Thursday, November 22, 2012

That Flirty Sun

“The sun was as flirty as Scarlett O'Hara with the Tarleton twins, breaking through the clouds in spectacular bursts that seemed like personal favors and then retreating for hours, days, and making us all ache for just a glimpse.” ~ Lorna Landvik

In my previous post, I brought you along to a football game at Toronto's Rogers Centre. It had been a rainy day but by the time we were ready to head home, the sun had made a most welcomed appearance.

union station2
Since we've now met again at Union Station, perhaps we can ride the train together.

from go train
Lucky for us, we were able to get a window seat. The sunlight is barely peeking through the still-heavy cloud coverage but it's enough to illuminate towers and treetops and add a bit of drama to our journey homeward.

train view
At various points along the way, we get a good view of Lake Ontario.

from go train6
There's a lot going on here - sunlit shrubbery, trains at rest, a tower, tractors, lamp posts and the reflection in the window which offers a glimpse of the view through the other side of the train.

from go train3
Another view of the lake before we reach our destination.

oshawa go station
As we're pulling into the station, another train works its way westward.


at go station
There's a bit of construction going on at the station during the week. Although at rest on this day, the sun seems to have awakened the brilliant orange, yellow and turquoise of the equipment.

go station bike rack
Just before we found our car, Frank pointed out the top of this bicycle rack shelter.

For some reason it makes me think of this scene from The Wizard of Oz.

frank driving sunset
You might as well get in the car with us. Doesn't Frank's beard look cool in the sunlight?

oshawa church
One last sight before we arrive home - the church Frank attended in his youth. The cross appears to be lit from inside but it's catching the last rays of this beautiful sunshine.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. I think I can smell the sweet scent of turkey wafting up here, over the border. 

One more thing, please...

For those of you who may not know her, Laura is, among many talents, a spiritual director, poet, photographer and of course, a wonderful blogger. She has asked me to include the following Thanksgiving message in today's post so that you can share in her gratitude for life and perhaps be a part of her fine project yourself:

“The Mega Mobius Gratitude Quilt was an idea born in November of 2009 when I had an MS exacerbation that made it difficult for me to communicate through words. I did not know at that time if proper syntax and missing words would return, but I wanted to write something for my Thanksgiving blog post, because I felt so deeply grateful for the goodness in my life. I was concerned that I would not be able to write it myself, so I asked friends and family to be earth angels and help me out by sending me brief messages about what they were grateful for in the moment. Thus began an annual tradition, and thankfully speech and the ability to write returned not long after the first quilt was created. This year more than two hundred people came together to create the quilt with me! You can view the quilt on November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day in the United States by stopping by my blog Shine the Divine. Additional offerings are welcomed in the “leave a comment” box beneath the post.

Gentle steps,


Ps. It is called the Mega Mobius Gratitude Quilt because a mobius form never ends... may that be so for expressions of gratitude as well.”


Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Amazing captures in low light and from a moving train. I'm glad you explained the bicycle. When I first saw it, I thought it was on top of one of the train cars. :)

Leave It To Davis said...

Your clouds are so dark and menacing in some of those pictures...if they looked like that here in Texas, I'd be looking for shelter from a tornado. Makes me shiver. I love seeing what Canada looks like since I will never get to see it in person. My hubby's grandmother was full blooded Canadian.

Do you all NOT celebrate Thanksgiving of some sort there in Canada?

ADRIAN said...

The second image is stunning. A grand run home. I love weather.

Pierre BOYER said...

Great pictures...
Happy Thanksgiving !


Cloudia said...

what golden wonderful northern light!
From the coffered ceiling of the station, to the....Oh I loved it ALL!

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Nadezda said...

Hilary, I love the second photo with dark gray clouds.The pieces of white and blue are seen between the clouds.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Bob Bushell said...

I'm glad you had a fun journey back to your heaven, home. And photographed it all of it, I personally love the second one.

Kerri Farley said...

Such dramatic skies!

Anvilcloud said...

It's nice to see Union Station once again. I take it that the camera police left you alone.

DJan said...

Wonderful post, as usual, Hilary. I'll pop over and take a look at the quilt, but I'm very grateful to have your lovely blog as part of my everyday life. And thank you so much for your clever comments you leave on mine! :-)

Anonymous said...

What wonderfully moody shots! And of course, I'm a big fan of Laura's already.

Brian Miller said...

added my bit to the quilt already....smiles....cant wait to see it....thanks for taking us on the train ride....i do like how the sun hits the beard....hey i got one of those...smiles....happy thanksgiving hilary

TexWisGirl said...

the wizard of oz reference made me laugh!

i'll be thinking of you as the turkey and ham aromas fill our home today and hoping for a southerly wind to blow them north to you. :)

Gail Dixon said...

Gone With The Wind has been playing non-stop on a couple of the cable channels. That Scarlett was a pistol! Enjoyed the photos so much. The shot of Frank's beard is amazing. Wonderful use of light in all your photos. :)

Maggie May said...

That was a dramatic post with dramatic skies!
Loved the feel of it.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

stephen Hayes said...

Wonderful pictures as always. I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

thank you for the ride on the train....loved it all. What a lovely excursion.
And thank you for the well wishes on the American (badly timed) Thanksgiving. The timing of the Canadian Thanksgiving is much more logical and historically based but that is a discussion for another day. For now the potatoes await my attention....Oma Linda

Liz Mays said...

