Sue at A Word in Your Ear pics out a random word each week for a photo challenge. This week’s is Raindrop.
Framing a photo is one of the tricks of making a photo more interesting. It can give the photo persepective and draw the eye into it. You’ll often see photos with bits of lacy branches around the sites or top. I do that often. There are other ways to frame a photo, though. Even just a wall or hedge along the bottom works, as does a view through a window.
While looking through my photos, instead of the classic framing with trees, etc. I came across some photos from a visit to the restored and historic Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Louisbourg was a French fort that passed hands back and forth with the English over a couple of centuries during various wars. The French finally ceded it to the English but it eventually fell into disrepair. In the mid 20th century, a project to restore it began and it’s a thriving concern now. They’re continuing to do work on it all the time. The fortress houses a small village and it’s set up much as it would have been in the 18th century. The people that work there all work in costume and can tell you about the historical aspects of the place and their “character”. We visited a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a lot of events that are put on through the summer, as well.
Here’s a few “framed” photos from that visit.
From a visit to Montreal a few years back.
Play nice, boys!
While some people think graffiti is defacing a surface, and it certainly can be if it’s just random and pointless, others thing of it as a work of art and it certainly can be that as well. Graffiti is a way of expressing, usually, discontent with political slogans and warnings, territorial markings. Murals on public surfaces could be classed as graffiti but it’s also beautiful public art, street art as a rule. Some public murals are even commissioned. Some people do it to brighten up the neighbourhood, some to reflect the neighbourhood. Here’s a few I’ve seen on my travels:
First, two from London
Two from Quebec City
The next two are no longer. In the first, the building has been torn down, and in the second, renovations along the wall have removed the panel and mural.
See more over at A Word in Your Ear.
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 Word a Week challenge this week is “Create”. Here’s a couple of people in the process of creating crystal. The first is of one of the craftsmen from the Waterford Crystal factory in Waterford, Ireland. These artists memorize all the different patterns that they etch into the blown crystal and it takes years to work up to being a master craftsman.
This man is blowing glass to make crystal. Nova Scotia Crystal (sadly, it’s closed now) employed glass blowers and craftspeople from Waterford.
On a different note, my partner creates these wonderful cartoons for my birthday each year, usually focussing on one of our travels from the previous 12 months. This commemorates a misguided GPS that led us into a very tight situation.
This week’s challenge word on A Word A Week is Kitsch, a word close to my heart. Tacky souvenirs! I don’t buy a lot of them, but I do enjoy looking at them to see what vendors try to flog to tourists. My souvenirs of choice are usually fridge magnets and tea towels, one decorative and one useful and they both can be kind of kitschy sometimes. Kitsch generally means something gaudy, not quite tasteful, sometimes outrageous, maybe charming and quaint, retro and most of the time, fun. Sometimes they’re mass produced and cheap, sometimes just brightly decorated. What they often are not is priced cheaply! Here’s some kitschy souvenirs I’ve seen in my travels:
Sue’s photo challenge this week is “Weather”.
Everyone loves to talk about the weather and when we travel, weather can make a big impact on how much we enjoy a destination. Some of us can make the best of bad weather and try not to let it get in the way of our enjoyment. Of course we always want the sun to shine when we’re on a vacation but it doesn’t always work out that way, even when you go to sunny and warm locations like a tropical island resort.
Most of my European vacations have been to the U.K. and Ireland with a smaller number of continental visits. I’ve also been to various Canadian destinations at various times of year. In a vast majority of my holidays, the weather seems to be similar. It’s overcast, a smattering of rain, and the very occasional sunny day. It does get depressing sometimes. My photos tend to look dull because there is no blue sky. I’ve not been above photoshopping it in now and then but mostly I don’t because the light in the sky doesn’t match the light in the photo anyway if you do that.
This most recent vacation to Rome was an exception. The sun shone out of a nearly cloudless sky the whole week!
I’m writing to you now from Manchester in January and right from the start, the odds are against good weather but then, I haven’t come here for the weather this time. Weather Gods, I would appreciate a little more sun on my UK holidays, especially when we’re road tripping. Keep it in mind for the future, could you please?
Here’s a few more weather related photos from my archives.