Fungus and Balloon Remedy

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In my last post I recommended a blog post by oopoomoo about remedies for bad light to inspire all you northerners on dull days. All these photos shot with a Sony RX100III, hand held.

Faeries live here.

Faeries live here.

Where you live, do they put balloons on mailboxes, gateposts, and telephone poles to identify where Grandmother’s birthday party, or Suzie’s wedding shower is being held?

The party's over.

The party’s over.

Grasses or weeds with interesting seed heads are always worth checking out.

The brown brown grass of home.

The brown brown grass of home.

Go out and shoot today, no matter what the light!

Gold Cup Parade PEI – RCMP

Gold Cup Parade 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are a popular part of every Gold Cup and Saucer parade in Charlottetown, PEI.

Gold Cup Parade 2014

Because of the murders of three RCMP officers in Moncton, New Brunswick, in early June of this year, the RCMP receive solemn ovations as they parade by.

On a lighter note, a pair of RCMP balloons has been a part of the parade for the last few years. The balloons have to be partially deflated to fit under electrical wires. These balloons bend over backwards and then pop back up, brushing trees as they do.

Gold Cup Parade 2014

Gold Cup Parade 2014

Gold Cup Parade 2014

As the parade broke up, the balloons were popping up after passing under yet another set of wires at the bottom of North River Road.

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Gold Cup Parade 2014

Gold Cup Parade 2014

And before they turned the corner at the bottom of the road, they were standing tall again.  Much thanks for all that the RCMP does for Canada and Canadians.

Gold Cup Parade 2014

Chongqing Street Photography

At least one pig isn't flying.

At least one pig isn’t flying.

All flying!

All flying! But no pigs.

Giant pinwheels.

Giant pinwheels.

At the intersection of the two major streets making up this shopping precinct was a giant monument, which also shows up in the first photo in the previous post. It must have been a meeting place, because most people were scanning the swirling crowd.

Waiting for ....

Waiting for ….

I don’t recall seeing food vendors on the high-end pedestrian streets, but there must have been at least one just beyond where our bus was parked. The next two photos were taken from the bus window before we pulled away from Chongqing. The girl with the hat caught my eye and grinned.

A style of her own!

A style of her own!

At  least the garbage was in the bin!

At least the garbage was in the bin!

Next China post – Chongqing children

When Pigs Fly – Street Photography in Shanghai

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly   (Taken from the bus…)

Taken earlier in the day outside the Shanghai Museum while waiting for our bus.

Stricken with Pixie dust?

Stricken with Pixie dust?

I have no recollection of what part of Shanghai these next pictures are from. It was very crowded and full of interesting small stores with fairly pushy vendors.  I do know I bought two delightful pictures of very young children feeding each other with chopsticks.  The pictures are now framed and in my dining room.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

Lovebirds' selfie.

Lovebirds’ selfie.   And Starbucks.

Where are we?

Where are we?

At some point we went to a more modern shopping area in Shanghai, the Nanjing Road, which was closed to motor vehicles (welcome relief from Chinese traffic.)   There were small trolleys, each with about three cars, which shuttled people back and forth along Nanjing Road for a small fee. We were near a huge glass-fronted Apple store when we watched a fight break out between a woman who fell (or was pushed) off a trolley, and the driver.  The woman threw the first punch and was joined by two of her female friends; the poor guy was taking quite a beating – and he didn’t fight back.  A security person called the police.  We left when they showed up. It took a lot of will power not to snap pictures. And so I have none of Nanjing Road…

 

These last three photos were taken from the bus as it returned from supper to our hotel.  The building below looks like something from the Arts and Crafts movement in England at the end of the 19th century but the window is dated 1998.

The window is dated 1998.  A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

 A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Next post: Goodbye Shanghai:  more views of the Huangpu river (and smog)

I am wandering off to San Francisco to visit the grand-triplets (yup, three of them) but have some posts ready to go.  If I can publish them from my iPad, there will still be posts every couple of days.  If not, see you in early March.