Five Photos / Five Days – Who lived here

East coastal route HouseDriving along a rural road in the tiny province of Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada, we spied this little house. What made it unusual is that the garden growing in front was very well tended. It’s clear nobody lived there but someone nearby had taken advantage of the extra space to plant their own garden!

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated and since I’ve nominated two already, that’s it on that account. Feel free to take up the challenge if you like!

Five photos / Five Days – Serenade

BWParisSingersAt the end of a long day walking around Paris, we went to the Metro hoping there might be a train. You would normally expect there would be one but during the three days we spent in this beautiful city, the transit workers were on strike. Where I come from, that means no hope in hell of any transport but in Paris, they were still running but it was unreliable. The drivers weren’t charging fare, so that was a plus but you never knew for sure when the bus or Metro was going to come, if at all. We waited, were assured by someone that could make out the PA system that there was a train, just the one, going back and forth so it would show up. My feet were too tired to walk so we waited.

While we were waiting we were serenaded by these two young men who were playing Beatles’ tunes! They weren’t great, but they weren’t bad and they had lots of spirit, possibly some of which may have been alcoholic! It made the wait go by quicker and it was a lot more fun!

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated and since I’ve nominated two already, that’s it on that account. Feel free to take up the challenge if you like!

Five Photos / Five Days – Old and Older

York architecture

The city of York in England is one of our favourites to visit. It’s so full of history and the architecture styles span many centuries as you can see here. There are churches hidden down lanes and there is a market in a courtyard that you can only get through by another alley between some buildings. The Minster dominates the skyline and you can walk around most of the walls of the city for a good view.

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated and since I’ve nominated two already, that’s it on that account. Feel free to take up the challenge if you like!

Five Photos / Five Stories – Windswept

Windswept in Cornwall

Windswept in Cornwall

The versatility of nature is always astonishing. Take trees, for instance. The constant winds of Cornwall (and elsewhere) have bent many trees but they don’t break.  It takes an even bigger force of nature to uproot a tree but even then, often they stay put, clinging to the earth with their roots. Much like people, I suppose.

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. While I don’t want anyone to feel obligated, I’ll nominate Oh, The Places We See today.

Five photos / five stories Black and White Challenge:

Cardinal Guzman nominated me to post 5 photos/5 stories. The rules, slightly modified are to post 5 black and white photos, one a day with a story or some text and to nominate someone each day.

I may have posted this photo before but it’s one of my favourites in a poignant way. The man may or may not have been living on the street, his shopping cart full of stuff, with a bag of collected tins and bottles on the back to take in for the recycling fee. The sign behind him, “lost mittens” always seem to reflect what I felt about him, a little lost and looking for a home.

I’m nominating Books, Music, Photography and Movies, blogging about all the things I like, too, including travel! (Don’t feel obligated to take up the challenge, though!)

Black and White Monday – Amsterdam

I don’t know who decides these things (Black and White Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Throwback Thursday etc) but what the heck…

Niewkirke, Dam Square. Amsterdam

Niewkirke, Dam Square. Amsterdam

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Abandoned

Cee’s Photography blog issues weekly photo challenges, this one in black and white.

We were driving through the back roads of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. We’d arrived by ferry and were traveling along the east coastal route, heading for Georgetown (PEI’s original capital) where my cousin lives. As we drove along, I spied this little cottage that looked abandoned and indeed it does seem to be but the garden out front was lovingly tended.

East coastal route House

Prince Edward Island, along the eastern coastal route

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Black and White Photo Challenge – Upwards

A new photo challenge for me, one for black and white photos. I don’t take a lot of them or convert to b&w but some photos do end up looking so much better in shades of grey especially if there are textures or shadows involved. I will sometimes convert a colour photo to black and white if there isn’t a lot of colour to the subject in the first place, such as the exterior of a building that’s pretty much just stone or brick.

Anyway, my entry to this Black and White challenge, with a theme of “upwards” follows:
This beautiful art deco style building is on Hollis Street, Halifax. It dates to 1936,  and was the Post office originally and is used for Federal government offices now. Upped by four floors in the 60s and the exterior restored in 2008 and 2009

Dominion Public Building, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The CN Tower in Toronto may not be the tallest free standing structure in the world anymore, but it’s still pretty friggin’ high. It is 553 m. tall, with 147 floors. There are two observation decks, the main one here at 342 m, and a smaller “skypod” another 100 m. higher again.

Looking up under the CN Tower in Toronto. That bit to the left is the glass floor.

The Empire State Building is another of the world’s most famous towers. It was completed in the early 1930s and was the world’s tallest building for 40 years. Wouldn’t it be the coolest place to have your office?

Empire State Building, New York City

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