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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The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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Six Word Story #23

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“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”

 

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I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!

On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home.  And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!

My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand).  And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket.  Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!

And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt.  Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.

These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.

Ooohhhmmm!  Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!

 

Outdoor Wall Murals #3

 

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In our world we can all use a little more light, right?

And how handy!  At the flick of a large switch.

Such a warmly tinged 3-dimensional painting!

I wonder how visible this wall mural is at night, as I only saw it during the late afternoon a couple of days ago.  There might be some street lighting or next-door building lighting shining on it.  And what if the artist incorporated some kind of luminescent lighting effect in this painting?

Maybe I will get to see for myself some night.

(taken while walking along Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

 

 

 

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 #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.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Wall Murals #2

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Now THAT’s a busy looking wall mural!

And on a multi-storied building, too!   So HUGE!  And also colourful.  The construction at the left distracts a little bit.  What can you do?  Editing would only let me do so much.  Oh well.  🙂

I like this one, because you see the main images, but then it keeps drawing you in to look for those smaller details.  Fascinating creatures in all kinds of strange activities.

It seems I have accumulated quite the nice collection of outdoor wall mural art, which is becoming more apparent each time I look through my folders of photos for writing ideas.   A good thing, I realize, as I will pull out more of them for future blog posts.

I love discovering and looking at these artsy wall murals when I go on my walks….and it can be a good challenge for photography, too!

Well, I suppose it has a lot to do with the fun and diversity of this art form, plus, on building walls the art is public and free to look at as often as you wish.  To enjoy the ideas that all those creative and ingenious artists conceptualize and then bring into a physical vision.

(Photo taken while on a walk through some of downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, in May 2016)

 

 

 

Six Word Story #18

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Steam Train Churning Through the Archway.

 

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About two weeks ago while driving through a neighbouring town, I noticed this life-size, 3-D looking painting on the side of a century old red-brick building that now is home to a cleaning business although at some point, it housed a grocery store (as you can see at the top of the photo).

I love such wall paintings!  Artists who envision their pieces and bring them to life in actual or larger size…and sometimes 3-D so that it has you giving it a second glance, when you first think it’s something else….something real and not a painting.

And then I try to imagine what tools they used – scaffolding? – to accomplish their painting vision.  Dealing with the weather for one thing.  Different requirements compared to working in a studio.

It never ceases to amaze me!

 

 

 

 

 

A Happy and Healthy Christmas to you, my Friends!

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Inspired by a friend’s idea, I’m sending you a reflected wave with a festive backdrop and in the spirit of the season.

Merry Christmas!

And a Magical and Exciting 2018!

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And nature has been generous with sending lots of the white ‘n fluffy stuff over the past few days.  I took this photo today of the blue spruce in our back yard – it’s roughly 25+ years old – that we planted when we first moved here.

 

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Tall and majestic,

Richly adorned in white snow –

Winter Sentinel

 

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“Circles”

This time the photography assignment theme is “Circles.”  Having just returned home from my trip to New Zealand, I decided to still squeeze in four submissions before the deadline last night.

The first photo for this assignment will be familiar to those of you who saw my post – here from November 13, 2017, entitled “The Unfolding Circle.”

 

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Circles #1 – (just over a week ago).
The circular, nautilus-resembling unfurling branches of a large or giant fern (as grows abundantly in New Zealand) – the size of it when it is still tightly curled up, such as this one, is approximately the size of your fist. SO COOL!!

 

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Circles #2 – Nov. 21, 2017 – The back sides of five pieces of New Zealand currency. My online research from the following link gave me additional information regarding the pressed images:

Left to right, top to bottom:

$2 coin – The kotuku (white heron), flying right. The kotuku is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds and is held in particularly high regard in Maori mythology.

$1 coin – The kiwi bird

10 cent coin – A Maori carved head or koruru under the figure “10” with Maori rafter patterns.

20 cent coin – Representation of a well-known Maori “pukaki” carving.

50 cent coin – The barque Endeavour, commanded by Captain Cook, sailing south, with Mt. Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance under the figure “50”.

 

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Circles #3 – Late last night – taken facing straight down onto the game board of Settlers of Catan – a HUGE family favourite game of ours! – showing circular numbered tokens in the various fields as well as the top of the grey figurine (standing in the forest here) known as “the robber.”

 

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Circles #4 – Late last night – The shape of a much-loved, colourful hacky sack – tightly crocheted (I think) – as well as the bright yellow in the middle of the pattern.

 

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