North American Cardinal

Since last fall, a lone male cardinal has been visting the trees and birdfeeders in our yard. He’s been a rather shy bird, and every attempt at getting a good photograph of this beauty has turned out to be a red blur. He now no longer flies away as I slowly open the squeaky window to get a shot, even though the blue jays gathering in the same tree take-off at the slightest noise.

Recharging with Nature

It has been awhile since I posted anything other than a book review or an interview. I’ve thought about posting something, anything, but haven’t gotten around to it. I am trying to balance work life, with home life, and writing life. With the pandemic, it has all rolled into one, and the lines have blurred.

Since the end of March, I’ve been working from home. I don’t mind it. The commute is short. I don’t have to get up as early, and I can wear whatever I want. But I miss my co-workers, going out for lunch to my favourite places, and a few other things.

I am grateful though that I live in a rural area. In the summer, I spent my lunch hour in the garden. This fall, taking pictures of the birds visiting the feeders brings me peace, and the chickadees are now feeding from my hand.

So, while I’ve procrastinated with all things to do with writing, I’ve been enjoying nature and recharging my soul.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Illumination

OK, so I know it’s Sunday but I haven’t had a chance to post until now.

This week the challenge is to post pictures depicting illumination – sunrises, sunsets, moonlit sky, anythig that shows illumination. And if you want to join in click here.

Here are my choices for illumination. Enjoy!

A sunbeam illuminating the forest floor.

Sunset illuminating the creek.

Early morning sunrise illuminating clouds.

Sunlight illuminating the ice on a tree after an ice storm.

Carved pumpkins illuminating the night at Pumpkinferno 2018 at Upper Canada Village.

More awesome pumpkin carvings.

Headlights illuminating a snowy road.

Friendly Friday

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Posing

This week’s challenge is to post pictures of something posing. It could be a person, an animal, or a thing. Anything that you think looks like it’s posing for a photo-op.

If you’d like to join the challenge, click here.

I hope you enjoy my take on this week’s prompt.

It’s a little blurry but it’s not everyday you get two birds feeding from your hand. And you know what they say – Two birds in the hand….

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Mistakes

This week’s photo challenge is hosted by Something to Ponder About. The challenge is to create a post on the theme of Mistakes.

Sophie is ready and waiting. It would be a huge mistake for any bird to look for food in this bird house.

I was on my lunch hour and had just finished feeding the birds as I walked around the park. I still had about half a ziplock baggie of birdseed and was carrying it in my hand. These wild turkeys saw what I had and headed right for me. While I didn’t mind hand-feeding chickadees, downy woodpeckers, and white breasted nuthatches, I was not about to hand-feed these boys. I quickly dumped the bag and they went after the seed allowing me to pass. I would not make that mistake again, and the next time I came across the wild turkeys, I hid the bag inside my jacket.

Friendly Friday – Climate Change

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I have missed this photo challenge the last couple of weeks so I made sure to post tonight.

Here are the rules for this week’s photo challenge:

So… this week, for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, I’d like to challenge you to post a photo (or several) with the theme Climate Change.

I hope you don’t find this topic too difficult or intimidating. It can be anything – your imagination is the only limit! (And I know you guys are a creative lot!)

If you feel you need to write something to accompany the picture, please do so, but you can also just let the visuals tell the story.

Iceberg off the east coast of Newfoundland in the last week of July 2017.

When I first spotted this iceberg, we were in our car driving along the coast and it was just a little white speck in the ocean. We got a closer look at it as the road we were on brougth us into a small town closer to the edge of the Atlantic and there it was.

Flower of the Day Challenge – Spring Flowers

It has been a while since I participated in Cee’s FOTD challenge. And seeing the photo of the crocuses in her post reminded me of my spring flower photos.

This winter has been a long one, and it seems weekly weather statements, watches, and warnings has become the norm. Right now we are under a special weather statement for some high winds tomorrow. Anyway, I can’t wait for spring and since it is still a couple of months away, I thought I’d share some of these spring flower pictures from a few years ago.