Category Archives: Through My Eyes

Photos of the everyday wonders of the world: things that are beautiful, awe-inspiring, moving, and funny.

Dragon and Mom, Gatineau QC

MosaiCanada is one of the Signature Events for Canada’s 150th, and the dragon was one of the signature sculptures therein, says me.  Did you know that national celebrations these days require dragons in the street?

For that matter, did you know that Canada has a “horticultural friendship” with Shanghai and Beijing?

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National Treasure #157: Muskoxen

They’re a tad short in absolute terms: That’s the first surprise.

They . . . stand about 130 cm high . . . (Ed’s note: The height of an average 8- or 9-year-old human, give or take ) – Canadian Encyclopedia

Moreover, they’re a tad short for their weight.

They  . . . weigh 180-270 kg . . . (Ed’s note: That average 8 or 9-year-old human weighs about 27 kg)

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National Treasure #156: Dempster Highway

Sign marking southern start of Dempster Highway.

All photos courtesy of John L. Whitman

I’ve never driven the 736-km Dempster Highway, but I know someone who has.

The Dempster Highway, also referred to as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, is a highway in Canada that connects the Klondike Highway in Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. – Wikipedia

Much of the highway follows an old dog sled trail and the highway gets its name from Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector William John Duncan Dempster, who, as a young constable, frequently ran this dog sled trail from Dawson City to Fort McPherson NT. – Wikipedia

I’m familiar with highways built on top of logging roads, but a dog sled trail?  All right, then.  The Dempster goes back a ways, but the highway as we know it today officially opened on 18 August 1979, making it 38 years old today. Officially.  It’s Canada’s only all-weather road that crosses the Arctic Circle and it’s gravel.  On gravel.   Continue reading

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Yellow Daisies, Yellowstone National Park WY

Our travels this summer took us to Yellowstone National Park – a first for the Big Guy, a first for me since I was about 10.  We went to see geysers, but as we drove through the foothills we hit meadows of wildflowers in bloom.

Completely unexpected; completely gorgeous.

As always, I alternated between going for the big picture . . .

Field of yellow daisies amid green grass.

. . .  and being satisfied with just one.

Sunlit yellow daisy in close-up.

Between being happy when the wind stopped blowing . . .

Yellow daisies on hillside, backed by black spruce.

. . . and being happy when I managed to capture some sense of motion.

Patch of yellow daisies and grasses, blowing in the wind.

And sometimes, well, I just had the feeling they were trying to tell me something.

Singletone yellow daisy, seeming to gesture with one leaf.

Psst! He went thatta way!

 

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Black-eyed Susans, Ottawa ON

I don’t know if Black-eyed Susans are the perfect perennial, but they’re productive and striking, both singly . . .

Sincle Black-eyed Susan in close-up.

And in a bunch . . .

Cluster of Black-eyed Susans, all yellow and green.

Sometimes, though, I find someone looking back at me.

Honeybee dusted with pollen on top of Black-eyed Susan

 

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