Category Archives: nature

Horizon In Comfort

Green Mountains seen on horizon in comfort of heated, winterized cottage perched overlooking Lake Memphremagog.

Excellent view of horizon in comfort from an Eastern Townships cottage, in distance US Green Mountains loom
over Lake Memphremagog.

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Viewing horizon in comfort through modern, large, multi-pane, thermal windows sitting in cushy leather
seating imbibing in a popular brewski or some refreshing nice wine while enjoying some munchies when
taking in some entertainment on a large screen TV makes for an interesting time.

My digital picture depicts an excellent view from my in-laws cottage in the Eastern Townships showing US Green Mountains on the horizon looming over beautiful Lake Memphremagog.

Because their heated winterized cottage is accessible and available all year round we enjoy an awesome variety of wonderful vistas as the seasons change.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HORIZON”.

Outdoor Silence

Outdoor silence pervades in Centenial Park  everything is very quiet because winter has come with its intense cold and snow covering all.

Outdoor silence pervades in Centennial Park everything is very quiet and very few people are seen because winter has set in with its intense cold and snow covering everything.

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An outdoor silence pervades in Centennial Park near frozen man-made lake, Canadian winter has set in with its intense cold and snow covering everything except for tall browned grasses and those dark-colored defoliated trees, nothing stirs.

In summer, this park is alive with fresh new green vegetation, birds flying, singing, gathering material and building nests for their new generations then having little ones to train for fall flyaway meanwhile, loads of humanity stroll, bicycle, jog, play tennis and volleyball, have picnics, etc.

The cycle repeats itself every year, first come autumn’s winds and rains then winter’s wicked storms and silence sets in typically after a period of minus thirty Celsius cold afterwards things relent somewhat allowing soft snowflakes to cover landscape a beautiful fluffy white.

It is when I enjoy walking through the park normally early in the morning when everything is still and very quiet and very few people are seen.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SILENCE”.

Feline Weather Study

Black and white feline does weather study then beats hasty retreat to warm quarters which seemed a better idea.

Black and white feline does weather study after persistently insisting permission for foray onto backyard beating hasty retreat after realizing extreme conditions outside.

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Black and white feline does weather study after persistently insisting permission for foray onto backyard however, after closely examining frigid situation, getting visual proof of hard winter quick withdrawal to warm quarters seems a better idea.

Although equipped with a nice, fluffy, fur coat Mr. Cat (not his real name) preferred warmer days outside and minus thirty with windchill definitely was unacceptable to be out despite the bright sunshine.

Mr. Cat, whose real name will remain anonymous, was our temporary guest recently for about two months while his owner was away on business trip overseas.

Luckily, we had experience having a cat once, ours was an orange and white American Short-hair, that enjoyed spending lots of time outdoors sometimes daring to venture out in extreme conditions however, once he checked things out and it didn’t appeal to him he beat a hasty retreat.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”STUDY”.

Static Snow Debris

Static snow debris lies alone, orphaned, in bright afternoon sun after maintenance crew cleared parking space next to city hall.

Static snow debris lies alone, orphaned, in bright afternoon sun nearby loom mountains built up by maintenance department crew after clearing parking space next to city hall.

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One bit of static snow debris lies orphaned in bright afternoon sun separated from huge mountains built up by maintenance department crew trying to clear way for parking space next to city hall.

This year our hard winter seems to have plenty of the white stuff dumping loads of it at prescribed intervals divided with sleet and freezing rain meanwhile, keeping things bitterly cold in the minus thirties with the windchill.

To make it interesting we get some bright sun every so often which helps keep our spirits up taking our minds of the mounting rising energy bills keeping us warm costs.

Recently, while braving bone chilling, cold, winds dressed up in down army style long coat and warm fake fur hat and winter gloves walking back home from local shopping center after doing some minor grocery shopping I noticed this snow chunk lying there all lonesome, reminiscent of Apollo pictures of small rocks on our moon’s surface, so I took a picture of it.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”STATIC”.

Summer Flower Growth

Summer flower growth inside remains of old oak barrel athough somewhat stunted is normal over there.

Summer flower growth inside remains of old oak barrel although somewhat stunted is what it normally looks like
in summer over there.

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2016 summer flower growth inside remains of an old oak barrel appears somewhat stunted although this is what it normally looks like during summer over there.

That year if I recollect correctly was a normal summer not like last year, 2017, which began with a very wet spring heck, it seemed summer would never show up and it almost did not however, things really improved at near end of August and September was awesome.

