Monday, October 20, 2014

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Ours was half bleh and half wonderful. Most of the week has been miserable. So with a cold but wonderfully sunny day finally showing up yesterday, we headed out to enjoy it and take images. But the autuman splendour is just about done. There was more of this than anything else:

Well, at least we got out. Then we all went for supper to a restaurant near our place. It was busy and the service was ve-e-e-ry slow. A couple of booths down there was a woman sipping a glass of wine as she waited for her food. She finished the wine. No food. Then most of her glass of water. Still no food. Her meal finally arrived when the lemon in her glass of water began disintegrating. And she ate without a drink. Without the glass of wine that she probably planned on enjoying with her meal.  This made me sad for some reason. *sigh*

First world problems...

Anyhow, let’s get to the funny stuff...

Wishing you all a fabulous day!


Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s The Little Things: Beauty In The Ordinary

Each one of us interprets what we see in different ways. For example, in the photo below, I see parallel wires, soft clouds, a blue sky, a flock of birds...all the obvious things.

But I also see a non-conformist pigeon to the left, which makes this ordinary sighting a tad more interesting. And so my camera’s shutter button is pressed to capture the moment.

It’s all about perception, and Brazilian composer Jarbas Agnelli certainly can attest to that. While reading the newspaper one morning, he noticed a photograph of birds in silhouette perched on parallel wires, and interpreted what he saw as music. He cut out the image and made a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes.

The result is magical, and a testimony to the beauty in the ordinary:

And who knew that crows are (secretly) such great composers...

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bikes and Sights: On The Wall Street Art Festival

One of the most interesting things we encountered while biking along this past summer is the mural artwork that is a result of Kingston’s first ever street art festival, which took place during the week of August 18 - 24.

City Council unanimously waived the graffiti by-law for that period, and twenty artists transformed a retaining wall, which consists of 23 concrete panels, into an art gallery. This event took place at Douglas R. Fluhrer Park; a beautiful 2.85 hectare (7 acre) waterfront recreational area.

We didn't attend the festival where you were able to watch the artists at work, but we did stop by to see the artistic results and snap some photos.

Take a look at some of them...

A once boring concrete wall, which you only see a small portion of it here, is now an art gallery.

Is it just me, or does the creature above seem to be part squirrel, part dragon and part mermaid?

A brooding artist with a sense of humour?

Look how sad the flower is. Things will get better, little flower.

Isn't this just fabulous?

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

It's no wonder the poor raccoons always get a bad rap.

Artwork with animals in it is always enjoyable.

I love this. So wonderfully moody.

Fantastic creation. And fun!

These are just a few of the many unique and contemporary art projects we saw on this wall. They will remain here for a year, at which point they'll be painted over to refresh the area. I hope to share more with you in the future.

I tell you, there’s just no end to the interesting things you encounter while biking along.

Has your area ever hosted such an event?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Off The Mark Prediction

"Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I'm glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling flat on his nose, not me."

Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role of
what turned out to be one of the most popular films of all time.


(Incidentally, I watched this movie for the first time last month, so at least I finally know what it's all about. Have you seen it?)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Feathery Friends In A Neighbouring Town

During the summer season, we make a few trips to Gananoque, a small town approximately 20 minutes east of our area with a population of about 5,200 year-round residents. And our first stop there is at Confederation Park to visit with these two feathery friends that I have shared many photographs of:

These beautiful creatures are named Ginger and Asher, and they are the town’s iconic birds.

They spend a leisurely summer on the Gananoque River in Confederation Park, but unlike other mute swans, Ginger and Asher don’t head to an exotic southern vacation when the days get colder in the fall.

Instead, this lovely pair spends mid October to the beginning of June at a local hobby farm with goats, sheep and ducks.

Like many captive waterfowl, Ginger and Asher’s wings were clipped within 8 to 10 days of their birth to prevent them from taking flight.

They are also tagged for identification purposes in case they somehow make their way to the St. Lawrence River and need to be tracked down.

I also discovered recently that they are not the only ones that have graced Confederation Park’s river. Apparently, swans have been spending the summer there for the past 25 years. So there have been others before Ginger and Asher.

Is there a creature more graceful than a swan? They are one of the loveliest sights of the summer.

I enjoy my visits with Ginger and Asher, and there is no doubt that they are very well taken care of, but I can’t help but feel saddened by their loss of freedom.

Have a great day, everyone.



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