Monday, April 25, 2011

Ah, Havana, Cuba, warm beaches, sun ...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This bird bath isn't quite ready to receive "guests." It still needs a little time to shake of winter's "rust."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Still looking good, Big Red.

Friday, April 22, 2011

After a day with 10 inches of snow, yesterday was a beauty day! Here is a large open ice gap in front of our place; however, today it is closed as the ice is moving around some.

While at the Distillery a couple of weeks ago to sample some Mill Street offerings, we noticed this old Rolls with an equally old and worn/shabby chauffeur. There was a wedding photo op in process, and the car looked to be the getaway vehicle.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

On my way to the Ottawa Valley region on Saturday, I stopped at Deux Rivieres, one of my fave stops to view the Ottawa River. I was quite taken aback at the low water level of the river.

The northward migrating ducks weren't taken aback. They seemed to relish splashing around in the muck.

There are two of these bridges connecting 2 small islands in the river.

However, for some unknown reason the access across the bridge is now a "no go." It was open last fall.

Even though the Ottawa River water level is low, the streams flowing into the river are dumping the normal spring volume of water.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yikes!! Look at what we woke up to this morning! And we're expecting more snow before midnight when "normalcy" returns. Tomorrow should be +8C and sunny, so most of this "illusion" should disappear.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The moon was pretty spectacular last night as it rose over the lake as seen through the trees.

Monday, April 18, 2011

They may not be blooming in your gardens yet, but these spring flowers are everywhere on the streets of Toronto.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hope "spring"s eternal at this time of year. There is still 2 feet of ice on the lake, so the Fortuitous isn't going too far yet, just hoping ...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Our Saturday afternoon "stroll" around downtown Toronto offered many photo ops. Here the gang mug it up in the alley, site of many Rick Mercer Rants, south of Queen Street.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is the "back end" of the Flatiron building on Front Street in Toronto: a bit different than the triangular point of its other side.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You tell me - did it work?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Continuing with the theme of Toronto reflections, here is the clock tower of the old city hall reflecting off an adjoining glass building.

Monday, April 11, 2011

After a trip to Toronto it's time to distill the photographs taken. As usual there are a number of reflections to look at. Anyone recognize the buildings here?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Just got back from a "boys" weekend in Toronto. Here's an important shot from the cellar bar at the Flatiron Building.

Friday, April 08, 2011

So that's how they see at night. Looks like a way better idea than headlights. These guys were posing at the side of the road as we were chauffeured home by the Ice Marshal after a great night with the Sadies.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Duchesney Creek isn't quite spilling out its spring amount of water, but it's nice to see the water spewing forth among the melting ice.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A nice spring day view down the lake, but I can honestly say I prefer this view sans ice - only about 3 weeks to wait. Last year on April 3 it was +28C, the snow was gone, the lake was completely ice free and we put in the first 2 sections of the dock - sigh ...

Monday, April 04, 2011

How can you tell it's spring in the north? Everyone tosses snow on to dry dark surfaces to hasten the melting process. Even Sunny gets into the act as she tears up the large pieces.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Here's a scene you don't often see behind a Tim Hortons - a "Beware of Bears" sign. Only in Northern Ontario I s'pose.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The ice is expanding due to the heat of the sun, so it starts to fold along the shoreline. Soon there will be open water along the shore, then it won't be long before it all melts away.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Soon there be smelts.

Last year at this time there was no snow left and the ice was virtually gone from all the lakes. Not so this year, as the ice is just starting to recede from the little creeks and streams, with the lakes a long way (3 weeks at least) from being ice free. This is Four Mile Creek as seen from the last bridge before it empties into Four Mile Bay of Trout Lake.