Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.


This past month while in New York City, I visited Coney Island. There was just something about this seaside amusement park that conjured memories from my childhood, even though I’d never been there. Maybe the smells, sounds, and sights reminded me of family trips to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Disneyland, both in California. And the quick thrills I felt going upside down on a rollercoaster, and later winning a stuffed animal at a carnival booth, transported me back to 1985.


As with most of our photo challenges, we’re keeping this one wide open to interpretation. Some ideas:

  • A meaningful family photograph.
  • A snapshot of something or someone that reminds you of your past.
  • A “throwback” image of a thing or activity you once loved.
  • A picture of your home, home city/country, or a place that you long for.
  • An image edited with a vintage filter (try using Instagram, PicMonkey, or other apps).
In front of Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

In front of Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

This photo was taken of our family [the 3 of us in the back] with little niece in front, standing at the main entrance into The House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, our nation’s capital city. It is a nostalgic photo for me because it was the last major holiday that my wife and yours truly went on with our daughter together, back in 2009. For other entries click here.

Fort McMurray and Ottawa

Fort McMurray and Ottawa

What do Fort McMurray and Ottawa have in common? Well, not much, except that my wife has a brother living in each city. As pictures describe at least a thousand words, here’s a few pictures we took with our new Nikon camera while spending one week of our holidays at Ft. McMurray and another week in Ottawa and environs. You can enlarge these pictures by clicking on my Flickr on the sidebar.


Oil Sands Museum

My wife Julianna and yours truly in front of the Oil Sands Museum.





This sign gives you an idea of the enormity of the machines used to mine and process the tar sands.



Me in front of the bucket.


Conveyor Wheel

Julianna in front of the conveyor wheel.


Earth moving machine

Brother-in-law George and his wife Merabel in cab of earth moving machine, which was about two stories high.



Ottawa brother-in-law John performing a mini concert for us on the piano, with his daughter Jahna smiling, and to the left their dog Toto on my lap.



Reindeer in Omega Park.



A noble bison bull in Omega Park.



Beaver dam in marsh area of the Rideau River.



Centre Block with Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.



Changing of the Guard.



Changing of the Guard.



Julianna, our daughter Anna, me, & front row, Jahna, in front of the main door into the Centre Block Parliament Building.



Anna and me with two of the Famous Five, who succeeded in gaining women the right to vote.



The Rideau Canal locks



The Museum of Civilization



Me in front of artist Norval Morrisseau’s masterpiece, “A Separate Reality.” This is a breathtakingly beautiful painting, depicting the interconnectedness and peace of humankind with the whole creation. One could spend two, three or more days in the Museum of Civilization in order to appreciate more fully its rich, diverse exhibits.



The Royal Canadian Mint, building on the right, inside the fence. Did you know that in addition to printing Canadian currency, our Canadian Mint prints currency for one-quarter of the world’s nations?



A bird’s eye view of Ottawa taken from the Peace Tower. Across the Ottawa River you can see Canada’s National Art Gallery, and across for it, Notre Dame Cathedral.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. We are truly a blessed nation, rich in geographical and cultural diversity.