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Weekend Reflections

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 18 December 2010 21 comments

Reflections from both sides of the river. Baren trees on the left and evergreens on the right.This was taken on a little foot bridge crossing the river. The wooden fence is cedar, used a lot for fencing as it lasts for years!

More reflections from all over the world to see at Weekend Reflections!

Weekend Reflections- Belfountain Park

Posted by Lorac Friday, 10 December 2010 26 comments

There is a nice little park in the small village of Belfountain in Ontario. Great place for a walk on a winters day. Here you see the reflection of the trees on the opposite bank, not the trees themselves.

So many more great reflections at Weekend Reflections!

SkyWatch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 9 December 2010 18 comments

Big Sky!
I took this just a mere four weeks ago. The weather changes so fast from November to December. As we have nothing to look at right now, it's just gray skies and no snow, I thought I would post a nicer picture for SkyWatch Friday from my archives.

Many more skies from the world over at SkyWatch Friday!

Watery Wednesday

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 7 December 2010 10 comments

Silhouette Mates for Life!
Steel grey water and evening light puts a pair of mallard ducks in silhouette.

Wonderful watery shots found here at Watery Wednesday!

SkyWatch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 2 December 2010 15 comments

The skies over Lake Ontario in November! Very chilly~ but lovely to look at!

Many more interesting skies at SkyWatch Friday!

Outdoor Watery Wednesday - Lake Ontario Ship Wreck

Posted by Lorac Wednesday, 1 December 2010 15 comments

I have always loved this old wreck on Lake Ontario. It conjurs up visions of Pirates on the High seas! I have visions of Captain Jack Sparrow swinging from the Crows Nest, brandishing a sword, whilst shouting orders to fellow Pirates down on the deck!

Truth or dare!

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 30 November 2010 6 comments

Ok, the truth is out! I am a follower of  the British soap "Coronation Street". Have been for years. I actually started watching when I was training as a paramedic on the ambulance. One of my tudor crew members was a big fan of Corrie and "forcefully" got me hooked on it.  I enjoy the down to earth characters, whereas the North American Soaps are all glam and everyone is gorgeous, on "Corrie" everyone is natural. There are though, a few "good lookers" on this show too, but in a natural way. Below is a video of a new release by one of the cast Katherine Kelly, who plays Becky MacDonald on the show. It is a winner! She really has a lovely voice! I hope you enjoy it.

Weekend Reflections

Posted by Lorac Friday, 22 October 2010 18 comments

Images of white birch and golden autumn leaves against a brilliant blue sky are reflected in a woodland stream.

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SkyWatch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 21 October 2010 23 comments

Although today it is cold and raining, the last couple of weeks have shown gorgeous Autumn weather. Lots of blue skies and even some warm days. This was one of them!
The sunshine on this unseasonally warm day shines brightly through the Maple leaves nicely dappled against the blue sky.

Always wondrous skies to see at SkyWatch Friday.

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Watery Wednesday

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 19 October 2010 8 comments

Canadian Geese in Autumn Glory

On a recent walk on the Bruce Penninsula Trails, I came upon a flock of geese amidst Autumn's reflections!
                                                      More Watery Wednesday here.

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Bruce Trail Walk

Posted by Lorac Monday, 18 October 2010 17 comments

 I walked a 5 KLM (3.5miles) walk yesterday. I have walked this Bruce Trail before but never in the fall. Although many of the colourful leaves are already on the ground it is still incredibly beautiful in the woods.If possible enlarge these pics. You will be glad you did. I started up this trail and instantly the wonderful smell of the woods in autumn flooded my senses. It is a sweet smell of the fallen leaves and damp earth. Better than cookies fresh from the oven!

Not far along I saw a pond off the trail and further into the woods. I couldn't see this in the summer but could now the leaves have fallen. The top of the pond is laden with colourful fallen leaves.

We get a lot of rain in the fall and therefore a lot of fungi grow. These are all wood fungi that grow on dead wood.

 Thi sI know is called Conch Fungi.

 I have never seen this type of fungus before. It looks like a waterfall flash frozen. If you can, enlargen this. It really is something to see.

Who could resist walking up along the  length of this log? I couldn't!

 I came across this large dead maple...I followed trunk up and was entranced with this colour.

 There are stiles to cross fences and wet areas along the way.

Not all areas in the forest are deciduous. There are lots of areas predominately evergreen too.

The fall started with wet cool weather. Summer ended abruptly but the last week has been great. Around 15 Celcius and lots of sunshine.

The sun was caught bathing in this shallow creek.

These trails are well taken care of by the Bruce Trail Foundation and volunteers. Walkways have been built over wet areas to allow dry passage.

Come visit again tomorrow! There is more to this walk.

The Scotch Block Reservoir in Autumn Reflection

Maple tree's brilliant colour!

 Scotch Block Reservoir splendour!

Sunlight backing the Maple leaves.

 Country road beauty.

 Would you like a walk in the country?

More people reflecting on many things at Weekend Reflections!
Wonderful sights at Scenic Sunday!

Sky Watch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 14 October 2010 32 comments

Blue skies abound in this October. Long shadows are cast over cooling days with only the brilliance of the autumn colours giving a show of warmth!

Country lanes awash with sunlight and fall splendour.

Autumn colour never lasts long enough. Soon it becomes a scene of shades of brown and cold November winds quickly followed by freezing landscapes and crisp winter air!

Many more skies from around the world at SkyWatch Friday!

