Unique Mailboxes #3

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Eye-catching design;

Familiar colours…and STOP!

Letter passengers.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down one of the country roads near where I live – one that I take quite regularly – and on this particular day, I noticed something new.

Curious really.

It so happens that there are two neighbouring houses being built in a woodsy area with both driveways leading onto that country road….one house just getting its foundation poured and the other one already with sides up.  As a result of the big cement truck and other trucks parked along the roadside, it required passing vehicles to slow down around them.  Added to that the road is quite curvy, so I paid closer attention than before and noticed this cool-looking yellow mailbox at another long-established driveway. It was too irresistible, so I stopped to get some pics.  A rather creative design! 

Whilst at the same time I got to wondering how I hadn’t ever noticed this mailbox before!  Life is funny that way, isn’t it?

 

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Wouldn’t that put a smile on your face every time you picked up the mail?  🙂

 

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Six Word Story #22

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Family fun with an unusual car!

 

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Last Saturday was my first time to participate in an annual event that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, in the Glebe section of the city.  This event is well known as The Great Glebe Garage Sale.

My oldest son, Stephen, had gone twice in previous years and he felt that it would be something I would enjoy experiencing.  So, this year it worked out, because one of his friends offered to let us set up a table just outside the front of his home.  And in spite of some occasional rainy moments, which seemingly never deterred the throngs of keen people walking by, my sons, Conrad and Stephen, and I settled in quite nicely and had a good time.  We also took turns to have a break from tending to our display table and go for a walk about in order to see what other people had for their displays.

On my turn, one of the things I saw was this father pushing his wife and their young  child down the one street for a fun ride in this green sleek car.

A different mode of transportation – environmentally friendly.  Haha!  Yes, yes….low on horsepower but high in manpower!

It looked like they were having a great time!

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #21

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A Castle Located in the City!

 

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Last week on our way to the National Art Gallery, we passed by the Château Laurier, which is a beautiful hotel situated in the downtown area of our capital city, Ottawa.

It always catches my eye!

In these days of more modern designs in buildings and skyscrapers, some of the historical buildings still manage to hold their own as they stand apart from the others.  Even after so many years, they shine with their beauty, elegance, and charm.

And especially something that looks so much like a castle!  Canada is a relatively young country, compared to so many other countries that have long and rich histories which include all kinds of castles dating back to medieval times and earlier.   Our castle-styled buildings are few and unique.

For more information on the history of the Château, check here.

 

 

 

Six Word Story #20

 

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Eye-catching Splash of Letters and Numbers!

 

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Two days ago, while on our way to a special eatery as part of my oldest son’s birthday celebration, I spied this most colourful Canada Post mailbox!  Usually, they tend to be of a plain red colour….to match the red logo that you see on the left side of the box.

This one is clearly being a non-conformist mailbox and therefore worthy of a photo moment.  🙂

If you look closely, you can see a mish-mash of partial postal codes from across Canada.  AND….you can also clearly find the complete postal code of a well-known and much-loved resident of the North Pole, whose postal code most suitably is….H0H 0H0.

Yes….a couple of times in the past years, in our family we have sent Christmas wish letters to that very same postal code.  🙂

 

 

 

 

“Oceans”

 

The topic for this week’s photography assignment is “Oceans.”

I was hoping to see a good mix of submissions from others in the photography group, thinking the ocean makes such a constant and fun subject to capture, even if it’s only when we’re on holidays somewhere near a coastline, as not all of us are fortunate to be able to live near an ocean year round.  Oh well.  C’est la vie.

Anyway, here are my four submissions for this assignment:

 

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Oceans #1 – (Archived; August 2011) One view of the Atlantic Ocean along Rustico Beach on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Although an older photo, I wanted to show the characteristic dark red colour of the soil and sand famous to the Island…..together with the colour of the ocean water….a unique combination.

 

 

Oceans; P.E.I., August 25, 2011

 

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Oceans #2 – (Archived: November 2017) – Pacific Ocean. I LOVE water. Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Brooks, Ponds……haha! And on a walkabout in these areas, I simply MUST – weather and terrain permitting – take my shoes off and play footsies with the water. So, here, the waves are coming in at Tauranga Bay, South island, New Zealand…..the bottom of my pants are getting wetter.  🙂

 

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Oceans #3 – (Archived; May 2016) – A view from the island of Heimaey, Iceland, of some of the smaller islands in the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. The waters were mostly calm that day.

 

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Oceans #4 – (Archived; November 2017) – Pacific Ocean. The tide is low. And it’s curious to see those taller, more energetic curving waves further off in the distance and then see this wiggly, jiggly foamy white line, created as a sheet of smooth water glides on over the smooth wet sand.
And the smooth and moist sand keeps reflecting the clouds in the sky. 🙂

Taken at the Mangawhai Heads, North Island, New Zealand.

 

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“Getting From Here to There”

 

The theme for this week’s photography assignment was called “Getting From Here to There.”  A great subject that allows for diverse perspectives.

The following four photos are my submissions for the assignment.

 

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Getting From Here to There #1 – (Archived; January 2018)
My family and I went for our first visit to an outdoor skating place located at the northern tip of Gatineau Park, Québec (north of Ottawa). It’s a privately owned outdoor skating rink. The couple who started it last winter keep it groomed and maintained on a daily basis – including the use of a zamboni! 🙂 It is called “Patinage en Forêt,” which means “Skating in the Forest.” The length of the skating loop is about 3 km with two spots built in for shorter loops.  There are resting stops along the way, as well as wooden birdfeeders here and there, filled with seeds for the local birds.

