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end of season…

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squawking…

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a splash of color…

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Hoar frost…

for a definition of hoar frost click here…http://www.britannica.com/science/hoarfrost

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more green with a splash of white…

Someone questioned me about the lack of snow…we have lots, but I’ve not been able to venture out to take photos , so for now I will post photos I’ve taken in the past few years. Some I’ve posted before, some I haven’t…
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green…

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Spikes…

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A Sunflower kind of day…

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End of season beauty…

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serenity…

This photo was taken a couple of years ago, while on our Friday early morning drive to the Rosseau Market.   I was not driving, hence the photo!  It is a tad blurry but I like the photo non the less!

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A belated Merry Christmas to those who celebrate…this photo was taken Christmas night from my daughters balcony.  It was taken with my iPhone as I forgot my camera!

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a blustery day

cold wind biting deep

taking the longing to sit!

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Silhouettes and clouds…

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facing south west…

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Chief Commanda I

I’ve posted photos of the Chief Commanda previously…it was launched in 1946, and served Lake Nipissing until 1975 when it was replaced by Cheif Commanda II.  Chief I is now a restaurant on the waterfront.

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sunset & silhouettes…

This is the sunset I posted last week, taken as I approached the beach…I like the silhouette of the trees on either side.

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crazy clouds

If you visit my blog at all you will know I’m fascinated by clouds…this photo was taken Oct. 10th., last day of the Market.   It was difficult to make the photo presentable as the sun was very bright.  I cropped most of it out as I wanted the cloud formation to be the focal…

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This is has been the subject of most of my photo for the past three years…every Saturday and Wednesday.   Along with photos of the vendors and booths.  The North Bay Farmers’ Market.

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Fresh picked and on the table for 8:30am on Saturday…

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This was in September, so a bit cool first thing…Field Good Farms

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Who doesn’t love garlic, how about fresh garlic, the best!

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I love the tables first thing in the morning, full of farm fresh veggies …the colors are so vibrant!

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Saw this fellow and his companion last year…you could tell they were used to people being around as they didn’t appear to be the least bit concerned.

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Reminiscing…

I looked through my photo files and the 2015 photos are almost non existent unless you want to see farm fresh veggies and Market photos…so for now I’m going to go through some of my older photos and showcase them.   I’m actually surprised the number of b & w photos I have.   This photo was taken while on the highway from the vehicle…NO, I wasn’t driving!

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Strange cloud formation…

This photo was taken before the one below, as I was walking up to the beach area I noticed a strange cloud formation that caught my eye!

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Hope to see you again…

I’ve been absent for awhile now, life happens…I hope to be around now!

I’m trying out a new theme, but not sure it is what I want as I can’t seem to make the photos larger to fill more of the page?  Will be playing around for the next little while so if you come by and see something unusual it is because I’m playing.

When I went out a couple of weeks ago it was just as the sun had set and the sky was awash with the most vibrant colors, I’d gotten out of the habit of keeping my camera in my vehicle but my trusty iPhone did the trick I think…

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Hibiscus…

I think…if this is not a Hibiscus please let me know?   A knowledgeable fellow explained this is a specie of Bauhinia, common called an “orchid tree.”  Thank you Russel at russelrayphotos2.com

 

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how to paint a sail boat!

Certainly an interesting undertaking…with a crane involved I’m sure expensive as well!
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Sunset off Key West…

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these photos where taken off the beach at Fort Zachery Taylor Historical Park…boat traffic was somewhat heavy that day!  It is an awesome view…

http://www.fortzacharytaylor.com/home.html
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laying down…

this particular Bougainvillea tree is on the property of the condo we rented in Key West this year.   It has grown terribly out of shape, completely bending over, and yet it continues to thrive.   As you can see it is lifting the interlocking brick as it grows.   tree.key.west.2015t to thrive.

 

where is spring?

How has your spring been so far?  Ours hasn’t arrived yet…check out our snow banks!   As I am writing this it is snowing, in the morning the temperature is supposed to be -26F or -14C with the wind chill!   …could be worse right?

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washed up…

Saw many pieces of coral like this washed up on the shoreline. It was windy & wavey  for the first few days, which meant the beach was covered in sea shells. A bit farther down the beach from our location it was soft sand, so our area is a bit of a catch all when windy…we knew this from last year.
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tranquility…

I was looking through the hundreds of photos I took while away and realized 95% of them are of my granddaughter!  The other 4% are of family with her and 1% is of sites while away!   I didn’t realize I did this…was always taking a photo so thought there would be many to post but it turns out there isn’t…

Here is a simplistic one, but one that speaks to my heart!!!  While I don’t/can’t sail, I love the water…

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I’m here…

I was away in Florida for a month, this is my first post since I returned mid February…took this photo on the way to Key West.

