Friday, July 16, 2021


Today I have some odds and ends shots. I start with this large bush not far from home, taken in May, in full blossom. 

One morning I caught this moody sky at Lansdowne Park, with the Aberdeen Pavilion in the background.

A warm summer day and walking along the Mackenzie King Bridge, I noticed these two having a meal along the grasses that are here. Wascally wabbits!

Another day downtown, I happened to notice this rather garish car.

We've just gotten through the Tulip Festival, but I'm taking you to one of the prime locations to show you what beds look like for the rest of the growing season. Bulbs are removed and replaced with those that grow into October when the bulbs are replanted. These are in Major's Hill Park. I took these in mid-June.

This is not far from home for me. Long after the trunk is gone, the roots still endure, embedded right into the rock wall where it grew out of. The rock wall is part of the greater ridge that Parliament Hill is part of.

An early July day brought me through the Glebe. This sign was outside a prescription eyeglass store.

This has all the hallmarks of a local artist, Christopher Griffin, who tends to work in concrete sculptures. Raccoons in a big scale are found outside the Glebe Community Centre.

This is the community centre itself, housed in a former church.

A short walk away is Glebe-St. James United Church.

Continuing on with my walk that day I passed into Little Italy. There is a government complex here that houses among other things the Canadian Geological Survey. Outside are these rocks, with wildflowers behind them. The sign in the background states that they are sedimentary rocks, dating back 440 million years. This would also have to be part of the greater ridgeline that Parliament Hill is part of, as the ridge curves this way from the north and disappears into the earth south of this spot.


  1. What an interesting selection of scenes. A friend of mine had a colourful hand painted car back in the early 70s, but found that it attracted too much attention from the police who stopped him on virtually every journey. So he re-painted it black and was never stopped again.

  2. I should imagine that the blossom laden bush will hopefully have lots and lots of berries for the birds this coming winter.

  3. All eyes will be on the colourful car. The tree trunk has become part of the rock wall. Happy weekend.

  4. Love the car - you´ll never have trouble to find it (oh, how often did I roam the streets looking close on number plates!)
    Still sad tulip-season is over - looking forward on what´s next at least (p.s. had a male teacher who burst into tears easily... some really do end up in the wrong profession...)

  5. This proves that it's always good to have a camera at hand.

  6. Hello,
    Wonderful variety of scenes and photos. I love the sculptures, the bunnies and the pretty garden beds. Take care, have a happy weekend!

  7.'s amazing the neat things that can be found if you slow down and look!

  8. We have bush like that in your first photo in our garden. Luckely it's must smaller than this one or it would completely fill or garden.

  9. @Italiafinlandia: hard to miss.

    @John: there is a truly hideous car here that I see from time to time with decorations attached. The owner will have to have it scrapped.

    @Rosemary: no doubt.

    @Nancy: it has indeed.

    @Iris: there's always next year.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    David: indeed.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Tom: quite true.

    @Jan: this one is much more open.

  10. I love bridal wreath spirea bushes. Mine are a bit less lush!
    The root is interesting, as well.

  11. The sky capture and the sculptures are marvelous!

  12. Those are pudgy raccoons - they must have eaten well. ;-)

  13. I really like the tree stump. I'm looking at it and wondering what shape I can see out of it.

  14. @Jennifer: I wonder how long it's been since it was cut.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @RedPat: that they are.

    @Red: it feels like part of the rock.

    @Catarina: thank you.

  15. What fun sculptures! It's nice to see something a little different now and then.

  16. That first photo looks like what we used to call a bridal wreath bush. We had one where I grew up in Illinois and I loved the blooms on it. I have never seen one this far west. Do you think Christopher Walken gets his eyeglasses at that place?

  17. The raccoons are pretty cool to see.

  18. Lovely series of photos ~ great sculptures ~ and the root of the tree is fascinating ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. I can’t imagine painting a car that way.

  20. Lots of work planting and replanting those bulbs.

  21. Interesting look car!
    Love the moody sky and really cool looking rocks.

  22. Excellent odds and ends shots, enjoyed the info too. Thanks William!

  23. I like the root of that tree and the sculptures. Nature is always perfect!

  24. The raccoons are great fun and certainly not destructive.

  25. I wonder why people do that to their car..

  26. A very nice 'mixed' post.
    I enjoyed your selection of photographs.

    All the best Jan

  27. Walkens are Welcome cracked me up! Loved the mixed post and photos. I saw a garish car last night --maybe they are coming back in style!

  28. Lots to see here and a glimpse of tulips 🌷 Racoons sure are big in Canada 😉

  29. i love Christopher Walken is great. my hair stands up in the AM and i say oh it's his style kind of do ... if u r looking for a great flick of his that i watched recently "Percy Vs Goliath". i am a fan. that is hilarious because i have chatted about him and the coffee shop is mentioning him as well. makes me smile. it's the little things. ( ;

  30. @DJan: indeed.

    @Sharon: doubt it!

    @Bill: it's different.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Marie: me neither.

    @Revrunner: a lot.

    @Happyone: thank you.

    @Denise: thanks.

  31. @Michelle: thank you.

    @Joanne: nope!

    @Marleen: in my view, stupidity.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Gemel: thanks.

    @Jeanie: I like that humour.

    @Grace: oh, they can be!

    @Beth: alas, I have no hair!