W P ‘s Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh 2 Fresh layer of snow stalls spring’s arrival

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” —  Henry Van Dyke

There is something about a fresh layer of newly fallen snow that, at the appropriate place and time,  offers a welcomed relief from the  drudgery of a dark and dreary winter’s afternoon. At times the snow’s arrival adds a romantically rustic appeal to any drab setting.

Other times the ever increasing amounts of the stuff is more of a bane than a boon especially when , theoretically  at least, the season for all the once hoped for snowfall has come and gone.

It seems that each centimeter of snow that falls actively suppresses the fact that warmer spring weather, sunny days and colorful flowers will soon be making their dramatic entrance into a more than receptive world.

This is a wet snow that accumulates easily, is extremely difficult to shovel from porches and sidewaks and melts readily in the warm rays of the early afternoon sun.

For the past number of days since spring’s official starting date I have had my hands full trying to at least keep up with the generous accumulations of snow that have clogged the drive ways and walks of my residence.

Many times this past winter the offical snow removal crews have been a tad late to clear the ways and so this year bought a large shovel to help them out! Keeps a person in great shape but there is only so much a tenant really wants to do. 

The weather forecast for the next five days is not that encouraging. More snow is expected . 

I guess I won’t put my large shovels away until at least June 21st. The snow might just be gone by then. But no promises. 


Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

 Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” —  Edward de Bono

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Earlier this past week the weather had succesfully melted all the snow in the immediate vicinity and many residents were abandoning their winter jackets, gloves, scarves  and shovels with the expectation that the first day of spring would bring a welcome relief from the oppressive winty weather.

No such luck. Grey colored skies dropped a generous amount of snow on the area over night and dampened a lot of hopeful expectations. The almost emerging blades of grass were covered with a marshmallowy coating of snow.

But this past week there was definitive  evidence that warmer weather and spring thaws were just around the corner. The people who collect discarded bottles were out and about and one of their specially rigged collection shopping carts was parked on a sidewalkof a nearby condo. 

For the nominal price of twenty-five cents an ambitious bottle collector can jury-rig a totally mobile makeshift workstation (grocery shopping cart) to help him(her) gather up as many bottles as possible without missing out on valuable colllecting opportunities.

I realize that their presence on many city streets is not as impressive as the appearance of that first robin or iris bud or the ever wished for green blades of grass but it is an optimistic start announcing the arrival of spring and the warmer weather it brings.




W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall Blockade, work of art or visual attraction.

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

Walls come in many sizes, shapes, colors and of course lengths. They can be considered practical constructs, imagined realities, barriers to personal success or more realistically border defining icons oftentime politically motivated , culturally defined and of course at crucial times militarily defended.

During the winter months , especially this past season,  they morphed into towering walls of ice and snow impeding commerce, travel and communication. The towering mountains of  accumulated snowfall grew daily at an unprecedented rate. 

Physical walls may be constructed of bamboo, concrete, glass, iron or steel to name but a few elements. Newly designed and constructed mall outer walls are festooned with colorful decals and windoed paintings meant to humanize the mall and attract potential customers. 

Walls are also mental constructs that many runners in marathons have to accept and overcome if they are to win important international events. This offers many of these athletes tipping points  —   opportunities to succeed or barriers to successful completion of a race,

For many of us imagined walls are ever present spectres of reality that affects, challenges, defines or even restricts successes in daily life.  Thes imaginary blockades are just as real or as daunting as our imaginations allow them to be.

We all have to find our own wall (challenge) , define it as best as humanly possible, accept its inherent limitations and potential opportunities and then proceed in a way that is most appropriate to our overall understanding of its reality and influence in our everday lives. 




W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange2 Mall security detail interrogates senior

“The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.” —-    Elias Canetti


The section of the mall, Europa Avenue at West Edmonton Mall, that unexpectedly came under intense scrutiny and police presence.

What would you do when a group of mall security officers stealthily approaches you , quietly begins to box you into a secluded corner and then starts an almost friendly but cautious interrogation for your reasons for being at the mall?

This week’s photo assignment was both challenging and intimidating. I had the most difficult time trying to figure out where in the world I could capture the correct photos for the completion of the task. I then decided I would visit a large mall in the nearby vicinity and try my luck at locating a few examples of the color orange.

I started my quest around 10:30 a.m. ,camera in my right hand fully exposed  and a light jacket and baseball cap on my head. In my mind I was just another faceless,  run-of-the-mill customer meandering about the mall. I had a hunch of where I wanted to go and so used an escalator to help me arrive at my desired destination on the second level of the mall.

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W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange Orange – a color that generates warmth

“Try not thinking of peeling an orange. Try not imagining the juice running down your fingers, the soft inner part of the peel. The smell. Try and you can’t. The brain doesn’t process negatives.” — Douglas Coupland


Bright colors for spring and the arrival of the Easter Bunny.

Bright colors for spring and the arrival of the Easter Bunny.

  Orange is one of those lively colors that exudes warmth, life, hope and happiness. Orange though is more than a mere color on the spectrum. It is also a brightly colored fruit  offering the benefits of Vitamin C and it keeps folks healthy.

Green, blue and red may be more dominant hues but when was the last time you saw a Blue in the fruit section of your local grocery store. Probably never!

It is an accent color that in its own way helps to tone down and mellow the more austere shades that frequently blast their presences about on the fashion runways of haute couture. 

Architects tend to favor the color sparingly as an after thought so as not to detract from the more serious theme of their modern creations. The frivolous nature of the color helps to enhance the attractiveness of any building.

Spring is the time of the year when the more life affirming shades begin to display their brighter and less depressing shades. It is a time to once again begin to enjoying the outdoors, sunlight and of course a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice!






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