Memorial to a doomed mission

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Ill-fated expedition

This engraving in London, on Waterloo Place not far from Trafalgar Square, is part of a memorial to Sir John Franklin, leader of an ill-fated 1840s expedition in search of the Northwest Passage through Arctic Canadian waters.

I snapped this image in September 2016, just days after it was reported the wreck a second ship from his small fleet, HMS Terror, appears to have been found intact and in perfect condition at the bottom of the appropriately named Terror Bay, Nunavut.

Centre of attention

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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

Everyone wants to see the statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. (Even me!) Snapped back in August 2014.

Willamette Iron Works

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Willamette Iron Works, Seattle, Washington

Just a plain old sign made special by weather-beaten oxidation and sunlight passing through the leaves of a nearby tree. Spotted in Seattle, Washington, in November 2015.

Prague: Fairy-tale cityscape

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Fairytale cityscape

Prague doesn’t need too much dressing up to look its best. Captured this photo on the last day of my visit there, back in September.

Arches over tracks at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof

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Arches over tracks, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof

Here’s a view inside the train shed at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, in some photos taken back in September 2015. I quite like how the roof is reflected in the windshield of the train waiting at Track 21, below.

Gleis 21, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof

ICE

Calgary commuters

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Public art to Centre Street LRT station, Calgary

Public art at the Centre Street CTrain station in downtown Calgary: These poor figures are condemned to the fate of perpetually waiting for the next train.

Inner workings of a photo booth

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Photo booth

Ah, the purveyor of convenient selfies in the era before smartphones. A technician works on a photo booth at North Hill Centre, Calgary. (Ricky Leong photo)

If you’ve ever wondered what an automated photo booth looks like when the user interface is torn away … this post is for you. (And yes, photo booths still exist!) This happened as I was wandering into the grocery store.

I am a mountain

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I am a mountain

The tour guide who safely led our party through the Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona, last month took a lot of his time to point out rock formations that happened to resemble people’s faces or animals in battle. Frankly, I had some trouble seeing some of them … but this one was easy to visualize — cock your head and look straight up to find “Rocky Mountain”.

Amsterdam: Leaning on each other

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Houses along the Damrak canal in Amsterdam

Here’s an image snapped in Amsterdam on my very first trip to Europe, back in September 2012. These beautiful houses are lined up along the Damrak canal, just a stone’s throw from the main train station. And by the way … it’s not camera lens distortion you’re seeing — the floors in those building really do have a slight lean to them.

I’ll consume your sanity

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Toy store in Kensington, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Another delightfully whimsical window display, courtesy of a local toy store in Calgary.