Yes, It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? …
The Kiddie Coaster
There is an abandoned amusement park
Close to where I live
And every time I drive by
I remember when I was a kid
At the Burlington Beach Amusement Park
Where I would ride the kiddie coaster
Every half-price Thursday night
Oh what a wonderful carefree thrill
But I think of some of the kids in this land
Who never had this chance
Held prisoner in a repressive system
Of politics and religion
Their culture, language and innocence stolen
Their childhood stolen
I had a plan
Where I would go to a place
Where people walked on the sidewalk
And I would shoot them
I went into a cafĂ©
And saw a woman
Through the window
Looking down at something
Probably her phone
Or maybe a sexy novel
I walked along the harbour pier
On a cold northern day
When two young women appeared
Wrapped in towels out to playl
Then the towels were dropped
Bikini clad, they just leaped
Into the frigid choppy bay
And with my camera I just peeped
I was sitting on my back deck enjoying the warm, sunny day, when I noticed the light reflecting through some old, dry burlap strung to a tree. Even from about 20 meters I could see the illumination of the tiny, frayed threads glowing in the bright afternoon sun. So I made the shot, thinking that these are all the details I need for this weekâ€™s challenge.
But while I was sitting there chimping, I happened to glance through the patio door and there it was, in full bloom. For me, sexuality will always win over threads.
All the basic food groups in one bite
Iâ€™ve been fighting a flu bug all week, so it was difficult to find the energy, time and especially motivation to do this challenge. But my wife surprised me with a slice of spicy vegetarian to cheer me up.
Time is Not On Our Side
what are we doing
We were getting our gear ready for a forthcoming ski trip. She was trying on her boots when I noticed her legs were completely bare. Then I noticed that they were not the only things bare.
…NOT to be continued…
24 is a magic number for me, so when I saw this challenge, I thought of my film days a long time ago. I just happened to have an Ilford 24 exposure 400 ISO B&W film in the freezer, so I Loaded my old Olympus Auto Eye (1962ish) viewfinder camera and over a couple of days, shot the roll of 24.
Almost didnâ€™t make the deadline because of lab inefficiencies and the scan came out very grainy, but here is frame 14 of 24, the â€śLiquor Store Buskerâ€ť.
Stores are open
Young girls swarming
Kill that guy
Old man shooting
He donâ€™t know why
We are efficient
Sharp as glass
But in these holidays
Weâ€™re oh so crass
My toxic lens
Cuts through the horde
Will save the world
sheâ€™s at the window
at birds flitting?
tree branches dancing in the wind?
or is the window open to her mind?
opening the possibilities
opening the future
that pensive, contemplative smile
dreaming or analyzing?
or is she just,
looking out the window?
January 28, 2023 at 10:42 pm
Especially of the lovely wifeâťŁď¸Ź
Especially enjoyed the poem accompaniment.
January 28, 2023 at 10:58 pm
Thanks Apolonija. Have fun at Sun Peaks!
January 29, 2023 at 12:26 am
…thoughtful….easy on a wintry day….gray…but in a nice way….
January 29, 2023 at 12:41 am
Linda, you’re always thinking. That’s one of the things I love about you. Take care… luv…Len
January 29, 2023 at 4:42 am
Glad you are blogging again, Len.
Your words and photos express awareness, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity to the world around you.
January 29, 2023 at 10:53 am
Thanks Len, take care man.
January 29, 2023 at 3:27 pm
Wonderful photography and great commentary as always….
Thanks for thinking outside of the box.
January 29, 2023 at 11:43 pm
I really love your comment Barry. Thanks.
January 29, 2023 at 9:24 pm
Great poems and pictures Len. Nice to see you at Blue reciently.Dave
January 29, 2023 at 11:42 pm
Thanks Dave. I’m sure I’ll see you again at Blue. At Tremblant now.
January 30, 2023 at 8:30 pm
Great pictures as always.
And the prose continues to become an ever more important part of the blog.
Nice to see you reflecting on how to improve the planet and the lot of the repressed.
Has Roger Walters had an effect?
February 2, 2023 at 10:18 pm
Glad you like the photos Peter, but I feel that my photography has kinda plateaued, so I work on my prose.
I know you meant Roger Waters concert and the subtitles were amazing to read and inspiring? Only time will tell.
February 2, 2023 at 4:22 pm
Great photography with the addition of thought provoking dialogue.
February 2, 2023 at 10:18 pm
Thanks Daphne, happy you enjoyed.
March 17, 2023 at 1:27 pm
At first I couldnâ€™t figure what I was looking at? Some knees and a inverted body breast down .?
Always love your dialogue
See U âťŁď¸Ź
March 17, 2023 at 2:29 pm
Thanks Johanne, But inverted breasts? …hmmmm… I don’t remember shooting any of those. Have to look more carefully, eh? hahaha!
But that gives me ideas now….