Nancy Merrill Photography asks us this week to show a photo with a single subject.. Here are a few I like from the archives.
This week’s Word a Week challenge is Companion. What would we do without companions? We are social beings that live together in cities and towns and villages. We talk together, we hang out together. We spend time together. We may not be with someone else all the time but it’s nice to know there’s someone out there to connect with. It doesn’t even have to be another human. Animals and pets can be wonderful companions. They don’t judge, they listen, (we’re not sure they understand but I think animals can pick up on your mood regardless of their comprehension of what we’re saying). Even animals need company. Very few animals or birds are singular, loners. That “Lone Wolf” is usually the exception to the rule. Here, then are some photos showing companionship from my archives.
Sue’s weekly photo challenge, picking a random word, is Red this week. Red is one of my favourite colours. Here are a few photos from 2014 travels
It’s that time of the week again when Sue at A Word in Your Ear posts a random word for a photo challenge. I can almost never pick just one photo and this is no different. This week’s challenge word is “Traditional”.
I’m lucky to live in a city with lots of history. We are a sea port and Halifax was founded as a military establishment originally. We have a citadel fort on a hill overlooking the city, the fourth structure on that spot since the city was founded in 1749 but it has never fired a gun in aggression or defence.
There is a tradition of firing the gun off at noon every day, though. You could set your watch by it! The fort also has a regiment of infantry foot, a reenactment group representing the original regiment stationed at the fort in 1869 – 1871. They are the 78th Highlanders and there is also a pipe and drum band for the 78th as well. If you visit the Citadel you can see the infantry drills and hear the music of the pipes and drums.
Another tradition that is still kept is a ceremony every summer in front of City Hall, on the spot that has long been a Grand Parade Square (though much smaller than it was when the city was founded). The 78th Highlanders are ceremonially given the Freedom of the City by proclamation of the Mayor. They march from the Citadel down the hill to the parade square for a public ceremony. That’s pretty interesting to watch, as well.
For a number of years, there were Highland Games held in Halifax though they haven’t been held for the last few years. Lack of funding, I fear. Highland Games are a very long standing tradition in Scotland and are also held other places around the world. In addition to the games themselves, you would see music, traditional folk dancing and see lots of booths and displays from the various clans. The town of Antigonish in Nova Scotia still does have a weekend long Highland Games festival and one of these years, I’m going to go.
Here are some photos of local Highland Games and the 78th Highlanders. There’s a video of them in drill formation here. And there’s a video of one of the participants tossing a caber here. It’s quite something to see.
Sue’s weekly word challenge this week is Happy.
I’m happy. I hesitate to say it out loud sometimes because I fear I could jinx things. There’s also that old adage “Be careful what you wish for” that might come into play as well. But I am.
I like my job and it provides me the means to do some traveling and gives me financial stability and a pension.
I have a great family, both immediate and extended. We all get along and we all like each other as well as love each other. That’s not always that common. There’s never been any family feuds. That’s amazing! I’m really looking forward to my niece’s wedding in August.
I have great friends far and near. As one faraway friend said to me yesterday when we both confessed that we were not great in keeping in touch more often that we know our friendship doesn’t need daily feeding to be solid. So true.
I have a talented fiance who writes me a song every Christmas and draws awesome caricatures for my birthdays. We’re starting to put wedding plans together, too.
I really like where I get to live, near the ocean in a nice city that’s not too big and not too small.
This year’s Travel Happy includes a quick visit to Montreal to see my all time favourite band Queen and a road trip to New England in September.
I don’t think I’ve participated in Sue’s challenges for a few weeks but this one was one I knew I could. I dug through the archives and came up with these pics. Orange you glad I did? (couldn’t help myself, there). Mostly they are architecture with one or two others.
Sue’s weekly challenge this week is Water. Here are a few photos from my recent visit to Chatsworth House in England, nestled on 100 acres by the River Derwent
Framing a photograph is fairly important. It’s something that can give depth and perspective to a subject and makes it more interesting. No, you don’t frame every photo you take, but it’s something to keep your eye on. Traditional landscape framing tends to be capturing leaves and branches of trees to fill in over the top or sides of a photo, leading your eye into the rest of the picture.
Other ideas include shooting through a window or door or other architectural feature, gap, or structure.
But you can be creative too. Here the lights are framing the performer. And in the next photo, the staircase does the job nicely.
Sue’s Word a Week challenge is here for more great entries.
For Sue’s challenge this week, we have the colour violet which is kind of a blue-purple shade usually.
Here are a couple of photos from my archives.