Saturday, July 31, 2021

Perfect Skies

Beautiful blue skies filled with puffy white clouds, that is a winning combination in my mind.

Since we are stepping into August, this seems like a perfect time to share these images. note the green grass, yeah, it doesn't look like that any longer.



All these images were captured within a few miles of where I live. I may not have the privilege of travelling far, but I can usually find beauty wherever I am.


I trust that your summer is filled with fun activities and peaceful moments to capture the beauty around you.


I have been kept busy with ongoing renovations in my house, but I have also taken time to get out and enjoy the beauties of nature.


Seeing those blue skies makes me more aware of the lack of them recently. The smoke from fires many miles north of us, has filled the sky and caused it to look overcast on most days. 


As you greet each new day or each new. month:
Have Faith,Stay strong,
and Keep On Believing

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Bejeweled

Earlier in the year we had some rain, not a heavy rain, but just enough to decorate the plants.

When I saw what was happening, I gabbed my camera and headed outside.


The leaves of the Wild Rose on my yard, which are usually quite ordinary, suddenly became artwork.



Not to be outdone, the Honeysuckle shrub also was adorned with raindrop jewels.


Still the Honeysuckle, but from a different angle. beauty was everywhere.


Every little pine needle also shone with tiny jewels of rain.


When I turned around, I noticed that the young Oak leaves had perfect droplets on them.



This was one of those moments that I had a hard time knowing when to stop shooting.
So much beauty and just how could I capture it at its best.


Think About It;

In  photographs we stop time and enable the viewer to pay closer attention to the details of simple everyday occurrences we so easily walk by without seeing.


I have copied this from a friend,Valerie Acee

 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Spring On My Yard

I know we are fully into summer, but I still have some spring photos to share. 

Sitting at my house in spring, I never know which birds will show up.


For a period in spring the Common Grackles are around. I admit that I really don't like them around, as they clean out a bird feeder in record time. Having said that, they are still a beautiful bird.



This spring I had a large number of Pine Siskins around. They may be small and more drab in color, but their cheery twitter is so enjoyable .


Of course when the American Goldfinches arrive, there is no lack of color.


One of the flowers that usually performs well for me are the Geraniums . I did have several plants, but due to water restrictions , they are all slowly dying. I am thankful I got some pictures while they still looked good.


Isn't that a cheery color?


Something To Think About;
Just keep taking the next step and you can take any mountain. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

The Beauty Of Spring Flowers

I have been missing in action for a while, but it is time to get back to more regular blogging.

All is well at my place, I have just been busy with other things.

A hot summer day is as good a day to look at spring flowers as any.

Step back with me into May of this year and enjoy some refreshing spring sightings.


The city off Morden is home to many Ornamental Apple trees. Actually many of the varieties have been bred right here in Morden at the Research Station.

A tree covered in these bright flowers is sure to bring joy to most everyone.



As the new leaves emerge, they are so delicate and even the humble Oak is pretty.



These white flowers are on my on my Goodland apple tree. This is another tree that has been developed in Morden.


Every spring brings with it the beautiful Lilac blossoms. Each flower is very simple but together they make a striking display, filled with a lovely fragrance.



When my apple tree is loaded with blossoms, I must capture yet another shot. Again, these flowers are not brightly coloured, or fancy, but they sure are pretty. Because of our severe drought situation, my apple tree may be full of small fruit now, but I am fairly certain it will not develop properly.


I think we can learn something from these flowers.
You and I may feel small, plain and insignificant alone, but when we join with those around us, we become a beautiful bouquet.

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Blue Heron Sort of Day

On this last day of June, I will share some pictures that brought a smile to my face. For years I have wished for some good photos of a Great Blue Heron. On May 11, 2021 my wish came true. Of course there are many photos out there which are much better than mine, but I am happy with these.

These are two different birds in two different locations, but all near the Pembina Valley.

A stop at the Kaleida Marsh, at first was disappointing ,but driving down the road a little further, gave me the next two shots. Well, actually I got many more but will only show these two today.



This bird seems to be all neck and wings. Not much of a body.


A leisurely drive through the valley, resulted in another fairly cooperative Heron.
This fella was intent on fishing, and paid no attention to me.


Once again, I got many pictures, but will only show a few.
After several attempts at catching supper, he decided to relocate .


The evening light was a bonus on these shots.


My camera kept on clicking and I am pretty sure I was smiling through it all.


Yes, these are slightly cropped, but still pleasing to me.


On another note, as of June 30, 2021, I have been officially retired for one year.
I have not regretted that decision for one single minute.
Retirement suits me just fine.
To God be the Glory!

 

Perfect Skies

Beautiful blue skies filled with puffy white clouds, that is a winning combination in my mind. Since we are stepping into August, this seems...