Summer’s over? How did that happen?

Well that’s it, right? Labour Day (or Labor, for our friends south of the border) weekend, no matter where you live in North America, is the signal that summer is over. In Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition (fondly referred to as The Ex or the CNE) has been a feature during the last two and a half weeks of August beginning in 1879. When the Ex is on, you know the bell is tolling!

Of course there will still be nice weather (hopefully) but students are in their classrooms, summer holidays planned and anticipated for so long are in the memory bank, and fall/winter clothes are in the shop windows.

Did you take a lot of photos this summer? I did. Well, okay, I’m always taking photos no matter what the season or the reason.

What images from this summer will stand out for you?

Digital photography has had such an impact, I only know one person who still buys film for her camera. Do you? Do you print some of your photos and keep them in albums or do you store everything on disks or post them on a blog? Do you have a camera or do you take all your photos on your phone? I’ve been astounded by the quality of some cell phone photos.

I’m really interested in hearing how your approach to photography has changed in the last few years so, if you have a minute, leave a comment and let me know.

In the meantime, I’ve attached a terrific photo slideshow of summer images compiled by The Denver Post. Just click on the link below to see it. Afterwards, make a slideshow of the favourite photos you took this summer!

Captured: The Last Days of Summer | Plog — World, National Photos, Photography and Reportage — The Denver Post.

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

7 thoughts on “Summer’s over? How did that happen?

  1. I tried to ignore summer this year – much too hot to get out which has resulted in a bad case of cabin fever. However, this morning the temperature was 59. (F for non-US) I love to take photos. I have some great ones of the Grand Canyon and even had my own personal calendar printed with my photos. (How’s that for cool?) I’ll be adding some photos to my blog eventually. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the marvelous coolness of today.

  2. I feel terrible about this, but I am not a photograph person. I hardly ever take pictures, except of my cat doing something cute. I don’t even keep pictures of my family or friends. I don’t really know why that is.

    1. Angela, you are not alone. I have several friends who are just the same. I’ve been taking photos since I was six years old so it’s hard for me to understand when someone doesn’t. The bottom line is to do what you love and if you don’t love taking photos, so be it! I bet you’ve got some adorable ones of your cat! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I find with digital photography I’m much less discriminating about what I take pictures of because I don’t have to pay for processing now. But unfortunately, I have a lot of electronic photo clutter because I’m still steeped in the notion that if I took it’s picture, it must be important! LOL!

    1. I know what you mean! Here’s how I see it (as my chip constantly fills up quickly!), just like in our writing process, editing is crucial! Kill your darlings in the camera too and just keep the real gems!

  4. I’ve never been much of a picture person although I’ve always been fussy. I’m happy with one photo of an event but it has to be the ideal photo, the one that says it all. The age of the digital camera has made it easy for me to achieve this.

    The only exception to my minimalist approach to memories is my daughter. Since her birth I’ve taken over a thousand photos of her. In part because she squirmed a lot, as babies and toddlers do. “Gotta take another one cause her tiny toes got cut off!”

    This might sound a little odd but Shannon Tweed, former Playmate, Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend, current girlfriend of Gene Simmons of Kiss, and B-rated movie actress, also influenced me. During my maternity leave, I lived in front of the tv as my daughter endlessly breast-fed. I watched quite a bit of Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. During every episode, a video of the Tweed-Simmons children during their childhood aired. Tweed had recorded and preserved those wonderful videos of her children. I wanted to have the same kind of memories of my daughter. So when I bought a new digital camera, I made sure it had recording capabilities. I have videos of my daughter’s laughter at four months old, of her first steps, of opening presents, of running the bases after a Blue Jays game. I find that I never have enough pictures and videos of her.

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