A Three Day Blow

….it wasn’t windy but you wouldn’t have known it from the waves that hit the shoreline

Up at the cottage when the waves come in off of Georgian Bay they usually last three days. We’ve always called it ‘a three day blow’. This week we seemed to be experiencing the same thing here on Lake Ontario. There was very little wind but the lake was rolling in like we were in the middle of a storm. The first set of shots were taken in the evening two nights ago and the following were taken the next day during the day.

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Lens-Artists Challenge – #53 – Your Choice

….thanks to Amy from The World is a Book for hosting the Lens-Artist Challenge

Congratulations to all the lens-artists who are celebrating their first birthday with this challenge. Amy has chosen connection as her theme.

My special connection takes place on the beach at Christian Island where the forces of nature never cease to amaze me. Every year the shoreline changes as the waves erode the plants when the water levels are high and when the levels are low we are blessed with a massive beach. This year the levels are high and the invading plants and trees have been washed away.IMG-2906
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Nature’s Ice Sculptures

….with the spike in temperatures this weekend I’m not sure how long these will last

Unlike parts of England where they are already contemplating spring, we will certainly see more snow and ice and low temperatures. Right now we’ve gone from an Arctic Vortex to above freezing in a matter of days. It’s not very pretty out there with all the slush and run off from the snow banks. Fortunately I went out on Friday and found these beautiful ice sculptures along the shores of Lake Ontario just a couple hundred metres from our house. The ice is created when the waves hit the rocks and come up over the banks onto the trees and bushes.

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It’s rare for Lake Ontario to freeze but you can see the ice flows close to the shore in some of these photos and yes those are swans out on the lake. Most of them have their heads nestled close to their bodies under their wings.

View From My Window

….on Tuesday there were still quite a few leaves left on the trees

Since Tuesday we’ve had high winds and a fair bit of rain. I was sure that most of the leaves would be gone within a day or two but there are surprisingly some very stubborn trees in the neighbourhood that are still showing off some beautiful colours.

Today was another windy, cold and wet day. From my window I could see that there are definitely fewer leaves and there were some serious white caps on the lake.

On Tuesday                                                                             

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“Every thing here looks squally.”

….from the program for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

squal·ly
[ˈskwôlē]

ADJECTIVE
squallier (comparative adjective) · squalliest (superlative adjective)
  1. (of weather) characterized by squalls:
    “squally showers”
    synonyms:stormy · gusty · gusting · blustery · blustering · windy · blowy · wild · tempestuous · rough

    The use of the word “squally” in the program described the atmosphere of dissent in the rural areas of Upper Canada in 1837.

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