Rainbow without a storm

Yesterday I looked up while working in my garden and was surprised to see a rainbow.  We were expecting rain, but only a few tentative drops had fallen—in the end there was no rainstorm that evening.  There is probably a scientific explanation for the rainbow, having to do with high humidity and rainfall not far away,  but I prefer to remain mystified, feeling that something special happened: a rainbow without a storm.

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Robins guarding their domain

When I go out to my garden to deliver vegetable scraps to the compost bin, robins send out urgent warnings.  There must be one or more nests back there this year.  Yesterday I stayed  still and aimed my phone camera high. Moving is not an option as these very sensitive birds retreat back into the trees. The robins shown in my photos are not sharply focused so I hope you also enjoy viewing the trunks and branches of an evergreen forest.

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This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge celebrates Earth.  To see more nature photos, please click on the challenge link.

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Signs of spring

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Snow is still on the ground and the official first day of Spring is two weeks away, but today I had the first feeling that spring is really on its way.  I wrote two haiku–the first, after looking out the window to check the weather.  The second continues my thoughts using prompt words from Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #87.

Wet drops drip slowly,
puddles gleam from the driveway,
It’s above zero.

Above zero days,
March shift, a new weather range,
May this trend stand firm.

The prompt words used in the second haiku are  ‘class’ and ‘firm’ (range=class).  The temperature reference is zero degrees Centigrade.

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Winter brush in sunlight–Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme this week for the Daily Post Photo Challenge is ‘harmony’. I reviewed photos I took this week and was reminded that we had a few sunny days!  The photos I am posting feature trees and thistle plants. In each, I detect a touch of harmony.  In the first, I am struck by how the spruce grow in groups of two or three.  They appear to huddle in a winter scene.

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The next photo features a stand of trees that subtly all seem to lean to the right. I like the brilliant white clouds highlighting the sky in the background.

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Finally, I took this picture to feature the thistle in the foreground–they failed to stand out as much as I had hoped. Nevertheless, I feel a kind of harmony in this woodland scene with a frozen marsh and houses in the background.

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 ∼ Pictures were taken near Kingston, Ontario, Canada ∼

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Snow Season—Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Seasons’.

For the last three days I have been shovelling–first there was the front walkway and driveway so we could go to town.  Then I had to move huge mounds of snow from the back deck and drainage pipes all around the house. This will not be news to regular readers, as my last post focussed on my experience shovelling 2 to 3-foot snow drifts. Tuesday’s blizzard also brought sub-zero temperatures.  Lake Ontario is finally frozen:

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To walk around the perimeter of my house, I wore snowshoes.  This way I sank only one foot down instead of several feet.  This picture shows my snowshoe trail down to the buried compost bin, and the next shows my snowshoes.

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Finally, I would like to share the hidden beauty of the light blue glow from deep snow holes and crevices.

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Second takes for weekly photo challenge

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

— Oscar Wilde

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is an interesting one:

Artists are inspired by and capture the world around us: sculptors immortalize people with statues; painters record events in their masterpieces. What about the other way around? For this week’s theme, find inspiration in a piece of art, and go further: imitate it. Here are some ideas:

  • Reenact a painting. …
  • Take a new version of one of your photos. Re-create your own work. Same subject, same scene, same angle. (In your post, show or link to the original one!)
  • Imitate a sculpture, …

 

Today I ventured out in minus 20 degrees C, without tech gloves, and tried to recreate the scenes in earlier photos.  The results are far from ‘perfect’, but the process was fun and something I will undoubtedly try again. These are the two previously posted pictures that inspired today’s photo shoot:

 

Following are the two ‘imitations’ (not quite) that I took on February 13, 2016:

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Winter sunshine fuels my optimism–Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Optimistic’:

This week’s photo challenge host, Krista, invited us to show what ‘helps you stay positive and hopeful, regardless of what life…throws your way.’  We have had a stretch of cloudy winter days lately, so I immediately thought of the hope that moments of sunshine bring to my life.  When the sun shines my mood goes up a notch and I am more likely to take photos.  I’ve collected three pictures to show:  first  is an example of a cloudy moment–I took the picture because I enjoyed the clouds, but I was wishing for more light.  The next two pictures were taken, within seconds of each other, closer to the house.  I believe the paw prints are rabbit prints, but please correct me if you know otherwise.

After I selected the photos, I made a discovery: they were all taken on the same day (Thursday)–the clouds cleared 40 minutes after the first  photo was taken.  Now if that isn’t a reason to be optimistic I don’t know what is.

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