Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Rain, the Park and Other Things

I've been away from my own computer for over a week now but should be heading home pretty soon. I hope to be back to a more normal blogging visit schedule but I can't say for sure. This summer will be one of running around, touching base here and there. I'll probably have a few more details about that as the season progresses.

The following photos were taken over the past month. I hope you enjoy them.


purple
There's an Alice Walker quote I like which says "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." I sure don't want to piss anyone off so when I saw this beautiful purple bloom, I had to stop and snap this shot.


hilly road
This was the view when Frank and I were on our way home after a mini trip north.



feather reflection
A short while later, the blue skies clouded over and the rain began.



robin watch2
Of course, rain is good for the earth, particularly at this time of the year. This robin is waiting patiently for a worm to appear - or so it might seem.



rubber boots
It's good for providing puddles for little one to stomp in.



fav spot
It's also good to keep ponds at full capacity and to encourage the growth of beautiful greenery.



shrooms
And fungi.



anglerettes
A couple of neighbourhood kidlets trying their luck at catching fish while I tried my luck at catching a shot of them.




mourning dove pair2
These two were all lovie dovie, each taking turns to coo impressively and flutter their wings. I suspect that there are Mourning dove eggs hatching as I type.



squirrel cutie
That's all, folks. Come on back in a few days for a few more images.


47 comments:

Maggie May said...

I hardly ever walk past a purple flower without stopping for a closer look (except in other people's front gardens, that is!) However, there aren't many of them in the English countryside.

Love the random photos.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

CorvusCorax12 said...

as always lovely pictures...love the purple flower

Kerri said...

Your images are so creative! that feather in the window really MOVES me! I LOVE it!

Steve Gravano said...

Wow, I can't believe that anyone could pass up that beautiful flower. Great collection!

Tabor said...

You have a great eye for making the common uncommon.

Robin said...

Love that top shot and then, as you know, I really enjoy people shots too (so the one of the two fishing kids is also a favourite)

MaggieGem said...

Loving you photos as always!

DJan said...

That purple flower is stunning. It would have been hard to walk by it without admiring it. Thank you for this collection, I always enjoy your pictures. :-)

Brian Miller said...

neat perspective on the boots...that first one is def my fav though...i could almost fall into that flower...and i love the quote on pissing god off...lol

Anvilcloud said...

Great flower. I think you are a macro photographer at heart.

NitWit1 said...

Love the rain splattered view. I occasionally do that. We have badly needed rain today. The Robin is beautiful. Hope you have a lovely summer.

Daryl Edelstein said...

what lovely photos ... especially the robin ... i see a lot of robins in the park .. they sit patiently til i am about to press the shutter and then they fly off .. laughing at me as they go

ladyfi said...

Wonderful vivid flower and I love the feather reflection!

Enjoy the sun, the rain, the summer.

Out on the prairie said...

I like the girls fishing best, brought back a few thought of when mine were that age.

messymimi said...

Wow, i could look at that beautiful purple flower for ages and not get tired of it.

Linda said...

Sending another "well done" your way, my friend. The purple flower is gorgeous, at least through your lens. Those kids can't be comfortable on that fence. I'm afraid that fish would have to bite pretty quickly or I'd be out of there.

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful pictures, you notice such wonderful details.

Dianne said...

the color purple and a long open road and doves in love!!
isn't it a beautiful world :)

TexWisGirl said...

a sweet set, once again. :)

ellen abbott said...

the flower, the feather, the fungi. and the doves but they didn't go with the Fs.

beautiful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Each picture is beautiful. I love the fungi,it looks almost like rose petals. Oh,I just enjoyed them all.

Rita said...

Hope you're having a fantastic trip. Love all the photos--especially the purple flower and the squirrel. ;)

~JarieLyn~ said...

What a beautiful view on your drive home. I love the rain through the windshield and the feather. Of course, there's no doubt that your photo of the purple flower is gorgeous.

What I'm wondering is long those kids sat there fishing. It doesn't look like a very comfortable. seat. LOL

Suldog said...

I love long lonesome stretches of highway as seen in shot #2. Most of all, I like being on the side of the road, not in a car. I think that may be slightly weird, but I do. The silence is nice; the particular smells that come from the mix of asphalt, dirt, and flora are attractive to me; and hearing the approaching cars before they actually appear has an aura of mystery that greatly appeals to me.

Mental P Mama said...

So sweet.....

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Love that quote from The Color Purple - one of my favorite books! You captured some wonderful images. Thanks for sharing!

Friko said...

A pretty collection, do the kids know they're famous?

Kerry said...

Gorgeous, Hilary. That feather...the fantastic purple flower...the yellow boots. All stunning.

Dave said...

Another interesting selection of pics Hilary. I specially liked the purple anemone - Dave

Zuzana said...

Beautiful imagery of life - enjoy yours on the road dear friend.;))
xoxo

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful flowers, splendid animals and many others things, superb photos.

Indrani said...

Beautiful captures.
Fantastic capture of the shadow of one of the doves on another.

Rita said...

A drive in country roads makes the world a beautiful place to live in. Really enjoyed what you shared today.
Rita

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH THAT purple! I see the pics around Ontario and REALLY want to visit again!

Mage said...

I'm always here. Sometimes short on time but here. You lighten my days. Thanks.

beth said...

as always, the fungi is my favorite :)

Daniel LaFrance said...

That flower is mesmerizing. I wish I had your eye sight.

Betty Manousos said...

awwww!!!

i really like that photo of the two doves. it does reflect an adorable sweetness, i also like the one with the rain droplets, but all of your images are totally unique.

wish you a great weekend!

big hugs!

sage said...

Safe travels to you. Nice photos!

yaya said...

You made God happy with your flower pic! (Did He leave that white feather?)

Susan in the Boonies said...

The intricate detail of the purple flower (spectacular picture, Hilary!) reminds me, one more time, of the intricate design of the Creator, on the molecular, cellular level. Wow.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh, that flower is the perfect shade of purple! And the yellow boots made me smile. I gotta get a pair of those, even though it rarely rains in So. California. They're so cute.

Welcome home, Hilary.

xo jj

Reb said...

Love the purple flower. My first thought of the photo from the car, was "foothills! You came to AB w/o telling us?" Then I realized there were no mountains in the background ;) Beautiful captures as always Hilary.

Hilary said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone. Your kind comments are always so appreciated.

I will try to get around to your blogs over the next few days. This summer is just going to be.. different. But good. :)

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Yellow boots and purple flowers... *sigh* Your photo of the road ahead of you makes me want to take a drive there.
Thanks, Hilary!

Shrinky said...

You sure do know how to perfectly capture the moment, Hilary, each and every one of these offerings is a pure delight (and I'm so glad you didn't piss God off)..

Barbara said...

You had a busy month! I love seeing what you've been snapping. What a great quote about the color purple - I must have sensed it somehow because I can't resist snapping any purple flower I see.