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  1. Another political poster

    Snapshot Title: Another political poster
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Evening falls on Montreal
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party.



  2. Pyramid Power

    Snapshot Title: Pyramid Power
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Evening falls on Montreal
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Not quite as bold as the pyramid office building in San Francisco's skyline, the Montreal pyramid is, nonetheless, eye-catching and sophisticated in its understatement. . .



  3. The New Pirata

    Snapshot Title: The New Pirata
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Venice Panorama
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    I'm assuming someone is showing an affinity with "new" pirates --- maybe they are in the sub-prime mortgage business?



  4. duck!

    Snapshot Title: duck!
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Freshwater Pond in Autumn, Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    duck and a mirrored duck, too.



  5. MacDonald Bridge

    Snapshot Title: MacDonald Bridge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View from Citadel Hill, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    One of two suspension bridges which span the Halifax Harbour, the MacDonald Bridge is the site of an annual "Bridge Walk" on Canada Day each year. Citizens from Halifax and Dartmouth (the city on the...



  6. The Old Town Clock

    Snapshot Title: The Old Town Clock
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View from Citadel Hill, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    A gift, in 1805, from Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, to the citizens of Halifax after his posting as commandant in the town for several years, its original pendulum-run mechanism still powers the clock'...



  7. The Titanic in miniature

    Snapshot Title: The Titanic in miniature
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Freshwater Pond in Autumn, Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Since Halifax was the nearest major port to the Titanic disaster in 1912, rescue ships from Halifax were first on the scene. This history is commemorated by a little model of the Titanic which floats...



  8. Baxter Peak rock cairn

    Snapshot Title: Baxter Peak rock cairn
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View to Baxter Peak, looking eastward, Mount Katahdin, Maine, USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Thousands of rocks have been piled by hikers at the Baxter Peak summit of Mount Katahdin. The cairn is over 2.4 meters high (over 8 feet) now and is visible from the Tablelands trail, if one knows wh...



  9. A clock face and astrological forecast in one.

    Snapshot Title: A clock face and astrological forecast in one.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Twelve hours and twelve zodiac signs meet in the Piazza's famous clock. There's no minute hand, just revolving earth and moon and, for the hour hand, the sun.



  10. Venetian papier-mache masks

    Snapshot Title: Venetian papier-mache masks
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Venice is famous for the "night before Ash Wednesday" celebrations (in New Orleans, known as "Mardi Gras") during which revelers wear colourful and sometimes bizzare masks.



  11. Crack inspection.

    Snapshot Title: Crack inspection.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Does this make anyone else nervous?



  12. Keyhole face, part deux.

    Snapshot Title: Keyhole face, part deux.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    And another face at the keyhole (seemingly with a handle-bar moustache!)



  13. Triple play.

    Snapshot Title: Triple play.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Written English uses double letters frequently. Here, the ancient Egyptian scribe seems to have used a triple letter combination. . .



  14. Owl!

    Snapshot Title: Owl!
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    So much effort to carve each hieroglyph --- in granite, no less.



  15. Wasp!

    Snapshot Title: Wasp!
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Missing two legs, but, certainly recognizable as a wasp 3,000 years later.



  16. Duck!

    Snapshot Title: Duck!
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    OK, I guess it could be a goose, instead.



  17. Like the song says. . .

    Snapshot Title: Like the song says. . .
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    "Walk like an Egyptian. . ."



  18. Gilded wind vane

    Snapshot Title: Gilded wind vane
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking West from the Campanile overlooking Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    This shield-holding figure is actually a wind vane at the mouth of the Grand Canal.



  19. Gondola stand.

    Snapshot Title: Gondola stand.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking West from the Campanile overlooking Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Instead of a taxi stand, one for gondolas.



  20. Arriving tourists

    Snapshot Title: Arriving tourists
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking West from the Campanile overlooking Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The new backpack: the ubiquitous two wheeled come-along luggage. Been there, done that.



  21. Artful scaffolding

    Snapshot Title: Artful scaffolding
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking West from the Campanile overlooking Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In Venice, even the renovation scaffolding is done with artistic sensibility.



