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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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #22

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Family fun with an unusual car!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring time….FINALLY!

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Well, the beginnings of Spring….but I’m so keen, I will accept that.

Just when it seemed to turn into spring just over a week and a half ago, the weather turned cold and wintry again with heavy snowfalls and freezing rain.

We often get snowfalls in April, but generally they don’t last long….with the snow melting away again the following day, due to the sunshine.

So, this was most unusual.

But yesterday it finally turned into spring-like weather and temperatures!

The sun was shining, the snow continued to disappear, and the temperatures turned warmer.

After all my errands for the day, I headed back outside…on foot this time….for a good long walk and to observe the changes.

There was a cool wind blowing – lots of fresh spring air!

 

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Tenacious snow clumps among dried grasses….

 

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When the sun shines brightly, there is this striking shimmer bouncing off of last year’s old crop stems…..

 

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Some areas still have more snow than others….

 

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A friendly jogger I met in passing….

 

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Retreating snow and old hay bales…..

 

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This one was near the road….

 

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Forks in a road always look kinda cool!

 

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It looked like these two were riding bicycles….except they were motorized…..similar to mopeds?

 

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Blue sky reflected in the water running in the ditches….

 

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First time I’ve seen this new kind of bi-coloured wrap on round hay bales….

 

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Tractor tracks onto a farm field….

 

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Nearby pond where soon the sounds of peeper frogs will be heard once again in the nightly chorus!

 

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