The leaves are gradually changing colour, lighting up the early Autumn landscape with splashes and swaths of glorious orange, gold, yellow, red, burgundy, crimson, brown and maroon splendour. In a week or so, the forests, roadsides and countryside will be at their peak, on fire with intense colour. Mother Nature’s fashion show: my favourite time of year is here again. I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy another Autumn in central Ontario.
Around every corner is yet another inspirational scene.
Yellow daisy-like flowers spring up every Fall along this section of our backroad. I couldn’t resist taking a video of them as they were gently swaying in the early afternoon autumn breeze.
They are bewitching in the sunlight, so bright and cheery. Maybe the flowers are nature’s way of reminding those who pass by to slow down and enjoy them for a moment for winter is on it’s way soon.
Marshland, grasses and ground cover is equally stunning this time of year.
Soon winter will be here and the landscape will be blanketed in snow. But, I’ll be content to revive these memories of this Fall’s colour show.
Such reflection will see me through the cold winter, through the new, bright greens of spring and, God willing, eventually to the enjoyment of the splendour of another Autumn.
This is by no means just an Australian issue. Elder Abuse issues and cases continue to rise in Canada, the US and the UK. In Canada, there seems to be little interrst or momentum on the part of the Federal government for a National Elder Care Strategy. Wearhousing seniors in long term care facilities also seems to be the only policy framework provinces want or know how to follow.
OTTAWA – High population density is a feature of most Group of Seven capitals — but Ottawa stands out among its international peers these days with an unusual demographic situation: a sudden influx of bears.
Black bear sightings surged of late in Canada’s national capital region. Conservation officials say they’ve already had to round up more than 30 of the large mammals roaming urban areas since the start of the month.
From a human’s perspective, the bears have been getting into mischief. Locals have seen them wandering along leafy residential streets, nosing through backyard compost containers and one was even spotted rambling the alleys of Ottawa’s touristy ByWard Market.
Many of the wayward animals, including the one affectionately nicknamed “ByWard Bear,” were seen or scooped up within a few kilometres of Parliament Hill.
by Ted Barris – Excerpt from Dam Busters – via msn.com
On May 16, 1943, an unprecedented operation was launched by Squadron 617 of the Royal Air Force. The mission was to destroy three German dams in the Ruhr Valley with a new kind of bomb, dropped from a low-flying Lancaster, to cause flooding and chaos, disrupt key industries and possibly shorten the Second World War. In Dam Busters, Ted Barris tells the dramatic story with a focus on the large number of pilots, engineers, navigators and bombers on the mission who were Canadian or trained in Canada.
Read Ted Barris’s full article here to learn more about these brave young Canadians and how their efforts helped stem German advances and lead Canada and the Allies to victory.
Source: Alberta’s Free Roaming Horses Society Alberta’s Free Roaming Horses Society and have just begun legal action against the Alberta Provincial Government for, what appears to be, a violation of their Statutes and Regulations with regards to capturing and removing the wild horses from Public Lands. They have been gathering documentation from Freedom of Information Requests […]
There’s much to be thankful for living in Ontario: a landscape complete with lush forests, countless lakes and rivers, a wide variety of wildlife, cities, and country roads dotted with villages and small towns. One of the most iconic aspects of Ontario’s landscape are the often endless rock formations. Especially in central and northern Ontario, it’s almost impossible to look around any local roadway, field or forest without seeing rock.
Living inland from Georgian Bay, the rocks running beneath local waterways and ground are all part of the Precambrian Shield (also called the Canadian Shield) – the ancient geological core of the North American continent. Covering an immense portion of Ontario, the igneous rock that makes up the Shield reveals themselves along every lakeshore, roadway and almost every forest, backyard and driveway in central and northern Ontario. This rock formation also towers above many Ontario highways. When driving along many of Ontario’s highways and bi-ways, it’s virtually impossible not to marvel at the sheer scale of the Shield, and the immense effort it took our forefathers and construction crews to ‘get through’ the Shield in order to build central and northern roads.
I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower. This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea.
The monarch and the bee had a bit of an aerial scuffle, but soon the bee moved onto some other tasty wildflowers and the butterfly was left to alight and feed for an extended period of time.
Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan
Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan
If you stop, look and feel nature for even just a short amount of time, you’ll experience a little, glorious heavenly shudder in your very soul.
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.