Photo Challenge #39 / Big Picture

20210724ma_2698“Terry Fox Run” / Theme: Big Picture

A little about this photo…

It’s the final photo for the summer bingo card. I’ve chosen a photo I took outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is the statue of Terry Fox.

I think that most people outside of Canada won’t know who Terry Fox is. Or rather, was. In the early 1980s, he decided to run across Canada, from the east coast to the west … and he would do it all on one leg. You can probably see from the silhouette that there is something odd about his back leg. You see, Terry Fox had cancer and lost his right leg. But he still wanted to run … to raise money for cancer research.

Sadly, he never did make it across Canada. He finally broke down outside of the city of Thunder Bay. In fact, right around this very spot where they put up a statue. He died shortly afterward.

Having grown up in the 1980s in Canada, every year we’d do a Terry Fox run in school. This summer, since we knew that this statue existed, we decided to make a quick stop on our trip. It was a very misty morning. (Yes, that white in the background is all mist!) It was quite moving to see the statue. To think that even when hard times hit, we need to keep going. For as long as we’re able.

P.S. The new bingo card for the next three months is already posted. If you would like to participate, I’d love to see your photos!

 


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Photo Challenge #38 / Bookish

20210719ma_2317“Old Books” / Theme: Bookish

A little about this photo…

This is a shot I took over the summer at Fort Carlton. When I visit historical sites, I find I’m drawn to whatever old books they have on display. (It’s like old books are a magnet pulling me in!)

I love how in this fort, out in the middle of nowhere, there are books because … well, they’re in the middle of nowhere. If I were in this place, and I had to spend the winter here, I’d want to make sure I had some books with me as well.

 

 


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Photo Challenge #37 / Hero Shot

20180927ma_5083“Survivor” / Theme: Hero Shot

A little about this photo…

I don’t usually post an older photo of mine, but today I’m making an exception. Today marks the 20th Anniversary of September 11th. I lived in New York City at the time of the attacks back in 2001 (I lived and worked in Queens at the time), so this day always brings back a flood of memories and emotions.

This photo is from a trip back in 2018. It shows One World Trade Center (otherwise known as the Freedom Tower). In front, on the right-hand side, is the Survivor Tree.

What is the Survivor Tree? It’s a pear tree that was there on the day of the attacks back in 2001. It was the one tree that survived. They took it and nursed it back to health, replanting it here in this location. What I love about this photo (and about the tree) is that it reminds me that there is hope in this world. Terrible things can happen and still, there is hope.

 

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Photo Challenge #36 / Mellow Yellow

“Yellow Sunflowers” / Theme: Mellow Yellow

A little about this photo…

I was in the garden one morning before work when I saw this shot. I ducked and dipped, trying to get that sunburst in the shot. I’m happy with the results!

 


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Photo Challenge #35 / Wheels

20210722ma_2656“Penny-Farthing” / Theme: Wheels

A little about this photo…


I love the word penny-farthing. I mean, is there a better word out there? Maybe. But this has got to top the list of my favorite words. Another word for this set of wheels is velocipede. Another very cool word!

Whatever you call it, this set of wheels is just awesome!

But … how do you ride it?

 


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Photo Challenge #33 / Très Chic

20210804xs_0040“Dressed like a Monarch” / Theme: Très Chic

A little about this photo…

A work colleague came to me recently to share something. I had no idea that THIS is what she wanted to share.

She “raises” monarch butterflies to release into the wild. (They’re endangered, apparently.) Well, she had this guy in its cocoon, almost ready to come out as a butterfly. “They always seem to come at around noon.” She was right. Just after twelve, we watched this guy emerge. “He’ll just hang there for a bit while his wings unfold and ‘dry out’.”

Pretty amazing. She later released him into the wild!

This monarch is … très chic, n’est-ce pas?


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Photo Challenge #32 / Perspective

20210719ma_2337“Fort Carlton” / Theme: Perspective

A little about this photo…

This is what I love about historical sites. They help give perspective on times gone by. I don’t think we really understand (sitting in our cozy homes) what it would be like to stay the winter in a place like this. Or even the summer. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to visit a historical site. When they asked at the entrance if we wanted a guided tour, my thought was, “Why wouldn’t I want a guided tour? Yes, please!”

This, by the way, is Fort Carlton in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a fur trading hub for the Hudson Bay Company. The fort operated in some capacity from 1795 to 1885. Its location is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. And winters in Saskatchewan get very cold. (I haven’t experienced it myself, but I have this on good authority.) Those Hudson Bay blankets were hot ticket items when the natives traded in their beaver furs. (So were guns and ammo.)

I always think I’d like to live in the past. Visiting places like this help remind me that I don’t really want to live in the past. (Although if time travel were possible, I wouldn’t mind visiting the past.)

(Note: I’m including a few bonus photos to get the sense of this historical site, including the famous Hudson Bay blankets.)


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Photo Challenge #33 / The Great Outdoors

IMG_0387“Salt Lake at Sunset” / Theme: The Great Outdoors

A little about this photo…

This photo was taken at Manitou Beach in Saskatchewan. Little Manitou Lake is a salt lake. We didn’t actually go swimming in it on this visit since, when we arrived, because of the winds. We practically were blown away. This photo was taken in the calm after the storm.


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