Sunday, December 4, 2011

Leftovers Again?

With American Thanksgiving so recently past, along with our own Canadian Thanksgiving which occurred in October, I imagine that many of us are pretty tired of leftovers by now. So forgive me while I indulge in the last of my own photographic remnants from the past couple of months.

They're those images that never seemed to fit in this post or that, but I figured that if they were all mixed up together, they might make a decent casserole of sorts. I hope you enjoy them.

Bon appetit!

weathered door
Come on in - the door is open. This weathered wooden door is unusually narrow. It's the portal between Frank's kitchen and his back deck, where he sits watching the birds until the sun goes down. In this photo, the sun was setting very low in the sky, bathing the worn wood with its rich, warm glow.

This feather sits in a ceramic jar in my front hallway. It's not from one of those birds that Frank likes to watch on his back deck, but rather from a wild turkey which my neighbour hunted a few years back. The sun was pouring through the small, frosted window in my front door, illuminating the tip of the quill.

Pour yourself a drink, if you like. No, this isn't our bar - it's a shelf at the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). This colourful display caught my eye but I felt really conspicuous taking a photograph in the store which was filled with weekend shoppers. So I just let the camera hang from my shoulder, estimated my focus and hoped for the best. I wasn't displeased with the results.

rescue boat
One day, early in October, Frank and I took a walk down to the lake shore near his place. This rescue boat was just coming in from a tour of the lake. Everyone was relaxed and casual as you can see, so I assume that all was well.

Perhaps they crossed paths with the folks in the canoe missing from this collection.

On the same day as the above two photos, we were driving through one of the many picturesque areas of Frank's town when I asked him to stop the car so I could snap this shot from the bridge. It just struck me as so peaceful and beautiful.

These were about the size of a ping-pong ball and quite golden in colour. I'm not sure exactly what they were but they begged to be photographed.

Hidden among the autumn foliage, these pretty capped mushrooms peeked out at me.

spent clematis
This was an overcast day but the sun began shining a subtle glow from behind the clouds creating a shaded backdrop and casting a soft light on this spent clematis head.

What better way to end this remaindered spread than with a cottage sunset. This beauty of a day shared this scene with us in mid-September.

I hope you enjoyed the photographic nibbles. We'll try for dessert another day.


Cloudia said...

your posts always please!

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Birdie said...

Ah, but Cloudia took my words. Your pictures are always lovely.

Daanish said...

the word is wow :)

Dave said...

That was a very satisfying feast Hilary. I look forward to desert - Dave

Anonymous said...

Hilary, I believe your little golden balls may be quince... fits right into your casserole theme! ;)
I love the textures in the first photo and the colorful bottles made me smile. (I would totally take that picture, but probably not as subtly as you managed it.)

Anyes said...

If those are leftovers...who needs anything else?;-)

OK if you insist I'll have a bit of dessert too...

Anonymous said...

I enjoy leftovers... Thanks for these. Next: Snow and ice?

Bob Bushell said...

Oh great, I loooove the picture of the feather, it stands out with the others, which are just as good.

Tabor said...

Thank you. This was not just a casserole but a seven course repast. Love them all. Your photography is inspirational, and you know I cannot go anywhere these days without a camera.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful potpourri of lovely images from seasons gone.;)
I particularly loved the feather.;)
Have a great Sunday dear friend,

Sueann said...

The mushrooms, the feathers and the sunset!! Oh my! So fabulous!

sage said...

Beautiful... When I read "leftovers" I was hoping you weren't still eating your (Canadian) Thanksgiving leftovers! ;)

Brian Miller said...

oo the mushrooms are so fav is that door though...absolutely love the textures in it...

Ruth Hiebert said...

I love casseroles and this one was especially good.Such beauty,is a delight to the eye.

CiCi said...

Delicious casserole, indeed, Hilary. The red brick butted up to the worn wood is a favorite. I am looking for shots like that around town and have a few to show soon. Great minds think alike. Of course your photo skills are on a much higher level, but you continue to give me something to strive for. I enjoyed your photographic nibbles tremendously.

Anvilcloud said...

Amazing macros as usual and I aDOOR the first one.

Anonymous said...

