Those early morning drives…

Yes, there are perks in having to wake up really early on a Saturday morning!

While the rest of the world slumbers for a few more hours, I find myself driving along quiet country back roads to go to my summer part-time work up at White Lake.

I always love this stretch of road…so dense with towering trees…and I am the momentary intruder.  In a few spots the tree tops seem to actually reach across and create an arch effect.  So pretty!

 

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The potential bonus is that at that early hour – with almost no other vehicles around – there is a good probability of glimpsing wildlife.  Whether it’s a red fox that quickly dives into the underbrush.  Or a scurrying chipmunk.  Sometimes a swooping crow.  Each drive is never the same, as it’s a whole new ensemble of wildlife appearances – and THAT’s the fun part!  I often wonder…so who will surprise me this time?

Last Saturday I did actually get to see a red fox, but oh boy, it slipped away SO fast.  However, luck was still on my side, when I came onto a stretch of road and saw three young deer crossing from my right side over to the left side.

Two of them stayed on the road – one already disappearing among the trees ahead of this one…

 

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And there was a third deer – much closer to the main part of the road – that was quite  intent on chowing down on some greenery and had no intention of taking off, even when I stopped and sat there watching for a few minutes.

It climbed up the wee hill and stretched its neck to get some choice leafy morsels.

I just waited until it looked in my direction.

 

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Whispering good-bye and thank-you to the curious deer, I took some photos from the other angle as well…this last one (below) feels to me almost like a painting.

 

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I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

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A Winged Friend Drops In

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Country road driving,

Fluttering wings catch my eye;

Hello, Hitchhiker!

 

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Just over a week ago I was driving along the back roads from finishing some work, and the sun was shining, and I had my windows rolled down a bit to let the wind blow in gently.

Listening to the radio and glancing at the rear-view mirror periodically, at one point my gaze was immediately drawn to some erratic fluttering in the back window.  I soon realized what it was and stopped the car – it’s a quiet stretch of road where I was – and went to investigate further.  Somehow….not sure if via the open windows or when I had opened and closed the hatchback door earlier, this gentle creature managed to get inside for a ride.

I wondered how attached butterflies and moths get to their surroundings, for I may have relocated this one several kilometres further from where it had been.

In any case, I took some photos of this daring wanderer and then set it free….to flutter away in its characteristic style on the flow of the breeze.

 

 

 

A fascinating lizard

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Still as a statue,

Calm, quiet, immoveable;

How a gecko rests.

 

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At a friend’s house I always like to go have a peek at his pet gecko in its little “desert” home.

Most of the time, it hides behind the plastic leaves and other objects, and I may catch a glimpse of its tail or elbow.

Last week it showed much more of itself!

Its head and front legs….and it seemed to react to my camera nearby, as it moved out just a little bit further and tilted its head to look more in my direction, and I could watch its throat swallowing, much like a frog’s throat does.  And the eyes are such tiny slits and don’t seem to blink.  SO cool!

Another photo that I took….(tilted for a different angle)

 

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Outdoor Wall Murals #3

 

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In our world we can all use a little more light, right?

And how handy!  At the flick of a large switch.

Such a warmly tinged 3-dimensional painting!

I wonder how visible this wall mural is at night, as I only saw it during the late afternoon a couple of days ago.  There might be some street lighting or next-door building lighting shining on it.  And what if the artist incorporated some kind of luminescent lighting effect in this painting?

Maybe I will get to see for myself some night.

(taken while walking along Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

 

 

 

Surprise Visitors!

 

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Moving quietly,

Two deer foraging keenly;

Such gentle creatures.

 

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When I was at a friend’s house last Monday, at one point in the early afternoon, I happened to glance out the window and was treated to the sight of these two lovely, young deer, as they looked about and helped themselves to fresh greens to nibble on.

The presence of my friend’s cat on the outside porch – glancing with curiosity in their direction – didn’t seem to faze them much, other than they took note that the cat was there.

Harmony prevailed.

The deer grazed.

The cat lazed.

 

 

 

 

The First Spring Flower!

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Carpet of old leaves,

Remainder of melted snow –

The snowdrop bursts forth!

 

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The first shoot of green I noticed in the garden two days ago after my walk.

