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Veterans’ Appreciation Day in Windsor

by lulujane on November 11, 2009

I shouldn’t be writing this at the moment because it is late, for me, and I have had a busy day.  I just returned home from the Devonshire Cinema.  Although I saw the Michael Jackson film, ‘This is it!’ last week, I took my 14 year old granddaughter Krista to see it tonight – after homework and dinner of course.

Last year I attended the Veterans’ Appreciation Day in our fair city, an event attended by about 800 veterans, friends, family and volunteers.  I took individual photo portraits of as many veterans as possible, and within a week had mailed or delivered copies to them.  It felt like a gift to me, to be able to do this.

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This year, today, I returned to do the same thing at this year’s event, filling my camera’s memory card and my heart.   I had a few surprises in some old friends I met there and enjoyed conversations with lots of people I hadn’t met before.

I used to work with Dan Beaudoin, who has to be the most outwardly patriotic person in our country. He has a Canada themed house on Lincoln Road.  I have seen him attend veterans’ celebrations before, often handing out Canadian flags or other themed items.  He was wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt that he had designed especially for him.

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When leaving to go home I noticed this truck in the parking lot and am assuming, probably rightly so, that it belongs to Dan.

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Following are two links to some additional photos taken today:

Photos of veterans:
http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/RemembranceDay2009#

Photos of events, volunteers, miscellaneous:
http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/EventVolunteersMiscellaneous#

As an afterthought I have decided to include a link to the photographs I took at the 2008 Veterans’ Appreciation Day. Perhaps someone will recognizes themselves from that event:

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/RemembranceDay#

Kudos to the organizers, particularly my contact person, Dann Bouzide of the Windsor Historical Society.

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I can’t begin to imagine the scope of the planning, organizing and fine tuning that goes into such a large scale and greatly appreciated day.  So, in one way the event celebrates the veterans and is in appreciation of their service and sacrifice. And in another way, my sense is that they appreciate the acknowledgment and respect of having this special event created just for them.  Lots of appreciation all ’round.

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Footloose – Sailing in September

by lulujane on September 7, 2009

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I have been to the Cedar Island Yacht Club twice in the past few months.  Both times to make photographs.  Once from a stationary race boat, a tug.  The second time from Footloose, a sailboat owned by Frank and Wendy Foote, that was actually in the race.

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From the tug I could catch sailboats circling the race boat like piranhas in anticipation of an official start, and on their return leg to cross the finish line.  Limiting to some degree, and exciting in others.

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My CIYC’s Labour Day Regatta was an entirely different experience physically, emotionally and artistically. Shifting sides of the boat when our captain orchestrated a tack my job was to stay out of the way of the crew who eagerly and efficiently adjusted the sails.

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From my front row seat, sort of like a bird’s eye view, I often had to balance in awkward positions and brace myself with my legs to keep from being tossed around, and to give me a semi-stable position to shoot photos.

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In addition to the photos displayed with this post I am including a link to more.  This link pertains only to Footloose and crew.  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/FootlooseSailingInSeptember# . More to come in future of other sailboats in the race that day.

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These links are from the regatta I shot in July at the Cedar Island Yacht Club from the official race boat.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/CedarIslandYachtClubRegatta1Of2#

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/CedarIslandYachtClubRegatta2Of2?authkey=Gv1sRgCNSt8b_nr-r3CA#

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Photographically, this summer has been an adventure into new avenues of making pictures.  I had lots of fun doing this, meeting new people, and enjoying my time outside in our beautiful summer weather.

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Thanks to Wendy and Frank, Rachel, Seann and Grace for their hospitality and willingness to share their boat with me and to their yacht club for the courtesy shown me on this Labour Day weekend in 2009.

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Ontario Special Olympics

by lulujane on July 24, 2009

dsc_0174Windsor played host to the Ontario Special Olympics on July 23 – 25th, 2009.  As you will see from the links appearing with this item, I took lots of photographs.  Some of the photos included in these links are not necessarily the best quality, but if I erred, I erred by including them for the purpose of showing as many of the faces that I saw.  Likewise, if any of the athletes, coaches, parents, officials may be looking for images, hopefully they will find them here.

This kind of shooting – being on high alert for what is going around me for long periods of time, eventually takes a physical toll.  On Wednesday I attended a Media reception.  On Thursday I was at the Via Rail Station for over two hours to meet the very late 12:07 train and about an hour and a half for the 4:30 train on the same day.  Home for a break and them hurrying over to the WFCU Arena for Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., arriving home around 10 o’clock.  On Friday morning I was at the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Hall and sports field at 7:30 a.m.  Long day.

