Thursday, March 10, 2011

Golden Moments

“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such” ~ Henry Miller


On the weekend, I spent some time with a friend in the town of Ajax. It's situated east of Toronto and touches the shores of Lake Ontario. The weather has been crazy for the past couple of weeks, alternating between rain, snow and balmy thaws. We've experienced some of each over the past several days.


window pattern
On Saturday, it rained rather heavily but as the evening progressed, the temperatures dropped and rainy windows iced over. The golden colour is from the streetlamp in the condo parking lot.




C&M
It snowed overnight and temperatures were bitter cold. It was overcast and windy through much of the following day but just as it was coming to a close, the clouds parted just enough for a lovely sunset. We decided to take a walk by the lake. The couple watching the calm waters of Lake Ontario are my friend's daughter and her boyfriend.




golden path 3
As the sun continued its descent, the icy paths were lit with golden sunlight. Had it been a warmer day, those benches might have been more inviting.




path Ajax Lake Ontario
If you take a look at the far left of this photo, you can see the C.N. Tower presiding over the chilly waters.

I'll bring you back this way again in a few days. Be sure to bundle up. There's no telling what the weather might be like.

74 comments:

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Wow, I can't believe how cool that first one is. Funny that I've probably seen something similar to that a thousand times, but never noticed how neat that is. I'm finding photography more and more amazing. :)

ladyfi said...

What delicious golden light... but it looks cold. Keep warm!

ADRIAN said...

I enjoyed the first image but the third is a real beauty. Thank you.

Steve Gravano said...

Great mix, warm light and cold weather. Beautiful photographs.

becca said...

beautiful

Kerri said...

These are lovely!! I LOVE these Golden moments you captured!

Lord Thomas of Wellington said...

Thanks for sharing these photos of Ajax. Glad you had a nice visit with your friend. We are having weather in the 40 degrees area right now and experiencing rain. If it were snow, we would be snowed in for sure.
Have a great day! :)

June said...

The light has changed again, hasn't it. It does every year about this time, but it's always such a welcome surprise to see "golden" where there was washed out pale moon-yellow.

Tabor said...

As usual you have managed to keep winter lovely for the longest time!

Bonnie said...

Love the abstract golden beauty of the first image Hilary - but the third is my fav - something about the invitation of a path.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Love the color of the third picture! The violet snow! God's creation + your photography = beautiful!

Snappy Di said...

Oh, the couple by the water is such a perfect and romantic shot. Very nice, even if it was a cold day.

DI

Pat - Arkansas said...

I became chilled just looking at your beautiful photos. The light seems to accentuate the feeling of 'cold.'

Gary's third pottery blog said...

totally pretty colors, and there you are, gazing across at us in NY!

deb colarossi said...

The glow is marvelous.

Anvilcloud said...

Love the golden raindrops and the golden light in the portrait-orientation of the park.

DJan said...

One thing I'm beginning to notice in your pictures is that it's not only the eye behind the camera, but what you decide to include. In the second picture all that sky makes it seem like I am there!

I also love the first picture. That's vintage Hilary!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow love the sun on the snow and that path...sigh...i wanna go for a walk now...

ellen abbott said...

oh, brrrr. still snowing and frigid in March. I don't see how you do it.

Out on the prairie said...

We have had so many days of dreary I am ready for the sun.When I first moved to the west coast I loved the area I was exploring and went to get a coffee.I told the lady how i was enjoying the day and she remarked ,"This and the other seven days of sun."I was baffled until I found out about the doldrums of overcast for weeks.Lovely colors in your pics, I always enjoy your captures.

Sridharan said...

Wonderful!

Dawn said...

This walk gave me a feeling of a Sunday evening....kind of a melancholy feel....the one you get before Monday begins and you wish the weekend was one day longer than it was.
Lovely light and rainy ice.

TechnoBabe said...

The light sure made a difference in rain-turned-into-ice on the window.

365 Attempts (At Life) said...

I really love these photos, that second one especially is really striking. Something about that Golden Hour. Fleeting magical quality. And you captured it! Have a great, friend!
Tanya

Daniel said...

As so many before me commented, you managed to capture the magic of "winter light". Well done!

Daniel


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Kristina P. said...

I can't believe that is rain! It's gorgeous!

Tammie Lee said...

beautiful light in each glimpse into your world.

Frank Baron said...

Another bevy of beauties. I love that young willow in the couple's shot and you managed to snag that nice golden, pre-sunset light on the paths shots. Warms them up considerably. :)

Reb said...

Just lovely! The golden ice on the windows is fabulous!

Robin Malherbe said...

Yep, I don't think I've ever seen anything like the first one. It's hot and humid here - I'm loving the snowy pics...

Jillsy Girl said...

