Saturday, July 30, 2016

Flora & Fauna

I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

No surprises here. This post is all about some of the plants and critters I've seen around town recently. I have one photo collection of just dogs but that's for another time. For now, enjoy some flora and fauna - not necessarily in any orda.

I used to think of robins as the first sign of spring but over the years, I believe the red-winged blackbird became its true harbinger. Still, there's no denying the robin is a lovely bird to see and to hear throughout the summer.

Here's that same handsome specimen, a little bit closer.

Over the past several weeks, through June and July, I've been doing some enumerating work which required a lot of walking around my neighbourhood. All those hours without a camera made me antsy for another walk, one evening. Throughout the previous week, I kept passing this overgrown thistle which shot up out of the sidewalk along the side of the road. On this evening, I decided to go back its location and take a few shots.

The sun was low and it gave life to its rich colours.

Pretty beautiful for a thorny old weed.

My neighbour's beautiful cat, Oliver having a short rest in the warming sunshine, between bouts of virgorous play.

lyin' goslings
This makes me think of that Canadian actor.. what's his name? Oh yeah, Lyin' Gosling(s).

ice cream squirrel
It was a hot day. A perfect day for a frozen treat. And this little cutie somehow scored an ice cream cone of his very own. He sat there on the fence for a long time, enjoying every last bit of it. This was taken through the window, three floors and half a yard away.

A pretty iris growing in a neighbourhood yard.

grey kitty
I was walking home from the park one evening and this sweet, friendly kitty demanded that I stop and give her some attention. She started speaking to me as I approached, and head-butted my hand as I reached down to pet her. She staked her claim by lying on my foot lest I try to depart too soon. We had a good, long chat and snuggle, and then she returned to her driveway to await the next cat lover.

Zeph and Alex
And here's my own sweet Zephyr with my son Alex, who visited me in July. Both of my boys were rather tired.

More photos coming up before you know it.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Magicians of the Universe

Dogs are the magicians of the universe.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The dog days of summer are here!

Like any great community, Peterborough has no shortage of canines. I encounter these sweeties daily, particularly down by the lake. It's the perfect spot for a rest in the grass or for a cooling dip in the water. I've posted several different dog photos before so some of these creatures might seem familiar to you. Some of the subject have appeared on the blog before but each of these images are new. I hope you enjoy them.

A dog can't think that much about what he's doing, he just does what feels right. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
This exuberant pooch and his sister are down by the pier most evenings in summer. Their person flings two green tennis balls far out into the lake and these curly-haired beauties spend the next five minutes swimming out to retrieve them, They return them to shore for the next toss. This one in particular takes a running leap...

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. ~ Rita Rudner
And seems to smile as he sails through the air.

shake it off
Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
That curly coat holds a lot of water. I thought he looked more like a bear in this photo.

roof pooch
DOG: A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow or surplus of the world's worship. ~ Ambrose Bierce
You've seen this guy before too - he's the roof pooch I see on my way to the park. He has his own window through which he comes and goes as he pleases.

window seat
Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear. ~ Dave Barry
I guess this guy makes sure that he gets the window seat on his trips around town. I've seen him a couple of times now.

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. ~ Ann Landers
This little cutie (a Papillon, methinks) worked the crowd which gathered alongside the lakeside patio at Holiday Inn. There was a live blues band performing that evening and several boats had pulled up and docked to enjoy the music. She wandered all around her people's boat, getting treats from those who came equipped, and pats from the rest of us.

big haul2
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
I watched this dog from a long way off as I approached. He wrestled with that branch for the longest time, bound and determined to drag it up out of the water.

comes running
The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state the dog is full of love.
I've also proved, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.
~ Ogden Nash
Until his people called him for some love and attention. He wasted no time reuniting with them.

sister dog
The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~ M.K. Clinton
His sister was not a water dog. She waited patiently for his return. What a sweet girl!

The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. ~ Johnny Depp
These two, little strangers to one another, greeted each other with such loving enthusiasm. An abundance of kisses was had by both.

porch pooch
Dogs are often happier than men simply because the simplest things are the greatest things for them!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan
Last, and most definitely least, I saw this porch puppy on my way home.

I'll have more photos for you any day now... closer to seven, in dog years.