Travel Theme: Fierce

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Fierce. This photo came immediately to mind. I took it a couple of summers ago at a Mawi’omi (gathering of tribes) of the Mi’kmaq Indigenous people here in Nova Scotia. I think it was a Canada Day event, actually. The costumes, dancing and music were mesmerizing and it was a great day out. This man looked rather fierce, I thought.

fierce

I’ve just got back from some vacation and a road trip or two. I’ll get my notes sorted and start posting some of our adventures soon!

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A Photo a Week – Hands

Over at A Photo A Week, the weekly challenge is Hands. I must say, random body parts are not something I tend to photograph while on my travels mostly or otherwise but there are a few in my archives, two from travels, two taken locally.

Brian's solo, closeup

Brian May of Queen. Montreal, 2014

Spooning

Playing the spoons.

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My niece’s wedding

Painters at Lilliput Lane

Liliput Lane artist, painting the cottages by hand. Penrith, the Lake District, UK

Travel Theme: Camaraderie

Where’s My Backpack’s weekly Travel challengs is Camaraderie. When I travel, I often meet up with friends and/or family wherever I go. I’ve met a good number of wonderful people via Coronation Street online groups and even met a man that I married through those connections. I’m lucky to have a family that all gets along and has good times when we get together. Camaraderie between friends and family is a wonderful thing. You can also see it among people that can be perfect strangers but who have something in common. Fellow travellers can meet and  strike up a camaraderie on a train, in a hostel, in a cafe or pub.  Fellow fans of the same sports team, for instance, gathered together to watch a game, cheer on and talk about their favourites. If you’ve ever gone to a fan convention of any kind, you will see strangers linked together by a common interest as well. But even non-humans can form a bond, as you will see below.

Watching the Parade of Sail (Tall Ships) together.

Friends. Regent Park, London

Do you see what I see? London Zoo

Camel chat. London Zoo

Travel Theme: Faces

This week at Where’s My Backpack, the travel theme is Faces. I’m not one to take too many portraits of strangers when I travel but sometimes manage from afar or don’t feel as self conscious if the person is performing in some way.  Faces are everywhere, and not just on your fellow humans. Art based on portraits is standard issue. Pretty much all animals, insects, birds and sealife has a face of some sort.

This first photo was taken through a shop window on Ile St. Louis in Paris. There is the shop worker, and little statues of angels, and look closely and you can see all sorts of items in the display with faces.  There are eyes, eyes everywhere!!!!

Shop in Paris

In the Tower of London there was a display of carved wooden heads of kings and queens.

Henry VIII and (I think) Charles I, Tower of London

Next, back to Paris again in the Dali museum in Montmartre. “Him indoors” loves Dali’s art!

Graham and Salvador, Paris

We discovered an exhibit in the Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal about Napoleon, from a private collection, a few years ago.

Bust of Napoleon, Montreal

And finally, from a local celebration (“Mawio’mi”) held by the Mi’kmaq First Nations, a very fierce looking warrior

Elaborate and traditional dress, Mi’kmaq Mawio’mi

Travel Theme: Laughter

The next photo challenge is Ailsa’s travel challenge – Laughter.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit shy to take photos of strangers while on the road. Thus, the first two of these photos are not really about laughter but they could be! Animals have such expressive faces and in both cases, they looked like they were having a blast!

Come on in, the water’s great! London Zoo

Young elephants wrestling in the mud, clearly enjoying themselves. Chester Zoo

And just for fun, me and my pal T. getting wet at the Rolling Stones concert, Halifax 2007

 

 

A Word A Week – Companion

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.

A Manchester Terrier about to be put through his paces

A pair of very stern looking eagles. Nova Scotia Wildlife Park.

In the UK, Dogs are allowed in pubs. You see this commonly in smaller towns and country pubs like this one in Coniston, The Lake District

In another country pub in England, though these companions don’t seem to be enjoying each other’s company.

Kids hang out in packs.

And lastly, my own companion for life. In the Latin Quarter in Copenhagen a few years ago

WordPress Challenge – “Split Second”

WordPress’s weekly challenge is titled “Split Second”. Show a picture that tells a story in the one frame. Candid shots and street photography are often good for that. Here’s a few of my favourites, some I have used before in other challenges.

New York Public Library.

Shopped til they dropped

Curiosity

Age has nothing to do with how much you love to dance. Joe Murphy’s Blues Band on stage

Feed the birds, Tuppence a day. Green Park, London

Lost Mittens. He looked a bit lost himself.

A Word a Week Challenge – Old

A Word in Your Ear’s weekly challenge this week is “old”.

“Old” is a loaded word. People don’t like to be called “old” but they shouldn’t mind it. With age comes experience, respect and a better sense of who you are. You have stories to tell. You have seen and done a lot, made mistakes, hopefully learned from them and can pass on advice, whether it’s taken or not. Think of all the amazing things you’ve seen in your life and all the people you have touched and whose lives have touched yours.

Getting old isn’t for sissies, either. It takes stamina. Things don’t work the way they used to and it’s hard learning to depend on people. There can be a loss of independence. There’s a lot of loss, full stop as you start to lose loved ones.

Here are some portraits I’ve taken over the years of people I’ve known, met or just seen on the streets. They are people that have endured. Some are no longer with me. Some I remember with a smile and a tear. Some were complete strangers but their vitality and grace drew my camera their way.

Let’s start with family, first. You will notice the common denominator here is humour and laughter. We’re like that :)

My father. Enjoyed Christmas.

My mother. Chilly, in Leeds Castle, England

My aunt and uncle, siblings to my dad

My uncle, my dad’s twin

The following were strangers to me, people I’ve seen while people watching.

There’s a lot of life in the old dancing shoes yet

Old friends enjoy the summer sunshine

Father and son “down the pub” for a chat and a visit with friends.

I think of these men who could not walk the streets together, dressed like this, earlier in their lives. It makes me happy to see them be who they are in the face of the world.

The older generation make sure the traditions live on.