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

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.

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

Travel Theme: Four

Where’s My Backpack’s travel theme this week  week is Four. Mostly, my archives seem to contain threes, but there are a few fours I found.

Seahouses Harbour

Seahouses, Northumbria, UK

Expulsion

Representing the Expulsion of the Acadians, Grand Pre, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Buoys

Four Buoys

Drill Team

78th Highlander drill team, The Citadel, Halifax

Royals

Four Royals, Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival, Nova Scotia

Travel Theme: Path

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack is Path.

Walking in the Highlands

Scottish Highlands near Glencoe

Rievaulx Abbey

Through the ruins at Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Location: Canal

Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, path along the canal

Housesteads 09 sheep

Housesteads, just below the Hadrian’s Wall ruins

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine, Rome

Botanic Gardens Path

Copenhagen Botanic Gardens

Travel Theme : Bark

Something a little different for Ailsa’s travel theme. For me, it’s got to be either bark off a tree or dog-related. I do like chocolate/nut “bark” but I don’t have any photos of it so this is what I have for the challenge this week, alternating trees and dogs, which go together quite naturally, anyway, don’t you think?

November in York

November in York, UK

Black Bull Inn Dog

Dogs are commonly seen in British pubs, especially in the smaller towns and country pubs.

Gnarly

A gnarly old tree. It was spring in Matlock Bath, UK< but I dont’ think this one has anything leafy on it anyway.

Blomidon beach Sawyer

Sawyer on the beach. Blomidon, NS

Who was C.S.?

Close up, Halifax Public Gardens. I wonder who “CS” was?

 

Travel Theme: Turquoise

This week, Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack is asking for photos featuring the colour turquoise.

Blue Windows

Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Peak District, at the Ladybower reservoir, UK

Blue select

Classic fins, Halifax, NS

Flags on Campbell's Bluebird K7

Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, hovercraft. at the Lakeland Motor Museum

Scarecrow Village

Joe’s Scarecrow Village, near Cheticamp, Cape Breton (sadly, no longer there, the scarecrows, not Cheticamp)

Queen Street

Queen Street, Halifax

Pictou, The Hector

Replica of the Hector, the ship that brought the Scots to Nova Scotia. Pictou, NS

DP Challenge – Shadow

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Shadow. Shadows made for interesting photos, giving them depth and detail or making them more mysterious. Black and white emphasizes shadow particularly well. Here are a few from the travel archives:

Wells Cathedral cloiser corridor

Wells Cathedral cloisters

Place des Arts Sculpture

Place des Arts, Montreal

Winter shadows

Winter shadows, Halifax

A Photo a Week Challenge – Texture

Fall Fair lizard,

At the Fall Fair, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The dry, pebbly surface of the lizard vs the wooden flakes of the wood chips

Texture can make an interesting photo, whether abstract or a photo of a building, landscape, or even a portrait of someone or something. Texture in a photo can make you easily imagine the smoothness, roughness, slipperiness or dryness of something. It gives the photo depth.

Boats on end

Boats at the harbour in Boscastle, England.

Stanhope Beach, PEI

Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island. You can almost feel the sand between your toes!

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, England, lots of rough stones and cobblestones with a gravelly flooring and old wooden doors

Coral

Coral in the aquarium of Chester Zoo, England.

Challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography

Travel Theme: March

The travel theme challenge from Where’s My Backpack this week is March, not the month, but the action of a group of people moving together in precision style. Here are a few photos from my archives, from the Tower of London to Copenhagen and back home to Halifax.

Tower Beefeater Parade

Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders) in the Tower of London

On Guard at Amalienborg Palace

On Guard at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen

Untitled

78th Highlanders, Halifax, Nova Scotia