Saturday, May 1, 2021

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Earth

The first day of the month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for May that theme is Earth. Check out how others are interpreting this theme right here

In December I paid a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature, and posted about it in January and a good part of February. I decided that this would be ideal for the theme. Hanging in the central atrium of the Museum is Gaia, a replica of the Earth that slowly turns, hanging down from above. I featured some shots of it during my posts, but decided I'd leave the last shots of it for this theme day. This is by the British artist Luke Jerram. For scale, one centimetre on here represents 18 kilometres on the actual Earth.

I'm starting with two altered versions of a shot I featured during the series itself. I applied different filters to the original shot. This was taken at ground level, where a half sphere is placed, reflecting all around it. Above me in the atrium is Gaia.

Here's Gaia seen from balconies around the atrium.

These views are taken from out in the Queens Lantern, a glass tower that stands above the Museum's main entrance. Gaia has a companion out here, also done by Jerram.

The companion is seen in this view from the back side of the atrium. A replica of the Moon hangs in the Queens Lantern. Unlike Gaia, the Moon is stationary, with its familiar side best seen from outside, while the visitor can get good views of the unfamiliar dark side of the moon from the stairs out in the Lantern.

My last shots of Gaia are from below.


  1. What an interesting piece of artwork.

  2. A perfect one for the theme day.

  3. Great work of arts. Interesting 1st and 2nd shots.

  4. The artist must have known you had that theme day coming up, couldn't have provided a better subject for your camera.

  5. Wow that huge globe is incredible. I was especially excited to see the two photos you posted with Saudi Arabia featured prominently! Very cool!

  6. What a cool display, I love the globe! Have a happy weekend!

  7. Good choice and interesting post for the theme, William.

  8. Wonderful.
    Ingo just showed me a video on a second Earth. Frightening.

  9. Compliments, William, you have used the globe well for this theme.
    It finally came in handy ... ;-)

  10. @fun60: it certainly drew my attention

    @Marleen: I thought so.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @John: it was fitting.

    @Susie: I figured you'd like that.

    @Italiafinlandia: that it is.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Karl: thanks.

    @Iris: I can imagine.

    @Jan: yes it did.

  11. A very impressive exhibit! Great photos!

  12. I can't think of a better theme than "Earth" and this is an impressive way to kick it off.

  13. I'd certainly enjoy seeing that globe!

  14. Great take on the theme. Love it! Well done.

  15. @Denise: thank you

    @David: it felt appropriate.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: well put.

    @Barbara: I have.

    @Marie: thank you.

    @Catarina: thanks!

  16. Yes, these are perfect for the theme of Earth. Well done!

  17. Delightful takes on the theme.

  18. This is perfect for the theme, William!

  19. Wow! Those are real interesting shots. Love the different angles. The big blue marble.

  20. What a fitting post! I have always loved your photos of Gaia and here, it's just perfection.

  21. @DJan: thanks!

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @Jim: thank you.

    @RedPat: I thought so.

    @MB: and quite a marble.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

  22. Wow ~ very creative Gaia photos ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. A perfect choice for the theme!

  24. Oh well done William, this is perfect for the theme, good thinking ahead 😉

  25. What a fantastic and creative take on the theme. Well done, William.

  26. love it! great exhibit and perfect take on May theme.

  27. @Carol: thank you.

    @Sharon: I felt so.

    @Grace: I always do.

    @Jennifer: yes it is.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Klara: definitely.

  28. Fabulous very fitting for the theme.

  29. Some great reflections in there too

  30. can't believe how the year is flying by. May is here. 3rd. have a ball. ( ;