Thanks to the Skywatch Team:

Poisonous Giant Hogweed

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 12 October 2010 10 comments

I was travelling a country road and taking some photos in Halton Hills, the area I live in, when I came across this sign. Of course this peeked my interest to look closer!

 I do remember news broadcasts that these were invading Ontario at an alraming rate. To be truthful, I didn't pay a lot of attention. Heracleum mantegazzianum or Asian Poisonous Giant Hogweed, is an invading species. Giant hogweed was first reported in Canada in 1949 and in recent years spread to Southern Ontario.
The concern is it's a very poisonous plant. If you get the sap from this plant on your skin it can cause severe blistering and ad burns. Sap in the eyes can temporarily blind you or it can be permanent! The burns can cause permanent scarring and any areas affected will be super sensitive to sunlight for years to come. It can take up to 48 hours after exposure for the symptoms to appear.

This photo I took below are of dead weeds, but they are still many seeds on them. I couldn't get over the height. These were about 10 feet tall! The plant can grow up to six metres tall, with leaves as big as 1.5 metres across. It is identified by large purple blotches or striping on its stem.

 Below a few of the plants I saw these red markers from the University I think. Not sure if they are marking the seed fall area or new small plant growth.

 It spreads primarily by seeds. Seeds can be carried by vehicles, by people, by winds … it could be a bird. Every plant will produce approimately 500,000 seeds, so the spread potential is huge. This is one of the seed heads I found. You can still see many seeds still attached.


This is a photo below is of what the plant looks like in bloom. I have seen this before and not realized what it was. I thought it was a huge plant and pretty awesome looking and they are quite attractive to look at. I am glad that I didn't stop and take a closer look as I usually would!

Interesting find! Thought I would share it with you.

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 9 October 2010 8 comments


I loved this plant covered in Autumn leaves. I thought I would share it! I am off to the cottage for the weekend. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

SkyWatch Friday.

Posted by Lorac Friday, 8 October 2010 12 comments

Today it felt like summer again. I went out for a ride and came across this gorgeous area. I stumble across it every once in a while and then remember it's beauty.

The Scotch Block Resevoir  on a warm autumn day.

For more SkyWatch Friday from all over the world click here.

Watery Wednesday

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 28 September 2010 20 comments

Along a country road I saw another unusual old bridge with a wonderful little inviting creek running under it. The water is very clear and not very deep. I could see many little fish swimming around. Often these creeks will have small trout in them. Speckled are the most common and sometimes Brown Trout too. The creek is lined with tall cedars and in the creek at the side there is a little patch of the brown cedar seed husks. We live in an area where there are lots of little creeks, streams and some large rivers too. Travel down almost any country road and you will go over little creeks or rivers. 

This bridge is quite old and in need of repair or soon it will be gone! It is only one lane to cross it but there is little traffic on this road. Only local home owners.

Want to see more photos from all over the world? Click on Watery Wednesday!

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Silver Creek, Halton Hills

Posted by Lorac Sunday, 26 September 2010 6 comments

 I went out for a drive, crossed this old bridge and I revisited a spot I like to walk. I usually go to Silver Creek in the spring when the water is higher and rushing down the stream. Today it was a slow flow of water, speaking softly to the surrounding woods. I parked and went down the embankment to the one side of the old bridge.

 With this lovely pond on the other side. Lots of little minnows swimming in there.The fall colours really soften the picture.

This tree on the bank of the stream doesn't let anything get in it's way. Look at the bottom right. It is a home dug into the bank for some small animal.

 I am not sure what these fall wildflowers are, but they were everywhere and so pretty!

This little red squirel was chittering away as I walked in his forest. I must admit, I talked back!

Thanks for visiting!

Can you see him? Camera Critters

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 25 September 2010 12 comments

While driving up to my sons, a few klm's north of here, I saw a huge bird on the side of the road eating road kill. As I past I realized it was a Turkey Buzzard. I went back but it flew up into the forest. Can you see him? How many times would one drive by and never see him sitting as he is?

 He has seen me, I don't want to spook him.

Let me bring him a little closer.

Very ugly up close, but beautiful in flight, the Turkey Buzzard (Vulture) is a large bird. It has a wingspan of 170–183 cm (67–72 in), a length of 64–81 cm (25–32 in), and weight of 0.85–2.26 kg (1.9–5 lb). It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak. Its life expectancy in the wild ranges upward of 16 years, with a captive life span of over 30 years being possible.

The Turkey Buzzard is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its meals using its keen vision and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals.
Natures natural road side cleaner!
Many more Camera Critters here!

SkyWatch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 23 September 2010 18 comments

A harvest moon last night. Not since 1991 has a full moon occurred on the same night as the fall equinox, and it won't happen again until 2029.


Look for wonderful skies from all over the world at SkyWatch Friday!

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Fall has begun in Ontario! Farewell summer!

Posted by Lorac Wednesday, 22 September 2010 8 comments

Fall has begun. It really was a lovely summer weather wise.
 I will miss the bluest of blue skies!

Sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and making spider dogs!

Towels and bathing suits drying on the railing!

Boats at the dock waiting to go for a ride up the lake or fishing by the rocks!

Or just relaxing in the cottage, at the big front windows, looking out into the lake!

Although I did not get to the cottage as much as I would like this summer. I do enjoy the fall up there! The colours are so beautiful, the air crisp and clean. Great for getting the cottage ready for winter!

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