  22. Anglers

    Snapshot Title: Anglers
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Lake Chuzenji, Japan, after a rainstorm, May 2008
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The anglers who had some luck were catching silver fish about 15 cm (6 inches) to 20 cm (eight inches) long. We saw them for sale in the waterfront markets.



  23. Adventurous Swan

    Snapshot Title: Adventurous Swan
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Lake Chuzenji, Japan, after a rainstorm, May 2008
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    This swan paddle-boat has definitely exceeded the foot-power of most paddlers --- it's a long way from its rental dock!



  24. Swan Boats

    Snapshot Title: Swan Boats
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Lake Chuzenji, Japan, after a rainstorm, May 2008
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The lake shore has many swan paddle-boat rental places for tourists. Some are quite colourful and it is amusing to see a "flock" of paddling swans on the lake!



  25. Chimney Pond

    Snapshot Title: Chimney Pond
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View from the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Chimney Pond Campground (the roof of the ranger's lodge is visible here) is only reachable by backpacking and bringing in your camping gear. You can learn more by googling "Baxter State Park, Maine"....



  26. Not a rock.

    Snapshot Title: Not a rock.
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View from the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    But a hiker enjoying the view from the top of one of the Chimney Peaks.



  27. Tipsy Santa

    Snapshot Title: Tipsy Santa
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Yes, Virginia --- has some Christmas lights
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Is Santa trudging forward with resolve, or has he had a little too much Christmas "cheer"?



  28. The white church

    Snapshot Title: The white church
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Yes, Virginia --- has some Christmas lights
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    There's a pink church, too.



  29. The Pink Church

    Snapshot Title: The Pink Church
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Yes, Virginia --- has some Christmas lights
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    There's a white church, too.



  30. 32 Days to Christmas

    Snapshot Title: 32 Days to Christmas
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Yes, Virginia --- has some Christmas lights
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Well, not quite --- the photo was taken on December 6, 2007.



  31. Millinocket Lake, Maine

    Snapshot Title: Millinocket Lake, Maine
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Descent from Katahdin via Abol Trail, Baxter State Park, Maine
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The largest lake near Mount Katahdin, Millinocket Lake.



  32. The Knife Edge

    Snapshot Title: The Knife Edge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: View from the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    One of the most challenging hikes in New England, "The Knife Edge" is a sharp ridge between Pamola Peak and Chimney Peak on Mount Katahdin.



  33. wooden boats

    Snapshot Title: wooden boats
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Halifax, Nova Scotia harbour view
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    As part of an ongoing program at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, classic wooden boats are built by volunteers under the guidance of an experienced boat-builder. For more information about the mu...



  34. CSS Acadia

    Snapshot Title: CSS Acadia
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Halifax, Nova Scotia harbour view
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Now a permanent exhibit of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, this vessel was used for researching and mapping purposes in its long career.



  35. MacDonald Bridge

    Snapshot Title: MacDonald Bridge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Halifax, Nova Scotia harbour view
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    There are two suspension bridges linking Halifax and Dartmouth across the harbour. This is the older of the two, the MacDonald Bridge. It is lit theatrically at night and sometimes used as a platfor...



  36. Harbour Hopper

    Snapshot Title: Harbour Hopper
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Halifax, Nova Scotia harbour view
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    This is the Harbour Hopper, an amphibious tourist vehicle which gives tours of the city on land and then plunges into the harbour for a look at the city from the water. Rumour is that it once patrole...



  37. King of the Hill

    Snapshot Title: King of the Hill
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Cathedral Peak, Yosemite
    Image Owner: yosemite



    Description:

    Someone made it to the top! Hope the view from up there was worth the climb!



  38. Pontalba apartments - East

    Snapshot Title: Pontalba apartments - East
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In pre-air conditioning days in Louisiana, many of the buildings have 14 ft. high ceilings, so that hottest air would rise to the top, leaving the lower level less hot. . . not cool or particularly co...



  39. Pontalba apartments - west

    Snapshot Title: Pontalba apartments - west
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In order to beat the heat in Louisiana in pre-air conditioning days, the windows were tall to afford maximum ventilation when open.



  40. tidal flats

    Snapshot Title: tidal flats
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: The Lookoff, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    not high tide, not low tide ---- somewhere in-between, but lots of mud flats visible here.



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