A Sunday Stroll

Over the weekend I accompanied my cousin to the Toronto Botanical Gardens for a walk. I have been to the gardens a number of times and, while there, have always admired the flowers and the feeling of being surrounded by nature. In one of the flowerbeds in the gardens, we saw a message had been planted to encourage people to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Not all of my time, however, was spent walking among the pristine gardens. The enjoyable part of the walk is when we pass the streams and untamed parts of the trail.

I love listening to the sound of trickling water and the sound of life near the water. I also enjoy seeing the wild flowers that grow near the edge of the streams.

The sight is really beautiful to behold and always lifts my spirits. Even the steel frames of man-made bridges are made to look beautiful.

Our walk ended as we moved through the controlled gardens once again. The beauty of the flowers may be contained, but they are a sight to behold nonetheless.

I enjoyed our late afternoon walk in the gardens. I am sure that we will go back soon another time.

Do you enjoy strolling through gardens?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and Jo’s Monday Walk )

Morning Walk Rooftops

This morning on my walk I could not help but admire the rooftops that stand proudly against the blue sky. I enjoy looking at the houses on this stretch of road as they are each unique in their own way.

One homeowner has set their house apart from its neighbours as they have placed a moose on the roof. I remember being surprised the first time I saw this a number of years ago. Now it is merely a landmark that tells me I am near to the major intersection.

Why a moose – or the smaller caribou? you may ask. Maybe because it is an animal that typically represents Canada. I have always imagined these homeowners as being patriotic.

I enjoyed my early morning walk today – and tomorrow plan to walk another route. My nod at the caribou will happen some time next week when I walk this way again.

Would you place a moose on your roof?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. During the month of April, we are challenged to share photos featuring #squaretops)

Phoenix Flora

photo 2 (95)At the beginning of my summer break, my children and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. On our first day there, the children and I took a walk around the hotel and its environs. As I expected, we saw a variety of cactus-like plants in the flower beds. Some I had not seen before and were interesting to look at. We also saw interesting looking insects buzzing around the plants but they were too fast to capture in a picture.

photo 1 (95)Some of the cacti I recognised from South Africa. These were surrounded by small yellow flowers in the bed (these I had not seen before). I noticed as well that the bed was covered in small stones – probably to help keep the moisture in the soil. The look definitely added a desert-like feel to the arrangement – as did the overwhelming heat. The heat was dry and was preferable to the humidity we experience in Toronto.

photo 4 (60)What I did not expect to see in Phoenix were the palm trees that line many walkways. Palm trees make me think of warm islands and ocean beaches; not of deserts and large cities. I would expect to see these plants in a place like Miami; not in a place situated in Arizona. I did learn later that these trees are not indigenous to this southern state in America.

photo 3 (76)We enjoyed our walk but were eager to go back to our air-conditioned room, change into our swimsuits, and go to the pool for a refreshing swim. With the temperatures above 40 degrees centigrade, it was advised that we avoid visiting the botanical gardens. We took the advice and preferred to leave that visit for another time. We did have a taste of the flora, though, on our walk.

cees-fun-fotoDo you enjoy looking at desert flora?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The prompt for this week is sense of seeing.)

Winter Lines

The lines in winter seem to stand out in stark contrast to the white snow that surrounds them.

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Winter Lines. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The empty park benches create horizontal lines that remain unbroken as are the vertical lines of branches that reach for the skies.

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Winter park benches. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The lines of the playground remain untouched by small hands.

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Lines at a park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The spaces amongst the trees are left empty.

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Lines of trees. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As the sun sinks lower, the winter lines become darker and can be seen more clearly against the freshly fallen snow.

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A snowscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The harsh winter lines that I see everyday will be softened in a few months with the advent of spring. Beauty can be found in winter lines but I do admit to preferring those of a warm spring.

Paula's B&W SundayDo you enjoy winter lines?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The prompt this week is lines)

Express Ourselves

As we live our lives, we find ways in which to express ourselves. We begin when young using paint, markers, crayons, scissors and glue to show our creativity.

A simple treasure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
My children’s Art wall. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As we get older, we refine the way in which we express ourselves. One of the ways in which I do this is through crochet. I choose the colours, the patterns, the stitches – and put them all together to make something that is unique.

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A crochet project. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

In her retirement, my mother expresses herself through her quilting.

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A quilted runner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Many express themselves through the food that they prepare. Often the meals are not gourmet but in the preparation of the tastes, the cook expresses the food of his/her culture and preference.

Our lunch. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Our lunch on a boat trip. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Some people make their living from art and the expression of themselves is shared with many.

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A Korean face mask. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Even artisans express their inner self through their craft.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A carver. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Many express themselves through the physical: through sport or even dance.

Moving with hoops. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Moving with hoops. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Costume and drama is another way to show to others who we are.

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Mime at the Buskerfest. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And then there are writers who express themselves with words and the through images that they create in the readers’ minds.

There are so many ways in which to show the world who we are. And, as we develop as a human being, we find that there is more than one way in which to do this.

wordpress photo challenge -2014How do you express yourself?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is linked to the WordPress Photo Challenge. The prompt this week is Express Yourself)

The Changing Seasons: January 2015

Cardinal Guzman shares some stunning photos with us and has come up with an interesting challenge. Each month we are to post a gallery of photos taken at the same location thus showing readers the changes that occur throughout the year. I decided to photograph a location I pass everyday on my way home.  The park is a place I have spent a lot of time at: watching my children play no matter what the weather and reading in the sun during summer. It is a place I no longer frequent but I always enjoy seeing the children at play and hearing the sounds of their laughter.

These photos were taken on Saturday, 17 January at 3:30pm. The low temperatures do not encourage play and readers on the bench and the park looks a little desolate at the moment. The grey skies and winter-bare trees add to the sense of desolation. In a few months, though, the place will be filled with bodies and the voices of children.

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Do you enjoy visiting parks?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons)

Airport Angles

When we stopped over at the Charles de Gaulle airport from South Africa a few years ago, I noticed were a lot of metal angles in the new section of the airport.

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Looking out a planes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The angles were evident when we looked outside to do a little plane watching.

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Plane watching. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We had not seen a view like this at another airport. It looked very modern with all the glass and metal that had been used.

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The ceiling. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Even the angles of the ceiling showcased the trusses. Though, of course, some were covered with billboards:

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An airport billboard. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We did not enjoy our stopover in this French airport: there was not much to do except sit and wait. We read a little and ate a snack. Luckily the wait was only five hours – then we boarded the plane for the next stage of our journey.

Have you visited any interesting airports?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge)