REMEMBRANCE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012: Top photo: Canadian flag and Calgary Highlanders, Juno Beach Centre D-Day Commemoration, June 6th, 2010. Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 70-300mm lens at 300mm, f20, 1/640 sec. ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography.
Bottom two photos: Queen’s Own Rifles House, Juno Beach; D-Day and modern day photos. Click here for an account of the D-Day landing by the Queen’s Own Rifles: http://www.members.shaw.ca/junobeach/juno-4-1.htm
RAGGED ASS ROAD: Yes, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories there is a street by that name. I was there not long ago, enjoying my time in ‘Old Town’ the original town site. Ragged Ass Road is the official Yellowknife name for the short dirt road in this working-class neighbourhood. Apparently, the street got its name after Lou Rocher and his buddies were drinking one night at the end of a long prospecting season with little profit to show for it. ‘Ragged Ass’ meant dirt poor and they decided that night they should call their street ‘Ragged Ass Road’. They made a sign, the name stuck and eventually the city adopted the name officially. This 1949 Ford sits in the driveway of one of the homes on Ragged Ass Road.
Photo illustration by John Ecker | pantheon photography
GOLDSMITH TURRET, TROYES, FRANCE: The prominent feature of this house is its turret. It is known as the Goldsmith Turret and was home to jeweller Francis Roize. The neighbourhood along rue Paillot Montabert has been home to jewellers and goldsmiths since around 1300. Most houses here date from 1530 onward, following the great fire of 1524. Walking the narrow streets of Troyes is quite amazing. The half-timbered buildings seem to hang over the streets. The city even pays tribute to its architectural heritage with its manhole covers, which include a half-timbered design.
Photo illustration by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
“PAINTED LADIES” VICTORIAN HOMES, SAN FRANCISCO: Across from Alamo Square Park in San Francisco is a spectacular row of Victorian houses on Steiner Street. Some call it “Postcard Row.” For the owners, it must be a mixed blessing. For despite their charm, they attract tourists by the busload through the narrow streets of this tony community. These homes were built between 1892 and 1896 by Matthew Kavanaugh. The homes are reputed to have appeared about 70 movies, TV programs and advertisements.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 16-85 AF-S lens at 57mm, f25, 1/400 sec., ISO 1250. Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography