Friday, April 18, 2014

Nanitch Nawitka

I drew the Chinook jargon words "Nanitch" and "Nawitka" out of Henry Tsang's Welcome to the Land of Light art installation to create an "N" theme for ABC Wednesday that translates as "See indeed."  Can one see one's thoughts indeed?  My photos taken between Sunday and Thursday might answer that question.  I'm linking them up for the first time with a new meme (for me) called Friday Photo Journal.

Here's a larger piece of Henry Tsang's work.  It travels around a path that I have walked almost every day since moving to the False Creek area a few years ago.  Sometimes, I love to ponder its words and sometimes, I just like to feel its familiarity.   
This Canada Goose flew over as Bill and I were checking out my camera that had dropped onto the carpet because I had forgotten to zip my camera bag closed.  That happened just as we were ready to go for our walk. So far, so good. The large lens caught this goose..
and a cormorant..
 and this Bushtit.
I thought I could Nanitch Nawitka the determination, or was it resignation, on the faces of these dragon boat students, as their instructors asked them to work as a team.
We discover that my small lens is broken.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  In the next few days, I will have to pay a visit to a repair shop.  In the meantime, if I back far away, I can still catch Bill and Black Jack with the 150-500.
I suddenly Notice a tiny bit of plastic that has fallen from the rim of the small lens. I am devastated at the thought of its injury. Black Jack checks for treats..
and thinks it is time to..
remind Bill that there are more important things in life than broken cameras.
 I Nanitch Nawitka that she is right, and catch..
 a few blooms with my big lens as we walk homeward.
That Night, I head outside after midnight, hoping to take some photos of the eclipse.  There is heavy cloud cover and I have to search quite a while to find the moon, let alone photograph it.  I do finally see a hint of red behind a cloud and take Note of one bright star..  perhaps Mars?  No tripod, the moon is too faint to catch, and the star slips in and out of clouds.  I capture only a few sqiggles..
 that make me ridiculously happy.
This squiggle looks like a ring and I think of the one my sister sent me.  There is a strong wind and Black Jack and I shiver but we both nanitch nawitka that we had fun.   
I think it was the next day that Bill stood with me just as the rain had stopped.
 The flowers had slurped up what they could and were letting the extra droplets rest a while.
 Vancouver gardeners have been busy.
 They know the sun will soon come out.
Yesterday, Bill and I took the Aquabus across False Creek to Granville Island.  My little lens continues to try its best, but it is very hobbled.  I need to detach and reattach it between almost every shot.  It catches the rain and the Granville Bridge through the plastic windows of the little ferry that takes us across the water.
It is pouring rain, but we stand under a Granville Island roof to catch a shot of the greenery by the bridge.  We continue up Granville, along Fir and make a right on 5th, heading for the Fifth Avenue movie theatre to see Cas and Dylan.  The link will take you to a trailer that will pretty much make seeing the movie unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to be sad, but I didn't cry.  Richard Dreyfuss is a fine actor but he doesn't appear to be comfortable as Cas.  Bill and I nanitch nawitka that even a disappointing movie gives us food for thought.  We have delicious soup at a lovely little restaurant, walk home in pouring rain over the Burrard Bridge, and read another few pages of People of the Book. This adds up to a good day. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog.  I hope you may find time to stop by ABC Wednesday and Friday Photo Journal to read posts by other "N" thinkers and photographers.  Thank you so much to the dedicated people who keep these memes running so successfully!  I hope you Nanitch many fun things Nawitka on the weekend. 


  1. i hope the lens can be repaired! loved this set of photos - the moon squiggles and rain drops. :)

    1. Thanks, TexWis. Love it that you appreciate the squiggles :)

  2. Despite the lack of a lens, your shots are beautiful as always, Carol. You have a Nikon, correct? I have a box full of Nikon accessories, including lenses, from my late sister's stuff. They go with her Nikon 35 mm film camera, which I'm not likely to ever use. If I have the lens you need, you're welcome to it. Just email me with the specifics.
    PS - so good to see Bill out and about and enjoying life with you and Black Jack.

    1. Jean, what a beautifully generous offer. Thank you! My camera is a Nikon D90 (digital). The lens is Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Somehow, I'm doubting that any of your sister's lenses would fit, but I would be so honoured to have any small part of her collection. I will email you after I talk with Henry of Broadway Camera. He has saved me a couple of times from "disasters" that turned out to be fixable after all.

  3. What beauty you saw that day and I'm glad it turned out good. Hopefully the lens can be fixed and taking more pretty shots in no time. I was thinking about you just yesterday and wondering what was going on with Bill's health. What lovely blooms already this spring!!

    1. Thank you, Ann! I have thought of you often as well. Wonderful to have such a quick response. You inspire me to be more consistent with my blog posts.

  4. Thank you for returning to your blog. It makes me feel very Nanita Nawitika especially when I see how much fun you and Bill are having! Black Jack always adds much Nanita as well! I loved People of the Book so know why you are enjoying it! I am so sad that your little lens is broken but you camera guru will soon repair it Nawitikaly! ( At least I managed an adjective and an adverb!)

  5. You are welcome! Thank you for the many smiles in your comment :)

  6. I think the horizontal squiggles look like a UFO!

    Carol, since Allan moved up from Nikon film cameras to Nikon digitals, he had done a bunch of research. "The D90 will work with ALL Nikon auto focus lenses." (Ann, Allan is curious what you've got, and if your interested in selling any...)

    1. I did wonder about UFO's :) Thanks for the Nikon info, EvenSong.

  7. Love the squiggles! Just went through your previous post and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Bill’s agility increase daily and the many cute captions along the way. None of us will every top Yui Kawaguchi, however, as she leaps and swirls to the music of pianist Aki Takase. At times the movements of the dancer reminded me of piano keys gyrating. Thanks for including the video! So glad that the health issues are subsiding as we hopefully head for a vibrant spring and summer in Vancouver.

  8. Oh, I am SO happy you found time to watch the video, Maria!

  9. Squiggles, tulips, and stunning spring blossoms made me very happy. Thank-you.