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WPC: A Good Match

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As soon as I saw the title of the photo challenge I knew what the photo would be

Us in the Musee Carnavalet

Taken in the garden of the Musee Carnavalet in Paris on May 21, 2012 by my sister Rosemary and hitherto only available to friends and family but made public for the first time.

A Good Match indeed. We have now been together for over seven years – and it just keeps getting better.

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February 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

WPC: Shadow

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I forgot that the Weekly Photo Challenge had been moved from Friday to Wednesday – but apparently it is “open all week” so here is my contribution.

The location is one of the former railway trestles across the Myra Canyon near Kelowna BC. After the tracks were removed the right of way became a long distance walking/cycling trail. The picture was taken around midday so the length of the shadow is not produced by early or late sunshine but the height of the trestle. It is indeed a long way down.

They have their own blog too

Looking through some of the other submissions, I noticed that other people post more than one picture, and my flickr stream has more than one candidate.

The first is more recent, from last year in Chicago

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This one is from 2012: the Roosevelt Island Tram in New York City – and the one below is the same year but closer to home

Us

 

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February 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

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WPC: Ambience

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I asked my partner if she could think of one of my photos that had “ambience”. I used my best French accent on that word which must have influenced her choice. This is the interior of the Palais du Louvre in Paris. This is part of Louis Napoleon’s apartment – his personal quarters – decorated at enormous expense to the state, and defining the taste of the Second Empire.

I think it’s ghastly.

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January 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

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Photo Challenge: Relax

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Staking a claim

The notes I wrote under the picture

A palapa with a beach view, no organized games in sight or earshot, frequent waitress service, space to move the loungers as the shadow moves

Serenis Resort, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Relax

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December 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

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Photo Challenge: Magic

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No, sorry I do not believe in magic. When I go to a magic show, all I want to do is figure out how the illusion is achieved. I did a search on my photostream, and the only references to magic that I found was my own reaction to an early effort at stitching pictures together – which at that time seemed almost magical to me – “hey, you can’t see the join” – but now my iPhone 6 can do that for me!

In 2010 I went on my first cruise, to the Caribbean, and in St Maarten we berthed next to a Disney ship.

Goofy touch up

I guess that’s as close to Magic as I am going to get.

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November 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

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Photo Challenge: Chaos

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Hope Slide

This is the site of the Hope Slide

“The Hope Slide was the largest landslide ever recorded in Canada. It occurred in the morning hours of January 9, 1965 in the Nicolum Valley in the Cascade Mountains near Hope, British Columbia, and killed four people. ”

The present scene shows some of the debris field: I chose this image as the panorama shows the present more tranquil site, with vegetation returning. No-one would have survived if they had tried to photograph this event as the description of it in wikipedia makes clear.  It was chaos of a high order!

“The slide buried a Chevrolet sedan with two occupants, another car and driver, and a tanker truck and its driver under a torrent of 47 million cubic meters of pulverized rock, mud, and debris 85 metres (279 ft) deep and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) wide, which came down the 2,000-metre (6,600 ft) mountainside. This mass of debris completely displaced the water and mud in Outram Lake below with incredible force, throwing it against the opposite side of the valley, wiping all vegetation and trees down to the bare rock, then splashed back up the original (now bare) slope before settling.”

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November 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

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Reflection in a puddle

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This post is response to the Photo Challenge on the Daily Post “Shine”

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This is a puddle in the parking lot of Kits Beach Park: we have been having a lot of rain lately. Together with a painful toe condition (rectified on Friday afternoon) that has been restricting the amount of time we have been walking and cycling. So the number of photos I put on flickr and instagram dropped. So that has been rectified too.

This post is also being created on what WordPress calls its new improved editor. I suppose I just got used to old one, and I still prefer to post that way.

And this is the first time I have used this blog to respond to a photo challenge, and, given the response to this one, is unlikely to the last.

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October 21, 2016 at 10:40 am