Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Devil Made Me Do It


The other day we went to Eastern Passage 
which is a community to the east of the city of Dartmouth.

Just off the shore here is an island called Devil's Island (click to learn more).


We rowed out to this island back in the 1990's with a friend
and met the occupants who managed the lighthouse there.

They were the only people living there. 
If I remember correctly it was a young couple with a child
and they were artists.

I remember taking photos that day of their clothesline 
which was full of bright-coloured towels
blowing in the wind.

It was freezing here the other day when I took the above shot.
Just so you know, the white area just above the vegetation
is ocean ice/slush that was moving up and down with swell of the ocean.
We don't see that that often here...unless it is really cold.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Staying Close To Home


Because of the very low temperatures lately,
it was -30C with the wind-chill,
we are not venturing too far from home.

Sophie and I spent some time in the garden yesterday.


Corkscrew Witch Hazel shadows.


Sophie waiting for me to catch up with her.


Native Viburnum shadow.


 The Chestnut Tree I grew from seed.


Asian lantern hanging from apple tree.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Waiting



We 'three amigos' went for a walk on Sunday morning in Eastern Passage
along the boardwalk.

There were only two other hardy people there.
It was freezing but also very exhilarating after a big brunch.

I noticed this picnic table shelter which was empty......
waiting for summer.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Contemplative Monday



The following is from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh' (click)
published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'


'CHILDREN OF THE EARTH'

"We humans think we are intelligent, but an orchid, for example,
knows how to produce symmetrical flowers;
a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell.

Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all.

We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail
and join our palms reverently before the butterfly
and the magnolia tree.

The feeling of respect for all species will help us to recognize and 
cultivate the noblest nature in ourselves."


Close-up of the Star Magnolia in our garden last summer.
I see what Thich Nhat Hanh was getting at.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Eclectic Tastes



I know one can 'force spring' by bringing in cherry tree branches
this time of year,
so I thought I could do the same and 'force' the real thing!!

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Morning Post


Winter Magic.....


Pine Tree in snow...


Sophie at Fort Needham Memorial Park in North End Halifax.
This was my childhood 'playground'.


Monument commemorating the Halifax Explosion of 1917
which flattened this end of the city.


This monument wasn't here when I was a kid.


Swing anyone?


Sophie's reading skills are much to be desired.


She absolutely can't get enough of winter! (I heard that!!)


Shadows and contrasts.


Later that same day (yesterday), Ron at Point Pleasant Park.


Sophie and I went up a hill and looked back.
Looks like she is staring at the big crane/dog in the background.


Seagull sitting on high snowdrift in front of our car.


Sunbathing? Actually waiting for scraps to be thrown to them.




Friday, February 20, 2015

Needing Some Balance


I had to remind myself today that we are heading towards spring
and that colour will once again return to the eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.


Compared to Wednesday's photo of this same location, (click here)
 colour can be downright blinding!!




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