At A Snail’s Pace

Spring is coming, even if it does seem to be at a snail’s pace! I was so excited to discover this tiny little guy on a mild rainy day earlier this week. I saw him crawling along the curb as I walked to work in the morning. There is also a robin living near our building; I hear his (or her?) bird song when heading in or out. Last night he was singing his heart out and it echoed around the parking lot in the sunset-pink air.  The world is waking up again– always carry a camera!

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Downy Woodpecker

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This little fellow was busy in the apple tree outside my bedroom window while I was home at the farm. He has obviously found a very tasty snack bar, for the snow all around the tree was littered with little bits of bark. For almost as long as I can remember, my mom has fed the birds during the winter. Both cats and humans enjoy watching the blue jays, cardinals, goldfinches, juncos, chickadees, mourning doves, woodpeckers and others as they feast on sunflower seeds and corn outside the large picture window. I feel a little guilty bringing my cat back to my place, where the basement window affords a view of only a concrete pad, a little grass and the occasional squirrel or stray cat. My goal for 2011 is to move above ground where both Muggs and I can enjoy sunny windows again– and perhaps even have space for a bird feeder.

 

Dreaming of Sunflowers

It’s been overcast and trying to snow with that annoying pellety-shaped snow that just blows around. I much prefer the big fluffy flakes. When I left the office tonight at 8 the temperature had risen and with it the wind. I suspect it will warm up just enough to turn the snow to slush and then freeze it all again. Such is life in the Banana Belt of Ontario. I really do think I would prefer to live somewhere where winter just comes and stays, instead of waffling like this. At any rate, even if the weather were nice enough to be outside, I’m still stuck inside finishing a paper on depictions of Medea in Roman elegy. It’s interesting enough, but I’m ready to be done.

SO, since summer seems oh, so far away in the past, I thought I would share some of my favourite bug photos from this past summer. Enjoy!


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Comfort Me With Snowflakes

Comfort Maple, Pelham Township. Reputedly Canada’s oldest sugar maple.

9 December 2010

I shoot with a Nixon Coolpix P100 and am still in the beginning stages of experimentation with different ISO, f-stops and shutter speeds. This is my first winter with the camera so I’m looking forward to lots of experimentation to get creative, artistic shots.

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