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? 🙂
One sees cars and trucks being towed all the time.
Whether it’s as a result of car trouble or accidents or getting stuck in snow drifts, tow trucks are usually around to help out.
Even though it’s quite common to see transit buses and chartered coach buses busily going along the city ways and highways, moving people from place to place, it somehow seems rarer to catch a glimpse of a bus being towed. Naturally, their drivers can encounter mechanical issues en route, too. But it doesn’t seem to happen all that often.
I have only ever seen one towed bus before, and it was a city transit bus.
This greyhound coach bus being towed along a smaller highway caught my attention, when I was on my way into the city about two weeks ago. I wondered about the passengers and hoped that a replacement bus had been made available to them.
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.
I always enjoy animal encounters.
Sometimes they are just a fun rendez-vous; at other times, a gentle lesson for me to ponder.
This past Monday in the late afternoon, I was driving along a country road that I use fairly often. Coming up to the intersection with another country road, I noticed a wild turkey purposefully walking from the left side shoulder (ie. oncoming lane) straight across the road, heading to my lane.
Nope. Not interested in that potential kind of turkey encounter.
I honked my horn….also purposefully.
Had to chuckle when I saw the turkey take immediate note of said sound. Turned right around to head back to safety of the other shoulder. Watched me as I passed by. And when I glanced back via my rearview mirror, the turkey once again and with confidence purposefully started crossing the road again.
There were no other cars.
Yep. One smart turkey.
It’s always encouraging to see positive changes happening….especially in small towns, where the struggle sometimes occurs between keeping the “olden days” charm and embracing newer ideas and technologies.
For example, several years ago, town council agreed to having a roundabout built to replace an intersection at the busier end of town – commuting traffic to and from the city – which often created traffic blockages.
I was thrilled to hear that news, because I had experienced for myself in trips to the U.K. and New Zealand just how handy roundabouts can be. And they have oodles of them there! One adapts easily to this method, and it keeps traffic flowing better. Plus, there isn’t any need for traffic lights, the electricity and wiring usage normally required by those.
So, a few days ago, while driving through town from an errand, my sons and I caught sight of something new. A promising new technology!
We have been keenly following improvements being made to solar energy for homeowners, as well as such innovations as electrically powered cars.
You should have heard the cheers in our car, when we spied – not one but TWO such stations – at one of the industrial businesses in our town.
Electric charging stations for those increasingly appearing new electric cars!
So good to see!
And in the meantime, we keep dreaming of our next car being an electric one.
Some day we’ll get to see firsthand how these work!
I had a spook visit me along Wolf Grove Road just after midnight, when I was driving back home.
It was white and had four long legs. Going at a slow trot in the same direction as I was headed – westerly – but happily, it was on the left side ie. the oncoming lane….and no other cars around.
I only noticed it when I was almost upon it. In my head….”Shit! There’s a deer on the road!” Hoping it wouldn’t get startled and then run in front of me.
Nope. It maintained its cool. A beautiful buck with a good sized antler crown. As soon as I realized what it was – only looked white in my headlights – I stopped and waited to see where it was. I opened my car window. Hard to see behind me. I finally noticed its form turn onto my side of the road and go a bit further.
I carried on….and hoped that the buck would have disappeared by the time the car behind me reached that spot. Kept looking in my rear view mirror, and that car eventually reached the spot and kept right on going without incident, so the deer probably took off into the woods there.
Wow. What an interesting encounter.
Sudden curve provides a new mystery?
This country road is snug; the shoulders are so narrow…..
Did you notice that we are driving on the left side?
School bus signals so cars stop.
Today in the afternoon, when I was returning home from a couple of hours of volunteer work for some community Christmas preparations, I ended up behind this school bus that was dropping off children living in a neighbouring rural community.
Sprays of blue asters,
Clustered along the roadside,
And pink clovers, too.
There’s a back roads route I have been taking all summer up to the White Lake area – it’s a good 35-minute drive to my destination. Winding here and there….with wildflowers and fields and forests and occasional wildlife to be seen.
Now that autumn has been setting in, not only do the tree leaves start changing their colours, but the later blooming wildflowers have their showy time.
For the past few days, those tiny bluish flowers have been smiling at me, as I drove by – looking like a sea of pale blue – and I didn’t want to miss out on looking at them up close, so on my drive back home two days ago, I stopped to take some pictures and to admire and enjoy their beauty.
They are such cheerful pretty flowers!
And then finally the wide view of them along the roadside….