 

 

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Getting From Here to There #2 – (Archived; November 2017)
At the National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika, New Zealand, it was great fun to observe kiwi birds, feed the eels, and check out all kinds of fascinating native fish and animals. A wonderful little gem for me was this green tunnel that leads the visitor from the animal viewing area back to the main welcoming room at the entrance.

 

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Getting From Here to There #3 – (Archived; November 2017)
The morning that my husband and I arrived in Auckland last November, we decided to head out from the hotel and go for a walkabout near the Auckland Harbour. I just fell in love with the deep red fencing on the seaward side of this sidewalk, as we made our way towards the harbour and went for a short ferry ride over to the picturesque little town of Devonport.

 

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Getting From Here to There #4 – (Archived; August 2017)
Finishing my set with a photo from beautiful Ontario, Canada.  A couple of my kids, their friends, and I went for a two-hour canoeing excursion in the late afternoon – a route we have done a number of times in the past – from nearby Taylor Lake through to Clayton Lake, arriving in the village of Clayton. While the other four paddled the canoes, I chose to go by kayak….as I so love to switch it up sometimes. A kayak feels just different enough from a canoe; I feel closer to the water level. Also means I can end up in the lake more easily…..haha! ^_^

 

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“The Letter P”

This week’s photography assignment – one which I picked! – focuses on objects, animals, and places that begin with the letter P.

The following are my four submissions:

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Letter P #1 – (Archived, Nov. 2017) Starting off with these massive rock formations known as the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

Interesting effect created by the thin seams of mudstone between the layers of limestone…..along with erosion.

 

Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island (other camera) Nov. 2017

 

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Letter P #2 – Petals and Pistil – (Archived; August 2016). A huge, deep red mallow flower in my parents’ garden. My Dad’s joy is gardening, so when I go visiting, especially when the garden is aburst with colours, I go photo crazy! ^_^

 

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Letter P #3 – (Archived; Nov. 2017) Painted Bench in the town of Paihia, North Island, New Zealand. On a walkabout the town….taking in craft shows and the harbour…..and the stores. Cool things to see!

 

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Letter P #4 – (Archived; Nov 2017) – A flower on a Pohutukawa tree – also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

When this tree is covered – and I mean, COVERED – in these lush red flowers, and with the green leaves, it looks SO Christmassy!

So pretty! Such a burst of red colour!!

 

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Seven in Black and White

A different kind of photography assignment this time.

No people.  Just objects or views or animals.

I randomly picked seven that seemed intriguing.

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1) There was some car trouble en route with one of the cars, so we had to stop along the roadside to check things out.  While the mechanically inclined looked under the hood, I did some looking around and was immediately drawn to this line of a tall “wall” of trees in the Wairau Valley, South Island, New Zealand.

 

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2) I was enthralled with watching all the water fowl, hanging out at a huge pond, nearby an historic N.Z. building….geese and ducklings….and even a rooster, too!  It had rained for a while, and this goose was taking sips of water as she walked alongside this curb.

 

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3) There was a flock of seagulls around the picnic area at the Pancake Rocks in the South Island, New Zealand.  I followed a couple of them around with my camera in hand, always hoping for good close-ups and also in-mid-flight moments.

 

Seagull in N.Z. from DCIM, Nov. 2017

 

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4) One from the archives of my current drumkit.

 

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5) We’ve had some snow already in November, but it has melted away again each time.  On Dec. 1st, I happened to see this lake with a thin layer of ice as far as I could see – large chunks of this thin ice lying on the water’s surface – with ice shards accumulated at the shore.

 

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6) Also from the archives….from last winter.  I had gone out one night to capture images of icicles in the front yard, illuminated by the house light.

 

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7) My latest hand drum, an African djembe, newly strung with goatskin on top, and I especially like the carvings in the drum’s body.

 

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Summer Evening Paddling Trip

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A call of a loon;

Quiet splashing, rhythmic sounds,

Kayak glides along.

 

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Yesterday’s warm temperatures and sunshine beckoned.

So, following the family supper, some of us embarked on an evening’s paddle.  Well, as many as could fit into two canoes and a single-person kayak.  😀

We launched our craft onto Taylor Lake and eventually made it to the channel leading to adjacent Clayton Lake….and ultimately the village of Clayton where we finished just as it was getting dark.

It’s a lovely paddling excursion….usually taking about two hours.

There are quite a few cottages along the shores of Taylor Lake, with avid boaters and fishing enthusiasts sharing the water….and everyone respecting the speeds near other boaters.  By contrast, Clayton Lake is quieter.

We were lucky and were treated to multiple loon calls, the sighting of a loon family of three, and a pretty sunset.

Here are some more photos…

 

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A juvenile loon…

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Sunset on Taylor Lake

From the time the sun was just touching the top of the trees to my extracting my iPhone from the protective plastic box tucked inside my life vest and then going for a photo, as you can see the sun went into hiding – moved so fast! Anyway….still looks pretty over the water like that.

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Kayaking is a lot of fun!

(Good time to add in a selfie….)  😀

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On Clayton Lake

I took a photo of the view behind me with the pretty clouds and the pinks and purples…..getting darker fast.

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Wall Murals #1

 

When someone imagines what it looks like when a lightbulb bursts apart – frozen in a moment of time.  Perhaps even filmed it and then simplified it into one frame.

And THEN….the major task of painting all those details onto a large wall.

Including the thin stream denoting the flash of orange light – what an effect!

 

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Note:  I saw this on the side of a red brick building in a section of old Montréal, Québec,  last week.