Silhouette – Roman Ruins

RomeThe three remaining columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollox dating back to ancient Rome, stand proudly among the ruins of the Roman Forum.

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

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World Pride Toronto 2014

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Happiness is celebrating Pride with the world.  World Pride Toronto 2014 is over but we have wonderful memories of the week-long celebration, including our friends’ wedding, a stroll in the gay village, the colours and diversity of the people joining … Continue reading

Inside a small nest

Over the summer, we visited MOO’s cousins J & J for a family BBQ.   J & J have a lovely ten-acre property in the Niagara Peninsula. Actually, we really went to see J’s new family members, Rusty and Scooter, two donkeys that J bought after they were retired from a local horse racer.

DonkeysWhile we were visiting with the donkeys in the stable, J pointed out the bird’s nest in the rafter’s of the small stable, just above the window opening.  I stood on a stool to see if I could catch a glimpse inside the nest.  I couldn’t get high enough to make out what was inside but all of a sudden the tiniest head popped up, mouth open expecting its mama to come with food.  There were three birds in the nest and each time I made a clucking sound, their little heads popped up expectantly, their beaks wide open.

baby birds baby birdIt was an incredible sight and I couldn’t believe that I was able to witness such fragile life so closely.

I wanted to stay and watch these little babies but I kept expecting mama bird and papa bird to swoop in à la Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and do a number on my head so I stepped off my stool and quietly left the stable to rejoin the cousins and Rusty and Scooter in the fields.

Anyone have any idea what kind of birds these are?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

NewfoundlandCape Spear LighthouseDuring a recent trip to Newfoundland, we visited Cape Spear – a hauntingly beautiful spot on the most easterly point of North America. Eastern tip of Canada

As I stood high up on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, I was in awe of the power and beauty. It was a cold summer afternoon, the sun hidden by large grey clouds. The brisk ocean breeze carried just a hint of wetness. And as I stood at the base of the lonely lighthouse, lulled by the rhythmic sound of the waves moving across the rocks and the seagulls in the distance calling out to each other, I experienced a sense of peace and stillness. It was only when I walked along the cliff edge footpaths, closer to the ocean and watched the thunderous waves crash against the rocks that I felt the power and danger of the sea. It was both mesmerizing and terrifying.

When we finally made our way back to the car, I saw the signs warning of the danger that I had felt standing near the raging sea. Warning Dangerous coastline

 

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Contrasts

Siberian squill flowerThe new spring growth of blue flowers contrasts with the old dried growth from last summer.  Although the early spring flowers are blooming, Mother Nature is having a hard time letting go of winter temperatures here in Southern Ontario. 

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Travel Theme: Bridges

Even monkeys need a little help to get across the road.  A group of school children raised money to make rope bridges for the monkeys so that they could get safely across the roads in the Manuel Antonio beach area and the town of Quespos in Costa Rica.    monkey on rope bridge saving the rainforestThe rope bridges sharply contrast to the bridges that span the Tiber River in Rome.

Pont Sant"Angelo across the Tiber RiverIncredibly, this bridge, built in 134 AD and has stood the ravages of war, floods, and time.  It’s a beautiful bridge with a gruesome history.  For centuries, the bridge was used to expose the bodies of those people who were executed.  Currently, the bridge is only used for pedestrian traffic. It sits directly across from the Castel Sant’Angelo, a fortress historically used by the Popes and their families.

Ponte vittorio Emanuele II, RomeThe Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, built in the early 1900’s sits just down the river from the Ponte Sant’Angelo.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? for this theme.

 

Travel Theme – Multiples

Outdoor food markets with fresh produce piled high atop shelves and crates comes to mind when I think of this week’s travel theme. The Campo de Fiori (Courtyard of Flowers) is one of the oldest markets in Rome.  The stalls are set up in the midst of a cobblestone courtyard surrounded by medieval buildings. The market sells fresh produce as well as packaged foods (pasta), flowers, kitchen utensils.  Or you can people watch from one of the cafes.

artichokes    I loved the rows of artichokes.

chestnutsAnd who knew that multiple chestnuts grew in a larger hairy shell.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s my backpack for this week’s travel theme.

You know you’re in foreign country when…

When I travel, I want to feel like I’m in a new place and sometimes the best indicators of a new place are the signs.  Sara Rosso of WP highlighted this in her weekly photo challenge post.  I love taking photos of the signs I come across. They remind me of the places I’ve visited or the things that I’ve seen.  I’m not even sure what some of these signs mean but I do know they mean I’m no longer in Canada (or at least my neck of the woods).