Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Boat, Critters, And Buskers

Outside the Museum, a boat can be found, permanently dry docked. The Missinaibi is a boat Canadians have all seen at one point or another. The Canadian one dollar bill that was replaced by the dollar coin featured a view from this shoreline out onto the Ottawa River below Parliament Hill, where the Missinaibi was among the logs of a spring log drive. That image was taken from a landscape photograph taken by Malak Karsh. His brother Yousuf Karsh, the portrait photographer, took a photograph of Queen Elizabeth that formed the basis of the other side of the bill. Today the boat can be explored by children, as was happening when I was here on Canada Day.


In one of the shelters on the grounds, there was a wildlife expert with two animals. One was down having a nap in an enclosure- a groundhog. After a few moments, he or she stirred. I'm used to groundhogs that look more tan than dark.


The other was in his hands- a garter snake. I can affirm that a snake is quite dry to the touch.


Heading off to go back across the river, I paused to photograph these two women, step dancing to fiddle music. The shirts and sashes are something that wouldn't be out of place on the voyageurs of a century or two ago. The yoga pants, on the other hand, would be rather odd among historic voyageurs, but they really danced well.

28 comments:

  1. garter snake, friend of my east coast, mid Atlantic childhood!

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  2. There really was something for everyone on Canada Day1

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  3. Wow. What a three ring circus. Actually, more than three.

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  4. ...I've never been a fan of snakes, but the dancers are a different story!

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  5. Adorable ground hog. I hope he gives us a longer summer. :)

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  6. @Cloudia: this one was quite calm.

    @Kay: definitely!

    @Stuart: indeed!

    @Tom: hah!

    @Maywyn: I think he was enjoying his nap.

    @Marianne: thank you!

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  7. To me the groundhog will be more interesting than the snakes. Sorry, I do not like snakes. I would enjoy watching the female dancers. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Hello, I see the groundhog often in our yard. The snake is cool, I do not see them too much. Great captures.
    Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. You've shown some very colorful and lively step dancing.

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  10. Another fine and interesting day. Great photos1

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  11. The dancers are clearly enjoying themselves!

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  12. Those step dancers and getting a lot of exercise with their performance.

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  13. The buskers look like they are working hard!

    Janis
    GDP

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  14. Snakes...why'd it have to be snakes?

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  15. @Nancy: I assumed there'd be people who were wary of the snake!

    @Eileen: I see them regularly as well.

    @Red: it was indeed.

    @Sussi: yes it was.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Christine: they were.

    @Sharon: that's true!

    @Janis: I think so.

    @RedPat: they really stood out!

    @Norma: hah!

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  16. Nice series, William! Although I am not exactly fond of snakes, I think I could handle the Garter Snake just fine. :)

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  17. Adding their own touch to the costume.

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  18. Garter snakes are wonderful. They eat slugs. The dancers looked like they were having a fine time!

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  19. Oy. No fan of those snakes.

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  20. Happy dancers! I like Garter Snakes and why people thing snakes are slimy I do not know.
    MB

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  21. Yoga pants!
    Love the snake, although it ought to be out in nature! Dorah brought one, that size, to the back deck one year!

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  22. the ladies dancing look like they are having fun. love those outfits!! so cool!! ( ;

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  23. We have pictures of my mom playing with garter snakes as a child. Personally I share Indiana Jones's attitude toward snakes.

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  24. What a cute snake, that's one I would like to feel too.
    I like those happy dancing ladies.

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