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.

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

“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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Weka – one of New Zealand’s flightless bird species

Weka at Tauranga Bay seal colony area, Nov. 11, 2017

 

Curious weka!

Busily foraging and

Unperturbed by me.

 

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The weka!

This pretty, brown mottled and modest bird.

Roaming freely….in this area of native flora and man-made walkways that leads visitors to the look-out points to observe the seals of this seal colony at Tauranga Bay.

I was looking at the information plaque regarding the penguins and other animals living in this ecosystem, when I suddenly realized that there was this friendly feathered friend walking about. Before it disappeared again into some brush. Saw it again later on the walk back to the car. It seems quite comfortable having people coming through.

My first time seeing one…..especially in its natural habitat! COOL!!  🙂

 

 

An unfolding Circle

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Long green curled-up arm,

Rounded green fingers clasping

Little brown circles.

 

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This is the curled up tip of a large/giant fern, which is the approximate size of your fist.

I have been seeing many of these on my visit to New Zealand again, this being my first time to go in their spring time.

Every time I look at these “heads,” I am constantly amazed at the intricate detail of the fern leaves that will grow to their much larger size as the stem uncurls over time. They all look like wondrous works of art – with tiny nautilus shapes!

SO COOL!!

A friend asked me, as he was wondering, whether these unfurled fern heads are edible, similar to the MUCH smaller fiddleheads that are harvested in parts of Canada during our spring time and are considered a tasty dish.  My kiwi friend explained that yes indeed, these giant-sized fernheads can be steamed and eaten.

And here they are called pungers, which sounds like “pungas.”

 

Six Word Story #17

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Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.

 

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Outside of a quick, casual glance at the ground as I hurried into the store yesterday – it was raining at the time! – I didn’t pay THAT close attention to the painting.

However, as I was leaving the store with my two purchases from The Granary, which sells bulk items and vitamins and various natural soaps among other things, I couldn’t help but then properly notice the pretty sidewalk painting at my feet.

Naturally, I had to go back inside.  I paid my compliments to Christa who was then working in the store.  She told me it was another employee, Jane, who had done that painting, as well as all the other like creatively drawn smaller signs dotted in and around the store.  I asked her to please pass along my compliments to her for such a beautiful and cheerful greeting!

 

 

 

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.

 

With different instruments….still as beautiful

One of my friends shared this clip with me yesterday

And I’d like to share it with you.

I love this cover!  

In addition to being played in a beautiful traditional Japanese way……do those instruments ever sound amazing!!…….BUT also being one of my most FAVIEST of songs!! And it wasn’t because of its popularity that I’ve always loved the Zeppelin version, but that there’s always something about it that seems to strongly resonate with me in the musicality of the song.

These Japanese players have given it a similar feel – I had goosebumps!!

I searched on youtube for this clip, as the original came from another source….and the BONUS part is at the very beginning they have added in some educational information on this unique instrument….the Nijugen-Koto.  And there’s the other quite similar instrument….the Jushichigen-Koto.  The flutes are called Shakuhachi.

Always something new to learn!