Summer Evening Paddling Trip

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A call of a loon;

Quiet splashing, rhythmic sounds,

Kayak glides along.

 

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Yesterday’s warm temperatures and sunshine beckoned.

So, following the family supper, some of us embarked on an evening’s paddle.  Well, as many as could fit into two canoes and a single-person kayak.  😀

We launched our craft onto Taylor Lake and eventually made it to the channel leading to adjacent Clayton Lake….and ultimately the village of Clayton where we finished just as it was getting dark.

It’s a lovely paddling excursion….usually taking about two hours.

There are quite a few cottages along the shores of Taylor Lake, with avid boaters and fishing enthusiasts sharing the water….and everyone respecting the speeds near other boaters.  By contrast, Clayton Lake is quieter.

We were lucky and were treated to multiple loon calls, the sighting of a loon family of three, and a pretty sunset.

Here are some more photos…

 

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A juvenile loon…

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Sunset on Taylor Lake

From the time the sun was just touching the top of the trees to my extracting my iPhone from the protective plastic box tucked inside my life vest and then going for a photo, as you can see the sun went into hiding – moved so fast! Anyway….still looks pretty over the water like that.

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Kayaking is a lot of fun!

(Good time to add in a selfie….)  😀

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On Clayton Lake

I took a photo of the view behind me with the pretty clouds and the pinks and purples…..getting darker fast.

 

 

 

 

 

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Picnic Table with a Creative Touch

My husband – a leader –  is taking part at a Scouting camp this weekend in a beautiful park called Wesley Clover Park in Nepean, Ontario.

He needed my help today, as he had left something important back at home.  Texted me in the afternoon.

It’s only about a half hour drive away, so I decided to combine the delivery to the camp with a couple of other stops as well.

When we met up near the front entrance to the park, he showed me this unusual picnic table.  Not only quite large, compared to usual picnic tables, but this one is made of big log pieces, made nice ‘n smooth and comfortable for sitting.  Plus, at both ends are charming animal carvings for that added artistic touch.

 

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Here, a well-textured bear…

 

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And at the other end, a busy woodpecker!

 

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A view of the woodpecker’s back….

 

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And finally, a full view of the whole picnic table, complete with roof…..

 

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane….no, it’s a person flying!

 

WOWZERS!!

SO COOL!!

Now THAT’S flying!!

Maybe even feel like a superhero!

 

 

A friend of mine commented on my facebook post (where I originally shared it), saying that her sister was there when this was taking place and recorded her own footage of this exciting occasion.  And her sister is a former jet ski racer…as is the guy doing the flying in this clip.

I suppose that jet ski racing comes in handy as training for going to this kind of flying activity.

It sure looks like fun!

 

(NOTE:  Video is shared from the Autodynamics facebook page)

 

 

 

Tourist Moments #3

On my trip in July of 2007 to the South Island of New Zealand – on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding – her daughter, Emily, and I took off one free afternoon to go on a mini-excursion.

We came upon this nifty looking, wooden Maori carving – quite TALL – which is located at the Karaka Point Historic Reserve  (a short drive outside of Picton).

 

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This look-out point offers up a spectacular view of part of the Marlborough Sounds area.

The following sequence of photos gives you a somewhat panoramic glimpse into these beautiful sounds.

 

 

 

The clouds and waves that day created a bit of dramatic ambiance.

I looked up some added information for you.

Online the site, 100% Pure New Zealand, describes the Marlborough Sounds as follows:

“Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. The Department of Conservation manages over 50 reserves in this scenic playground.”

 

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There are grassy areas where one can walk about and enjoy the views.  I imagined what it would be like to walk all the way to the end of that huge outcropping.

 

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And finally, included is the sign as well.   😀

 

 

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Would you make up your mind already?

February 2nd was noteworthy.

Not only because of the fickleness of our wintry weather – I have witnessed it a few times in the past month, actually – no….but also because I decided to take some photos to record the strangeness of it.

All within a matter of  only minutes, the scenery would change….and then change again!

In the late morning of Feb. 2nd, I went out to do some errands.  Bright sunshine beating down.  Blue sky.  The sparkle of white snow in the fields and along the roadside.

As I was driving back towards home, I noticed that the sky was turning back to grey with clouds blocking out the sun.

 

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Only another kilometre and a half further……

….no more sunshine and back to that blanket of grey clouds.