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out on a limb…

Spring…look up, look way up!

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bowing to the ground…

I never get tired of looking at these trees…they amaze me, their root system must reach a great distance.  We have very strong winds in this area and I’m always expecting to drive by and find one or more of these old fellows toppled over.  This photo was taken a few weeks before Christmas…

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South Beach, Key West…

the quiet side of South Beach from the pier…
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more sunsets…

It is interesting how I’ve not seen the sunset for months and recently I’ve been able to capture it three times..awesome!   This one wasn’t as intense as some, but then it was just setting, I find the colors more vibrant a short while after the setting…didn’t stay around to see what happened that night as I wasn’t dressed warm enough!

sunset.2. dec.20.2014This photo was taken a few weeks ago right after a warmers spell…you can see the ridges of ice that built up due to the winds and then colder temperatures…makes for dangerous snowmobiling and walking…
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hard to believe…

This has been a most unusual December for me…Christmas arrived in the blink of an eye!   Enjoy your time regardless of how or if you celebrate.    By the way, it is raining again and is supposed to continue through tomorrow…snow will be gone again!

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sunset anyone…

Took this photo with my iPhone 6 last night…began using the phone Friday evening so don’t know what I think about it yet…made sure I found a solid clip on case as I have a tendency to drop my phone.   One shattered screen is enough!   As you can see we have snow again…it is cold today so it just might stay for a while this time!

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“freezing fog”…

Photo was taken from my back deck(gray-scale)…it is somewhat foggy outside…which is creating “freezing fog”…http://www.theweatherprediction.com/habyhints/359/    As you can see, the needles on this tree are weighted down…

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on my way home…

I had lunch with my daughter this afternoon and when done we went to do a bit of Christmas shopping for Paige, my grand-baby…on the way home this is what I was fortunate enough to see!

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and so it begins…

On Tuesday evening I went with my son Michael, daughter-in-law Melissa and grand-baby Paige to see the Christmas Train.   The Ontario Northland Railway decorates a short train,the engine, two cars and a caboose…children can have a few minutes with Santa, as well as a big white bear.  It is even possible for the children to get on board a couple of the cars, one is set up as Santa’s Workshop and the other is the engine.  Paige is not quite ten months old yet so we didn’t venture on to the train, nor did we visit with Santa as she is not sure if she likes him just yet!  The Fire Department had a truck on hand as well for the children to climb on…kids love the Fire Trucks!   Two local businesses, Cecil’s Eatery and Tim Horton’s provided free hot chocolate for all.   It was a fun event for children and parents alike!   This train stops at a number of communities in the area for about an hour and a half.    I was surprised how amazingly crowded it was as the wind was bitterly cold.

Below you see the busy side of the train…couldn’t get too close!   I’ve not done much in the way of photographs at night so this was very different for me.   Will have to do more…

christmas.train.dec.2.2014This was the opposite side of the train, it was decorated just the same but much easier to really see the train…I have to admit though my hands were frozen so I didn’t take many photos…

christmas.train.4.dec.2.2014A few decorations…

christmas.train.2.dec.2.2014A different angle of the “other side” of the train…still can’t see the caboose…there is a chain link fence on this side, which doesn’t allow me to get back far enough to see it all…

christmas.train.5.dec.2.2014This is a full view of the train as we were leaving…the train station is elevated and there is a chain link fence in front of the train…couldn’t get close to take a better shot.

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strange season…

The majority of snow is gone…for now… but we are left with ice build up along the shore line…this has been such a strange fall weather wise. I know we aren’t the only place to experience such unusual weather patterns, just stating a fact.   This was taken around 4:30pm yesterday…it was foggy over the water but not so much over the land, made for interesting photos.

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ice.lake.nipissing.3.nov. 2014This ice build did not melt and will make for difficult walking and snowmobiling once we get more snow, but is something that is beyond our control and happens often as the winds are strong off the lake…

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green & white…

A couple of my favorites…
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tis the season…

to clean off the windshield…

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winter is here…

It snowed all day Sunday…on and off since…not heavy but steady, is expected to continue the rest of the week!   As you can see I didn’t get around to putting away the table and chairs…

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north ~ south

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more berries…

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hanging in there…

I took this photo last week…while the flowers aren’t anything special I couldn’t resist as these hardy flowers are holding on regardless of the onset of fall!   Having said that two days later we had snow, it is gone now but was cold for a few days…not sure how these flowers fared?

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contrasting views…

Both these photos were taken while driving to Sudbury, (not me of course) 1.5 hrs west of North Bay…definitly a contrast between the two views!
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