Magnolias

Our backyard neighbour’s magnolia tree (I think it’s a Japanese Star Magnolia?) kick off spring every year with an incredible floral blossom display. I’ve always loved magnolia trees but the pollen really throws my allergies for a loop, so I’ve had to learn to love them from afar. 🙂

Hoping to get down to the Arboretum this weekend to see if any of the apple blossoms are starting! (It’s snowing today, though – fingers crossed we get the good weather that’s forecasted for Saturday)

Wiggly Pigglies

I already really liked our local Ottawa museums, but they’re experiencing something of a renaissance in our household now that we have a toddler. We’ve been to the Agriculture museum a few times this summer and every time they seem to have a fresh batch of pink wiggly piglets to fall in love with.

MMMMAKEEEEE

I stopped by the Ottawa School of Art gallery as I was wandering through the market again yesterday (primarily to return a book I’d bought, but I happened to bring a camera with me) and stumbled on Christos Pantieras’ amazing installation called “AM I WORTH IT” – a bajillion letter tiles cast in cement, then grouted with loose fine sand. Periodically words seem to crawl out of the background, you’re invited to walk around on the tiles and take it in from different perspectives. Really loved this work – I wonder what will happen to all the cement letters when he’s done!?

Fire and Ice

I was in the market early for a birthday brunch (mine!) the other day, so I wandered around with my camera taking pictures of the sheets of ice left behind from a freezing rainstorm melting off the statues. This one caught a glint of the sun peeking out between clouds and it looks a bit like embers glowing under glass.