Monday, April 30, 2012

Blog Guelph: Gone To The Geese

Harbinger of Spring by kellyhughes1970
Harbinger of Spring, a photo by kellyhughes1970 on Flickr.

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend, I was driving down Imperial Road and was forced to make a sudden stop because of a family of geese.

Mom, 5 fluffy little babies and Dad hissing at the cars like a mad man.

As much of a nuisance these birds can be, they really make me laugh. It seems that they have such a sense of entitlement. They stand their ground, and don't back down. Even if it means going to battle against a car.

Next time you get stopped by a family of Canada Geese, take a moment and appreciate the humour they add to you day.

See you next week,

Krista

Blog Guelph: Gone To The Geese

green roof geese by kim/ber
green roof geese, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Gone To The Geese

A Spring Stroll by rubberschmuckie
A Spring Stroll, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Gone To The Geese

Goslings by thomevered
Goslings, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Gone To The Geese

... in the balance by D J England
... in the balance, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Blog Guelph: Open Doors


Church Door, originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

As we head into the end of April's surprisingly gelid days, fear not. I have some beautiful plans for you this weekend.

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) spearheads yet another version of an annual excursion through our historic buildings and spaces. Doors Open is a province-wide program devised to instill knowledge, interest and pride in the architectural wonders at our very feet. Some virtually uncharted spaces are yours to explore here.

But before you get all the way to Saturday, do join in on the burgeoning community brew that is Fourth Fridays , in our Downtown. We'll be launching the brand new Guelph Cultural Mapping Project at the equally new Guelph Museum.

You can also experience Rob O'Flanagan's pensive poetic offerings in Old Quebec Street, get a merengue lesson from the Flying Dance Company, get thrust into the spotlight of Aidan's Photomob, check out some live body painting at Wyndham Arts, and so on and so on....each venue will have a map for you to help navigate.

If you find me on the street, I'll also give you a penny for your thoughts. Cheap? Who me? These pennies will be worth 2 cents in no time at all.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Open Doors


Red Door Knocker, originally uploaded by scilit.

Blog Guelph: Open Doors


Golden post, originally uploaded by woodygraphs.

Blog Guelph: Open Doors


church doors, originally uploaded by crevicehead.

Blog Guelph: Open Doors


grunge door, originally uploaded by kim/ber.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Guelph: Freedom's Just Another Word

Osprey by G. Norsworthy
Osprey, a photo by G. Norsworthy on Flickr.


Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
And nothin' ain't worth nothin' honey but it's free.
-Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee


Freedom is a loaded idea. It’s about so many things. And defined by the dictionary it is the power to determine action without restraint.

Think on that: the power to determine action without restraint.

It’s a form of chaos.

If we had lived our lives completely free to do whatever we wanted, humanity would have accomplished nothing. We would have never built the many architectural wonders of the world or landed on the moon. We would have never done a heart transplant, talked on the telephone, or even discovered North America.

The most spectacular and important things in our lives are the ones we work to build. And to build, we have to understand how to determine our actions with restraint and to respect frameworks. We have to be able to understand that what truly makes us happy is having the power and the bravery and the personal strength to be able to commit ourselves to walking the line - respecting boundaries, understanding each other, building structures that strengthen our relationships.  

Interestingly, I heard someone recently say that they would post or make comments on Facebook regardless if it hurt someone. Their rationale was: “it’s a free country.”

Is that freedom?

Should your neighbours have the freedom to come on your property whenever they want? Should your boss be free not to pay you this week? Should the person you love feel they can betray you with someone else because it is their freedom? Should someone have the right to hurt you because it’s a “free country”? Where does that freedom find limits?

Well I guess we’re all free to make our choices in life, but that freedom comes with a price. And there are always consequences to determining your actions without restraint.

For me, I’m with Kris – I think freedom’s just another word. And maybe some people have nothing left to lose.

But I’m not one of them.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware


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But if you are "free" this weekend check out Fourth Fridays tomorrow night (downtown), Doors Open Guelph on Saturday, the Jazz Festival Art Auction on Sunday!!

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Blog Guelph: Freedom's Just Another Word

osprey by ~Stingrays~
osprey, a photo by ~Stingrays~ on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Freedom's Just Another Word

Osprey flying by steelers_#1fan
Osprey flying, a photo by steelers_#1fan on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Freedom's Just Another Word

Osprey In Flight by G. Norsworthy
Osprey In Flight, a photo by G. Norsworthy on Flickr.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake

Guelph Lake 2 by Andrew Faires
Guelph Lake 2, a photo by Andrew Faires on Flickr.

Guelph Lake’s on my mind this morning for a couple of reasons:
  1. Weather permitting, I’m heading there on a photo walk this weekend, and
  2. Hillside Festival tickets go on sale soon - May 5 to be exact. 
Given that, I've selected some beautiful photos of the Guelph Lake area by Andrew Faires. I hope the brilliant colours and summery feel provide a welcome contrast to the winter white we're seeing outside this morning!

