An Unexpected Find – Things I Like

Last year I started to experience problems with the external hard drive I used for storage of all my photos.

I was afraid of losing all these files, including hundreds of old photos that had been painstakingly scanned and saved, so I began the tortuous process of moving my photo library in Lightroom to a new external drive.

I’m sure there is a relatively easy, straight-forward way to do this transfer, but I seem to have opted for one that is long and cumbersome – made more complicated by the flakiness of the source drive.

This is really just a long way of saying I’ve been rediscovering photos I’ve taken over the past several years – including these two taken last winter.

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This was found on a secluded section of waterfront at Scarborough Bluffs in the east end of Toronto.

When I first eyed it, I immediately thought of a dinosaur, but a nearby plaque explained otherwise.

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This ‘monument’ – not sure what else to call it – is called Passage.

To quote from the plaque, it “links together the idea of a significant passage through life, the elegant passage of the fish through the water that shapes this site, and the silent passage of the canoe, symbol of the exploration of our land“.

It was such an unusual find during a cold winter hike – quite frankly, I don’t even know where exactly Helen and I found it that day.

… but an unexpected find, in an unlikely place, is something I really like.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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63 Responses to An Unexpected Find – Things I Like

  1. Mrs. P says:

    I too, had problems with hard drives and have a basic distrust of Cloud. But, due to time constraints, I do use Cloud temporarily, until I have time to review, edit and tag photos. Once that is done, I save them on labeled thumb drives (important ones are duplicated) and then they are deleted from Cloud.

    I have large collections of vintage and historic family photos dating back into mid 1800s. These are all scans from originals which are at my aunt’s house and they will eventually become my property…hopefully one day becoming part of a larger book on family history. If anything ever happened to the photos, I at least have a method of recovery.

    I did create two coveted, six generation, “Family in Pictures” books and gave these to my dad and aunt. One of these has already been given to my sister, when my dad passed away. But, these are only small selections of what is in the full collection.

    I also want to get all of my negatives copied in print, then scanned digitally…these would be of my immediate family and the early years…maybe I’ll discover some Christmas card ideas in the process! 😉

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  2. roweeee says:

    Hi Joanne,
    So much to comment on here.
    Firstly, my hard drive died in December and while there was an out of date backup, my husband who is an IT Network manager managed to salvage much of it. I know there are piles of unidentified files yet to sort through but haven’t had the heart. If I had to represent that stack of files as pieces of paper, I’m sure they’d never fit in the house.
    Fortunately, I print photos out periodically and had saved my writing and a significant chunk of photos onto my laptop. That still isn’t backed up either.
    The trouble I have is with my husband being the expert, he tells me not to do something but then forgets to do it and hence no backup. He’s also flat out so doesn’t have much spare ram at the moment.
    I think I’ll go and buy that mega memory stick from the post office regardless and just do it.
    I also loved the photo and didn’t see the canoe in the picture until you mentioned it. I love how it refers to the fish as well. Great shot.
    Good luck with your backups and thanks for the reminder!
    xx Rowena

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’m lucky that I managed to lose very few photos and the ones I did lose were caused by me during the transfer.
      Big lessons learned!!
      … which reminds me, it’s time to run a backup!

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  3. What nice surprises for you and us. I am still nervous about losing photo files even though I have an external backup drive that assures me quite frequently that files are being backed up😕. The photos you ‘found’ illustrate another issue that I wonder about too – the sheer number of images we take. I love the amazing ease of digital but there was a time when I took more care with images and knew what I had. Not something that keeps me up at night but still…

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    • joannesisco says:

      I know exactly what you mean. The physical books of photos are tangible evidence of what we have.
      Now whenever I go diving into my digital library, it’s like going down a rabbit hole. Time seems to disappear as I peruse all the stuff I’ve forgotten.

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  4. Lovely photos. That spectacular sky! The passage is so poetic. I rarely read things like that on public art. It’s quite a find 🙂

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  5. badfish says:

    Very cool find, very cool photo!! And hard drives are notorious for going “down” so it’s good you moved the photos. You might want to think of storing the stuff on more than one hard drive, put all of it on two. I have three! However, I do not know how to use LightRoom!! I need to take a course on that, I think

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’ve been learning Lightroom through the School of Trial-and-Error which explains a lot about some of the recovery issues I’ve been having.
      I now have 2 external hard drives – a primary and a full backup. I’m seriously considering a 3rd.

      … and yes, it is a very *cool* photo. If memory serves me correctly, it was freaking COLD that day!! 😀

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  6. hugs! computer problems are so frustrating. I hope all goes well with the transferring. Really lovely those photos. Interesting name…is it a barrier to passage maybe…

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    • joannesisco says:

      It seems I’m experiencing equal parts of technology quirkiness and operator malfunction.
      Yesterday I managed to accidentally delete an entire day’s worth of photos from our hike of the Bruce Trail.
      After I got over the initial GAAAAAHHH, I spent god-only-knows how long searching for them in the recycle bin, restoring, and re-tagging them.
      *sigh*

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  7. Beautiful!!!! Especially the top one. You have a wonderful eye!

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  8. Meghan says:

    You’ve identified a very real fear of mine, which is why I have all of my photos inefficiently saved in about 9 different places. I love that you turned a scarystressful experience into a positive 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’m definitely a “silver lining” kind of person 😉

      Gilles keeps telling me I should be saving my stuff to the Cloud … but I’m Old School… and I worked in Privacy and Security for a dozen years. I don’t like the Cloud and I don’t want to trust the Cloud :/

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  9. I do love those “stumbled across” moments. (As opposed to stumbled over” moments. Not so keen on those.) Both the initial discovery of the sculpture and then the rediscovery of the photo (which is beautiful, by the way) would have been happy moments.

