Monday, May 18, 2015

Trillium Hunt

Starting to Fade

Every year I go hunting for trilliums. Perhaps hunting is the wrong word; I know where to find them. It is just that the season is so short, I never know if I might be too early or too late. Our spring this year has been unusual with a long cold spell followed by sudden heat. I almost missed the trilliums - a number of them were turning pink and starting to wither. The tree coverage has happened rapidly and soon they will all be shaded.

Pink Flush

It is odd to think that this beautiful blossom is turning pink because it is fading. While it still looks healthy, this is a sign of it being past its prime in the last stages before it will wither and drop off.

Trillium Time

Healthy and white this trillium still has a few days of blooming ahead.


A Carpet of Trilliums

Each year I marvel at the trillium carpet on the forest floor. They are here for such a short time; I make my annual visit to celebrate them.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blossoms and More Blossoms

Spring Reflections

The air is scented with the many blossoms that have emerged in the last few days. Where not long ago there were bare brunches now everything has come into bloom. Not much fun for the allergy sufferers as all the trees seems to be releasing their pollen simultaneously!

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But, oh what a feast for the eyes! There seem to be blossoms in every shade of pink. A profusion of petals!

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It is impossible not to stop and stare with delight, to take in the delicacy, to let oneself ponder a single blossom in the midst of the sea of flowers.

Every Colour

Soon this show will be over and green will overtake the pinks. Spring is the season of changes when each day demands that Mother Nature's work be admired.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring in a Rush

Forsythia

No time here for spring - it happens in a rush. Our temperatures jump around in so-called spring with days of summer-like weather interspersed with cooler spring temperatures. A week of "summer" has jolted all the flowers and leaves to grow at once.

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Tulips share the stage with daffodils, primroses and all sorts of spring blooms. Magnolias bloomed and dropped within a week.


Two Tulips

What a pleasure to see the plethora of colours after the white of winter.

Blossom Time

Each day brings new changes from blossoms to leaves. The world around is bursting into colour.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring at Parc-des-Rapides

Start of the Rapids

Photos: May 2, 2015

I'm not sure what it is about the rapids, but I love to watch the water. The constant change of the movement mesmerizes me. I watch it swirl and stare where the smooth surface suddenly turns into a choppy, seething rush over the hidden rocks.

Showing Their Colours

All around in the park, a spit of land reaching into the river, spring's arrivals are busy. Bird songs accompany the powerful sound of the rapids. 

On the Water

Some are here to stay for the summer. Others stop by on their way farther up north.

Heron

This heron has found his fishing spot. The water is low this year. We need some rain to fill up the rivers and streams and to dampen the forest floor to lower the risk of fires. Spring is here. A good rain will help things grow.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's Really Here

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It felt like it would never come, but as happens in Montreal, spring suddenly appeared with temperatures in the teens (C)  and growth has been rapid. Although traces of snow can still be seen in north-facing wooded areas in parks, or where there are remnants of snow banks in parking lots, it feels as if winter is long past. We suddenly have collective amnesia about the cold and don our lighter clothing, walking about with our faces turned towards the sun.

Snowdrops

Flowers seem to grow before our eyes. One day sprouts poke up and the next day blooms start to appear. Everything seems to be in a rush to make an appearance. Each day the landscape changes.

crocuses

No slow spring here! No time to savour each new growth. Spring is here in a rush.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Portobello Road

Street Merchant
Photos: March 31, 2015

In all my trips to London, I had never gone to Portobello Road. We took advantage of a sunny day to stroll, poke around the stores and soak in the atmosphere.

Pots for Sale

Antiques mingle with newer items; antique stores with tourist shops.

Checking out the Merchandise

You can find jewellery, and household goods as well as fruit and vegetables!

Being Unique

Just around the corner I found these buildings. Each tries to stand out from the others. This is definitely a colourful area.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Walking Through Regent's Park

Mandarin
Photos: March 30, 2015


London has some wonderful, expansive parks. This was my first visit to Regent's Park.I was impressed by the variety of water fowl. It is always a delight to stroll away from the bustle of city streets.

Common Gallinule

This bird was testing the water, searching for food. Its bright beak looks glued on!

Magnolia

It is always the flowers that catch my eyes. These magnolias were just opening; I like the way they seem to perch on the branches.

Orderly Garden

The English seem to have a love of formal gardens. This kind of orderly display would be quite foreign to my city's parks.

Profusion of Blossoms

A bonus of travelling is that I get to experience spring twice. I won't be seeing blossoms like this until some time in May in Montreal.