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Photos I took (mostly) using my camera phone.

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

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Heart’s up

Love!

Love!

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Here are the Shooting Stars! [Photo Gallery]

Yesterday the last DVD arrived with footage on it for the Shooting Star video. Okay, I can tell you right now this is will be AWESOME FUN editing together the stuff that came in. The creativity and sense of wacky is GORGEOUS! Since it is probably going to be a few of weeks before I have a chance to finish the video, let me share with you readers some snap and screen shots from the submissions. A little taste of why I am so excited about this project! :)

Starting with… David F. from Thorold and his crew from Lake St.Peter (Ontario), who were the very first folks to send in footage.

Turn on your images to see: David, Andy and Leslie Cowpokin' in Lake St. Peter, Ontario

David, Andy and Leslie Cowpokin’ in Lake St. Peter, Ontario

Not only that, but I found this familiar face included in the files David sent me. Washboard Hank heard about my project through David I presume? – here he is… wearing full bells ‘n whistles!

Turn on your images to see a photo of The one and only Washboard Hank winding up.

The one and only Washboard Hank winding up!

Turn on your images to see another photo of Washboard Hank and his (cow) bells and whistles.

…to play his (cow) bells and whistles.

Next came footage from Guido T. & Conny S. This may have been the furthest footage traveled to get here – all the way from Dusseldorf, Germany! (Later, you’ll see a submission from Solingen, Germany too. I’ll have to double check the distance in google maps.) Here is an example of horse power not only under the hood, but behind the wheel too.

Turn on your images to see: Pony On The Autobahn (With Fuzzy Dice)

Pony On The Autobahn (With Fuzzy Dice)

A few days later, I received a memory stick full of footage from Toronto. Tania, Diane, Oscar, Shannon, Bella and Ken scripted several colourful scenes… an entire song’s worth… filmed them in a park in their “one-horse-town”. The memory stick included on-the-set photos too. Here are a bunch, starting with some shots of fabulous artwork by Oscar.

Turn on your images to see this drawing of a Sky Full of Stars!

Sky Full of Stars! (by Oscar Sza)

Turn on your images to see the drawing: Blazing Trail of Star

Blazing Trail of Star! (by Oscar Sza)

Turn on your images to see Chalk Drawing

Chalk Drawing (also by Oscar!)

Here is the whole gang (minus Tania, who is behind the camera.)

Turn on your images to see Parade in the Park

Parade in the Park!

Some close ups of the feature actors:

Turn on your images to see: Giddy Up Horsie Ride

Giddy Up Horsie Ride ~ Shannon & Bella

Turn on your images to see: With that awesome hat, Ken could also be called Oblio :)

Ken! (who with that awesome hat could also be called Oblio :))

Turn on your images to see Diane On The Set of The "One Horse Town"

Diane On The Set

Then I received this lovely postcard in the (e)mail, It’s from Guido O in Solingen, Germany…

Turn on your images to see: This was taken last November when I played there at Tom Bombadil's in Solingen

This was taken last November when I played there at Tom Bombadil’s in Solingen.

Next, Kat Leonard sent me some fabulous footage of her dancing around the stage one afternoon (By the way, Kat & I were co-participants in the blogging challenge I did this winter!). Here are a couple of screenshots:

Turn on your images to see: Kat Dance #1

Kat Dance #1

Turn on your images to see: Kat Dance #2

Kat Dance #2

Then Tania A. sent me some cool abstract footage of stars being lit up by a spot light and also a short clip of a pinwheel spinning. Here are some still captures of the shining stars:

Turn on your images to see: Tania's Glowing Star #1

Tania’s Glowing Star #1

Turn on your images to see: Tania's Glowing Star #2

Tania’s Glowing Star #1

A few days ago I received the penultimate submission from Laurie in Lilloet. That’s right folks, we’re home on the ranging with a bonafide cowgal and horse. [And yippee-yi-yeee, I used penultimate (meaning: second-to-last) in a sentence!]

Turn on your images to see: Laurie and her horse

Laurie and her horse

Turn on your images to see: It's to the range she's bound!

It’s to the range she’s bound!

Turn on your images to see: Beauty!

Beauty!

Yesterday I received the last submission. A delightful scene in which Jay F. dances around in his hallway. He also included this still photo on the DVD:

Turn on your images to see: Jay Showing Us The Words To Shooting Star

Jay Showing Us The Words To Shooting Star!

