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end of season…

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squawking…

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a splash of color…

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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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north ~ south

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more berries…

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always a favorite, clouds & a sunset!

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the old Chief…

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after the sunset…

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pretty & pink

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one left…

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To you and yours…

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ice bouquet…

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In honor of those who those who served in the past, those who lost their lives and those who are presently serving their country…

Someone asked me what this symbol is…this is a Poppy, in Canada many of us wear it on our left lapel for approximately two weeks before November 11th. Our Canadian Legion offers these to the public for a donation, raising money for our Veterans. We call November 11th, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day or Armistice Day…we wear the Poppy as a symbol of respect, remembrance and thanks to past present and future fallen soldiers, and to those who continue to serve their country!

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lunch time…

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black & white

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empty…

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reflection, Mallard, floating

I went back to Sunset Park yesterday…I wanted to see if there were any changes since Sunday…not much really, with the exception of more snow piled up on the small islands off the shores of Sunset Park.   I rather liked this piece of ice floating along…
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on my way home I stopped at the Eva Wardlaw Conservation area…the creek flows into Lake Nipissing…it was like glass yesterday…allowing for interesting reflections…

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saw this Mallard Duck come out of the culvert and swim along towards Lake Nipissing…he didn’t appear to care that I was there, although he did make sure to stay close to the opposite bank…I saw a number of Mallards at Sunset Park but they didn’t like me around and quickly flew away…

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spring is working on it!

here are a couple more of the ice breaking up…all were taken on Sunday.  this is facing the area/bay where I grew up, if you look closely you will see a water tower above the tree line on the left just past the clump of trees in the foreground.  my home as a child is to the left of that…I know you can’t see anything but this may help visitors understand why I love the water so much!

ice.pile.up.ssp.2.2013I like the dark and light of the pieces of ice…some pieces are more saturated with water than others…I heard on the news last evening there is a possibility of flooding on Lake Nipissing…they feel it could reach flood levels by the weekend…ice.breaking.up.2013some of you may remember I shot a photo from a similiar angle in the winter…looks different…I’ll take another when the grass is green…picnic.table.spring.2013


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bud n mary’s…cocoa beach

today was dreary, it drizzled, rained and darn well poured…hard…all day long, so that means today is another beach/water day on the blog…always makes me happy.  the photo directly below was taken on the way back from Key West…in the Keys, but not sure which one…I don’t know Bud n Mary, but I liked that they named their Marina that way…this was taken from my moving vehicle so not the greatest shot…I played around with this one a bit…was interesting to see what I could achieve with the colour…

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the two photos below are in Cocoa Beach…the sky was very strange this day, ranging from white fluffy clouds to wispy nothings and the colour of the sky was unusual as well…pretty but different… this is a long shot of the beach facing the Pier…it is a great place…people fish of it near the end but the main attraction are the 4 restaurants there, ranging bars type establishments to a classy type place…

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the photo below was the day before the one above…confusing I know…I was surprised at the number of people who tried their hand as surfing on this shore line…I watched them on and off most of the day…looked like fun!

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more of Lake Nipissing

I took these yesterday, the first two are looking in the opposite direction of yesterdays photos…it will most likely be another two weeks before the ice is completely off the lake.  Of course that all depends on how much wind and rain we have as both of these contribute to the ice break up.

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What I was trying to show in the photo below is there are buds on this tree…on a few trees I noticed…I couldn’t zoom in as the trees are very mature and much taller than I at 5ft 4in…but…if you squint, you can see the buds…:)  Spring is officially here!

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beautiful day…

today is gorgeous…a blue, blue sky, which I absolutely love, sunny, a bit windy, but 49F which is none to shabby at this point! I managed to snap a few shots on my walk at one of the public access for Lake Nipissing.    The whole lake is still completely frozen, but it is beginning to open at the shore, at least it is a start…there is already a small amount of debris on the shoreline, always is in the spring.  It is from the people who ice fish out on the lake in the winter, they are supposed to cart their garbage/debris home with them and most do…if you look closely at the second and third photo you will see the debris…it will eventually get washed up on shore and be cleaned up.

