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London, ON, October 2007 [Click to embiggen]
Some days, it pays to look down. While attending the groundbreaking ceremonies for our children's new school (big, exciting news in our community - more entries on that in the months to come) I found myself taking pictures (huge surprise, I know) of the usual scenes: shovels, speeches, audience, site. It was an exciting, memorable day for everyone who attended.
Yet, for reasons I still don't fully understand, I realized toward the end of the event that I hadn't taken any artsy photos that day. I haven't fulfilled my photographic destiny unless I've pointed the lens at something strange, something that would prompt ridicule from passersby.
So I took a picture of a flower - some would say weed, but I choose not to - that no longer exists, blown into oblivion by the winds of autumn, with a little help from the backhoe that turned the site into a mud flat in the days after this photo was taken.
But this moment will persist for as long as I can remember it, thanks to my little addiction.
Your turn: Please name this photo. Submit as many creative captions as you wish: I get excited when I see multiple submissions from folks. I'll announce the winner next week.
About last week's image of planes at the airport in Toronto: This was a very quiet, personal moment for me. I don't just walk aimlessly through airports. Rather, I traverse them slowly and deliberately, trying to remember how it felt to be there. Travel is a privilege, and the airport is a critical waypoint on any long journey: I want my photos from these places to capture those feelings.
Many of you captured these feelings with great precision in your entries. Anne's closely reflected what I felt at that moment: "They just waltzed around with their tails in the air like they owned the place."
Honorable mentions go to these great folks:
- Vickiev: "Grounded"
- John: "Coming and going."
- Rashbre: "Turn this crazy bird around."
- Omykiss: "Caption: No parking spaces left."
- Sara: "Even when we're up in the air - we are still at home."
- Thumper: "Fly the friendly skies, eh?"
- Joan, Bubblehead: "Leavin' on a jet plane."
- JC: "One way ticket to paradise, please."
- Wordnerd: "Home is in plane view."
- Awareness: "Precious cargo coming and going."
- Robin: "You can take the man out of his country, but you can't take the country out of the man."