Month: October 2016

“There’s a battle outside and it is ragin'”

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I couldn’t resist re-purposing this image, which I originally posted three years ago, as a final submission for this week’s Photo Challenge: H2O, to celebrate the Nobel Prize for Literature being awarded to Bob Dylan today. I shall never forget hearing “The Times They Are A Changin'” for the first time in the sixties. His lyrics seem even more relevent today than they did all those years ago.

Read them, listen to them, reflect on them.

 

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.”

Bob Dylan  1963

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

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No surprise that the spectacular Fall colours from our recent trip to Quebec found their way into the studio today with the magic of water, paint, brushes and a little imagination.

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a year of sundays

Discover Challenge: Animal

This week Cheri asks us to “look to the bond between human and animal for inspiration…If you currently have or have had a pet,”she writes, “you know the bond between human and animal is special, strong, and irreplaceable.”

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Well the bond between Sunday, who walked into our lives twelve years ago on a Sunday, and me is indeed “special strong and irreplaceable.” These twelve calendar photos show why, particularly the last one where she has joined me in the studio and where she is right now as I am writing this post.

Wishing all my friends here in Canada a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Falling for the Falls in the Fall

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Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Back home in Vancouver after our memorable visit to Québec, a photo for this week’s Photo Challenge: H2O to add to my 1000th post yesterday with this view approaching the Montmorency Falls in the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency on what was simply a perfect Fall day.

Fall glorious Fall on the Ile d’Orleans

After the breathtaking Fall colours in Québec City yesterday our visit to the Ile d’Orlean today was just as spectacular with our first stop at the Montmorency Falls in the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, before crossing the bridge to the Island where we picked apples, enjoyed the best strawberries and savoured every glorious colour-filled moment.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 1000th post than with these images from our memorable visit today to this beautiful Ile d’Orleans here in the Province of Québec.

Home to Vancouver and the west coast tomorrow.

Fall glorious Fall in Québec City

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We couldn’t ask for a more perfect Fall afternoon here in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, Québec City, where we have arrived for a short three day visit. I have no doubt the Ile d’Orléans where we will be spending the day tomorrow will be just as spectacular.