Street Art

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I’ve been noticing all kinds of cool street art these days – notably lots of it in Iceland, which I just recently visited – hence, no new blog posts from me over the past several days.

It’s great fun to see the variety in subjects and different styles used; it adds another layer of interest to small towns and bigger cities.

Once I have organized my photos from my Iceland trip, I will be posting more of this eye-catching and enjoyable “wall” art.

This one of the young boy I noticed on my way from band practice on Sunday (in Arnprior; a town about a 35 min. drive from my home); it had been placed in behind various stores and the music school, where the larger parking lot is located.

What a pleasant surprise!

 

 

 

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Some Scenes from My Walk Yesterday

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I have been enjoying my walks along this country road throughout this summer and into the fall.  It has been an eye-opening experience for me to really see how much wondrous beauty I could find every day in this small area.  And it isn’t always big, smack-in-your-face, eye-popping beauty.  Much of it showed up in subtle ways.  Almost as if it would just whisper to me, “look here, oh, and over there!  What do you see?”  I found beauty in the different trees, various wildflowers, occasional encounters with wildlife, and clouds in the sky that would set the mood from bright and cheerful to sombre and stormy…..with occasional sunsets mixed in.  I took hundreds of photos on these walks, because every day brought new treasures to light, and I just HAD to capture them on camera.

Funny, the silly notions we can have sometimes!  When I first thought about starting these walks and deciding to take a specific route – initially mostly for the distance I hoped to walk, as well as the time it would take – the thought crossed my mind about how long it would be before I would get bored of seeing what I then thought would be the same old scenery every day.  Little did I know…..just what kinds of surprises nature had in store for me!  And she was a wonderful teacher…..as always.

The top two pictures are of a farm machine – I believe it’s a combine?  But I could be wrong, as I’m not that familiar with farm machinery.  It was standing in the field, ready to go to work.  I saw it on the first part of my walk, and when I was returning, someone had climbed into it and put it to good use in that field.  You can see all dried up cornstalks on the neighbouring field, still standing tall….not having been turned under yet.

Then there was a field that had a late hay harvest – last one for this year – which must have fairly recently been baled and left to dry in the sun.

I took another picture of my favourite little cabin by some woods and down a winding trail….with that ever-present rain puddle halfway up.  That puddle never seemed to disappear.  And I can look back at photos taken from late spring onwards…..of how that cabin and its immediate surroundings slowly changed over the days and weeks.

And finally a fun-angled photo of the two roads at that intersection…..one of which leads up to my home.

I hope you enjoyed this short “walk” with me.

Another Day of Wonders!

Hello, Friends in this Enjoyable Blogosphere!

Guess what unforeseen and exciting encounter I had on my walk today….

Give up?

Well, yeah, I DID get to see a few new things along the way.

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Like, for example, my first Woolly Bear Caterpillar of the season – uh huh….a future Pyrrharctia isabella! Yep, the Isabella Tiger Moth. Who knew that a woolly bear turns into a tiger?? Haha!

And yes, another monarch flitted in front of me…..geez! Still not fast enough to get a pic! Beautiful to watch even so.

Then there was a bird flying above…..just soaring on the wind currents, and I thought at first it might be a hawk or along those lines. I watched until it disappeared further into the sky. And then I walked along some more and saw about 4-5 of them all flying about one of the farms I go past. Then I thought….crows? But they looked more brownish in colour…..??  (A friend suggested to me later that it looked like a turkey vulture.)

One of the tall maples that I always admire on my walk had a little secret to show me. All surrounded by its still lush green leaves was a tiny “pocket” of already-turned reddish leaves – like its own little heart of autumn or its own little red “heart” of leaves.  Isn’t that cool?

HOWEVER, the absolute highlight for me was meeting up with someone new! You just never know what a new day will bring! Soooo exciting! She passed me the first time, as I was walking towards the turnaround point, and we briefly said “hi” and “what a beautiful day!” And my iPhone camera was being slow, so I only got a photo of her backside. Darn, I thought at first. Oh well, but at least I got something to remember the unusual contraption she was riding. Well, but wasn’t the Universe having some fun with me, when I later on spied the same cyclist coming towards me on my return leg of the route!! Haha! Second chance here; not wasting it! Got my iPhone ready for some more pics. And then we ended up having an initial brief chat…..and then she pulled over for a lengthier one! I was some tickled!! Oooooeeee! What a cool way to meet someone, and we fell into conversation easy peasy, like that, and had some laughs already. Yes, yes, you guessed it. We ultimately exchanged phone numbers and will be getting together for a really long visit! Gotta love life and its wonderful gifts!

P.S. Later on I googled a bit to find some more info on recumbent trikes, because that’s what she was riding. Just the coolest thing!

Surprise Sparkles

I love surprises! And I don’t mean just the big ones. I’ve gained even more of an appreciation for them now….than when I was younger.
Mind you, there are those surprises, where things seem to go wrong, but these days, when that happens, I look for the silver lining, as there usually is one.

Mostly I was referring to the little gestures…..by friends, family, and sometimes people you only meet in passing……and you are given a compliment, some unexpected assistance, a gift in various forms. Those extra treats that add “sparkles” to life.