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FYI…these photos were taken with my iPhone 5…


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Green Parrot…

it isn’t what you think…the Green Parrot is a bar in Key West, on the corner of Whitehead and Southard Streets, where everyone and anyone stops in to enjoy great music and a beverage…it is so busy it is almost impossible to get a seat on Friday or Saturday evening…serving locals and tourists alike since 1890…

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as you can see the bicycle is a popular mode of transportation in Key West…
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the hand…

I love old gnarly naked trees, they have such amazing texture and detail…if you look closely there is so much to see.  Key West has some of the most wonderful trees, old, very gnarly, bent in unusual shapes for who knows why, not to forget the lush colours…this one is one of my favourites,I call it the “hand”…the second photo gives you a better idea of why…

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US Navy…

at the end of Southard St., Key West, is a docking area, used by both the US Coast Guard and the US Navy…
the building below has been in disrepair for the last three years I’ve been in that area…US.navy.kw.building.2013

I have no idea of what it was used for or why it was abandoned like this…but it is a very large piece of
property that could be put to good use on on the waters edge like this…below shows the front of the build,
along with what looks like some kind of old artillery, past its prime?  The only protection is the blue/grey
tarps and the yellow caution tape…both of which have seen better days…

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before, during & after…

on any given night you will see many boats off the coast of Key West waiting for the sunset…it is definitly a favourite pastime for anyone visiting…the first two boats are heading out to wait for the sun to set, the third photo is as the sun is setting, I thought the gray scale added an interesting touch to the sunset and the final one is sometime after the sunset..
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because it snowed!

When I looked out the window this morning it was snowing…I wasn’t happy as most of our snow was gone…I know it won’t last long, in fact a great deal of it is gone already…to counter act the snow affect, I thought I’d post things that make me happy…pretty flowers and part of the side garden path to condos in Truman Annex, Key West…

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duval street & a rooster

Duval Street is always busy, more so when cruise ships are in, which is almost every day…I think this year there was only one day out of seven without a ship…that makes for lots of people scurrying around trying to see everything in a few hours…below is Duval Street facing north, not terribly busy when I took this…the second one is facing south…

anyone who has been to Key West knows there are chickens & roosters everywhere…not usually on Duval Street as it is too busy but, on most side streets you will find them…I think the fellow below is a resident of Truman Annex…he isn’t as colourful or shiny as some I’ve seen, but attractive just the same…not the friendliest fellow though…he let me take a few photos, never looking at me…then decided that was enough and let me know…

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full moon rising…

the sky was beautiful last night…crystal clear, no clouds that I could see and a huge bright, full moon…I took a few photos from my yard, at dusk, as the moon was rising, before it got dark.   while these aren’t great photos they are ok…better than my first attempt at shooting the moon a couple of months ago…I deleted those ones!blue moon3...2013.....cblue moon...2013...

I did the one below in grey scale for something different

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I also tried it out in reverse black & white…

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oranges & grapefruit…

my mother has a huge grapefruit tree and a much smaller orange tree on her property in Florida, she has enjoyed an abundance of grapefruit in the last 7 years.  the orange tree is only a couple of years old so not much fruit from it, 9 oranges I think she said…

I don’t eat grapefruit, but apparently these are delicious!  she gives them away by the bag full every year…

grapefruit.2013below is the lovely flower on the tree along with the tiny green grapefruit…

grapefruit2.2013below are the tiny new oranges…it is interesting when they are this tiny they look exactly like the grapefruit…even the flowers do!orange tree.2013


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home…

well…I’m home…so I will be back posting and visiting again regularly!  I took many photos, some I like and some I don’t, but for today I’m going to show you three of one of my favourite things to capture…”naked trees” as I like to call them.  they are beautiful with their leaves, but there is so much more detail and character to them, when they are scraggly looking, bent in some of the most interesting ways…

lone.tree.kentucky.2013love this scene…as you can see it was a rather dreary looking day, but warm, which cancels out the dreary!  on the ride home somewhere in Kentucky…

more.trees.Kentucky.2013same day and drive… but I’m fine with the colours…trees.kentucky.2013.2I don’t mind a dreary day once in a while, especially if it is warm…

