Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Photos: July 27, 2016
I still remember my mother telling me that she learned of the St. Lawrence River in geography class as one of the great rivers of the world (this was in Russia in the 1920s). When you are this close to the mouth of the river it is incredible how expansive it is; it is easy to see its majesty and its beauty. The shoreline has stories to tell - time before our history, written in the boulders and rocky expanses, stories of the explorers who "discovered" this land that had been populated long before their arrival, tales of shipwrecks such as the Empress of Ireland which sits not far from here at the bottom of the river.
Sailors have long plied these waters fishing, transporting goods and bringing people to start new lives in North America.
Our road trip took us along the Matapédia River, one of the great salmon rivers in Quebec. This covered bridge was built in 1931
A walk through it is looking at geometry in action.
In New Brunswick we stopped at Petit-Rocher on the Baie des Chaleurs. This part of New Brunswick is the Acadian area. Many of the original Acadians had been expelled after the British conquest (some ended up in Louisiana - hence the Cajans); some returned while others managed to stay. The descendants of these original French settlers made lives here. The people in this area honour the Acadian culture.
You can often see blue, white and red objects celebrating the colours of the Acadian flag. We saw brightly painted fishing shacks, fences, and even chairs.
The pride in their background is obvious!
We passed many weather-beaten houses and barns. This one sported a modern accessory - a satellite dish - the old house embracing new technology. Our final destination - Caraquet.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A day of driving, passing suburbs, industrial areas, long stretches of trees and farms. We drove through lots of farming country where once seigneuries stretched from the river and up - fields like bands of fabric on the landscape.
Today's destination was Rimouski, a city on the St. Lawrence River situated where the river starts to open up so the other side is not longer visible. Bands of light poured down on the river between the clouds. Endless horizon - it seemed to stretch forever.
The rocky shore shows evidence of long ago upheaval. The rock has been turned so the striations face up instead of out.
A walk, dinner and then another walk - a stroll along part of the city's boardwalk which stretches over 4 km. Lights dance on the water.
Monday, July 25, 2016
I've had this ceramic piece for a long time. One can see the artist got his inspiration from nature - the sun or a flower - in either case there is energy bursting forth. It, in turn, inspires me - the colour, the form and the asymmetry.
I've been immersed in #clmooc - making, reading, getting inspired by the creative people who have chosen to be part of this group. It is a bit like playing jazz where one member starts a melody; someone else catches it and riffs off it, remixes it and gives it a whole new slant.
Sometimes you have to zoom in close, pay attention to details to get the gist of an idea, to read and respect and retell - variations on a theme. It can get quite dense as the rhythm of a twitter chat can be fast and furious.
This coming week is a break week - a time for quieter colours and rounder lines. I'll be off on a trip getting inspired by the countryside, by music and by the many thoughts that are replaying from the encounters I have had via #clmooc.
Here's hoping for robust wifi!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
As we were walking we heard the sounds of a fiddle. By the time we traced the source, the musicians had changed to other instrumentation. The tin flute started a lovely melody. Our community hosts outdoor concerts each week in summer. There is something delightful of sitting out doors for a concert (though a little more shade would be nice!).
The tin flute was joined by a harp - a breeze of music rustling through the afternoon. Moments to stop, listen before we moved on.
Photos: July 23, 2016
As adults look on
More magical than
The sprinklers of my childhood
Arcs and arches
The water dances
I stop to share the delight
Of frolicking children
Oh to keep
That bubbling up joy
of a child's heart!
Oh to keep
That bubbling up joy
of a child's heart!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Photos: July 22, 2016
I try to keep moving, going to the gym regularly, walking my 10,000 steps... I don't always manage. This is the new tool in my constant quest for fitness and good health. When I'm home I can work out at the gym. When I travel I tend to get lazy about exercise other than walking or hiking. These will be coming along with me in future - an opportunity to use those biceps, test those triceps - no excuses.
No fancy outfits required. Just determination.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Photos: July 21, 2016
My blog is morphing. I've been participating in CLMooc - a flurry of making, connecting, collaborating - with participation in a +Google Community, twitter chats, a Facebook group and even connecting in the real world through postcards. One can participate on any level from lurking to being very active. I love being part of this as it stirs up my thinking, has me reflecting and pushes me to try new things (apps, attempts at visual arts other than photography...). I've been reading more blogs and have been pondering many ideas. Some of my musings will inevitably burst out here.
One way of participating is via the Daily Connect - a suggestion / challenge of an activity to do which helps foster this community. Yesterday's was to send out your voice. It made me think of the whole idea of "voice". While I have not sent out my physical voice - I have been sharing my voice through this blog for years. It is a place where I express my ideas - Through My Eyes has been much more than my photographs.
It's a place where I capture moments of beauty, where I experiment with genre. It is a place where I have taken some risks with my sharing - going beyond my comfort zone.
It's a place where I nibble at the issues that bother me - where I voice my opinions.
It has opened my eyes to beauty in the strangest places and found stories - and a place to voice them. It has been a place where I have shared my passions.
As a teacher I always wanted to help students find their voice, be that through writing, the arts... We have so many possibilities - even more now as the ability to create through digital media is possible even for very young students. So here is my latest risk - a snippet of my voice for the #DailyConnect - a day late.
A couple of thoughts on/in my voice