Tuesday, November 14, 2017

street signs - Upper Paradise

On Hamilton Mountain is the delightfully named 
Upper Paradise Road
unfortunately, it is not as paradisiacal as it sounds
it is a main thoroughfare and is a mix of commercial, retail and residential
at the furthest south end the homes become quite opulent
although for the most part the homes are more modest
and at the other end, where Upper Paradise begins

is the first house

with a lookout over the lower city
Upper Paradise Road got its name from its alignment with Paradise Road in the lower city, which got its name from  its end point at Cootes Paradise (a wetland in the Royal Botanical Gardens). 

21st in my continuing (very sporadic) series of street signs 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Inglis Falls

For Jo's Monday Walk, I'm taking you to a waterfall I visited in early September. It was late in the day and the setting sun was strongly not in my favour

The Mill is no longer at Inglis Falls in Owen Sound, having burned down in 1946

but the Sydenham River is still flowing, 

as you can see, there is a perfectly good walkway with a slightly higher than knee ledge with a good view over the waterfall,
but there's always a few who eschew the laws of sense and must step off the path

looking up over the horizon

looking down over the top of the falls (from the walkway)

some more people who couldn't resist the risk and climbed over the rocks beyond the viewing deck

now, had they just stayed on the boardwalk for a few more metres – maybe two metres at most –  they would have found a much better and less obstructed view. after taking his photos, he turned and left for the parking lot;  she climbed through the rails of the deck, opting out of using the accessible steps just to her left.

three years ago, when I was last up this way, the water flow was a little less...
which was no less fascinating to see

turning away from the view of the falls, and trying not to trip on the path, there is an enchanting – and at times amusing – array of tree roots climbing over and around the rocks of the Niagara Escarpment

Sunday, November 12, 2017

observing outer space

The Palomar Mountain Observatory, with its art deco designed Hale Dome can be found near San Diego. Inside the dome is a 200" telescope that was first used by Edwin Hubble.
This 2003 stamp from Lithuania celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Poczobut Observatory of Vilnius.
It was the fourth observatory in Europe when it was built in 1753 on top of one of the Vilnius university buildings. By the 1960s there was too much light pollution and a new observatory was built about 70 kms north of Vilnius. The original building still does scientific research.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

noseying around

One of the participation activities at the Mum Show this year was to find the hidden red clown noses. Since the theme of the show was the circus, this made sense. And I was all up for the search. Then I thought, I'm crap at this. So I stopped for a coffee to keep up my stamina – and overheard a few others comparing notes and saying they could only find 8, or 9...  and I felt better. It took three trips around the greenhouse, looking high and low, specifically for red noses.

Some of them were definitely a challenge!

There were lots of old posters, carousel horses, other pieces of amusement rides, and games of chance where these noses could be 'hidden'. Some in plain view, some very well hidden
In the end, I got home and realized I was still missing two.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

a circus treat

One of the best parts of the fall season around here, is the annual Mum Show.

Tens of thousands of mums, all on display at the Gage Park Greenhouse.

And this year there were many surprises – for we were at the circus!!

It was a miserable wet and windy day when I went, so this magnificent carousel had no riders.

But, inside it was comfortable, 
and there were more carousel horses, games of chance, posters, photos...

Some of the photos definitely looked like a freak show, and it was a little uncomfortable seeing what was on offer as entertainment.

a dancing bear, (but not a real dancing bear, that's cruel)

Of course, JUMBO was there!

and a lion tamer! 

somehow, exclamation marks seem appropriate

and, of course, more thousands of mums

a walk around the greenhouse for Jo's Monday Walk