It’s a bird, it’s a plane….no, it’s a person flying!

 

WOWZERS!!

SO COOL!!

Now THAT’S flying!!

Maybe even feel like a superhero!

 

 

A friend of mine commented on my facebook post (where I originally shared it), saying that her sister was there when this was taking place and recorded her own footage of this exciting occasion.  And her sister is a former jet ski racer…as is the guy doing the flying in this clip.

I suppose that jet ski racing comes in handy as training for going to this kind of flying activity.

It sure looks like fun!

 

(NOTE:  Video is shared from the Autodynamics facebook page)

 

 

 

The Art of Falling

 

I just came across this gem via one of my girlfriend’s posts.

It gave me goosebumps.

I found it impactful and beautifully done.

It has a profound message.

The Facebook page Access Oneness posted this clip with this lead-in comment:

“So, you lose balance and you fall … but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling …”

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P.S. Re-watching it…..I just noticed something else. Look at the colouring of the trees from the aerial view.

 

Six Word Story #10

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Flat tire means tow truck ride!

 

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So on Monday I got to have a ride, courtesy of the CAA  (Canadian Automobile Association), which offers roadside assistance services among other things to drivers all across Canada.

Here is the fine gentleman, Bob Mitchell, in the process of unloading my car again at the dealership where my car would get some needed care.  If you look closely, you might be able to notice which one is the flat.

The whole adventure began on the Saturday evening before, and I managed a temporary solution at that time. However, when I checked my car on Sunday, where it was nicely resting in our driveway, the tire had gone even flatter than before, so I decided that first thing on Monday, I would call for a tow truck.  It didn’t make sense to change the tire, since I was already at home.  Might as well benefit from the friendly, helpful service that my annual membership fees pay towards, right?

And the always awesome staff at the car dealership would be able to  take it from there and assess the situation.

 

 

Tourist Moments #1

As I was looking through photos, an idea came to me!

What if I put together small groupings of photos from travelling as little highlighted tidbits – I tend to take LOTS of pictures and that would make ONE enormous post!

Not that I would do that.  Fill one post with 500 some photos, I mean.   But, you know, the mind gets these funny notions sometimes.

It’s not a new idea, as I have seen other blogging friends highlight a trip to a heritage site, for example, and included several photos to accompany the writing.

Except it’s a new thing for my blog.

And I would call them Tourist Moments…..inspired by the television shorts that I used to see several years ago, called “Canadian Heritage Moments.”

I’ll see how it goes!

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And to start things off, how about….

Light Rail Trip in Copenhagen; May 2016

During our brief trip to Europe last spring, my husband, daughter, her boyfriend, and I took a little trip to a more central part of Copenhagen by taking the light rail system.

This is the Bella Center station…

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As we got closer, my attention was momentarily directed at this apartment building situated on the other side of the canal – understandably – due to the bright green colours along its side.

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When I zoomed in closer at the bottom level, I noticed the sign that read, “Klinik for Fodterapi.”

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I smiled because I was able to figure out what this place was – a clinic for Foot Therapy!

Also, you will see another view of this green building….further down.

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Here is the view from the one end of the platform

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Getting our tickets….

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We were boarding at Bella Center – it’s highlighted on the train map – and getting off again at Kongens Nytorv to go for a walkabout and see some of the older parts of Copenhagen.

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This light rail train system looked so clean and modern.

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As you can see, trains come through around approximately every 5 minutes.  Here, Vanlöse is the end station in the direction we were headed.

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While we were waiting for our train to arrive, and as I was looking around, I noticed this cool street art design along the lower wall.

Do you see how the pattern changes, looking from right to left, and how the deer is moving in the light forest part, moving more and more into the darker forest part.

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And here is that green apartment building again – as seen from higher up – it’s eye-catching from any level!

I like how they jazzed up this building in that fashion.

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And finally a glimpse into what the inside of the train looks like – again, clean and modern…..and look!  People bring their bikes along, too!  Cool!

