Sunday, November 30, 2008

Highlighting Shadows: for Shadow Shot Sunday


For a brief few moments, the brilliant light from the setting sun drove away the darkening shadows of approaching evening and highlighted the trees and woods around my yard with gold!

My appreciative thanks to Tracey, at Hey 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.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Metal ::: for Photo Hunter

Having checked out this week's prompt for Photo Hunter and discovering that it was metal, I was on the look out for something made of metal while we were out driving today looking for hawks and geese. I found this wire fence, made of metal, surrounded by drying November grasses, and I thought it would be a rather interesting choice.

We had been quite successful in our hunt for hawks by finding a Northern Harrier and a Rough-legged Hawk, and also had located a large flock of Canada Geese; so we feeling pretty happy!

However on our way home our luck changed. Suddenly, hearing a loud 'clunk, clunk, clunk', as we were driving down the street we immediately stopped and found a big metal bolt, attached to a piece of metal strapping, stuck in our tire! And here was the result!Well, hey, it was another opportunity to take a picture of something metal, and Roadside Assistance was very friendly and efficient, and in no time we were on our way home again. Not quite the sort of metal pictures I had planned, but it was a good day, all in all.
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For more photos on this weeks theme of 'metal' 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!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Train Travel in Sepia ::: for Sepia Scenes

Looking back from where we had been aboard VIA Rail, somewhere between Quebec and Northern New Brunswick.
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Sepia Scenes is a meme hosted by Mary/the Teach and it offers the opportunity to share with others; beautiful scenes in sepia tones.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

River Ferry ::: for Watery Wednesday

Free transportation on this river ferry across the Saint John River at Westfield is part of our New Brunswick Highway system.
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Although these photos weren't taken recently they do fit in well with the season and the theme of Watery Wednesday. My appreciative thanks to 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this theme.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Views From a Train Window at Night: for Ruby Tuesday

Taken from a moving train, somewhere, sometime in the middle of a dark night.
Views from a train window at night aboard the Ocean, while stopped at a station, traveling on VIA Rail from Moncton, NB to Montreal, QC.
Looking ahead from the observation car.

Morning arrival in the big city!

To check out other Ruby Tuesday postings, just click HERE, or click on the Ruby on the side bar. My appreciative thanks to Mary/the teach for hosting this site.

Snowstorm: for Monochrome Monday


Winter snow has arrived and we are not all pleased!

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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, November 23, 2008

A Winter Memory: for One Single Impression

piecing together
computerized visual art
fragments from my mind


Remembering the brief rapture of stolen moments
between after school chores and suppertime

cold wind on my face
exhilaration of speed
sliding memories

rushing headlong, down the snowy hill
climbing up again, only to fly downward once more
each time the upward climb becoming slower and s l o w e r

then the call to supper

with red rosy cheeks and chaffed wrists
from snow clotted mittens
we would rush indoors to the parlor wood stove
remove our felts from snow clogged boots
and hang our melton snow pants nearby to dry
in readiness for another winter's day

These lines were created in response to the words, 'childhood memories', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Covered Bridge Reflections: for Photo Hunter

The Tynemouth Covered Bridge in Saint John County.
The Wheaten Covered Bridge on the Tantramar Marshes.
The Bloomfield Covered Bridge , Saint John County.
Reflections of the Boudreau Covered Bridge on a rainy day in Westmorland County.
Reflections within the interior of a Covered Bridge.

There are 63 covered bridges in the province of New Brunswick and I love finding them in those 'out of the way' places. I have photographed most all of them, with only about 4or 5 yet to locate. I still have many photos yet to post on my New Brunswick Covered Bridges blog. If you would like to visit and see more pictures of Covered Bridges, just click on the highlighted link.

For more photos on this weeks theme of 'reflections' 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, November 19, 2008

Winter Thoughts: for Sepia Scenes

Tho the winter solstice is not until December 21st it seems that autumn has been long gone. While looking out the window this morning and seeing fresh snow lying on the ground, I reflected upon the changes I saw around me; and had these thoughts on the ending of one season and the beginning of another.


Needles of pine quilt a soft warm blanket using
hushed hues of faded browns and yawning yellows
as Autumn prepares its winter bed

Northern vagabonds of wind and snow
whistle a warning lullaby of winter's approach
and Autumn falls asleep upon a soft white pillow

This photo above was taken a previous winter on a windy snowy day.

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

R is for Rocker Blotter: for ABC Wednesday Round #3

There is a certain joy in writing with ink. It flows. Wait long enough and keep the paper still and it will dry and not smudge.

Early inks were very wet. Moreover the swirls in distinctive handwriting also contributed to an excess of ink to paper. Needed - something to absorb, or blot the excess so as to get on with the day. Blowing on it helped yet could cause it to run.

The first 'blotters' were sanders; shakers of fine sand which was dusted on to the paper to absorb the excess ink. To the above left is a Chinese shaker decorated in the '1000 faces' pattern and the other is an elegant shaker made in France.

The practical answer however was 'blotting paper' - the Scott towel of handwriting. So what was the best way to bring the paper to the ink you ask? Why that cousin of the rocking horse - the 'rocking blotter' of course! A real winner.Blotting paper was attached to the bottom of a hand sized rocker - which was then gently cradled on a rocker to absorb excess ink.
The ubiquitous rocker was fashioned to suit all tastes and writing desks. In the sample pictures the oldest is a man's chip carved maple rocker from the 1800's. Also from the quill and stick pen era is an elegant sterling silver ladies rocker. The other three are from the golden era of the fountain pen, the 1920's and 30's. One in marble. A copper advertising sample and a tin version. The latter is somewhat 'revolutionary' with grooves on the side to assist rocking, rather than a knob.
The knob variously acts as a carrying grip, a means of rocking or of being unscrewed to attach and change the blotting paper. With a fresh blotter attached one can 'rock on'!
My thanks and appreciation to my husband David, for the sharing of his collection and his writing of this post.
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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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunlight in Sepia: for Sepia Scenes

Shooting towards the sun caused the strong light to reflect on the water and also created the glistening effect on the trees in the immediate foreground. what I really liked most was the sun lightening the ground at the rocky point under the trees there, making the tree trunks prominently visible. This was an interesting photo experiment with light and I like the way it turned out.

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

Monday, November 10, 2008

Red Sky: for Ruby Tuesday

The temperatures were high and warm one day last week in Montreal and the sunset at the end of day was very beautiful.
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To check out other Ruby Tuesday postings, just click HERE, or click on the Ruby on the side bar. My appreciative thanks to Mary/the teach for hosting this site.

Two Benches: for Monochrome Monday

Perhaps these two benches had been placed together, facing each other, in preparation for removing them to winter storage, but I like think they had been staged as an invitation for friends to sit together companionably while having a pleasant chat before continuing on with their walk in the park.
At Valois Park, Vaudreuil-Dorien, Quebec.

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.