Spring Has Sprung in New Brunswick

little blue flowersI don’t remember the last time we still had snow in our yard in May. For some it was a long hard winter in New Brunswick however it was the best winter I have had in many years and all because I now own a camera.

But… enough is enough so ‘Welcome Spring’ and winter I’ll see you just before Christmas.

crocus under pine treesI love how the snow melts away from a spot and within a few days something is sprouting like our Crocus. They don’t last long and even get buried in snow again but they scream that spring is pushing winter’s butt out the back door.

Every time I see something new I reach for my camera which is never far away and most of the time around my neck.

blue bells in springI stepped in the veggie garden trying to reach a stake from last year. Went right up over my ankles in an instance so I stepped back and will leave the garden for another week or two, I guess.

Continuing around the yard I noticed we have some lilac leaves that are almost completely open and will likely be open by the time I get this article completed and published.

fresh lilac leaves
Lilac Leaves Opening

autumn joy in spring

I almost missed Jenny’s Autumn Joys sprouting and walked right past them looking at something else I wanted to photograph but when I turned around to come back into the yard I saw these cute little green buds that will eventually turn a bright rusty red come Autumn.

Winter In Our Backyard I’m Going For A Walk

phone line in the snowYes we did have a little snow already, our first snow of November 2014, but it disappeared really fast. Then on the 27th of November we had a real snow storm.

Things started out mild so there was a bit of slush before the snow started to accumulate which later made for some tricky ice under the snow. The streets were cleared before daybreak which made it easier to walk on the streets as the sidewalks weren’t cleared yet.

No school for the kids so they didn’t have to deal with the tough walking and bad drivers.

A lot of trees and branches like the ones in the image top left came down over night putting a many customers in New Brunswick out of power. We were blessed and no power problems.

I walked down to Crowley Farm road where I saw that wind flipped this baseball field dug out during the night. Fortunately it doesn’t look damaged and will likely be able to be flipped back over and secured a little better.

dug out

sleetBefore it was day light I went outside to get a few photos. Very windy and a lot of sleet in the snow which really stings the eyes.

Jenny looked and found me a pair of Steve’s snow goggles left behind when he moved out west for work and I was back outside again to get a few more photos. Big difference with the goggles on.

As soon as it started getting light the wind slowed down and shortly after sun up it was almost gone and turned into a great day for taking a walk through the neighbourhood to see what Thursday’s storm did to Moncton. I was dressed warm and able to stay out for more than 3 hours.

shadows on the marsh

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

snow covered rhododendronsThursday the 13th of November was just another autumn day with lots of leaves on the ground but Friday morning it was snowing just a little but before long we had a nice white layer of snow over pretty much everything.

At first glance out the bedroom window I thought it was fog as it was really light and the flakes just floated down giving the foggy feel in the dark. However when I got down stairs and put Honey the Pit Bull out I realized it was actually snow and not fog. How cool. I always like that first snow, especially if I don’t have to shovel it.

snowy chain link fence

It snowed most of the day but only got heavy a couple of times but most important it never got windy so the snow never became a hazard. The following morning there was some ice and the snow on the sidewalks was very crispy and crunchy. Plenty noisy walking before daybreak but so pretty.

sherrad street

It was still dark when I took this photo of Sherrard Ave near our house. I love this huge snow covered evergreen tree.

I used an editor to bring up the light in my photo so you could see it like I was seeing it. When ever we get a snow like this I walk down Sherrard to get a photo of this tree.

The nice thing about this time of the  morning is the fact there are pretty much no people or vehicles on the streets. I love the quiet serene feeling at 4 or 5 am.

rose leaves with snow

snow covered power linesWe have has such a nice autumn that we still have healthy green rose bushes and leaves for the snow to land on which always makes for good photos. Love the contrast between the bright green and white.

The snow did pile up on power and phone lines but wasn’t heavy enough to cause damage here in Moncton. It did look pretty cool with the street lights making the snow covered lines glow.

After the snow was finished a few maple trees decided to drop almost all their leaves making it look awesome.

maple tree yellow leaves

Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget

poppy rememberWith the way the world is going at the moment I have to say that I would not leave the safety of our borders here in Canada.

We are so blessed as a people to have the freedom we have which is because of the men and women who were and are ready, willing and able to defend our future.

I think I will finish experiencing life within our own borders as I am sure it will take the rest of my life just to see what we have here in Canada. So far I have only seen parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. Gotta head west to see our son in Saskatchewan.

Being raised in foster homes since I was 5 I have no knowledge of family who may have fought for our freedom other than my grandfather on the Mann side of the family. I got to meet him once but it was only for about an hour.

remembrance day

We Visited Shediac New Brunswick

breakfast at corasJenny and I put off the yard work for a couple of days and rented a car so we could drive around to check out the autumn colours. On our second day we paid a visit to the Shediac area.

I thought it would be nice to start our day with a breakfast at Cora’s restaurant as we don’t usually eat breakfast out.