A tender green in a sea of brown.

One single, solitary snowdrop.

Others will pop up soon, but this is the one that stretched its way through the ground to catch those warm sun rays….and show itself….first.

Surrounded by brown and dried up leaves, that little bit of green – and white! – pops out…..and well….gives me something more to smile about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Letter L”

 

The topic for this week’s photography assignment was “The Letter L,” thus focusing on all kinds of things that begin with the letter L.

The following photos are my four submissions:

 

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Starts with L, #1 – (Archived, January 2018)
“Logs in Winter”

(even though the way our April is going lately – with the same amount of snow (sheesh!) – it could be Logs in Spring, hahaha!)

 

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Starts with L, #2 – (Three days ago)
“Laddoo”
Coconut Sesame, in this case. An East Indian dessert that we (a handful of keen students! 🙂 ) learned how to make in cooking class, led by an Indian Chef.

 

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Starts with L, #3 – (Archived, October 2015)
“Lights”
At my first Santana concert in Kingston, Ontario. I took many photos of the show, and I love how in this photo those yellow lights pop out and their rays splay out, and how their yellow hues light up the audience heads below – looking at it from top to bottom and back to top – full circle.

 

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Starts with L, #4 – (About a week ago)
“Lindt Chocolates”
I DO love good food!! Haha! And I received an assortment of my favie Lindts as one of my presents for my birthday. And then I remembered to take a picture before I gobbled them all up. ^_^

 

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Six Word Story #21

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A Castle Located in the City!

 

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Last week on our way to the National Art Gallery, we passed by the Château Laurier, which is a beautiful hotel situated in the downtown area of our capital city, Ottawa.

It always catches my eye!

In these days of more modern designs in buildings and skyscrapers, some of the historical buildings still manage to hold their own as they stand apart from the others.  Even after so many years, they shine with their beauty, elegance, and charm.

And especially something that looks so much like a castle!  Canada is a relatively young country, compared to so many other countries that have long and rich histories which include all kinds of castles dating back to medieval times and earlier.   Our castle-styled buildings are few and unique.

For more information on the history of the Château, check here.

 

 

 

“Oceans”

 

The topic for this week’s photography assignment is “Oceans.”

I was hoping to see a good mix of submissions from others in the photography group, thinking the ocean makes such a constant and fun subject to capture, even if it’s only when we’re on holidays somewhere near a coastline, as not all of us are fortunate to be able to live near an ocean year round.  Oh well.  C’est la vie.

Anyway, here are my four submissions for this assignment:

 

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Oceans #1 – (Archived; August 2011) One view of the Atlantic Ocean along Rustico Beach on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Although an older photo, I wanted to show the characteristic dark red colour of the soil and sand famous to the Island…..together with the colour of the ocean water….a unique combination.

 

 

Oceans; P.E.I., August 25, 2011

 

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Oceans #2 – (Archived: November 2017) – Pacific Ocean. I LOVE water. Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Brooks, Ponds……haha! And on a walkabout in these areas, I simply MUST – weather and terrain permitting – take my shoes off and play footsies with the water. So, here, the waves are coming in at Tauranga Bay, South island, New Zealand…..the bottom of my pants are getting wetter.  🙂

 

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Oceans #3 – (Archived; May 2016) – A view from the island of Heimaey, Iceland, of some of the smaller islands in the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. The waters were mostly calm that day.

 

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Oceans #4 – (Archived; November 2017) – Pacific Ocean. The tide is low. And it’s curious to see those taller, more energetic curving waves further off in the distance and then see this wiggly, jiggly foamy white line, created as a sheet of smooth water glides on over the smooth wet sand.
And the smooth and moist sand keeps reflecting the clouds in the sky. 🙂

Taken at the Mangawhai Heads, North Island, New Zealand.

 

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Six Word Story #19

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Top Floor Dwellers Encounter Dizzy Spiralling. 

 

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The outside spiral staircase attached to this modern style residential building stands apart and also fits right in.   Everything else on that building looks squarish and angular, and then the stairs have that flowingly rounded aspect to them.  So cool!

It’s at the one end of  the block of buildings, which also houses the Maritime Museum….in Reykjavik, Iceland.

(Photo taken in May 2016)