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fishin for something!

fishin for treasure…

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fishin for lunch

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fishin buddies…

From my balcony I watched a man fishing, he stopped by a few times, never saw him catch anything but I’m sure he enjoyed himself…it really wasn’t the gentleman that caught my eye but these two fellows…his fishin buddies! These two weren’t concerned about people walking by, I’m sure they were just hoping the man would leave something…the man completely ignored them, I’m sure he was used to them hanging around.

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pretty & pink

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sunset…

Boring name I know, but I don’t really have a way with words!   I had a difficult time while away trying to capture the sunsets…our condo faced west so I saw one most evenings, but was rarely happy with the photos.   Not sure why, someone said I should have used a tripod and a longer exposure and I’m sure he was correct, I honestly don’t know enough about my camera, at this point, I’m enjoying taking photos but not yet feeling like I want to jump head first  into the workings of the camera.   I couldn’t bring my tripod on the plane, too much to carry…I was with my daughter  so I wasn’t about to take the time to begin reading to find out what to do!

These are the same photos of course…but the colors in the colored are not accurate!  I’m showing one B & W along with its color counterpart simply because even though the color isn’t accurate I like the photo!!!

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home…

As you may know I was away for a couple of weeks, we were most fortunate to have missed the two coldest weeks so far this winter!!!   Didn’t take my laptop so I couldn’t keep up with  posting and visiting.   This year my daughter and I went to Marco Island.  I stayed there for a week last year in a house and enjoyed it so thought I’d try it again.   This time we decided to go for a condo on South Marco Beach, with a west exposure.   As a result the majority of my photos will be from that area…of course we went out,  but for the most part when we did I forgot my camera, as we were going shopping, to the Market or to eat!   If you’ve never been, the beach itself is a beauty, fairly wide, with most of the surface compact broken shells with some fine sand mixed in,  the waters edge is small shells, some live some not.  I enjoyed myself watching theses fellows moving along across the shells.   Shoes are required when walking along the beach unless you are right at the waters edge…shell.movining.2a.104

 


lunch…

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winter…

In the spring, summer and fall this is a beautiful park area beside Lake Nipissing…it is still beautiful but rather stark with the snow…when I was a child this was a busy happening place.  Not so any more, I visit once in a while and there are rarely any people swimming here.  Rather sad actually that such a great park isn’t utilized much…although we have a few that aren’t being used a great deal.

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one left…

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red barns…

In November I went to Sudbury with my son and his wife and of course along the way I took photos from the moving vehicle…so keep in mind all these have been taken from a moving vehicle…   Some of you will know I have a thing for old buildings, barns, vehicles, etc., when I  looked over these photos I realized I’d captured a few red barns…you can read here  http://home.howstuffworks.com/question635.htm  why barns were painted red originally and why the tradition continues in some cases.   red.barn.2014

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silhouette…

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this was taken a while back as you an see there are still leaves on the trees…


black & white…

I love the silhouette of branches with out leaves!

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Icicle daggers…
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I spotted this yesterday afternoon…not sure what it is all about as I don’t visit this area much…I was up a slight embankment and couldn’t walk down to look at the plaque beside it as the snow was too deep.   I’m thinking it is some kind of beacon, totem pole, but honestly don’t know what or why it is there. I will find out eventually.   The triangular shaped top looks like green glass.   I did it in black & white as some areas of the snow and clouds were just too blue and I couldn’t eliminate it in Photoscape…notice the ridges behind it, they are all along the shore line but the rest of the ice as far as the eye can see looks fairly smooth…I’ve not heard if the ice is safe enough to venture out but I did notice a number of people taking ice huts out so I’m hoping so!

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This was taken a couple of weeks ago when we had the hoar frost morning, I’ve since learned that is what it is called…”a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.”   Today it was much warmer -5C or 23F and we now have wet slushy roads.  I’ll take a few photos to show you the difference a day can make in the appearance!

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holding the moon…

On the way back from Sudbury, which is 1.5 hrs west of North Bay, I managed to capture a few photos…of course they were all taken from the moving vehicle as a result they are not as crisp or clear as them should be…but I couldn’t resist posting them regaradless!

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the moon isn’t as cool in the last two photos, but the positioning was rather interesting…

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brrrrrrr….

