Wednesday, November 15, 2017

S is for Snow for abcwednesday Round #21

Brrrr., no we don't have any yet and I do not happily anticipate its arrival.  Snow can be wet, messy, cold and cause hazardous driving conditions. Thankfully we have been preparing and yesterday my winter tires were put on my car.  Snow can be beautiful and exciting (when as a child it is anticipated happily.) In my province we get lots of snow and in the past couple of years kids have had many snowdays , when schools are closed due to hazardous driving conditions or very large snowfalls which makes driving almost impossible.  But first a couple of photos to remind ourselves what I am talking about. Our first snowstorm might look a bit like the first picture. I have titled the picture "a snowy flurry".
The second photo is after much snow has fallen but not a lot.. I think it looks rather beautiful in this picture! But first a couple of photos to show you what I am talking about.
Sometimes however your eyes may deceive you and what you think is snow in the air is not but in reality this next picture is of a group of Snow Buntings flying over a field.  We call these birds Snowbirds
I have included a picture below to show you what a real Snow Bunting looks like,
it has quite a bit of white on it and when flying in s group , it is mostly the white on these birds which are seen.  I love finding a flock of snow Buntings ( locally we call them Snowbirds.
 If you are in the province of Quebec you might think that you are seeing a field with a large amount of snow in it. Actually it could be a flock of Snowgeese that you are watching.  These large geese are mostly all white and I think they are beautiful birds.  Sometimes we see snowgeese in my province of New Brunswick but it not a sight often seen. Below is a picture of a blanket of snow? No, it is a flock of Snowgeese in a field.

Now lets get a closer view of these snowgeese.
Above you can see the whiteness of these snowgeese.
Once I took a picture of a snowgoose in flight and after I downloaded it at home I decided to  make a copy of it and turn it into a wooden decoration. Every winter around Christmas time we put our snowgoose out in a yard as a decoration for the snowy season.
In the picture above to the right is an actual flying snowgoose and to the left  in the insert,is the wooden decoration of the snowgoose we made.
Above is Our own wooden  snowgoose on our yard fence.
So as you can surmise there are a few things that I like about winter and snow, but not too many.  I am linking today to abcwednesday which can be found at sbcwednesday.com

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

R is for Robin's Repast of Red, Round, Rowans for abc Wednesday

This is the time of year when large flocks of Robins  roam our area looking for and foraging upon the overloaded Mountain Ash trees, which are filled with Rowan berries, thus today's title and two pictures which illustrate my title. The full lush tree where these pictures were taken at is now all but empty with just a few clusters of berries remaining at the tree tops as is another feasting tree just down the street from my house.
Above  ,  a robin with a round red rowan berry  held in its beak
In the above picture a Starling has joined in on the feast of berries.

I am linking today with abc Wednesday Round #21 which can be found at abcwednesday.com

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Q is for quilting for abcwednesday

Although Halloween is now past by a few hours, I don't think Halloween quilts would  be too far outdated for my Q topic for today. These quilts are all unique, originally designed and created by quilter Riel Nason which were presented by Riel,at an entertaining, exciting, Halloween  quilt Trunk Show earlier in October of this year which I had attended..




Quiltergeist shown above  is acknowledging the spirit of poltergeists, this Halloween ghost finds its sewing supplies( scissors, nine patch block and spools of thread) floating above it in the air.




Quiltergeist and Quilting is in my Bones are both created by using selvages.  Riel Nason has published a quilting book on
using selvages.  In Modern Selvage Quilting by Riel Nason (available at Amazon) ,you can easily learn how to create unique sewing projects by using selvages. 
note: Riel Nason has also a published book, Sew a Modern Halloween, on Halloween projects available   at Amazon.

This last quilt selection  above is a Halloween scrap quilt with  a surprising  Jack face located in the upper right just waiting to be found!
I am connecting today to abcwednesday, where today the letter Q is being celebrated.
http:abcwednesday.com
A belated Happy Halloween wish to all!.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

O is for Osprey for abc Wednesday

Osprey, a mighty fish-eating bird of prey.. sometimes also called the Fish Hawk or River Hawk.

