“What do you think, Dad?”

 

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Two figures sitting,

Always in conversation;

Not a word spoken.

 

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Early this evening I drove to the library to return some items that had come due.

This time I arrived when it was closed and no one was around.

So, after dropping my two items into the RETURN slot, I could take a little extra time to have a closer look at this particular sculpture located to the right of the entrance door.

It was put there a few years ago.

I have walked past these two people numerous times when picking up or dropping off borrowed items….sitting on that bench….in all kinds of weather, too.  Sunshine, rain, and snow.

And those two figures never look deterred from their conversation on that bench.

It’s an ongoing discussion.

About what, I wonder?

 

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NOTE:  I fiddled with the camera a bit on features to enhance lighting; here’s another view with their faces lit up more so their expressions are clearer.

Now they appear a bit more life-like than statue.

Still intriguing.

 

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Tourist Moments #4

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When in Copenhagen….you’ve got to check out the LEGO!

Everyone in our family is an enthusiastic LEGO builder and player!

So, on my brief layover in Copenhagen last May, naturally, I was always on the alert to see where LEGOs would pop up.  Particularly since it’s a long-lasting classic toy originating from Denmark.

On an evening walkabout, when most stores were already closed, I spied this brightly lit up store and spent some time looking at all the LARGE and well-constructed LEGO creatures, such as the dragon above.  It boggles the mind, thinking of the planning and then constructing that went into these amazing structures.

 

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My friend, Josh, stood beside this LEGO guard in order to provide a comparison perspective to show the size of these LEGO people.

 

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On one wall were the various LEGO logos designed over the years.  LEGO logos – say that a whole bunch of times real fast!  Haha!

 

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And imagine my surprise when at the airport the next day, there was even a LEGO store there….in among the usual clothing and electronics stores.

 

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Certainly not a small store – given it’s at the airport – and filled with a large and varied selection of different types and sizes of LEGO toy boxes.

Here’s a closer look at the LEGO playing table….laid out so invitingly for sitting down and playing.

 

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Near the entrance stood an almost life-sized LEGO traveller, complete with pith helmet, tropical shirt, and an assortment of cameras.

Imagine how long it took to put that fellow together!

 

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Six Word Story #15

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Imagine driving this dazzling shimmery car!

 

What would it be like?

The car itself would be fun to drive.  And the colourful effect is occurring under flourescent lighting.  Would it be the same outside in the sun?  And what about on overcast, cloudy days?  Would it just look like a plain silvery car?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions, so my imagination will always be wondering…..

Singing in Unison…But Not Together

That sounds like a bit of a paradox, right?

How can a group of people, or more precisely, over 2,000, be singing together on one song as a choir….and yet, not be in the same room at the same time.

That’s where the innovative thinking and composing skills of Eric Whitacre come in.

Come and have a look and listen to one of….’his “Virtual Choir” projects, bringing individual voices from around the globe together into an online choir.’  (Wikipedia)

Here is “Fly to Paradise”…..

Tree Capillaries

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Tiny, thin branches,

Splay outwards….intertwining;

Life force transporters.

 

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I was immediately entranced with this image of the black trees and the lighter background.  The silhouette effect seemed to enhance the delicateness and intricate meshing of all those tiny branches on the trees.

It reminded me of our lungs.

The two tree trunks are the bronchi.  They branch into smaller, thinner tubes called the bronchioles.  In this photo, those are the next smaller branches coming from the main trunk stems.

In lungs, the bronchioles end in air sacs called alveoli, which are covered in a mesh of tiny blood vessels…..the capillaries.

See how those smaller tree branches continue into a myriad of even tinier branches….and they appear to mesh into a splayed outward pattern.

And the thought occurred to me that as our lungs bring in life-giving air into our bodies, so do the tree’s branches that in spring and summer are covered in leaves.  Aside from the food absorbed by the roots, the leaves and branches are a tree’s other means of keeping its life force going.  The bareness of winter shows this resemblance to the blood vessels in lungs more clearly.

In my imagination I see two tree “lungs” with their capillaries.

Aren’t they beautiful?

 

Fun License Plates #2

Continuing on with some more fun and creative license plate words and names that I have discovered in the past two weeks….

 

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So…..it’s either Joy’s Mazda…..or Joyce’s Mazda?  Either way, it’s definitely her toy!  😀

 

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Again, some options are:  someone who enjoys putting a religious touch to things…..OR…..it’s someone’s favourite song?

 

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Well, and here,…..Fawn has a pretty spiffy looking Nissan!  😀

Okay, now three more added to my new and burgeoning collection.

 

 

 

 

Cloud and Sky Watching

So fascinating how in one day, one can look up at the sky and see such diversity in cloud formations as well as the colour of the sky!

These three photos were taken at just a few hours apart, when I was out visiting a friend yesterday – the first two being also within a few kilometres of each other, and the last one  near another town (some 30 kms away).

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What caught my eye – when I was looking facing east around 1:15 p.m.-  was the two-tone blue colouring of the sky.  I don’t recall ever seeing one part of the sky being a pale blue and the other such a deeply, rich blue.  It looks as if the atmosphere closer to the earth is reflecting that lighter shade of blue.  And looking up into the higher atmospheric levels, the blue becomes darker in hue.  Usually, when looking at the sky, it tends to be one shade all across.  Unusual, don’t you think?

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I snapped this next photo – around 3:30 p.m. (facing west) – because this cloud looked so MASSIVE and had such interesting features to it.  Tufts here, splays there, some in-curling to be seen at the bottom.  It was only when I looked at it again just now that my imagination kicked in and I spied a sea creature in it.  Mind you, it’s many, many times larger than in real life!  Haha!

 

 

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Do you see a crab?  Upright?  With its two claws on either side at the top and its many small feet at the bottom end?

A crab cloud!

 

 

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And finally a view at around 4:45 p.m. (looking west again)….

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The sky is fairly clear of clouds outside of the one solid wall of cloud on the right, and it’s nestled right down to the horizon level.  Here the sun is still able to peek along the top.  And it’s back to the one unified shade of blue for the sky.

Once again a spectacular sky show!