Saturday, August 27, 2011

An afternoon in Ingersoll

I often tag along with Geoff when he's working on story or photo assignments. Today we were off to Ingersoll for Harvest Fest and, while Geoff was busy elsewhere, I strolled around Thames Street. I did a little shopping but also took a few photos.

Amanda Drabick was sitting outside of her shop, Fernlea Flowers, selling Fascinators she'd made. Her teen-aged daughter was kind enough to model one for me - doesn't it look great on her?!

One of the things I like about downtown areas is the presence of local businesses and their often intriguing signs. This one for Roberts & co. has real flair.

The murals and sign above Dorothee's Teens and Ladies Wear are very divergent styles and I'm sure there's a story behind each choice.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Juvenile Male Cardinal

When I was getting tomorrow's lunch ready this little fellow showed up at the feeders. Juvenile male Cardinals are not a bit dignified looking. In fact they look a bit like something the cat might have coughed up. His wonky looking plumage will eventually turn regal red.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Juvenile Female Cardinal

This young lovely dropped by the feeders outside the kitchen window while I was washing dishes this evening. The slightly softened focus is the result of shooting through the window screen.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Friday My town Shoot Out - Rust - Rusty - Rustic

The theme for this week's Friday My Town Shoot Out is "rust - rusty - rustic". It could be a colour or a place, we were encouraged to think outside the box.

I think the early morning light gives this rustic scene an air of romance.

This shed is both rusty and rustic.

If you'd like to see contributions from more of the Shoot Out gang, please visit our Mr. Linky page.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A tribute

Today, Geoff and I were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of John Jobson, a young farmer Geoff met and interviewed in the spring of last year for the New Farmers section of the CFBMC website.

Our thoughts are with John's family, his girlfriend and his friends.

You'll find my post on our visit to John's farm here.
And Geoff's article about him here.

Tell someone you love them today.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mourning Dove update - sad news

Sadly, the single chick that hatched on July 27th, died sometime overnight last night. I'm not sure if it was weak from the start or if there was only one parent tending the nest and therefore it wasn't receiving enough nutrition. Over the past 4 summers we've often seen eggs abandoned but this is the first time we've seen a chick die in the nest. It's now buried in our garden.

I have to wonder if this is the last nesting for this season or maybe even the last time they'll nest here. Will keep you posted.