Saturday, December 6, 2014

Refuge Faunique Marguerite-D'Youville in December

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We bundled up and set off for the Refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard. It is a beautiful place to walk in any season. The ponds are freezing up. No more ducks swimming around.

Nuthatch on a branch

There are lots of birds still here in the winter. Bird feeders attract many from nuthatches to chickadees to woodpeckers.

A Bird in the Hand

The nuthatches and chickadees will eat straight from your hand. The chickadees move very quickly - it's hard to catch them. on camera.

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Once the birds knew the food was there, it became like a bird highway, one swooping in, taking a quick selection and the next ones coming in quick succession.

Cardinal in the Snow

This cardinal watched warily as the little birds ate from my spouse's hand. When we through some seeds on the ground, it flew down under a tree and when it felt safe, it came out to eat.

Hiding in the Brush

We saw a number of deer. They seem to be comfortable around humans as long as we did not get too close or make any sudden moves.

We plan to go back once there is more snow.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ready for December

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The scene is changing at Atwater Market. Where once there were flats of flowers, followed by pumpkins, now there are trees springing up and these odd creatures. It is the invasion of the wooden reindeer - a large herd of them.

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This year a large moose looks over the area. I'm not sure what its relation is to Christmas. Trees of every size wait for the right customer to bring them home.

Urban Forest

The wrapping machine waits. The air is tinged with the scent of spruce. December is around the corner.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's Here

Winter White

Snow fell all day yesterday turning everything white. It will melt away again before winter takes hold for good. For now, it is back to boots as I trudge through the slush.


First Snow

I am not tempted to sit a while, though I do stop to admire this changed landscape. Bundled up from head to toe, I am insulated against the cold.

Snow

It's funny to think, that while the snow feels cold to me, it in turn insulates the plants below from the cold of winter.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Finding Colour Indoors

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As outdoors the colours fade to sepia, indoors at the Westmount Conservatory colour abounds. As stroll through just lifts the spirits. This was helped by music wafting through - an accordion player was practicing by the little pool around the corner.

Yellow Gerbera


I'll let the flowers speak for themselves. Enjoy their happy colours which can warm a cold day.

Purple

Orange Gerbera


Warm Indoors

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkins

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Some pumpkins come with personality. Others are given a personality. Here are a few shots of pumpkins in my neighbourhood. Happy Hallowe'en.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Black and White

Munching

I was challenged on Facebook to shoot in black and white for 5 days running. This is one of my shots. It encouraged me to go out and think differently about my subjects - what would stand out without the benefit of colour. I needed to look at contrast and textures

The Leaves are Gone

I wasn't thrilled with my first shot - too much black and white and not enough greys. No subtlety.

Lichen on Log


I still have a couple of days to go. Looking in a new way now.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Week Ago in Prince Edward County

On the Beach

This was my first time in Prince Edward County. The beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park rivals Caribbean beaches - the sand is soft, the beach is wide and the water is blue (well not so warm as a Caribbean beach).

Looking Out

The fall colours were at their height. Prince Edward County is a large peninsula. On our way home we took the ferry across this stretch of water. The ferry is part of the provincial road system, so there is no charge.

Wooden Barn

The area is dotted with vineyards as well as apple orchards where cider is produced. Once can go from one to the next tasting their wares.

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There is beauty in the decay that autumn brings. The milkweed seeds are ready to travel on the wind, finding a place to germinate when spring comes.

Barn in Autumn

I'll have to get back to this area. There are so many photo opportunities.