You need to cook more often and in larger quantities so that there will always be leftovers to feed us. :-)

Out on the prairie said...

All are very lovely,I really enjoyed your leftovers.That one little fruit looked almost like a oriental pear.

TexWisGirl said...

i love these kinds of wandering posts. i call them 'randomocity'. :) always a pleasure to visit here!

ellen abbott said...

Of course you know I love these. I especially like the lake shot above the ping pong ball thingies and the little mushrooms.

Dan said...

Thanks for the early morning cocktail. I don't normally indulge, but your images led me to it! :)

Scott Law said...

Your leftovers are as wonderful as delicious thanksgiving meal leftovers. Thanks for bringing them along.

messymimi said...

Casserole? Leftovers? More like a buffet!

Thank you. It was visually delicious.

That Janie Girl said...

I love love love your shots. I can't believe the LCBO shot was so awesome and you just guessed at it! Sweet.

Lynne with an e said...

I love casseroles and this one was lip-smacking good. Yes visually delicious gumbo. Toothpicks made from Frank's cottage door also much appreciated.

Red said...

You really had me set up. I was looking for pictures of food. Great shots and I get it that they were left over from earlier in the year.

Kerry said...

Wow! I am so glad that you shared these; they're much too good to lie around un-looked at. I like the simplicity of the flower head, and the shape of the feather. Gorgeous, every one.

Anonymous said...

Nice perspectives - and shots... Hope you have a great day! SD

steviewren said...

This casserole of photos gives me a glimpse into the random things you see along the way. I enjoyed it.

Grayquill said...

Although I loved all your shots, that first one I thought was amazing. Character...
As for those left overs... the good ones go first, that's what I have experienced.

Tabor said...

I forgot to add that I seem to want to paint that door...just can't help it!

Frank Baron said...

Lotsa good stuff there. It's like a quick summer review. I can remember nearly all those shots.

And that little round thing is a wild pear -- hard as a rock and nearly as tasty. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Most wonderful and peaceful.

Gillian Olson said...

Thanks for the full buffet of interesting images.

Ann Marie said...

these are all so beautiful!!! amazing, truly.

Mage said...

Just perfect peeks into a moment. :)

Kerri Farley said...

Your leftovers are awesome! I could never tire of these! Fabulous post!

Tariq.MJ said...

I just discovered your beautiful post with a lot of adventurous input, the scenes and the list goes on and on.
OMG: I have missed so much.
I'll be following you from now onward.


Laura said...

I just adore the nature photos...oh and the feathers...I like leftovers:-)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Those two little mushrooms did like like eyes peering out at you from under the foliage. Beautiful shots, all. Even the one of the bottles which you took without even looking through the viewfinder. Pure talent, my friend.

SandyCarlson said...

These are awesome photos. I love the liquor store shot, and I am curious about the bottles.

Thanks for sharing the leftovers. You are super.

Anonymous said...

golden ping pong ball & empty clematis make me so happy!

Tammie Lee said...

so many wonderful glimpses of life, thank you for sharing our wonderful world through your eyes and heart.

Gail Dixon said...

I like the analogy of the casserole. Each photo is so unique and lovely in its own way, and when all mixed together you have a splendid recipe for a post!

Hilary said...

• Thank you, Cloudia. :)

• Birdie, thank you kindly. :)

• Welcome, Daanish. My word is thanks. :)

• Thanks, Dave. I hope you saved room. :)

• Karen, I think Frank identified them correctly (see his comment a fair way after yours) as wild pears, despite their lack of pear shape. So I suppose it still fits the theme. Thanks always for your kind and supportive words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Anyes, thanks. Of course I insist. There's always room for dessert. :)

• Robin, nice to see you. No snow and ice just yet. What do you think this is.. Canada? ;) We usually have some by now but it's been a very pleasant season so far. :)

• Bob, thanks kindly. It doesn't surprise me that a fine bird photographer would like the feather. ;)

• Tabor, thank you so kindly. I know how you feel. Anytime I opt to leave my camera at home (because I'm just going to the store.. or it's raining), I regret it. Best to just keep it over my shoulder. Thanks for your visit. :)

• Thanks so much, Zuzana. I'm always happy to see you stop by. :)

