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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“Anything Rural”

This week’s theme for the photography assignment was “Anything Rural,” and so today was my opportunity to go for my walk.

I know from occasional comments on some earlier posts that focused on my walks that some of you enjoy joining me, so I welcome you along again.

I didn’t have anything specific in mind, other than I just knew that I’d find something to fit that theme. ¬†Which meant there’d be all sorts of surprises!

 

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Photo #1

There they stand in line,

Square and rounded mailboxes;

Just a motley crew.

 

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Taken in the early evening…..I’ve always found the “jumbled” look of a collection of rural mailboxes fun to look at. They look like a group of old cronies hanging out, just “shooting the breeze” – some leaning forward, some leaning back, some slanted. Different mailboxes have different bases – with cement or just wooden poles – creating that uneven look. And sometimes that jumbled look is caused by a touch of vandalism. Every once in a long while, someone gets the “bright” idea to go waling at innocent mailboxes with a baseball bat…..you get the idea.
The somewhat faded maple leaf pattern on the one mailbox gives a hint as to this country…. ūüôā

 

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Photo #2

Shimmering waters,

Some clusters of green brushes;

Home to ducks and frogs.

 

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This spot is a lovely little triangular shaped bit of land and pond – between two country roads and at the bottom end of where I live. It’s a fun little pond which, when the water is at its highest, joins up with the bigger pond on the other side of that dirt road (the one I’m standing on), leading to the dairy farm there….and that part of the road can get a bit “soggy.”
Primarily, this pond is the home of several duck families….and a host of loud and delightfully raucous peeper frogs, singing with heart and soul in the evenings until dusk and into dark.
I love this little wildlife habitat.

 

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Photo #3

Setting sun shadows,

Endless rows of sprouting greens;

The cycle renews.

 

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Since I was walking with the approaching sunset, the lighting has some things jump out more. In this case, I was enjoying the sight of the newly sprouted bright green plantings in another nearby farm field. I love looking at the even rows throughout the field and then a bit of criss-crossing with the oblique lines from the tractor tire tracks.

 

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Photo #4

Three pure white petals

Combined with deepest green leaves;

T’is the Trillium!

 

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Again, for my last submission, I pick my most favie of the bunch….a flower. And a special one at that. The trillium; the provincial flower of Ontario. It only grows in wooded areas, and this one I spotted in a small woods adjacent to a small bungalow, along the main country road where I walk. It’s actually that small wooded area on the left side in my #3 photo. The trillium is a protected flower, in order to prevent overpicking and so that we and future generations may always enjoy seeing its lovely, white, three petalled beauty in the month of May.

 

 

 

 

Red Sky Delight

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Red light fills the sky;

The usual blue water

Is painted red, too.

 

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When I was driving along this road into town this evening, the redness of the sunset sky caught my attention…..as it often does.

This time though I also noticed the water from the pond in the background was reflecting the same shade of red.  The red from the sky seemed to flow into everything on earth.

Such a lovely painting with yellow, blue, and purple hues as well…..and black tree silhouettes let the colours jump out even more!

 

Last week’s photography assignment

Do you remember the last one I posted? ¬†It dealt with “Reflections.”

This time the theme was given as: ¬†“Landscapes with Water.”

Now, I was quite busy with my other jobs outside of writing and photography.  Even so,  I managed to squeeze in some contemplative periods in order to focus on  which photos I could pull from my collection for this assignment.

Here are the four that I submitted:

Landscape with Water #1

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Landscape with Water #1 – For my submissions I am starting out small……last summer we had a rubbermaid bin in our yard with some odds and bits of broken things in it. Things destined for the dump. However, one day I looked at the little pile accumulating and noticed not only had the rubbermaid bin collected a sizeable amount of rainwater over a period of time, but the “landscape” had seemed inviting enough for two frogs to make their home there! Landscape is man-made (you can see parts of a fan on the left) and the water is a pond of rainwater.

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Landscape with Water #2

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Landscape with Water #2 – For this one I am going completely opposite to the first one…..this time from far up high! Later last summer my husband and I had the opportunity to squeeze in a quick trip out west, so here we are flying above the Rockies….going north for our two-day introductory scoot to the Yukon. You see magnificent Rocky landscape with a big river running through. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get flight staff to tell you EXACTLY where the plane is…..

NOTE: ¬†When a friend commented on this photo, referring to its “out of the box thinking” perspective, I replied with…..

“You should see me on planes¬†– hahaha! I am truly like a little kid; taking pictures of EVERYTHING! As in….”oh, this is cool! Click. Oh hey, that’s a wonky tilt! Click. Hey, look at the baggage guy hoisting all the bags on the conveyor belt. Click.” Yep, I’m weird like that. I have yet to see someone else on the plane as weird as that. ¬† Actually, I’m like that on trains, too! Pretty near everywhere….” ¬†ūüôā

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Landscape with Water #3 – Also from our trip last summer out west….my husband and I decided on a day trip to Skagway – we are Klondike Rush history enthusiasts! – and we didn’t have enough time to drive up to Dawson City (our first choice and for next time). This photo is of Emerald Lake – still in the Yukon, before the border to Alaska. We stopped here to spend some time just taking in the view, and this nifty colouration of the lake intrigued me. It is due to the depth and water particles, etc. that this lake gets its name. You can see the green along the shoreline.

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Landscape with Water #4 – For this one I go a bit further back into the archives….August of 2011, when my youngest son and I went for a week-long trip to Prince Edward Island – a much-loved place for me! – We spent almost every day at one beach or another; our favourite one was the one closest to where we were staying…..North Rustico Beach. I love the red earth there! ¬†It’s everywhere on PEI!

 

A Surprise Guest!

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Sonja says to me about an hour ago…..”Hey, the frog’s still there!”
“What frog?” I ask.
“That one in there.”
And I looked over in the direction of her pointing finger…..

(Note: She told me she had already noticed the frog there on Friday, when she came here to pick up some extra camping gear for her weekend camping/canoeing trip).

It seems that we have somehow – without trying – created a pond-like habitat in our yard…..a plastic rubbermaid bin holding odds and bits of broken items, meant for the dump. And then a few rain showers later…..voil√†! A mini pond! And when I looked closer, sure enough, floating with only his head showing is a little green frog. Well, ain’t that just hunky-dory!

So naturally I ran into the house to grab my camera! Hahaha!

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Okay, I gave her credit for seeing that one, but I spied the SECOND frog, because I happened to notice a quick move in another corner with an ever-so-slight splash. Whereupon the darker green frog’s head popped up. So…..TWO of them have made a temporary home here! Enough bugs to keep them happy for now, I imagine. ¬†(You can see the second frog’s peeking head in the lower and more left area.)

Nature is so adaptable, and definitely makes good use of when opportunities present themselves.

Hmmm…..I like the idea of an amphibian B&B in the garden, considering we usually have to walk down our country road past our two neighbours in order to visit the frogs in the REAL pond.

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Here is the whole bin in view, and you may be able to make out the one frog near the top and the other one still in the bottom corner.