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Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED

I was at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. As it was fairly early, I found the stores saturated with stocks; just right for this week’s Photo Challenge: “Saturated“. The cheese store displayed a sea of yellow in different tones, the meat was pink and fresh, and the florist was saturated with colours too.

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The Hamilton Farmers Market shares a long history with the City of Hamilton since its inception in 1837. It is open four days a week. Since it is situated in the downtown area of the City, it is a convenient location for office workers to shop for fresh produce, coffee and spices, baked goods as well as household items during lunch hour, and before or after work.

Hamilton Farmers Market, 35 York Blvd., Hamilton, Ontario. (Jackson Square).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme “Sea” for this week is quite open to interpretation. Since I have been thinking a lot about the unrest in the Middle East this week, I go to my Holy Land photo album. I have picked pictures that show how blue and expansive the sea is.

The Sea of Galilee, Israel

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Looking out to the Mediterranean Sea from a bus, near Kos, Greece

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The Mediterranean Sea, from near Tel Aviv, Israeal

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FOCUS

The theme Focus in the latest Weekly Photo Challenge is a challenging exercise in photography to me. My ever so talented blog friend Mrs. Carmichael just took out her camera and captured two beautiful images to illustration the theme.  Given the limitations of my camera, I have to rely on what I have taken by serendipity in my album. However, thanks to the features of Picasa, I hope I am getting closer.

Visiting the Big Buddha on Lantao Island, Hong Kong:

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The Three Goddesses:

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Peering through an arch in a inner city lane in Israel:
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Finally, enjoying a beer in Montreal:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CAREFREE

I took this picture when I was in Macau: the cycle rickshaw man lit his cigarette and he looked so relaxed in his cart. “How carefree, ” I thought.

So for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I look through my photo album to find this image to share with you. Hope you are enjoying some carefree moments too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FORESHADOW

I am normally a fan of the bright blue sky, but to fit the theme “Foreshadow” of the Weekly Photo Challenge, I look for the darkest and the most ominous sky in my album.

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These pictures were taken during my walks, and on all occasions, the sky opened in less than five minutes. It started with a few spitting drops, then it drizzled and intensified to a constant downpour.  I was soaked by the time I reached my car. Looking back, these photo stirred me viscerally, and images that were foreshadowing a change of weather actually turned out to be foreboding ones.

Weekly Photo Challenge: FLEETING

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I was bee-chasing in order to take this picture. One moment it was hovering on one flower and the next moment, it was gone. Fleeting indeed!  To my surprise, however, instead of capturing one bee in this photo, there were two more bees that I did not notice at the time. Our attention can also be fleeting.

How long is the life of a bee? Honey bees who are busy in the summer live from 6 to 7 weeks, and bumble bees only a couple of weeks. One can call their lives fleeting too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: IN THE BACKGROUND

The view in the background of the  Eiffel Tower is what I intend to capture and it seems fit for this week’s photo challenge.

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The beaches on the eastern coast of Australia seem to stand out more in the background of the tropical trees.

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Dominating in the background of the busy traffic on Bloor Street, Toronto is the Crystal wing of the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PATTERNS

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This is that pattern of a carpet that I have taken a photograph of on a visit to a carpet factory in Kusadasi, a seaport in Turkey. All the carpets were handmade and I was told that the young women employed by the company not only made the carpets during the day, they also had to make a carpet which would be part of their dowry when they got married in their spare time. Needless to say, the bigger the carpet and the more intricate the pattern are coveted by future in-laws.

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Here are a few more of my favourites:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE

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Tucked away in the town of Yuan Long in the New Territories in Hong Kong is this eatery famous for its Chiu Chow fish balls and vermicelli. It is constantly full, and the people sitting together may not even know one another, because it is the common practice to share a table. You sit down as directed, order and eat. Then you pay at the front and leave, but you’ll be content. It was the diametric contrast to a high end Chiu Chow restaurant I have tried, but just as satisfying.

I was there in winter and I had the most delicious bowl of piping hot mixed fish balls and beef balls vermicelli on that trip.

Weekly Photo Challenge: UP

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The Ngong Ping 360  is a cable car ride of about 25 minutes from Tung Chung  to Ngong Ping in Lantau Island to visit the Ngong Ping Cultural Village and the famous Big Buddha. I took the cable car with the glass bottom, which offered a panoramic  view of the Tung Chung Bay and the Airport from high up.

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Another cable car ride in Hong Kong is a shorter but equally colourful and adventurous ride in Ocean Park.

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I was looking forward to taking another ride UP there in the hot air balloon, but sadly the ride did not operate due to high wind. Well, another time.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE (Kitchen Renovation 3: Go, Going, Gone!)

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This is a stage of my kitchen renovation which fits into the Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: CHANGE.

A dump bin was placed outside my house on the drive way. The two workmen came. We had a mini-conference as to what I would like to keep. In fact, my friend had wanted my old cabinets and the workmen were extremely helpful in keeping them intact and moving them to the garage for my friend to pick up. Then the banging began.

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I could not bear to stay around because the images of knocking down cabinets and walls on  the television show Restaurant Makeover and similar programmes were too vivid and harrowing to me. Furthermore, with the noise going on, I could not even work at home. My home was dusty, despite the sealing of the doors and the staircase. The tearing down took them three days.

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By the end, the floor was only a pile of rumbles, the ceiling was gone, the sink was gone, the pipes were exposed and part of a wall was knocked down. I was excited to see a bigger kitchen–of course, because the cabinets were all gone (silly me)–and the wider door was what I had wanted.

So far so good. The supervisor dropped by at the end of the day. I was pleased with the way the workmen tidied up the place every day before they left. So far, I had no complaint.