Travel Theme: Storm

Where’s My Backpack often posts a weekly photo challenge and this week’s is “Storm”. I don’t have a lot of photos depicting bad weather and most of them I’ve posted in challenges before so most of these may be a repeat for some of you. I did find a couple that I think are new to the blog.

Skies looking grim over Loch Lomond, Scotland

Rainbow on the ground

Also in Scotland, so high above sea level that the rainbow after the storm is on the ground, that’s the top arc of it that you’re seeing.

December

Winter storm out my window

Rainy evening in Manchester

Rainy evening in Manchester, UK from the warmth of the car

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DP Challenge – Scale

This week’s challenge from The Daily Post on WordPress is Scale. Scale is interesting. It’s much better to demonstrate the size of one thing by putting it with another for comparison. Or, you can create something in a smaller size or scale than an original, such as a sailing ship that fits in a bottle. Here’s a few photos from my archives showing scale.

Blue Rocks view

Boats don’t seem so large on the vast waters of the sea! Blue Rocks, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

 

Citadel Trenches map

Scale model of WWI trenches in France. Seen in the Halifax Citadel

Peggys Cove Lighthouse

Peggy’s cove lighthouse with the tourists, to give you an idea of how tall it is and how large the granite rocks on the shore are.

St. John's.

How steep is that hill? Seeing the angle of the vehicle gives you a better idea than just seeing the road. Look closely just behind the car. You can see steps built into the sidewalks, *that’s* how steep it is! St. John’s, Newfoundland

Travel theme: Primary Colours

Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack’s weekly travel theme this week is Primary Colours, those being the three basic colours from which you can combine to make any other, Red, Blue and Yellow. Here’s a handful of photos I found, most with all three colours, one with only two and a couple that have a few more besides.

Polish beer

Polish beer

Keswick stick

Rock /stick candy from Keswick, England in the Lake District

Blue Angels

Fighter jet from the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, NYC

Halifax Natal Day Fireworks 2011

Local fireworks

Zwickers WoodWork

Zwicker’s Woodwork, Lahave, Nova Scotia

Llanberis coloured houses

Corner cafe, all “Primed” for business. Llanberis, North Wales

St Andrews stained glass closeup

Stained glass window in St. Andrews church, Quebec City

Travel Theme: Flavour

One of the great things about travel is trying out local food, local beer and wine, going to restaurants, scouring the markets, sampling street food. I’ll never forget the ambrosia on my tongue from the creamy liqueur I found on the Isle of Iona in Scotland, called Columba Cream. Heaven! Chocolate from Belgium melts in the mouth. I tried Guinness in a hotel after-hours residents’ bar in Dublin, the city where it’s made, and I became a believer.  Scottish haggis, anyone? Pancakes in Amsterdam make a filling meal.

I haven’t been anywhere really exotic (yet) but I have perused some interesting spice markets in the Chinatown neighbourhoods of Vancouver and Toronto. There’s usually food kiosks from a lot of different countries at Farmers’ and Christmas markets anywhere you go. That gives you a little taste of travel without leaving home.

Here’s a few photos of tastes and flavours from places I’ve been:

Testing the grape

Domaine de Grand Pre winery, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Bruges chocolate shop

Chocolate in Bruges

Camden Lock food vendor

Camden Lock, London

Fudge!

Fudge in the Manchester Christmas Markets

 

More flavours from Where’s My Backpack

A Photo a Week Challenge – Boats and Ships

Nancy Merrill Photography’s weekly challenge is all about craft that floats in water, boats, ships, tankers,etc.

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, London

Sagres (Brazil)

Tall Ship, Sagres from Brazil. Halifax harbour

 

Maid of the Mist

Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

Science Museum model ships

Boston Science museum, model ships

Venice, detail on a gondola

Gondola details, Venice

A Photo A Week – Moving Waters

From Nancy Merrill Photography, a photo challenge about moving water. Rather than go for the usual waterfall type thing, I give you…

Roiling water

Roiling water in the Niagara River below the falls.

Rainy evening in Manchester

Raining evening in Manchester UK

 

Coins in the fountain

Coins in a fountain

Montmorency rainbow

Heavy mist and a rainbow over the Montmorency Falls, Quebec

 

DP Challenge – Order

The Daily Post weekly challenge is ‘Order’. I thought about what I wanted to post. I thought about finding photos of items in a row or matched by colour but then as I was looking through the archive, I saw something else I think would meet the challenge.

