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Browsing for Breakfast

On an early morning walk, we come across a lone heron browsing for breakfast.

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Slowly, silently slinking…  searching for a bite to eat.

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Warily walking and watching the water he sees…

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quietly enters the water.

His beak deftly pierces the water and comes up with something
for breakfast – but we couldn’t see the tasty morsel.

The lone heron browses until he is startled by a
walker’s ‘shoes on stones’ sound and he gracefully flies off.

Breakfast is over for the moment …

Early morning noise…

What is it? Look out the living room window.
A yellow machine up the road. A man in it. Another man by the side of the road. What is he doing?
Dress quickly. Add warm coat, wool hat and mitts, grab the camera and rush out the door.
Exciting morning. Watch a back-hoe clear snow out of a ditch to help icy waters flow through the drains.

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Man and machine at work.
Imagine how children would love to watch this on their way to school.

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I love to see the clean swathes of ice and snow
the back-hoe takes from the ditch.

Go for a walk…

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Slushy snow melts slooowly,

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and icy water makes small creeks

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and  large puddles.

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At roadsides…

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a frozen dinosaur appears…

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and a large, cookie face gives a crooked smile as I pass!

Signs of Spring: Hooray!

With a sunny 7 degrees today there are welcome signs of spring.

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A rhododendron escapes its cold enclosure
and its shiny leaves welcome the sun.

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Sedum spears appear as snow disappears.

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Rocks break out and absorb the sun’s rays whilst

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 dock wood dries out and feels warm again.

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But… roads soften and crack

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and garbage is uncovered.

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Thankfully and gradually, buds appear

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and burst in happiness against a brilliant blue sky.

A Walk in the Park

A walk in the park.
A short walk in the snowy park.
Delicate, soft snow. Deep, top-of-the-boots snow.
Grey skies overhead, clouds swelling

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 At the riverbank, bare branches protrude

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and summer grasses rest over winter.

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Snow slides down the bright, slippery slide: where are the children?

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A lonely leaf resists winds and hangs on as long as… ?

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Two dark blue berries hang on, too… for early birds in spring?

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Black and white reflections in dark, cold water.

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Through a pipe darkly: whooshing water
with receding ice
and a blanket of snow.

A walk in the park – and back again…

What happens when the water suddenly drops?

What happens to ice when the water suddenly drops?

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It’s left stranded…

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or it breaks..

Serious Snowstorm Number One

The first serious snowstorm of the season starts in the afternoon with bitterly cold, driving winds

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and the cedars bend and the birch trees shiver
in almost whiteout conditions.

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In the morning, the ‘double-shovel’ snowshoveller appears
and bit-by-bit, foot-by-foot pushes the snow down the driveway

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and then, the driveway looks like this.

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The big, yellow snowplough cometh…

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and the big, yellow snowplough goeth.

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Cedar Waxwings arrive; to see if the ‘double-shovel’ snowshoveller
and the big, yellow snowplough have done their jobs!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Beyond
What is beyond? What is in store? What will I see?
Beyond the creek…
Beyond the gate…
Beyond the shore…

B creek

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and beyond…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illuminate

Illuminate. A tropical beach.
Spectacular. Inspirational.
Morning and night.
Wake to the sun. Sleep to the moon.
Both illuminate.
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