Daily Walk: Signs of Spring in Canada

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted one of my Daily Walks. To be honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot that really enticed me to take pictures!

I mean, I still walk ever day (almost) and as long as you’re dressed for the weather, it feels great to be out. The air feels fresh and crisp. The birds are chirping. My dog Burger is running around like the crazy goof that he is!

This winter here in Atlantic Canada has been a mixed bag, but relatively mild. There wasn’t even a lot of snow compared to years past. Global warming, maybe?

The snow was gone until we had a snowstorm last week. The rain washed it all away, and patches of dirty white stuff is all we have left.

Signs of spring: I’ve seen robins! But they were too quick and too skittish with Burger running around for me to get a photo. But I did get a picture of the first pussy willows!fullsizeoutput_531

On my walk yesterday, I saw a Red Winged Blackbird. It was too quick and too far away for me to get a decent picture. There was a pair of them last year so I was excited to see them back. Well, at least one of them is back!

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Nope. It’s not the Loch Ness Monster.

I watched this little guy swim all over the reservoir. When he finally peeped his head up and saw me, he jumped up in the air and splashed straight down into the water with a slap! My guess is it’s a beaver. They slap their tails on the water when they’re not happy and I don’t think he was too happy with me watching him!

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At the park, I often see Mallard ducks and Canada geese, but this little duck is one I’ve never seen before. There’s about five of them, one of them being white. They are pretty elusive, they keep their distance from Burger and I so it’s hard to get a good picture.

 

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Photo of a Bafflehead duck from the website Natural Crooks-An Honest Crook Shares Her Love of Nature

 

I’m thinking it’s this little guy on the left. It’s a Bufflehead duck. The males have the white whereas the females are dark.

Baffleheads normally stop over in Lake Ontario before heading north to nest, so I can’t help but wonder if they got a little lost along the way.

They’re pretty cool to watch, especially when they dive and disappear.

From what I’ve read here, they eat mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic invertebrates. I hope they get enough to eat!

How is spring coming along where you live?

If you’re in the southern hemisphere, what’s your fall like?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jo-Ann

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Freezing Fog

This morning, as I was making breakfast, my youngest son came bursting through the door after walking the dog.

“Mom! You gotta come outside!”

He ran upstairs, back down and outside before I could get my boots on. I didn’t know what happened. Was someone hurt? Was there an accident?

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“Just come and see!” He left, leaving confused looks between myself and my oldest son.

When I got outside, I could see why he was so excited.

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My iphone pictures cannot do this wonder of nature justice. It is apparently caused by freezing fog. Gorgeous ice crystals were on every tree, every branch and it was stunning!

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These crystals almost look like thorns

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Above is the view looking down my street. As far as the eye can see, the trees are white crystals. Gorgeous!

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Jo-Ann

Glove Love: Lost and Found

This is not a Valentine’s day post. This story is about a lost glove.

Ya Gotta Have Good Gloves

Living  in an area with crazy winters, it’s always important to have a good pair of gloves. For years, I always had to have had a nice pair of leather gloves. I’d get them in the fall, or as a Christmas gift, and by February the left glove would be gone. Always the left. Why the left?

The only reason I could think of is it would fall out of my pocket when I was getting in and out of the car.

My Favourite Gloves

I got smart a few years back, and bought two pairs of inexpensive, but nice gloves at Costco. Two pairs, so if I lost one, I’d have a backup. I have had the same gloves for about four years running now. They were my warmest, comfiest, most favourite gloves I’ve ever had. I was feeling pretty proud of myself , too that I still had both sets of gloves.

Until this year.

One Missing Left

When I unpacked the winter clothes, there was a left glove missing. I was down to 1.5 gloves. I thought it would show up eventually. It didn’t. I still had a backup pair, though, so I was okay.

Until Friday two weeks ago.

Two Missing Lefts

I lost another left glove. I was down to two rights. I’d made quite a few stops all over town that day. It could have been anywhere. Honestly, I figured it was gone. I didn’t cry, but I wanted to. I could only hope that it would turn up eventually!

Well! You can imagine my surprise when I found it at the dog park! Trapped in the ice.

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It was hard to capture in a photo just how deep in the ice my poor glove was stuck. I tried tugging on it and there was no way it was moving. It was solid. It didn’t help that the glove itself was filled with ice, either. It was filled up like a glove balloon.

I planned on coming back the next day with tools.

The next day was freezing rain. I skipped my walk and forgot about my glove.

But the day after, Wednesday was mild and rainy. I thought for sure I’d be able to rescue my glove.

