game of Thrones all have in common? They’re all fierce females who can rock a bow and arrow.

I discovered recently that — with a bit of instruction and practice — I can kick ass and hit bullseyes too.

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Last weekend, as part of Creative Soul Weekend, I got to unleash my inner archer at Highland Bow and Arrow near Wreck Cove along the Cabot Trail on the beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

I had a bit of experience shooting from my youth, but it had been many, many years since I’d picked up a bow.

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Since I was a little rusty, I benefitted from some expert instruction from the raddest owner/operator, Jay. Seriously, after overshooting the target on my own, it just took some minor correction from Jay and I hit the bullseye on the next shot. She lines the targets with balloons for some extra satisfaction as well!

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As an added bonus, Jay encourages moving around to play with different targets. Can I just point out how awesome some of these are? Um yes that is a scary zombie man and YES THAT IS A DINOSAUR.

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If you’re looking to empower your inner baddass bow-person, then I highly recommend making the trek out to Highland Bow & Arrow.

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Jay’s got something for everyone, including lessons for your little ones (or yourself), or just some straight up shooting practice.

What are you waiting for? Do it. #ShootArrows!

Check out more at highlandbowandarrow.ca or see if you can spot me and the Creative Soul gang on insta!

 

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One Month Down: Baltimore Life

Well my friends, I’ve been living in Baltimore for around a month now. Obvi, I’ve still got plenty more to learn about being a Maryland resident full-time but, I must say, I’ve made a few discoveries in the short time I’ve lived here.

Here’s a highlight reel of some faves. If you come visit me, let me know which you’d like to see together!

First, I arrived here just in time for Canada Day! We headed to Clark Burger to see if their poutine lives up to the genuine article. (It does and it’s delicious.) We were in good company with a number of other Canadians indulging in the name of patriotism. So funny.

Of course, immediately following Canada Day is American Independence Day so I had to try my best to blend in with the crowd in red, white, and blue on the 4th of July. Luckily, the American Visionary Art Museum was hosting a dog/cat show with plenty of fur babies in costume. I was right at home.

I’m still looking for some good off-leash dog trails (hit me up with suggestions) but am having fun checking out some of the local options. Rigby thoroughly enjoyed romping through the river of the Gunpowder Trail.

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One of my July highlights was having friends visit and heading to an Orioles game. It was so fun but what I’m REALLY looking forward to is seeing the Blue Jays when they come to town at the end of the summer.

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Another highlight was the Artscape art festival. It was humongous! Art exhibits, installations and performances as far as the eye could see. Very cool.

I’m still discovering the little hidden gems that every city reserves for those to stumble across.

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Although I’ve moved to new places already a number of times in my life, this is the first time I’m living in a whole new country. What sorts of things do you look for when you’re settling into a new place?

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