• SueAnn, thank you so much. :)

• Thank you, Sage. I'd have a bit of a hard time with true leftovers that old. Except for the cranberry sauce. That would still be fine. ;)

• Brian, thanks very much. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Ruth, thank you kindly. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. :)

• CiCi, you're much too kind. Thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos soon. :)

• AC, thank you. Only you WOOD come up with a line like that. ;)

• Diane, I'll see what I can do. Thanks kindly. :)

• Steve, I think you might be on the right track with pear. Frank thinks it's a wild pear... see his comment below. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Tex, "randomocity" works for me. Thanks always for your kind words. :)

• Ellen, thanks so much. I'm very glad that you enjoyed them. :)

• Daniel, it's fine to indulge occasionally but I'll try not to lead you astray next time. ;)

• Thanks so much, Scott. Very much appreciated. :)

Hilary said...

• MessyMimi, that's such a sweet thing to say. Thank you. :)

• Janie, thank you kindly. I got lucky with that one shot. :)

• Louciao, now why didn't I think about that as a source of toothpicks? You're too clever. ;)

• Red, thank you. I'm glad you weren't too disappointed. :)

• Kerry, thank you so much. I get around to posting most of my shots eventually. :)

• SD, thank you kindly. :)

• Steviewren, thanks very much. I'm glad you did. :)

• Grayquill, thanks so much. I'm glad you liked it. Some things just catch my eye and that was one of them. :)

• Tabor, I fear it would suck up a gallon of paint with just the first coat. ;)

• Frank, I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I wouldn't be too surprised if you have a number of these shots your own self. Thanks for identifying the pear. Now that I think of it, and upon checking the date, I did indeed take this photo near your place. So it is a pear for sure. Thanks! :)

• Thank you kindly, Leah. :)

• Gillian, thank you for stopping by to enjoy. :)

• Welcome, Ann Marie and thank you for the kind words. :)

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

• Kerri, thank you kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Welcome, Tariq Mian and thanks very much for such kind words. :)

• Laura, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Linda, you're too kind. Thank you so much for that. See, what you and those mushrooms have in common is that they're a fungi and you're a fun gal. ;)

• Sandy, the bottles are pretty colourful, aren't they? Maybe I'll try to get a shot of them head on so we can tell what they were. Thanks so much for always stopping by and leaving such kind comments. :)

• Christine, as do your visits and kind words. Thanks for that. :)

• Thank you very kindly, Tammie Lee and it's my pleasure. :)

• Well thank you, Gail. I'm glad you were along to enjoy it. And no dishes to wash. ;)

Yael said...

Dear Hilary, I found you through Bob's blog - what a wonderful photographer you are, there is so much soul in your photos, it is pure pleasure to look at them! I surely will keep an eye on your posts! :-)
Those milkweeds - ahhhhhh!!!

VM Sehy Photography said...

Nice shots. The mushrooms are my favorite.

Unknown said...

It was nice to see the Rescue Boat with the guys relaxed. What a great collection of thoughtful images, as always Hilary! Very relaxing after a long day! You bet!

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a marvellous smörgasbord of delicacies. Just fabulous!

Ruby said...

Such fabulous shots! Loved the feather and mushrooms. the sunset shot is so peaceful. :)

Suldog said...

Leftovers are, for me, in many ways the better part of the celebration. While the holiday itself is wonderful and joyous and full of friends and family and warm feelings, the day after is very relaxing and the foods eaten then are at a leisurely pace and lovely.

Similarly, your leftovers are wonderful and tasty and warm and relaxed, too. Thanks for sharing them!

Daryl said...

Always room for dessert .. I love leftovers .. room temp food .. and the internet ... which is dead at home but thankfully working here in the office .. now I need to be working . sigh

Linda said...

I loved the photographic casserole. The right chef and the right ingredients always produces a masterpiece.

holdingmoments said...

A great set of randomness Hilary.

larkswing said...

I really like your casserole! Each picture that I thought was the best, was followed by another that rivaled for that spot. So, they are all feel good photos!

Liz Mays said...

So beautiful and I just love the peeking mushrooms!

photowannabe said...

