Monday is Victoria Day in Canada. This weekend is traditionally the start of the gardening season, now that all threat of frost has passed. It’s also the time when people fill their swimming pools and set up their outdoor furniture or head north to open their summer cottage for the season. And, of course, on Monday there will be fireworks.
This duck was having a swim when I looked out, but by the time I grabbed my camera, all I could catch was a quick shot through the window of him on the side of the pool.
New life is popping up everywhere
and the nurseries have lovely selections of annuals to choose from.
And of course, there are snapdragons. A garden just isn’t complete without snapdragons.
“Today? Do you think she’ll plant us today?”
“I don’t know, the ground’s pretty wet.”
“Tomorrow then? She’s already put the others in a planter, why not us?”
“Seriously dude, I don’t think you should take it personally. She’ll plant us when she has time. Meanwhile, she gave us all the water we could drink this morning and it’s turned into a gorgeous day. Just relax and keep your head up.”
“I guess, it’s just that I’ve heard it’s fantastic to have somewhere to spread your roots out and settle in. I can hardly wait . . . tomorrow? Do you think she’ll plant us tomorrow?”
Ruffles enjoyed the recent photo shoot for The Wednesday Word. See also A is for Apostrophe.
Last week I opened the curtains one day to find the Easter Bunny getting in some relaxation before Easter weekend, so I snapped a few photos through the window. I realize that lying underneath something makes him feel protected from predators above, but I’m not sure how safe I’d feel under the decidedly off-balance flamingo planter.
While the bunny was relaxing in our yard, the neighbours had some friends drop by for an early spring swim.
We had a guest in our garage this week. I didn’t get a great shot of him because I have a new camera and I couldn’t find the green laser eye reduction feature.
The shore of Lake Ontario after a few days of steady rain and a strong east wind.
Forest path on a winter's eve.
We’ve had so little snow this winter that when it did come down one evening a few weeks ago, I rushed out to take some pictures. Even then it had already turned to rain and Chelsea kindly held an umbrella over me and my camera.
Today is the last day of the 2010 Winter Olympics. I’d forgotten how interesting and exciting the Winter Games are, with so many of the events performed at breakneck paces. The opening ceremonies were excellent and the Canadian team members set Olympic records and thrilled their compatriots with their accomplishments. It’s been a great event.
The still pose in the photos below is called a phoon. People are phooning all around the world,
in high places,
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
Sequoia National Park, California
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
with beautiful backgrounds,
and funny props,
with famous landmarks,
Eiffel Tower, France
and in places they don’t belong.
There are over 4,000 photos of people phooning at www.phoons.com. The pictures are divided into categories so you can even check by location to see if anyone in your neighbourhood is phooning. If not, maybe you could be the first!