Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunshine Came Softly

Sunshine came softly through my a-window today. ~ Donovan Leitch

misty sunrise
Sunshine did indeed pour itself softly and gently through my window on this early spring morning. Misty air rose up to greet the golden orb, casting a hazy veil to settle over the awakening city.

filtered sunrise
A wood frame which holds dried flowers under glass was in position to be illuminated by this amber light.

March sunrise
A few minutes later, the light fog had burned away, leaving in its place a fleeting but vibrant sky.


Carol Anne and I made plans to wander the nearby town of Lakefield which is home to Lock 26 of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The water below was forceful and loud.

Here, see and hear for yourself - fifteen seconds of water power.

wishing tree
Wandering around town, we found a shop that sold these fairy doors as recently seen across the pond in Maggie May's blog.

the last straw
I think "quirky" would best describe some of the artistic expressions around town.

Despite being a definite eye-catcher, this sure isn't much of a happy existence for a fish.

Fuzzy pussy willows - a sure sign of spring.

And while we're in feline mode, my neighbour's cat, Oliver is a fuzzy, purring lump of love.

More photos coming up before too much longer.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Good Walking - and Other Stuff

One step at a time is good walking.
~   Chinese proverb

There is some white stuff falling steadily from the sky as I type this but there was a short string of especially warm spring days, last week. I got out to enjoy the weather a few times, and of course, my camera came along for the walk. I couldn't help but notice the many ways there were to get around while out there - walking, cycling, rolling, towing, flying and slithering. Here are some of those and a few more.

This guy kept a wary eye on me until I got a little too close...

gull take off eh
And then he turned tail and flew off.

A little one slept in the back while the dad biked around the lake.

There's nary a train in sight but that guy at the curve in the tracks is struggling with a shopping cart.

A couple of boys abandoned their skateboards because they were preoccupied with something they found to be more interesting (coming up soon).

This young cutie's chariot awaits her - whenever her little feet get tired of walking.

The next two photos were from the following day but they fit the theme well enough.

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I was out by the lake enjoying a coffee with a friend when we noticed this boat being lowered into the lake. Of course, I wandered over to get a few pics.

paddle and strum
The boaters were smiling - as were we. My friend requested "Stairway to Heaven" and the guitarist quickly obliged, evoking a chuckle from all.

Back to the previous day, this woman jogged past me with a thoughtful warning. "Just a heads up - there are snakes back there."

And that brings us to what had distracted the young skateboarders from the earlier photo. I'm giving you the same heads up. If you're not fond of snakes, you can skip the rest of the photos.

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Each boy held one of a pair of harmless Ball Pythons which a man brought to the park so that they could enjoy the afternoon sunshine. There's not much more to say about this slithering set so instead, I'll offer up a few quotes to accompany them.

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Stop feeding the snake around your neck. One day it will grow strong enough to strangle you. ~ Johanna Georgsson

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The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die.
As well, the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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He's the devil in disguise, a snake with blue eyes and he only comes out at night. ~ Carrie Underwood

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When I was 16, I worked in a pet store. And they fired me because they had three snakes in there, and one day I braided them.
~ Steven Wright

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Were you always such a snake," the child asked, "or did you grow into what you are?" ~ Dean Koontz

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A snake can change its skin but not its disposition. ~ Persian Proverb

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Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake. ~ Suzy Kassem

ball python9Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. ~ W C Fields

Thanks for joining me on my walk while those around us jogged, flew, cycled, rowed and slithered.