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Horse Riding Event

by lulujane on November 19, 2009

It’s amazing how many photos I’ve taken in the past few years.  Some days the variety of subject matter surprises even me.  I had occasion recently to contact an area trail riding association to get the name of a woman in one of my favourite photographs.  In September of 2007 I attended a trail riding event on South Talbot Road on the outskirts of Windsor, Ontario, and took many action shots that day, mostly showing riders competing in barrel racing.

I managed to connect with Geri Hilton by email and received her consent to use the photo in a contest I was entering.

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When looking for this photo of Geri I rediscovered the horse riding event photos and decided to post them for viewing.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/HorseRidingEventSeptember2007#

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W.E.C.S.S.O. Slo Pitch Playoffs

by lulujane on September 22, 2009

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Lots of balls thrown today, hit and fielded. On Monday, September 14th, six teams (two in each of Divisions “A”, “B” and “C”) competed for bragging rights as league champions in the Windsor Essex County Senior Sports Organization Slo Pitch League.  Thanks to the meticulous care of the Sport Fest grounds crew, the baseball diamonds at Ciociaro Club on North Talbot Road were well groomed and in superior playing condition.

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One red team, one green and one blue, competed against the grey home teams on a beautiful late summer day.

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Some of the players and managers were serious, while a few others were lighthearted about the whole thing.

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Even though Russ wore his Goofy-like hat(s), at bat and on the field he transformed into a serious competitor.

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Hey, I thought this was a no contact sport!

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If you take time to view the playoff day photos at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WECSSOSloPitchPlayoffs# you will notice that the players were well supported by lots of fans who cheered and groaned along with them at tense moments of play.

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Lots of serious play on this day.  At times the tension was high – vastly different from the normal season play on weekday mornings from Monday through Thursday.

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I am thinking that some of the fellows might go home from the game and collapse in the Lazy-Boy in front of the t.v. nursing aches and pains.  On the other hand I saw a lot of healthy men playing a sport they love, enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of team members and competitors.

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Where would these teams be without their pitchers, consistent in their play?

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When all is said and done, it was a great season.  By the time the dust settled, the Cavemen were declared the winners in the “A” Division, the Gladiators in the “B” Division and the Retirees in the “C” Division.  Congratulations guys!

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Now that the season is finished, my frequent travels to the league games leaves me with many photographs to evidence the athleticism and dedication of the players, managers, umpires and executives.  The league and the players impressed me in many ways.

Thanks to the people who assisted me in my quest in recording all sixteen teams on digital images, for encouragement and kindnesses shown me, and gratitude expressed.  I must admit that there are days when I felt like “one of the boys”.

For anyone wishing to view photos of themselves or their team, links to a photo website are located in the article below entitled “Senior Men’s Baseball”.

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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.

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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

special-olympics-soccer-june-9-09-photo-by-linda-iler-25smThere were three of us shooting at soccer tonight – Darren, John and I.   Shooting was a challenge.  Half of the time we were in a small gymnasium.  It felt like a confined space as there were a lot of members at this practise. The action was close, constant and the ball was continually moving.

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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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It felt like a hug

by lulujane on June 7, 2009

I got up yesterday morning intending to go to Art in the Park in Willistead Park and take in a few yard sales.  The sales were so plentiful and full of good deals that it didn’t take long for my friend Bonnie and me to fill up the back seat and rear storage space in my Ford Escape.  Many side streets in areas neighbouring Willistead Park take advantage of this weekend to bring their goods to the curb and put up a Yard Sale sign, taking advantage of the thousands of drive-bys who make Art in the Park an annual must.

One of the yard sales was on Wyandotte Street, a highly travelled thoroughfare.  Street parking was limited but with Bonnie detouring me to an offstreet city parking lot we were fine.  The real bonus was that due to a labour dispute the city workers who monitor these lots were not around to ensure that consumers/city taxpayers pay their due.  I chose not to go to the parking machine which ordered “PAY HERE”.

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While walking back to the car I became aware that I  felt I had been given a hug.  Not paying for parking I mean.  It reminded me of how I feel when I visit one of the small towns in our County of Essex where I just find a spot, drive up to the curb and park my car – without having to dig into my change purse for change. And change to pay parking rates isn’t just a few cents any more.  More often than not the parking requires we dig deep for at least a two dollar coin, or in the alternative, two loonies.  To clarify for those not Canadian a loonie is a Canadian one dollar coin.

If I feel this way I am sure others might share this experience.  Some days it seems everyone has their hand out.

There are so many little ways to make our city better, more welcoming.

I know that our city has earmarked those parking meter/metered lot dollars for specific project AND it would sure be nice if they wanted to give us a hug once in a while with city wide free parking – just for the pleasure of  knowing how well it would be received. Tourists might also appreciate a welcoming feeling from this kind of hug.

We spent all our cash on street sales and went home with car and hearts full and wallets empty. We never did make it to Art in the Park.

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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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Many faces of Special Olympics

by lulujane on June 5, 2009

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This post is a part of a collection of the faces of the LaSalle Spirits, local Special Olympic athletes.

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Perhaps at some point I may be able to attach faces to names.  I hope so!

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