Cover Art

For this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. If your cover art is for a book, is the book fiction or non-fiction?

 

CanadaNationalParksModI hope you enjoy my cover art for my imaginary book, “A Travel Guide to Canada”.  This cover photo reminds me of the song from the movie “Lion King”, “there is more to see, than can ever be seen and more to do than can ever be done”. Have fun checking out how many places you have visited in Canada!

Picture Courtesy: My daughter’s favorite T-shirt. (Of course published here with her permission) 🙂

Explore. Dream. Discover: Adventure

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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P1060552 P1060551I took these pictures by the port of Fisherman’s Wharf in The World Famous Scallop Port of Digby, Nova Scotia.  Our adventures were rewarded by the world famous Digby scallops.

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Big or small, enjoy your adventures this weekend!

 

Zig Zag

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“For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zigging and zagging.”

This picture was taken in one of the wealthy merchants’ homes in the Fortress of Louisbourg, in Canada during our summer vacation last year. Thanks to the efforts of the archaeologists and the work of Parks Canada and the Fortress Louisbourg Association, we were able to experience life in Louisbourg during its heyday. During the summer months hundreds of re-enactors or “animators” of all ages, from wealthy merchants to poor soldiers, populate the streets of the restored fortress working, playing, and living life as they would have in 1744.

The actor who played a servant’s  role in the house educated us about this art. She explained that the lady who worked on this tapestry had to know how to read and count in order to make this beautiful art.

Between the Buns

 

P1060520For this week’s photo challenge, I present the McLobster sandwich that we discovered when traveling through Maritimes in Canada. In between the buns is succulent lobster meat combined with celery, green onions, and light mayonnaise-style sauce with a hint of lemon, on top of a bed of shredded lettuce.P1060518

I don’t  do sea food and my favorite sandwich is with peanut butter and strawberry jam. What is your favorite sandwich?

It will be fun to know if McDonald’s serves anything different and unique in between the buns in your part of the world.

I am curious to hear from you in the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Twist

 

An year ago, we were visiting the city of Saint John (Fundy City) in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and these statues caught my attention.  They almost looked like real people. I took these pictures, sitting in my car. I wonder, is this how we look like when we are waiting for a bus or simply waiting for a ride?

This street art is my entry for the photo challenge twist.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. Te young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. The young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

If you are in transit this weekend, I hope you do not have a wait that feels like eternity.  Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Windows

Photo challenge: Windows.

Last summer, we visited Fortress Louisbourg in Canada and experienced life in an 18th century fortress on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

We toured the house of a French officer and as we were leaving, a maid popped her head out of the window.

"Servant girl" at the window.

Fortress staff/volunteer dressed as a “servant girl” at the window.

We were surprised to see her by the window. She started whispering, “I have come to get a breath of fresh air. My mistress works me very hard and if she hears my voice, I am sure she will have more chores for me to do. But right now, the master and mistress are gone for a walk.”

The servant girl pointed my attention to a plain neck chain she wore, with a pendant that had a fleur de lis design on it. This piece of jewelry distinguished her as a servant, versus a slave of the household.

It was amazing to see her dressed appropriately for her role as an 18th century servant.

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Horizon

Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it. So what’s the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”

-Eduardo Galeano

It is perfect to have “Horizon” as the cue for our weekly photo challenge and here is the view from the red chair that I described in the last post.

View from the red chair.

View from the red chair.

More views from the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Horizon while hiking the

Horizon while hiking the skyline trail at Cabot trail,Nova Scotia Canada.

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Boardwalk at the end of the skyline trail.

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At the very end of the skyline trail and the horizon runs ten steps further.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

Hue of You

This week’s photo challenge is The Hue of You.

I like all colors. I like how they add gaiety to our world. It is hard to imagine a world without colors. I love this picture that I had taken on a recent visit  (June 2013) to Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The colors in this picture are so inviting, especially the red chair. It invited me to sit, rest and absorb the scenery in my mind’s eye. I read later at the gift shop that these chairs  were placed strategically by Parks Canada as a part of a challenge.

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The Red Chair Challenge
Ten red chairs. Ten breathtaking locations. You.

Don’t just do something…sit there!

This challenge is an invitation to savour the views of our absolute favourite places in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Go and find them!

We found only two out of the ten red chairs and they were right!!!

Here is a song from one of my favorite singers to remind and inspire you of this wonderful world. Have a great upcoming weekend!

My husband got me flower pots for our 20th Anniversary

August 7th 2013. We have been married for twenty years today.

It is hard to buy Anniversary presents as you get older,

With mundane chores and jobs, you crave to spend time with each other.

I’ve allergies to most flowers that smell and the hallmark cards just sit once they are read.

He wasn’t talking about the usual stuff, so I listened intently when my husband said,

“For our twentieth anniversary, I have the gift of some flower pots for you.

But, for this we will have to walk on the ocean floor our daughter, me and you”.

I was delighted for it was something he never bought me, “Flower pots” beyond my imagination and now for all to see.

Hope all of you enjoy this gift he got me, flower pots so magnificent, nature’s epiphany!

Happy Anniversary Honey! I love you!

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Lover’s Arch at Low tide at Hopewell Rocks. The Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flowerpot Rocks or simply The Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion in The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site in New Brunswick. They stand between 40-70 feet tall.

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Lover’s Arch upclose.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

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More flower pots

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An Awesome view!

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater?

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater in this rock?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

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High tide at Hopewell Rocks. On a good weather day folks can kayak around these flowerpots

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

Submerged Lover's Arch at high tide.

Submerged Lover’s Arch at high tide.

Nostalgic

P1060923What does an antique typewriter have to do with Nostalgia?

Last week, I visited the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck Nova Scotia Canada when I saw this type writer in a display case.

I peered to see what was written on the paper and was amazed to find the poem ‘The Psalm of Life’ (faded print)….

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My mother knows this poem by heart and has recited it on several occasions to encourage me to face life. Seeing this type writer and especially the poem reminded me of my mother who is the strongest woman I have known in my life.

Here is the poem for those of you who would like to read it.