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The Writing Is On The Siberian Walls

The Writing Is On The Siberian Walls

 

Siberian walls are smothered in messages. Subliminal and scrawly ones. Obvious, simplistic and humorous ones. Scratchy, graphic and historic ones. In Russia, English is rare, almost discouraged, and Siberian walls follow suit so you cannot rely on language to discern the communication.

The medium is the message, or, with Siberian walls, the texture frames the message. Settles and absorbs it. The message gains perspective as Siberian walls often are a brick palette weathered by history from 20th century civil battles, decades of stagnant Soviet rule and the steep road up to modernization. The canvas is as important as the palette and brush.

The writing is on the wall, as they say.

 

For more on Siberian walls and Siberia, see also:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/shuttered-windows-of-ulan-ude-siberia/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/siberian-boys-and-pesky-pigeons/

Little Wooden Houses Arshan, Siberia

 

 

Russian travel photography
Siberians Walls Sometimes Have Official Graffiti ©heather simonds

 

You Are Dead          ©heather simonds
Siberian Wall Humour            ©heather simonds

 

Russian wall writing
Open This Door And You Are Dead               ©heather simonds

 

Russian travel photography
Siberians Walls Have A History ©heather simonds

 

Russian travel photography
Barbwire Tells The Story               ©heather simonds

 

 

Russian wall writing
Behind The Wall You Will Find Love, Perhaps?           ©heather simonds

 

Russian wall writing
Life Is A Big Question Mark Sometimes               ©heather simonds

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Spring 2014

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Spring 2014

 

To some, the prairie spring vista can be uninspiring. To others it is just plain tiring as the rest of the world experiences daffodils that aren’t deluded by a spring snowfall, green grass that isn’t denuded by frosty temperatures and a big sky that threatens snowfall (again!). Spring is a long journey of frozen precipitation playing checkerboard with “here today-gone in an hour” sunshine, often in the same day.  Hope and expectation fizzled.

 

As winter’s monochromatic palette lingers into the season that conjures up emergent botanicals, drab foliage and empty branches continue in their state of wanting. The world’s universal natural vitamin D source is as lacking as the corresponding intensity of heat. The clutch of winter drags on into April and May; temperatures remain low and dribbles of slushy snow dampen, yet again, the dead landscape and the spirits of winter survivors longing for the next season with all of its promise. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is approximately 3500 acres of prairie grassland preserved just west of Calgary, Alberta. A walk through the all-season park in the late spring afternoon (that is, late May) offers up the warmth of the solar strength just before it lowers below the still seemingly frozen horizon. And then, without notice, summer descends. Hope and expectation rekindled.

 

It was a long prairie winter but spring is here. The park is a working ranch complete with cattle and fence lines and cowpies along with trees and trails and deer. Keep your eyes open and watch your step when roaming on this unique landscape.

For more on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, see:

 

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/april-glenbow-ranch-provincial-park/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/glenbow-ranch-provincial-park-before-the-storm/

 

 

Glenbow Cochrane crocus
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Prairie Spring Botany                       ©heather simonds

 

Glenbow prairie photography
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Late Spring Robin                          ©heather simonds

 

Glenbow green Cochrane
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Spring At Last                       ©heather simonds

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – Green Season

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – Green Season

Sometimes you have to get out and see what all the fuss is about when green season hits the Canadian foothills. Late evening spring light is best viewed and experienced from outside of the car window so find a park and get walking.

In the case of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in late spring, taking a short walk west from the parking lot can make all of the difference in the world, at least in the prairie and foothills world. After a week of big rain the thirsty land dresses up green almost overnight. Combine the big prairie sky and fading warm light and you have colours sleeping together in harmony; greens and yellows and blues melting into one another. In the colour wheel world a palette of analogous colours are a good thing. So get out of your box, whatever that may be, and look for some colours cozying up at a park nearest you.

For more on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/05/20/glenbow-overcomes-the-brown-season/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/12/canadian-prairie-in-between-seasons/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/09/more-in-between-season-at-glenbow-ranch-provincial-park/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/03/22/glenbow-ranch-provincial-park-between-seasons/

 

Canadian prairie photography
© Heather Simonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Trees Sparkle

 

Canadian prairie photography
©Heather Simonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Southwest Vista

 

Canadian prairie photography
©Heather Simonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, June Sunset

 

Canadian prairie photography
©Heather Simonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Trails West

 

Canadian prairie photography
© Heather Simonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Twilight Vista

 

 

 

 

Havana-A Canvas Creeping into Modernity One Stroke at a Time

Havana Creeping into Modernity One Stroke at a Time

 

When Havanans have access to colour, they apply it with a heavy brush … intense, powerful, striking dabs on an otherwise monochromatic and deteriorating landscape. Colour has always been around, lurking in Havana cultural life, most noted and obvious, the arts, music and architecture. Although suppressed over the past half century, new, bold shades are seeping out from the cracks in the canvas. While paint is desperately lacking in the crumbling architecture, and vision can be clouded by exhaust spewing Ladas, vivid colour is applied liberally to the everyday palette – the showy street costume, the impromptu sax playing in a refurbished plaza, “American cars” dressed up in pop colours cruise by, the full spectrum and style displaying in street art.  Locals meander down the Paseo del Prado (a long, wide boulevard built in the late 18th Century) in sexy, current, bright attire – chatting vigorously and, generally, minding their business. Cuban art is on display under tropical vegetation waiting for the highly cherished tourist currency. Locals usually just browse.

For more on the Cuban colour palette see:

 

Everyone Is Playing Games On Cuba Streets

 

 More Havana Hotrods

 

Havana Hardtop Heaven

 

 

Havana travel photography
Brilliant and Striking Cuban Art

 

Havana travel photography
Cuban Art Displayed on Paseo del Prado, Havana

 

Havana travel photography
Smiling Cuban Girl Dancing In The Street

 

Havana travel photography
Color Against Havanan Crumbling Backdrop

 

Havana travel photography
American Cars Add Splash of Color To Cubans Lives