Daily Quote: October 24, 2020

It is right to be contented with what we have,
never with what we are.

~ James Mackintosh (Scottish – Judge October 24, 1765 – May 30, 1832)

Holidays and Celebrations:

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day


What a wonderful day my sister and I had at Point Pelee National Park. When we came upon this piece of driftwood she insisted on taking this picture of me with her cell phone. I’ve always said the camera doesn’t matter as much as the content and composition of a photo.

I’m so lucky to have 3 wonderful sisters. We’ve gone through some very tough times together and I am looking forward to many years of quality time to take walks together.

Daily Quote: October 14, 2020

Seeing comes from the inside,
from the heart,
from life’s experiences.

~ Ruth Bernhard (German – Photographer / October 14, 1905 – December 18, 2006)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Standards Day – ISO

Billboard Music Awards – USA


How do we measure up on World Standards Day? This year’s theme is: Protecting the planet with standards.

Daily Quote: October 13, 2020

It may be the cock that crows,
but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

~ Margaret Thatcher (English – Leader October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013)

Holidays and Celebrations:

International Day for Disaster Reduction

No Bra Day


Thanksgiving day celebrations are over. Everyone is returning their diets to atone for the sins of the weekend as we await the announcements for our tightened COVID-19 restrictions. One case has been reported at one of our local elementary schools, while UWO (University of Western Ontario) has been declared an outbreak centre.

Daily Quote: October 12, 2020

For me, the brand of the camera is not the most important thing. I think you can take good pictures with the camera on your phone.

~ Anja Niedringhaus (German – Photographer October 12, 1965 – April 4, 2014)
Niedringhaus was killed at the age of 48 in an attack in Afghanistan, while covering the country’s 2014 presidential election.

Holidays and Celebrations:

Thanksgiving (Canada)

Columbus Day (USA)


Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic is not like a normal year. The Provincial Government is recommending that you only celebrate with your immediate household members as tighter restrictions are rumoured to be put in place during this second wave. The number of cases of COVID-19 are higher now than during the first wave, but luckily the number of deaths in Ontario are significantly lower (so far).

In typical Canadian fashion I think this recommendation is not being followed as people are doing what they believe to be the right thing and celebrating quietly with their families. The Pandemic and the restrictions that have been in place for 7 months is just too long. Many believe that we are just going to have to live with masks and a vaccine will never be the answer to stop the spread of COVID-19.

So the camera brand isn’t important. Just keep taking pictures to remember our family and everything we have to be thankful for.

Daily Quote: August 11, 2020

A woman is like a tea bag
– you can’t tell how strong she is

until you put her in hot water.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt (American – First Lady October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962)

Holidays and Celebrations:

International Day of the Girl Child

National Coming Out Day (USA)


Today is the day after the wedding for my nephew and his beautiful wife. On this first day of their married life together I wish them many happy years. Now for the challenges of starting a new family together.

Daily Quote: October 10, 2020

From your parents you learn love and laughter
and how to put one foot before the other.
But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

~ Helen Hayes (American – Actress / October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Mental Health Day

World Migratory Bird Day


What better way to celebrate World Mental Health and World Migratory Bird Day than a visit to Point Pelee National Park.

10.10.2020 is the date chosen by my nephew and his fiancée for their wedding. The COVID-19 pandemic second wave is producing higher numbers than seen in the first wave. The good thing is the death rate is much lower this time around.

Strict restrictions are being imposed by the Ontario Government as medical experts recommend we don’t spend Thanksgiving with anyone outside of our immediate household. Luckily the restrictions for weddings doesn’t come into effect until October 13, 2020. Weddings at organized facilities can occur. So their wedding service will have 150 people in a building designed for 500 occupants. The meal and reception will be limited to 50 people.

In preparation for the big day the Groom and his Groomsmen had a barber party where a private barber came to their house to trim beards and hair. Luckily they are in the same “inner circle of 10”. What an amazing idea. Add in a photographer and you get some amazing memories captured.

Daily Quote: October 9, 2020

I love photography.
I love the imagery.
I love what I do.

~ Sir Don McCullin (British – Photographer Born: October 9, 1935)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Leif Erikson Day

World Post Day


I’m not a photographer of wars or social injustices. I prefer to walk along a beach and be amazed by the sights around me. This little bird was totally oblivious to me walking so close with my camera. The sound of my footsteps was hidden by Lake Erie wind and waves on the other side of Canada’s southernmost point. If not for the 2 1/2 hour drive I would go to Point Pelee National Park more often. Next time I’ll have to take my kayak to explore the marshes.

Daily Quote: October 8, 2020

Friends are the sunshine of life.

~ John Hay (American – Writer October 8, 1838 – July 1, 1905)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Sight Day

American Touch Tag Day

National Depression Screening Day (USA)


Daily Quote: October 7, 2020

Life is a sexually transmitted disease
and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

~ R. D. Laing (Scottish – Psychologist / October 7, 1927 – August 23, 1989)

Holidays and Celebrations:

National Walk to School Day 
– First Wednesday in October

Daily Quote: October 6, 2020

For every minute, the future is becoming the past.

~ Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian – Explorer / October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002)

Holidays and Celebrations:

German-American Day (USA)

World Cerebral Palsy Day

Mad Hatter Day


And time keeps marching on.

The Thanksgiving long weekend is fast approaching in Canada. This week’s weather looks perfect. Highs of about 18C and sunshine. An excellent week to go hiking or kayaking to perhaps catch some of the wonderful fall colours. A wonderful weekend for a wedding, if COVID-19 restrictions aren’t tightened again this week.