Daisies celebrate Ontheland’s First Anniversary—June 11, 2016

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On June 11 last year I posted ‘How does my garden grow?’, my first Ontheland post since May 2011. This last year of blogging has been an amazing journey. Without too much fanfare I would like to mark Ontheland’s first blog birthday with appreciation and thanks.  Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, followed and commented here over the past year.  I have also enjoyed reading and being inspired by other blogs.   Witnessing the thoughts, creativity, and talents of others has been invaluable.

Some history:  technically, Ontheland was born in September 2010–for 8 months I wrote and posted articles, but had no understanding of the interactive aspect of blogging. No wonder my energy petered out!   Last summer, four years later, with my mind protesting ‘I don’t have time’, I registered for Blogging 101.  That’s when the penny dropped…after interacting in a course community I emerged ready to read and be read.  That’s why June 11, 2015 will be Ontheland’s official ‘date of birth’.

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The flowers I have chosen to mark this day are wild daisies. Why? Wildflowers come and go over the course of spring and summer.  Daisies are currently in bloom around my house–I took these photos yesterday.  Getting to know and appreciate the natural cycles of growth around me is one of my many interests.

Daisies are thought of as a simple, unsophisticated flower. According to a few internet sources they symbolize  values such as innocence, gentleness, purity and beauty.  Purity and simplicity are themes of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.  I have met many compatible bloggers through this weekly challenge and other blogging community events–particularly Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge and Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONTHELAND!

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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Tree bark closeups–Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Abstract’ , I am sharing tree bark photos that I took on March 30, 2016.  I was attracted to the rich colour blends, shapes, and signs of new life.  The photo challenge this week was to share images that feature shapes, colour, and texture rather than specific ‘objects’.

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Green shoots inspire hope for the future

Timing is everything in the spring.  If bulbs sending up green shoots are confronted with freezing temperatures at the wrong moments, their fresh growth can perish.  I photographed the appearance of garlic and daffodil shoots in March and April, but neither have progressed–due to a switch from warmer weather to snow and cold.  I covered the garlic with a frost blanket and cross my fingers for future daffodils.

As spring progresses, my first instinct is to wish for flowers…I wrote a poem for the daffodil shoots:

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Rise up

through frost and chill

stretch upwards to green, then

yellow, flourish sweet daffodils,

unfurl.

Then I thought, encouraging premature growth may be unwise…so I wrote a poem urging the fresh garlic shoots to proceed with caution:

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Softly,

patiently wait

for a perfect moment,

then proudly show your destiny,

survive.

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My poems are cinquains inspired by Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge #25: ‘Cinquain’.  I am also linking to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Future’ –as buds and green shoots inspire hope for future beauty.

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Spring dance–First day of spring!

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Dance’ I  feature dogs dancing and prancing at a local dog park.  And today, March 20, is the first day of Spring, also known as the ‘Spring Equinox’  (Northern Hemisphere) or ‘March Equinox’.  Happy Spring to my northern neighbours and Happy Autumn to my friends in the South. As of today, day and night are roughly equal in length and in the Northern Hemisphere, daylight hours will increase up until Summer Solstice in June.

I took these photos at a local dog park on a sunny day in early March.

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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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Millhaven Creek state of mind

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘State of mind’:

There is a view I’ve been longing to photograph–accessible from a bridge for two-way traffic, only wide enough for one vehicle at a time. The bridge follows an incline and a bend in the road, making visibility less than ideal.  For these reasons, I am reluctant to stand on the bridge, especially with the added complications of ice and snow.  Energized by restlessness and above zero weather (1ºC), I decided to do drive-by photos through my open car window.

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Rippled waters rushing,
ice sheets melt
retreat.

Car window open wide,
I watch
from bridge above.

 Glass ice shimmers,
patchwork patterns
intoxicate.

Naked tree branches,
Feast of asymmetry
 graces evening sky.

 Millhaven Creek


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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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Time flows like a river

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

Marcus Aurelius

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Facing upstream at Babcock Mill

Relentless, time streams
over rock, under bridges
healing broken hearts.

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Facing downstream just past Babcock Mill

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge–please follow this link for more photo posts about ‘Time’.

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