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UPDATE: July 2012
Luckily for me, I’m a dawdler. I still hadn’t edited the video by the time I started my tour of southern Ontario this summer, so I was able to receive one last submission. After a fine and fun House Concert in London Ontario, I was talking with my host – Joanna – about the video project. She showed me the amazing, sparkly footage of her daughter, Talya, dancing with an aunt at a wedding. I asked if I could include it in the Shooting Star video, and she said yes! :-)

Screenshot from the HMVP Shooting Star video featuring Talya and her Sonia Aunty

Screenshot from the final video ~ Talya and her Sonia Aunty!

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And there you have it! Horses, dancing, shooting stars cows and cowbells. Sheer awesomeness. Thanks again, I am so thrilled with what was sent in! And I can’t WAIT to see how it looks once everything is edited together.

So give me a few weeks here… I am thinking of editing the video while I’m on the train traveling across Canada in early June. [Aside: Once again I am taking part in VIA’s OnBoard Musician Program playing music on board in exchange for passage. Pretty sweet deal! When I’m not playing shows, eating or staring out the window at the prairies, I’ll let the rhythm of the wheels on the track evoke the gait of a horse. Hopefully inspiring some good creative editing.]

Okay. Give me a few weeks to post then. Till then… Wishin’ you far! :)

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Caribou Salt Lick

Turn on your images if you want to see a photo of some Caribou

There is a herd of about 20 caribou that at certain times of the year live in the woods along a very narrow strip on the Barkerville Highway. This is near Wells in British Columbia.

I am told the caribou feast on lichen – that they are delicate nibblers of the wispy tendrils hanging off the evergreens. Every once in awhile you catch ghosts of them whispering through the trees.

But yesterday… there they were. Four bucksome caribou hanging out in the middle of the road. Licking salt, I presume.

Not playing music or writing songs, not emailing or being social online. Just licking salt.

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May 16, 2012 · 12:43 pm

Cows In the Yard

Cows In the Yard by Karyn Ellis
Cows In the Yard, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

You can look out your front door here in the interior of British Columbia and see all sorts of wildlife milling around in your yard.

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Rainbow Tire

Rainbow Tire by Karyn Ellis
Rainbow Tire, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

There may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but there are giant tires.

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Rock’n’roll Birthday

Rock'n'roll Birthday by Karyn Ellis
Rock’n’roll Birthday, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Quesnel, BC, October 2011.

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No Dogs, Yes Dancing

No Dogs, Yes Dancing by Karyn Ellis
No Dogs, Yes Dancing, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

At a friend’s birthday party in Quesnel, BC, October 2011. No dogs, but lots of dancing.

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Campfire #2

Campfire #2 by Karyn Ellis
Campfire #2, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

One chilly October night in Quesnel, BC.

I love the randomness of the flame. Makes my job as photographer super easy… simply keep clicking until the flames composed themselves nicely. (Needless to say, there are lots of outtakes.) This was completely done on my camera phone. No modifications/Photoshop whatsoever. [Actually, that’s true of most if not all of this recent series of pics.]

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Campfire

Campfire by Karyn Ellis
Campfire, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Warming oneself by the campfire on a chilly October night in Quesnel, BC.

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Frost

Frost by Karyn Ellis
Frost, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Winter is coming. October 2011 in Cottonwood, BC.

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Self Portrait #102

Self Portrait #102 by Karyn Ellis
Self Portrait #102, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

In my little cabin aboard VIA Train #1. Cross-Canada, October 2011.

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Self Portrait #101

Self Portrait #101 by Karyn Ellis
Self Portrait #101, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

In my little cabin aboard VIA Train #1. Cross-Canada, October 2011.

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Chateau Closse

Chateau Closse by Karyn Ellis
Chateau Closse, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

My residence for five days/four nights. I was the onboard musician across-Canada by train in October 2011.

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Pit stop

Pit stop by Karyn Ellis
Pit stop, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Sprucing up the train – shimmy shining the windows clean in Jasper, just before we head into the mountains. Cross-Canada by train, October 2011.

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Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor by Karyn Ellis
Sole Survivor, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Here’s the sign for a cool woman who cobbles in Kensington Market, Toronto Ontario. While I was there earlier this fall, she repaired a favourite and tattered pair of my boots of mine. She tamped down the loosened heel & dremeled out and filled in two major cracks in the soles of them. Now they are like spanking brand new! Hurray!

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Kensington Market

Kensington Market by Karyn Ellis
Kensington Market, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

Toronto, Ontario. October 2011.

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Bathroom Graffiti

Bathroom Graffiti by Karyn Ellis
Bathroom Graffiti, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

At Moonbean’s in Kensington Market, Toronto Ontario.

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Huh?

Huh? by Karyn Ellis
Huh?, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

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Cinqopus

Cinqopus by Karyn Ellis
Cinqopus, a photo by Karyn Ellis on Flickr.

= Gal with Camera + Too Much Time on Her Hands

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