Friday, November 29, 2013

Through Glass and Posts of the Week

I bet you thought I'd forgotten all about the Posts of the Week. Ha! Fooled you. I was just taking extended time away from aspects of blogging which were a bit too time-consuming while I focused on getting myself moved from one home to another. Since I'm here now, I can put a bit more time into blog-reading and keeping track of the posts which I most enjoyed, and think that you might, too. And of course, there's always Reader's Choice, when you fine people come across blog posts that you've been taken with and ask me to share them as your recommendation. They're all back - at least for now.

But first, a few photos.

"Do you hear the snow against the window-panes, Kitty? How nice and soft it sounds! Just as if some one was kissing the window all over outside. I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." And when they wake up in the summer, Kitty, they dress themselves all in green, and dance about -- whenever the wind blows -- oh, that's very pretty!...And I do so wish it was true! I'm sure the woods look sleepy in the autumn, when the leaves are getting brown."  Through the Looking-glass ~Lewis Carroll

We have big, nearly picture type windows at our new place and I tend to snap shots through the glass fairly often. Interestingly enough, despite the beautiful scenery around me, I tend to leave my camera behind when I go for my morning walks with Benny. Not always, but usually. That's mostly because the road where I walk him is a main one and too busy to safely take him off leash. Keeping control of Benny and a camera isn't always easy. Of course the first time I'll spot something photo-worthy and find myself without the camera will probably be the last time I'll go out without it.

In the mean time, I hope you'll enjoy the following images, all taken through glass of some sort or another.

leaving Mississauga
This was snapped through the windshield of my son's car. We were on our way out of Mississauga and heading up to my new place, cats in the back seat.

snow business3
Much as the opening quote would suggest, this fluffy snowfall was taken through the window pane. It kept up for a little while, collected and eventually melted again. We have since had a more significant snowfall and are currently blanketed in white.

foggy sunrise
A moody, foggy mid-October morn.

libereated boat
Late November, the boat was removed from the right of the dock - rescued from a layer of ice.

bringing in the dock
The next day it was time to bring in the dock.

Another view through a car window. This was taken on our way back from a day trip to a nearby town. I liked the little island with tamarack or larch trees. This autumn was the first time I have ever noticed coniferous trees which actually turned yellow and lost their needles. They were new to me.

October morning gold
And one more sunrise because who can resist when the world is bathed in October gold?

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.



The following is the story of my own paternal grandparents and was written by my cousin.
Let Me Call You Sweetheart: A Love Story
by Phyllis
at Prompt Prose

by Betty
at Bossy Betty


Cannon Beach Sunset
by Karen
at What Karen Sees

No Fighting
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels



Attitude Adjustment
by Barb
at One Good Thing

A Thousand Dark Birds
by Kerry
at Ed and Reub

Happy Thanksgivukkah
by Lime
at House of Lime



Just Following the Road to Nowhere
by Sandi
at Holding Patterns

Happy Thanksgiving
by Cedar
at Cedarflame



Recommended by: Jackie
by Abe Lincoln
at oldmanlincoln

Recommended by: Tabor
November Lullaby
by Aisling
at The Quiet Country House


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


Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

What great shots you manage to get through glass! That last image is so perfect!

Indrani said...

Except for the second shot, I wouldn't have know they were through glass pane.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful shots of the lake.

Anvilcloud said...

There are so many delightful little Group of Seven types of islands around there, but I am usually speeding by them. Great light in the last one.

The Furry Gnome said...

It looks like you've picked a great place to live there!

DJan said...

I love the pictures taken through glass. And thanks for the POTWs, I'm off to visit some new places. :-)

Out on the prairie said...

Nice to have a large window, I would place some feeders outside to watch

Country Girl said...

It is absolutely gorgeous where you live, Hilary. In every single season!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful pics. I love the fog shots.

Brian Miller said... the light in that last shot hilary...and congrats to the POTW...will be around to check them out later today...

TexWisGirl said...

yay! she's getting back in the groove! :)

love the misty scenes and, of course, the golden glow. just a beautiful place you have!

Red said...

I really like the "moody" Photos of the lake in the fog
I like your posts of the week because I'm not familiar with any of the blogs. I'm going to have some fun looking at new blogs.

Kerri Farley said...

Really enjoying your lake shots!!!

Kat said...

Your lake shots are just beautiful! That last picture is just magical!

Phyllis E said...

What a wonderful thing to wake up to. Thank you for the sunrise, and for the POTW nod, Cuz-Sis. Happy Chanukah to you and your family.

Rob-bear said...

A variety of delightful images from your world. Thank you.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Birdie said...

The October sunrise is everything a sunrise should be.

Jackie said...

Your world shot through glass is beautiful....
What a fine photographer you are!
Love to you,

photowannabe said...

Thank you for sharing your family history with us. I love the strong family bonds.
Beautiful photos as always and I'm so glad you have finally moved to Paradise.

messymimi said...

A bright sunrise is hard to resist any time of year. Hope you are snug in your new digs!

Laura said...

Beautiful series Hilary, I hope you are enjoying Hanukkah this year. Thanks again for being part of the Gratitude Quilt, it means so much to me.

Liz Mays said...

I especially love seeing the snow falling. That is absolutely gorgeous! But you live in a place that has beauty like none other.

Ruth Hiebert said...

All the pictures are great,but the last one is the winner.First place in my books.

stephen Hayes said...

Beautiful pictures. I had no idea docks were brought in for the winter. Very interesting.

