Friday, February 05, 2010

Friday Photo Shootout - 'round and 'round and 'round...

we go. Since I got back from Hawaii, I've been (1)trying to wake up and (2) working. Up at 4:30 a.m. the last couple of days, I'm finally on a more civilized shift today, which just happens to be Friday. Robin and I put on our warm woolies this morning and went for a walk. I took my camera along, hoping to find a circle or two to photograph, because today's prompt (Thank you, Kerry) is Circles.

 It felt great to get some exercise. Hawaii was lovely, but Robin and I have decided that our aging bodies are much better attuned to the climate of Vancouver Island (or England) than to tropical places. We hardly got any exercise while we were in Hawaii. The warmth felt good, but it wasn't conducive to walking or otherwise exerting ourselves.

Before I show you my circular finds, I must mention that I'm still having tropical breakfasts. I can't get those beautiful strawberry papayas here (they fit perfectly into a cereal bowl - just the right size for breakfast) but I can get Caribbean papayas, so I'm having a chunk of papaya with yoghurt and granola every day. Most delicious - and without the jet lag. ;>)

So anyway - to the walk. We were surprised and delighted to see that apparently we have a family (den? group? pack?) of beavers in the stream that runs along the Parkway Walkway. I didn't take a photo of the pointy tree stumps they left behind - I was too busy looking for beavers - but seeing them reminded me to take a picture just a little way down the path - of another stump, this one Not Felled by Beavers. Aha. My first circle.

After that, there seemed to be circles everywhere. Somebody even left a piece of litter that fit the theme. I have no idea what it is.

We both quite enjoyed this walk - checking out the new dams under construction, looking for the builders, kept us both occupied so that we didn't think too much about the drizzle or the fact that I, at any rate, hadn't bothered with a coat or a hat because I figured I would walk faster if I were just slightly chilly.

I can truthfully report that this is not Hawaii. It's cold out there.

As we approached the car, which was parked in a lot along the Parkway, I found a manhole cover.


Then it was time to go take the photo that I had been thinking about along the walk - at the Tai Chi clubhouse. When I haven't been working or trying to catch up on sleep, I've been at Tai Chi class, making up for lost time. The movements of Tai Chi are circular, and so is its logo.

This was fun. I started out thinking I would take one or two photos, but I ended up with more than I could use - and I never got around to photographing piles of coins, though I considered it. We have lots of coins here in Canada - not just pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, but loonies - and toonies, too. Maybe one of our other Canadian members will do the honours.

I'm off to work now, leaving a musical circle for your enjoyment.

15 comments:

Chef E said...

Nice take on the theme! I like the video, am going to play it again!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Nice post for circles. I agree the older I get the less I want to travel far from home and all the things I am used to. I enjoyed your description of the walk and breathing in the air. Caused me to take a deep breath and relax.
QMM

John Hayes said...

Believe it or not, a "colony" of beavers! Nice images.

Karen said...

Welcome back! It sounds as if you're ready to get back to reality! I enjoyed the little walk.

Sarah Lulu said...

Great photos ...loved Joni and I've just read ALL your hawaii posts ..like a series. xx

Pauline said...

I enjoyed your circles, especially the Tai Chi emblem. Nice to hear about someone who is happy to be home again!

Jama said...

I love that shot of the tai chi logo!

Kerry said...

Welcome back from Hawaii, and isn't tropical fruit so wonderful? I always really do like getting home from big trips though, no matter how great they were. I enjoyed going on your walk with you and appreciate your comments about Tai Chi (sometime I would like to try that). Thanks for the circles!

~JarieLyn~ said...

Kerry said everything I want to say. Great post.

Dominic Rivron said...

If you were to photograph a pile of coins in the uk, it would probably include a polygonal 50p piece. We used to have a polygonal "thruppenny bit" too. Are all your coins circular?

SOL said...

I enjoyed your post and your photos.

Barry said...

I enjoyed your post and your walk. I just joined the Taoist Tai Chi society myself a few of weeks ago. Never thought to post is for the FSO shoot though.

J9 said...

Love the Yin Yang - should have thought about taking one of those for mine too! And I was just listening to Joni yesterday!

Jen said...

nicely done! great photos, glad you had a good trip!

Sandra Leigh said...

Hello everyone, and thank you for commenting. Dominic - yes, Canadian coins are all round. I rather wish we did have some coins that weren't. Our nickels and quarters are sometimes hard to tell apart. If one or the other of them were cut like a 20p piece, our lives would be simpler. Barry, I'm glad you've joined the Society. I'm attending as many classes as possible, trying to get my body to remember the sequence.