This Osprey, shown above, well earns its name Fish Hawk
I am fortunate as I know of the location of more than one Osprey nest. Above three Osprey on a nest!
The power claws of the Osprey grab a fish as this predator bird swoops down onto the water
I am linking today to abcwednesday.com   
round#21


Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Late Eastern Bluebird

We don't usually have Bluebirds , especially in October!  but there is a Bluebird hanging around our yard which gives us tantalizing glimpses of its beauty now and then.  Like, on Sunday, we got a fleeting glimpse of it on the clothesline and earlier last week it was perched on a feeder hook in Bird Alley in clear sight! right in front of me!  These are unusual sightings for me at any time of the year.
Yesterday I spied bird movement in our Choke Cherry tree , which still has a few lingering berries on it.  I tried to take some pictures of the activity in the tree and I got some not so great pictures, of a Robin and a Cedar Waxwing and also of the two Bluebirds shown postedbelow.  I love them!
 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

N is for Nutured among Nature for abcWednesday

I saw these two beautiful fawns yesterday with an adult White-tailed deer ,which I assume is their mother. This mother deer has nourished and nurtured her  young ones within their surroundings of nature.  The forest is their home. Their surroundings are often fraught with danger, and a big upcoming danger every autumn   is hunting season.  I don't think anyone would shoot the fawns at this time of year, however their adult mother might be at risk.  I shall hope that these young deer will reamin safe within their nurturing forest environment.  I am linking
 today to abc Wednesday, which can be found at:found at abwednesday.com.

Above, the nurturing environment of the forest.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Early morning Fog on the River

It is a lovely mild morning with a hint of warmth in the air.  Watching from an observation deck on a hillside above the river I am looking for movement which might indicate a bird or white-tailed deer nearby.  But the only movement I can see is the gentle rise of fog slowly drifting above the river however it has a beauty which attracts my eye.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

M is for Moose for ABC Wednesday round #21

Earlier , one day this summer past we made our weekly trip through a wooded , forested section  of a  familiar highway to go grocery shopping in a nearby town. I always have my camera with me ready if by chance we see a bird of hawk worthy of photographing.  This week my husband surprised me when he said, "Did you see that moose ?" I responded," huh? " What moose? Where?" He responded, "Back there in the ditch, you can see it in the mirror"  And sure enough I could see a moose by  looking out the rear window of our truck as I struggled with my seat belt while
 trying to line up a picture of the huge animal feeding in the ditch that my husband had seen as we drove past it! The animal looked huge and I waited until It had raised its head to get a better picture.
Yes, sure enough , it was a moose, thankfully we did not encounter it on the highway!.  My husband started backing up the truck so we could get a closer look, when I suddenly saw a second moose emerge from the woods directly opposite from the moose in the ditch. 


This second moose was tall, big and black. We stopped  backing up and watched.
We stayed put ,parked on the shoulder of the highway and watched and I took pictures of the two moose ,both now in the ditch.
The smaller moose did not appear to be a baby of this year due to its size and indepentdent feeding initially... Was it a yearling? and was the larger moose its mother, still being attentive to its last year baby?  Whatever the case, the larger adult did not stay with the
smaller moose for long but it walked across the highway back to where it had came from.

