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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

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The snow goose (Chen caerulescens), a transient through southwestern British Columbia. Formerly they would travel on to Mexico in the winter before returning to the tundra in the spring. They seem to be spending more time here each year, causing concerns due to their voracious appetites – and copious evacuations – causing damage to playing fields and parks while they are here. Lots more information in the wikipedia article.

My picture was taken in March, 2010 in Richmond BC

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June 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Photo Challenge: Focus

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I took this photo ten days ago of a bloom on a shrub near our building. Generally speaking I prefer that my photos be in focus – and I prefer taking pictures in good light to ensure that the depth of field is at its greatest – everything in focus. In this case I used the control on the screen of the iPhone to focus on the bloom, which has made the background, at the top of the image, blurry – or as the current fad has it “bokeh”. In this image it actually improves the sense of depth – and the parking lot of a shopping centre is probably improved by the lack of sharpness.

One of the great benefits of the current redevelopment of the shopping centre is that the parking will be underground and that massive lighting system will be removed. We may even be able to see some stars in the night sky.

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June 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

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The challenger’s photo reminded me of a picture I took

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Sorry, not very original of me this week.

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June 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

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“This week, share an image of a friend.”

Not just any friend – my best friend, forever.

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May 31, 2017 at 10:31 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

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evanescent = any fleeting moment in time

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I used to do more sunset pictures than I do now. That’s because the longer we live here, the taller the trees around us are – and the less of a sunset I see. But these moments of clouds underlit by red light after the sun has gone down behind the hills of the Islands are indeed fleeting. In order to catch them I have to have a camera to hand – and stop whatever I am doing. I don’t sit gazing out of the window very much, especially in the early evening. But when the light changes, if there’s a glimpse of a red cloud, I drop what I am doing and try to find a clean space of window without a bug screen in front of it. Before the light fades.

This one was fairly recent, but it only got put into the MacBook last night when I was uploading the pictures of a day out. I was going to look for something “evanescent” in them, but this is better I think.

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May 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

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This is a photo I took nearly a year ago. York Minster the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Built on much older structures, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.

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It would have been really easy to post pictures of totem poles just like the original challenge. But that’s not my heritage. That’s not my story.

I happened to have the pictures from York open and for some reason the ones that I took then did not get uploaded to Flickr (until now), unlike most of the photos I have used in these challenges previously. So I am going to indulge in some multiple picture posting for this one, as it allows me to discuss more about my heritage.

Although I am now an atheist that was not always the case. My mother was a member of the Church of England, although we did not go to church very often. At home there were only the usual almost – but not quite – secular celebrations of Christmas and Easter. School was different. In England then the law was that there had to be a religious assembly in schools every day, and religious instruction was one of two compulsory subjects. (The other was Physical Training.) The Church of England is still the Established Church, and the Queen is still its head. English history is full of religious disputes and battles – and everyone has heard of Henry VIII and his six wives and how the CofE came to be.

fullsizeoutput_24bc On the day we were there, final rehearsals were underway for the Mystery Plays. These go back to the 1300s. Tickets were, of course, sold out long before we thought about attending.

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So yes there is a lot of history and heritage in York. You can still walk the walls of the city. When I listen to the news today about how it’s Montreal’s 375th birthday, I find it just a little bit hard to be impressed by that.

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May 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

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When I first saw the photo challenge this week, I thought that I had already done it. That’s because the first time I responded was using a photo of a reflection in a puddle for the challenge “shine”. And the picture I used then looks  a lot like the one the challenger used this week. So when I went looking in my archive, instead of working from most recent backwards, I started at the oldest of the images that happen to reside in Apple photos. This one dates back to April 2009, when I was working on the swing bridge at Annacis Island, and it was unusually still.

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Or perhaps not that unusual since there are 104 pictures of mine in a flickr group called “Favorite Water Reflections“. I just happen to like the look of this one. And the fact that it allows me to take the idea of reflections just a bit further.

I do not regret retiring. But I do often reflect on my experiences when I was working – and indeed you can see the result of that often in this blog. The job of a bridge tender is not exactly demanding most of the time. You have to be there to listen to the radio and be ready to open the bridge if a boat calls. The rest of the time you fill as best you can. Taking pictures – or trawling through the interwebs. Which, of course, is pretty much how I spend a lot of my time now. I am just not at anyone’s beck and call, and can make up my own mind about what to do, and when to do nothing at all. The very small pay cheque I got as a bridge tender is not nearly enough to make me want to go back to that. And recently we were talking about the sort of jobs you can get in retirement – like working on the census or as an election official. I have done both in my time, so it is not an experience I feel much need to repeat. And since there are plenty of people who do need both the experience and the pay cheque more than I do, I do not feel any need to apply for such positions, and wish them all the best. Indeed I do think that more people of my generation (the baby boomers) need to get out of the way of those who really need jobs – or a promotion in their present career.

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May 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm