Woolly Caterpillar

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Never in a rush;

Familiar brown and black –

Autumn visitor.

 

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A regular visitor in the Fall to our garden – the Woolly Caterpillar!

I noticed these two over a week ago.

Fascinating for me always are their colours and the bristly, yet soft texture of their “woollyness.”

 

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The next day I spied another woolly caterpillar, but this one was ambling along on our driveway, and since I was headed for town, I didn’t want to endanger this little one.

I gently picked it up to move it to a safer spot.  It immediately went into protective mode….all curled up into a woolly ball.  🙂

 

 

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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!  🙂

 

 

 

 

Unique Mailboxes #3

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Eye-catching design;

Familiar colours…and STOP!

Letter passengers.

 

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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.

Curious really.

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?

 

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Wouldn’t that put a smile on your face every time you picked up the mail?  🙂

 

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When a passenger coach needs a lift…

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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.

 

 

The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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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.

 

 

 

Six Word Story #23

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“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”

 

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I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!

On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home.  And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!

My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand).  And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket.  Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!

And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt.  Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.

These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.

Ooohhhmmm!  Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!

 

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.