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)

 

 

 

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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.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #9

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Canada’s Birthday in Ice and Lights

 

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What a vibrant glow from those red and white lights as they shine through the carved ice!

The colours of our flag.

Celebrations have already started, and there will be all kinds of activities and events taking place in communities  all across the country, leading up to July 1st of this year.

This ice sculpture is among several artistic and creative frozen carvings temporarily located in Confederation Park in Ottawa, Ontario, during the Winterlude Festival.

And here is how it looks in the day time – I took that one a few days earlier.

 

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Note:  I took the day-time one first as I was passing by…..when I went exploring the area,  right along with all kinds of tourists and visitors.

I didn’t realize that the colours would be intensified in the evening darkness, which I noticed yesterday evening on my way to go see a play at the National Arts Centre (located a bit further north of Confederation Park).

 

 

A Taste of….Wrongful Conviction!

As I have mentioned on a few previous posts, in addition to writing and blogging and other jobs, I also am busily involved with music, having experienced being in bands and performing live as well. (And I started eight years ago, when I took up drumming lessons)

Here in the Ottawa area is an organized opportunity – called the League of Rock – for aspiring musicians to take part for 10-week sessions in being put together in bands, learning 3-5 songs, having weekly rehearsals, getting coached from mostly local professional musicians, getting to perform live, as well as going into a recording studio to experience the process of recording one song.

I have taken part in four sessions – started in the fall session 2015 and finished with this last fall session – and it’s been an amazing experience!  I have met so many keen and talented musicians and had a LOT of fun.  There are a lot of friendships made, and also a sense of family created amongst the participants.

Truly memorable moments.

Here is the video that my band finally received from the photographer about our part of the finale live performance, where all five of the bands in this fall session showed the appreciative audience what they’d been working on.

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Videographer – Christopher Paine

Glowing Outdoor Skating Rink

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Brightly lit circle,

Shadowy dark shapes abound,

Skating…walking…still.

 

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There is a cool-looking outdoor skating rink that finds a temporary home throughout the winter months, nicely constructed in the front area of Ottawa’s City Hall.

I have walked passed it at night a few times recently, as I was heading for the NAC – National Arts Centre  (which is located nearby) – to either see a play or a live music show.  The City Hall’s underground parking facility comes in handy for accessing various destinations in the area, and so in going to and fro, we passers-by get to see the enthusiastic skaters who make good use of this skating rink.

I think it is at its prettiest at night, when the edge of the rink is aglow in colours that continuously change from yellow to red to green to blue – always looping – thereby creating a magical and fun mood.

One of these evenings, I need to grab my skates and experience it for myself!

 

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I uploaded my own video to youtube, so you can see for yourself…..

 

Six Word Story #2

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A monarch exhibit is Plexiglas cocooned.

 

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Photo taken earlier this year (in February), this temporary exhibit looked so appealing…especially when lit up at night!

It has the distinctive monarch pattern on the outside panel, and filled within the see-through walls inside this “cocoon” tunnel were artistically arranged samples of dried up milkweed and grasses and twigs (to denote trees) to show the main food and habitat for our migrating fluttering friends.

 

 

Face Within a Face

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Somewhat familiar,

A blending of art with fun.

Would Van Gogh approve?

 

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I took this photo four years ago, when my uncle and his girlfriend came over from Germany to visit with my parents in Toronto and also squeeze in a visit with my crew.

When all four of them came up to Ottawa, we all got together to spend the day…..and played tourists in Ottawa as well.

It was a gorgeous day in September, as we walked about in the downtown area, visiting the parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal locks, among other sights.

When we were walking past a school of fine arts along one of the streets in the market area, on an easel standing outside there was this over-sized framed “painting” with a hole where the face would normally be.  It was an invitation to passing tourists to have some fun with this famous image of Van Gogh’s self portrait.

So, my uncle decided to have some fun – in my family we enjoy being silly! – by making one of his faces, and I went along with it.  Haha!

 

 

Do Giants Play Piano?

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If a giant wanted to play piano,

He’d want it at a comfortable height.

And a building would make a suitable stand

To hold his piano in place.

 

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Then the giant would stand behind his piano,

And his massive hands would travel back and forth

Purposefully, across the black and white keys.

He would bob his curly-haired head in time

And sing along…..so deep-sounding.

He wouldn’t need a microphone,

Because his voice would carry well over everything.

His rhythmic toe-tapping might cause

Some things at the street level to get shaken up.

 

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And when he isn’t playing,

His piano would just glow in the night sky.

 

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Tonight when I was coming out of the National Arts Centre after watching a play, I happened to glance up and notice the lit-up “piano” at the top of one of the buildings in the downtown area of Ottawa.

And then my imagination started thinking of that musical giant who would play on it.

Would he play jazz?  Blues?  Ragtime?  Classical?  Or punk!