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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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 – I kid you not! – I 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?

 

 

Storm Clouds

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I don’t know about you, but this kind of scene always catches my eye.

There is this dramatic feeling.  Created simply by the timing of dark stormy clouds passing over, immediately followed by the bright afternoon sun shining through!

The sky in the background looks like it’s been painted – so dark and ominous-looking; all one cloud cover.  And everything in the foreground is brightly lit up by the sun.  Such a contrast. All the objects seem to jump out more.

I happened to exit off of the highway this past Tuesday when I reached the town of Arnprior, feeling relief that the rainstorm had passed me by, and I was struck by this dramatic-looking scene.  Just the usual main street and traffic lights, but with the dark clouds in the back and the sun shining just so, it looks different from most other days.

 

 

He Laughed Again

 

He laughed again

So sudden

It just burst from him

And I was mesmerized

His whole face

So transformed

As if the sunshine snuck in from behind

And infused his face

With warmth and delight

So rarely does he laugh like that

When I’m there

Usually he is so serious

Focused on the task at hand

It was because of something I did

Because of something I said

Something I’ve done before

But this time he laughed instead

And then he smiled

And I smiled back

 

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NOTE:  This is a poem that I wrote on Oct. 20, 2011, for myself.  In my notebook.  During a different and life-changing time.

So, I’ve been thinking of bringing more poetry to my blog…..and see how it goes.

Thank you for reading it.

 

 

 

Wildflower Jazz

Two days ago on my walk, it seemed as if the wildflowers along the roadside were calling to me more insistently than ever before, and I found myself taking pictures…..and listening.

It felt to me like each flower called to me with its distinct vibes….and so it felt like I was offered up music.  And nature has a way of charming the listener with her diversity.  So, I present to you poetry of the wildflower jazz with its endless variance and free form.

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Milkweed

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Bountiful milkweed

Tight buds….bigger ones….opened

All there on one plant

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Tiny yellow mouths

Open and close – no fire,

Gentle to the touch

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Bright, cheerful faces,

Always travelling in groups.

Mini sunshine smiles!

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Mystery Flower

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Found low to the ground

Tiny purple clusters bloom,

Delicately soft.

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Seemingly Familiar

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Cute little bonnets

Just hanging around in groups,

Wait!  Those are daisies!

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Sunrays

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Did you like the show?

Melodies, notes, and singing.

Hello from the Sky.

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.