Company along the road this morning

Lazy spring days

Taken along the bi-ways of Parry Sound District.

Spring’s Retreat

Like most of Ontario, cottage country received a nasty, albeit brief (I hope), reboot of winter over the last few days.  Winter tires were scheduled to come off this past Monday, then Thursday… now next Monday.  Seems winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet.  A couple of early robins arrived a few days ago to a snowy, cold, food-sparse landscape.  I hope they can hang in there a few days longer as there’s a wee bit of spring warmth coming – by mid-April.

The gardens are longing to shed their winter coat and get on with extolling spring’s promise of sunny, smiling daffodils and crocuses.


Backyard vegetation and garden bench covered with new snow.


Alas, this last breath of winter has been breathtakingly beautiful.

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Copyright @ Linda Sullivan

Now go away winter, see you in November!

Emerging

As the snow recedes, items left out last fall have begun emerging, reminding me of tasks left unfinished.  I meant to throw ‘ugly bench’ beside the shed, but alas, it was left to collect snow beside the walkway.  The emerging heads look at me incredulously… and they’re rather freakish.

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Ugly Bench – Quarlybirdy

Window on the world

Lucky to have a wonderful view of the wild birds that visit the feeders and hastily strewn peanuts at the side of the house.  Their visits bring joy to each and every day.

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February: winter’s showcase

As someone born in the month of sun and cold, I declare February to be winter’s showcase month!  Yes It’s cold, but the combination of bright skies upon the snow-laden landscape is unmatched.  Soon, spring will blanket the fields with green, and the lakes and rivers will flow again.  But for now, snow cover allows nature to rest, rejuvenate and replenish her strength.

I am grateful for winter.

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Signs in the snow

Our local turtle ponds have seen increased animal activity over the last 24-hours. Fox, deer, maybe even moose.

Happy trails – by Quarkybirdy
Zigzag – by Quarkybirdy
He went thata way – by Quarkybirdy
Beaver hut visitor – by Quarkybirdy
Animal Activity – by Quarkybirdy

Ushering in 2018

New Year’s Eve on the doorstep, and mother nature is preparing in style. 

Georgian Bay – Parry Sound, by Quarkybirdy

Island Queen at dock, Parry Sound Harboyur, by Quarkybirdy
Hoar frost on trees along Seguin River, by Quarkybirdy

Winter: harsh, but beautiful

Winter in central and northern Ontario is nothing short of amazing.  Yes, it’s often cold, the driving can often be tricky and, sometimes, downright hazardous, but there’s no disputing the beauty that befalls the subdued landscape when snow descends upon it from above.  As much as I miss those warm spring and early summer days, I do so love the crispness and quiet beauty of a cold winter’s day.

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There’s something quite humbling about a cold February day, with the sunshine tricking one into believing it’s warmer than it is while at the same time, casting gloriously bright sunlight across open spaces and upon snow-laden trees, lakes and roadways.

Spring brings flowers, summer the warmth, Fall, beautiful leaf colours, but winter, winter brings silence, a time of renewal, contemplation, and the promise of new life and growth in but a few short weeks.

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