During all of this time , fortunately there hadn't been any passing or oncoming traffic to worry about , but just as we were leaving we saw an approaching car. It is an extremely dangerous situation to collide with a moose while in a moving vehicle!   We slowed as it approached and waved and made all sorts of pointing gestures to indicate a warning that something was on the road ... and somehow the approaching car perceived our warnings as it slowed down and pulled over  and stopped before passing the moose, thus averting a possible collision with a moose.  All's well that ended well and I was happy with my moose photo opportunity.
I am linking  with abcwednesday.com which  today is featuring the letter M. My appreciate thanks to those hosting this weekly meme.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

J is for Jay for abc Wednesday round 21

A frequent  visitor and a loud squawky bird that often visits our bird feeder area is a Blue Jay.  This Jay is a rather handsome bird and I have captured its picture in flight in the two pictures I am posting here today!
While I was watching this Jay it suddenly swooped towards me as I clicked my camera shutter
In the photo above I have applied a zig zag filter to enhance its flight.
My appreciative thanks to Melody for her hosting of this weekly meme.
ABCWednesday Round 21 can be found at:
https://abcwednesday.com/



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Golden Glow for Remberances on Thursday's Challenge

I have always loved this old tall perennial which is  topped with golden yellow orbs.  It used to be called "the outhouse flower" as in the era of outhouses it was often planted beside the outhouse and was used to  camouflage the presence of that little , old necessary building out among the outbuildings of one's home property. However that is just interesting trivia, not the cause of my remembrances.  My grandmother, Clara Ceclia had a clump of Goldenglow at the base of the  outdoor staircase which led up to her home. In late August, often just before school started up again, after the summer holidays I would delight in their beautiful golden blooms, and before long the tall stems would be bending with the late summer breezes as they nodded a welcome  to me as I climbed the stairs to visit my grandmother.
These memories are refreshed in my mind every late August as the Goldenglo we have planted in our yard comes into bloom.  I had transplanted this flower from a find at an old deserted homestead many years ago and it' s  yearly blooming is an event which warms my heart every summer as it once more comes into bloom.
 I am linking today with Thursday's Challenge which today hosts the theme Rememberances. This meme can be found at :http://www.spunwithtears.com/thursday.html
 My appreciative thanks to the host of this fun weekly challenge.
Have a wonderful day everyone.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

H is for Horse Haul for abc wednesday

On the weekend we attended a horse pull or the term I am most familiar with is a' horse haul' The contestants; teams of work horses. were required to pull heavy loads a designated distance.





old friends meet and greet
crowds gather around the field
to watch the horse pull

pulling together
feat of strength and endurance
 thousand of pounds

huge hooves biting dirt
both resolved to do their best
heavy loads are pulled
harnessed workhorses
patiently await their turn
hitched to the post fence


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

D is for Dance on ABC Wednesday

My D  Daughter  was a highland Dancer and now my grandDaughter dances competively. Thus we spent many summer weekends attending highland games and festivals in our area. I love the music of the pipes and the beautiful swirling colours of the Dancer's kilts. And most exciting of all are the awards ceremonies  at the end of the day's competition when the Dancers receive recognition for their Dancing skills in the form of medals and/ or trophies  for the highest scoring  dancers who receive a high aggregate trophy.
above Dancing the Reel
shown above and below, the Sword Dance.  A Dancer must NOT touch the sword during their performance



shown above and below, the Highland Fling



                                                     It was a successful Day of Dancing

I am linking today to  ABC Wednesday round 21, the link to this very interesting meme of a different  alphabet letter being represented each week, can be found at: https://abcwednesday.com/
My appreciate thanks to those hosting this meme.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

B is for Birchbark for ABC Wednesday

These photos today for B are old items made from birchbark that I have.  They were primarily made for toys or to sell to tourists
.
This first item is a picture frame sold in or made in Cacouna, Quebec as a tourist sale item. Above, the back of the frame where the grain of the birch can be seen. Below, the front of the frame with the words cacouna Quebec at the bottom of the frame.
Below I have two toy birchbark wigwams to include., Shown below. you can see a portion of the white birch bark in the interior of the wigwam.
This one above was decorated with an imaginative flair  including a black bear on one side, also within are sticks piled ready for a fire.

  On its opposite side there are two paddles being handy and ready for use.

My last item is very old and small, being about two inches long.  It is a birch bark cradleboard complete with a baby.
I am linking today to ABC Wednesday Round 21 which can be found at.
http://abcwednesday.com