Weekly Photo Challenge – Up

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These are a few pictures that I have shared before but fit together so well with this theme.  It’s so true that we rarely take time to look up but when we do it can be magical.  Ten things I have seen by looking up:

  1. Clouds racing across the sky.
  2. An eagle being chased by a blackbird.
  3. Clouds morphing from one thing into another.
  4. Glimpses into other people’s lives.
  5. The beauty of days past.
  6. The creativity of someone now long dead.
  7. Unintended glimpses up someone’s skirt (I was at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower trying to take a picture – completely unintentional).
  8. Crazy geometrical shapes.
  9. The arms of trees reaching out  to each other.
  10. And very occasionally, because you really have to be in the right space, the hand of God.

And here are a few new shots of “up”.

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And the unintentional photo in Paris…


Happy Happy Joy Joy


So, I am guessing that some of you thought that I dropped off the face of the earth.  No such thing.  In fact, my feet have been firmly planted on the ground (or butt planted on the couch – but that has more to do with flu than anything else, ‘nuther story).  But I have not been lint gathering or navel gazing and I have a real excuse (if not a real good excuse) for not having posted for a while.

Three weeks ago, Nick and I took a spring break trip to Vancouver.  We had a couple of errands that needed doing, I wanted to take Nick and my daughter and her boyfriend out for a birthday dinner, and it gave us a chance to visit some friends and family we hadn’t seen for quite some time.  Before we came to Vancouver, my very dear friend, Leslie, offered to let us stay in her townhouse even though she would be away.  Now, Leslie and I have been friends since dinosaurs walked the earth.  In case you were wondering, dinosaurs walked the earth 33 years ago.  We met listening to Boy Georgeosaurus and watching music videos by Michael Jackoraptor in the campus pub. Or something like that.  I can’t remember – it was so long ago and I have menopause brain.  Anyhow, as it turned out we both ended up working in high schools as teacher-librarians and teaching social justice to our students.  BTW, Leslie was away in Cambodia with her students volunteering with an NGO that gives alternate opportunities to women in the sex trade.  Important work.  Kudos to Leslie and her students!

But back to Vancouver.  After a very nice visit, we packed up, double checked to make sure we had everything and then drove out to the ferry back to Vancouver Island.  Now, I must pause here.  For my whole life I have suffered from a serious genetic condition.  I have the “Leave-Things-Behind” gene clinging to my double helix.  I have been leaving things behind since it was possible for me to drop my soother on the ground.  This trip was no different.  We drove onto the ferry, hopped on the ferry elevator to the top deck and settled ourselves into a couple of comfy chairs.  I pulled out my laptop.  “Oh dear,” I said to Nick, “my laptop is nearly dead.  I’d better get out my power cord.”  Guess what.  Nick and I had walked past my power cord at least 4 times and neither of us had noticed it nor picked it up.  So, my laptop died and I had to wait three weeks for Leslie to get back from Cambodia and mail my power cord to me.  Which she did. Thank  you Leslie!  And here I am, laptop charged, and finally posting.  Thus my title.  Happy happy joy joy!

Over the next week or so, I think I will post some of the photos (like the ones above and below) that I took in Vancouver.  It’s easy to see why Vancouver is considered one of the loveliest cities in the world.


Go Ahead Canada, Hate Me!

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There is a reason Canada is called ‘The Great White North’.  It is all of that.  Today in Edmonton it is -8 and snowing.  In Iqaluit, it is -13 and it will be snowing most of the week.  In Ottawa it is -4 and snowing.  But I live on Vancouver Island and today it is […]

Dripping Moss

Dripping Moss

I remember looking at Emily Carr’s paintings of moss hanging off trees and thinking that it was too exaggerated. Then I went for a walk through a Vancouver Island forest and realized that what she had been painting was far closer to the real thing than I could ever imagine.

Farewell Forest

Farewell Forest

Last weekend, my husband and I went for a walk through the fog to the far end of our street where we planned to follow the path through the woods. When we got there we discovered that most of the trees had been cut down, presumably for a new housing development. This makes me so sad. When my husband bought our house he chose this location because it was outside of town and bordered on a farm giving it some privacy and lots of quiet. It seems that suburbia in encroaching on our perfect little corner of the Cowichan Valley.

Coastal Mountains

Coastal Mountains

I shot this picture at the ferry terminal in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. On the right is the edge of Newcastle Island and on the left is the northeast point of Departure Bay. Directly across is the Sunshine Coast, including Tetrahedron Peak which stands at 1739 metres or 5705 feet. It is part of the Coastal Mountain Range on the west coast of British Columbia.