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Funny but from that first photo (which IS beautiful by the way) I knew it was a canoe. Must be a Canadian thing 🙂
    Glad you were able to recover your pics. As someone who once worked for a small company that lost 8 months of billing, inventory, and purchasing data due to a virus, and our automated back-ups weren’t working and no one ever bothered to check until we needed to, all I can say is: back-up, back-up the back-ups, and check the back-ups at least once a month 😉

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    • joannesisco says:

      omg – is there a company that hasn’t learned that lesson the hard way?!! I remember having to rebuild a year’s worth of data because the backup didn’t work. No one had ever thought to test it.

      It’s funny how 2 people can look at something and see 2 different things. I still look at that photo and think dinosaur 🙂

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  11. Helen Malmberg says:

    or we could visit the fish again – h

    On Sat, Jan 16, 2016 at 11:53 AM, My Life Lived Full wrote:

    > joannesisco posted: “Last year I started to experience problems with > the external hard drive I used for storage of all my photos. I was afraid > of losing all these files, including hundreds of old photos that had been > painstakingly scanned and saved, so I began the tortuous” >

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  12. Joe says:

    Very cool name for this monument Joanne 🙂 I understand your frustration with transferring image files but once its done you will feel a lot better. I keep 2 backups of my images on 2 external drives and another backup on Amazon Cloud which was offering unlimited photos for $11.99 per year (thats not a typo). They might be still offering it and its worth looking into merely for the fact that you can keep a backup of all of your images “off site” this way if anything happens to your hard drive or home you still have your images. Its also handy for mobile viewing of your images with an iPhone, iPad or other brand of tablet device (providing you have WiFi). If you are a Mac user there is a iCloud drive that is something like .99 per month for either 20 or 50 gb of storage.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I know I should be keeping another backup offsite, but I just haven’t come to terms with the Cloud yet. In spite of being active on a few social media platforms, I can’t get past the idea of putting my whole life out there and trusting someone else’s idea of privacy and security.
      I’m a dinosaur but I know eventually I will be forced into the 21st century with everyone else 😉

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  13. mickscogs says:

    I’m glad this wasn’t a late entry to Jude’s bench series, as I imagine this would be an uncomfortable experience.

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  14. bikerchick57 says:

    The first photo is frame worthy. Gorgeous! My photos are on an external drive, but I really want to spend time uploading them to Shutterfly or Flickr in case the computer and external drive ever die at the same time.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thank you for the kind compliment! I was rather impressed with how it had turned out, so I’m glad others like it too 🙂

      Strangely, I’m less worried about technology failure as I am about having our house broken into and all our devices stolen. Right now I’m in the neighbourhood of over 13,000 photos stored and tagged … with still many more outstanding. These external drives are considerably more valuable to me than my actual computer.

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  15. Heyjude says:

    Oh, that is a lovely image (first one). So glad you rediscovered it. I love it when that happens 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’ve been doing a lot of ‘surfing the past’ lately as I transfer all these photos. So many very great memories 🙂

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      • Heyjude says:

        I have just handed all my children photos (printed ones) to my children. Best Christmas present yet. They had such fun reminiscing about the moments captured, shrieking with laughter over the clothes they wore, and the hairstyles and facial expressions. I figured I don’t look at them often (and I still have a few of them all together) it was time to hand them over.

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        • joannesisco says:

          I did something similar at Christmas. For this year’s Christmas card exchange, I made mine using photos of each individual. I deliberately chose photos they hadn’t seen before and were funny in some way (without being embarrassing).
          We had a few giggles on Christmas morning 🙂
          I LOVE those moments!

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  16. beeblu says:

    It is wonderful to get able to to go back to these stories through photographic record. I have my grandfather’s slides that he too on his travels through Africa. They tell me a lot about where he has been but also the person he was.

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  17. reocochran says:

    From the first photo I was thinking it would be a cool bench to sit on. Your idea of dinosaur bones was really appropriate, Joanne. I like it being called, Passages. Unusual to find this in a place where not as many people will view this. I have a feeling this artist – sculptor will be discovered and become famous. 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      I was really surprised at the secluded location of this sculpture too. I wonder if the artist actually requested this location … it might have been meaningful to her.

      She is appears to have been (she died almost 16 years ago) a very well-known local artist.

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  18. chattykerry says:

    How lovely. I adore metal sculptures, especially ones that make you think.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I really like outdoor art – whether it’s a statue, monument, street art, … it’s all good. I think it adds to the aesthetics of our lives and it’s particularly fun when it’s whimsical or unexpected 🙂

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  19. Su Leslie says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to find old photos. They are such a powerful repository of memory.

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  20. These are great subjects and beautiful pictures too. I often open my iPhoto and have it open to the oldest photos first. Then I get lost in reminiscing.

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  21. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos – I’m glad you found them.

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  22. I hate when artists feel they have to explain their art- like I always seem to do. If the art doesn’t say something to me, what does it matter what the artist’s intent was? Having said that, I love this piece and am glad you found it anew. I am also in the process of backing up my external hard drive as I just read they only last a number of years.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I always find it a bit interesting to get some background on the intent of the piece. This one surprised me. I still see a dinosaur 🙂

      I’m learning my lesson about such important files like my photos. I now have 2 external drives … one contains the Lightroom library, the other is the backup 🙂

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  23. From the distance and in the first photo, at first I thought it was some kind of bench.
    Love unexpected finds which stir curiosity. You have a knack for finding unusual items.
    Great photo. Hope you re-saved your photo okay. 🙂

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