A fascinating lizard

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Still as a statue,

Calm, quiet, immoveable;

How a gecko rests.

 

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At a friend’s house I always like to go have a peek at his pet gecko in its little “desert” home.

Most of the time, it hides behind the plastic leaves and other objects, and I may catch a glimpse of its tail or elbow.

Last week it showed much more of itself!

Its head and front legs….and it seemed to react to my camera nearby, as it moved out just a little bit further and tilted its head to look more in my direction, and I could watch its throat swallowing, much like a frog’s throat does.  And the eyes are such tiny slits and don’t seem to blink.  SO cool!

Another photo that I took….(tilted for a different angle)

 

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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 #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.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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.”