This week’s photo challenge is “on the way”. I swooned when I saw Michelle W’s photo to kick off the challenge. It is taken from the air before landing in Amsterdam with the tulip fields in full view. Incredible! I highly recommend WP Weekly Photo Challenge – on the way.
My favorite mode of transport is my own two feet so the photos are from that perspective. The recent ones are from our current neighborhood in Canada with a few from Japan and Thailand from the past.
On the way to the park – a suburban neighborhood in Canada
A public holiday was coming up, hence the Canadian flag. You can hire a service that will put a flag on your lawn for a short period before and after public holidays.
This sign for a crosswalk is near the local elementary school where the park of dreams (for my child) is located. These signs are usually located near schools but can also be anywhere there is an official crosswalk. The crosswalk itself is only two white lines on the road.
This sign has been here as long as I can remember. I wonder if it has ever been replaced. There is a bit of rust seeping behind and down the pole and the decal over the metal plate has puckered.
The image always cracks me up. Are they carrying purses or briefcases? Is the female character being mugged by the male character or is the male character shoving the female character across the road? Or is the male character perhaps an older brother holding the female character back from crossing too soon?
I imagine it’s not easy to create a road sign that will hopefully be correctly interpreted. On the other hand, these signs are interesting. They can sometimes reflect norms and values of the time, even if those ideas are not necessarily relevant anymore. If I remember, I’ll take a photo of the gender neutral washroom sign at the campus where our child has music lessons. That’s a great example of signs evolving with the times.
From the train – Buriram to Ubon Ratchathani, NE Thailand
My experiences travelling by train in Thailand have included long delays, welcome breezes from open windows, hypnotic scenery, and fantastic people watching in 3rd class. Of course, the hard wooden benches, sometimes cramped cars and standing for hours wasn’t always comfortable but getting there was part of the joy.
This photo was taken on our multi-day and somewhat ridiculous journey from the little village near Buriram where we were volunteering to the border with Laos to see the confluence of the Mun and Mekong Rivers.
Kobe wandering and an old shop sign in Kyoto
Kobe is one of my favorite cities in Japan. It has a great vibe that I can only describe as a great, big smile.
Hitoshi and I have twice walked from the train station to the port. Last year, these cute, little red-headed (like me!) birds were having a float along the docks.
I adore my drugstore friends. They are everywhere in Japan from tiny rural communities to the middle of Tokyo. Elephants (from a pharmaceutical company) and frogs are the main ones. Someday I’ll do a post of my collection.
Hitoshi thinks these signs are around 100 years old at least. Both of them read from right to left. The one on the right says Asahi Beer and the one on the left says the name of the store, although it’s hard to make out.
Anything falling down, crooked or still fighting against gravity is a treat for me. If you ever go to Japan, I recommend looking up and around building structures for old signs, lanterns, light fixtures, wiring, flag poles, shutters, figurines, tiles, and remnants of plaster and paint. It’s incredible what you can find!
This photo was taken on the way back from a shrine near our apartment hotel in Kyoto last year.
Somewhere over China
My first camera was a Kodak 110. When I turned 18, my father gave me a Pentax point-and-shoot with some neat features that I never figured out how to use. (I was too impatient.)
I can’t remember when disposable cameras came on the scene. While they had limitations, they were excellent for taking photos outside and I found them really handy.
The last photo I took with a disposable camera was likely the one below, about ten years ago. I took it flying back from China to Canada after my first visit to Thailand. It’s one of my favorite journey pictures.
Do you prefer the journey or the destination?