Life Is The Beach So Be A Good Sport

March 27th, 2015

This week's photo hunt theme was a bit of a challenge for me as I'm not really into "traditional" sports, either as a spectator or as a participant. Our family has a long history of competitive fencing, so I do love swords. I love MMA (mixed martial arts) and am a big supporter of women fighters. Hiking, swimming, geocaching, and yoga are among my current sporty activities. Since its been a very long cold winter I decided I'd go with some fun Summer sportiness to remind me of good times ahead. All of these pics were taken last year in July during our annual girls only vacation at Sauble Beach.

Paddle boarding at Sauble Beach
This looks kinda scary, but fun too and would be a great workout trying to keep steady
My fave sunset, and boating on Lake Huron


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May You Mark Your Hours By Sunshine

March 24th, 2015

UNESCO has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.


I love sundials and of course being the world's oldest timekeepers what a great example they are of the harmony between light and technology. The mottos that are often found on them can also be inspiring, or thought provoking. 


"........There is a certain light that darkness cannot extinguish"  ~ Ivan Bunin, 1927



 Photos taken March 16th 2015 Kortright Conservation Area, Ontario


“Words and Light” is a tribute to all the writers who were inspired by Light, writers who were interested in the Science of Light, and scientists who were also poets. The Competition is dedicated to Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, celebrating the publication of the grammar book by Lomonosov written in 1755 which reformed the Russian literary language by combining Old Church Slavonic with the vernacular (160th anniversary in 2015), and to the book "Theory of Colours" (Zur Farbenlehre) by Goethe, published in 1810, which contains detailed descriptions of phenomena such as coloured shadows, refraction, and chromatic aberration (205th anniversary in 2015). For more information you can have a look here. Deadline is March 31st. 




Not So Wordless Wednesday

Signs Signs

Beam Me Up A Barn

March 20th, 2015


Barn raising. Brampton, Ontario, 1900. Photographer: J.F. Cole PA-164911 Part of the nation building series. 

For this week's theme "beam" I decided to go with a photo from collections Canada that depicts the raising of a barn in then rural Brampton, just north of my home here in Toronto.  You can see the many people involved in putting up the structure, casually posed on the beams. Barn raising was typically a large community event.  And afterwards there would be a party. 


The illustration above is of a "barn dance."  

For those who may be interested there is also a darker side to what appears to be an idylic rural life in 19th century Ontario. Here is an excellent article on how these neighbourly barn raisings were also the scene of occasional violence, tragedy, injuries, and even fatalities. 


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Mary And Her Nest

March 13th, 2015

Apparently cats do nest as is evidenced by my cat Mary (named for the Scottish Queen) who was perched as always on top of my desk as I tried to come up with some ideas for the theme this week.



I don't think she was amused when I snapped this pic, and interupted her afternoon nap. Happy photo hunt and Happy Friday the 13th! I consider 13 a lucky number and paticularly when it falls on a Friday a good luck day. I hope it will be for you as well :)  


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