June

Armed Forces Day services in Halifax

Halifax is a military city, with a large Navy presence as well as some air force and army. It’s also a historic city with a Citadel/Fort on a hill in the centre of the city where there are reenactment regiments. The military wouldn’t exist without order within the ranks and their prime objective is to help keep order or return things to order.

The British are coming

Re-enactment dating to the War of 1812.

Drill Team

78th Highlander Drill Team, Halifax Citadel

Tower red guard

On Her Majesty’s Service, Tower of London

And a couple of standing guards from my travels, at the Tower of London and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Amalienborg Guards

Changing of the guard, Amalienborg Royal Palace, Copenhagen

Travel Theme: Gardens

While my main interest for photos is architecture, I have grown to love walking in gardens and taking photos of the beautiful show nature has to offer. I had a friend and travel companion, Carole, who was an ardent gardener and she always sought out the gardens and enjoyed discovering and examining them the best. I grew to appreciate gardens more through travels with her.

There are a lot of beautiful gardens everywhere, from botanic gardens featuring all sorts of plants to flower gardens. Some cover acres, some just a small corner of an estate or park. Some include amazing water features and fountains, sculpture and statues.

Busy Sunday in the Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

Right here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have our own Public Gardens, laid out in the Victorian era and featuring flowers, plants, rare trees and some interesting statues and fountains as well as a bandstand where they play music in summer.

Rose Garden path

Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal

Think pink

Rose Garden,Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal

Lavender

Not in the Historic Gardens, but in the garden behind an Annapolis Royal historic Inn.

In Annapolis Royal, about a 2 hour drive into the Annapolis Valley, there is the Royal Historic Gardens.  They have a spectacular rose garden as well as a garden pool, a winter garden and a knot garden to name a few. They also have an area overlooking the marshy side of the Annapolis River where the Acadians built dykes. There are trails through there as well.
Alnwick Gardens Ornamental Slate

A particularly interesting garden in the UK was the Garden at Alnwick Castle. This photo is from the ornamental garden but there are many things to see including a poison garden, a water feature garden, a labyrinth, a cascading fountain, a cherry orchard and a rose garden as well. There’s even a wooded area with a treehouse cafe! Other gardens in the UK that I’ve seen include Inverewe in north west Scotland, Hampton Court Palace which has many gardens on the property, Chatsworth estate which is almost more of a huge park, Lyme Hall garden, an Italian garden at Trentham, and often there have been lovely flower beds in various parks large and small.

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel theme.

WPC: Danger

WordPress’s weekly photo challenge this week is Danger! Here are a few heart-stopping photos from the archives.

This one is through the glass floor looking down in the CN Tower. If you don’t have a head for heights, it’s daunting. Even for me, with heights not a problem, it felt strange walking on the glass!
Through the Glass Floor

Crew from the Pride of Baltimore, the tall ship, scramble over the rigging like monkeys! They generally do wear safety harnesses but it’s still not for the faint of heart.

Pride of Baltimore

Pride of Baltimore crew

In Edinburgh, the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo takes place outside the castle every Autust into September. There is huge stadium seating  on either side of the esplanade. Afterwards, all that scaffolding has to come down. Here’s some crew working on that.

Scaffolding coming down

As much as I don’t mind heights, I really, *really* don’t have the stomach for roller coasters. This one is in the Blackpool Pleasure Beach park and that plummeting track is what raises the hair on the back of my neck. Danger, Will Robinson!!!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach roller coaster

And last, Lynn Canyon, B.C.  just outside of North Vancouver where there’s a park with loads of trails and a rope suspension bridge, shorter but higher than the one in Capilano and better, it’s free!

Suspension rope bridge, Lynn Canyon, outside Vancouver.

Travel Theme: Colours

Welcome to April! I’ve been quiet on here lately, I do know that but there should be some more news very soon on the rest of the booking for our trip to Hawaii in November.

In the meantime, over at Where’s My Backpack’s weekly theme this week is Colours so here are some bright patches from my travels.

Sherbrooke Quilt

Sherbrooke Village, Nova Scotia, a heritage open air museum. Every stitch in that quilt is hand done.

Blackpool Rock

The colours of Blackpool. Sweets by the seaside

Excellent show

Port Authority bus terminal, near Broadway, New York City. We were walking back to the hotel after seeing this very show!

Multi colour shop

Seen on the drive through New England on Route 1

Kensington Graffiti

Mural in Kensington Market, Toronto. It was on the side of a shop that sold cupcakes