“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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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 #19

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Top Floor Dwellers Encounter Dizzy Spiralling. 

 

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The outside spiral staircase attached to this modern style residential building stands apart and also fits right in.   Everything else on that building looks squarish and angular, and then the stairs have that flowingly rounded aspect to them.  So cool!

It’s at the one end of  the block of buildings, which also houses the Maritime Museum….in Reykjavik, Iceland.

(Photo taken in May 2016)

 

 

 

Tourist Moments #2

Street art always intrigues and fascinates me!

It’s on such a large scale, and I wonder how it was done….the equipment, the supplies, what kind of paint….and the quantity needed.

And how the artist’s perspective and skill comes into play to make the artwork “jump out.”

For this tourist moment I am highlighting some street art that I saw in the town of Vestmannaeyjar on the Icelandic island, Heimaey, when I was there last May.

This painting of the young albeit BIG child playing with a fishing vessel in the harbour can be seen along the side of one of the harbour buildings.

So, it’s the harbour with a real boat, perhaps to depict the island’s main industry of fishing.  Since the water isn’t deep, it seems to resemble one of those water play areas for children or perhaps just a big puddle in which the child is playing.

Fun for the imagination!

 

 

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In this next one….

 

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…..attached to a wall in the more residential part of town, I noticed this large mural of a fancy dressed puffin. So, perhaps this is on a government building?  I don’t know.  However, I did learn that puffins are Iceland’s national bird and that Icelanders promote the puffin’s image in all kinds of things.   And you can imagine the puffin’s popularity in souvenir shops!

And just so you can see what I mean, look at this street directional sign…..for the post office, the bank, and so on.  Friendly puffins to help guide your way.  🙂

 

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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.

 

Focus on Architecture

The way my summer has been unfolding, I haven’t had much time to work on writing and blogging; also less on photography.  And I’ve been missing my set aside time for doing those things, as I do enjoy that kind of work.

So, when this week’s photography assignment was announced, I finally had some time and quickly pounced on the opportunity to put together another set of four.  The theme is architecture, so these are the ones I picked for it:

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Architecture #1

Two curvy buildings,

Artistic geometry;

This is a hotel?

 

Archived from my mini Europe trip this past May, 2016 – we stayed in this ultra cool-looking place in Copenhagen….the AC Bella Sky Hotel. I picked this photo for its unusual building structure design – I love things with bends and curves, haha! – as well as the triangularly designed hotel bedroom windows. Together it all creates such a geometric and artistic effect. There are also two enclosed walkways connecting both buildings of this hotel; one at the top and one closer to the ground. This place was fascinating to look at inside and out!

 

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Architecture #2

Skyscraper windows

Reflecting like a mirror;

Looks like a painting!

 

Taken exactly one week ago; last Wednesday – when I was visiting my parents in Toronto and playing tourist in the downtown area. I have always loved the architecture there…..so much variety in design and effects with glass windows and other outward shapes. This skyscraper, filled with offices, I’m guessing, is flanked by two high towers – condo apartments, I’m thinking. What drew my eyes to the building in the middle is how the glass windows look so seamless….there is no break to show where they start and end. It’s so much like one huge mirror! It even looks like a painting. And lo, see how the clouds and sky are wonderfully reflected in those windows!

 

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Architecture #3

Colourful at night!

Toronto’s CN Tower;

Purple, pink, and white.

 

Also taken last Wednesday in Toronto; in the evening, as my mom and I were at the GO train station, to head back to Scarborough area. This was my first time to see what the CN Tower looks like lit up at night – I was enthralled! I am quite familiar with its daytime look, so this night-time view was super special. In contrast to the tower’s darker lighting hues, you see the bright lights from both platforms at Union Station in the foreground.

 

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Architecture #4

Big islands of rock,

Of Mother Nature’s design;

Born of volcanoes.

 

For my fourth submission, I am bowing to the original architect….Mother Earth. With her beautiful and majestic mountains and canyons, species of tall trees, ice caves, her creatures who construct amazing homes and catch-ems (ie. intricate spider webs), her endless architectural wonders.

This photo was taken in Iceland during that same mini trip to Europe in May 2016 – it’s a view across the sea from the island of Heimaey located in the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago. As with Iceland, all of her surrounding islands have been created through volcanic eruptions. Outside of one island in this grouping of islands off of Heimaey, all the others are left untouched and pristine…..no human trespassing…..the flora and fauna occurring as nature intends.
They are impressive islands to look at from afar and of a massive size, when up close. No two are alike.
The architecture of our Mother Earth never ceases to amaze me.