Cloudia said...

Hooray for all the POTW

and for your new place! YaY!

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Daryl said...

love all these glimpses into your new space .. and welcome back to the POTW and congrats to everyone

yaya said...

I love your lake views and the sunrise shot is breath taking! I'm betting the view with tons of snow is also wonderful. Congrats to all POTW..I'll head over to read them!

Glo said...

Happy to know the boat and dock have been tucked away for winter ~ such a beautiful view no matter what the weather or time of day. It does look mighty chilly near that water, but the sunrise warms the silver to gold.

Look forward to reading the POTW'S. Keep snuggly warm!

Tabor said...

Seems the old Hilary is back in great form!

Lynne with an e said...

With these images, the glass is definitely more than half full! Looking forward to many refills. I'm particularly fond of the foggy October shot glass...I mean glass shot.

SandyCarlson said...

So good to be hear and look through those windows with you! The peace. Amazing. I am glad you are enjoying your new spot!

lime said...

i never would have guessed most of those shots were through a window. just love the water shots. such different moods with each one.

thanks for including me in the POTW. i'm especially glad you liked this particular post. happy hanukkah, my friend.

Gayle said...
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Gayle said...

Love that u r back. Only in recent years did I learn about larch and losing their needles. We have them in Montana.

Rita said...

Stunning photos! Glad you got the boat and the dock out of the lake for the winter. You have moved to a haven! :)

Jenn Jilks said...

Drive-by shootings, water, lake life. Wonderful to see them all.
I'm glad you are back on track.
I happy to enjoy your lake photos. I just couldn't stand the lake traffic anymore. I took the cats for walkies on the frozen frog pond yesterday. It was quiet and fun.
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Suldog said...

Happy Hanukkah, Hillary! Glad to see you back at the post (so to speak) choosing great material for all of us to enjoy.

CiCi said...

Knowing you, I just can't imagine you going on a walk without a camera. You can devise a camera holder that fits on Benny's back! Seriously, the photos are great, what fun you will have in the new place discovering all sorts of new things. I look forward to seeing them.

Bossy Betty said...

Oh, you make me want to take a walk by a lake (NOW!) Thank you so much for the honor of being POTW!!!!

Anonymous said...

belle lumière sur la dernière photo

Barb said...

Hello Hilary, I'm enjoying the gorgeous view from your windows! I often walk without my camera, but I do carry the iPhone just in case I need to "snap." Sometimes, memory is the only photo I need. Thanks for including me in Posts of the Week. I'm on an extended blog-break and was wondering why I was getting comments on the attitude post. I've had a busy week with family but all is quiet now. When grandchildren leave, the silence is deafening! Enjoy exploring your new surroundings - happy holidays!

Gail Dixon said...

I am so happy to see you back and posting your beautiful photos on a regular basis. Also tickled pink that you came back with POTW. I am needing some new blogs to add to my roll and these look very promising. Love the foggy shots. Wow.

Lisa Gordon said...

So glad to see you doing POTW once again, Hilary.

I love these photographs, especially the last one. What beautiful light!

Have a great weekend.

sage said...

Great photos and good to see POTW back!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, my, what wonders you see on the water. All are perfection!

Barbara said...

They are all good, but that last one is so beautiful. I look forward to all of the seasons as seen through that window! Congrats to the POTW!

Scott Law said...

Love your great weather shots on this and thanks for the POTW. I take that as a great compliment.

Linda said...

It's intriguing to view the same scene at different seasons and times of day. That last picture is really gorgeous!

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos of the lake!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I love that October lake photo. And, I'd forgotten about having to bring in the docks up north. Now used to a permanent one.

Sharon Wagner said...

Oh, the last one is the dawn of a brilliant day. I just know it.

Hena Tayeb said...

those shots of the lake are gorgeous.

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I LOVE the view, and goodness, just looking at your pictures was a breath of fresh air. We have a lake in our backyard, but nothing nearly as beautiful or grand as that.

HansHB said...

A lovely post!

Unknown said...

Nice photographs. Each one has such a different wonderful feel to it.

Anita said...

Bring in the docks? That's new to me.

This is one of the reasons why blog reading is one of my favorite things to do... I'm always learning something new.

I like your enlargements. The "October Gold" could be my favorite.

I'll be visiting some of the POTW tomorrow when I'm not in a sleepy state as I am now. I'm glad you've had time to enlighten with them again.

Unknown said...

All beautiful shots, Hilary. Especially the last one! Magical!!

Lisa said...

Each photo you shared is just gorgeous. This last one is so peaceful and that light is wonderful.
Off to see some of your pics of the week.

Anonymous said...

Wow - the view out over the lake is magical!

Bone said...

Ooo the foggy morning one is a painting! The snow is beautiful.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do the posts of the week. What a wonderful thing.

Linda said...

Hilary, that last picture was stunning. No indication that anything stood between you and the beauty.

Kerry said...

I'm loving seeing your new landscape through the window. Wow. This is going to be a constant source of pleasure for you, and us too.

Thank you SO much for the potw, Hilary! That experience with the crows is something I still think about. It was good to be able to share it.

Now I will read the other potws...

Merisi said...

Beautiful captures, and I loved the elegant turn of phrase, "It kept up for a little while, collected and eventually melted again."

I am surprised you were not familiar with larch trees - in Europe, there is no other coniferous tree with deciduous wood. When the needles turn golden in autumn, they light up mountain slopes just like aspens do in North America. They grow quite tall, so they are a sight to behold.