I loved traveling on the train with you. What a beautiful ride! said...

Well I can relate to your one town

OSHAWA . My very first 13
teen crush lived there.

My son works down near the C.N. Tower. What a lott going around Toronto. All kinds of people, attraction.Hmmmmmmmmm

A real sad crunch for the Hockey fans. Hockey has Gone. Are you guys Hockey fans?

Now most people go to Football. My three Grandboys love the football.

I know why you passed on the food. My Grandboys would say. What is snacks It is a football must.

We Canadians have celebrated our Thanksgiving

Done that, ate that.

I must say Macey's parade in America outdone our Parade.

So nice and clear shots you have added.

Safe trip back home.
May it be for your team.

Red said...

You are fortunate to have a train ride like this one. thanks for sharing it with us. The sad thing is that many people would take this train ride and see none of this.
You had some work to do to get these shots with the late afternoon light.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you said it, that golden fall northern light :)

Bossy Betty said...

Ah that sun! It can make or break a shot. It's what we do with the shadows that matters sometimes!

Betty Manousos said...

happy thanksgiving!!


messymimi said...

Your pictures are an extra reason to be thankful!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Love the Wizard of Oz comparison.
That is one mean looking sky. Great shots. I can smell that turkey too you are right must be a southerly breeze:) B

Lillian said...

Fantastic photos ! I thought I could smell lots of wonderful home cooking coming from the border as it is our American blogging buddies Thanksgiving lol ! Have a good day !

SandyCarlson said...

Frank's beard looks awesome. The Gulch bike is pretty cool, too. I wonder if the sculptor was thinking of Gulch, too!

I'm going to Laura's blog now. Thanks for the info.

Indrani said...

Fantastic shots. Each evoking a different emotion.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Aritha said...

Hi, I like your photo with the top of this bicycle rack shelter. Thats very special ...

Yes ... His beard is very beautiful in the sunlight :-)

Daryl said...

Love these snaps .. especially the bike and the video clip of the late great Margaret Hamilton

Barbara said...

I love the drama of sun against a cloudy backdrop and you've captured it so well in these photos! Love that first quote - it's perfect!

Friko said...

Splendid photography; I love a bit of drama and it is certainly here in your pictures.

Kerry said...

I love window seats and people who make the most of them. Who wants to fall asleep when there's something to see? That bike is amazing and reminds me of ET.

The word quilt is very impressive as are the little photos that Laura includes in the link you provide.

Unknown said...

Hello, Hilary: Yes, Frank's beard looks very cool! I'd like to invite Laura to visit my YouTube interview with illustrator Connie Douglas, who has MS. It is so hopeful and inspiring as Laura's note is as well. Have a beautiful weekend!!!

Unknown said...

Hello, Hilary: Yes, Frank's beard looks very cool! I'd like to invite Laura to visit my YouTube interview with illustrator Connie Douglas, who has MS. It is so hopeful and inspiring as Laura's note is as well. Have a beautiful weekend!!!

photowannabe said...

Really wonderful captures of light and simplicity.
I adore the one of Frank's beard.
Those are some ominous clouds too. Thanks for the chance to travel with you on your photographic journey.
We did have a wonderful Thanksgiving and even though you don't celebrate this time with us, your pictures show so much thankfulness.
Love visiting you Hilary. Now I'm off to see the suggested blog Shine the Divine.

Crabby McSlacker said...

More lovely images and it feels great to ride the train with you without having to purchase a ticket.

And the quilt sounds like a wonderful project!

lime said...

love the portrait of frank and the bike and miss gulch connection are pretty funny :) heading over to check out laura's.

sage said...

Nothing beats a train ride...

Russell said...

Enjoyed the train ride. Thank you.

Hope you do not see any flying monkeys! That are much scarier than Miss Gulch - though she is pretty scary!

We were talking one day about movies that are actually scary and I said the only movie that actually scared me was the Wizard of Oz. Now THAT is one scary movie in places! The scene where the Scarecrow catches on fire is ...!!

Seriously, I enjoyed the ride very much.

Take care.

LindyLouMac said...

What a great series of photos, the station is very grand.

Glo said...

The construction equipment is my favorite, along with Frank's beard...always have been a bit partial to beards :) You certainly have a knack for observing the sunny side of life.

Lynne with an e said...

I felt like I could walk right into that photo of Union Station!
I do love a train ride, and also moody skies and how colours are enhanced against them. So thanks for a fun trip!
(Go Argos!)

Dianne said...

I love the bike!!
and the scene from the Wizard
that music is so perfect

Zuzana said...

Dear Hilary, thank you for the train ride, it is by far my preferred way of travelling.;)
You have captured some amazing skies and the atmosphere in your images reminds me of our own climate here in Scandinavia.;)
Have a wonderful week ahead,

Suldog said...

I'm late here - sorry! Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving well-wishes, my friend. Lovely shot with the reflection (not that all of them aren't lovely, and especially so to me because I love trains and those things associated with them, but that one especially intrigued me.)

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

LOVE the bike atop the bike rack shelter! :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Hilary, Your photos brightened my day (and I'm in sunny Southern California)! What a wide range of beauty-- Love the colorful kayaks-- They made me smile.

I'm off to check out Laura's project. It wounds wonderful.

Stop by, I'm having a Christmas Giveaway!

xo jj

Unspoken said...

I miss the colors of fall, spring and summer already. Thanks for the reminder :). My world has turned to winter gray.