Posted in History, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: History ~ A bit of Niagara’s History

Mount Carmel Spiritual Center, Niagara Falls ON

The Carmelites, a Roman Catholic Religious Order, came to the Falls in 1875. Their first residence, was a simple farm house overlooking Niagara Falls. Construction on the present Monastery building begin in 1894.  {Source:}

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The scientists and curators at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Canada, have connected the dinosaur bones so that we may stay connected to our past.

dinosaur connected

I could fill an entire blog sharing how wonderfully the ROM keeps us connected with our past. If you visit Toronto, Canada please add this wonderful museum to your “must visit” list.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected .. to our past.

Posted in Canada, History, Nature, Photo challenge, pondering

WP Photo Challenge: Depth

Many sights from our day trip to Toronto’s ROM ~ Royal Ontario Museum depicted depth. But the most overwhelming sense of depth came from the experience.  The sheer volume of history that our beautiful plant has, is mind blowing.

For this challenge I’m sharing some beauty from within the depth of our earth. Now shown in the ROM’s display: Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures.

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In these photo’s I have a specimen of copper, amethyst and … I’m sorry I was so ‘taken’ by the white ‘puff like’ mineral (?) I forgot to note it’s name.

To enjoy more perceptions of depth:

Posted in History, Photo challenge, pondering, Scope for the Imagination, Weekly Photo Challenge

Travel Theme: Symbol

Where’s My Backpack has a beautiful and timely challenge this week. Please visit Ailsa’s site to join in.

Ailsa’s post starts:

Travel theme: Symbol

I’ve been sitting here listening to  tributes pour in from world leaders for Nelson Mandela and the word I hear used over and over is symbol – a symbol of peace, freedom, humility, unity, transformation and hope. As a tribute to an extraordinary man and a life well lived, let’s give the week over to all things symbolic.

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I’ve been pondering what to post for this theme all day. Who Nelson Mandela is …goes beyond words. I tried to convey to my kids his strength of will. That he made people want to fight past the hate to find love.. that HE did that.  In a world before Twitter, blogs, Facebook… he went into the world and became the change he wanted to see.

So that leads me to my photo selections. What else ? Who else ? Brings that powerful feeling of pride, happiness from my heart?

This photo … isn’t in its self an amazing photo.  Nor will it evoke meaning to many others. They’re just “dirty, old toys”.  My daughter’s toys. The lack of ears and the patches on one of them is evidence of her love. These tiny little stuffed animals symbolize childhood. When life is simple and the world is brand new.

toy bunnies

And this leaf… its beautiful red and can be all sorts of colours, symbolize MY country. Canada can be many colours, many things. I’m proud to be Canadian.

maple leaf

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Nelson Mandela hate is taught