Sunday, February 8, 2015

Flowers Indoors

Orchid

I love my orchids - they keep giving back. I have 5 flowering at the moment with another just about ready to open. All were dormant for a while and have treated me to a winter garden. They seem to know I need their colour and beauty at the darkest time of year. Flower therapy!

It has been a particularly cold few weeks and the thought of taking my hands out of my gloves to take photographs is a big deterrent to outdoor shots. While I take long walks bundled in layers of clothing, my hands stay warm. As my daughter once wisely said at the age of 6, when I forgot to bring my camera to an event, "You can take pictures with your eyes." I have been on a bit of a hiatus in terms of photography and maybe that is a good thing. Vacations of one sort or another are for renewal. I certainly don't take a photography vacation when I travel so I guess when I am back in my regular routine is the perfect time for a photography vacation.

Enticing


This orchid used to belong to my much older cousin who passed away over a year ago. I delight in its blooms - a symbolic visit from a cherished person. She would have delighted in its presence.


Amaryllis

Each year I plant an amaryllis. It astounds me with its rapid growth. It is a reminder of the importance of cherishing the moment as it dazzles with its splashy colour only to fade in a few short weeks. I stop and stare, captivated by its beauty. Its bright red is an antidote to the greys outside.

New Growth

One persistent cyclamen keeps flowering. It, too, has a message. New growth is constant.

How does your garden grow?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Walking

Fallen Log


Walking, I saw this animal struggling to free itself from the snow. Or so it seemed.

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Fallen trees like a carefully constructed construction.

Forest Paths


Stairways for the forest - leading up the nearby trunks. New uses for old trees. Keep your eyes open in the forest. You never know what you will see.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Find Me

Lost Mitt


This time of year, bushes, posts, hydrants, fences all sport single mittens and gloves. Ah, the frustration of getting home only to discover that one mitten is missing. I hope this twosome find their partners. At least, for now, they have each other!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

Seasonal Flowers

Happy Holidays to all my online friends. Celebrate what you will. Tis the season to light up your homes - with candles, Christmas lights, flowers and friends. Enjoy the best of the season.

The days are starting to get longer...

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.