A Wall of Blue Skies

A Wall of Blue Skies

This is a detail of a mural on King Street in Midland, Ontario of the Brebeuf Lighthouse that was originally painted in 1999 and updated and expanded in 2007 by artists Arison Vilela, Tina Rivera and Dave Templeton. Midland has over 40 murals most conceived and painted by the late artist Fred Lenz. I will feature some of Fred's work in the coming days.

© Sheila Creighton 2011

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Before I tell you about today's image, I would like to say I have reached a milestone - 50,000 views. Since November 14, 2009 I have posted 621 images - one each day - this is image 622. I love taking pictures for this blog and I am grateful that so many people take the time to check them out - Thank You!

This image is of The Trumpeter Swan Sculpture in the Midland, Ontario Harbour that I took a few days ago. Created by artist Ron Hunt and erected in 2001 by the Town of Midland, it honours North America’s largest waterfowl the Trumpeter Swan, considered an endangered species in the 1980s. Thanks to the efforts of the Wye Marsh, their population has been nurtured back to health.

© Sheila Creighton 2011

Snake Plant

Snake Plant

A leaf of my Snake Plant glows in the late afternoon light. Native to West Africa, it is also called a Mother-in-law's Tongue, in Brazil it is known as espada-de-são-jorge (sword-of-saint-george), in China and Japan it's called Tiger Tail and in Australia it grows as a weed. Used here as an indoor plant, it is one of the best for absorbing toxins.

© Sheila Creighton 2011

Tir na nOg Gate Detail

ornate metal gate detail

This is a detail of an art installation in Stratford by artist Mark Czajkowski called tir na nOg - Land of Youth. It is an ornate metal gateway from Downie Street into a small park. Tir na nOg is a popular otherworld in Irish mythology thought to be on an island far beyond the edges of maps and reachable only by a long, challenging journey or by invitation from a fairy who lived there.

© Sheila Creighton 2011

 

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

An old sign and a parking lot full of weeds are all that is left of the Green Valley Motel at the corner of Highway #4 and #7 north of London, Ontario. Many times I have driven by this sign and thought to photograph it - well last week I finally stopped. I am particularly fond of old signs and rusted objects so this covers off both! It would be neat to find an old postcard of this Motel in its heyday.

© Sheila Creighton 2011