GOATS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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A brief-yet-ongoing journal of all things Carmi. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll reach for your mouse to click back to Google. But you'll be intrigued. And you'll feel compelled to return following your next bowl of oatmeal. With brown sugar. And milk.
About this photo: This picture supports this week's Thematic Photographic theme, buildings. Click here to dive in.The scene, earlier this month: My son and I are walking up New York's 5th Avenue. As we pass the New York Public Library, we notice the somewhat odd spectacle of a guy in minimal superhero-like garb, pacing rather anxiously atop the broad staircase that defines the building's entranceway. The steps are a beehive of activity on this crisp, brilliantly sunny Saturday afternoon, and only a few people bother to watch this guy.
About this photo: It's Thematic Photographic's building week. Click here to share your building-related vision.It was a topic on which my father and I had long ago agreed to disagree. He always waxed poetic on the pace and scope of urban development. During our visits back home, he never missed an opportunity to talk me through the new areas being carved out of the bush, the ongoing miracle of urbanization.
About this photo: Thematic Photographic explores buildings, of all shapes and sizes, all week long. Click here to share your own.This isn't a particularly noteworthy or memorable building. I kept reminding myself of this as I stood under the entranceway and took the picture. Not everything, after all, is capable of standing out from the crowd, making the evening news or being the star.
I have watered her down as far as she'll go. I cannot water no moreNote: Yes, I quote Simpsons. Prolifically. Hope this doesn't disappoint you. Next...
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About this photo: It's all orange, all the time. Well, at least until this Wednesday, when I toss a new theme at ya. Suggestions welcome if you've got 'em. Orange-themed sharing welcome here otherwise. Captioning going on here, too.First things first: I'm not a pyromaniac, an arsonist, or someone who is otherwise obsessed with fire. Still, as a photographer, it's a subject I've explored off and on (see here, here and here for previous examples) and it's one of the few subjects that eludes me insofar as bringing home The Ideal Photo.
About this photo: It's orange. Well, at least part of it is. If you're feeling in a particularly orange mood, Thematic Photographic hopes to hear from you. Right this way...Montreal isn't known for being pedestrian-friendly. Its drivers, legendary across the continent for their often misplaced aggressiveness, tend to see the average biped as an annoyance, something standing between them and the cold beer waiting at home.
About these photos: We're sharing orange-themed pictures all week long as part of Thematic Photographic. And it doesn't get bigger than Montreal's OJ! Please click here to share your own orange vision.On a busy street corner beside the trench of a highway known as the Decarie Expressway sits a giant building that's shaped like an orange. Officially, it's Gibeau Orange Julep. But no one calls it that. It's embedded itself into Montreal's culture simply as "OJ". Long ago, you'd drive in and hostesses on roller skates served you in your car. Those days are but distant memories now, but pulling in here for a quick bite on the way home is still something special.
About this photo: We're celebrating all things orange all week long. With any luck, you'll be celebrating, too. Head here for more.My wife knows "the look" almost before I finish making it. When something catches my eye, I furrow my brow and begin looking at it from all angles, often involving my hands to help the composition along. Before long, the camera comes out. She's used to it by now, and thank goodness accepts me for the flawed individual that I am.
About this photo: This entry launches our new Thematic Photographic theme, orange. To be a part of the fun, simply post an orange-themed pic on your site, then leave a comment here so everyone can find it. Repeat as often as you wish. Click here if you'd like to learn more about Thematic Photographic.I'm not sure why I stuck around the playground at our kids' school after the bell rang and everyone headed inside. I had a camera and a few extra minutes before I needed to get on my way. I guess some days we all need a little quiet time before diving into the day.
About this photo: Thematic Photographic's travel theme continues. Please click here to share your own travel vision. I'll launch a new theme tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. I'm thinking it should be orange. Does that sound like a decent choice?I know it's a forgettable piece of architecture in the middle of a forgettable town late on an otherwise forgettable night. But I have an annoying habit of retaining the forgettable.
About this photo: Thematic Photographic is all travel, all the time - until next Wednesday, anyway. Head over here to share your own distant vision.When you're early for a meeting in a faraway city and you've got a bit of extra time on your hands, it's only natural to want to pull out your camera and grab a few frames. Never mind that the temperature's cold enough to turn your fingers white: There's a certain appeal to shooting in the crisp, clear air that results.
About this photo: Thematic Photographic explores travel-themed scenes all week long. If you have something from your own travels, please share it here.The scene: It's early on a grey, damp, miserable morning, and I really should be back at my hotel getting ready to fly back home. Instead, I'm zipping through the streets, power-shooting whatever I see because, well, I don't want to return home without a tangible memory of my all-too-brief time here.
The price for freedom is paid not only on Nov 11th. Their sacrifice will be just as meaningful - and worthy of thanks - tomorrow.I shared this from the comfort of my BlackBerry because I admit more than a little discomfort at the once-a-year outpouring of affection for our veterans. I know it's human nature to store it all up and then blast it all out in one brief day - witness Christmas, birthdays and wedding anniversaries - but I still find it sad that we share our thanks, thoughts and feelings so rarely.
About this photo: It's all-things-red week as Thematic Photographic celebrates the happiest color ever. Don't know what the hell I'm talking about? Click here and all will be explained. But first, we eat.Like many cities, Montreal is home to a number of foods that define its very soul. In some cases - bagels, for instance - they're fairly neutral from a health perspective. In others - exhibit A being the sandwich I've shared here or the hideously famous poutine - they ought to come with their own cardiologist.