I may go out just to sit on the deck, perhaps read, even have a glass of wine. Just gentle, quiet time. But, inevitably, I am drawn into the garden. Please click on any image for a better view. Weekly photo challenge: Ooh, shiny! Continue reading Easily Distracted
The Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is in Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. We visited last spring, only taking in a couple of the exhibits. Please click on images for a better view. From the Horse Power Exhibition, this Cabriolet Sleigh represented Canada at the first world’s fair at London’s Crystal Palace Exibition in 1851. It … Continue reading Museum of History
Please click on any image for a larger view Its history goes back to the very beginnings of Catholic schools in English Canada. Ontario’s Catholic school system began in the Bishop’s House in the village of St Raphaels. Built as a presbytery in 1808 by Rev. Alexander Macdonell who was the first bishop of Upper Canada (now Ontario). It is three-storeys, about 2, 155 square metres when … Continue reading The Bishop’s House
A storm of snow, rain and sleet blew through our area on Monday. On Tuesday I stepped out to a beautiful winter wonderland dripping with ice and glitter. Felt like I was in Disneyland. I took a few photos … 104 actually, but that’s because I was shooting blind. It was so bright I couldn’t see what was in my screen so I just took … Continue reading Transformed
Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past This is not the very distant past, but apart from the history of our First Nations people, the history of the settlement of Canada isn’t very distant, and when compared to European history,we just have baby history. 🙂 This is St. Raphael’s Church, and around here that’s pronounced St. Raffles. Building commenced in 1821 making it one of the … Continue reading St. Raphael’s Ruins
Originally the Maryvale Convent, this lovely building celebrated its centenary in 2013. It was home to the Sisters of Providence who taught separate school and high school , painting, “fancy work”, vocal and instrumental music. In 1966 it became a nursing home. In 1983 it was converted to a residential home for seniors. Today it is known as the Abbey for the Arts , hosting … Continue reading The Abbey for the Arts
Looking out through the front window I saw
And following behind Continue reading “Turkeys: a short story”
“At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.” – Gary Zukav All photos taken in my backyard in rural Ontario. Ailsa’s travel theme is: Still Continue reading All Lies in Stillness
My daughter called me to the porch telling me a chickadee was lying there and it looked dead. I picked up the poor unconscious little thing and gently stroked it … and it responded, struggled to its feet and tottered there … “Don’t be afraid to fly…” “Spread your wings and prepare to fly” little bird I settled him safely out of the way and … Continue reading A bird in the hand
I’m a person with a camera, but I’m not a capital “P” Photographer, and I take pictures with a point-and-shoot with a few small bells and a whistle or two. The Weekly Photo Challenge is Focus and there is an explanation about depth of field. This one, shot this afternoon in the garden, shows a shallow depth of field achieved with my point and … Continue reading Focus, focus, focus
I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in my garden so far this season – too wet, too hot – but this week I finally got to dig in the soil (ripping out buckets of weeds) and also took time for some photos … Continue reading How does your garden grow?
It’s doing it … AGAIN! Today in Glengarry …
Wide panoramic shots of Nature’s best can definitely have impact, but since I got my new camera I have been exploring my own back yard in some detail. What I’ve found is that honing in on those grand scenes produces some very fine captures as well. For this I was down and dirty in the garden using macro …
but honing in on details doesn’t have to mean using macro. This one is a crop from a larger scene …
Related image: Nature’s Wrath, Nature’s Beauty Continue reading The Day After
It’s going to be a while before we use this again …
I try to do SOMEthing besides sitting at the computer exercising my fingers but sometimes I lack motivation.
Sometimes it’s a peek out the patio door … today it was mild but when it points to -20 and lower, then I hunker down and think … I’d rather not.
But do you want to know what motivation looks like?
Remember the horrific snow damage in my front yard? …
Well, Nature spent all day yesterday regenerating … Continue reading “Nature renews itself”
“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.” – Robert Frost
black-capped chickadee outside my window. Related photo:Jack Sparrow Continue reading Good morning Dee Dee
Winter as seen from my front door. Out on the snowshoes again today. Continue reading Still Winter