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Antique Impressions: A Modern Convenience

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Dreaming of Valhalla


Under the bright eye of the Sun,

Old warriors die, dreaming of Valhalla

~Jörð’s  relentless army approaches~

Dreams are bleached & rusting.

The green limbs rise in triumph

Over that rocky bed  of woe.

No tears stain the battered armor this white-bone day.

Smoke may be seen, shadows of broken pledges in the wind;

Not even the raven comes here to pick bones clean.

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Note: I imitated the metaphorical & declarative style of speech found in Anglo-Saxon poetry, while  building a visual metaphor of abandoned & broken household machines and various vehicles. Here is the link for more on the Germanic Gods. 

Bell 47-D1 Helicopter in B&W

At the beginning of November we took Tasha to The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.  Among the many exhibits was the Bell 47 D1 Helicopter

This helicopter is being restored in the configuration of one owned by the Ontario Lands and Forests in 1953. That helicopter was the first to be owned by a government agency in Canada. Our Bell 47D was donated to the CBHC by Canadore College in North Bay.  The Bell 47 was the first helicopter allowed for civilian use.

You can not touch, but you can photograph.  The museum does include many interactive exhibits and with great hands on activities for all kids.

The Bushplane museum includes two theatres at the Centre, one of which is a 3D sensory experience.

There is much to reflect on at this excellent destination,  history, technology, the environment.  ( See the links above for more information. Their web site includes many useful resources for educators, parents, students & the curious.)

Wadi Hanifa-A Constructed reality

I was looking at a CBC Photo gallery concerning a Toronto architectural firm’s role in rehabilitating what was once a toxic landfill in the middle of a Saudi Arabian oasis. Wadi Hanifa (or Hanifa Valley)  is the longest valley near the capital of Riyadh and part of a natural water drainage area for a region of more than 4,000 square kilometres. Moriyama & Teshima Planners’ work  on rehabilitating the water in the Valley received an award. Some of the images in the CBC news gallery are quite striking, but as I viewed them the media teacher light started flashing. I started to think about some of the basic  media principles and the critical thinking skills I try to instill in my students. How constructed were these photographs ? What values and beliefs were these images promoting ?  Was there a business interest to consider ? Were these images modified ? Were they selling a product, service, or idea ?

What I noticed was the following things. No specific photographer or studio was identified as taking the photographs. Some of the photographs seemed to be done in a more hyper-realistic/artistic style. while others had a more natural lighting and colour. In some of the images there were elements that appeared to be placed into the composition. Were some of these images re-touched or modified to create a more dramatic tone and emphasize the return of nature and the natural world ? Look at the examples below and then use the link at the start of this post to see the whole gallery.  What is your impression ?

Toronto at Night: Sings The Streetcar Electric

Here are some more photographs from the Toronto trip. On the way back to the hotel the traffic and the Garmin GPS took us round and round. One accident near the Gardiner Expressway access triggered backup traffic that went forever, or so it seemed. The Toronto Streetcars at times were impervious to this mess and just kept singing along their tracks and overhead lines.