Deputy Chief Al Frederick

Deputy Chief Al Frederick

The first link is the first 500 photos of:  Windsor Welcomes Special Olympics at Via Rail (1 of 2)

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WindsorWelcomesOntarioSpecialOlylmpics#

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The second link is the balance: Windsor Welcomes Special Olympics at Via Rail (2 of 2)

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WindsorWelcomesOntarioSpecialOlympics2Of2?authkey=Gv1sRgCNj8orC2v7mZxwE#

The third link is track and field on the opening day of competition on July 24:

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympics2009WindsorTrackAndFieldDay1#

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The fourth link is rhythmic gymnastics. Apologies for the poor quality of these photos.  Lighting was an extreme and frustrating challenge.  It made me rethink what sport I will photo on Saturday.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsWindsor2009RhythmicGymnasticsDay1?authkey=Gv1sRgCLmZ8Lv7h_T77QE#

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I am also including a link to the Opening Ceremonies.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OpeningCeremonies?authkey=Gv1sRgCLzW1L3rmpakEQ#

July 25th – Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/GymnasticsJuly25#

July 25th – Rhythmic Gymnastics Award Ceremonies:

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsWindsorRhythmicGymnasticsAwardsPresentation#

July 25th – Baseball

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsBaseball#

Linda

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Lucky accidents

by lulujane on June 21, 2009

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This afternoon I was on my way to the Sandwich Revival Art Show.  I knew the general area where it was located but wasn’t totally clear on exactly where.  I drove north on Sandwich Street from the expressway and cut over to Russell Street.  As soon as I saw congested parking and a crowd of people I parked my car and walked over.

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To my surprise and delight I walked into Windsor’s Second Annual Aboriginal Gathering – Pow Wow with traditional native drumming and dancing.  Lucky accident for me.

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I talked with the mother of one of the young dancers. She told me that this was a small Pow-Wow compared to others.

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Because of the small size of the group there weren’t a lot of dancers, but the ones who were there poured their heart and soul into their movements creating great imagery with their finery.

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I enjoyed watching the energetic dancers and their flying colours.

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The sun was beating overhead with not much shade.

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For a few years I have been wanting to go to a Pow-Wow to see the dancers in their regalia. This was a happy coincidence for me today.

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It was getting hot for the dancers, they continued to sweat, and just kept dancing anyway.

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Windsor Special Olympics Gymnastics

by lulujane on June 19, 2009

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I liked this photo of Iesha Ellwood – it scans over a series of three mirrors, giving vertical breaks and uneven placement of wall art.

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What a delight to observe these happy athletes at work/play.

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Iesha Ellwood

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Concentration was the order of the day.

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Determination and poise.

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This looks like so much fun.

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Sweetness shared by Iesha is sweetness doubled.

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Sydney Hansen

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Paige Padbury

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Sometimes there are happy accidents in photography.  Through the sheer luck of it, the line on Celine’s tunic aligned with the line of the wall mounted bar.

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Sydney looks like such a happy person.  As I followed her with my lens I often smiled to myself in response to her bright smile.

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Sometimes there is a time out for adjusting equipment.

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Some postures look like statues.

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While other poses are action oriented.

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As I was leaving the dance studio I commented to one of the waiting moms, telling her that I could tell the athletes really worked hard at developing their skills.  She nodded an affirmation as I added “they have a lot to memorize”.

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Red Bull Air Races

by lulujane on June 16, 2009

dsc_1249sm3My viewing point for the Red Bull Air Races was in the cheap seats.Really big mistake.  My sister Brenda and I had a terrible time with grass allergies.

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Len and Ralph looked more like bird watchers hiding in the long grass. My son Todd liked this ‘on safari’ shot.

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This was the most exciting and interesting version of O Canada that I have ever seen.

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As far away from the action as we were, the visuals were still thrilling.

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Up, up and away.

Despite the sneezing and the frustration with tearing eyes and having a very runny nose, it was well worth the trip to our Windsor riverfront for this event.

Next year, no cheap seats for us.  We’ll pay the ticket price to experience this in a better way.

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Special Olympics Soccer

by lulujane on June 9, 2009

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Man, these athletes are really in condition.  They never stopped moving.  I got tired just watching them.

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Coaching with Heart

by lulujane on June 5, 2009

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Warm ups with Jim at track and field practice on May 25, 2009

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Start-ups with Jim.  Get set…

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Finding your mark.

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Encouragement.  A positive coach helps the athletes to believe in themselves.

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Some things need explaining.  Patience is a requirement for coaching.

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A good coach shares information, encourages and supports and believes in what is possible.

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At the end of the day, a great coach believes in never giving up.

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