Canada 150


O Canada II


Canada is a delta of change, transition and growth. Over 150 years it has evolved as a confederation of provinces and territories welcoming people from all over the world to create the rich mixture of cultures, ideas, (mostly) tolerance and liberty it is today.

As always, I’m counting my blessings as a citizen of this beautiful land.

This image taken at Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta.

Happy Canada Day!

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

Tranquility … Lake Ontario

One of my favourite locations to visit in Southern Ontario is the small historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

My affection for it is partly due to its beautiful location, nestled on the Niagara penninsula where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, and partly because my United Empire Loyalist ancestors, who fought for the Crown among the ranks of Butler’s Rangers, had a hand in helping to establish it as a village in 1792.

It is one of the oldest towns in Canada and undoubtedly, with its Regency and Classical Revival architecture, one of the loveliest. It is also the centre of a burgeoning wine growing region which makes it even more popular as a tourist destination. But that’s a thought for another day.

My focus here is this image captured on an unexpectedly warm day in mid March.

I was standing in a town park looking out toward the vast body of Lake Ontario, hoping perhaps to catch a glimpse of the Toronto skyline which, even though it is some 25 or so kilometres away, is perfectly visible on a clear day. However on this day, because of the high temperatures and the still frigid waters left over from winter, I was treated instead to this scene of absolute aquatic tranquility. A heat haze sitting on the water was immovable due to the absence of any kind of breeze.

I’ve taken in this view many times, but never have I witnessed the waters so still. It felt almost surreal.

If it hadn’t been for the fact we were hungry I could have meditated upon this inland sea until its disappearance in evening’s mist.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

A Light Event … Aurora, Ontario

Seems appropriate that there would be a light event over a town called Aurora.

I was visiting friends one late afternoon last summer and stepped out of the front door to leave when I was greeted by this arc of a double rainbow. Nothing crazy special, I suppose. Double rainbows aren’t particularly rare. Nevertheless, I dove for my camera and started clicking away.

While doing this, however, I became aware of an unusually warm glow of light in the sky that seemed to come from behind me. It reflected and almost shimmered like a patina of gold off of the nearby foliage. Curious, I walked across the street to find out what was happening. I turned around and saw this … … the most explosive display of light in the sky I’ve ever seen — a ball of golden fire so vibrant; its energy so alive.

I allowed myself to be embraced by this light for several minutes, its radiance awe inspiring, almost cleansing. It was one of those moments when it feels really good to be alive.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … remember to look up …

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