This fall, we have had very cold weather…generally this type of weather is in January or February, not November and December.   I know…it is what it is!   For the last week or so the wind chill has made it biting cold…today it is -32C or -25.6F…darn cold for December 14th!!!   So another shot from the south for today…a Key West sunset taken last winter.   Makes me feel warmer just looking at it!

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towards the Government dock

 

towards.gov.docl.2013This is another of the photos taken a week ago…heading towards the Government Dock.


bumpy ice…

it has been warmer the last day or so, in fact it is sunny and -4C right now, so it that keeps up hopefully this will melt and smooth out!  I could wish for lots of snow to cover this but the solid pieces could be dangerous…I’d rather it melted.    This makes for difficult walking, cross country skying or snowmobiling when the ice is thick enough!   It is NOT thick enough, we haven’t had enough cold weather.

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more frosty birch trees…

 

birch.frosty.2013it was a bit windy the day this was taken…if you look closely, especially on the top left side you can see the snow blowing off the trees…


random photos taken before it turned cold and snowed!

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frosty…

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This was taken on Friday morning as well…the trees did look beautiful.   The clouds were rolling in fast as you can see behind the trees…


sunny for now…

I went out this morning to take photos at the waterfront…it went from sunny to cloudy in minutes!   The lake appears to be frozen over but at this point the ice will only be paper thin…

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forgot…

This photo is one of a few I took the beginning of November… I was looking for a photo to post that didn’t have snow and icicles in it and it!

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bitterly cold wind…

when I went for a walk to day it was overcast, lightly snowing with a bitterly cold north wind…I captured a few photos at one of the access.   the white you see in the distance isn’t waves, it is chunks of ice forming in the water…the wind chill factor dropped the temperature cold enough ice is forming in chunks.

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ice bouquet…

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ice encrusted…

both these photos are of the ice encrusted rocks after a cold windy day when the waves crash on shore…the water freezes on the rocks in a ripply affect…I don’t think I quit captured the beauty…especially when the sun shines on them!

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missed the sunset…

Yesterday afternoon I happened to take note of the sky just around sunset, possibly because we haven’t had much in the way of sunshine lately…I got in my vehicle and drove to a public access close to me, but by the time I arrived the sun had set.   The sun seems to drop quickly once it reaches a certain point… I still managed to get a colorful sky!

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signs winter is on its way…

I took these photos yesterday…I missed the setting sun, but there was an awesome sky that I wanted to take photos of.   When I was at the water front I noticed the ice that had formed on this metal fence…the day before was blowing, snowing, cold… generally a nasty day…as you can see cold enough that when the waves splashed up on the metal fence the water froze…I managed to capture a number of nice colored sky photos and a few more interesting icicle photos but this is it for today…I tried many times last night to post but for some reason I couldn’t get the photos to post at the size I wanted???  So I left it and decided to try this morning…

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selective cutting…

This post is all about trees…I love trees, they make the neighborhoods  colorful, they attract birds, provide shade, in some cases privacy, short ones tall ones, I love the look of trees, especially in the fall when the leaves have dropped.  The neighborhoods with out trees look rather barren to me…having said that I do understand the logic in pruning, cutting back large branches or even cutting the tree down when necessary.   The reason I’m talking about this is North Bay Hydro, our local hydro company, pays a local company in town to do this so no branches are closer than 9 meters (29.5ft) to a hydro line…my surrounding neighborhood was chosen this fall to have this done…while I understand the logic of why it must be done, it saddens me to see how spindly some of the trees now look.   Many of the large stately deciduous trees are fine as only a few branches have been taken but for some trees, in particular the coniferous trees, the whole side facing the wire is gone!  The clump of trees in the center of this photo looks fine…it is large enough to handle a few limbs cut, but check out the tree to the right…

selective.cutting.2a.2013on the tree below, all the branches below the wire are in tact, so it is much like the tree on the right above…half a tree from the wire up!
selective.cutting.4.2013it is difficult to tell in the tree below, but when the leaves are in full bloom they will be to the left of the cutting, the other branches are from another tree…
selective.cutting.5.2013again, all the branches are gone on the one side of the tree…
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strange sky…

yesterday was a strange day, with the most unusual skies…changing from dark and moody to light and fluffy so quickly due to the strong winds!

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sun bathing…

I took this photo of the Chief Commanda, the restaurant, last Saturday…I liked how it looked bathed in the light of the setting sun!

