“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.

 

 

 

 

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Snow Sparkles!

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Morning light on snow,

White with black shadow patterns;

Twinkelings galore!

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One morning about two weeks ago I went outside, to take out the recycling at the front of our lane way, and noticed how the snow was smiling and twinkling at me……everywhere I looked it was glistening on the smooth snowy surface.

Along with my favourite sound….the crisp and crunchiness of my steps on the hardened snow.

I was itching to get all the recycling out – fast!

You can imagine the fiddling I did with my camera settings so that I could capture those twinkles!  So much fun!  And it was worth it!

I hope it has you smiling. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

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.