IMG_5780We were closer, but Burger said no way. I was able to pull two fingers up, but he rest was still solidly in the ice.

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By Friday, everything was frozen solid again. You can see where I got the last two fingers to stick up. I tried chipping some of the loose ice around it, but it was still in there good.

 

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Saturday, I brought help with me. It was time to excavate the glove.

 

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I recruited my husband and son to retrieve the sword from the stone…er, the glove from the ice. We brought a flat bar, a hammer and pliers.

 

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Digging away.

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Getting closer!

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Finally! My poor, frozen solid glove! Rescued! Thanks to my knights in shining armour!

Daily Walk: Ice Crystals

Today was cold, damp and overcast. I did not want to go for a walk. Burger dragged me out, and I’m so glad he did. Once again, we headed to the trails. In the woods, we were protected from the windchill which was down to -16oC (3.2oF). Once you get walking, it’s quite lovely and comfortably warm.

Burger found this frozen pool with the prettiest ice crystals on the surface! It looked like snow that had settled on the top, but not quite.

They were even present on the brook. The water was still running, but with thin sheets of ice on the surface.

Closeup of the ice particles. Looks like Jack Frost was here. I love how that little branch sits on top of the ice, completely crystalized.

Crystalized branches on the side of the brook.

What’s the weather like where you live?

Thanks for visiting,

Jo-Ann and Burger ❤

 

Daily Walk: A Little Snowshoeing Anyone?

We got another nice dump of fresh snow this week! I was quite content to stay in and enjoy my nice warm house but Burger had other ideas. I wasn’t up to braving the dog park with its wide open fields. There was too much wind, (or so I thought) so I figured the trails on the other side of town would be perfect.

Here, there are lots of trees, and it’s protected from the wind. But, I thought the trails might be a bit hard to navigate with all the snow. About 15-25 cms had fallen, and walking in snow that deep gets hard on the legs! So, I threw on my snowshoes and off we went into the woods!

The sky was such a gorgeous, intense blue! It was a beautiful day and surprising mild. I don’t think I needed to worry about the windchill after all, but it was nice to be on the trails!

The trails wind around this pretty brook. I love the way the snow is so heavy on the trees.

 

Here’s my happy pup!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jo-Ann and Burger

Daily Walk: Icy Reflections

Most of these photos were taken on Friday. It was such a gorgeous day, the temperature went up to 12oC, the snow was melting and the ice had the gorgeous, shiny and reflective glow to it! 

We crossed the brook, still quite frozen, but ice water was burbling on top and  just beneath the surface.  It was very calming and peaceful. Only the day before, this brook was a solid block of ice but now a fragile crust covers it.

See how slick the ice surface is? I love how the sun pops through the trees here. The reflections are beautiful!

The sun is a brighter here on the other side. So pretty!

Check out the difference between Friday and Monday! I took the picture below from the almost the same spot beside the same tree. It was pretty grey this morning but the reflections are still there. The snow is all gone, the pond is still frozen.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos from our walk. Thanks for stopping by!

Jo-Ann and Burger

Daily Walk: Fresh Snow!

When I looked outside this morning and saw freshly fallen snow, I was a bit worried. I hoped it wouldn’t be too cold for a walk and I really hoped there was no wind to add to the windchill. As it turned out, it was a gorgeous morning. Only -3oC and no wind.

There were no dogs around, but Burger didn’t seem to mind. He kept after me to make snowballs and throw them! He’d chase them down and ‘eat’ them. It was hilarious watching him to to find the snowball when he didn’t see where it landed!

The sky was a bit overcast, but the view over the hill was still a pretty one.

I’m linking this post up with the First Friday Photo bloghop hosted by Eden Mabee. Please drop by her blog and have a look around and leave your link in the linky if you wish to participate! The actual posts go live on the first Friday of each month.  In the case of this session, the posting day will be Feb 2.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in.  This isn’t a contest…  just a way to share a bit of love to the art of pictures.

Hoped you enjoyed our walk! Thanks for stopping by.

Jo-Ann and Burger

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Double Rainbow

It was late yesterday when Burger and I finally made it out for our daily walk, but it was totally worth it when we got to see this double rainbow!

Burger did some late evening swimming.

 

Late evening swim

 

There was some rain sprinkles, but it was warm and beautiful!  

 

 

 

 

We got out for a morning walk this morning.  The blueberries will be ready in a few weeks.

They still have a ways to go before they fill out and ripen.

Found this cute duckling swimming quietly beside us.

