Thursday, December 31, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Back in June, I posted about the Springbank Snow Countess.

Last week, I visited her again. I had hoped there would be snow on her, but it was a green Christmas, so I had to be content with a photo of her hiding among the bare branches, and against the cloudy sky.

Hidden Bench

Following a different path, I discovered this bench hidden by stone walls and rose bushes.

I will have to go back in the summer to see if it really is an enchanted place.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Watery Wednesday

We arrived home to discover that the storm which drove north from Texas for Christmas Day

had been an ice storm in the Ottawa area. We only had heavy rain at my parents'.

Yesterday was sunny and mild, so the dogs and I spent the better part of the morning wandering the fields and taking photographs.

The cattails are especially fascinating, as you can still see the softness, although it is encased in ice.

I still refused to permit Annie to bring the deer's leg home with her.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Zucchini Flowers

While we are strolling down Memory Lane,

let's stop and smell the zucchini flowers.

The bees are doing it, after all!


At the end of November, the calendula were still trying

to bloom in the church garden.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ptilotus exaltatus

Thanks to the seed catalogue,

these flowers have a name now.

Not an easy one to pronounce,

but something more specific than pink flowers. I have a lot of pink flowers in my archives!

Pansies with Snow

Before the snow came in earnest,

I was looking at the pansies in the garden across the road.

They will bloom again in the spring.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate

In August, I found these flowers, but had no idea what they were.

The seed catalogue arrived this past week, and they are buckwheat, Polygonum orientale, or the old fashioned Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate.

I am going to have to get myself a packet of the seeds, for planting in the spring!

Bur Cucumber

Friday, December 25, 2009

Contrail at Sunset

Christmas Cactus

I think the lower flower looks like a parot's beak, don't you?

I love the cheery pink at this time of year,

when outside is all shades of grey and white.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

I apologize for the quality of the image, but when the temperatures are hovering around 20 below, night photography speedy procedure.

The local heavy equipment rental company loans Santa some transport every year.

I have to admit, this is the only display that I go out of my way to enjoy.

Joe Pye Weed

I love seeing the different snow hats the weeds wear in the winter.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Squirrel Footprints

A squirrel ran across the front steps just after the last snow, leaving its tracks behind.

Cow Parsnip

Cow parsnip seedpods on a foggy morning.


I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas season. I am leaving to visit my parents, taking husband and dogs with me. Poor Gloria will have to stay home by herself. I have asked husband if she can come too, but he prefers that she stay here. We will be returning on December 27, but I have left posts to appear from now through the 28th, allowing for fatigue. It may take a week for me to visit all of you, but I will get there before the New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


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I'm a 50 something female set loose on the world with a camera.