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almost forgotten…

taken a few weeks ago but forgot about it…

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got it…

I managed to get a sunset this past Saturday…my first in a very long time.   I took photos as it was going down but they were too dark???   The wind was bitterly cold, of course I wasn’t properly dressed as I came from a show, so my hands were not steady…but I was determined!

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makes me smile…

the last couple of days have been cold, very wet and windy…typical fall days…but I decided I’d rather look at something else…the beach at Fort Zachary State Park, Key West!   The sand is very pebbly and hard on the feet…definitely need flip flops.    All three photos were taken in the winter of 2011 with my iPhone…

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lunch time…

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really???

I find it difficult to believe the two boards attached to the left hand corners of this building will do the job for long…

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black & white

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Red Barns…

As I was looking through my photos from the Sunday trip to Sudbury I realized I took three red barns…for some reason I love barns, old or new…and three red ones is awesome!  Remember these are taken while driving so one in particular is a bit blurry…

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to Sudbury…

My daughter and I went to Sudbury yesterday, which is about 1.5 hours west of North Bay…the colors are pretty much yellows, browns and rusts now…the beautiful reds are gone!  Even at that there isn’t a great deal of color…drive.tosudbury.2013


Serenade…

I was sitting on my deck last week enjoying the last bit of warm weather of the season and was treated to a serenade by this fellow for a rather long time, a good half hour or more…it wasn’t and angry sound, which is why I called it a serenade.   In the beginning could hear the singing but couldn’t see the bird as he was a long way up…once I spotted him I took the photo.  As you can see the leaves are falling!

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abandoned?

more fall colors, more yellow/gold in this area…this was taken on my way to Sudbury, which is about an hour and a half west of North Bay…building.road.2013

 


Trout Lake…

For those of you who don’t know North Bay is fortunate to be surrounded by two awesome lakes…Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake…the latter is the much smaller lake of the two, (7 miles long 2miles wide)approximately 4 miles east of Lake Nipissing, but beautiful none the less.   Trout Lake is the source of North Bay’s drinking water…
This photo was taken of the shoreline of Trout Lake, to show the fall colors.

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bright & cheery!

it is a cool dreary morning, I felt something bright and cheery was in order!

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weed? it is a herb!

I saw this the other day during my fall color tour…don’t know what it is but thought it pretty.  I started out with a cropped version of this but then changed my mind…the full view is more interesting…I’ll do a crop another time.

weed.2013FYI...a friend to mine passed along the info it is a herb called Tansy…you can find out more info about it here…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansy    The tiny heads are yellow before they are dried…I did a search and found info and photos of it and realized I’m used to seeing the herb before it is dried…it looks different once dried…


fall has arrived…

the trees are changing color very quickly so I decided to go for a bit of a drive to get a few photos yesterday…as you can see it was a dull dreary day…I’m hoping to go again tomorrow…I love the vibrant colors…I just don’t  like what comes after fall!fall.colors.cemetary.road.c..2013


orange, pink & yellow…

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an explosion of color…

took these shots on Saturday at the North Bay Farmers’ Market…there is such an abundance of fresh product…the colors are awesome!

from Alcase Gardens…gourds and yellow and white pumpkinsRon.Warman.6.2013.from Springhill Farm…gotta love the purple pepper!

springhill.veggies.2013Leisure Farms

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early morning snack…

Saw these fellows at 6:45am Saturday morning…as I slowly tried to get close to them they turned their backs to me and began walking away from me, was rather funny actually.  I was a long way from them but instinctively they knew I was heading towards them and they didn’t want to be friendly!

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bird on a lamp post…

I was trying to take a photo of a  sunrise through the trees when I spotted this fellow…the sunrise isn’t worth posting, but I thought this the bird would be.   I don’t usually do this kind of thing to my photos but felt this photo was worthy…black & white and then in Picasa tried Holga-ish…

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more of Callander Bay…

The day I stopped by Callander Bay was very hot, humid and hazy…I found some of the photos showed the haze, which is why I opted for b & w. you can see the haze in both photos.   This section of the Callander dock is going to be repaired eventually…I just heard something about it this week…a section of it was removed from the dock so no one could use it right now…

old.dock.callander.bay.2013this island is at the end of the section of dock above…

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both…

this is a building I see on the way to and from Rosseau every Friday…couldn’t decide whether I preferred the color or the b & w…

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