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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A Few Little Things for Today

7 08 2009
A dark brown hores with white forehead - horse is named "Blackie"

A dark brown horse with white forehead - horse is named "Blackie"

A nice horse. What more can I say – it’s a horse in a field. A fairly familiar sight around these parts.

Snowbirds in flight - red planes against a blue sky.

Snowbirds in flight - red planes against a blue sky.

Back in June we had an airshow down at our waterfront, featuring the snowbirds. It was a blast – noisy and fun.

The "After Christmas" Card

The "After Christmas" Card

I managed to get really behind sending Christmas cards this past Christmas, so I decided to send out the “After Christmas” card instead. It actually worked pretty well. People were happy to get a cheerful card in January when they weren’t expecting it 🙂

Goslings - Baby Geese

Goslings - Baby Geese

A batch of baby geese from the spring of this year (2009)





November 13th – A Different Freebie

13 11 2008

I’ve spent a fair bit of time working up this map – the download file is a layered tif file with transparent background. Each province is on a separate layer for easier use, and each text name is on a different layer. The text is basic arial font, making compatibility with other systems more likely. This file may be used for educational, editorial or non-profit projects only. The download file is 4000 pixels X 3000 pixels.

CanadaMap2

The next is a much smaller image, more suitable to web use and is more illustration than photo. The download  size is 900 X 540 pixels.

DiningCarsSmall

The balance for today:

Christmas Story – download size 2000 X 1490 pixels

JGS_ChristmasStorySmall

Winter Snowstorm – download size 1300 X 1100 pixels

JGS_WinterSnowstormSmall

Wrong Bus – download size 1200 X 900

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Free Images & Photos – Wed. June 11, 2008

11 06 2008

Canal Bridge 02

Canal Bridge – colourful and fun bridge

Canal Bridge 03

Canal Bridge – another fun and colourful footbridge.

Christmas in June

Christmas in June – staircase with christmas decorations.

Crossed Words - crossword puzzle and glasses.

Crossed Words – crossword puzzle with glasses.

Bake Me a Cake - baking supplies

Bake Me a Cake – bowl with flour & egg, milk in measuring cup, egg card and eggs.

Landscaped Breakwall with Canadian Flag made of Iron.

Breakwall & Flag – Landscaped Breakwall with Canadian Flag made of Iron.