National Treasure #139: Pierre Berton

Had Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton been born in 1930 instead of 1920, he likely would have had his own website, and written it all himself.  As it is, we are left to work with others’ perceptions and summaries of the man.   Continue reading

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Wood Ducks, Ladner BC

Recently I visited the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary again.  This time there were no sandhill cranes out and about to distract me from the wood ducks.  Are these crazy-amazing birds to find outside the tropics, or what?

Male and female wood ducks, beak to beak.

 

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National Treasure #138: Rideau Canal

It’s a National Historic Site (since 1925) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2007).

It’s the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, apparently.

It offers the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink, assuming just the right mix of temperatures and the expenditure of a lot of money for flooding and snow clearing.   Continue reading

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National Treasure #137: Terry O’Reilly

The week started with a communist and ends with a running-dog capitalist.   A former advertising copywriter and ad agency honcho, Terry O’Reilly is now a broadcaster who produces and narrates wonderful radio programs on advertising:

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Vehicles, Lowell AZ

Whether it’s a “populated center” or a kitschy vintage-vehicle sales strip, Lowell offers a target-rich opportunity to photograph old cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Texaco sign reflected in hood of semi-truck cab.

Vintage big yellow taxi

Blue and rust(ed) Chevy station wagon.

Close-up of Edsel grille in aqua paint job.

Edsel name on 1959 sedan.

 

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