Photo Challenge #20 / New Ground

20210414xs_0023“Through the Window” / Theme: New Ground

A little about this photo…

The construction guys came to break ground for some new parking spaces. I decided to capture the scene from inside, looking through the window. I felt like a spy, hiding behind all those plants framing my shot!


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Photo Challenge #19 / Tasty

Future Currants“Future Currants” / Theme: Tasty

A little about this photo…

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in my part of the world. In honour of my mum, I’m posting one of her favourite berries… currants.

The currants aren’t there quite yet, but see all those little flower buds? They’ll turn into bright red berries within a few months. Just in time to make some jam.


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Photo Challenge #18 / What’s the Buzz?

“Bee-utiful Bees!” / Theme: What’s the Buzz?

A little about this photo…

After the snow of last week, it’s now this. I’m so glad to see the bees out, working hard and doing their thing. And I’m also relieved that the blossoms look like they survived the spring snowstorm. This is a plum tree. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing lots of plums come summer. (Those blossoms need the bees, so it is hoped this little guy has a bunch of friends.)


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Photo Challenge #17 / Take Away

“Springtime Snow” / Theme: Take Away

A little about this photo…

Look who’s by the side of the road, waiting to be taken away. While it may be time for the couch to go, what about all that snow? It’s the middle of April! The blossoms are starting to come out on the trees.

The “take away” on this photo: No more snow! Please, take it away…

Did I say it was April?

 


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Photo Challenge #16 / Seeing Red

“Red Sumac” / Theme: Seeing Red

A little about this photo…

Isn’t that a beautiful shade of red? This is the sumac tree (bush?). You can actually make a tea from the red parts. Apparently, it’s very healthy for you. I’ve actually done it. The taste isn’t bad, but it’s not something I’d drink for enjoyment.

But that red!

 


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Photo Challenge #15 / In the Wild

“Left Behind” / Theme: In the Wild

A little about this photo…

I saw this poor little guy on a recent walk. I have so many questions. How did he get there? Who does he belong to? Will he ever be reunited with his owner? How long has be been there? What’s his name? 

I really do hope that he does find his way home…

 


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Photo Challenge #14 / Glass

“Easter Bunny ‘n Books” / Theme: Glass

A little about this photo…

I have a bit of a collection of bunnies. This is my tiny glass bunny, the one my grandmother bought me along the Spanish playa when I was sixteen. Some glassblower was selling all sorts of animals. Of course, I picked the bunny. And here, I decided to pose the bunny among some of my old books. (Another of my “collections.”)

 


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Photo Challenge #13 / Spring is in the Air

20210313ma_0690“Signs of Spring” / Theme: Spring is in the Air

A little about this photo…

One thing I look forward to every year are the little signs of spring. One of my favourite signs are the little green bits that start popping up through the dirt. And these are some of the clear winners …

Snowdrops. (I love how that name evokes both winter and spring at the same time!)

 


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Photo Challenge #12 / True Beauty

20210313ma_0666“Snow-Covered Falls” / Theme: True Beauty

A little about this photo…

Niagara Falls is beautiful any time of the year, but there’s something special about the Falls in the winter. All those icy and snow-covered rocks. It’s like somebody took icing sugar and sifted it over top of everything. ⁠

And yes, I know it’s the first day of Spring!


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Photo Challenge #11 / Fun Fact

20210310xs_0016“A Lot of Keys” / Theme: Fun Fact

A little about this photo…

Spent part of my week trying to figure out what these keys actually open. Took a picture of said keys. Went online to find out interesting things on the topic of keys. Ended up finding out a few fun facts about, you guessed it … keys!

Did you know?

1) Viking women used keys as a status symbol. When a Viking woman was married, she became the keeper of the family keys. Apparently, many of these women actually “wore” their status proudly by sewing the keys onto their dresses. For everybody to see!

2) Both Catherine the Great (of Russia) and Louis XVI (of France) loved locks. Louis had his own forge in at Versailles and made locks to use on furniture (like small chests). Catherine, on the other hand, so loved intricate locks that she would often give them as gifts. Ah, the prerogative of royalty.

3) Harry Houdini was apprenticed to a locksmith. He soon learned how to pick any lock, which became rather handy to him in his later career as an escape artist.


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