W P Daily Photo Challenge – Containers Chutzpah and concrete contain marina

Man, machine and concrete fortify future harbor's structure.

Man and machine when combined with concrete and creativity help to fortify future harbor’s structural integrity.

“Environments are not just containers, but are processes that change the content totally.” — Marshall McLuhan quotes (Canadian communications theorist)

One online dictionary defines a container as anything that contains or can contain something such as a carton, box, crate, or can. For the most part the definition describes an inanimate entity that serves as a means of popular conveyance which is able to protect and safely transport an item from one destination to the next. A protective storage unit if you will.

But what happens if you think outside the box and imagine planet earth as the most widely influential of all containers for life on the planet. As a dynamic and changing entity the planet and man grow over time and need fine tuning and the occasional tweaking to maintain it stable state of existence.

In the photo above a forward thinking land developer thought outside the proverbial box and effectively enacted plans to create a modern marina where none had existed before. Fighting red tape and the occasional local political objection this man realized his dream and helped to save an eroding shoreline. Today this marina. located on the Detroit River near Lake St Clair, offers recreational boaters a site to safely anchor their pleasure craft.


Daily Post Photo Challenge – Relic

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” —Marcus Aurelius

How do you define a relic? Is it merely a surviving memorial of something past?  An object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past such as items located in an historical museum? 

Is there a specific historical time slot into which some things are viewed as modern and others as nostalgic memories from the past?

I purchased my Smith-Corona typewriter in 1980. I used it faithfully for two years and  had it serviced at a typewriter repair shop. With the invention of the computer and the electronic word processors my once faithful typing machine was placed in its box and used only sparingly whenever my computer failed to work properly for me.

The thought of having my pictures developed almost immediately encouraged me to purchase my Polaroid Spectra 2 system. The camera worked flawlessly and provided fairly realistic interprestations of reality. The film was not cheap and the ten pack of potential photos proved difficult to not lose while on vacation. The digital camera revolution turned this camera into a modern day relic. I keep it in its box and reminisce about the good old days.

My Sony Casette Corder TCM- 848 served me well for a number of years as both a music machine and an instrument I used to interview folks with and record my thoughts. Many times the tape used to record the sound would get tangled inside the machine and I had the pleasure of trying to untwine and unravel the plastic tape from the machines interior. Electronic recording devices were the next revolutionary invention.

I realize and appreciate the fact that the passage of time and modern innvoation seem to turn the pages of history on these once innvoative creations. I personally do not see these objects as something to discard because they are no longer popular.

For me they are still useful even though they are safely tucked away in their original packing material. I use the typewriter once a year to remind myself to never underestimate the past. Sometimes you have to value the past in order to appreciate the present.


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WP Weekly Photo Challenge : Contrasts Difference between sense and nonsense.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel.

If you are an apartment dweller living at a residence on a month-to-month basis then at times you are anxious about changing your surroundings and moving into a new suite for yourself. Of course, we all naturally dread the fact that such a move involves planning, arranging for moving vans and men to help relocate us to our new digs.

However there are a number of folks out there who have developed their own unique system of relocating to a new apartment building. These are those indifferent tenants who pack up only their belongings and treasured furniture ( if they ever had any such items to begin with ) and then steal quietly away in the night never to be seen or heard from again.

Their abandoned mess then becomes an eye sore for those fellow residents who remain in the area and are perfectly content with their surroundings. Usually that means the majority of them are stuck looking at this abandoned mess until clean up crews tow away the abandoned trash.

One neighbor I chatted with told me that this tenant used a pickup truck to haul away an expensive looking brown leather couch. This same tenant had had a number of run ins with the onsite management team and was leaving his dwelling on less than ideal terms.

W P Weekly Photo Challenge – Between Harbor offers safe shelter from the sea

W P Weekly Photo Challenge - Between

Large pleasure craft filled with kayakers dock illegally at Lyall Harbor. Locals miffed by the incident.

“It took me many years to realize i had to become (a) safe harbor for myself. And that part of becoming that safe harbor was not about avoiding life, but rather, developing the confidence and coping skills to know that i would have what it takes to find my way through life’s inevitable trials and tribulations.” ― Jaeda DeWalt

Lyall Harbor,located in a parklike setting on Saturna Island, BC. offers an ideal setting in which to cycle, kayak, hike, and of course explore the island. The dock is generally used by the locals as a site in which to dock their boats, sail peacefully in the quiet waters of the harbor and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the idyllic setting.

The large passenger boat shown in the photo unexpectedly dropped anchor last August in the harbor’s peaceful waters and for the next two days two dozen kayakers explored the coastline with vigor and curiosity.Needless to say local residents were miffed by this incident.

This picturesque jut of land provides a definite buffer between the fickleness of the Pacific Ocean and the calmer waters of a sheltered inland waterway. The site offers a safe stopping site between the sea and civilization..

Weekly Photo Challenge – - -Extra, Extra Horned Melon spiked — but user friendly


“Most people want to be circled by safety, not by the unexpected. The unexpected can take you out. But the unexpected can also take you over and change your life. Put a heart in your body where a stone used to be.”Ron Hall

Sometimes a casual stroll through your local supermarket ‘s fruit and vegetable department will display an item that immediately captures your attention if not your full fledged curiosity. The horned melon ‘s foreboding outer protective rind is once such visual feature that will have you asking the nearest store employee as to the nature of this fruit.

The Kiwano is a most unusual fruit that is related to the popular pomegranate — except for the protruding spikes. It could be described as the love child of a cactus, prickly pear, melon and of course pomegranate.

Also known as the horned melon, jelly melon, African horned cucumber, blowfish fruit , melano and hedged gourd it is a very popular snack in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the United States.

A fully ripened kiwano has an orange rind with prominent spikes. Before eating the melon ensure that the rind has turned this bright orange color. To eat it without any garnish cut the fruit diagonally or in half if you wish.

Gently squeeze one half until the slime-covered seeds ooze out. The seeds aren’t harmful to eat, but many people prefer to hold the seeds between their teeth and suck off the green flesh.

Folks who enjoy this fruit describe the flavor of the slimy green interior as a cross between cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit (though as it ripens, it tastes more like a banana). It goes well as a topping for salads, vanilla ice cream, and exotic drinks.

The hard shelled exterior conceals the fact that this is a very tasty and user friendly fruit whose interior contains a delicious treat to adventurous palates. This is the Extra, Extra surprise element of the melon.

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