WPC – Ascend

…this week’s theme for the weekly photo challenge is ascend

I was a bit perplexed by the word ascend so I looked up the definition.

as·cend
[əˈsend]

VERB
ascends (third person present) · ascended (past tense) · ascended (past participle) · ascending (present participle)
  1. go up or climb:
    “she ascended the stairs” · “new magmas were created and ascended to the surface”
    synonyms: climb · go up/upward · move up/upward · rise (up) · clamber (up) · mount· scale · conquer · take to the air · take off · rocket
    antonyms: descend
    • climb to the summit of (a mountain or hill):
      “the first traveler to ascend the mountain”
    • (of a fish or boat) move upstream along (a river).
  2. rise through the air:
    “we had ascended 3,000 ft”
    • (of a road or flight of steps) slope or lead up:
      “the road ascends to the lake”
    • move up the social or professional scale:
      “he took exams to ascend through the ranks” · “some executives ascend to top-level positions”
    • (of a spiritual being or soul) rise into heaven:
      “the Prophet ascended to heaven” · “the risen and ascended Christ”
    • (of a voice or sound) rise in pitch:
      “Carolyn’s voice had ascended into high-pitched giggles”
       

      With definition in hand I found some photos that I felt ‘ascended’ to the challenge.

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Action at the Hockey Arena

….you were where??????

Most of you know that both my husband and I are not huge hockey fans. Sometimes during the playoff season, if our home team are in the finals I might take in part of a game or at least watch the last 10 minutes. My Dad thinks that we’re both very un-Canadian because we don’t get excited about the hockey game.  None the less he tells us about every game that he watches and we listen politely.

Last weekend my daughter came over to help me put together a wall unit and I promised to drive her to a hockey game afterwards so that she could see Josie’s nephew play hockey. My husband agreed to come with us and we experienced first hand the hockey culture that so many Canadian families endure at least once a week if not more during hockey season. For some hockey season goes all year, with summer training camps and off season tournaments.

The arena that we drove to in northern Etobicoke has five rinks and parking can be challenging. The game was well under way when we arrived. I brought my telephoto lens with me and played around trying to get action shots, not an easy task when the boys are moving so quickly.

If you haven’t guessed, Josie’s nephew is number 00. Here’s our favourite shot of the day.

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Unfortunately, Dante’s team didn’t win that day but more importantly the boys played well and Dante’s family was out there supporting him.

Getting Close to a Pigeon

….unless there’s food involved most pigeons don’t let me get close enough to take a picture

Last week, while visiting my daughter and her family in Hamilton, we took a walk to pick up some lunch. On the way back I saw this lovely iridescent pigeon in a bird bath. It was bitter cold so I have to think that there was food in the bowl. I didn’t have my telephoto lens with me so I kept inching closer. I was amazed that this little guy didn’t fly off.

Then with a little cropping it became clear that there was food in the bath.

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As always when I stop to take photos my family continues walking and I have to run to catch up. Here they are with lunch in hand, eager to get home to eat.

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