I loved the reflections in the little pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Later on in the day, my mom and I went strawberry picking!  The U-pick has been open for several weeks, today is the last day of picking.

The haul 🙂
Strawberries in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I hope you enjoyed the photos of our daily walk!  Do you like to take photos on your walks?   Post your your links in the comments so I can visit you!

Daily Walk July 14, 2017 and Mystery Plants!

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Burger and I went on a different route today!  We usually reserve this area for when its raining.  And, even though it wasn’t raining today, I felt like I needed a more intense walk than I get at the dog park.  So, off we go!

The trails here are beautiful, and follow a pretty stream for pretty much the entire 3km trail.

 

Trees form a huge umbrella over the trail for the whole route which is why its so great when there is rain.  It’s more protected than the open field at the dog park.

The only disadvantage here is that Burger has to be on leash the entire time.

 

 

He’d much rather run and tear and just be a goofy puppy!

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what kind of fungus this is!  Looks like a monster with really bad oral hygiene.  I’ve never seen anything like this before, have you?

I’ve tried doing a little bit of research to identify these little berries, but I came up empty handed.  They look like raspberries, but the plants are so tiny and low to the ground, the leaves don’t look like raspberry leaves either.

These are wild blueberries that are due to ripen around the end of July or early August.  If you’d like to see them when they were flowers, you can see that post here.

This beauty was on the screen of my gazebo when I got home! I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure it’s a One-Eyed Sphinx.

I love seeing photos and glimpses into the lives of other blogs, and these are a few that I’ve come across and I thought I’d share for others to enjoy as well

My Window Miriam shares photos and a poem during her morning retreat.

Invisible No More Not a walk, but gorgeous photos of step by step apple pie.

Growing Self Roda’s photos: Nature’s collage.

Daily Walk July 6, 2017 and SORRY!!

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So, not long after I posted this Daily Walk on Friday, and notified the lovely blogs below that I featured their photos, I realized there was something very wrong with my blog.

If you had tried to visit you would have seen the title of the post and the featured image.  Nothing else.  No other posts, no sidebar, no comments. SORRY IF YOU CAME BY AND THERE WAS NOTHING HERE TO SEE!

It took me Friday night and most of Saturday, but it was apparently one of those Plug-in conflicts.  Right out of the blue, too.  I had take this post down as part of my troubleshooting. I hadn’t added anything new or changed anything here on the blog, but I finally figured it out with help from my host server!

To all those blogs that I posted links to below, sorry for tagging you and leaving you hanging!  

So without further ado, here’s the post that was supposed to be here on Friday!

Forget Me Nots by the stream
Forget Me Nots by the stream

These pretty Forget Me Nots by the stream caught my eye today.  

 

We have to cross over the stream to get to the trail in the woods.  There hasn’t been much rain lately, so it’s been no problem getting across today, but sometimes it can be deep and treacherous.  I’ve only fallen in once, so far.

If I hesitate jumping across at all, Burger goes crazy, jumping and barking.  I think he’s trying to teach me how to do it! LOL It’s easy for him, he just walks right through the water!

Multiflora Rose
Multiflora Rose

 

This one is for Nel at Reactionary Tales.  Nel was kind enough to inform me that these pretty flowers are an invasive weed.  They are growing in my garden and now I know I have to get rid of them!

These pink ones are growing like crazy on the back trails and I thought I’d share them.

 

Waterlilies
Who doesn’t love waterlilies?

I love this little patch of waterlilies!  They had flowers but the were broken off before they had a chance to bloom.  Not sure what happened there!  

I wish I could capture in a photo the way the sun dazzles off the water.  It’s so pretty and peaceful here!

 

 

 

I love seeing photos that other wonderful bloggers share! I welcome anyone who has photos of their own to put their links here so I can check them out.  

I’d thought it would be nice to share some wonderful blog photos that I’ve come across!

Courageous Living Journey  Photos of the hidden backyard of Croatia.  These photos are absolutely stunning and definitely worth having a look at!

Diary of a Bookfiend Look at Noriko’s gorgeous hydrangea photos!

Moohnshine’s Corner Patty’s walk while visiting family in Ohio…Beautiful!

Safira’s Journey Have a look at Safira’s bright, happy, colourful photos from her graduation.

Be Gentle. Be Beautiful Lainey’s hilarious and touching photos from her vacation.

Growing Self Roda posts the most beautiful photos, whether of her garden, her farm or around Michigan.  Have a look at her timber bridge post!

This Is My Truth Now Jay’s gorgeous terrace garden, with beautiful flowers and Cypress trees.  Love it!