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.
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).
I happen to find a few photos in which I find lines and patterns when I look up at the top of buildings or the ceiling.
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
The Crystal, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
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
Looking out to the Mediterranean Sea from a bus, near Kos, Greece
The Mediterranean Sea, from near Tel Aviv, Israeal
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:
The Three Goddesses:
Peering through an arch in a inner city lane in Israel:
Finally, enjoying a beer in Montreal:
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.
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.
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.
The week’s WordPress Photo Challenge wants us to study light during The Golden Hour. The first two pictures were taken at dusk.
The next two photo were taken from the same location at the break of dawn and then just as the sun popped up in the horizon. It was dramatic!
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.
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.
Another cable car ride in Hong Kong is a shorter but equally colourful and adventurous ride in Ocean Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My inspiration for this post came about as I was walking on Spencer Creek Trail which extended from Hamilton to Dundas in Ontario this morning. The air was still cold. The sun had risen, but it was struggling to creep through the clouds. The weather forecast predicted only a high of 3 degrees Celsius later in the day. This time last year, we were enjoying a balmy 26 degrees. This is already March 23, two days after the Spring Equinox, and yet Spring to us here in southern Ontario is still in the Future Tense. I took out my cell phone to capture these images for the phoneography challenge.
The ice and snow are refusing to go away. Nature is playing a game with us. The melting and re-freezing is a continuous tug-of-war in our outdoor world.
When shall we see the colours of the flowers and the leaves and the green grass that we are craving for? I am tired of looking at only white and brown around me. Then, isn’t everything in life relative? And so is Time. When we stepped out of the trail, we walked up the hill to Grove Cemetery, where the graves reminded me of my future although they were also the symbols of some people’s past.
We need patience waiting to see what will transpire in the future. Future to me also means Hope. There are finally signs of hope about the Spring yet to come. Turning into a residential street in Dundas, my walking buddy MW spotted the first buds on the south-facing yards. My heart leapt with joy: the crocuses, the snow drops and the tulips had burst through the ground.
On the opposite side of the road, however, the snow relentlessly hung on.
I am hopeful. Spring will come; it will come soon!
This is the biggest lobster sculpture in the world! It is 35 feet long, weighs 90 tonnes, and over 6 feet high. It is located in Shediac, a little town with a population of just over 6,000 in New Brunswick, Canada. The lobster has made this town world famous and it is known as the Lobster Capital of the World. This part of Canada is famous not only for its live lobsters and lobster meals, but also for this gigantic sculpture.
For a better perspective, this is an angle of the lobster claw. Well, this is the biggest lobster claw in the world no doubt.
This lobster came to mind immediately when I read about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Going through my photo album to locate the photos brought back fond memories of our family road trip to the Maritime Provinces on the east coast of Canada, where we toured Nova Scotia (including the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island), Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Thank you, WordPress.com.