Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blog Guelph: Unsung Hero

A mess of Bluebirds by Alan Norsworthy
A mess of Bluebirds, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Good Morning!

My photographer friend, Alan Norsworthy told me this amazing story about a man who has taken birding to a whole new level. I share this with you now in Alan's words and his photograph.

Thank you Joe, you are an inspiration!

"A mess of Bluebirds

Meet Joe, or at least Joe's hands.

I bumped into Joe during my walk in the Ignatius Centre. He devotes his time to protecting the small and vulnerable.
In this case baby bluebirds, the villain of the piece are "bloodsuckers" as he calls them.

Carefully he wrapped the young in the cloth and placed them in the shade, then he got to work. He showed me the nest that was infested with maggot like larvae that feed on the young birds flicking them out onto the ground away from the nest site. There must have been 2 dozen of them. When he was sure he had them all he replaced the nest in the box and very carefully checked each of the young to make sue they were free of these pests and returned them to the nest.

He does this over and over again all over the Ignatius Centre and around Guelph Lake.

Mommy Bluebird wasn't too pleased but how was she to know that Joe was helping ensure the survival of her family?

Meet Joe, one of the unsung hero's ...."

Maybe we can all find some time to do something inspirational today.

Bunny Safari

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Blog Guelph: Get Real

Day Three | Getting Centered by Krista Kruger

So, recent events and conversations have provoked me into thinking about being Canadian and what that means.

A lot of people would point to our “freedoms” or our health care system, our peaceful edicts, our abiding good natured pacifism, perhaps our empire of Tim Horton’s coffee, or our large and diverse lands ranging from ocean to ocean with the largest freshwater bodies in the world somewhere in the mix along with huge prairie flatlands, rugged mountains, both salt and fresh water islands, and wild arctic habitat with polar bears.

Yet, if we were to really get real for a moment, the truth is our “freedoms” are extremely limited, our health care system is under threat and buckling, our irreverent passive attitudes are disarming us (literally), Tim Horton’s coffee is nowhere as good or as successful as our American counterpart Starbucks, and our beautiful ecology and environmental diversity is being destroyed by export demands and bad management.

To say nothing of the fact that our education system, old age security, and women’s rights are being targeted by government in a bid for money and power. To extort money from children and the old, to control women’s bodies. What right do they have?

Okay. Let’s get real. Canada has an identity problem.

Worse, Canada has an authenticity problem.

One example of this came across my desk just yesterday in the form of Culture Days. They unveiled their new marketing campaign featuring an I (Heart) Culture logo. Culture Days is a federally and provincially sponsored creative movement to encourage art and culture across Canada – could they have not come up with an original logo for Culture Days? The logo is a swipe from the I (Heart) NY design by Milton Glaser used in the 70s to promote New York. It gained popularity after the tragedy of 9/11. Out of respect to the artist, the history of this logo, and the events that took place in New York, I really think they should have thought that through.

I mean, could they have not commissioned a Canadian artist to do a logo? 

Let’s get real, man. That’s just shabby, wrong, and cheap. It insults Canadian culture.

And if we take that as a symbol for the broader problems in Canada, it speaks volumes about who we are and what sort of country we’re going to become unless we change – the imitators, the land-stripping barons, the na├»ve world watchmen, the takers from the vulnerable…

I don’t know about you.

But I’ve had enough.  And it’s time to get real.

We need to make change.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Get Real

Happy Canada Day!!! by JohnnyBallgame
Happy Canada Day!!!, a photo by JohnnyBallgame on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Get Real

Blog Guelph: Get Real

He Walks Proudly... by Dom Cruz
He Walks Proudly..., a photo by Dom Cruz on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Get Real

Canada Day 2007 by Corbeau du Nord
Canada Day 2007, a photo by Corbeau du Nord on Flickr.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Guelph: Cheers to the Freakin' Weekend

Cheers., originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

This truly is a GEM of the day to set you off on your long weekend adventures. Word is it'll be a scorcher.

But before you get into traffic, maybe just sit back, or tour your town - whatever your recipe for the weekend is - have a sneak peek at this Fourth Fridays page to get primed for next weeks event.

And while you're at it, check our Downtown Guelph website for an early look at Friday Noon Hour Concerts in St. George's Square, set to start June 8. Have a good gander at all else we have in store for you too.


-Downtown Lynn

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Donkey at Play by J.S. Hollands
Donkey at Play, a photo by J.S. Hollands on Flickr.

Today I'd like to take a moment to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Animals have long played an important role in our civilizations, both in agriculture and as beloved pets. Our relationship with animals is as diverse as it is inspiring.

The OVC is the oldest veterinary college in North America. It actually began in Toronto in 1862 but relocated to Guelph in 1922, becoming the founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964. Today we are very proud to acknowledge that our Veterinary College is a world class institution that has saved thousands upon thousands of animal lives through excellent care, research, and international collaboration. I hope everyone will take the time to appreciate their accomplishments now and in the coming weeks as they reach this phenomenal mark in their history.

Tonight Macdonald Stewart Art Centre celebrates the OVC through a spectacular exhibition of works from our collections that feature animals in art. Please join us for the Opening Reception at 7pm.

