Spring has Sprung

….despite the cold temperatures there are signs everywhere that spring is here

Today the sun is out and the temperatures are above freezing….momentarily.

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People soaking up the sun
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Saw my first crocus on my walk yesterday
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…snowdrops
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My daffodils are beginning to rise up
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Tulips are in abundance in the markets

RDP – Quest for the Perfect Shot

thanks to the Ragtag community for hosting RDP https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2023/02/17/rdp-friday-quest/

I’m always searching for the perfect or at least somewhat interesting photo when I’m out walking. On days like today when the temperatures have dipped below freezing and there’s a brisk wind in your face it’s uncomfortable taking off your gloves to shoot that perfect shot. I have come up with ways to warm up my hands when I put the gloves back on but I am definitely fussier as to what I want to photograph.

Today on my walk in the park I managed to get a shot of the beach closest to the park entrance. After taking my first photo a flock of geese took off in the sky and I managed to grab another shot. I wanted to get a photo of the bullrushes that were shaking off their fluffy seeds but the wind prevented me from getting a perfectly focused shot. In the end I decided that the shots that I had managed to get were fine for today and because I was in danger of slipping into the pond if I got any closer to the bullrushes the consequences could have been very bad for my health and longevity.

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A Great Day to Pull Up a Seat and Enjoy the Sun

….thanks to Xingfu Mama for Hosting Pull Up a Seat https://xingfumama.blog/2023/02/10/pull-up-a-seat-photo-challenge-2023-week-6/

It doesn’t matter where you sit or what you sit on, these people were determined to enjoy the mild temperatures and sunny day this past weekend. Quite incredible when you think that it’s still winter in Toronto and barely the middle of February.

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January Buds and Greenery for Macro Monday

after such a mild January it’s not surprising that the shrubs and vines are confused

Since these photos were taken last week we’ve had snow but the temperatures are just hovering around freezing. Later this week that will change when the temperatures are suppose to drop to -24 degrees celsius.

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Water, Water Everywhere – January 5, 2023

thanks to Jez for hosting Water, Water Everywhere https://mamacormier.com/2023/01/04/new-flower-january-4-2023-white-hellebores/

So far 2023 has been very wet. Lots of rain and mild temperatures. I know lots of people prefer this to colder temperatures and snow but I am not one of them. Give me a day with big fluffy snow flakes and brisk temperatures in January. Come March I will start to look forward to the weather we have now but give me some winter first.

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Macros and Textures on a Wet Day

the New Year has not started out well for long walks

I ventured out into the backyard to see if I could find some interesting textures. It’s quite amazing how green everything is for January. I tried to go for a walk later in the afternoon but it really started to rain very steadily so I turned around and headed back to the house.

I’ve also been trying to rid the house of sweets. Somethings I just can’t bring myself to throw away but luckily many of them are wrapped and I’m less likely to binge on things that I have to unwrap. I love how cellophane reflects light and the candy cane topping has wonderful texture. The foil wrapped candy suggests that the candy inside has texture as well and it doesn’t disappoint.

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RDP – Solstice

thanks to Ragtag Daily Prompts for today’s word ‘Solstice’ https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/12/20/rdp-tuesday-solstice/

Winter solstice 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, Eastern Standard Time. It is also the first official day of Winter. Many parts of Canada have experienced winter weather since October and back in mid-November we had a blast of snow but for the most part winter hasn’t really started here. The temperatures are, however, finally starting to drop and any precipitation we get in the next week should be in the form of snow.

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London in the UK has already experienced more winter than we have here in Torontoview from our son’s flat

Sunset Over the Lake on a Chilly Night

after a long distance video call with our son

….I took his advice and went for a long walk along the water’s edge of Lake Ontario TV in the neighbourhood. It was above freezing but with the wind chill factor it felt much colder.

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All in all it was a beautiful night and I’m now closer to my daily walking goal.