A Little Fall Colour

10 10 2010

 

The rural colours of fall - autumn in the country, Thanksgiving weekend trees, Canada

Thanksgiving Weekend - Rural Colours

 

We’re moving into the cooler weather now…not cold, except overnight where it dips down to minus 1 celcius already, but we’ve had a pretty wet fall. Most of September was rather wet with much cooler temperatures than we generally see in September. It was a little disappointing, really…we look at September as the last blast of summer, but this year it felt much more like the omen of a bad winter to come than the end of summer. We saw temperatures dipping down to almost freezing even at the end of August during the night, making for an early show of autumn colour. Normally the leaves

 

Rural Autum - trees on a hill. Thanksgiving Weekend, Canada. Fall colours.

Thanksgiving Trees

 

don’t begin to show the change of season until sometime in late September/early October, but 2010 brought the colour change while we were still counting off the days of August.

I really love the autumn…it’s blaze of colour makes our country surroundings beautiful, especially during the early periods of fall when the grass and some of the trees are still the bright strident green you see after a rainfall. The heavy night dews give the autumn grass and lawn a deep green we don’t see at other times of the year. Spring grass has a light fresh green colour, and summer grass has a

 

Autumn at the wildlife reserve - marsh in fall colours against blue pond with ducks and geese.

Langman Sanctuary in Autumn - Orillia, Ont.

 

slightly dry and sometimes dull green from the hot days and little rain, but in fall it’s simply that colour we call green – grass green. The bright yellows, reds, oranges and sometimes brown or melon of the leaves contrasting with that lovely green is a jaw-dropping blast in our part of the world. I love it. Crisp days of sunshine, blue sky, and even bluer water.

During the summer the water tends to get a little greenish here – that’s a sign of all the activity on our lakes – boaters, swimmers and more boaters, but in the autumn the lakes change to a deep blue. Probably because the waters are cooling a little, and probably partly because the boaters are gone for the season and the algae that gets churned up in the summer settles back down to the bottom. The colours of autumn reflect of the blue of the

 

Thanksgiving weekend at Langman Wildlife Sanctuary - ducks and geese on an autumn pond.

Reflecting Colours at Langman Sanctuary

 

stiller waters like they were reflecting off a mirror –  peaceful and gorgeous.

In Canada, we’re celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday this weekend.  We sort of look at this as the last official long weekend for things like camping, and summer cottages. Our area has many cottages that are winterized, but those whose cottages aren’t, close them up over the Thanksgiving weekend and tuck them in for a long winter. Boaters winterize their boats and put them into storage, classic car enthusiasts tuck their beauties into garages to keep themout of the winter snows and life slows down again for a little while. Tourists are mostly gone and we have our town back, stores have Halloween decorations one one side of the aisle and Christmas on the other side, kids are back in school, and the holidays are finished. At least until Christmas. Monday is our Thanksgiving (Oct 10), and we’ve spent the weekend working in the gardens getting them ready to survive the long cold winter ahead; we also usually spend time driving about the rural roads trying to record the lovely autumn colors.

 

A farm cart full of pumpkins for sale with signs.

Pumpkins for Pie

 

Autumn is short here – at least most of the time. You never really know when the colours will be gone. You can get up one day and see a glorious countryside full of colours you can’t even describe, and get up the next morning to trees that have shed through the night. At this time of year all it takes is a rainy, windy night and it’s over. The colours of fall lay strewn across field and pavement and lake, like so many pieces of confetti.

As is always the case, I’m not looking forward to winter at all. I hate the cold. I hate being cold.

 

 

 

 

More Photos from the Weekend

 

Rural roadside, Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada

Colours of Fall - Rural Roadside

 

 

A local farm in Autumn - Orillia, Ontario (Can.) - fall, autum, barn

Local Farm in Autumn

 

 

A farm field and laneway with a tree line full of colour - Thanksgiving Weekend, Canada.

Rural Autumn Laneway & Fields

 

 

Workhorses in October Field

Workhorses in October Field

 

 

Geese in flight, backlit by the sun from above. Langman Sanctuary.

Geese in Flight - Langman Sanctuary

 

 

Trumpeter Swan at Langman Sanctuary - October

Trumpeter Swan at Langman Sanctuary - October

 

 

Thanksgiving weekend at Langman Sanctuary - Trumpeter Swan

Langman Sanctuary - Trumpeter Swan

 

Anybody looking for images specifically for Thanksgiving and Halloween can find some more over in the royalty free stock photo section (did I mention, they’re free to use) on Free-3D-Textures.com. Don’t forget to check the graphics and .png sections too – they each have a few related images.

