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Oxford England

  • The End of the Road
    These photos are separated from my Travels album because Oxford is something of a second home. I still manage to visit it several times a year. So the pathway between Manotick and Oxford is well trodden and I can likely do it with my eyes closed - and probably have on more than one occasion.

Royal Roads University

  • Hatley Castle
    This series of photographs was taken over the last few years. I have stayed at the campus of Royal Roads on several occasions and I have been repeatedly impressed by the grounds. They are in many ways a little-known treasure.

Travels

  • Kafka Statue
    Here is a selection of pictures I have taken during my travels over the last few years. I am very obviously an amateur photographer and it is not uncommon for me to forget my camera altogether when packing. What the pictures do not convey is the fact that in these travels I have met, and gotten to know, a great many interesting people.

Manotick Ontario

  • Springtime in Manotick
    Manotick Ontario Canada is the part of Ottawa that I call home. Much of Manotick stands on an island in the Rideau River. Interestingly, the Rideau Canal, which runs through and around the river, was recently designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. So this means that the view from my backyard is in some way on a similar par with the Egyptian Pyramids - although the thought strikes me as ridiculous.
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October 31, 2009

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Ian Skeaff

Good arguments, Joe. I suspect that this would resonate with many people across many occupations.

Striking a balance between what's practical and what's ideal is always a battle - usually at least against time - but as you suggest it's a necessary one.

Cheers.

Joe Gollner

Hi Ian

And thanks for your note. I suspected that the picture I painted would resonate with working professionals in many domains and you are corroborating this suspicion. In my experience with the balancing act between what it is immediate and practical and what is longer term and more ideal, I have found the results to be counter-intuitive in that a little of the ideal mixed in with the practical makes things more sustainable and effective even in the short term. Or perhaps that's how I justify to myself the composition of sprawling blog posts at times when there are many priorities vying for attention...

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