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! 🙂

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!  🙂

 

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A high-flying sunset

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Mesmerizing sight;

From the wing of an airplane,

Just as beautiful!

 

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A couple of photos that I re-discovered from July of 2007 on a flight from Blenheim to Auckland on the first stretch of my journey back home from New Zealand to Canada.

In a small propeller plane where every passenger has a window seat – a single row of 10 seats on both sides of the plane’s cabin – I felt lucky that I had one of them facing west where I could watch this unexpected and breath-taking view.

I have seen sunsets over oceans and lakes and over hills and valleys.  A sunset with its burst of orange colour and accompanied by fluffy clouds is pretty wherever you see them.

 

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So spectacular in design….and one feels embraced in warmth.

 

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I had zoomed in a little more with my camera to see what lay beyond those clouds, and it looks like a whole other kind of world over there.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Above the Clouds

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Mesmerizing warmth;

Familiar colours, but

A new perspective.

 

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Had you wondering about the title, right?  Sunset ABOVE the clouds?  How is that possible?

Note:  In lieu of ocean waves or bumpy terrain at the bottom of this scenery, it’s an endless expanse of cumulus clouds.  And you can see part of the outer casing of the propeller plane’s turbine engine as well to give it away that you are seeing this gorgeous sunset view….not from the ground but up much higher.

And the sight of the setting sun’s golden colours is just as spectacular from up there!

I was so spellbound by this view…..on my return flight back from Blenheim (South Island)  to Auckland (North Island), New Zealand in July of 2007.

 

 

 

“Song Titles”

The theme for this week’s photography assignment was “Song Titles.”  It’s a fun exercise in that it encourages to look at photos from a different and newly imaginative angle.

The following four were my submissions:

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Song – “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (by Randy Newman)

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Song – “Downtown” (sung by Petula Clark)

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Song – “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof)

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Song – “The Rose” (sung by Bette Midler)

Sky Gazing…Again

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Blazing bursts of red

Dazzle, and tall tree branches

Stretch their ballet arms.

 

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Sunset yesterday evening – around 4:40 p.m. about 7 minutes drive from my home.

My Gosh, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the brilliant splashes of colour in the sky.
Yes, yes….I stopped the car to gaze in wonder and awe.

As the sunset progressed, later on the clouds modified their shape a bit and turned into blue tones before fading completely away.

As one of my friends – Anahita – just commented to me, “it’s almost like the sun wanted his glory before the super moon got hers.”

Could be, eh?

 

Sunset over Pickerel Bay

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On a summer’s night

The lake….so calm and serene;

Soft fading colours.

 

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A couple of evenings ago, when I finished my work up at Pickerel Bay – one of several bays and coves along White Lake in Eastern Ontario – I realized that the sun had set and I wanted one last gaze over the lake before I drove home.

I was rewarded with this lovely “good night” view.

 

 

Sun Rays

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With the setting sun,

Creating cloud silhouettes;

And rays fanning out.

 

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Two of my sons and I had scooted into the city yesterday evening to pick something up, and on our way home, we could see this sunset happening.  And we were all admiring the way the sun rays were highlighting the edges of the clouds – creating a silhouette effect -along with the blue, purple, and pink colours.

It is fascinating to see how the sun’s fading rays fan out perfectly and quite visibly….behind those clouds.  That’s quite a unique “show.”

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Sun in Trees

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The orange circle

Suspended in the forest;

It has me spellbound.

 

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Once nature finally decided to give us our share of snow and wintry temperatures, we have once again been able to enjoy the beauty of the white blanket everywhere on the ground, the white garlands and dresses of the trees, and the crisp or muffled sound that snow makes when we step on it.

The always fresh and endlessly enticing magic of winter.