Friday 31 August 2012

Dawn Travellers

The pups and I try to start our walk just before the sun rises
at the moment

because as soon as the sun appears

wave after wave of honking geese fly over us

some more organized than others.

We sometimes aren't the only ones watching

 as a gazillion starlings fill up every inch of telephone wire!

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Itching To Get Back To Stitching

This morning's walk reminded me of my dappled sunshine piece

The new day sun shone through
tree trunks and leaves

warming specks of woodland floor.

We climbed above the clouds

and looked down on the cloud filled valley.

Still busy entertaining.

Monday 27 August 2012

A Quickie of a Week


Spending time with Humpback whales and Right Whales 
Oh so special

A day at Gaspereau Valley vineyards tasting delicious wines
then I got a day off sightseeing and happily
spent the day with 18 lovely textile artists.

Thursday 23 August 2012

Skins of Ancient Trees

Still standing but only with the support of others
a hollow tree with only the bark remaining

I'm sure it provides shelter for many a woodland critter

mosses have settled on it's outer skin

all wrinkled and gnarled

Some bits look more like pebbles than tree bark.

Apologies for not responding to comments at the moment
but hosting visiting family leaves not much spare time!

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Watching Whales Watching Us!

You have to trust me!
That disturbance in the water
is nothing less than the endangered
Right Whale
There are only  about 400 left in the world
What a privilege to see one.
We did get closer but I never snapped at the right moment!

Here on the other hand is a young humpback
really playing up to the cameras
and causing his mother all kinds of grief I expect

He gave us a sideways view of his tail

and mother would come close and nudge him

then they dove deeper revealing that lovely arched back...

and a flip of the tail.
Each tail has it's own unique markings
which allows researchers to identify every humpback.

All of a sudden in the distance another calf breached
then his mother showed him how to really do it.
(Not a very good photo but the only one I got)

We went in closer
and watched mother teaching her child
how to raise her fin high and smash it down on the water.
Probably trying to get rid of barnacles.

A special day.

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Fundy Trails

Through the woods

to a foggy shoreline
where inukshuks greeted us at every turn in the path

tall ones

and puddle standers

and even short and stubby ones!
What a pleasure
Thank you whoever you are

Then back up through the woods.

Monday 20 August 2012

Scratched with Thread

Happy to have found a piece of driftwood just the right size

A surprising week

Brother arrived on a jet plane unexpectedly
for a two week visit!

What a busy place Annapolis Royal was this weekend.
Every year artists descend on the town and set up their easels in every nook and cranny.
Then we hold a silent auction for the work produced.
Great fundraiser for our Community Arts Centre.
I don't know yet if I was lucky to get any paintings.
Will let you know.

Saturday 18 August 2012

Flights of Fancy

The geese were meeting below the dike.
And there he is again...the white one.

Something disturbed them...
my rusty pups I fear.

They swirled around

and flew right over my head...
what a treat!

Because brother from over the pond is visiting
here's the lovely Kentish village
our father came from.

I flew that coop
And now I live in the back of beyond!

Friday 17 August 2012

Colours Feathered

Goose-like perhaps!

I'm liking the brown feathering

Some feathers have twisted themselves into tails

And some feathers are floating on the basin.

Thursday 16 August 2012

Goosey Gatherings

Honking gaggles of geese
flew in over us from every angle
over the marshland

over Annapolis Royal

Over Fort Anne

One noisy honker was white
Do you see him?

Half an hour later
as we returned from our walk
I wondered if we would see them again.
And then from behind the long grasses
a couple appeared

Then more followed 

and more
and even more.
What I liked was the random patterns they formed on the water.
But you must be bored with all these goosey photos!
They were gathering on the basin
seems very early in the season
Wonder if they know something we don't.