Artistic interlude

Beside her current series of  “Flowers & Animals” my wife is also making pressed-flower art. Amongst her paintings, I particularly likes the “Poetry” series (where she was illustrating some of my poems) and the “Geisha” series (she did a lot of those in the 90s). You’ll find here some examples of her work but I’ve put a few more on my Flickr site:

© Miyako Matsuda 1993-2017

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Images du mer-fleuri

Pink columbine

(iPhone 6s, 2017-05-23 / Nikon D3300, 2017-05-24)

Rappel: le solde de livres

SoldeABM17SoldeABM17bPetit rappel: le solde de livres est toujours en cours et se termine dimanche prochain, le 28 mai. Pour les détails, vous référez au billet précédent ou simplement cliquer sur les images du signet pour les agrandir (ci-contre).

J’y étais le première journée et la file d’attente était plutôt longue (j’ai attendu un bon deux heures!). Évitez donc les week-ends. L’idéal c’est d’y aller la semaine ou en fin de journée. J’y suis retourné deux trois fois depuis et j’ai trouvé quelques trésors: des guides de voyages de l’éditeur DK (Voir en français), quelques documentaires, de nombreux mangas (principalement de Tezuka, plus deux Taniguchi et j’ai complété une partie de la série Zipang), des romans de chez Alire (Champetier, Houde, Lalumière, J-J Pelletier, Rochon, Sernine, Vonarburg), un Philip K. Dick, quelques auteurs japonais, etc. Ça vaut vraiment la peine alors essayez d’aller y faire un tour!

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Garden update: five weeks later

(iPhone 6s & Nikon D3300, 2017/05/20-22)

See also my flower album on Flickr

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Ottawa Tulip Festival

Today we went to the Ottawa Tulip Festival (a.k.a. the Canadian Tulip Festival). It was a great trip and I enjoyed seeing all those various variety of tulips. It was the 65th edition of the festival and, this year with over a million tulips in bloom, it was particularly celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. The even made a special tulip for that: the “Canada 150”. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day and we even got a little drizzle of rain but not enough to keep us from enjoying the festival.

My only complains is that, as we went on the penultimate day of the festival, many of the tulips were rather past their prime. Like last year, we should try next time to go at the beginning of the festival. Another problem was that the signalisation identifying the tulips was rather imprecise and you sometimes had five different signs in a flower bed but nothing telling us which tulip was corresponding to which name! A picture on each sign would have been a welcomed addition. Checking the map of the site (above) and googling the name of the tulips was sometimes helpful in identifying the varieties I was not sure about.

Here is a small sample of the pictures I took, but you can find more on the photo album I made for the event on Flickr :

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