I took this picture out in Quebec’s Eastern Townships which I visit on a somewhat regular basis mainly because I enjoy the wonderful scenery found there.

It’s amazing how time passes because as I write this post outside it’s over minus 30 degrees Celsius with howling winds blowing snow around, we are in deep freeze mode awaiting that famous Saint Bernard rescue dog with keg of Brandy!

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”GROWTH”.

Forest Mushroom Bunch

Centered amidst mostly brown dead forest foliage toxic white mushroom bunch peeks out seeking sun.

Centered amidst mostly brown dead forest foliage white mushroom bunch peeks out desperately seeking some sunlight.

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Centered amidst mostly brown dead forest foliage a white mushroom bunch peeks out desperately seeking some sunlight to help it grow.

As for what particular type this bunch is I haven’t a clue although some Googling would probably  provide some answers although I can safely assume it is a toxic variety.

I found this fungal growth in the Eastern Townships not far from the cottage and decided to capture it all with my digital camera.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MUSHROOM”.

Townships Mini Gorge

Townships mini gorge stream emanated an almost deafening roar the closer I got to it descending down hill.

Descending down towards base of Townships mini gorge brought an almost deafening roar to ears from normally
 feeble stream swelled several times because of recent abundant rains.

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Descending down hill towards the Eastern Townships mini gorge to witness the heavy flow of the normally feeble stream that had swelled several times its size because of last October’s abundant rains seemed to increase the roar to almost deafening.

This past October was a particularly wet month, which saturated the countryside really raising the ground water level providing this stream’s source with plenty of water.

I was hiking through the forest near the country cottage when I first heard it noticing the sound seemed to emanate from up ahead,  over the next hill,  so decided to check things out.

After trekking over some hills I arrived at this mini gorge, which contained that rushing stream creating all that noise.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GORGE”.

Cheeky Red Squirrel

Very excited, cheeky red squirrel was breathing heavily, chattering, and incessantly scolding me for being there.

Visibly very excited, cheeky red squirrel paused again assessing whether to hang around or escape after seeing me
appear suddenly out of nowhere.

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Visibly very excited, cheeky red squirrel paused again assessing whether hanging around was safe after seeing me appear suddenly out of nowhere.

The scene is in the Eastern Townships on a bright sunny day near the cottage early last November when we met eye to eye after my small trek through some forest.

I had just traveled several kilometers walking through all sorts of terrain, such as rocky hills, valleys, bogs, and evergreen forest when after taking a little rest on a large mossy rock I heard then spotted something moving very quickly.

Almost immediately, I knew it was a red squirrel, probably searching for food like oak tree nuts, darting up one fir-tree, jumping off a long hanging branch onto another tree then scurrying down that tree and across the length of a dead branch on the ground where it noticed me.

I could hear it breathing heavily and chattering very excitedly scolding me meanwhile, trying to decide whether to hang around to observe me some more or make its escape heck, it was comical to watch this little fella in action.

Finally, after what must have seemed eternity for the little rodent its little pea brain kicked in deciding on escape, which was incredibly quick.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”CHEEKY”.

Mountain Water Sparkle

Rushing, fresh, mountain water sparkle caused by bright autumn day's sunlight reflection off its spray.

Rushing, fresh, mountain water sparkle caused by bright autumn day’s sunlight reflection off its spray when
traveling downhill near country cottage in Eastern Townships.

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Rushing fresh mountain water sparkle caused by bright autumn day’s sunlight reflection as it travels downhill near country cottage in Eastern Townships.

The dark blue water quickly traveling downhill from its source smashes into large smooth boulders in its way creating white water spray that glistens when it picks up the sun’s bright rays.

Heavy autumn rains this October contributed in delivering the large volume of ground water rushing down hillside towards its final destination, Lake Memphremagog.

The heavy volume of water also made itself noticed by its ever-increasing sound level the closer you got to this creek when compared what it was earlier during this year’s rather dry summer months.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SPARKLE”.

Bite Back

Bite delta flies back with inexpensive arrangement made with dollar store fly-paper, thread, and bobby pins.

Bite delta flies back with inexpensive arrangement made with sticky stuff bought at dollar store, some thread, and couple of bobby pins.

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Bite delta flies back with this inexpensive arrangement made with Chinese made stuff bought at a dollar store, some thread, and a couple of bobby pins.

All you have to do is unroll the sticky fly paper onto you cap then penetrate it with a prepared needle with some thread as shown,  follow this with the two metal bobby pins at the ends and voilà!

As my picture depicts this arrangement really catches a lot of flying insect pests during spring and summer when mosquitoes and delta flies abound.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BITE”.