PS…all photos were taken from my moving vehicle, on the drive home from Florida…


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I’m using my camera as much as possible while I’m away…taking photos of everything that catches my eye…trying to figure it out as I go…

this little fellow is very tiny, I don’t think he would be any larger than an inch…he just sat there while I snapped away, I zoomed in as much as I could…taken in Leesburg, Florida

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the pilot and crew managed to find a parking spot so the could go for lunch…taken in Traveres, Florida

airplane.2013.leesburgethere actually were about seven of these fellows, but they wouldn’t cooperate so I could get them all at once…taken in Marco Island, Floridathreebirds.marco.2013


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visions from my walks…

while I’m away I’ve gotten back into my walks…had to stop for awhile at home due to the terribly cold weather…here are three lovely flowers, unfortunately I don’t know their names…if anyone does please let me know!   a blogging friend of mine who takes many gorgeous photos of flowers said the first is a bougainville, the the 2nd, and 3rd are hibiscus…

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I’m around…

I thought I should do a post to let anyone who happens to stop by that I’m away…left February 15th returning March 17th.  with the exception of answering emails, I’ve not been online…I will visit and post when I have the time…below are photos from Florida…

this fellow is having breakfast in Dunedin…bird eating dunedin .2013Lake Dora, Tavares, lakedora.taveres 2013part of the Clearwater Beach skyline…clearwater skyline.2013these are the first photos taken with my “new to me” Nikon DSLR  camera…I’m having fun experimenting with it…after only a few days I realize already I need a macro lens, possibly a stronger zoom lens?  will see after a bit more working with it…

 


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looking west…

I wanted to play a bit with this photo as I thought it had great potential…as you may have noticed I’m a huge fan of contrasts…so that is what you will see today…below is the original photo…this was taken last Saturday before I went the the Radar Runs…

sunsetpark.lookingwest.original.2013this is  threshold adjusted…

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sepia of course…I’m becoming a fan of sepia, it adds interesting colour to the photo, giving an aged appearance to the photo…

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radar run…

today was a beautiful day…sunny, no wind to speak of and not terribly cold!  I saw in the paper the snowmobile Radar Runs were taking place today at Sunset Park,Lake Nipissing, so I decided to take a few minutes and take a look…I used to love going to these events when I was younger…driving a snowmobile was very high on my list of a good time…I managed to get a few photos, but I have to say the lack of attendance surprised me…there were a large number of participants but very few spectators…years ago when I attended it was wall to wall people, it was difficult to get a good viewing spot for each event…radarrun.sunsetpark.2013.

the photo below should be to the left of the photo above…didn’t know how to pan with the camera so did it in two shots…regardless of the lack of spectators the participants  to enjoyed themselves…if you look very closely at the top photo you can see the track just left of centre in the photo…

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just finished his races…

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favourites…

I’d decided to show you a few of my favourite photos today…but…I’ve been having an issue with the photos showing up on the page properly…anyone else having a problem with this?

 

frothy at the shore.2012. (557 x 421)

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Island off Champlain Parknaked trees...lake nipissing 2010 (710 x 382)


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more experimentation…or playing if you will!

I’m enjoying experimenting with the settings in PhotoScape…it is a free program that is basically for beginners like myself…it does have a few advanced settings, at least to me they are… of which I’m trying to understand but for the most part it is very simple to work with!

below is the original photo…love this area of Leesburge, Florida…

Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 grey scale…I would like to figure out how to do the grey scale, but adding a punch of color…for instance in this photo the bird or some of the docks could be coloured…that look appeals to me.Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 grayscaleworked with the saturation on this one…Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 saturation levelsand of course the reverse black and white…I love contrasts…Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 reverse black


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I’ve been playing around a bit more…rather like the results, especially with the luminance and the reverse black & white…

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brightened.2013snow day photo…luminance

