Never Standing Still

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “M”, for “Motion”.        (Weekly Photo – Week #13, March 26, 2014)

Sometimes, it is peaceful and relaxing to look at tranquil scenes. However, I also enjoy looking at the photographic effects that can be obtained from movement, especially from living bodies in motion. Here is a sample from my growing library of images where motion is created by a living animal, including us humans.


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “L”, for “Leaf”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #12, March 19, 2014)

Of course, I am referring to the leaves on trees, and not the pages of a book.

I am not sure why, but I just think that leaves are neat. Just think about the neat things they do for the plant, bush or tree they belong to …

  • They are the energy converter, turning sunlight, water and CO2 into carbohydrates such as starch and sugar,
  • They provide shade and shelter to the lower parts of the plant, and
  • They help cool the plant through water evaporation.

… and they do this more than 100 times more efficiently than the root system. Not bad for these relatively delicate living things. And after they fall off the plant, they provide nourishment to the earth as they decompose.

Leaves are with us all year round, even in the winter, and although the fall leaves look wonderful, there is also beauty in a leaf trapped in the ice, laying on the snow or hanging with tenacity to a branch while everything around them is frozen.

Nova Scotia Camping

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “K”, for “Kejmkujiki”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #11, March 12, 2014)

Several summers ago, a friend from Nova Scotia asked me if I would like to visit and do a week of camping at Kejimkujik National Park. It had been years since I visited Nova Scotia, and this park is located in southwestern Nova Scotia, an area I had never visited. With 381 square kilometres, there was a lot to explore in the park during our stay. That summer had been abnormally damp, and this was reflected in the bright greens of the moss on the rocks and trees – an absolutely, beautiful emerald-green!

So these are just a few of the photos that I was able to capture on this trip.

The Joker Is Wild

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “J”, for “joker”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #10, March 5, 2014)

“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you … stranger.” (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight)

I was never a big fan of the Batman movies until a friend introduced me to the Christian Bale “Batman” series (and now I have all three movies in my DVD library). Of these three movies I think my favourite is “The Dark Knight” with Heath Ledger playing the role of the Joker.

It occurred to me that I have some photos of jokers, although mine are much tamer than what was portrayed in “The Dark Knight”.

I came across these three jokers while strolling along the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, and I was immediately attracted to the bright colours and size (each head is about 5 feet from chin to the top of the forehead). Perched on the front of an arcade, they smile down at you while enticing you to come inside and play games (and spend money). Jokers, just doing their job?

This next guy is a wee bit smaller, and even friendlier looking. He is about three inches high and is made of wool. This joker was hand‑made by the mother of a close friend, when my friend was also a wee thing.

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And this Joker is part of a larger royal family.

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Years ago my friend and I used this Joker and family as part of the Christmas decorations for my home. And now it has become a tradition. Every year they come out of their non‑Christmas home (a large, round, cookie tin) and become part of the Christmas cheer in my home. It occurred to me recently that we have no pictorial record of this royal family, so I took it upon myself to take a photo of the family together and the members individually.