Curious Bovine

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Silently watchful;

In the midst of eating….and

Also curious!

 

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Returning back home from the same walk where I took those cloud photos (see the previous post), my walk takes me along the road that skirts one side of my neighbour’s farm.  And so, I often get to observe what the dairy cows – and in this case, some horses, too! – are doing.

And sometimes, as these two fine bovine ladies demonstrated, I get a little extra attention.  Nice!

I greeted them and talked to them, and they then continued with their favourite pastime.  🙂

 

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Six Word Story #14

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Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!

 

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On my walk last week.

Fascinating how looking to the west at one point sets the mood for something….that pause in the air.  What might happen!

And then 10 minutes further down the road.  I look toward the east, and it’s an entirely different light and mood.

 

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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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“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…. 🙂

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Giant at Pickerel Bay

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Standing tall and strong,

Higher than all the others;

A leader of trees?

 

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On Monday I was doing some pre-season cleaning prep work at a cottage and trailer campground area on White Lake, known as Pickerel Bay Lodge.  After I was done working, I went on a little walkabout, as it had been in early October of last year when I was up there last, just as the resort season ended.

In one particular spot there had previously been three small cottages  – the cottages were in need of some kind of upgrade – and that had been cleared and replaced with three new trailers.  Some of the surrounding vegetation had also been cleared out, which made  this spot with the trees more visible.

And there was just something about those trees that caught my eye.

Returning to My Walks…

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Chilly wind blowing;

Birds chirping; Watching cows…geese,

Time for walks again.

 

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My schedule has finally eased up again, and so I have been looking forward at the prospect of incorporating my daily walks….or almost daily walks, like I did last year.

What discoveries shall I make this year?

Well, it was fun to see the neighbour’s tractor trundling along the path leading to this fenced-in pasture, bringing with it a bucket full of hay.  You should have seen how fast the dairy cows got moving, once they saw the “delivery” truck!  Feeding time!

And before I had arrived at that spot, I was walking past some trees, and there were several birds flitting about among the branches and calling out their songs.  Cheerful and happy and going about their business.  I think I caught sight of a goldfinch…..??

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There were two Canada geese couples looking as if they were settling in on one of the farm fields down the road.  I watched them.  They checked me out.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get photos of them.  However, if they ARE making a temporary home there, I hope to see them again on a subsequent walk.

I had the wind blowing into my face on the way back…..even with a jacket on, it felt oh so Brrrrr!!

 

 

Sunset Walk

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Looking at the sky,

In serenity’s embrace

I breathe in deeply.

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Went for a late afternoon walk on Wednesday…..figured it would do my wheezy lungs some good. It did. It has become my walk of peacefulness and appreciation.  A quiet time to think or just to look around and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes it isn’t all THAT quiet…..hahaha!…..when there are oodles of cars and trucks coming through! But there were quiet spells for sure.  A friend commented to me yesterday that she also enjoys her walks where she lives – she lives out in B.C.  (British Columbia) and therefore…..heaven.    There are beautiful mountains in B.C. so the scenery is quite spectacular.  And where I am the landscape is dotted with family farms and fields and small woods.  Different for sure.  I wrote back to her with “I live in heaven, too. Heaven is where one is…..in one’s heart.”

I noticed that the sun was on the descent towards the horizon  as I left the house, so I anticipated seeing a progression of views with the sun saying “good night.”

Here are some of those views…..

You’ll notice……there’s no snow!  Although it does happen in some years, for December, around here, that’s quite unusual.

Colours and Shadows at Dusk

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The sky says good-bye,

Crickets’ chorus, wolf pack howls;

Tranquil embraces.

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Since early June I have been going on almost daily walks and often at different times in the day….morning, afternoons, and evenings.

I find it fascinating how plants and fields and trees look quite different in all those times.  Colours seem to change in intensity.  Some flowers close themselves up at night into tiny balls, yet during the day the petals are stretched out wide.  A plant with interestingly shaped leaves seems to “pop up” white to the dark green background.  And there are shadows in places now that were at other angles in earlier hours.

It feels like I’m discovering a new world at dusk.  And as every walk offers up something unique that sets it apart from previous ones, tonight I heard some wolf howls in the distance…to the west of where I stopped to listen.  Not the yappier, shorter calls of coyotes that I have heard on other nights, but the distinctive long tones of wolves – perhaps 3 or 4 with a few pup sounds also discernible.

Nature gifts me with such beautiful moments, and I am grateful.

Summer Red Sunset

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On my evening walk

The red sun bids me good-bye,

Cradled  by the trees.

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Then I walk some more

Thinking she has disappeared.

I turn to look – ha!

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Further down the road

Hanging suspended in blue;

Now a pale pink orb.

Note:  On my walk two evenings ago, in the midst of my thoughts I looked up and saw the red sun, looking so different with no clouds and blue sky to reflect off her colours.  And my first urge was to run back down the road to the house to get my camera.  But then I thought, the sun sets fast….usually….and by the time I would get back to this spot, she’d be hidden by the trees.  So, I opted to use my phone camera, so I could at least remember this experience.

Mischevious as she is, after I had walked a good stretch more, she HADN’T disappeared yet, and I thought – oh!  I could have run back for my camera!  You tricked me!  Haha!  Oh well.

And even further on, I looked again, and that’s when the sun looked so beautiful as a pink orb, floating….suspended in the all around hazy bluish sky.  Just before she finally set.

I was so mesmerized with that image.

On My Daily Walk….Yesterday

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Yes, it’s become my daily walk and not necessarily always at the same time.  It can be mornings or early evenings (like in these photos I took from yesterday’s walk).  I started this new form of exercise in the first week of June and I plan on keeping it going, because it no longer feels like an exercise that I need to do as my goal….but more of a fun new activity that I look forward to and don’t want to miss doing and now can’t imagine NOT doing – hahaha!

Primarily, I walk along two country roads, the bigger one being paved.  There are uphill and downhill parts on both of them, so that adds a bit of “extra work” as well.

I was loving the sunshine on my face and arms as I walked along at my usual good, comfortable, steady pace.  And as I was facing homeward bound again, that’s when I paid more attention to the clouds in the sky and really noticed that darker cloud.  I liked that “heavier” looking cloud that still somehow seems to be so light in the sky.  And I liked how the rows in the field showed up distinctly.  So, I stopped and took a few pictures.  Interesting isn’t it, when you look just a smidge to the right, which is the next picture in sequence…and even though the dark cloud is still in the sky to the left (outside of the frame), you wouldn’t know or think it was there just looking at the second picture.  All the clouds are white, and the sky is blue.

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This third picture I took going closer to the edge of the left side of the road, mostly because I love the sight of these grasses with the lighter beige tufts that always invite me to fan my hand over their softness…..as well as run my hands through the soft ferny ground cover right at the edge of the sandy shoulder, running along the right edge of those taller grasses.  Adds some tactile exploration….and fun!

From time to time occasional birds – red-winged blackbirds and sparrows and bobolinks and mourning doves, among others – briefly perch along the hydro lines, and we check each other out.

Interestingly, every walk is never quite the same….different clouds, occasional rain sprinkles or little “showers,” total cloudiness, breezes or barely breezy, and the haying in certain fields, and the slowly growing taller of the corn crops in other fields.

Sure is peaceful and calm.