The first image makes me think of NYE and fireworks! We're having a cold snap again this week and the birds have been scarce because of it. What a difference a few degrees makes!

Your shots give a feeling of warmth even though it's just the opposite.

LauraX said...

The light is amazing in every image!

kcinnova said...

Your photographic touch is as golden as the light in those pictures.

yaya said...

Our snow is returning tonight after a very rainy week..but no matter how many pics I would take, none would be as splendid as yours! Beautiful!

ds said...

I love that first photo: fire and ice. Thank you.

Travis Erwin said...

Love them all but the curves of the last one speaks to me. I could write a story based on that setting if only I had more time.

sage said...

Great shots! Thanks for taking us along on your walk. A long time ago, I spent time along the south shore of Ontario (NY side)

Linda said...

I love the golden glow on the winding pathway. Beautiful, all.

Karen said...

Those are lovely, but now I need to find a sweater! Thanks.

Friko said...

Photos to marvel over.

Barbara said...

So beautiful - the reflections of the sunset are wonderful!

photowannabe said...

I got the shivers just looking at your beautiful pictures.
I especialy liked the iced raindrops on the window. Very artsy.

Hilary said...

• Elizabeth, thanks very much. Cameras have a way of making you see things differently. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Lady Fi. The warmth is coming.. eventually. :)

• Thanks, Adrian. I'm glad you liked it. :)

• Thank you, Steve. It pleases me to know you enjoyed them. :)

• Thanks, Becca. :)

• Kerri, thanks very much. :)

• Thank you, Thomas. We're getting the exact same weather here today too. It's been so changeable. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• June, the light is always so lovely just before sundown - no matter the season but it's especially nice to see it at this time of year when everything looks so otherwise barren and cold. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Tabor, thank you for such a kind comment. :)

• Thank you, Bonnie. That path was indeed very inviting but it was so bitter cold out that we didn't venture too far. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Susan, such a lovely thing to say. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Di. That photo was taken at my friend's request. :)

• Pat, it was indeed very cold that afternoon - we didn't stick around for too long but I'm glad we did venture out. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Gary. I'm pretty sure I saw a purple house across the lake. ;)

• Thanks, Deb. I'm glad you like it. :)

• AC, thank you. :)

• DJan, thank you so kindly. Your kind words never fail to make me smile. :)

• Brian, next time I'll wait for you to join me. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Ellen, I don't know either but what choice do I have? ;)

• Steve, it must take its toll on you to have so few days of sunshine but you sure must appreciate it when it is bright and sunny. Thanks for your always kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Sridharan. :)

Hilary said...

• Dawn, I remember that feeling well. A time to soak up all the goodness of the day before the week begins again in earnest. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• TechnoBabe, it sure did. It caught my eye each time I passed by and the light hit it just so. I couldn't resist. Thanks for the visit. :)

• 365, thank you kindly. That late-day, golden hour is my favourite time of day - no matter the season. Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

• Daniel, thanks very much. I'm so glad you liked it. :)

• Thanks so much, Kristina. :)

• Thank you, Tammie. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Thanks muchly, Frank. I knew when I photographed it that you would be attracted to that willow and would mention it. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :)

• Thanks, Reb. I couldn't resist and I'm glad I didn't. :)

• Robin, I'm glad you can enjoy some wintery images. Hopefully they can help you cool off some. :)

• Jillsy, you're right. There is a firework-like appearance to the icy window. The weather here has been up and down. I'm looking forward to a more stable April. Thanks for the kind words. They're much appreciated. :)

• Thank you kindly, Laura. :)

• KC, thank you so much, my friend. :)

• Yaya, thank you very kindly. Our weather has been all over the place for the past couple of weeks too. :)

• Thanks, DS. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Travis, if we both had more time, I'd be happy to read it. ;) Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Sage, thank you. It's always a pleasure to have you along on my walks. I've been on both shores of Lake Ontario, too. They look pretty much the same except for where that sun sets. ;)

• Linda, thanks very much, my friend. :)

• Thanks, Karen. You might be better off with a down-filled jacket.

• Thanks, Friko. :)

• Thank you, Barbara. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks, Sue. I don't think anyone has ever told me that my photos give them the shivers before. ;)

Barb said...

The golden and lilac light in your photos is magnificent, Hilary. The first of ice on the window is so unusual - also in golden light.

Kelly H-Y said...

Oooooh, those pics of the seemingly endless path bathed in golden light ... love those!

christinemyoung said...

Love the sunset & empty benches.

It's been equally weird weather in my neck of the woods.

Thanks for stopping by my new blog, I'm learning how to navigate with each new post :)

SandyCarlson said...

Your loving eye graciously captures all that is beautiful in these shifting moments in the weather.

Slamdunk said...