...Kim 

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake

Guelph Lake Dam by Andrew Faires
Guelph Lake Dam, a photo by Andrew Faires on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake

Stumped by Andrew Faires
Stumped, a photo by Andrew Faires on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Guelph Lake

Tranquility by Andrew Faires
Tranquility, a photo by Andrew Faires on Flickr.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blog Guelph: Trillium

Purple Trilliam by Glooscap
Purple Trilliam, a photo by Glooscap on Flickr.

Happy Wintery Monday Blog Guelph!

Just a quick post for today to brighten your day. As am I'm writing this, I am looking outside at the dull grey day we have been given.

I want the weather we had for March Break to return.

See you next week,

Krista

Blog Guelph: Trillium

Forest Floor by felixtrio
Forest Floor, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Trillium

Hiding from the wind by Alan Norsworthy
Hiding from the wind, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blog Guelph: Raise a Little Hell



A beautiful Friday to you all.

St. George's Square was buzzing yesterday with the re-return of summer.
I loved it.

From my perch overlooking, the thump-thump of competing corners of music shook me from my computer-glazed-stupor.

I witnessed a thousand different things happening all at once.

The break-dancing teens that make this Square their practice space put on a conspicuously brilliant show for the benevolent onlookers.
Couples were kissing.
There were readers, and eaters, bikers & firemen (yay!), yet more dancers...oh my!
I saw pockets of conversation - doubtless a few conspiracies, a whole lotta texting too.
And Mo, the hotdog vendor was rockin' as well.
This tiny slice of life in the greater geography of the world was animated beyond belief.
Rich.

This then, is Community Engagement.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Raise a Little Hell


Equal Rights 4 All, originally uploaded by Dom Cruz.

Blog Guelph: Raise a Little Hell


Untitled, originally uploaded by Dom Cruz.

Blog Guelph: Raise a Little Hell


skullysept16, originally uploaded by zooby.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

hold me by digitalambitions/ Valerie Hogg
hold me, a photo by digitalambitions/ Valerie Hogg on Flickr.



Hold on to what is good
Even if it is a handful of earth
Hold on to what you believe in
Even if it is a tree which stands by itself
Hold on to what you must do
Even if it is a long way from here
Hold on to life
Even if it is easier to let go
Hold on to my hand
Even when I have gone away

~ Pueblo Indian prayer 


Sometimes on the road of life we slip. We forget or fail. Sometimes we fall. We fear or fight. But it occurs to me today that the most important thing of all, is holding on.

Holding on to our beliefs, to our nature. To our emotions, and to our futures. We have to reach out and grasp the things that we are and the things we love. Family. Nature. Friends. Community.  And never let go.  We have to work hard to keep them.

Yet some days are harder than others and sometimes it’s easier to let go. But the true test of life is when you can hang on. When you can unwaveringly stand your ground before the greatest storm and know that you speak the truth, that your feelings are genuine, that you deeply matter, that you will not be pushed down or be made to feel less. And when in the storm, the winds howl, and your footing grows loose, remember. Remember that you matter. You matter. And no wind or lightning or rain or hail or snow or thunder can take you.

HOLD ON.

Hold on to your dreams, for they are the road.
Hold on to your faith in yourself, for it is your house.
Hold on to your community, for it is your family.
Hold on to the seasons, for they are your years.
Hold on to the things that matter, for they are your gold.
Hold on to love, for it is your only answer.

HOLD ON.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware



Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

Stormy night by Angela(Gruber)
Stormy night, a photo by Angela(Gruber) on Flickr.




Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

Rolling Darkness by BleechBiPass
Rolling Darkness, a photo by BleechBiPass on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

Snow Storm by felixtrio
Snow Storm, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

Blog Guelph: HOLD ON

Ice storm by Joseph & Sam's Mom
Ice storm, a photo by Joseph & Sam's Mom on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Good Morning!

Today I present just a small slice off of the plate of local artist, musician and local 'character', Greg Denton. His dedication to taking snaps of his food EVERY day is quite an accomplishment. Greg has a wide palate and I would describe him as a true Guelph Foodie. Perhaps he could moonlight as a restaurant critic.

Don't fancy cooking tonight? Well, it would appear as though Greg has sampled most of the dishes at many of our dining establishments. I would let his photos be your gastric guide for food fulfillment in Guelph.

Cheers!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Blog Guelph: Guelph Foodie

Monday, April 16, 2012

Blog Guelph: Babies

Lost Racoons by Ian Service
Lost Racoons, a photo by Ian Service on Flickr.

Happy Monday Blog Guelph!

It is that time of year... Spring fever has come over all the animals, and soon there will be babies everywhere.

I was out at the Arboretum yesterday, and although I didn't see any babies, there is a lot of seasonal excitement going on.

Have a great week!

Krista

Blog Guelph: Babies

Bon Appetito Bambino by Karen Brodie
Bon Appetito Bambino, a photo by Karen Brodie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Babies

Mother and nursing baby by felixtrio
Mother and nursing baby, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Babies

Baby Mallard by rubberschmuckie
Baby Mallard, a photo by rubberschmuckie 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.