Hilary, you have done it again. Your casserole of photos is so stunning. the turkey feather, the mushrooms, the shadow-play on the canoes, the spent clemantis Love them all.

yaya said...

Thanks for the delish photo meal! I'm stuffed...but I can always find room for dessert! Plus, I think the best part of Thanksgiving is the left overs...

CorvusCorax12 said...

glorious pictures :)

Unknown said...

Your macros are so amazing! As is that feather. Always enjoy your this and thats.

Dawn said...

I am ALL for leftovers! I felt right at home coming in that door!!

ADRIAN said...

Another wonderful collection. The door detail I a gem. but the tiny toadstools are beautiful.

Mental P Mama said...

The light in every single one of these is spectacular! And, that X rated vodka drink is wonderful! Trust me;)

Cricket said...

As I have said at several blogs recently, sorry for being such a lame-o of late.

Busy, scatterbrained, unfocused... that's me these days.

But how about Bright Size Life, by Pat Metheny? Why not? Hope all's well, my friend.

Sandi McBride said...

Leftovers? Surely you leftovers these, simply "seen for the first time"...loved them all!

Hilary said...

* Welcome, Yael and thank you so much for such kind words. I glad you stopped by via Bob's blog and I will be sure to return the visit shortly. In the meantime, get confy and relax. I hope you'll stay a while. :)

* Thanks, VM. I'm glad you like them. :)

* Thanks very much, Michael. Always lovely to see you drop by. :)

* Thank you, Lady Fi. I'm glad you found it satisfying. :)

* Thank you kindly, Ruby. Much appreciated. :)

* Thanks for enjoying them, Suldog. I'm glad that they could add to the enjoyment of your day. :)

* Thanks, Daryl. I'm glad you stopped by despite your internet woes and busy work day. :)

* Thank you so kindly, Linda. Your sweet comment makes me smile. :)

* Thanks, Keith. I'm glad you think so. :)

* Lailani, thank you so kindly. I'm pleased that you enjoyed them. :)

* Thank you kindly, BlueViolet. Much appreciated. :)

* Sue, thanks so much. It means a lot to me to know that you enjoy them. :)

* Yaya, you're not alone there. It would seem that leftovers are a favourite of many.. myself included. Thanks so much for you always-kind comments. :)

* Thanks very much, Corvus. :)

* Thanks kindly, Reena. Much appreciated. :)

* Thank you, Dawn. There isn't a much better compliment than to feel at home while visiting. :)

* I thank you kindly, Adrian. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed them. :)

* Thank you, MPM. You know, I haven't ever tried that drink. Now maybe I will. I knew there was a good reason for taking that photo. ;)

* Not to worry, Cricket. Those days happen to all of us. I miss your visits but understand fully. You're a busy guy with your two little guys. All is well here, thanks. I'll have to go give that song a listen now. Thanks, always. :)

* Thank you, Sandi. Just "leftovers" in terms of what's been sitting on my drive for a while. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Dianne said...

a delicious casserole :)

Pauline said...

Leftovers were never so delicious!

Hilary said...

* Thanks very much, Dianne. :)

* I'm glad you enjoyed them, Pauline. :)

Lisa said...

Beautiful. Just Beautiful.
Im not out as much right now. Im still in alot of Back Pain day and night so I love to view what others have.

Betty Manousos said...

wow! terrific shots! i love each one of them.

your lovely photos are always worth the look.

Anonymous said...

Loved your casserole! I have quite a few leftovers myself - guess I need to whip up one of my own. Loved the image of you sneaking that photo in the liquor store - I'm drawn to all the colors and shapes I find in them, too!

Country Girl said...

You have such a wonderful eye for all things natural and beautiful.

Hilary said...

* Lisa, I'm so sorry you're hurting and sure hope you'll be feeling better very soon. Thank you so much for stopping by with such kind words. :)

* Thanks kindly, Betty. You're too sweet. :)

* Barbara, I just couldn't resist them. I hope you'll be posting some of your leftovers soon too. I'd love to see them. :)

* Kate, thank you so much, my friend. Very much appreciated. :)

lime said...

these were some delicious photographic leftovers:)

Hilary said...

Thanks, Lime. :)