I finally got down to the Toronto Zoo this past Tuesday, at long last visiting the zoo’s ‘youngsters’ – white lion cubs, giant panda cubs, Juno (the cutest polar bear cub ever!), and Nandu the Indian rhinoceros calf. They were all adorable and active! The Sumatran Tigers are my favourite large cat species, and thankfully one of these beautiful cats was ‘on the move’ when I visited her enclosure. The white lions were also gorgeous, and being able to take a ‘family photo’ of all 6 atop their enclosure’s large rock was a perfect photo moment if ever there was one! The red pandas are just too darn cute, with their luxurious auburn/red coat, ringed tail and masked bandit face. Lastly, the majestic snow leopard was sleepily lying against the viewing window of her enclosure, so another perfect photo moment presented itself. A truly glorious day, filled with beauty and revelry for the diverse wildlife of which we share this planet.
No doubt, if you live in the country and love country-living as much as I do, you probably enjoy taking long drives down country highways and byways just to enjoy the sight of endless fields dotted with bundles of hay. Something primal stirs in my soul when I see hay in a field, reminding me how close we are (and should be) connected to the land. I also love seeing the creative hay stacks/bundles…. who knew there were field fish 🙂
This rose bush started out only a foot and a half tall, now it’s growing at an incredible rate and producing the most gorgeous yellow flowers with bronze/peach tones and a wonderful sweet fragrance.
Met this moose along Highway #124 near Sundridge, thankfully she was on the side of the road, heading into the field. Beautiful.
I love the country! Driving along the backroads, highways & byways of Central Ontario makes me so very grateful I live where I do. Summertime in the fields affords views of lazy haystacks and meandering meadows spotted with cows, horses and sheep. If someone were to ask me ‘what do you think heaven looks like?’, I would point to the fields along area country roads and say ‘this is what my heaven looks like’.
Just like Old Blue Eyes crooned, it’s been a good year for roses.
I love this country with my heart & soul. Land of lakes, rivers, moose and the Cambrian Shield. Born in Toronto but moved to the sticks when I was 10 years old. I’m forever proud to live and call rural Canada my home. I’m also blessed to work with some incredible First Nation people who have shown me just how truly wonderful this land is for people and our animal relatives.