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January 1 2014 Old Habits Die Hard

Aquarium-7 Aquarium-5

Ok so today I did manage to get to the new Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, I wasn’t planning on posting today but I liked these pictures so much I thought I had too..

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December 31 2013 The Last day Never Goes the Way you Expect it

Last day

This is the last day of my Photo Challenge, I can’t believe I did it, posted a picture for every single day of this last year. My blog here is by no means over but I think I will be changing how I do things now, I will let you know what I decide in the new year. Now to the picture, my original intention today was to make it down to the Ripley’s Aquarium and take pictures of various sea creatures… though that never happened as a result of a series of unfortunate events.. So I took a picture of this tree, this is a spruce that was planted by my great grandfather when I was born..  and is still a pretty amazing thing to look up at even now so many years later. I can’t believe how much taller than me it is!

December 30 2013 Fading but still Great

fade

So I went to the Royal Ontario Museum today to see the Mesopotamia and Wildlife photography exhibits and somewhat ironically forgot my camera. It was fine in the end because they did not allow photographs in those specific exhibits anyway but when I got home I was wondering what I could take a picture of that was still out of history, though perhaps not as far back as say the dinosaurs… In my parents basement I saw this, our old hockey game that my Dad found when I was a kid in a building that was going to be demolished. All mechanical and with interchangeable players from all the original six teams in the NHL. Now I have never been a hockey fan but this is still a great game to play even now.

December 29 2013 Red Leaves

Bromeliad

I have always loved Bromeliads as a group of plants. As epiphytes they found a new way to live in the space already being taken up by another a plant. The shape of their leaves means the little pools of water that accumulate at the base not only provide water for the plant (in some species) but also provide homes or nurseries to all kinds of other creatures such as poison arrow frogs in the rainforests of South America. Not least they are also so very striking to look at and of course to take pictures of.

December 28 2013 Aged

Refined

Today we took a trip to visit some more family for the Christmas season. Since things have been such a whirlwind I haven’t had a normal Christmas, which I like actually. I have found it is the abnormal ones that are the most memorable. Since I spent most of the month giving stuff away I didn’t really want anything, but I did get this as a present, a 21 year old bottle of Scotch.. which is pretty damn sweet in itself and makes a cool picture too!

December 27 2013 Work of Art that Swims

Coin

This was a picture I have long wanted to take.. Since I was around 1o years old my childhood pets were these two newts, Ron-tu and Fig are their names and after 20 years they are still going strong! I have tried to take many pictures of them but they never looked very good through the glass or through the water, except for this one of Ron-tu.. don’t know what it is about it but it is a though someone painted him on canvas. 🙂

December 26 2013 Nope Nothing…

Macro

Not going to lie after such a long drive home and all the things I have to deal with in the last month today I did not want to do anything. On that thought this was a picture out the window of my bedroom during sunset.. the Ice still not forgotten yet..