Where the Niagara Falls Over the Horseshoe …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

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What a vantage point this must be for the bird who descends into the mists coming off the thundering waters of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara, Ontario.

Descent

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At a height of 188 feet (57m) and a width of 2,600 feet (790m) these falls are an impressive sight.
The average annual flow rate is 85,000 cubic feet (2,400 m3). That’s a lot of water tumbling down the Niagara River from Lake Erie, descending over a rocky precipice and into the Niagara gorge on its way to Lake Ontario.

Niagara Falls

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The verdant green colour of the water is a byproduct of the estimated 60 tonnes/minute of dissolved salts and “rock flour” (very finely ground rock) generated by the erosive force of the Niagara River itself. The current rate of erosion is approximately 1 foot (0.30 m) per year down from a historical average of 3 feet (0.91 m) per year. According to Niagara Parks, it’s estimated that 50,000 years from now, even at this reduced rate of erosion, the remaining 20 miles (32 km) to Lake Erie will have been undermined and the falls will cease to exist.

Horseshoe Falls

Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. ūüėČ

(NB all information here sourced and attributed to Niagara Parks.)

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Where Light and Shadow Falls

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

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poppies

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This is top of mind right now due to the tragic events in Ottawa and Montreal this week,¬†and¬†the senseless killing of two members of Canada’s military by rogue terrorists. And, of course, with Remembrance Day around the corner, the plight of our military is certainly held more in our hearts at this time of year.

This image reminds me of the great sacrifice members of our military make in the name of peace. And not just the ultimate sacrifice of life, but often the loss of vitality in mind, body and spirit and the toll it takes on their families and relationships.

Equine experiential learning is also top of mind for me at the moment as I participate in, and learn to facilitate, this healing modality.

Programs are available to help military veterans manage their PTSD and return to civilian life. For instance, Can Praxis out of Alberta, Canada and sponsored by Wounded Warriors of Canada is just one of many.

If I were to write a book about this it would be an inspirational collection of stories showing¬†how the healing power of the horse has helped veterans reclaim their lives. I would put this image on the cover, perhaps with a superimposed image of a horse quietly grazing to illustrate peace and vitality and call it ~¬†“Where Light and Shadow Falls: Veterans’ Journeys of Healing by Way of the Horse”¬†or something like that.¬†The bulk of the proceeds would go toward supporting programs such as this.

It’s about reconnecting with the heart.

Interesting, isn’t it, that the poppy has the symbolic colour¬†of the heart.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … ¬†Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

Firenze Night Fire

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

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Firenze Fire

A change of pace.

I’ve been focused on my equine experiential learning certification course this past week and need a break. So much to process and integrate and hope to heaven I assimilate before doing¬†my¬†practicums in the coming weeks.

So, memories of our amazing trip to Italy last June come to mind as I consider this week’s challenge theme of “Nighttime,” in particular the fiery glow of a Firenze evening.

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Red Light

These images conjure memories of sounds and smells and the warmth of a lovely June evening strolling through the cobbled ancient streets of this historic city.

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Firenze Fire and Ice

Oh, wow … put it back on my bucket list. ūüėČ

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2014

Music … An Explosive Expression of Humanity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
Billy Joel

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Music.

The universal language.

” … an explosive expression of humanity.”

Where there is music, people gather.

A¬†note, a pulse, a rhythm touches the air and we are moved, respond … differently.

Sing along; tap a toe; meditate; all out dance.

It’s our differences that make¬†us human, and humans, with our differences, make up humanity.

Old World Music

On our recent trip to Italy we met with two musical surprises.

The first was in Florence. During our last evening in Florence we stopped by the Ponte Vecchio where two talented guitarists had set up and attracted a large crowd of tired tourists winding down their day.

Musica Ponte Vecchio

With a view of the beautiful River Arno as their backdrop and surrounded by the ancient air of the old bridge,¬†the¬†duo’s¬†energy and whimsy added a twist of¬†musical ambiance¬†to an already magical setting.

As I gazed around the haphazard audience I was moved by how so many diverse cultures could gather together in one place and happily listen in on the musical conversation being struck on these two guitars.

