Changing Times

Changing Times

This is a photograph I took just to be fun with encouragement and influence from my son. I took a photo of the iconic Big Ben on an angle or akilter. It is cast with a dramatic sky of foreboding clouds in the background. It is kind of a reflection of this past year since the pandemic hit the world with a fury and changed our lives with lockdowns and restrictions. 

It is time to make Big Ben upright, straight and strong. Did you know that in 2012, it’s name was changed from Big Ben or The Clock Tower to the Elizabeth Tower to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Original Tower website indicates that, “So far, Big Ben has chimed during the reign of British monarchs Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI, and currently Elizabeth II.” 

Time is, after all, an illusion and we only have the practicality of time pieces to plan for the future and reflect upon the past. Our only moment of power is in the present moment which is now. Let us go into the New Year with anticipation for positive change and hope for a new and better world. Happy New Year! 

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Directional Signs

Directional Signs

These directional signs are from a series of photographs that I took while visiting the Royal Parks around Buckingham Palace in London, England. They point you in the direction you might want to go in. You have many choices of where you can venture to. Which one will you take? It is a decision we make each and every day and in fact, moment to moment. 

The birds or pigeons know a good spot when they see it. It is high up and has a good advantage point and is a good resting spot before carrying on with their flight. We have been in this landing zone for the past year while we consider our next options and where we want our lives to go to. It is up to us, as inhabitants of this Earth, to decide which aspects of the new-normal we want to incorporate as we forward into the future and what we want to leave behind to history. The decision is ours! 

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He Statue

He Statue

I did definitely take this photograph but I can not take credit for the original craftsmanship or integral beauty and perfection of this marble statue. I found it in the Musée d’Orsay which is found in Paris, France. 

It is exquisite in its detail but I wanted to add some effects to it and so I did. It is so well put together that it looks as if a real male in the nude is sitting there. It is called “Despair” or “Le Désespoir” and was created in 1869 by Jean-Joseph Perraud. Someone could look at this and think this is a picture for the year of 2020 but I do not see “Despair,” but see a man reposing and reflecting upon life that this year has offered us and now hoping for a better future that 2021 and onwards will bring forward for humankind. 

According to Wikipedia, “The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.” 

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Bins Galore

Bins Galore

I like the bins that line the prairie landscape. It is reminiscent of the storing and packaging up of important goods that have taken time and space to harvest or reap. It has taken a lot of effort on the farmers’ part to seed and help grow the crops. I am thankful to the farmers for all their hard work because without them, life would be so much harder. 

I took this picture near Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba which is south of the City of Winnipeg. The town is an unincorporated community in the Rural Municipality of Richot. According to its website, “This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.” 

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Sundogs Over Substation

Sundogs Over Substation

I took this photograph this afternoon near Gimli, Manitoba over the substation. The sun is fairly low in the sky as it is winter time. The Sundogs on either side of the sun indicate that it is cold outside or that it will be. Both are true in this case. With temperatures in the minus 20 degrees Celsius range, or minus 4 Fahrenheit, you know it is cold.  

Here is the current forecast from Environment Canada, “A bitterly cold north wind will bring extreme wind chills of minus 40 to much of southern Manitoba overnight and into Thursday morning.” 

I like the brilliant star effect around the sun and the way the Sundogs are like little rainbow arcs around at the sun’s sides. 

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Home City

Home City

This is the beautiful entrance way to the City of Winnipeg building across from the main Council Chambers. It is the public offices of my Home City. I was born in a very cold land, moved to several cities in Canada as an adult but chose to return to where community is key and where friendships are diametrically opposed to the frosty winter. 

This photograph of the curved marble benches with the pretty tree, plants and flowers is in front of what is now known as the Susan A. Thompson Building. Susan was the first female Mayor of the City of Winnipeg at 510 Main Street. She was the 40th Mayor and served for two terms from 1992 to 1998.

Susan Ann Thompson writes in her website, “During the ceremony at City Hall, I expressed that this re-naming was to be done in the spirit of honouring ALL the women of Winnipeg and also to specifically honour and recognize the women leaders within the city government, politically and administratively who came before me; whom I served with; and for the women who will come after me.” 

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Ropes That Bind

Ropes That Bind

I took this close-up photograph of a rope on a dock. It is used to harness and wrap up boats that have come ashore out of the waters. For safety sake, they are needed to connect and anchor to land. 

To me, they represent the human spirit and how we are connected as souls. It represents the cords or attachments we have to other people that bind us together. It is how I see my love for certain people in this world. It is strong and thick as my wrist – woven and connected from my heart to theirs.  

Although there may have been adversity and minor tears, it remains strong and healthy. Relationships are manifestations and reflections of how committed we are to making things work through all types of weather and circumstances. 

Keep safe and strong through the howling winds and tumultuous waters! 

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Old Fire Hall

Old Fire Hall

This is Fire Hall Number 15 located on Osborne Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I like the way the clouds are dramatic and so interesting drawing your eye back into the fire hall as a centrepiece. I thought it was more effective as a black and white photograph. 

According to the City of Winnipeg website, “This 1913-built stone and brick fire hall is one of more than a dozen built by the City of Winnipeg based on a set of standard plans developed in 1904…The solid brick Osborne Street Fire Hall’s rests on a rubble-stone foundation and its design includes rusticated stone cladding on the ground floor, a two-storey front section with an oriel window on the second floor and a one-storey stable at the rear.” 

Further, “Scottish born and trained brothers A.R. and W.N. Melville were responsible for the 1904 standard plans and for overseeing the construction of this hall. They were an influential partnership that began in the City around 1900 and lasted until just before World War I. They were responsible for the design of 10 fire halls and many fine local buildings.” 

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Kasugai Gardens

Kasugai Gardens

My husband and I were in Kelowna visiting with his previous regiment, the British Columbia Dragoons. They were celebrating their 100th anniversary as an armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Forces. They are the sister regiment to the The Royal Dragoon Guards in Britain. 

While there, we toured around the Kasugai Gardens which was not part of the city when we lived there. I found it to be quite beautiful and a peaceful and serene place where you can sit down and enjoy the scenery. 

According to the City of Kelowna website, “The garden was completed in 1987 to demonstrate the friendship and union between Kelowna and its sister city in Kasugai, Japan. The park integrates traditional elements notable in Japanese gardens, such as stone lanterns, pine trees, waterfalls and a pond stocked with Koi. It is a beautiful integration of stone, pathways, plants and water.” 

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No Roof

No Roof

I am intrigued by old and decaying buildings. I think that they represent, once upon a time, a function and a story. This structure served its purpose once upon a time. It is part of a farm and may have been used in a number of different ways. 

The sad part is that the basic outline is there but essentially there is no roof. All the elements of rain, snow, wind and even sun can get in. The bad and the good. It is not protected from the weather having to give in to the harsh climate of the prairies.

Is its function gone? Is it no longer needed or necessary? Yet, it stands and it is resolute just like people are despite aging and being elderly. If only you were a fly on the wall and could hear the stories it would tell – the fun, the laughter and the sadness. 

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