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Gorgeous reno of Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa


On Friday afternoon, I dropped by the museum to check out the newly renovated space. The original tower (that didn’t last very long) has been replaced with a gorgeous glass space. Interiors have (apparently) been returned to original colours.

Very nice integration of new with old, say, compared with the ROM, ahem.

Urban marketing


Shot 1:  Love this poster on Bloor West near Spadina.  

Shot 2:  On my to-do list.  The Bata Shoe Museum.  Bonus opportunity for star-sighting.  Reports Shinan Govani in today’s National Post:

That tapping into his inner Carrie Bradshaw the other day was none other than Mr. Omnivorous — John Malkovich! The stupendous star of the big screen was spotted over the weekend at Toronto’s famous foot locker, a.k.a. The Bata Shoe Museum, on Bloor.

Green Photo Challenge

Jodi Anderson over at The Women’s Colony is hosting another photo-challenge.  This week’s theme is “Green”.   All of my shots this time are from my archives.  All taken by me, but in the past.

This is a glass sculpture on the ceiling of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec.


A fountain/fish pond at the Canada Agriculture Museum in Ottawa (known as The Experimental Farm by locals!)


A frieze in the lobby of the Field Museum in Chicago.


At the Wye Marsh, Midland Ontario.


An entrelac knitting project in Noro Kureyon yarn.


Chardonnay grapes at William Hill Estate winery, Napa CA.


Andy Warhol quote in my son’s room in res.


You Capture – Autumn


This was a surprisingly difficult assignment, to find the essence of autumn without using just swaths of pics of coloured leaves.  Which I probably did.  But anyway, here goes.

We have a bunch of these plants in our garden.  I am thinking of drying some for the winter, but have no idea how to do this.

I love the look of leaves, softening the hard lines of the gutter and drain.

I don’t remember seeing these decorative vegetables when I lived in Ottawa, but I find them gorgeous.

A living garland…

Click on the badge at the top to view some other participants’ interpretations of the theme.

Sunday Journal

Today was wonderful.

A late-ish sleep with time to read the paper and drink some coffee alone in silence.  Then off to choir practice at 10 before mass at 11:30.  We sang Salvator Mundi  by Thomas Tallis (pdf) and Tantum Ergo from 4 Motets on a Gregorian Theme by Durufle.

We had tickets for Pucini’s Madama Butterfly with the Canadian Opera Company this afternoon, so I met Z after mass and we headed over to the Wilson TTC subway station as the Toronto Marathon was running right by the Four Seasons Centre making traffic crazy downtown.  Z had packed a picnic lunch, so we sat in the car and ate, and then hopped on a train downtown.


The Four Seasons Centre is gorgeous.  I’d been to a couple of free lunchtime concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre there, but never to an opera.   To the left is a shot in the Amphitheater featuring a friend of mine from choir on the flute, her daughter on viola, and a family friend on harp.  This was taken last fall.


A couple more pictures of some of the interior.

To the right are the steps heading to the upper rings.  Below  is a shot of the skylight over the staircase.  The whole building is bathed in natural light with full walls of glass over University Avenue and Osgoode Street.  More beautiful shots of the exterior and the main room can be found here.


The opera itself was wonderful.  It wasn’t familiar to me, but between the stellar cast, incredibly sets, costumes, and lighting design, it was simply a treat for the soul.  A tragedy, the last act was very moving, much more than I expected.

After it was over, we hopped on the subway (with lots of other opera-goers and members of the orchestra), and headed north to our car.  We prepared a light dinner, Z took the dog on a long walk, and we settled in for a relaxing evening at home.

You Capture – Still Life


This week’s You Capture assignment was for a still life.  Still life in French is nature morte, or dead nature.  Cool, eh?  Well some of my shots are not dead.

These were all “found” still lives.  I didn’t do any arranging, stacking, moving, as is typical.

The last fading sighs of my geraniums

Lanscaped fire hydrant.

Spotlights at the library.

And a couple from my local 24 hour Shopper’s Drug Mart