kckeiko said: Love love this photo! Beautiful capture.
Thanks so much kckeiko - so glad you like it!! The most wonderful thing is that this beautiful spot by the river is just a few short steps away from my door!! I took it during that 3 hour excursion to the bird sanctuary a couple of weekends ago. One sad thing I noted was that my beautiful old friend I called Sanctuary (a huge willow) had been cut down. I used to park myself under there on particularly warm days with nothing but a book for company. I could not see any signs of disease on the bark of the stump and when it was in full bloom, it always looked perfectly healthy so I am not sure the purpose of cutting it down. I tried to count the rings to see if I could tell how old it was but I kept on losing track… it’s harder than one thinks to put a number on those things!!
So many things to do today but I thought to myself, what the hell, I need some time for me. Took a leisurely walk to the bird sanctuary with my camera in tow and while the flowers are not quite in abundance I did manage to get some nice shots of various and sundry local flora, including wild roses, Queen Anne’s lace - some Canada geese and mallards in the distance and, oh yeah, some sexy time red-winged blackbird who was strutting around trying to impress someone of the female persuasion. I did not see any other birds around so if it was me, I suppose I am flattered. I also met a nice young man called Philippe who let me look through his telescope while he pointed out a big old turtle sunning itself on a log. He explained it was not a native turtle species and that someone likely had bought it at a pet shop and when they got bored with it, they dumped it in the river. He explained how turtles are quite territorial and how this one had chased some other turtles trying to share its log. He also explained how they dig themselves into the mud in places where it does not freeze to the bottom and stay put for winter. I did not know that. When I asked him what marvelously exotic place this turtle might be from… he told me Ontario. I laughed and lightly poked him in the arm and said I suppose one could call Ontario “exotic and foreign”! It was actually quite fascinating to learn some of the interesting facts he provided and I suppose, truth be told, so were his disarming gap-toothed smile and blonde dreadlocks! I should have taken his picture. I probably would have forgotten to turn my camera on and embarrassed myself. Well, I know where he works and the lilies will be in bloom in July so there’s plenty of time to practice until then!
There were lots and lots of people out enjoying the fine weather, biking, picnicking, roller-blading, walking like me with cameras or binoculars , or just soaking up the sun in general. Have to enjoy the season… it’s most definitely too short for most of us.
The best part of today’s walk, however, was getting to spend some time with my dad, even if it was only via some of my fondest memories. Miss you Dad… happy father’s day… lots of love always. xo
qbnscholar said: Wow, hard to figure why they would remove it, unless someone bought it? Lovely composition, btw.
Actually Fern ( qbnscholar ), it was part of a temporary installation/exhibition of floral sculptures so it was not moved or sold — nope, I really just could not find the particular place on the grounds of the garden where that particular installation was! LOL!! I guess that makes me a little potty, yeah??
Absolutely guisch73! I’ve often thought they should do something very similar to our much despised Olympic Stadium!
And yes qbnscholar, I loved this particular installation when I saw it at the Mosaicultures Internationales at our Botanical Gardens but you will be amused to know, I could not find the bloody thing on my second visit!!
My last day of a second long weekend and it’s back to work tomorrow. It’s been a relatively cold three days so far, mostly due to the ever present wind but, today, the thermometer is supposed to top out at 15C (about 59F) and, hopefully, it will be more sunshine than clouds in the sky although, right at this moment as I sit in my kitchen and look out the window, there’s a little power struggle going on between the two. Nothing like the welcome warmth of some much needed Spring sunshine on my pale winter mug to turn my frown downside up and to bring out that one remaining freckle on my nose. Meanwhile, as I wait on die Sonne, I bask in the warmth of some recent messages, written and visual, from the wonderful qbnscholar and kckeiko!
Well, Tumblrs and Tumblrettes, the taxes are done (all four) and I feel I deserve a treat so I am off to the MMFA to enjoy the Peter Doig exhibition before it ends next weekend. Being a Tuesday, I am hoping it will be a little less crowded and I won’t have to use my elbows to make my way through the throngs of people which are often, at these travelling exhibits, dozens deep. Or maybe I will just surprise them via the shorter route and crawl between their legs while pretending to look for an errant contact lens, although, I suspect I shall have to remember to remove my glasses before trying that.
Spring showers…spring showers… I just have to keep thinking May flowers! Quickly grabbed an umbrella running out the door to catch the bus… it was given to me by my late Uncle Ross … I miss him as much as my mom does (her brother). He had a kind heart and was a good person and would strike up a conversation with complete strangers and could be quite disarming (I’ve seen him in action)… hell, he would talk to a rock I am sure. Anyway, every time I use that umbrella, I think of him… the fact that it is a kid’s umbrella plastered with images of Snoopy and Woodstock is just a bonus. It always makes people smile when they see me carrying it and I don’t feel a tad ridiculous… rather I think “hey Uncle Rossy - look at all the people you made smile today. Still got that charm long distance.”
qbnscholar said: Enough buttons already, but cute. Great shot, simple, to the point.
Relax qbnscholar - no need to press the panic button Fern!! But, as usual, you are right on the button with your support and comments and I hope you know how much I always appreciate that so very much. Teehee!! :D
Sometimes Mondays aren’t so bad… this morning I discovered that biutifulpics had re-blogged “out of the darkness” over the weekend… so if I may just say dank je wel to Gerardo for that and may you all have a beautiful week.
We’ve had some nice hints of spring these past few days and temps even got up to 22C today but with Humidex (yeah, we had a freaking Humidex) it felt like 28C!! LOL! Joke’s on us because… winter is coming… at least on Tuesday into Wednesday when the temps are going to take a big dive and with the rain coming in starting tonight, we may all be skating to work come Wednesday morning when the thermometer is going to be hovering around -3C (figures, just cold enough to freeze). Is it because I cheered when they did in King Joffrey, Mother Nature?