a.k.a. Photo of the Week

“Pic of the Week”, August 16, 2019: Fashion Week, Milan

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Milan Fashion Week was founded in 1958 and is held twice a year– once in the spring, and once in fall.  We were surprised to find ourselves in the middle of the fall show during our recent visit to the city, especially notable in the Brera and Duomo neighborhoods.

Fashion Week is a clothing trade show spread over multiple events and venues, including the stereotypical models on runways, models and their photographers on the streets, promotion of clothes and such.  Fashion Week is run by a non-profit association which coordinates and promotes Italian Fashion, both male and female.

Milan’s is one of four important international Fashion Weeks, the others being held in Paris, London and New York.  

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“Pic of the Week”, August 9, 2019: Scenes from the Batticaloa Waterfront

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Situated on Sri Lanka’s east coast, the small city of Batticaloa was all but neglected by tourists until the country’s Civil War ended a few years ago.   Fortunately for the region, that’s changing and valuable tourist dollars are flowing in.

Most people who visit Batticaloa go to see its historic fort, which I’ve previously discussed.  The city is situated on the Indian Ocean, to which it is connected by a series of lagoons, and there are many great scenes to enjoy from the water.

Below are some scenes from the city’s waterfront, including of its harbor including fishermen bridges and the city’s lighthouses….

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“Pic of the Week”, August 2, 2019: Saskatchewan Sunset

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When I was driving across Saskatchewan last summer, I saw darkening clouds on the distant horizon which got progressively closer with each passing mile.  It was dusk, and I thought the light of the setting sun quite lovely against the storm clouds.  I stopped several times and snapped some photos along the drive.

Fortunately it stayed dry into the early night, until I’d checked into my hotel.  After that, the heavens opened for quite a downpour.

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“Pic of the Week”, July 26, 2019: Road Block in Southern Sri Lanka

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It’s not every road trip you find your traffic lane blocked by a wild elephant.  But that’s exactly what happened to us when driving in Southern Sri Lanka, on our way from a safari in Yala National Park

I was sitting in the back seat when my driver started braking and gesticulating about the road obstruction ahead.  After a glance, I quickly grabbed my camera and started snapping away — not ideal photography circumstances, but that’s often how it goes.

There blocking our lane stood an elephant, interacting with passengers in a small bus in the opposite lane.  I’m not sure what was going on — whether he wanted some food (most likely), or just to interact with the people. 

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“Pic of the Week”, July 19, 2019: Indian Trading Post, Banff

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One of the classic places to visit in the Banff townsite, within Banff National Park, is the Indian Trading Post.  It has been around since 1903 and was originally called the “Sign of the Goat Curio Shop”.  It’s one of those places that hasn’t changed much during the years.  

Situated on the bank of the Bow River, it is removed from the busy touristy part of Banff.  The exterior decorative items are interesting, but not as interesting as what you find when you enter the shop.

The walls of the shop are a museum of taxidermy, with a large variety of local species on display.  Initially dealing primarily in furs, the shop now sells mostly First Nations (Aboriginal) handicrafts.  These include items like …

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“Pic of the Week”, July 12, 2019: World’s largest Wagon

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A popular spot for families visiting Spokane’s Riverfront Park is this interesting piece of functional public art, a massive Red Flyer Wagon, the largest of its type in the world.

Built at a cost of $36,000 in 1990, and made of 26 tons of steel and concrete, it stands 12 ft high and is 27 ft long.  The wagon is designed to be a slide and you’ll often find lots of kids waiting in line waiting to use it.  It can hold as many as 300 people. 

I like the simplicity of the piece.  I had a small version of this type of wagon as a child and used it to haul around all kids of things, from vegetables in my mom’s …

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“Pic of the Week”, July 5, 2019: ‘Ice and Flowers’, Kluane National Park

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When I visited Kluane National Park headquarters, situated in the small and remote town of Haines Junction, Yukon, I was immediately drawn to this magnificent artwork.  It was hanging near a large window, the framed backdrop being wonderful views of Kluane.

The work is called “Ice and Flowers” and was created by Yukon artist, Doug Smarch Jr.  The work was inspired by the water drops reflecting the faces of those studying them up close.

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“Pic of the Week”, June 28, 2019: Peyto Lake, Alberta

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One of the classic symbols of the Canadian Rockies is Peyto Lake, which is situated adjacent to Icefields Parkway, the road which connects Banff and Jasper.  Peyto Lake is a popular stop with travelers who enjoy taking in this panoramic view from Bow Summit.

The lake is glacier fed, the glacial silt giving it a lovely milky turquoise-green color.  It sits at 1860 m (6100 ft) above sea level.

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