Country Road Race!

So….rewind back to Saturday – Sept. 24th – and picture, if you will, a pleasant day, and I’d been busy working at Pickerel Bay, cleaning the one big cottage, plus another side cleaning job. I started later than usual and didn’t realize it would take as long as it did, so when I was done and checked my watch – eek! – I realized I would have to hustle my butt to get back home as quickly as possible……refresh myself in 5 minutes flat (fastest hair wash EVER!! )….change into my black outfit for serving work and JUST make it in time at Temple’s!

Now, imagine my thoughts as I found myself behind a car, going the exact speed limit all along Peneshula Road…….patience, girl……he’ll probably turn left at the Bellamy Road intersection, and then you’re home free. So, I bide my time, trundling behind him……checking my clock…..cringing…..

As we get close to the Peneshula and Bellamy Road intersection, and I’m HOPING the left indicator light comes on……NOPE! The right one comes on! NOOOOO!! Oh well, I say to myself, I will find a way to pass, like I had to before – it CAN be done!

NOW…..though, visualize my surprise-turned-to-glee, when just after both of us turned right onto Bellamy Road, heading for Clayton, and the car in front of me kicks up into high speed! BOOYAH!! Had he read my thoughts? Probably not. He’d just stayed within speed limit, until such time as when he could let ‘er rip. So, he revved it up to 80, and I followed right behind!

Ooooohhh! What a thrilling ride that was! We both knew to slow down in the curves – and most of this being gravel road – and speed up again in the straightaways. It felt like we were both on a race track. I had the wind blowing through my windows…..and away we went. When we came to the 50 zone, we slowed right down again…..and then resumed, when it was safe to do so.

I don’t know what the driver in front of me was thinking, but I was LOVIN’ it!!

Oh yeah….as I had calculated, I DID get home and did all those things AND got to work with a minute to spare! That’s probably the closest I have ever come thus far.

And here a photo of the blue car in front of me…..something about little blue cars and…..speed, eh? Maybe it was a standard, too?

 

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Looking for Puffins

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Cute little faces,

Well-adapted to their homes;

The much-loved puffins!

 

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The Puffin – Iceland’s National Bird

These photos were taken on my very brief introductory visit to Iceland in May of this year.  I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and am keen to go visit there again!

As part of a guided day-trip from Iceland via ferry to the island of Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, included was a bus tour around the island with a side stop to where the puffins and several other seabirds have some of their nesting grounds.

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I brought two cameras with me, one of which had a small built-in zoom.  For the landscape views I used my regular DSLR.  Then depending on how the visibility would be for finding puffins and capturing some photos of them, I ended up relying on the other smaller camera for that.  As you will see, they were quite a distance away, so the zoom came in handy!

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Smack dab in the middle of this photo, you can see a small white dot.  Yes, that’s the puffin.  And I’m standing right up against a fence, which you will see further down.

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Here you can see it more distinctly, sitting on what looks like a precarious spot along the edge.

Needless to say, even after this shot, I realized that I would have to try the smaller camera to zoom in better and get more close-up photos, like the first two in this post.

Except that didn’t automatically ensure perfect photos, because, as our tour guide explained to us, we were on the “windiest part of all of Iceland.”

I took as many photos as I could – many of which were blurred – because the wind kept bustling my camera around, so my hands were more shaky than steady. There were even more advanced birders and photographers on this trek, who brought their HUGE cameras with LONG lenses…..tripods, too, I guess. But even so, I’m sure the wind was giving them a challenge as well

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This was the path to follow, towards the cliffs…..to where we might find the birds.

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An amazing view!

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On the right side is the fence we could use as our guide to hike further down the path, and I suppose, to preserve the distance between us and the puffins.

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I went just a little further down from where I’m standing as I took this photo, and I think all those people below just went to that edge and then turned back.

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Taken from a little further down and quite near the edge……with the fence nearby to keep us safe.