Sunday, July 23, 2017

Canada 150 - The Smitten Image 10

Time between blog posts seems to be longer and longer as my everyday life seems to get busier and more demanding. I keep hoping that I can put more time into blog posting and visiting but that just doesn't seem to happen. I'll keep hoping though!

This time, I thought I should acknowledge a couple of events - Canada's 150th birthday and my 10th blogging anniversary - both happening this month. Unfortunately, only one of those occasions gets a parade, party, music and fireworks - so my photos will focus on Canada's celebrations as they occurred in Peterborough.

Before I do, I want to express how very rewarding it has been (and hopefully will continue to be) to connect with hundreds of amazing bloggers this past decade. I've made friends with whom I've connected in real life, in email, on the phone and through Facebook. And I have sadly lost wonderful people along the way to illness and to tragedy. I've had incredible feedback on my photography and feel validated and appreciated because of it. Thank you ALL for allowing me to share my creativity through the years and for sharing yours with me. I hope we can all enjoy many more years of that blogging connection.

That's enough of stealing the spotlight from my elderly country. Canada turned 150 on July 1, and my town of Peterborough celebrated in style. Let's start with the parade.

on wheels
Kidlets of all ages brought their wheels to the event.





sir john a
This guy represents our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. McDonald who did many wrongs to our Indigenous People - wrong which we continue to hope that our current government will begin to right.





Shriners Hospital
What's a parade without the Shriners and their funny little cars doing tricks and spins throughout the route?





Terry Fox
Remembering our beloved Terry Fox who raised awareness and funds for cancer research by attempting his walk across Canada. Cancer took his leg prior to his journey across our country and it sadly also took his life during his Marathon of Hope in 1977 - a month before his twenty-third birthday. His life is celebrated every September with a 10k run, walk or cycle which raises money in his name.





Southcrest Farms in Lakefield
This original float represents Southcrest Farms in nearby Lakefield, Ontario.





brownsea base rowing
The Trent-Severn waterway passes through Peterborough. This means that boats, canoes, kayaks and floating recreational devices of all kinds are very popular in this area. This young canoe enthusiast sporting Canada-red hair represents Brownsea Base Water programs for Scouts.





All decked out
After the parade, I wandered over to Del Crary Park where some of city celebrations were happening. Crowds had already gathered.





dance
Several local performers took their turns to sing and dance on stage.





cakes
Two cakes were presented for sharing with the crowd. One was Canada's 150th birthday cake and the other represented our Multi Cultural Day which coincides with Canada Day.





Four Little Canadians
Leaving the park, I encountered this adorable scene. Their Canada Day hats were homemade. Mom had posed them on this couch sculpture and was taking their photo from the front. I thought the back of their heads, all decked out in their patriotic finest were every bit as cute.





Four Little Canadians2
Eventually they turned to look over the back of the seat and I stole around to the front for a different angle.





tree hugging flag
I headed home for a few hours to recharge and saw this tree-hugging flag along the way.





kim Mitchell6
The evening took me back to Del Crary Park to see singer/DJ Kim Mitchell perform. The concert kicked off the MusicFest season of free outdoor concerts every Saturday and Wednesday night through the summer.





kim Mitchell3
Our seats were close and the music was LOUD.





kim Mitchell2
They put on a good show.





kim Mitchell8
The crowd left with major smiles and minor hearing loss.





little lake at night
Night had fallen and we walked along the shoreline of Little Lake so that we could take in the Canada Day light show..





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Colourful jets of fire burst forward with colour, exploding in the night sky leaving tinkling showers of silver in its wake.





Canada 150 fireworks
Canada's signature red and white lights scattered across the sky, shattering into a multitude of glittery sparks.





Canada 150 fireworks3
Puffy golden stamens were ablaze in the dazzling heart of a delicate flower of fire.





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The finale brought cascading waterfalls, dazzling whirls and shimmering spirals - all which rained down on the lake in a twinkling trail brilliance.

Hopefully it won't take me this long to get my next blog post out but I'll have more photos for you whenever that is. Thanks for celebrating with me.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Water Flows

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
~ Margaret Atwood


Most of these photos are from a bit earlier in the spring. I am pretty far behind as far as both posting and visiting go. There are lots of photos still in my camera and about which I'm nearly ready to blog. Time, however, has a way of getting in the way. So for now, there's this. I hope you enjoy.

rainy window pane
A lot of this..





hazy sun
... and not very much of this...





flooding
... has made for a significant amount of this.





Holiday Inn Patio
The flooding has receded greatly over the past week or so but this is what the patio at the lakeside Holiday Inn looked like just a couple of weeks back.





underwater path
This footpath, which appears to end here ordinarily takes you all the way to that opposite shore with plenty of grassy area to the right - when it's not hidden under water.





water tulips
The path is located between the mooring docks and these amazing water tulips.





flooding2
This is the sign on a nearby street which tells you that you're approaching a dead end. In this case, it was just a little too late.





new growth
Not everything suffered from the rain. It provided much needed hydration for trees in bloom.





ginger ale tulips
Flowers everywhere were at their finest. These tulips in a pop bottle caught my eye.





weeping willow catkins
The catkins of the weeping willow soon gave way to full, sweeping boughs.





spring green
And the virginal green of spring was everywhere.





magnolia
I hope your spring is blooming beautifully!

More photos coming up before too much longer.