Green is the prime color of the world, ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Spanish – Dramatist / January 17, 1600 – May 25, 1681)
and that from which its loveliness arises.
Holidays and Celebrations:
Green may be the prime colour of the world, but it is also the colour of Florida. I took the picture for today’s quote in March 2016 in Lettuce Park, Tampa Florida. Florida has been said to be the state of a thousand shades of green. Quiet swamps with danger always present in the still waters. Luckily alligators tend to be sluggish in the winter months and don’t eat until the overnight temperatures reach 60F for about a week. But I still didn’t take Rickie with me for my walks, just in cast one of the alligators thought he was coming for lunch. I always took a walking stick to keep between me and the water. Apparently alligators are very near sighted and at Busch Gardens they said a walking stick is often enough to keep them away.
Benjamin Franklin Day is set aside to celebrate one of the Founding Fathers of the the USA. He was a very industrious person, printer, statesman, scientist and inventor. Coming from a family of modest means and being the embodiment of the American Dream: Anyone can be anything if they work hard enough. It’s amazing to see the new staff and high ranking positions being selected by President Elect, Joe Biden. Many of his introductions for the leading roles include determined people that have overcome overwhelming obstacles to achieve greatness supporting and promoting the American Dream.
The third Sunday of January is World Religion Day. So attend a worship of your choice on line. Don’t forget to support them with your donations during the Pandemic. Pray for peace and the end of this pandemic.
Today is also Popeye Day. So be sure to eat your spinach. Toot Toot.
COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the housing market in Canada. Prices continue to rise and people are paying over the asking price to secure new homes as the “STAY AT HOME” orders are still in effect. My stepson, anxious to have a new home for his new family, sold his 3 apartment live-in residence and hasn’t been able to find a new place prior to the closing date. So he has put his furniture into storage and will be living with us until they can find a suitable housing replacement. Being a trucker, he is only home about 2 days every other week, so the task of securing a new residence is even more complicated.
One of the things I hadn’t considered when he asked to live with us was his guns. I was surprised when he walked in with all of his huge guns (legally licensed in Ontario) and advised me that if the police or RCMP show up at the door I will have to give them access to see that the guns are properly stored. My father always had a gun for hunting in the house when I was growing up, but that was before gun control. I quickly asked that my stepson invest in a lock for his bedroom door to ensure the grandkids couldn’t accidently wander in and start playing with them. Even though the guns are all properly trigger locked, I will feel much better if the room is also locked. It also ensures that no one will be in his room when he isn’t home. Hopefully this is a temporary situation, but at the same time, without having to pay for a room he can save more money to put down on his new home.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Joseph P. Kennedy (American – Diplomat / September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969)
Holidays and Observances:
September 6, 2020
Camera in hand I showed up for the 2014 Gasparilla Criterium full of enthusiasm, even though the rain started almost as soon as I got there. I found the perfect spot to get great photos of the cyclists with the winding road and the fencing around the track. The cyclists would need to turn right in-front of my vantage point.
Right or wrong, the customer is always right.
~ Marshall Field
(American – Businessman / August 18, 1834 – January 16, 1906)
Bartering is a fine art in Dominican Republic. Touring the Umbrella lined street and market in December 2019. What a unique idea to provide the customers with shade during the heat of the day.
How should one celebrate
or even give in debate?
When one is required
to provide as desired
on Bad Poetry Day.
I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
~ Charles Bukowski (American – Author August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994)
National Tell A Joke Day
– United Kingdom & United States
Sitting at a bar in Casa Marina, Dominican Republic a little bird was sampling the drink of the day. When I read the quote by Charles Bukowski this picture was one of the first things that came to mind. Tie in the “National Tell a Joke Day” and it seemed the most appropriate to me.
We may never be able to visit places the same way we did before the COVID-19 Pandemic. I’m so glad I took as many pictures of the places I’ve visited.
