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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“The Letter L”

 

The topic for this week’s photography assignment was “The Letter L,” thus focusing on all kinds of things that begin with the letter L.

The following photos are my four submissions:

 

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Starts with L, #1 – (Archived, January 2018)
“Logs in Winter”

(even though the way our April is going lately – with the same amount of snow (sheesh!) – it could be Logs in Spring, hahaha!)

 

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Starts with L, #2 – (Three days ago)
“Laddoo”
Coconut Sesame, in this case. An East Indian dessert that we (a handful of keen students!¬†ūüôā¬†) learned how to make in cooking class, led by an Indian Chef.

 

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Starts with L, #3 – (Archived, October 2015)
“Lights”
At my first Santana concert in Kingston, Ontario. I took many photos of the show, and I love how in this photo those yellow lights pop out and their rays splay out, and how their yellow hues light up the audience heads below – looking at it from top to bottom and back to top – full circle.

 

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Starts with L, #4 – (About a week ago)
“Lindt Chocolates”
I DO love good food!! Haha! And I received an assortment of my favie Lindts as one of my presents for my birthday. And then I remembered to take a picture before I gobbled them all up. ^_^

 

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Preserved in Snow

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Warm spells in winter

Cause icy snow to retreat;

Surprises revealed!

 

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Last week, for about a day and a half, the temperatures in our area moved up high enough that a good deal of the layers of snow and ice melted down.  As I was walking along the pathway toward the front door of our house on that warm afternoon, I noticed this still greenish oak leaf lightly embraced by retreating snow Рbut not withered and dry.  Still somewhat soft and pliable due to the preserving affect of the ice and snowy layers during the cold period.

 

 

 

 

Sunset in January

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Walking in snowshoes,

Through the quiet woods in back;

Just crispy snow sounds.

 

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Sunset at 5 p.m.¬† Last Wednesday.¬† My son, Stephen, and I went for a little snowshoe walkabout in our back woods, both of us with our 35 mm cameras in hand. For some snowshoeing fun…..for some creative photography fun…..for some fresh air…..it was a nicer temperature….the snow was still fluffy in parts, crispy in others…and white!¬†ūüôā

And as we were making our way back towards the front yard, both of us went crazy on capturing the sunset. This photo I particularly like, because of the equally colourful and layered sunset reflected in the van’s windows (as was painted in the sky).¬†‚̧

Yep. Did that on purpose! Haha!

 

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A few more photos from that walk:

 

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When I look at this birdhouse, there’s always the thought that at any moment a tiny bird will pop its head out to peek at me!

 

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In this one it looks as if there’s an antler coming out of its head.

So, can you see the white dog face in this image? Gazing off to the right….the two eyes and the nose….?

 

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Stephen walking up the hill….

 

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And beside where we were snowshoeing, in a few places we saw some animal tracks.¬† Here, some deer had passed through…..and also someone’s canine friend?

 

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And…..here I snuck one in, peeking over Stephen’s shoulder as HE was taking a photo!¬† ūüôā

 

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A Happy and Healthy Christmas to you, my Friends!

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Inspired by a friend’s idea, I’m sending you a reflected wave with a festive backdrop and in the spirit of the season.

Merry Christmas!

And a Magical and Exciting 2018!

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And nature has been generous with sending lots of the white ‘n fluffy stuff over the past few days.¬† I took this photo today of the blue spruce in our back yard – it’s roughly 25+ years old – that we planted when we first moved here.

 

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Tall and majestic,

Richly adorned in white snow –

Winter Sentinel

 

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Ice Print

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Print made in wet snow,

With onset of freezing cold,

Transforms;  turns solid.

 

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I took this photo early in February of this year.  I had made the footprint in the snow with my boot, as I was coming up the stairs to go inside late one evening.

And we had had several major temperature drops this winter, and so overnight, the temperature dropped significantly so that the wet snow turned into really solid ice.

It wasn’t until the next day, as I looked outside that I noticed how the bootprint had been “preserved.” I was so fascinated by the change. ¬†I ran my fingers along the edges and down the hollows…..every detail rock hard ice, even though it seemed to look still soft.

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #11

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Septic pumping in winter is unusual.

 

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Haha! ¬†That’s because, generally, it’s easier to have the septic tank pumped in either the spring, summer, or fall. ¬†And, generally, that’s when we’ve usually had it done.

However, it got missed this time.

And so last week we found ourselves with a “backing up of septic material” scenario thrust upon us.

We had to immediately put a hold on any water usage activities last Tuesday evening, such as dishes, laundry, showering….even basic personal hygiene….and well, er…..those other daily bodily emissions.

Wait, what?!?! Can’t use the toilet? ¬†Eek!

Actually, we all handled it rather well. ¬†It sounded better being dramatic…..haha!

Yep, all of us in the family have done our good share of wilderness camping, and so we have a handle on what to do. ¬†Yes…..even in the wintertime.

And, of course, a phone call was made to our regular, local septic pumping expert.  Since it turned winter on us again the day before Рafter we were given a taste of spring-like warmth for a few days Рthat meant that the caps on the tank would need to be freed of the now freshly falling snow, as well as pried open before the gentleman would come over to do the pumping.

So, that’s what all my lads were busy doing on the Wednesday…..

 

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After those tightly wedged Рand frozen! Рconcrete caps were extricated Рa BIG job! Рthen my husband, who had gone into town earlier to get some supplies for this activity, unveiled the new green rings and caps to go on top of the two tank openings.  And their design is such that it should make future jobs of septic tank access and pumping much easier.

Here he is, drilling away…..

 

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The septic pumping gentleman, in the first photo, did his usual fine job….this was Thursday by that point, and we were happily on our way to being able to have running water in the house again.

One suggestion he did leave with us though is that when the weather turns warmer and more spring-like again, that since our tank is at least 29 years old, we may want to have the soil around the tile bed tested, just to make sure all is well.  It may be that a new tile bed needs to be put in.

We shall see in the months coming up.

 

 

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 РI kid you not! РI 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?

 

 

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…..

 

A Sign of the Times

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Hat, scarf, carrot nose,

That classic snowman look…but,

Texting on his phone?

 

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My cousin shared a post yesterday that featured a collection of creatively constructed and unusual-looking snowmen; some funny, some thoughtful.

I picked this one. ¬†It’s a little bit facetious.

And a sign of the times…