CBBH Photo challenge: same subject, different time

Here’s my interpretation of this month’s challenge posed by East of Malaga blog. I chose to show how two urban landscapes, one in Toronto and one in Ottawa, look in different seasons.

A view of St. James Park in Old Town Toronto. In the autumn at left; in the spring at right.
A view of St. James Park in Old Town Toronto. In the autumn at left; in the spring at right.
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National War Memorial in Ottawa (late spring and in the dead of winter)

CBBH Photo challenge for April: Multicolour

Marianne from East of Malaga unveiled the theme for this month’s photo challenge: multicolour.

As always, you can hop on to her website to see other bloggers’ interpretation of the theme. Below is mine:

Stained glass window at Chichester Cathedral (UK)  designed by Marc Chagall in 1978. The theme is Psalm 150 '...let everything that hath breath praise the Lord' (1978).
Stained glass window at Chichester Cathedral (UK) designed by Marc Chagall in 1978. The theme is Psalm 150 ‘…let everything that hath breath praise the Lord’ (1978).

 

Neal's Yard is a small alley in Covent Garden , London (UK) which opens into a courtyard.
Neal’s Yard is a small alley in Covent Garden , London (UK) which opens into a courtyard.
The Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) is the most picturesque street in Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay). It dates back to the 17th century, when the are was still held by the Portuguese.
The Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) is the most picturesque street in Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay). It dates back to the 17th century, when the are was still held by the Portuguese.
Small shrines like this one are quite common in rural areas of Argentina. I spotted this one in Lujan (Provincia de Buenos Aires). They usually mark the site of an accident where someone died or are created for worship.
Small shrines like this one are quite common in rural areas of Argentina. I spotted this one in Lujan (Provincia de Buenos Aires). They usually mark the site of an accident where someone died or are created for worship.

I commented on the following websites:

The Travel Chica

Love Bagni di Lucca

 

CBBH Photo Challenge: framed

This month’s theme for the CBBH Photo Challenge is frames. Marianne writes that “One way of adding interest to a photograph is to use another object within the composition of a photograph to frame the main subject.  This technique brings depth to the photograph by giving the illusion of more than two dimensions and also serves to focus the viewer’s attention on what the main subject is.”

I went through many photo albums and selected a few.

This is a view of the Roman Forum from the Colosseum. I specailly love the quality of the post-rain light.
This is a view of the Roman Forum from the Colosseum. I specially love the quality of the post-rain light.
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This is a view of Elizabeth Castle in St. Aubin’s Bay, Jersey (Channel Islands)
Here, the frame is Nature itself. A beautoiful country lane in Trinity Parish, Jersey (Channel Islands)
Here, the frame is Nature itself. A beautiful country lane in Trinity Parish, Jersey (Channel Islands)
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And last but not least, a bit of fun at La Hougue Bie, a neolithic passage grave in Jersey, Channel Islands

Visit Meg Travels for some great photos and travel advice.

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CBBH Photo Challenge: Simple Pleasures

The theme for this month’s challenge is “simple pleasures”. I chose food because it gives me pleasure to eat good food and to cook. I love spending time with family and friends, sharing good food and good conversation. It’s good for the soul.

Since I have a sweet tooth, I chose this chocolate and banana brioche with cafe au lait from an excellent bakery in Montreal. I have great memories of that lovely city and time spent with good friends.

My recommendations for this month are:

Expatlogue. Life without borders… (written by Aisha Ashraf, a British expat, mum and writer living in Canada)

The Titleless Blog, the hilarious account of life in Chile by and American expat.

CBBH Photo Challenge: Blue

This month´s CBBH Photo Challenge is the colour blue. On her post, Marianne writes that “Over the ages blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (note how many uniforms are blue).” Well, my school uniform was mainly blue (navy blue tunic, sky blue shirt, blue and maroon sash and tie, blue socks and brown shoes) so this made me chuckle. Then I remembered I took a photo of the old boys from the Jersey Militia back in June 2008. Jersey is one of my favourite places on earth. The day I arrived from Dallas, I went for a walk around St. Helier. I was jetlagged so I don’t really remember the details, but I came across a formal ceremony. Since it was June 6th, I assume they were commemorating the Battle of Normandy, but don’t quote me on that.

Jersey militiamen. Funnily enough, these ladies are also wearing blue!

More on uniforms. This time, I present you two granaderos (grenadiers) standing guard outside General José de San Martin’s mausoleum inside Buenos Aires Cathedral. San Martin is one of the founding fathers of Argentina and part of his great legacy is the Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers (Regimiento de Granaderos a Caballo), to which these two soldiers belong. Our national flag –blue, by the way- is draped over his tomb.

Two granaderos standing guard. What happens if they get bored, or tired, or thirsty, I wonder?

Patagonia is a land of deep blues and greens that turn into greys and white in the winter.

Photo credit: my parents

The tidal range in Jersey is one of the largest in the world. According to Visit Jersey, “The landmass of Jersey grows by around a third when the tide is out, ensuring the tidal range is one of the largest in the world.” I found it puzzling to see boats marooned on the sand like this one, until I learned about the tides and got used to the sight.

Le Hocq, Parish of St. Clement, Jersey (Channel Islands)

A fun display at Kensington Market, Toronto:

My two blog picks of the month:

Seashells and Sunflowers, by an American expat living in Argentina

Tour Absurd, a funny blog written by an American expat living in Ireland