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)

 

 

 

A Winged Visitor

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A buzz and a flit,

Then quietly, lightly perched –

Fly, four-winged dragon!

 

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I spotted this reddish dragonfly whilst roaming in the front garden last summer.  First she flitted here and there, and I thought….”Too fast for a picture!  I wish she’d land somewhere and give me a chance.”

And, d’you know?  She listened!

Next thing I knew she had landed on this well-situated plant and stood there patiently, as if to say, “Well, what are you waiting for?  I’m ready!”

She was in no hurry.  I snapped several photos of her, admiring the detail in her fine, lacy wings, her colours, and what a unique looking insect overall.

I love seeing dragonflies.  I’ve had one land on my leg while canoeing on a river; I’ve had another one land on my shoulder as I was in the garden.  I enjoy watching their flight….how light and graceful they move.

Before posting this photo though, just to make sure my information was correct, I double-checked online to see what the differences are between dragonflies and damselflies.  I came across a helpful blog post here, which confirmed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Getting From Here to There”

 

The theme for this week’s photography assignment was called “Getting From Here to There.”  A great subject that allows for diverse perspectives.

The following four photos are my submissions for the assignment.

 

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Getting From Here to There #1 – (Archived; January 2018)
My family and I went for our first visit to an outdoor skating place located at the northern tip of Gatineau Park, Québec (north of Ottawa). It’s a privately owned outdoor skating rink. The couple who started it last winter keep it groomed and maintained on a daily basis – including the use of a zamboni! 🙂 It is called “Patinage en Forêt,” which means “Skating in the Forest.” The length of the skating loop is about 3 km with two spots built in for shorter loops.  There are resting stops along the way, as well as wooden birdfeeders here and there, filled with seeds for the local birds.

 

 

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Getting From Here to There #2 – (Archived; November 2017)
At the National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika, New Zealand, it was great fun to observe kiwi birds, feed the eels, and check out all kinds of fascinating native fish and animals. A wonderful little gem for me was this green tunnel that leads the visitor from the animal viewing area back to the main welcoming room at the entrance.

 

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Getting From Here to There #3 – (Archived; November 2017)
The morning that my husband and I arrived in Auckland last November, we decided to head out from the hotel and go for a walkabout near the Auckland Harbour. I just fell in love with the deep red fencing on the seaward side of this sidewalk, as we made our way towards the harbour and went for a short ferry ride over to the picturesque little town of Devonport.

 

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Getting From Here to There #4 – (Archived; August 2017)
Finishing my set with a photo from beautiful Ontario, Canada.  A couple of my kids, their friends, and I went for a two-hour canoeing excursion in the late afternoon – a route we have done a number of times in the past – from nearby Taylor Lake through to Clayton Lake, arriving in the village of Clayton. While the other four paddled the canoes, I chose to go by kayak….as I so love to switch it up sometimes. A kayak feels just different enough from a canoe; I feel closer to the water level. Also means I can end up in the lake more easily…..haha! ^_^

 

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