Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quietly Quirky

Knowing that the letter for this week's ABC Wednesday was Q, the word quirky popped almost immediately into my mind.  There are several meanings of quirky to be found in dictionaries, but I seem to have my own sense of the word that has to do with a kind of eccentricity or slightly twisted outlook that doesn't go so far as to be crazy, but rather is hopefully sort of "cool" in most peoples' minds.  This week, I selected a few of my photographs that I thought would fit into a quietly quirky category.  In other words, not too far out, but still sort of interesting in an odd sort of way. 

One evening, I photographed these apartment buildings and their reflections in False Creek.  Then, I rotated the photo to a sideways position.  
 Focusing on the reflections alone,
 I zoomed in to come up with an even more quivery vista.
Upside down rotation worked quite well too, although I have a few qualms that you might be feeling dizzy by now.
I took one more shot that evening, thinking that it was rather odd to find these two yellow bricks among other more normal looking ones. Maybe, someone was on a quest to catch the attention of passers by.
 During our Saturday hike to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, Black Jack showed the ever so slightly querulous side of her personality, refusing to quaff water, no matter how much Bill tried to help her quench her thirst.  She quietly stared away from the water, and we both finally quit worrying that she was becoming dehydrated.
 On the same hike, Bill made me laugh and laugh, as he quipped that he was in need of rescue.  He has an unconventional and quick sense of humour that I love.
 Here I am trying to play along with the drama, but I was unable to quell my laughter, and doubt I convinced anyone that I have the qualifications to be an actor.
I played with my super moon  shots last Saturday, and thought these two..
 perhaps captured the quintessential mysteriousness of a full moon.
 Sunday evening, Bill noticed these old boats by a restaurant at Granville Island.  I put my camera on an angle, and thought the off-kilter reflections added a certain je ne sais quois to the photo.
 Here is the same shot, but including a bit more of the quay to the right.  
Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Your thoughts are very much appreciated, but I hope you won't quibble too much with my idea of the meaning of quirky.  I suspect by now, you have had your quota of pictures for this post, but to see other great Q-word ideas from around the world, check out that un-questionably wonderful ABC link.

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots and I loved the way you played with them to accommodate the "Q" words :-)

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  2. My goodness! I absolutely adore your photos! You two look like so much fun - we must get together sometime!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  3. A fascinating array of shots Carol - very imaginative; love those reflections! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog. All the best to you, Black Jack and Bill.

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  4. Fantastic fun shots and words for Q. I enjoyed this post so much. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  5. Your photo with the Right side Up is quite impressive! Also, love the ones with the diagonal slant!

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  6. I so enjoyed these quirky shots, Carol. Funny how a slight tilt or off balance angle can alter an impression and make us take notice of scenes we might otherwise miss. Love the upside down skyscrapers and I’m wondering who took the shot of you and Bill scaling that mountain. I almost expect Black Jack to start filming any day now as she is quite clever and is such a special personality on your blog. :)

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  7. Nice shots - I love the upside down reflection. I wonder what it would look like if you kept it rotated like that and just left the reflected part?

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  8. quality quirky shots
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  9. Quirky indeed. :)
    I once tilted my camera and took the picture of Leaning Tower of Pisa as Straight Pisa. :D

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  10. Lovely reflections!

    Come and take my Dementia Quiz
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  11. Quite and quietly quirky shots. Love the reflections, when you rotate them it momentarily leaves me in a quandry. All kidding aside the reflections and all the other pictures are wonderful. Thanks Carol.

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  12. Fabulously creative shots!

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  13. Wow these are amazing, and what a change of topic since I been here, probably few months ago. Hope all is well otherwise. Anna :)

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  14. I have to admit...that first photo made me a bit dizzy!!! But in short order I got in the flow!!! I really like the close up of the single reflection! Some great photos and fun times! Thanks for visiting MammothLakesDP!!!

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  15. Loved your quirky photos. Don't you just love being retired - I'm having a ball. Look forward to reading/viewing more of your blogs.

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  16. Very nice quirky photos ! with the first one I got a stiff neck, lol !

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  17. yes, i love your humor, and the photos are great. I am smiling till the end. [thanks also for visiting my site]

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  18. Enjoyed your Reflection shots... they have a special quality to them.

    ~ thanks for visiting my blog too!

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  19. Oh how cool - all this fun play in all sorts of ways and angles. Thanks for letting us play with your play!

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  20. Unquestionabbly quirky-quite quixotic, but don;t quote me ;-)

    Love the side reflection idea and the rock falling stunt!

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  21. I would never question your quirky sense of humour or the quantity of words beginning with "q". I love this rather queer (peculiar) exercise because it is quite a quest to find meaningful words to fit your wonderful photos. I wonder if you could use "quinoa" next time because we have a new recipe for a salad featuring this ancient grain which I know you will enjoy! Phyllis

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  22. Fantastic views, beautiful places. I am greeting

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  23. Nice pictures! Like the way you decided to play!

    Kangaroos - I live about a 20 minute train ride from the middle of Melbourne - so I don’t see 'roos that often, and basically never on my local path. However, it would be easy to drive for about 1/2 an hour and be able to find them. If you live a little further out than me (as a friend of mine does) you can see them every day. So, the simple answer is “it depends on where you live”. I assume that may be the same with you and bears, moose and beavers!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  24. Lots of quirky fun! Love them all, especially the moon shots!

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  25. my comment got eaten by a quirky computer ;)

    I shall try again

    love the way you show the reflections
    check out Weekend Reflections on my sidebar, you should link this post tomorrow
    reflection lovers will really enjoy this

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  26. Hello.
    Excellent array of photos. I think Bill's little escapade looked more realistic (sorry...lol). The quirky shots made my eyes water. Thanks for sharing & visiting.

    The Qualities Of Love

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  27. I especially love those tight shots of the water reflections! My cuppa tea, as they say. Black Jack is so adorable!
    And in regards to acting-maybe keep that day job! LOL! Great shots, though and what FUN!

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