The past is history written in stone that can't be altered. The future is transitory and never guaranteed.
Today is the only thing you can alter for certain. Make the most of it."
~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
This post might come across as kind of cold. It's neither the most colourful (except for a few) nor does it exude warmth but there are some interesting sites around and I hope to offer you some concrete evidence of that. See what I did there?
I snapped this image early in May. This dilapidated bench sits outside of a laundry mat. A discarded Tim Horton's cup and an empty coffee can sits on the concrete nearby. We take our morning java seriously in Peterborough.
I thought that these stones resembled a turtle's head and front foot as it emerged from the water.
This very impressive piece of architecture is the dual lift lock on the Trent Canal in Peterborough. It was built in 1904 and remains the oldest and tallest (65ft/20m) hydraulic boat lift in the world. Let's go climb up to the top.
From Wikipedia: The lock has two identical bathtub-like ship caissons in which vessels ascend and descend. No external power is needed. The lift lock functions by gravity alone using the counterweight principle. One caisson always ascends and the other always descends during each locking cycle. When one caisson reaches the top position, it stops 12 inches (30 cm) below the water level of the upper reach, and the control valve is closed.
You can see a larger boat on the top left anticipating its drop into the canal below so that it can continue it's journey southward. The smaller boats (only one visible in this photo) at that bottom will arrive at the upper area of the canal at the same time.
They briefly meet near the middle.
Just a few more feet to rise and the gates will open, allowing the small boats to continue on their way. The same goes for the large boat which we can no longer see down below.
Another place and time - this is the lookout near Combermere, a half-hour drive from where I lived previously. This rocky view of the highway below was a good place to sit and think.
A glance beyond the highway took in this beautiful view of Kamaniskeg Lake.
Back in Peterborough, a graffiti artist's teary rendition of my favourite creature - the feline.
If you stand back a bit, you can take it all in.
Here's a bit more from a different section.
On a nearby ledge, someone decided to add some less permanent art of their own.
They also kindly left their chalk behind for others to use. Grab a piece and start drawing!
I'll leave you with this feather. I was sitting on a rocky ledge, splashing my feet in the river when the wind gently caught the feather which in turn, caught my eye. It was clinging to to side of the rocky wall beside my leg.
More photos coming up soon.