look down, way down

30 day photography challenge

day #5: from a high angle

this is me being artsy!

love the rectangular symmetry!

i snapped this photo in the stairwell of my building – i just had to go around the corner from my unit. i am on the fourth floor, but because it is a loft-style dwelling, it is like we are on the seventh floor. that is seventy-eight steps or ten flights of stairs to go up or down!

i knew right from when i first read over the list of photography challenge challenges that this shot is the photo i wanted to include for “from a high angle.” in an ideal world, i would have traveled to the ROM – there is a gorgeously grand staircase there with a totem pole in the middle open space:


have you ever been up the CN tower? confession time: i like to count stairs! can you imagine what fun it would be if i ever did the CN tower climb (or this CN tower climb)? i have been up the CN tower once – by elevator! – less than ten years ago. the view of toronto and lake ontario was incredible!

stairs or elevator? me = stairs, whenever possible because i dislike waiting. although, when i arrive home, if i am burdened with groceries, i take the elevator, bien sรปr. i have timed it: whether you ascend or descend the steps, the elevator takes basically the same amount of time!


in unrelated news, i placed a library hold request on “50 shades of grey” last eve. i am number #117 on the list! actually, i thought it would be worse, given the current hype. too curious to not jump on the bandwagon!

read it? going to? not of general interest? i ditched girl with the dragon tattoo in under 200 pages, and thought the da vinci code was way over-rated. gotta give 50 shades a try!

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  • Zo  On June 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    That is too funny about our “similar books” post!
    I haven’t been to the CN tower on my visits to Toronto…generally I prefer the stairs for all the reasons you mentioned…although more than 5-6 floors and I’ll take an elevator.

    • Zo  On June 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      oooh…forgot to say, great photo!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      i really enjoyed your blog post this morning, zo! i thought it was funny how we mentioned a couple of the same books! a CN tower visit is worth the price of admission, at least one, imo. the view is amazing on a clear day!

  • The Orchard  On June 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I am currently reading the first book. Not sure what I think of it. It is not normally my type of book, but I didn’t want to be left out either! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear they are going to make a movie out of the series, although hard to imagine just exactly what they will be able to show in the movie!

    You are welcome to borrow it, but there are 2 other friends in line ahead of you! Better than #117 thought! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Orchard  On June 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Though, not thought!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      neat coincidence that you are reading 50 shades right now, tricia! re: your movie comment, now i am really curious to start reading! please keep me in mind for your copy – i will gladly take the first copy i can get my hands on!

  • Lisa  On June 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Love the artsy shot! Looks like it might be a little dizzy-inducing to take that one!

    I haven’t read 50 Shades…still on the fence. And really, I haven’t been reading anything for fun lately….I have two books waiting for me in the hopper!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      lisa, as i was taking the photo, i was scared i would drop my camera as it was a bit scary leaning over the edge like that, and looking wayyy down! maybe 50 shades would be a good marco island beach read?!!

  • Stacie  On June 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Nice photo! Re 50 Shades, I will probably read it when I can finally get a copy. It’s not really my thing–I never read any type of romance novels. And, I certainly felt in the beginning that I did not need to jump on the mommy porn bandwagon. But now I feel like I have to know what everyone is talking about.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

      ok, let me know if/when you read 50 shades and we can compare notes, stacie! i just don’t want to feel out of the loop, either! (although i have not read hunger games, for example…and feel no need to explore those books!).

  • Johanna B  On June 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I have a photo of a spiral staircase looking up which I took back in the 60’s. I thought it was an interesting shot. I am an elevator user. That’s a recent change for me. Two years ago I broke my ankle and had surgery on it. The plates and pins keep me from bending it properly which makes going up/down stairs uncomfortable. I’m sure I could get used to the feeling if I just tried but I haven’t made the effort. I probably won’t read Shades of Grey even though it is only soft porn. I did like the DaVinci Code though.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

      i can totally see how the elevator is a much more practical option for you, johanna. i am just glad you can do your walking! i am going into “50 shades of grey” with an open mind…i don’t really know what to expect!

  • Anonymous  On June 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Cathy, if you decide you don’t want to wait in line for the library copy of Fifty Shades, let me know. I’m currently on book 3 and would be willing to lend you my copies. Great excuse to have to have coffee again.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 5, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Very cool photo, Cathy! Love the totem pole one too, though. When we were kids we walked to the top of the Washington Monument, in D.C. I was ready to die when I got to the top and I was only about 8 or 9 at the time. I wish I had stairs like your condo. I’d be in better shape because I’m not a fan of elevators and I would be doing the stairs all the time. 50 Shades of Grey…I don’t think I’m going to try it. Not that I’m a prude, I’m not sure why. I’m kind of tired of bad language in books and I’m thinking this will be full of it. When it gets to you (117-that will be next year some time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) You can let me know if I should try it!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

      fran, i should have added that the library has 14 copies of “50 shades…” – i am hoping i can read it this summer??! for sure, i will let you know my thoughts/give a review! the washington monument would be cool to visit!

  • Ele  On June 5, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I absolutely love the stairwell in your building. I’m a symetrical kind of person , too! I have been up the CN Tower but I went by elevator. My son in law kept my attention so that I wouldn’t see that the elvator was on the outside of the building. (I’m terrified of heights). I blissfully went up, crammed against the door, not the outside window, got to the top and actually walked on the glass floor! What an awesome building. I am loving your photos!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

      you and my mom, ele! she is not a fan of heights, either and needs to be distracted/hidden from looking out whenever heights are involved. glad you walked on the glass floor! that freaked me out more than the elevator, actually!

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