Monday, July 24, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

Pictorial Tuesday   Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

April 2006 -  Bandelier New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre (13,629 ha) United States National Monument near Los Alamos in New Mexico. The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.

This was part of our 2006 Satan Fe New Mexico trip which also included Utah and Colorado.

Details courtesy of Wikipedia.

Bandelier was designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a National Monument on February 11, 1916, and named for Adolph Bandelier, a Swiss-American anthropologist who researched the cultures of the area and supported preservation of the sites.

Frijoles Canyon contains a number of ancestral pueblo homes, kivas (ceremonial structures), rock paintings, and petroglyphs. Some of the dwellings were rock structures built on the canyon floor; others were cavates produced by voids in the volcanic tuff of the canyon wall and carved out further by humans. A 1.2-mile (1.6 km), predominantly paved, "Main Loop Trail" from the visitor center affords access to these features.

Human presence in the area has been dated to over 10,000 years before present. Permanent settlements by ancestors of the Puebloan peoples have been dated to 1150 CE; these settlers had moved closer to the Rio Grande by 1550.The distribution of basalt and obsidian artifacts from the area, along with other traded goods, rock markings, and construction techniques, indicate that its inhabitants were part of a regional trade network that included what is now Mexico.] Spanish colonial settlers arrived in the 18th century. The Pueblo Jose Montoya brought Adolph Bandelier to visit the area in 1880. Looking over the cliff dwellings, Bandelier said, "It is the grandest thing I ever saw."

Much of the area was covered with volcanic ash (the Bandelier tuff) from an eruption of the Valles Caldera volcano 1.14 million years ago. The tuff overlays shales and sandstones deposited during the Permian Period and limestone of Pennsylvanian age. The volcanic outflow varied in hardness; the Ancestral Pueblo People broke up the firmer materials to use as bricks, while they carved out dwellings from the softer material.

Like past inhabitants, you can climb ladders into several of the small carved rooms

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

June 2017 - Toronto ON

Elicser Elliott “Tona as Marty McFly Disappearing Photos”

Floating man, floating down the river with an photo from the past clutched in his hand.

This is now hidden behind scaffolding and fencing for another construction project at Queen St. W and Soho. I was lucky that the gate was ajar.

I had set out to find this mural of David Suzuki on a street called Bulwer. It rang a bell and when googled I realized I had walked past it last week while on Spadina in Chinatown.
Intrigued by the name I found the following at the Historic Toronto site.

Bulwer is a short avenue, located one block north of Queen Street West, between Soho Street and Spadina Avenue. In the nineteenth century it was named Maple Lane and was where families maintained small homes. It was an ideal location as the street was close to the commercial shops of Spadina Avenue as well as those on Queen Street. The Spadina and Queen Street streetcars were close, so it was easy for the residents to travel to work anywhere throughout the downtown area.

The name Maple Lane disappeared in 1878, when they renamed the it Bulwer Street. It was likely named after the English statesman and author Edward George, Earl Lytton, secretaries for the colonies 1858-1859. He wrote many popular novels between the years 1827-1873 under the name Bulwer-Lytton. The name Bulwer may have carried more prestige, but the name “Maple Lane” was more charming.

David Suzuki painted by Kevin Ledo. June 2016, A Love Letter to the Great Lakes project, with Pangea Seed, Toronto, Canada. Exterior mural: “David Suzuki with Atlantic Salmon” 26’×64’

Bulwer St. Off Spadina north of Queen St.

Unfortunately there has been some tagging done.

David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, geneticist, broadcaster, environmental activist (born 24 March 1936 in Vancouver, BC). A Canadian of Japanese parentage, Suzuki was interned with his family during the Second World War. He is known for his career as a broadcaster (including the CBC TV series The Nature of Things) as well as his work as an environmental activist.

Just west of Suzuki is this unsigned mural. So much detail!

Good Random Fun

July 2017 - Toronto ON

Ditty Lane - To commemorate the Ditty Hotel formerly located at Church and Queen. Why was it called the Ditty? I can't find anything. I did come across it as a last name in Toronto. Did they sing ditties or did someone write them?

This painting at the AGO made me laugh.


Worker's truck at University of Toronto

Linking up:
The Good The Random The Fun

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

2004 - Rome Italy

Trevi Fountain

Three Coins in a Fountain

City Walk on the Wild Siide

Photo Sunday   Six Word Saturday

July 2017 - Toronto ON

This week's theme is WILD

This week in St. James Park.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

One Word Sunday

23 July: THROUGH

July 2017 - Toronto ON

30 July: Horizon
7 August: Upright

inSPIREd Sunday

July 2017 - Toronto ON

On the grounds of the University of Toronto

St. Basil’s Church was built as part of St. Michael’s College. When the College was established by Monseigneur Armand-Fran├žois-Marie de Charbonnel, the second bishop of Toronto, he entrusted it to the Basilian Fathers who began immediately to look for a site where they might build. Captain, the Honourable John Elmsley, son of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Upper Canada, a convert to Catholicism and a strong supporter of Catholic education, offered to donate land for the construction of the new institution. However, he had one condition, one that the Bishop and the Basilians were quick to accept. The College should include a parish church.