Gimme Shelter

Hope the roof on this baby wasn’t built by the same contractor who installed the one on the Olympic Stadium :laughing:
I really wish local government would get with the program and accept that not all tourists to our fair city are francophone: Such a great PS installation should at least be bilingual and then everyone could go home and say they saw the world’s largest :poop: and not wonder what that was all about.

Great Ideas from Garbage

water bottle equals

A recent rather heated conversation on the water bottle dilemma only hinted at the the size of the iceberg that is rapidly melting and affecting much of our global health. In Nigeria, Kaduna-based NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), with the assistance of London-based NGO Africa Community Trust, are actively addressing homelessness and environmental impact with their program to build plastic bottle homes. More proof of necessity being the mother of invention: perhaps we should fly some of our Environment, Employment and Social Development bureaucrats there to pick up a few pointers and start cleaning up our own act…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Abandoned Buildings or Barns

abandoned buildings

it broke my heart
when you tore down the past
choosing instead to fence me in
stonewall the truth
shut out the sun
with rusty corrugation
and you wonder why
i shake the bars
and scream
when you ask me to sing
to blue skies

Dare to explore the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Abandoned Buildings or Barns

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors, Door Knobs and Handles


Thank you for using the artist’s entrance on the right
…’cuz your not allowed in the front door….


Get a grip on the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors, Door Knobs and Handles

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Squares, Triangles and Angles

squares and angles

we are all on the same stairway to heaven

Find some geometry in the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Squares, Triangles and Angles.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast


the city screams
for distinction
while bentleys and bicycles
battle for supremacy
high-priced whores and hipsters
haggle over who will win
the race, the game
the housing crunch
in a soulless search
to leave their stamp
on the door
in a town
where everyone is an artist

 Make disparate parts whole in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

straight lines

new sign, expanded market space, underground parking
a little make-over can be a good thing

Proceed directly to the entries in
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between


in the flood
old and new
past and present
happy and sad
like love
knows no bounds

 See both sides in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Between.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked and Squiggly Lines


Not stylistically harmonious but still serviceable

 Wrap yourself around the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked and Squiggly Lines.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition


in the view from here
change is inevitable
so new and old
walk hand in hand

Put the dissimilar together
in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition.

A Word a Week Challenge – Lines


i can construct
with lines
circles, squares
and angles
the math
still eludes me

 Set yourself straight in the entries of the Word A Week Photo Challenge – Lines.

Travel Theme: Connections


The montreal museum of fine arts consists of the original beaux arts building
on the north side, the modern, relatively new addition to the south
and the appropriated erskine & american united church to the east.
These 3 disparate buildings are connected by underground walkways
which run under the busy main thoroughfare….

Join in the entries of Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Connections.

Travel Theme: Delicate


such steel webs
sing vertigo
as cables, pulleys delicate
strain against gravity
and lift us off our feet
towards skewed horizons

Find the fragile in the entries of Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Delicate.

A Word a Week Challenge – Arch


leave behind your burdens
for where we wander
there is no need for chattel and fixtures

Go under and through the entries of
A Word in your Ear’s Word A Week Photo Challenge – Arch.

A Word a Week Challenge – Square

squarewindows are the eyes of the city

See what’s inside, outside and around the box in the entries of
A Word in your Ear’s Word A Week Photo Challenge – Square.

Travel Theme: Big


big plans for a big hole become a big condo
big change in the neighbourhood

Have a look at this location one year ago at A Word a Week Photography Challenge – Worker then go and live large in the entries of Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Big.

iPhoneography Monday: Black & White


that’s what they say

Shot with the iPhone 5 native camera, edited in WordFoto
for iPhoneography Monday: Black & White.

Have a look at Frames & FocusLens and Pens by Sally and Watching Photo Reels to see the originators of this challenge and their interpretation of this week’s theme.  You may also join the challenge by clicking here.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Your 2012 Outdoors and Nature

winter   spring   summer   fall

“The heart’s seasons seldom coincide with the calendar. Who among us has not been made desolate beyond all words upon some golden day when the little creatures of the air and meadow were life incarnate, from sheer joy of living? Who among us has not come home, singing, when the streets were almost impassable with snow, or met a friend with a happy, smiling face, in the midst of a pouring rain?”
Myrtle Reed, Old Rose and Silver

Best is a relative term – meaningful is that place in our memory jogged by the split-second of a photograph. See the year in pictures at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Your 2012 Outdoors and Nature.

Negative Space – AKAM Photo Challenge

Cardinal Guzman is the host this week on a Norwegian photography website’s challenge ( and has chosen the theme of Negative Space.  Weather not permitting a large abundance of negative space in our corner of the globe at the moment, a backward glance through the archives brought forth two visions  –  both illustrate the two diametrically opposed sides of one city.