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Sometimes, Life is for the Birds!

1 09 2010

large plastic bird feeder shaped like a red barnReal birds that is. Living at the edge of city we get quite a few birds hitting up our feeders; sometimes, they fight over them. We have three good sized birdsmall sparrow perched at the edge of a roof feeders on the front porch, and in the back yard,  an old feeder my dad built that feeds a number of small birds in their own cubbyholes. The holes are small to keep the squirrels and larger birds out, so the feeder is suitable for the small yellow finches, the little sparrows and wrens, and the tiny chickadees. The feeders at the front porch dispense the feed onto a bottom platform and we generally get sparrows and yellow finches, but also find ourselves inundated with starlings, and on occasion the large crows and blackbirds try to feed off them too. When there’s a fight over the feeders, they swing back and forth small sparrow perched at the edge of a rooftopspilling the millet and sunflower seeds onto the front porch, bringing the doves who prefer to feed off solid platforms as opposed to swinging bird feeders. Having a pond and birdbath with moving water adjacent to the feeders also helps bring the birds into the yard.

Not far from our house is a large wooded area open to the public which is known as “Grants Woods”. This used to be a private estate, and on the grounds is a fieldstone house and a large gazebo at the side yard. This gazebo has a picnic table and benches around the edges, with feeding platforms for the birds. Nearby are a number of feeding stations for the birds too. We discovered on a recent outing that if a person sits at the gazebo, you can see and photograph the birds without frightening them away.  On that particular day, I was only equipped with a young bluejay at a feeder with a peanut in it's beak200mm lens, so I wasn’t able to get as close as I’d have liked.  If you leave the gazebo to move closer to the feeding stations, the birds disappear in a hurry.   We’re planning another trip out there to simply sit and watch (ie: photograph) the birds, but this time I’ll be taking my 400mm lens and tripod and setting it up in the gazebo.

female hairy woodpecker at bird feederThis last trip I managed to photograph a young bluejay, and a pair of hairy woodpeckers (male and female), along with a sparrow, who appears to be able to share the feeder with the bluejay and not get into arguments. But besides those I managed to capture, there are yellow fitches, and tufted titmouse, and I’m pretty certain I also saw a cedar waxwing. I was hoping to find a cardinal, but we were only at the gazebo for a short period of time at the end of our treck through the forest and woods.

A quick hop from there on our way home and we were at the sanctuary (hard place for me to stay away from), where we got a look at this male hairy woodpecker at bird feederyear’s crop of baby mute swans; they’ve grown from small bundles of fuzz into the youth stage, though they are only about 4-5 months old right now. Of the four babies, two are white, and two are brown (the brown is most common until they are adults, with white babies being less common). The Orillia Fish & Game Conservation club have been working in the swan pond and fixed up an area that was quite overgrown. They’ve removed some of the wilder undergrowth and patched up some areas with gravel and generally have 4 month old cygnet of a mute swan with white coloringspent some time cleaning up the area. I was rather surprised at the number of ducks resting in this area – generally you might see two or three ducks at the swan’s pond, but on this trip there were more than a dozen sitting quietly in the cleaned up areas near the gravel beds. The swans seem happy enough to share their compound with the ducks, but don’t tolerate the geese very well.

On this trip we took along a couple of heads of lettuce to feed the swans (they eat greens or corn) and as my husband approached the fence they lined up side-by-side to receive their greens. It was funny to see them in a neat row like that – most of the time they are stepping on each other to get to the food, although they certainly don’t go hungry. The pond is full of growth for them to feed off, and the OFGC has a member feed the swans every day with boxes of greens and corn, and of course at some point through the day, there are always visitors to feed them.

You should be able to download any of the images from this post (the full size available) by clicking on the image.

a group of ducks resting in a swan's compound

young bluejay and sparrow at bird feeder

young bluejay without the recognizable bluejay head crest

female hairy woodpecker at bird feeder

female hairy woodpecker at bird feeder

male hairy woodpecker at feeder

small house sparrow at the edge of a rooftop

small house sparrow

small brown sparrow at bird feeder

young bluejay at bird feeder





Free Photographs – Oct. 27, 2008

27 10 2008
Marsh Ducks in June

Marsh Ducks in June

Ducks in a protected wetlands & wildlife sanctuary.

Strolling Duck

Strolling Duck

A female wood duck at the wildlife sanctuary.

Wings Over Babies

Wings Over Babies

A trumpeter swan with spread wings; it’s babies at it’s feet.