And the wind joined in by blowing and swirling snow across the road….

 

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….as well as down our country road.

 

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After I parked the car and got inside, I hunkered down all nice ‘n cozy and checked for messages.

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Now within a mere ten minutes – I kid you not! – I glanced outside.  What ?!?!

I went back out to take photos of these next three views!

 

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…..the only way one can make shadows is with the aid of the sunshine, yes?

 

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It truly felt as if that grey period hadn’t happened!

 

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So, feeling all gleeful again, I went back inside.

 

Ten minutes later……

…..sigh……

 

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Yep….a few more minutes later, and everything was grey everywhere again with lots of snow falling down.  Lots of flakes.  Big flakes.

Except by that point, I stubbornly refused to go back outside and take photos.

So, you’ll just have to imagine it, okay?

 

 

Six Word Story #9

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Canada’s Birthday in Ice and Lights

 

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What a vibrant glow from those red and white lights as they shine through the carved ice!

The colours of our flag.

Celebrations have already started, and there will be all kinds of activities and events taking place in communities  all across the country, leading up to July 1st of this year.

This ice sculpture is among several artistic and creative frozen carvings temporarily located in Confederation Park in Ottawa, Ontario, during the Winterlude Festival.

And here is how it looks in the day time – I took that one a few days earlier.

 

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Note:  I took the day-time one first as I was passing by…..when I went exploring the area,  right along with all kinds of tourists and visitors.

I didn’t realize that the colours would be intensified in the evening darkness, which I noticed yesterday evening on my way to go see a play at the National Arts Centre (located a bit further north of Confederation Park).

 

 

Nature’s Delicate Side

With icy and snowy landscapes greeting me as I look out the windows, I sometimes go poking through older photos with some of them taken in the warmer seasons…..just for that occasional break.

I came across these two last night.

 

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In a patch of downtrodden grass

Stands a sentinel.

Reaching tall….reaching for the sun’s warmth.

A splayed fan of fine, grassy wisps at the top.

In a burst of bright green,

Saying, “I am here!”

 

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Little girl in white

With a bouffant of pink hair;

Dancing with a friend.

 

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The first photo was taken during a visit at a wildlife reserve in August 2015 up in the Yukon.  Our group had walked over to where some caribou were grazing in their sufficiently large area – we could watch them with a wired fence between us – and in between taking photos of the caribou, I also found some other beauties in this spot….like that little grassy shoot.

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The second photo was taken of bleeding hearts blooms in the front bed of my garden in the spring of 2015.  I had actually waited too long, and many of the fuller clusters had already passed the height of their generous blooming time.

 

 

Glowing Outdoor Skating Rink

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Brightly lit circle,

Shadowy dark shapes abound,

Skating…walking…still.

 

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There is a cool-looking outdoor skating rink that finds a temporary home throughout the winter months, nicely constructed in the front area of Ottawa’s City Hall.

I have walked passed it at night a few times recently, as I was heading for the NAC – National Arts Centre  (which is located nearby) – to either see a play or a live music show.  The City Hall’s underground parking facility comes in handy for accessing various destinations in the area, and so in going to and fro, we passers-by get to see the enthusiastic skaters who make good use of this skating rink.

I think it is at its prettiest at night, when the edge of the rink is aglow in colours that continuously change from yellow to red to green to blue – always looping – thereby creating a magical and fun mood.

One of these evenings, I need to grab my skates and experience it for myself!

 

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I uploaded my own video to youtube, so you can see for yourself…..

 

Time Lapse of the Northern Lights

National Geographic Photographers have captured this beautiful phenomenon and set it in time lapse mode…..as seen in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

 

To me the Northern Lights are Earth’s original light show…and I am always entranced and fascinated by the dancing celestial colours.

I have been lucky a couple of times over the years to get to see more modest displays of dancing celestial colours here in Ontario, Canada.  Usually, the colours were green or white; once it was a fainter red colour.  In every case, it was quite late at night – into the next morning – and always lovely to watch.

 

 

 

Winter Sunsets

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The coolness of snow,

And the blues of cloud and sky;

Softened with sunshine.

 

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I took both of these wintry sunset photos about three days apart.  One can sky-gaze every day and never see the same view twice.

Nature’s endlessly tantalizing and fun show!

It feels good to see the blanket of snow everywhere – things are getting a good rest.

 

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