Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 43

This is first post for April. Let’s hope “April showers will bring May flowers.”

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 43 picture is a grouping of stone landmarks know as “inukshuks” or singular an “inukshuk”. They are stone landmarks or cairns built by First Nations)FN) people of the northern Canada and used originally as navigation elements that would stand out on a frozen landscape. They are also to mark sacred locations of FN peoples.

They have also become very popular or unpopular depending on you one talks too. Lynn snapped a picture of these at Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve located not far from our house.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 42

This is our last post for March. Wow, now that is hard to believe.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 42 picture is obviously an old abandoned boat in rather rough condition. Lynn took this picture from the same salvage yard she took last weeks picture.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 41

March is starting to come to and end, but it feels more and more like spring each day. Which is a good thing.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 41 picture is a forty gallon drum full of old golf clubs. Lynn took this picture when she went on a outing to a local salvage yard with the camera club from out town.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

A Winter’s Afternoon In Thornbury

It has been a week or two since we’ve been on a hard packed trail or knee-deep in snow hiking to one of our favourite spots somewhere in the Beaver Valley or in North Muskoka, or anywhere for that matter. Life and its day-to-day happenings which always get in the way of outdoor pursuits, well they seemed to keep getting in the way. Although, we did manage to hit up Huntsville, ON for the Banff Mountain Film Festival back on January 24th. That ended up being one pretty awesome evening at the Algonquin Theatre.

Last Friday, we headed over to Collingwood to meet with a young lady who is purchasing this particular photo that Lynn captured last year. The picture, which I think is mighty spectacular, ended up being the winner of the “Experience Collingwood’s” 2017 photography competition.

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To our shock and somewhat pleasant surprise, the lady has decorated and designed her living room with the concept that this photograph will become its centre-piece. Making a long story short we’re looking at creating three-panel photo totalling 60 inches long by 20 inches in height.

So, after finishing up in Collingwood, we decided to head on over to Thornbury and Meaford to hike and explore the waterfront.

A few pictures from the afternoon.

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Frozen waterfront of Georgian Bay

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Patiently waiting for a mid-summer night’s sunset

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Foggy ski hills in the background

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Waiting for another summer’s evening

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Smallish Condo’s

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Where “old fishing lures” go to retire

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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury

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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury

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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury

So, when life got in the way and to keep sanity or insanity levels to something manageable, an afternoon hiking along the Georgian Bay waterfront did the trick. And life does get in the way. It gets in the way for all of us. And when it does, getting outside to give ourselves a much-needed mental health break and body re-fueling at times requires being diligent, determined and focused. For many people taking an afternoon to hike a few kilometres on the Bruce Trail or spend a couple of hours walking along something like the Georgian Trail would be unthinkable. We all know that someone who needs every waking hour to be productive with some sort of measurable results or else their day seems wasted.

Nevertheless, warm temperatures, a sun that filled the sky and few hours outside made the world of difference.

Every outing doesn’t have to or need to be an epic adventure worthy of being on the National Geographic channel. Nope, sometimes they just need to be ………………………an outing.

Thanks for reading.

Christmas Traditions…………

It doesn’t get to be much more of a traditional Canadian picture at this time of year than snow, trees and the outdoors. Well, maybe if there was a moose in the picture with a large Tim Horton’s while munching merrily away eating a plate of poutine.xmasmoose_original

This isn’t a real trip report of an adventurous outing into the hinterland of Ontario; hiking and snowshoeing across miles of the Canadian Shield and frozen tundra to have the heaven’s reveal our tree for 2017.

Nope……this is more the regular drive to a local tree farm………type of trip report and some of the traditions our family keeps during the holidays.

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The word “tradition” short of sticks out here, especially during the Christmas season. At its most basic level, Christmas is sort of a “traditional thing” including many of the festivities surrounding the season.

I’m sure your family has at least one traditional thing or activity you MUST do during this time of year or …………Christmas………..well………..just isn’t really Christmas.

Traditions, depending on what they are………sort of makes us(at least it does our family) take a step back and move away from the craziness that can certainly swirl around us like a dust devil on a hot and muggy summer’s afternoon.

So……….right off the top there are three traditions in our family.

1. Going to a local tree farm and cutting our own tree

2A. Listening to a very specific Charlie Pride Christmas album while Lynn works decorating away at the tree. This has been happening for over 30 years!

2B. The first movie to watch each year is National Lampoons “Christmas Vacation” It’s been the first movie watched in our house for at least 25 years. To be honest…….this is more “my tradition…..”

 

 

3. All the stuff that normally goes into individual Christmas stockings, goes into one LARGE stocking( I mean about five feet in length); “stocking stuffers” are wrapped, but with no tags; each person takes turn picking something out; if not their “stocking stuffer” it gets passed along to who it could belong to. It sounds confusing and it is…….but it eventually all works out. This particular tradition has been known to take several hours. But, it causes us to sit back on Christmas morning to relax for a bit with a coffee in hand, while our “traditional” Christmas morning breakfast cooks away in the oven.

My guess is that every family likely has some sort of traditional thing they do or heck even eat at Christmas. You know….“Christmas isn’t the same if we don’t have mum’s special(insert yummy and likely fattening food here) to eat.”

As we do every year, this week Lynn and I went to one of the several area tree farms to trudge through the snow out into the back 100 acres to select the “perfect tree.” Perfect in the sense it has to be small enough to fit in our rather small living room. We always end up going mid-week; knocking on the door of the house and boldly stating the obvious, “we’re here to cut a Christmas tree!”

This year, we managed to have this guy join our outing.

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One tradition we won’t have this year is having the whole family together.

Our daughter Sara moved earlier this year to Halifax and won’t be able to join us. So……………the “long stocking” will be a third less stuffed this year.

This morning as I’m writing this,  I’m not too emotional about her being away. Come Christmas Eve and Christmas Day…………well………..that might be another story altogether.

But………we(I mean Lynn) went back and forth with our daughter’s roommate to help ensure a version of the “long stocking” tradition might make an appearance out east. Lynn sent her roommate about 50 or 60 pictures of the traditional things we might get Sara for the stocking; asked her if she could undertake to get the stuff.

So………….with a hardy, “This is going to be fun,” our daughter’s roommate(who is also called Sarah) is taking up the “tradition” on our behalf. We sent her money to accomplish the “mission” with the goal to spend it all and let us know if you need more.

So……even though things change and life goes in different directions at times…………..traditions don’t have to end.

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Sometimes, the tradition remains like it always has.

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Other times they may require just a slight adjustment to keep moving forward.

Monday afternoon when Lynn and I headed out to get our tree it ended up being one of those “traditional” Christmas activities that just brought everything to a much slower pace for a couple of hours. Much like the peacefulness of hot chocolate consumed in front of a blazing fireplace after having spent an afternoon tobogganing down a hill at a local park.

Being outdoors; the crispness and freshness of a newly fallen blanket of snow; the smell of the pine trees; a dog tagging along and running ahead and looking back as if to say, “Hurry up……I’ve got the perfect tree picked out for you”; that wonderful smell of the smoke from a fireplace or wood-stove in someone’s home close-by……………peaceful and soothing to the soul.

Traditions deliver us to something comfortable; something peaceful; something we can anchor too; something magical.

What are your traditions at this time of year?