This next batch of images were taken in 2004 with a small camera. They will not be much good for large projects, but will be suitable for blogs, and web display. Most of them were taken in and around Georgia (USA).

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

A view of the clouds from a small private plane.

Above the Clouds 2

Above the Clouds 2

A rolling carpet of clouds, as seen from above.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

A view of the horizon above the clouds.

Ladies Watch

Ladies Watch

A square-faced ladies watch with beaded bracelet band.

Shadowy Hallway

Shadowy Hallway

Hallway with window at the end; the evening light casting shadows.

Tree Hole

Tree Hole

A large hole in the trunk of a tree.

US Highway I90

US Highway I90

Along the US Highway I90

Warm Hotel Lobby

Warm Hotel Lobby

A warm and inviting seating area in a hotel lobby sporting plaid wingback chairs and a Queen Anne style console table.





At Long Last – New Images

22 10 2008

Sorry for the long delay folks – a lot of water under the bridge in the past few months. Family issues caused a hiaitus in my uploading, but here for the die-hards are some new images.

Please remember to follow the licensing terms (which I believe are very liberal). If you find you require something for a use not listed, or you are uncertain of a use, please feel free to contact me.

Gull In Flapping Flight

Gull In Flapping Flight

Seagull in Flight

Perfect Form

Perfect Form

Seagull in flight against a light blue sky.

Autumn Leaves, North

Autumn Leaves, North

Autumn leaves against a backdrop of water at Wilson’s Falls (Bracebridge).

Its a Horse Of Course

Its a Horse of Course

Closeup of a horse’s eye.

Field Horse

Field Horse

Horse grazing in field at horse ranch.

The Great Canadian Moose

The Great Canadian Moose

Concrete moose statue with a Canadian maple leaf on it’s side, in black and white.

Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terriers

Two Jack Russell terriers in winter coats.

Note: to download the large size image click on the image, then (for PC users) right click and then select “save as”. I’m not sure how to direct mac users, but if you need an image and can’t download it from here, contact me and I’ll be happy to send it by email.





Free Stockphoto Update – Sunday June 8th, 2008

8 06 2008

Wow, I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I updated this. I’ve been busy trying to move my home blog into a new wordpress blog. I really like the wordpress blogging platform (as opposed to windows live, which is where I previously hosted my personal blog), but the one blogging platform you can’t seem to import posts from is Windows Live (if you haven’t used windows live, don’t go there – it’s a terrible thing to use) so I’ve had to do it all by hand. The new blog, for anyone who wants to know how I live is here: Life in Orillia

Okay, on to the new images!

Bananas and oranges over white background.

Bananas and Oranges

Blue sky and white clouds.

Blue sky and white clouds – there’s lots of these available all over the net. I find them rather useful to fill in a sky area or to use as textures.

Dark coloured sunglasses on white background.

Dark Shades

A resting tabby cat.

My Life as a Cat – just because cat pics are so popular.

Talk is cheap - poster of yellow finch

Talk is Cheap (Poster)

A white rose on a gold reflective surface.

White Rose





Monday May 26th – Free Images

26 05 2008

Unfortunately I’ve had a rather busy weekend, and the next couple of days is shaping up to be just as busy. That means I haven’t had much time to sort out and process the free images. For the first time in a long while we’ve had a sunny and seasonably warm weekend – which means all my work has been in the out of doors.

Check back in a few days and I’ll try to post up some more. Today is looking like a rainy, wet event, so….

Mother wood duck with babies on beach.

Mother Duck

Ferris wheel with red bucket seat.

The High Point





Mostly Stock – Thursday May 16th

16 05 2008

Wow – got a little behind here with posting up some new stuff. Sorry folks. Here’s a few more than usual today – mostly “stock” type images for business and editorial use – one nature photo.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to read the licensing terms – found on the FAQ. For those who have already, please read them again as there have been a couple of changes in the last week – don’t worry, they are still free. The changes mostly relate to commercial usage (and that’s still free too).

A black calculator with large buttons on white.

A Calculating Mind – calculator with large buttons.

Magnifying Glass

Magnifying Glass

Vintage fountain pens - one gray, one red; both with gold caps.

Old Fountain Pens

Three hold paper punch

Three hole paper punch.

A single puzzle piece on white background.

Puzzle piece.

Song of Songs or Song of Solomon

Song of Songs or Song of Solomon.

Pieces of baking candy.

Sweet Bits

Old style flatware pieces on white background.

Vintage Silverware.

Old style flatware with amber handles.

Vintage silverware 2 – same cutlery as above.

Yellow pencil with sharpened lead point.

Yellow Pencil

Ducks and Geese

Ducks and Geese