One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
~ John Hope (American – Educator / June 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936)
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Finally COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted enough to permit the use of Provincial Parks including vault toilets. I purchased my Season’s pass and went Kayaking. I had just set my kayak on the shore of the Old Ausauble Channel and turned around to see this raccoon trying to get into my kayak. She was looking for food and had seen me put my cooler on the dock. She left the kayak and went over to search through the nearby garbage can. When I got into the kayak and started to launch of the shore she followed me and almost jumped into the water.
It was such a beautiful day to kayak. I saw 3 baby muskrats playing in the water at the far end of my route and a pileated woodpecker on the way back to the dock. Kingfishers were playing along the banks. A dozen Canadian Geese, red wing black birds, and 3 muskrats swimming across the Chanel. I only saw 13 turtles today, far below my lifetime record last year of 149.
If you’re going to have a cabin fever,
have a big cabin, you know.
~ Joe Cocker (English – Musician May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014)
Eliza Doolittle Day
Cabin fever may be hitting many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as some of the restrictions are being lifted and we are trying to advance towards our new normal. In Ontario the school won’t be opened until September. So the students have their “holiday” extended from March break through to the next school year.
The circles are widening from immediate family to include house cleaners and other services, but not our extended families.
I saw one meme that said we’re allowed to have our house cleaners enter our homes but not Grandma, so they were going to call Nana’s cleaning service.
I actually got to see Joe Cocker perform live once at the Walkerton festival. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Walkerton water horror story. Each year there is a celebration to remember the tragedy and to ensure that safe water is a right not an assumption. However, like everything else this remembrance celebration was also canceled.
Dance stories, unlike those in opera, are usually simple.
~ Robert Gottlieb (American – Writer Born: April 29, 1931)
International Dance Day
World Wish Day
So glad I took a 2 week trip to Dominican Republic in December 2019. With the COVID-19 Pandemic no one knows when International Travel will be able to occur again.
So we may need to celebrate International Dance Day in our homes. Our Worldwide Wish that no more lives be lost to COVID-19 and we can dance again with our friends, family and Grandchildren.
It is the photographer,
not the camera,
that is the instrument.
~ Eve Arnold
(American – Photographer / April 21, 1912 – January 4, 2012)
National Tea Day
Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th Birthday
So far 2020 has been quite a memorable year.
Kenny Rogers passed away earlier this year. I only got to see him perform once. On March 21st, 2015 at Busch Gardens, Tampa, Fl. A friend and I got there 3 hours before the performance to ensure we had a good seat. I had never seen the parking lots so full. It was very hot, so we took turns going for food and beverages. Kenny Rogers was recovering from hip surgery and hoped we didn’t mind that he would be sitting on a stool for the performance. This is my favorite picture that I took that day. Kenny Rogers seemed to be looking right into the camera and only performing for me. My trusty Nikon D60 did a wonderful job of capturing the moment.
Despite all the marvelous technical advances in cameras and equipment, some pictures by famous photographers, like Eve Arnold, can never really be duplicated. Their pictures truly are inspired works of art.
“As coronavirus continues to affect people worldwide, it’s been announced that the queen‘s birthday will not be publicly commemorated in 2020.
Queen Elizabeth turns 94 on April 21, but the monarch’s special day will not be marked by gun salutes, and flag flying protocol has been updated to reflect the fact that many people are currently self-isolating or social distancing.” Link to article in BAZAAR
I think we should all celebrate the Queen’s birthday and National Tea Day with a nice cup of tea and looking through archive pictures of the Royal Family while we continue our social distancing.
If I knew what the photograph was going to look like, I wouldn’t bother taking it.
It’s the voyage of discovery that fascinates me.
~ Lois Greenfield (American – Photographer / Born: April 18, 1949)
Although I’m not a famous of a photographer like Lois Greenfield, the journey when taking photographs is the thrill. I can’t imagine photographers that don’t like to process/edit their own photos or can wait to see what they’ve caught. I captured these dancers at Casa Marina, Dominican Republic when they were all airborne at one of the performances that I attended December 2019. It was a moment of sheer joy when I found it during editing. A moment of excitement and energy caught mid-air by my simple Nikon D60.
With the ongoing Pandemic it is unlikely that I’ll be able to travel to distant countries this year. Even my “snowbird” journey to Texas seems like it might not even happen.