Saturday, January 31, 2009

Moccasins: for Saturday Footwear Fever

For cosy, indoor comfort during the wintertime, my favourite daytime footwear are these North American moccasins . I had purchased them in Northern Ontario in the early 2000's. The beautiful bead work is a characteristic feature of this sort of leather footwear.
These little, miniature ones, shown to the left, are much older. They were found at a flea market and the elderly lady selling them, had owned them as a child. The ruler used to show their size measures in inches. This second miniature pair had been given to me by an Ojibway family from Mani- toulan Island, honouring our friendship when we had lived as neighbours in Toronto.

To join in on this new meme, Saturday Footwear Fever, just click on the highlighted name or the badge in the side bar.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Skelton Key: A Simple Thing for Thematic Photography

The other day we wanted to have a duplicate of a key made, and of all the shapes and designs of templates available, a match could not be found to ours at that particular counter. Perhaps there's not much today that beats the simplicity of a skelton key. One size fits all and you could probably have purchased one in a hardware store.

I decided to check it out to see if that fact held true, that the one key would fit in all and so I tried it in three of the doors in my more than a century old house. And it did!

"simple" is this week's theme at the thematic photographic meme . For more pictures and information of how you can join in on the photo sharing too, just click on the highlighted name.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ice Fishing: for Watery Wednseday

Perhaps this might be stretching the theme just a bit for the water is frozen. But this is a fishing area at this time of year and the little buildings out on the ice are ice fishing shacks. And if you're not yet convinced that this is a watery area, just look at the lighthouse on the shore!

The theme of Watery Wednesday is water, and for a wonderful variety of watery scenes just click on its name! Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this site.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Incoming Ship: for Monochrome Monday

This winter landscape was taken from All Saints Rest Beach looking out at an incoming ship on the Bay of Fundy heading toward port at Saint John, NB.

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, January 25, 2009

Amber Rhinestones; for Mellow Yellow Monday and Macro Monday


Its fluted yellowish striped wings
studded with amber rhinestones
captured light from the window landscape
as my camera harvested its beautyI don't know how long its been in my sewing box, or even where it came from, but I suspect its a left over treasure, a tiny two-inch souvenir from my antique period when I had a little shop for a couple of summers. While lying amid my sewing things its semi transparency can be seen.

When held up to the full light it takes on a trans- formation of beauty, changing its appear -ance with the direction and intensity of light that it encounters and absorbs.
How pleased I am that Drowsy Monkey of Ontario has created this relatively new meme, Mellow Yellow Monday. Its an inspirational place to post things that are yellow and also a place to view other beautiful 'yellows' posted to 'Mellow Yellow Monday' Just click on its highlighted name or on the badge in the side bar to get there.

And for more macro shots you can go to 'Macro Monday' to see some really close, close up photos! Just click on the highlighted link or on the logo in the side bar.

Having Time: For One Single Impression

reflective thinking
years pass quickly and are gone
if only I had time

six decades between
making time, taking the time
building memories

These lines were created in response to the words, "If only I had time", which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Deer in the Meadow: for Scenic Sunday


A deer in the meadow
stood still in the moonlit night
with the snow falling all around
before journeying on its way


Beauty surrounds us. To view more Scenic Sunday photos just click on the highlighted name or on the badge on the side bar and enjoy this meme.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Eyes in Wood Surprise; for Thematic Photographic 33

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched? Its quite a surprise when you discover the eyes!! And then beak! And then you see the Owl that you seek; embedded in the knots and wood grain of a little trunk that I have.The Owl in the trunk is actually the second Owl we have found in our home; for we have been aware of another lurking in the wood knots on the end of our kitchen cupboards for many years now.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered just last week it had been fleshed out by someone with a marker! That was a surprise too!

Each week Carmin Levy presents a photographic theme and this week he has challenged us with the word 'surprise" at his thematic photographic meme . For more pictures and information of how you can join in on the photo sharing too, just click on the highlighted name.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mellow Yellow in My Kitchen: for Mellow Yellow Monday

I have been looking forward to posting to this new meme, "Mellow Yellow Monday," and while preparing my morning cup of tea I was thinking of possible pictures to post. Maybe a field of yellow dandelions would be refreshing to look at for it would be in such contrast to the view outside my window this morning of a cold, white, world with the snow still coming down. While thinking I was also looking around my kitchen and noting some of my favourite old 'yellow' things I had surrounding me. On the microwave is a yellow glass pedestal fruit bowl with pears and bananas in it and in front of the bowl a pottery three-in-one sort of planter, filled with crayons awaiting the visit of some little ones who love to draw and colour. The antique 'string holder' yellow cat is a special favourite of mine. If I put a ball of string in the back of it the string would hang out of its mouth. On the wall by the door is a visual memory of the years I lived on the Alberta prairies in the form of a painting of golden, yellow canola fields which I had painted in 1993.
Another favourite piece, on top of my refrigerator, deserves mention too while these decorative cows graze contentedly around this old antique, butter crock, which is now used as a catchall for this and that.Just a quick look in the dining room at two other favourite antique pieces will complete this post. Above a bowl with matching candlestick holders and to the left I have included a showy cream and sugar set which has a geometric black and white border.And for a final view from my kitchen, this one being out my window. As we are in the midst of a winter storm this sidewalk snow blower passing by gives me yet another glimpse of yellow to share.

To view other beautiful yellows posted to this 'Mellow Yellow Monday' just click on its highlighted name or on the badge in the side bar.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Snow Squall: for Scenic Sunday

Suddenly the wind came up and with it came a flurry of whirlwinds of snow tossing the tall branches of the Willow upon a sea of blustery white.

For more Scenic Sunday photos just click on the highlighted name or on the badge on the side bar.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Aged in Sepia Tones: for Sepia Scenes and Thematic Photographic Meme


Found discarded many years ago in the remains of the rubble and boards of an old farm, this would have been the cover to an old wooden tool box, or perhaps just a storage box for personal posses -sions. Once it was attached to the box by a leather strap and nails, today only one strap remains. It is old and aged.
If you enlarge this photo above you can see the same pattern of 5 nails used to hold the strap in place to the upper left of the wooden cover as well. The leather strap is missing but the nails have remained.

"aged"
is this week's theme at the thematic photographic meme . For more pictures and information of how you can join in on the photo sharing too, just click on the highlighted name.

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, January 13, 2009

Melting Icicles for Watery Wendesday



The theme of Watery Wednesday is water, and for a wonderful variety of watery scenes just click on its name! Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this site.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dreaming of Summer: for One Single Impression




In my frozen land of ice and snow
Only in dreams can seasons blend
During cold winter nights

The temperature reading this morning at the time of posting:
-19ยบ Celsius brrrrrr...

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

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bench Shadows in the Snow: for Shadow Shot Sunday


Taking the original, shown to the left, I used the Photo Shop filter, 'poster edges', to turn it into a bit of a 'looking like a sketch ' finish.

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.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Winter Sunset from Yesteryear: for Skywatch Friday

These two, tall water pumps used for refilling steam engines are no longer there, and this photo taken in the early 60's, is a reminder of changing times. However the beauty of a winter sunset prevails throughout the decades. Below, another sunset on a reminder of vintage railroad days, a caboose. Happy Skywatch Friday to all!

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

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter White 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.

Icy Roads: for One Single Impression


polished skin of ice
precarious winter drive
on my country roads

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