I heard a weird bird sound and instinctively raised my camera to capture what I thought were great blue herons. Imagine my surprise when I realized their necks did not form the familiar s-curve of GBHs when they fly and also discovered these birds wore red on their foreheads!
Okay, I'm a novice birder so I get excited about such things. Sandhill cranes are not frequent flyers over central Ontario.
The countryside looks - to my eyes - a bit ragged these days. But there are also bright patches of colour. We're in between seasons here in Ontario. Summer is fading fast.
Largest square: evidence that many birds are molting and preparing to head south.
Moving clockwise: thistles (Cirsium) on this plant show various stages of flowering and going to seed, the blossoms of various species of goldenrod (Solidago) are flowering profusely along roadsides, arrowhead (Saggitatia latifolia) can be seen in full flower in shallow lakes and ponds, fox grapes are ready for picking (are you imagining yummy jellies?) and the first of the Michaelmas daisies (Aster) are announcing autumn's approach.
The remains of a legendary White Lady's Castle - a.k.a. the 3 Lakes Pavillion - sits atop a grassy knoll across the road from a sandy beach in Rochester, New York. It's said that every year, a ghostly lady in white is sighted there. The facts are sketchy as to the apparition's identity, but some local residents - especially teens and young adults - have been known to search for the White Lady.
How do I know this? The fellow you see behind the wall told me. He also told me the wall is what's left of a grand castle...
As seen from the road
but then he hastily
added - sensing my disbelief - this wall was actually a lookout point
built in 1911 for a picnic pavilion that stood behind it.
Behind the wall now
The pavilion is long gone. It fell into disrepair during the Great Depression.
Closeup of wall
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It was a dark and stormy... WAIT! It was dreary but not stormy on that morning a little more than a week ago when I photographed the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse from the harbor below.
Occupying a bluff above the Port of Rochester, the 40-foot tower was built in 1822 with another 12 feet of height to house the light - a lantern. Apparently the panorama from the top is a beautiful experience, but so far I have never climbed the 42 stairs and the 12 ladder rungs to find out for myself.
The keeper's house (in this photo behind the tower) was constructed in 1863 and is now a museum, currently showing the Lincoln and New York traveling exhibition, which is said to probe myths and controversies surrounding Abraham Lincoln. Hmm. Sounds mighty interesting to me...but I didn't see it.
Isn't he cute? Tai is mostly an indoor cat, although he is sometimes allowed outside on a leash. However, he'd LOVE to be an outdoor cat and tries often to escape. Luckily for his human mom and pop, the electric can opener usually entices Tai and his feline sister, Tasha, back into the house. Here he doesn't look at all like an escape artist, does he?
This afternoon, driving home from an emergency visit to a sick relative in Upstate New York, my husband and spied these cormorants in a tree next to the harbour in Hamilton, Ontario. Truth be told, it's amazingly easy to take photos of cormorants there.
A farmers' market and fields of onions and carrots
East Gwillimbury lies on the eastern edge of the Holland Marsh, an area
rich in fertile organic matter that retains water and nutrients.
Workers harvesting carrots
Other crops grown in the Holland Marsh include cabbage, spinach, beets, bok choy and other Asian vegetables. Some of the veggies will be sold at the Farmers' market in the first photo,
and some will be transported to towns and cities in the Greater Toronto
M is for MILL
This old grist mill is an Elora landmark and the only five-story mill left in Ontario. A few years ago the mill was renovated and converted into an inn but in November 2010 it closed. Now plans are under way for a historical restoration (whatever that means) and renovations, especially to the roof.
In sepia, the east side of the mill
Taken from upstream, the second photo has an old-timey feel. Signs on the temporary fence on the other side of this building (which you cannot see) say the inn will reopen in 2013. Apparently there are plans for expansion on the south side of the river so that eventually there will be 75 guest rooms as well as commercial and retail space.
The west side, which is downstream
I am sure the renovations will be good for the town's tourism, but I will be sad to
see the derelict buildings torn down on the south side of the river (where I was standing to take these photos), which I fear will be a must.
Right now they are great places to photograph, and I will post some of my latest photos soon.
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Everything looks brighter and cleaner this week now that we've gotten rain here in Central Ontario. Queen Anne's lace is fading and some varieties of goldenrod are beginning to bloom, so I know autumn is on it's way. But it's not here YET.
Largest square: wasp on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata); golden rod (Solidago ssp.) not sure which one; chicory (Cichorium intybus) still blooming like troopers; spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa); common tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)) and nodding thistle (Carduus nutans)
Please note: I include botanical names because so many common names change from region to region but botanical names remain the same.
Although Central Ontario has not been as hot and dry as other places in North America this summer, it has been warmer than usual and - until last Friday - we needed rain. Well we finally got some. A lot, in fact. If you look closely at the dirt road in the foreground of the above photo you can see a narrow but deep gully. Road crews and city workers were busy this past weekend.
Foggy under threatening skies
The sun was trying to peek through the clouds at my back.
Raindrops still dripping off wild apples
The tree on the left of the above photo is an apple tree. I bet the horses that live on the farm will be eying them soon.
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