Saturday, September 28, 2013

Laurentian Lake

Laurentian Lake by susanvg
Laurentian Lake, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photos: September 25, 2013

It doesn't matter how many years I witness the change of seasons, each time it astonishes me with its beauty. We took a day to drive out to the Laurentians to enjoy the leaves. To me this is the height with the bold reds contrasted with the remaining greens.

Have a Seat

It was a day of taking time. Time to sit and take in the view.

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Time to meander along country roads and stop to enjoy nature's gifts.

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Time to walk and talk.

Evening

Time to enjoy the fading evening light before a lovely dinner. And then back on the road to home.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion by susanvg
Thirsty Lion, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photo: September 15, 2013

This lion sits at the gates of Chinatown in Montreal. Its bottle was deposited by one of the homeless people that congregate in the area. It is sad that so many take to the streets - many due to drug addiction and/or mental illness. While the lion represents power and wealth, these downtrodden are at the opposite end of society.

There are more than 20,000 homeless in Montreal. While there are services, many don't know how to access them or don't feel comfortable accessing them. This photograph was taken on a warm evening. Winter will set in and their plight will take on a more desperate outlook. There is far too much disparity in our society.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cabbage

Cabbage by susanvg
Cabbage, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
I've been remiss - not as many photos lately, and taking far longer to blog about them. I could make many excuses, but sometimes I think we just need time away from certain activities.


Cool Weather Flowers

This time of year I love to visit the market. The fall flowers fill parts of the parking area - a splash of colour fending off thoughts of cooler weather. I love the energy this weather gives and the flowers on my balcony are signalling their appreciation of this fresh feeling by rewarding me with blooms. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Splash

Splash by susanvg
Splash, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photos: September 1, 2013

A walk in Parc-de-l'Ile-Bizard is always a delight. You never know what you will see, but there is always a variety of wildlife. The ducks were splashing around.

Duck Baths

Perhaps it was the heat of the day that had them splashing and preening.

Mirrored

It is always the herons that take my breath away. They are so long and lean - their shape changing as their position changes.  There were two hanging around.

Checking the Terrain

One of them landed on the boardwalk which stretches over the marsh and strutted along. Then he hopped up onto the railing to survey the terrain.

In Flight

The wingspan is large. This one flew over the water. At one point they both took off and flew over the boardwalk. I just stood and watched. It was so majestic. Sometimes you just have to look without a camera!

Camouflage

Red Reminders

Cooler days are coming. Changes are starting to be more evident. But on this walk, the sun had not lost its summer warmth. Some of the wildlife is a little less obvious. Camouflage keeps predators at bay.




Sunday, September 1, 2013

Almost Gone

Almost Gone by susanvg
Almost Gone, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photo: August 31, 2013

August is petering out and soon the rush of September will be here. The cooler temperatures will bring new energy and the new school year brings a resumption of activities, concerts and other delights.

But for now, a slow glass of wine and a good dinner in a Greek restaurant. Dreams of travel and life at a quiet pace - as the Greek music wafts over me. Feeling mellow