Hilary:

Your powerful words and images make even me want to walk in that cold snow--even now as I count the days until spring.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love that sunset and the icy walks.

Nancy said...

It won't be long and it will be warm and green. I can see it now.

Scott said...

That top photo had me wondering. I'm glad you explained. Love your shots here.

Barbara said...

Lovely pictures. I love the first one. Great shot.

It is nice to know, even in Canada, winter can not last forever! I see Spring in these photos.

Barb

Zuzana said...

These are gorgeous images dear Hilary, they are so versatile in the content.
There is something about the two last pictures, particular the last one.
It instigates a strange sense of déjà vu in me. It is such a beautiful shot and it makes me remember standing in a very similar spot as a little girl... How extraordinary...
Have a lovely Friday my dear friend,
xoxo

Bob Bushell said...

Things had gone bad, but, they'll improve, believe me, I think!!!!!!!!!! The pictures are beautiful.

Dave said...

Great photos Hilary. I specially liked the first one of the orange frozen window, and the curving road at sunset. I thought the latter was especially good - Dave.

Glo said...

From your previous silvery crystal icicles to glorious glimpses of golden moments ~ lovely. The golden glow adds warmth to your wintry weather. Sounds like you had a great visit, too.

Debbie said...

The sun on the snow is just so beautiful!

Cricket said...

Love, love, love the sunset over the path. Very inviting, despite the cold. We've had the same mix of everything. A Charlie-ism: "Is this lion weather or lamb?"

A little bit late, perhaps, but how about George Winston: February Sea? We'll pretend....

Dianne said...

the shot of the couple is lovely and then the light in the next two takes my breath away
golden is it :)

VM Sehy Photography said...

Cool set of photos. I especially like the golden tone of the ice on the window. Nice captures all.

Jayne said...

Beautiful as always. :)

thrviewfinder said...

The first and the third one are awesome...
I like the composition in the third one.. especially the curvy road

Leah J. Utas said...

Gorgeous use of the sun.

Hilary said...

• Barb, thank you so kindly. I'm glad you like the images. :)

• Thanks, Kelly. Much appreciated. :)

• Christine, thank you. March is only predictable in that it's so unpredictable. ;)

• Sandy, thank you so much. Your kind comments read like poetry. :)

• Thanks, Slamdunk. I'm counting down to spring also. :)

• Thanks, Ruth. I'm glad you could join me. :)

• Nancy, I'm sure you're right. July at the latest. ;)

• Scott, you're the master of interesting images so I'm glad one of my photos had you wondering. ;)

• Barbara thanks very much. Spring will certainly arrive eventually... I hope. :)

• Zuzana, thank you kindly, my friend. I'm glad that the images evoked a sense of déjà vu for you. I hope it was a fond memory. Thanks for stopping by to visit. :)

• Bob, thank you. I'm glad to know there's improvement for you. I hope all will turn out fine. :)

• Dave, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Glo, I hadn't thought about it that way, but I guess I did kind of go from silver to gold. Thanks so much for the perspective and the kind words. :)

• Debbie, thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Cricket, thanks very much. I wished it had been a bit warmer. We'd have enjoyed the walk that much more but we didn't get too far before we were all ready to turn around. Luckily, the camera doesn't feel the cold. I love those Charlie-isms. He's a wise little man. Thanks always for the soundtrack. :)

• Dianne, thanks so much. I took so many photos of that light, and I'll show a few more on Sunday. I'm glad you could join me, my friend. :)

• VM, thanks kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you, Jayne. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thrviewfinder, thank you so kindly. I'm pleased that you like them. :)

• Thanks, Leah. :)

Unknown Mami said...

You should sell that fist picture to Microsoft. It would make excellent "wallpaper".

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, what delightful pictures, and the first one is extraordinary . Very good indeed.

Stacey Dawn said...

Adore that golden light - although a bit of bundling does look like it is required!!! ;o) Stay warm!

Sandra said...

I love your pictures and I love southern Ontario. When my husband retired from the military we could have gone to Guelph or Winnipeg. Stupidly we came to Winnipeg..sigh...did I mention I love your pictures. they totally made me want to go to Toronto.

Hilary said...

• Mami, thanks kindly for that. Much appreciated. :)

• Bob thank you very much. I'm so pleased that you like it. :)

• Stacey Dawn, yes, you'd be wise to bundle up. It was pretty cold. But warming again now. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome Sandra and thanks for the kind words. I'm sure there are nice things about Winnipeg, but that is an unlikely choice over Guelph. Too bad.. we could have been neighbours. Thanks for the visit. :)

steviewren said...

Simply beautiful!

Hilary said...

Thank you, Steviewren. :)

She Writes said...

I want to wander that path!

Hilary said...

Amy, you're welcome to join me anytime. :)