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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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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Square Sky Challenge – Crane

…..thanks to Becky B. for hosting the Square Sky Challenge in December

On December 8th my husband and I drove to Hamilton to see our daughter. Our granddaughter loves to the crane that towers over her head a block over from where she lives. She loves it best when it moves but today it was pretty quiet on the construction site. Today’s photo managed to capture some blue sky which we haven’t seen too much of in the last few days.

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Thursday Doors – December 7, 2017

Hamilton’s Children’s Museum

….thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors

Earlier this week I drove to Hamilton and took my granddaughter to the Children’s Museum. Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum was once home to Hamilton’s Gage Family. It has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than 30 years.

Unfortunately we went on a Tuesday and in the winter the museum is closed on Tuesdays. I half expected Winnie to have a meltdown but she surprised me and started to run around on the grounds through the leaves and climbed on top of the giant anchor that is prominently displayed in the gardens.

When she got tired of doing that she wanted to sit in the car and play with the buttons on the console. I finally convinced her to go back into her car seat and we drove to Denninger’s Fine Foods.

Denninger’s is a wonderful family owned deli that sells delicious European delights. Winnie loved the samples and she was intrigued with the very large Nutcracker that guarded the front door.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Letter O – Needs to have an O anywhere in the World

….thanks Cee for hosting Fun Foto Challenge

Otters at the Toronto Zoo

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Orangutan at the Toronto Zoo

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Jack-O-Lantern

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Cows at the Royal

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Hog at the Royal

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Olaf at the Hamilton Santa Claus Parade

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Black and White vs Colour – November 27, 2017

…join the fun and change your colour photos into black and white

Thanks to the Maine Paper Pusher for hosting the Black and White vs Colour photo challenge.

Which of the two do you prefer?

Standing in the rain, waiting for Santa.

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