Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Soft Laughter of April

Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers. 
~Byron Caldwell Smith

If I didn't hurry up and post again soon, you'd all think it was still winter in my world.

It isn't.

In fact, it has turned into lovely spring weather.

At least for now.

A couple of weeks back, Carol Anne and I took a day trip into Port Perry, Ontario - less than an hour from home. The day started off sunny, warm and perfectly lovely.

driveby barn
The best part about being a passenger is the opportunity for drive-by shootings - in this case, of a barn which caught my eye.

port perry
We arrived at Port Perry just in time to have a bit of a wander before lunch.

After feeding our faces, we looked around at some of the local shops. It's not a large town so we soon ran out of shopping spots and instead, zigged and zagged down a couple of side streets.

Ozzie aka Fang
One of those streets led us to Ozzy, this adorable eight week old French Bulldog pup.

Ozzie shake
He was irresistible, and he got lots of pats and belly rubs in whilst chewing on fingers and shoes. I managed one last photo of him in the middle of a good shake.

port perry about scugog
As clouds began to gather, we were indecisive about setting out for a walk which would take us farther from the car. We stuck to the nearby waterfront of Lake Scugog.

port perry before storm
It turned out to be the right choice. We knew that rain was expected and those dark clouds approached rather quickly.

port perry storm cometh
There's something beautiful about dark, gloomy skies - especially if you aren't far from shelter.

port perry storm approaching
By now the wind had also begun to pick up so we took that as our clue to get to the car and head home.

rainy windshield2
Five minutes into the drive, and the windshield looked like this.

spring willow
But all of that rain and subsequent sunshine soon gave us new growth like this.

spring blooms
And like this.

spring tree
And this.

sun setting on buds
And now, when the sun begins to set, the newly-budded trees are ablaze with colour and life once again.

Spring has indeed sprung.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Soft White Damn

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.
~ E.E. Cummings

There is no snow on the ground as I write this. In fact, it's been teetering between rain and freezing rain all morning. The following images were taken after February's big snowfall. Hopefully it was the last big one.

Peterborough after the snow
Stepping outside of my apartment, I can see that the parking lot and walkway have been shoveled. Not all of the roads and sidewalks were as clear though. Let's head out to the lake.

Peterborough after the snow2
If those slingshot chairs, aptly named The Launch Pad were real, they might just be powerful enough to send you out into the open water.

frozen little lake
A fresh snowfall makes it difficult to discern where the land ends and the lake begins. The tree does grow rather close to the water.

Peterborough after the snow3
This walkway leads onto a large T-shaped dock. It's mostly covered in snow but you can still make out the outline.

Peterborough after the snow4
You can see it a lot better from this angle. Just a few months ago, these guys were having the time of their lives fetching tennis balls thrown from the pier, into the water.

Peterborough after the snow6
This was as far as I could get around the lake. The snow was too deep to traverse beyond this point.

firefighter in snow2
In a different direction, this guy was accepting his fate of trudging through the snow.

firefighter in snow3
He had several metres of frozen hose behind him, too.

reflection in snowy red
Heading back toward home, this bright red truck amid all of the snowy white caught my eye.

snow covered little library
The Little Library was wearing its snowcap. Nobody had visited since the recent storm.

memorial centre after snow
This is the parking lot at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. It took a long time for those piles to melt. I do believe they're completely gone by now - more than a month after the snowfall.

snow melts away2
A few days later, warming temperatures made for a quick melt. Bright, late afternoon sunshine made for saturated hues. And puddles offered some colourful reflections.

golden blvd
Walking into the lowering sun made for golden light.

golden blvd2
The road that leads to home - where Netflix awaits.