I hope anyone who has every owned and loved a pet will raise a toast to OVC in 2012.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Cat's Eye by peterkelly
Cat's Eye, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

DSC_0656 by scratchedcornea
DSC_0656, a photo by scratchedcornea on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

A Beauty by peterkelly
A Beauty, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Llama by Elisha Jesudason
Llama, a photo by Elisha Jesudason on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Sheep Look Up by peterkelly
Sheep Look Up, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Blog Guelph: It is the Nature of the Beast

Rock Beast by peterkelly
Rock Beast, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned House #1 by cool-baby
Abandoned House #1, a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

Good Morning,

Today's series of photographs are those 'abandoned' but not forgotten places that dot around our city. Often they are seen just out of the corner of your eye as you pass by. A fleeting glimpse of a different time, now but all a shell, an apparition of its old self. Each one a story to tell in the history of Guelph.

Keep up the curiosity.

Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned House 4 by cool-baby
Abandoned House 4, a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned House 2 by cool-baby
Abandoned House 2, a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Abandoned

Abandoned house 3 by cool-baby
Abandoned house 3, a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: (Day 7) Putting it in perspective. From the Cutten Fields.

Aidan Ware continues to offer a stunning array of downtown Guelph images with her photo essay project: Guelph, 100 Days in the Mirror.

Did you know that Guelph had a building height bylaw designed to protect the site lines for The Church of Our Lady?

According to the Church Wikipedia page, "The City of Guelph's zoning by-laws establish "protected view areas" that are designed to ensure clear sight lines to the Church of Our Lady from various vantage points in the downtown core. Any communication towers or other buildings built in the downtown area must not obscure the view of the church. Also, no new buildings in Guelph are allowed to be taller than the Church."

"Accordingly, views of the Church from different aspects, in different seasons, times of day and lights, against different skies, form indelible impressions in the minds of residents and visitors."

How sad that such an inspired bylaw has run its course. Our lovely BIG sky cityscape is about to grow UP - 18 STORIES UP.

Why is progress so ugly?

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: (Day 5) On the Speed Looking Slight Northwest

Blog Guelph: (Day 14) Heritage building, coffee house, and antique shop - a trilogy. Corner of Carden and Wyndham.

Blog Guelph: (Day 6) Light, sky and Old Quebec Street Mall.

Blog Guelph: (Day 16) Looking for the bridges from here to there.

Blog Guelph: (Day 10) Sunrise over the Speed. The Speed River was the focal point of John Galt's city plan. He designed Guelph to resemble a European city.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Blog Guelph: May Flowers

Blossoms by Alan Norsworthy
Blossoms, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Happy Monday Blog Guelph!

Hope all you Mom's out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Mine was a lovely day spent with my boys. The boys gave me a season pass for the GRCA, so we headed up to the Elora Gorge and spent the afternoon exploring.

Today, I thought I'd share some of the gorgeous flowers that have been spotted all around. It seems that even though we missed out on most of the April showers, the May flowers are faithful.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! See you next week!


Blog Guelph: May Flowers

Red Tulip from Top by Violet Brown
Red Tulip from Top, a photo by Violet Brown on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: May Flowers

Greeting the Sun by Craft_zilla
Greeting the Sun, a photo by Craft_zilla on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: May Flowers

Forget-me-nots by felixtrio
Forget-me-nots, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog Guelph: Mother Earth

Sky with Trees , originally uploaded by John Q6.

Here's your one shot wonder for today, gentlefolk.

On Sunday, remember that Mother Earth is also your Mother.

And what a beauty she is....

I'll be the opposite of Downtown Lynn this weekend, keeping that in mind.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blog Guelph: Saying Goodbye

Not the moon by felixtrio
Not the moon, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Don't take me to the tower
It was I who was
The hourglass
And the sands of time like
Shattering glass went past me
Like a tunnel to the sea

And I who went to sleep as two
Woke up as one now only you remain
You'll close your eyes and travel back
To the time when the light went fading fast
And the words you'll never, never forget, oh no
As you slipped away

And I who went to sleep in tears
Woke up in tears, for all of the years
And I who never, never said goodbye
As I slipped away

Goodbye baby
I hope your heart's not broken
Don't forget me
Yes I was outspoken
You were with me all the time
I'll be with you one day

~ Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac

Saying goodbye has to be the hardest thing to do. And do we ever really say goodbye?

There have been a few goodbyes lately touching on my world.  And I’ve struggled with thinking about the idea of having to let go - to say goodbye. It’s never been my character to forget those or those things that I’ve cared about, or to give up on important beliefs or people, or to walk away from what and who I’ve invested in.

Someone I know lost their dog, their best friend recently. There is nothing I can say to make that goodbye easier.

And Guelph. Guelph has lost a very big part of its history this week. There is nothing more I feel I can do to make that goodbye easier either.

But I’m a hopeful person. When we lose loved ones, I believe they stay with us. Or when we have to walk away from situations, I believe we leave some of ourselves behind.

I have to believe this. To keep going. To stay strong.

So, yes, sometimes we have to say goodbye.

But never let that goodbye be an end.

Make it a new beginning.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Saying Goodbye

Sunset by felixtrio
Sunset, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Saying Goodbye

Macdonell Street by felixtrio
Macdonell Street, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.