Cloudy with a Chance of Flowers

 

Yesterday the weather forecaster announced on CBC radio that it would be "Cloudy with a chance of flowers". I wish. I just had to share that with you all and hope it made you laugh as it did us.

On our recent road trip, as we were driving along the 401 in the direction of Toronto, the evening sky was really interesting and changed constantly. These fingers of light reaching down to touch the stretching bare trees were quite beautiful.

The sunset was stunning and I stopped to photograph it a little later, but I liked this one for today. It was taken out of the car window.

It's been pouring with rain all day today, melting the snow that fell on the weekend. The winter is settling in. I wish it weren't so early.

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#treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson

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Coffee by Steven courtesy of Rancilio, Mug by Teresa Wingar of Ontario

 

For #coffeethursday courtesty of the two who love to see these on a Thursday – +Stuart Dyckhoff and +Jason Kowing

This gorgeous little mug is just the right size for a small Americano (almost a straight espresso). We love the work of this lovely potter, Teresa Wingar. Her sense of colour and the attention to detail in her patterns make her one of our favourite craftsmen. We each brought home a small mug made by Teresa as a souvenir of our visit to Ontario and her studio.

We're glad to be home, though we had a wonderful time with friends and family while we were away.

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An Un-Anniversary Celebration

 

We are in Quebec city, having a great couple of days on our way home from a bit of a tour around friends and family in Ontario and Quebec. Last night we found a little restaurant, the Café de Paris, not far from the Château Frontenac in the old town and were sitting, waiting for our meal to be served. I was talking pictures of various things in the restaurant when the owner came up and asked if I wanted him to take a photograph of us… Um… Sure, I agreed. He then proceeded to stand on a chair with my camera and tried to zoom in with the lens (he couldn't as it was my prime 40mm) and then he complained when the lens was moving in and out (trying to focus). I asked him if he knew what he was doing and he said he did. Then he said that the picture was looking blurry. I told him how to focus and all seemed to be well. Suddenly his hand holding the camera dropped and there was a crash! He had dropped a metal cup just to give us a fright. :D What a great sense of humour. He was Italian, perhaps that had something to do with it?

For some reason he had decided that it was our wedding anniversary and wanted us to gaze lovingly at each other, then hold hands, then finally we had to kiss and Steve was told to 'take your time'. So here is the picture. What a clown he was! He then asked us if we wanted an after dinner drink, on the house. That sounded good, so we sat and waited… But those promised drinks never arrived. Eventually we paid the bill and left. Anyway, here we are on our very merry un-anniversary.

We will soon be home, with lots of photos and good memories.

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A Bee on Every Flower

 

There is a beautiful clump of brightly coloured flowers that grows wild down the side of our drive. Every time I walk by it is buzzing with bees and a closer look shows that every flower has a bee. As one tires of the bloom and flies to the next, a new bee takes its place. The cars going by on the road below cause a constant wind that blows bees and blooms around, making it difficult to catch a still moment to photograph. I did manage this time.

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For #beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

#close2home +Close2Home by +Brett Sivits +Rebecca Johnson +Pia Raben +Shaun Stewart +José Juan Escudero +Howard Weitzel +john adams

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Autumn Leaves near Arnprior Ontario

 

Those who have followed my postings on G+ have probably noticed that it's been a long time since I posted. No, I am not posting somewhere else, I have not moved to a new social network ;-). I have not been on a mentorship. I have just been ill, not able to do what I wanted to. So now I am hoping to be able to get back into sharing some of the images I have taken recently.

This one, however, was taken this time last year, when I was in Ontario. It seemed a good time to share it, as the colours are still beautiful, though many of the leaves have fallen. I hope you enjoy it.

For all my G+ friends, most particularly my good friend +Ursula Klepper who is a terrific support and friend, behind the scenes. Thank you Ursula. One of these days we will sit on that bench and talk. Maybe beside a lovely lake such as this.

There are some Canada Geese resting on the water, so it is suitable for posting to my friend Margaret's theme #waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday (by +Margaret Tompkins )

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#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh +Jesse Martineau +David D

and for #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday by +Mehdia Ridder

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(Probably) Immature Wood Duck

 

Until I learn otherwise, I am saying that it is probably an immature female wood duck, as identified by +Mike Goodwin and seconded by +Stephen Thackeray – thanks a lot you two! I will change the title once we are 100% sure.

Another young bird photographed on the same overcast rainy day in Miner's Marsh in August. I thought it was a young mallard, but I see more clearly now that it probably isn't, as there seem to be no photographs of mallards with white stripes around the eyes and the base of the bill is not the right colour. There are many wrong things about it (not wrong, of course, just wrong for mallard) in my thinking, so I am stumped here. My bird app has not come up with an answer. Can you?

If you can identify it I will amend the title with the species name and credit you with the identification! (Now there's incentive for you! ;-) – it can be a real claim to fame. LOL)

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Immature Pied-Billed Grebe

 

I walked around the Kentville Miner's Marsh area a few weeks ago, on a dull day and managed to see quite a number of wildfowl, many of which were too far away to get decent photographs especially as the light was poor and it was windy. This youngster was swimming and diving not too far from the shore and I got several of him. I thought at the time that when he went underwater it was almost as if he didn't so much dive as simply submerge out of sight. Almost as if he sank underwater.

He was a little hard for me to identify and even another (much better) bird photographer didn't have any idea what he might be, looking at my photographs. I was a little disheartened (feeling that my images had not done the bird justice) until I found it on my bird identification app and the images of it were no better than this one. He looks very odd, quite like a clown as the article below says.

Today I found this information about the species, which is the second smallest grebe found in North America. http://ecobirder.blogspot.ca/2010/11/adventures-of-clown-duck.html

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Kami Thompson (Richard and Linda's daughter) and James Walbourne in The Rails, the opening act for the Chrissie Hynde concert

Kami Thompson (Richard and Linda's daughter) and James Walbourne in The Rails, the opening act for the Chrissie Hynde concert.

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Chrissie Hynde's new album is out

Chrissie Hynde's new album is out. One of my favourite tracks from it. She is touring US and one date in Canada… very soon!

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