The North Side of the Tree

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It’s true that moss always grows on the North side of a tree.

I saw this sun dapple tree with it’s interesting bark and moss growing in the cracks while on a nature hike in the city (Toronto) on Saturday. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of it. I love trees – particularly when they are without leaves … why, I’m not sure.





The Sunflower – a true flower of summer

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Whenever I see a sunflower I always think of the hot, humid, hazy days of summer. These flowers just mean summer to me. Perhaps it’s because Sunflowers are one of the first flowers I can remember liking as a child. In fact I do believe that sunflowers were one of the first flowers I ever planted too!

I can remember a hot late May or early June day up at the cottage. As my parents worked on their garden a family friend and I planted sunflower seeds. I was perhaps 7 years old at the time. Later in the year someone took a picture of me standing by the 10 or 11 foot tall row of sunflowers. It’s quite funny because I was only about four feet tall at the time and they just towered over me. Their stalks were so think that I probably could have climbed up one of the sunflowers.

Were sunflowers one of your favorite flowers as a child?

I took this photo when the sun was directly behind the sunflower. I like how bright sunlight makes the edges of the petals seems translucent.

The ol Birdhouse

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We have a wooden birdhouse in our backyard. It’s attached to a telephone pole at the back of the garden. Actually the pole is in my neighbors yard but it’s right on the edge of our property so the birdhouse that we attached to it really is in our yard.

I don’t believe that any birds ever really use this birdhouse, but there is a black squirrel that I see sitting on it every morning warming itself in the sun.

Hmmm .. now I wonder if I can get a photo of a ground hog testing for it’s shadow for tomorrows Ground Hog Day?

City Afire

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This is another photo of the sun setting on Toronto over Lake Ontario.

This photo was taken in late August while on a dinner boat on Lake Ontario.

Simply gorgeous.

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