Sunday, April 29, 2012

April Miscellany

I have a few photos to share on this lovely, sunny morning which I hope you enjoy.

moon tower
On my way to visit Frank earlier this month, the moon was nearly full, and nearly sitting at the apex of this tower.

I quite liked how the warm sunlight seems to highlight and soften the barbed wire fence.

Of course, daffodils have no choice but to look warm and soft at all times.

bird seed
A pitcher full of quality bird seed. Nothing but the best for Frank's feathered friends.

chick on a brick
Here's one little beauty taking full advantage of the feast.

benny dilemma
The birds are quite unconcerned about this crazy little JRT. Benny's main dilemma is whether he should hang onto the ball he's already demolishing or go for the other one. Can you see the look of indecision in his eyes?

benny ball biter
Problem solved.

weathered door
Late day sunlight brings out the details in a weathered, wooden door.

old fern3
In fact, it brings out the details in many things, including this old dried fern.

More photos coming up in a few days.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recipe for Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Slip on your raincoat

Pull on your galoshes.
Wading in puddles

Makes splishes and sploshes. 
~ Anon.

Recipe for Sunshine 

Take one post-rain puddle.

water pal Benny Add a crazy, little Jack Russell Terrier.

girl Pour in a cute little girl with colourful rubber boots. Mix well.

water pals5 Sprinkle with giggles.

water pals4 Add generous measures of smiles.

water pals3 Mix with a few splashes.

water pal Benny2 Taste as you go.

  water pals Fold in a couple of playful barks.

  water pals6 And some tail wags.

water pals2 Sample often and season to taste.

splash me 
Cut into bite-sized servings.

cuties Enjoy! 

Makes enough sunshine to serve all who stop by.

I have no idea who this little girl is. She was out walking with her grandfather, who spoke very limited English. The child never uttered one word the full time that she engaged in this little water dance with Benny. There was the occasional giggle, splash or questioning bark from Benny, but no words. They connected and played together for about five minutes and then each moved on with their day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Strippers, Trapeze Artists and Posts of the Week

We saw a stripper performing in the park the other day...

bark stripper She was awfully busy doing her act when we came upon her. There was a little bit of bumping (of branches) and grinding (of teeth) and a whole lot of stripping going on. Stripping the tree of its protective bark in order to build or supplement a nest, that is.

Hang in there This reminds me that I once dated a trapeze artist... but he dropped me. ;) 

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.


by Lime
at House of Lime 


Earth Day
by Ellen
at Stuff From Ellen's Head


Tom Foolery
by Susan
at Wild Life in the Woods


And My Number is 534-5789
by Murr Brewster
at Murrmurrs

by Rita
at Soul Comfort's Corner


A Critter in the Hands
by TexWisGirl
at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report

European Robin
by Bob
at Birds and Nature in the Forest of Dean

Sunset Sunday
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Very Breath of Spring

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”  ~ Neltje Blanchan

Spring.. it ain't over yet. Come join me in taking in a few more sights around my neck of the woods, and Frank's. 

red tulip One of just a few red tulips which grace my front yard this spring. 

daffodil bud Not far away, a daffodil bud shortly before it opens.

 lil red guy Outside my back window, this little cutie was enjoying some of the seed which was scattered primarily for the birds. The photo quality is poor as it was taken through two panes of glass. I've always loved red squirrels, and especially since I was introduced to sweet, little Roxy. Go on and have a look - she's adorable. 

creek view roots Frank lives near a lovely creek which makes its way into Lake Ontario. Each year, they lose more trees and other plant life to erosion. I suppose it won't be too much longer until this tree loses its grip and makes its way into the great lake. For now, it still makes a pretty picture. 

walnut2 There are a lot of walnuts to be found around the area.

robin pecking And of course, what self-respecting spring season makes its appearance without the obligatory robin. This one stopped pecking in the dirt in order to watch me rather closely. You can see some of the wet earth on its beak. 

sunset behind new growthBack home again, the sun is setting behind a new leafy growth.

That's it for today. I'll have more images for you in a few days.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Opening Soon

I'm still very much stuck on Spring and it continues to unfold everywhere I look. Come walk with me and I'll share some of my surroundings with you.

about to open
Beautiful shades of pink and green. These leafy buds are about to open.

fuzzy branch bud
My favourite fuzzy branch is about to bud into life. In a few days, I'll post another photo. It's already come a long way since this day.

maple buds
Colourful maple buds, after a morning rain.

catkins group
More pretty catkins. These might be elm. Or not.

marcro blossom
Delicate white blossoms with pretty, pink stamens. What says spring better than this?

burrs of old
Last year's burrs still look pretty to me.

new growth
Some brand new leaves have that autumnish look to them.

opening soon
A fresh rainfall encourages growth.

Thanks always for joining me on my walk. I'll have some more photos for you in a few days.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Seeing Things and A Few Posts of the Week

I tend to see things. Sometimes others see them too. Often, it's only when I point them out. Sometimes they never do. Below are a couple of characters that I saw in unlikely places. Can you see them too?

crone hag witch
In the base of this tree, I immediately saw the face of an old hag, complete with hat, long nose and warty chin.

hag face
Can you see her green face now? What I'm seeing is her profile, facing right. She has a hollow, haunting eye, wart-ridden face, a long chin, nose and nostril and a shelf-like hat.

The other day, I inadvertently knocked the sugar bowl over onto the table. I grabbed a plate and began sweeping the white grains onto it when I stopped suddenly. There before my eyes was the Fruit Loops character, Toucan Sam or perhaps it was a Common Kingfisher.

toucan sugar
It took my son a while to see it but his girlfriend and I were both snapping photos of the spilled sugar.

And now, without further delay, here are the
Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.


My Penny is Lost
by Red
at Hiawatha House


Wood Ducks: Househunting on Lake Mary
by Cheryl
at Lake Mary Musings

Blue, Blue, Blue
by Gillian
at PS Whimsy - Behind the Brush

Gulls and Geese
by Ruth
at Ruth's Photo Blog

Sunset Peace
by Tabor
at Room Without Walls


Recommended by: Dianne
by EG CameraGirl
at Another Slice of Life

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Here, There and Back Again

I have a few miscellaneous photos taken somewhere, sometime in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy.

benny resting
Benny is here to greet you on this mini tour.

tree and sun reflection
First stop: The pond in our neighbourhood park. It was one of those days when the sun was playing hide and seek behind the gathering, gray clouds. At some point, I looked down into the water and noticed the gray reflection of trees and hazy sunlight.

These weeping willow catkins are suspended over the water from sweeping boughs.

old boat paint
This is somewhere on the northern shores of Lake Ontario. Dusty, blue-green paint - chipped, flaked and weathered by the sun. It once covered this row boat from bow to stern.

robin takeoff eh
Back home again, I missed the shot of him hopping around and pecking for worms but I got the unexpected bonus of this robin taking off.

A picnic table in the park. Somebody left their craft scissors behind.

This completes our tour. I hope you enjoyed the ride.

More photos in a few days.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Petals, Wings & Other Things

I have a few photos of blossoms, birds and a little bit more. I hope you enjoy them.

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." ~ Khalil Gibran

pine siskins
"Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody."
~ Eubie Blake

"Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness of even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy." ~ Anne Lindbergh

“He writes so well he makes me feel like putting the quill back in the goose” ~ Fred Allen

clinging on
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." ~ Lao Tzu

man watching sunset
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

More in a few days. Thanks always for visiting.