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experimenting with the levels…

yesterday I took this photo of the gnarly birch tree…I love trees with limbs like this one so interesting, always makes me wonder why the limb grew the way it did?   I took the photo of the whole tree but it is in front of what I think is one of the City yards and there are work buildings etc., which doesn’t contribute to an interesting photo…too much going on when I wanted to concentrate on just the tree, so as you can tell it is cropped…

knarly tree. 2013 originalthen I decided to play a little with the tools in PhotoScape as I’ve not done a great deal with it yet…this one is colour enhanced slightly.

knarly tree. 2013 colour enhancedthis one is of course grayscale…

knarly tree. 2013 grayscaleon this one I adjusted the luminance curve…

knarly tree. 2013 luminace curveand finally…this one is reverse black and white…

knarly tree. 2013 reverse black and whitevery interesting to see what can be done with a relatively simple program…for the time being PhotoScape works for me…I know there is so much more that can be done with PhotoShop, but I don’t have the time to learn the ins and outs before I begin using it…this works for now!


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low visibility or bright & sunny…

yesterday was bitterly cold, more important the wind was very strong & raw, it was a north west wind so it came of the lake, whipping up the snow and blowing it around…I took two photos yesterday of ice huts on the lake to show you what kind of day it was…today I took photos of the same ice huts to compare…

single ice hut.2013above is yesterday…visibility was very low…below is today, still very cold but nice!

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again above is yesterday and below is today…the wind is still cold today but nothing like yesterday…

ice huts.5.2013there was a time when I enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling…I’m passed that now!   🙂


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more snow photos…

the weather here has been so strange…tons of snow…bitter cold, warm and rain, now back to bitter cold today…makes it difficult to walk!  which I miss, can’t take photos…the photos below were taken back on Feb. 13th…

I liked the snow on the pole like this, with the blue sky and branches in the back ground…

snow on the post.2013the next two photos are of the same bush/hedge, the first is of course head on… snowy bush.2.2013it amazes me how these branches can hold up with all the snow on them, as they look very delicate, as branches go… snowy bush.2013


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moody skies…

I love a moody sky…something about them that has so much character…now don’t get me wrong, I love the clear blue sky with soft, fluffy white clouds as well…each has their appeal to me…

moody sky.2010this is of the same island I’ve been showing on and off…this view is south west of where I lived, I would be standing at the far end of the break wall to take this photo…this is of course before the water has been drawn down…some years it is later than others.

gloomy skky3.2012another almost naked tree…this tree still has leaves on it today…I can see it out my window…

 


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words for Seth’s photos…

writing has never come easily to me, I generally write something over and over until I like how it reads, which is why I don’t often write a great deal on this blog…I’ve been doing a weekly column for an online newspaper, regarding my jewelry business since June and I have to admit the writing is flowing better.  so much so that I actually took up a writing challenge…

one of the blogs I follow, SethSnap has a post now and then where he shows a photo then asks his readers to write the words for it…can be what ever you want to in the way of writing.  below is my first attempt, I really didn’t think just allowed the words to come to mind then typed them …these are the photos Seth offered…please click on either photo to be taken to the  his original post!

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Winter

two huddled together
sometimes it feels like forever
under the white blanket…
awaiting the sun’s radiance
they must have patience
the warmth they are craving
forces them to wait
with promises of sun kisses
when the white season has ended…

thank you to Seth for allowing me to use his photos here for this post!


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what a differnce a season makes!

the photos below are of the same tree, take frnm slightly different angels & of course taken at different times of the year…I added the double photo below as it was something I was trying with PhotoScape…turned out alright but it cuts off the original photo…would have to take the time to crop the photos to fit…the individual photos are below this one…

two trees.champlain part,.2013this tree is in Champlain Park, in North Bay…we are very fortunate here to have such a beautiful lake…the sad thing is this park has very little use…when I was a teenager I used to visit this park all the time…it was crazy busy then.

champlain park tree.2010now the park sees very few visitors, except a few people walking their dogs or people bringing children to play, or those who use the boat ramp off of Lavasse River…rather sad when you think of such a beautiful area not being used to its potential…tree champlain park.2010