Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sunrise: for Skywatch Friday

morning golden sky
a celebration of dawn
glorious sunrise

My appreciative thanks to Sandy, Klaus, Ivar, Wren and Fishing Guy for hosting Sky Watch Friday .

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Wood Pile: for Sepia Scenes

Our older home has three brick chimneys sitting on top of its gabled roof but two of them have been blocked, even before we bought the house, as they are no longer used. When our home was first built over a century ago, it would have been heated by wood but today we heat with oil.
Wood heating though has not gone out of fashion and homes on three sides of us still use wood as a source of heat as well as oil. It is not an uncommon sight to see a woodpile in a dooryard waiting to be used during the cold winter months to come.

Sepia Scenes is a new meme hosted by Mary/the Teach and it offers the opportunity to share with others; beautiful scenes in sepia tones.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Storm Clouds Moving In: for Monochrome Monday


Thank you to Aileni at Loose Ends for hosting Monochrome Monday. For other photos on this theme please click on the link or on the icon in the side bar.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

'pretend' Scary: for Photo Hunter

my Halloween witch
rides her broom in my window
light rays in her hair

Well, o.k., this isn't really very scary, rather its just 'pretend' scary for we are getting very close to that time of year when costumed ghosts and goblins knock on your door and shout 'trick or treat', and many Halloween decorations tend to be a bit on the scary side. This witch actually spends most of the year tucked away in a trunk and only makes an annual appearance each year during the Halloween season. With her hair flying in the wind, she rides her fabric broom over the colourful fall fabric hills beneath her feet.

For more photos on this weeks theme of 'scary' just click on Photo Hunter or you many click on the icon in the side bar. My thanks to tnchick for hosting this site. Happy Photo Hunting to all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scenes from my Window: for Sepia Scenes

Sepia Scenes is a new meme hosted by Mary/the Teach and it offers the opportunity to share with others beautiful scenes in sepia tones. For my first posting within this theme I thought I would highlight scenes seen from my window.
This is the time of year when the drop in tempera -tures and changing weather conditions often finds me looking out the window checking on the weather and the beautiful fall foliage before venturing out. This morning when I first looked out the temperature was at 0 C degrees and it was raining.
Looking out my kitchen window I see our tall, full sized statue is still looking good in her yearly Hallowe'en role doubling as a witch.From another window I see our garden cherubs are still resting on the side rails of our small bridge which crosses a sometimes water filled pretend creek. They are often kept company in the nightime hours by White-tailed Deer and Raccoons.
And lastly, another view from another window tells me that our optimistic, green, ceramic cat is still casting a hopeful eye upwards toward the bird feeder above.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

N is for Nib: ABC Wednesday Round #3

We have always written with a 'pen'. In the western world the pen's most common form was originally a quill from our feathered friends. Geese were popular. The quill had to be sliced to hold ink, and sharpened to write; then resharpened until pencil-like it wore out. That's what a penknife was for.
With the industrial revolution steel pens (nibs) were invented. These needed a pen holder, the shaft into which the pen was inserted. Still, unlike the man of steel, they wore out or clogged up with ink. But these were cheap and the penholder fancy.
Gold became the pen of choice. Tipped with iridium, it wore in, not out. And the shaft became a fountain, a ready pocket supply of ink. Ergo the 'fountain pen'.As language changed the replaceable ends came to be called 'nibs', and 'pen holder' reserved for the fancy desk resting place.But the nib, shaped to match the writer or the task, like music pens, stubs, accounting nibs, etc, is the pen's heart. N is for nib.
Text by David, photos by Ann.
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My appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for hosting ABC Wednesday Round 3. To view more ABC Wednesday posts via Mr. Linky please click HERE. For viewing the new format of ABC Wednesday Round 3 where all posts can be seen in the same place, please click HERE.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Walk Along a Woodland Trail: for Monochrome Monday

This is a beautiful walking trail that I sometimes take on my morning walks. Within this huge stand of old Pines and Cedars there are often Chickadees in the high branches that accompany me as I walk along, listening to their cheerful naming song. "chickadee dee dee dee".Part of this walking trail borders along a river and one day I saw two young fawn on the opposite shore. They paused in their browsing and watched when they saw me taking their picture. Thank you to Aileni at Loose Ends for hosting Monochrome Monday. For other photos on this theme please click on the link or on the icon in the side bar.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Driving My Shadow Car Home: for Shadow Shot Sunday

This shadow of my car, seemingly stretching out to the middle of the field alongside the highway, was taken a couple of years ago when I was returning home on a late December afternoon. I was so delighted with the shadow that was accompanying me as I was driving along that I had stopped the car and had gotten out to take this picture. The strong sun on the horizon was having lots of shadow making fun!
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My appreciative thanks to Harriet, the host of Shadow Shot Sunday for this interesting idea; for more information on this shadow meme,please click on the icon in the side bar.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Full Moon in a Cloudy Night Sky: for Skywatch Friday

The beautiful full moon called me outside last evening as clouds drifted through the sky, at times obscuring it from my view.




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My appreciative thanks to Tom, Sandy, Imax , Ivan and Klaus for hosting Sky Watch Friday .

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

M is for Magnificent Mulit-coloured Mountains: for ABC Wednesday Round #3



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My appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for hosting ABC Wednesday Round 3. To view more ABC Wednesday posts via Mr. Linky please click HERE. For viewing the new format of ABC Wednesday Round 3 where all posts can be seen in the same place, please click HERE.

Rainy Day View of Maples: for Watery Wednesday

The rain on the window pane distorted my view when looking out at the red Maples along my driveway.
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My appreciative thanks to 2sweetnsaxy at her Eyes Mind Heart blog for hosting this theme.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sun Rays: for Monochrome Monday

May the sun always shine in your own backyard;
wishing all a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving !



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Thank you to Aileni at Loose Ends for hosting Monochrome Monday. For other photos on this theme please click on the link or on the icon in the side bar.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Autumn Gold: for One Single Impression


gold in the river
horizontal reflections
twice reaping beauty

seasonal glory
mirroring nature's hurrah
golden conclusions

the allure of gold
entices me to remain
driving treasure roads
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These lines were created in response to the word, 'gold', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

L is for Lamb and Landscape: for ABC Wednesday Round #3


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My appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for hosting ABC Wednesday Round 3. To view more ABC Wednesday posts via Mr. Linky please click HERE. For viewing the new format of ABC Wednesday Round 3 where all posts can be seen in the same place, please click HERE.

Monday, October 6, 2008

St. Luke's: for Monochrome Monday


The church in the valley.
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Thank you to Aileni at Loose Ends for hosting Monochrome Monday. For other photos on this theme please click on the link or on the icon in the side bar.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rain Clouds for Skywatch Friday

The rain has stopped somewhat now and the sun is starting to find its way through the clouds in places, but for the better part of the day we have been experiencing cloudy skies and rain.
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My appreciative thanks to Tom, Sandy, Imax and Klaus for hosting Sky Watch Friday .