snowy no longer

I think you all know that Kitsilano Beach here in Vancouver is my photographic muse having shared so many images with you at different times of the year. You may remember those snowy Kits days last December, which I featured in backdrop to a life, and the snowy willow painting that followed.

      

This morning the sun was back all too briefly as the rain will be returning tomorrow, but once again Kitsilano shone in the morning sunshine, and that snow-covered willow is snowy no longer. Here are a few more views from my morning walk today for you to enjoy.

    

    

 

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Since our memorable 2012 visit to the Canadian National Memorial in Vimy I have posted many of my photographs from that moving visit over the past four years together with my video Lest We Forget made from those photos. To commemorate today’s solemn celebrations I am posting links to two of the posts for those of you who might wish to revisit them and welcome those of my new followers who might be interested in seeing them for the first time.

Remembering The Battle of Vimy Ridge: April 9-12 1917

Remembrance Day 2013

Lest we forget.

maturday

We Remember matted and framed.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge.

brought to you by the color blue

After the colors green, red and yellow today is very much a blue day, as I dedicate today’s post to those killed and injured in Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm today in yet another barbaric act of terror, and send heartfelt condolences and sympathy to their families and friends.

Once again clicking on each image will take you to its original post.

      

      

      

      

from darkness to light

This beautiful bouquet of tulips was painted with light in the darkness of the studio at the end of the day on Tuesday bringing a moment of respite, which I hope it does for you today.

meeting 7915

For this week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post Krista asks us to share a photo that depicts our interpretation of “security.”

Given the events of the last 24 hours I hope you will allow me to become political today.

The photograph is of the entrance to the United Nations Building in New York, which I took in 1965 on my first visit to this greatest of cities as a young student visiting America for the first time.

Yesterday, like all of you, I saw the horrific images from the nerve gas attack on the people of the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, northern Syria, images that will haunt me for many years to come. Children gasping for air, suffocating, and dying along with their family members in a war crime that is now imprinted on the minds of all of us. There are not enough words to express the anger, despair and sorrow that we all feel today as we express our deepest sympathy to all those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from this atrocity.

This morning I watched the webcast of the 7915th meeting of the UN Security Council in which each member of the council made a statement concerning “The situation in the Middle East (Syria)” as the session was entitled. Watching the representatives and listening to their statements it felt as if we are living in an alternative universe and witnessing another moment in time in which truth, facts and reality never seemed more unattainable.

Two moments among many stood out. The first was the Russian delegate who claimed that the Nobel Peace Prize nominated White Helmets had staged the event implying that we were witnessing actors pretending to die and foam at the mouth. No commentary that I have read or heard so far has, as yet, condemned these words.

The second moment was Nikki Haley, the President of the Council and the US Representative, holding up two graphic photographs that I have blurred for obvious reasons, and asking the Russian representative to look at them. “How many more children have to die before Russia cares” she said. Her words were powerful and worth listening to. At the end of this post I have provided a link to the UN broadcast that I would encourage you to visit when you have the time.

Will there be a resolution to come from this. One doubts it, but we can only hope. Here is the link to the UN Council meeting.

Those of you who know of my camelliaddiction will understand my pleasure at the opening of the first camellia bud of 2017 resplendent in amongst the dense shrubbery, which will soon be sparkling with more glorious white blooms than ever this year. Stay tuned 🙂

brought to you by the color yellow

After the y of yellow in yesterday’s maturday no surprise that after green and red today’s post is brought to you by snippets of the color yellow, and again each is linked to its original post.

      

      

      

For some reason I feel a little blue coming on!