Month: April 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

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Ladder 3 – 9/11 Memorial Museum, New York

Seeing the crushed remains of Ladder 3 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York on our moving visit to the museum last year one could not help but feel an overwhelming sense of admiration and gratitude for the sacrifice and bravery of those 343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department who were lost that day together with an additional 68 emergency workers and the 2566 innocent lives they were trying to save.

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This quote from Virgil is displayed in the hall of the Museum.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract 2

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

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The abstract beauty of the slot canyons of Antelope Canyon, Arizona

good night sweet Prince

sweet Prince

Today, on the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, these words spoken by Horatio at the end of the final scene of Hamlet seem so poignant and could easily have been written for another sweet Prince whom the angels are now singing sweetly to his rest.

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Following our Admiralty Trail walk two days ago two watercolours for Earth Day today.

Happy Birthday Ma’am

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On March 16th 1973 Her Majesty the Queen opened the new London Bridge just round the corner from Guy’s Hospital where I was working at the time. With my new Pentax Spotmatic at the ready off I went and was able to capture some memorable moments from the day.

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The negatives have been protected in their plastic sleeves over all these years and today seemed the perfect time to revisit them. They’ve stood the test of time pretty well.

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I even discovered online today a British Movietone newsreel of the day, which is wonderful archive worth taking a look at.

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Happy Birthday Ma’am


spring forward fall back

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Today was a beautiful Spring day for a walk along one of our favourite city trails here in Vancouver,  the Admiralty Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park.  How different were the colours today, a wonderful array of greens and umbers, compared to the rich reds and yellows of the Fall, which you will have seen last October in my post for the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries. Take a moment to look back yourselves and compare; I think you’ll find it’s worth it.

The opening photo I took today of the ferns reflected in a small pool is one of my favourites for a long time and looks to me like a painting in the making.  Stay tuned.

Kits Perfect

Kits Perfect

Last night’s sunset over English Bay was another one of those special moments that makes Kitsilano Beach such a special place to be on a warm spring evening here in Vancouver. You may recall a not too dissimilar image from August 2014 for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette.