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!
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…
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.
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.
I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day! 🙂
Familiar colours…and STOP!
A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down one of the country roads near where I live – one that I take quite regularly – and on this particular day, I noticed something new.
It so happens that there are two neighbouring houses being built in a woodsy area with both driveways leading onto that country road….one house just getting its foundation poured and the other one already with sides up. As a result of the big cement truck and other trucks parked along the roadside, it required passing vehicles to slow down around them. Added to that the road is quite curvy, so I paid closer attention than before and noticed this cool-looking yellow mailbox at another long-established driveway. It was too irresistible, so I stopped to get some pics. A rather creative design!
Whilst at the same time I got to wondering how I hadn’t ever noticed this mailbox before! Life is funny that way, isn’t it?
Wouldn’t that put a smile on your face every time you picked up the mail? 🙂
Country road driving,
Fluttering wings catch my eye;
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.
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)
Two deer foraging keenly;
Such gentle creatures.
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.
The deer grazed.
The cat lazed.
Family fun with an unusual car!
Last Saturday was my first time to participate in an annual event that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, in the Glebe section of the city. This event is well known as The Great Glebe Garage Sale.
My oldest son, Stephen, had gone twice in previous years and he felt that it would be something I would enjoy experiencing. So, this year it worked out, because one of his friends offered to let us set up a table just outside the front of his home. And in spite of some occasional rainy moments, which seemingly never deterred the throngs of keen people walking by, my sons, Conrad and Stephen, and I settled in quite nicely and had a good time. We also took turns to have a break from tending to our display table and go for a walk about in order to see what other people had for their displays.
On my turn, one of the things I saw was this father pushing his wife and their young child down the one street for a fun ride in this green sleek car.
A different mode of transportation – environmentally friendly. Haha! Yes, yes….low on horsepower but high in manpower!
It looked like they were having a great time!
Carpet of old leaves,
Remainder of melted snow –
The snowdrop bursts forth!
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!
In the spirit of my birthday today,
I send you a photo of a new drink I tried yesterday at dinnertime in celebration of my birthday.
It’s called a Kiwi Mojito and tasted deliciously refreshing!
So, cheers, my Friends!
And I wish you a happy day!
Eye-catching Splash of Letters and Numbers!
Two days ago, while on our way to a special eatery as part of my oldest son’s birthday celebration, I spied this most colourful Canada Post mailbox! Usually, they tend to be of a plain red colour….to match the red logo that you see on the left side of the box.
This one is clearly being a non-conformist mailbox and therefore worthy of a photo moment. 🙂
If you look closely, you can see a mish-mash of partial postal codes from across Canada. AND….you can also clearly find the complete postal code of a well-known and much-loved resident of the North Pole, whose postal code most suitably is….H0H 0H0.
Yes….a couple of times in the past years, in our family we have sent Christmas wish letters to that very same postal code. 🙂
Now THAT’s a busy looking wall mural!
And on a multi-storied building, too! So HUGE! And also colourful. The construction at the left distracts a little bit. What can you do? Editing would only let me do so much. Oh well. 🙂
I like this one, because you see the main images, but then it keeps drawing you in to look for those smaller details. Fascinating creatures in all kinds of strange activities.
It seems I have accumulated quite the nice collection of outdoor wall mural art, which is becoming more apparent each time I look through my folders of photos for writing ideas. A good thing, I realize, as I will pull out more of them for future blog posts.
I love discovering and looking at these artsy wall murals when I go on my walks….and it can be a good challenge for photography, too!
Well, I suppose it has a lot to do with the fun and diversity of this art form, plus, on building walls the art is public and free to look at as often as you wish. To enjoy the ideas that all those creative and ingenious artists conceptualize and then bring into a physical vision.
(Photo taken while on a walk through some of downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, in May 2016)