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The View from Where?

I’ve just returned from a refreshing sun-shiny walk in the neighbourhood. The Penticton Photography club challenge for the coming meeting is “the view from here”, and I was wondering what pictures I could take.

Some were rather obvious–for example, this view across the valley:

Penticton hillsides

But then I recalled back in my UBC (University of British Columbia) days—maybe 1978 or so—I took a course in which we learned to take films with Super 8 cameras, and we also learned different methods of animation. I was living in an old house in Vancouver, built about 1910, and the dark, unfinished basement intrigued me. It reminded me of the stories of the “Borrowers” (by Mary Norton), tiny people who lived under the stairs in an old house in England, and survived by “borrowing” food and useful items which they repurposed into household goods. For example, empty thread stools made excellent seating. So I used platicine to create the characters and filmed them living in the floor rafters of the old house I lived in.

Ever since then, the idea of “the view from here” that small creatures must see has intrigued me. So while I was out and about today, I snapped a variety of photos that I imagined might be views that birds, insects, squirrels, and other small creatures might see. Here are a few of them:

A squirrel contemplating climbing this tree
A cat contemplating climbing to where a bird sits at the tip of this fallen tree
A bird looking for a safe nesting site
An “extreme sports” mountain climbing insect contemplating a pile of snow!
… and, halfway up, wondering if it will ever achieve the summit!

What unusual views have you noticed on your walkabouts?

Cottonwoods Snow Storm

Here in the sunny South Okanagan, it is very rare to have snowstorms after March, though we occasionally get a few flakes fluttering down now and then until late April.  But the other day, May 29 to be exact, we had a blizzard of “white stuff!”  It was a beautiful sunny late spring afternoon, when suddenly the wind kicked up and, with the sun still bravely shining in a mostly clear blue sky, the flakes were whirling about in every direction!  Don’t believe me?  Check out this slide show and see for yourself!

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What’s that I hear you asking?  Those tall trees behind the white house?  Cottonwoods, I think.  There are loads of them around here.  Why do you want to know?  Pardon? Cottonwood snow? Really?  Well… I guess that could explain why it still hasn’t melted despite the warm temperatures…


Aliens Invade Penticton on Canada Day 2011

1 July 2011 – Canada Day in Penticton

Do you ever wonder

Do you ever wonder what kind of alien would take pictures like these and ask these kinds of questions?

Do you ever wonder what kind of a blogger would label all the pictures and forget to save the labels – three times in a row?  🙂

spring rituals

April 5, 2011

There are certain rituals of spring that we Canadians seemingly can’t resist.  Here are a couple of them!

We are now firmly racing toward our fourth federal election in seven years.  And it looks as though we are precariously close to a provincial election here in BC, as well.  The politicos are bemoaning the fact that less and less folks turn out to vote.  I wonder why?

Because we’d rather be out playing baseball in the spring!  That’s why!  🙂