Music speaks to the soul of what’s important. It is healing when we allow it this capacity. And at the end of a long day tramping through the streets of an¬†ancient city, it is restoring too.

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Two weeks later in Venice we experienced much the same thing in the Piazza San Marco.

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In the evenings, parlour orchestras (I guess you’d call them) set up on a rotating basis to play the classics (Vivaldi, Handel, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lloyd Webber, etc.) to draw traffic into the cafes.

Tourists of every persuasion gather in the square to eat gelato and move about between the bands.

Musica San Marco

For a hefty sum, if you so wish (and we did one night) you can park your tired derriere at a table and enjoy some refreshment ~ a glass of wine, or cappaccino and biscotti, perhaps ~ while listening to tuneful melodies resonating into the square.

A different expression of music in another city but no less magical than
that we’d experienced in Florence.

And so it goes anywhere in the world where the universal language of music
speaks to the hearts of all.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Dancer’s Adventure

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

 

 

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Life itself, in my mind, is the ultimate adventure.

Little Dancer is just three weeks old and off and running, often literally, on his lifetime adventure. He is the newest member of the FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) herd where I am presently engaged in my own adventure to become a certified equine experiential learning facilitator.

One of the most important aspects of experiential learning, if not THE most important aspect, is to be in the moment. Because horses are highly sensitive prey animals they do this rather well and make excellent teachers for us scattered humans too busy caught up in the past or focused on the future to enjoy the present.

So, while at the farm yesterday, and after engaging with some of the other horses in a little active round pen work, I stopped by the maternity paddock and spent some time being in the moment with Dancer as he engaged with his world.

Such a joy to be in the presence of this happy little boy.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

 

 

Everybody’s Going Surfing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

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Everybody's Going Surfing

The second part of my response to this challenge also takes place in Australia, this time on the beautiful beach at Manly.

I am not a surfer … I’m not even that comfortable in water (unless it’s an infinity pool ūüėČ … ) so I’m always intrigued by those who are prepared to go out there and wrestle with the aquatic elements.

A school of surfers carrying highly identifiable surfboards head into the breakers with their instructor. A colourful sight indeed.

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Surf Rescue

Meanwhile, a little further down the beach stands¬†SURF RESCUE¬†… just in case.

That’s a dialogue that speaks volumes. ūüėČ

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

Dialogue with a Vista

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

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America Bay II

America Bay in New South Wales, Australia, is the picture of tranquility and a short trek in, through snake-infested bush, from the road.

“One of the most poisonous snakes in the world lives in this area,” our newest family member, an elephant trainer who happened to have worked with snakes in the past, said to us in his thick Aussie accent. “But, they shouldn’t bother us.”

Comforting, indeed. So, we walked the mile or so in, keeping watch for things we didn’t want to see and finally arrived upon this incredible vista.

So mesmerized by its beauty, were we, that we spoke only in whispers so as not to disturb the ambient peace.

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America Bay

Within minutes we each began our own dialogue with the land, perched on a massive rock outcrop while absorbing the beautiful view.

It was one of the most magical moments of our trip to Australia two years ago.

And then, of course, we had to walk back through the snake-infested bush to get to the road.

We saw one snake dart into the shrubs … and lived to tell the tale. ūüėČ

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Into the Fray

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

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Fray: conflict

Into the Fray II

A carriage horse moves into a mob of tourists clogging the high-traffic artery between the Piazza Della Signoria and the Piazzale Degla Uffizi in Firenze.

For the equine¬†this is going “into the fray.”

I know this horse is used to his job but still, what a brave soul.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Italian Silhouettes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

In a world that seems to want an explanation for everything we can give thanks to the simple silhouette for leaving something to our imaginations.

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Venetian Silhouette

¬†Romance in Venizia …

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Silhouette

Youthful gathering at Monterosso al Mare …

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Shrouded Silhouette

Admiring the Tuscan view, near Iano …

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Walking the Dog

Dog walking, Venizia …

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The Man in San Gimigiano

Along the passage¬†in San Gimigiano …

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

¬©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2014

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