We really enjoyed our Cora’s breakfast but we really could have just shared one breakfast as there was way too much to eat in just one sitting.

Then it was off to Shediac with stuffed bellies.

Lookout Shediac Here We Come

giant shediac lobsterIt turned out to be a rather rainy day but we didn’t le that stop us so our first stop was to say hello to the Shediac giant lobster and the captain.

Jenny has often wondered what the captain was looking at out there so she climbed up and looked for herself. Nothing but water so nobodies ship was coming in today.

Next to the giant lobster is a little tourist shop that had some nice buoys hanging from their walls which I thought looked really cool and I’m not even a tourist. I also liked the shingle siding on the shop.

tourist shoppe

Once we had a couple of photos and looked around we were back in the car and off to Pointe-Du-Chene wharf another spot I love to see every time we come to Shediac. Love the view and seeing people fish for mackerel.

While we were there we saw 6 people with fishing rods. We parked in the middle of the wharf and walked to the end of the wharf to our right then turned and walked to the opposite end just in time to see the only one with a fish all the way at the other end. He not only had a fish he landed 5 mackerel all on the same line. Holy Mackerel.

I have done a little mackerel fishing and have experienced the fun of catching multiple fish on the same line as well as everyone getting a line full at the exact same time. The wharf can get pretty load on days like that.

We walked down the road leading off the wharf so I could get a couple of photos even though everything was closed. Well there was a lady in a shop who was taking supplies out to the lobster fishing tour boat. When she saw me with my camera she opened up two big wooden doors in the front of her shop. She made my day.

local shoppe wharf

bouysFor as long as I have seen buoys I have wanted one or two so when the inside of those doors swung open I got the biggest smile on my face and then so did she. I looked around for a while and then bought a couple to bring home to my Mann Cave / office.

I got a few photos of the buoys on the doors as well and put my buoys around my neck on a rope and walked back to the car so we could head off to our next point of interest on a rainy autumn day.

It started to rain again so we drove around looking at the autumn colours for a while and when it stopped we were at Queen’s Wharf road which is the road we turn down to do some ice fishing in those chilly months. Sure looks different in the summer.

queen's wharf road

We drove further up the coast looking at all the autumn colours and then headed back to Moncton where we drove up Indian Mountain to see what Moncton looked like from that vantage point.

moncton from indian mountain

Unfortunately the clouds were only getting thicker, the wind stronger and harder rain so we didn’t stay up there long. Just long enough that I know I want to go back on a calm sunny day and again on a nice calm night.

Beautiful October Sunrise in Moncton

I have been enjoying the 15 minute walk to a spot I can watch the sunrise. I spend about an hour from the time I leave home. Some days I turn around and walk back because the clouds beat the sun to the horizon.

Today was a day that looked like it was going to be one of those days. I started the day by getting a photo of the moon at just after 5am and the sky was clear. By the time I started for the sunrise at 7:28 it had started to cloud over from straight above me all the way to the west but the wind was really making them move.

By the time I reached the bridge I watch the sun come on from the clouds were almost to the east horizon. I could see the horizon turn red but the sun still had almost 10 minutes before it would make an appearance.

trees and red sky

I looked to the south where the Petitcodiac river is to see if it was foggy like it was yesterday when I was down there watching surfers on the tidal bore. I could see the bank of fog and it was lit up red like the sky. Very cool.

fog on the petit
Hard to see but there was a red glow all along the top of the fog which looked very cool.

By the time the sun peek over the trees the clouds were almost to the horizon as you can see in the photo below. It was beautiful even the sun was disappearing into the clouds after only a few minutes. Still so worth getting up for.sunrise over university

Veggie Gardening Is Over Let’s Go Shoot Something

antique wagon wheelOkay I don’t have a gun but I do have a few cameras and they love being taken out for a walk or maybe even get to go on a photography day trip to somewhere nice like the Kingston Photo Nature Park. So glad Brian Black of the Focus Camera Club Moncton invited me along.

I didn’t get much sleep Friday night as I was so excited as well as very nervous going somewhere with a bunch of strangers that are good photographers. So when Brian stopped by at 6:30 am I was a little tired but very wired.

Just the drive alone was breath taking with all the autumn colours everywhere I looked which of course made me very happy someone else was driving and I got to just admire all the scenery along the way to Kingston, New Brunswick.

My photo in the top left corner was the first photo I took once we arrived at our destination and was right at the driveway leading into Kingston Photo Nature Park and as much as I love wagon wheels it couldn’t have been a better thing to photograph. What a great start to the day.

Inside Kingston Photo Nature Park

ladybug kingston photo nature park

Brain parked the car in a nice grass open field which is so much better than a paved parking lot. We started walking to the house/office to sign up for any of the outings they were offering that day when I heard a lady’s voice say ‘ladybug’ and my attention automatically turned in that direction.

She was taking a photo or two of cute little orange ladybug on a dried flower head. I watched them for a minute and when they moved on I jumped right and to see if the ladybug was still there and she was so I got a couple of photos as well.

I then continued walking down from the parking field to the house. I saw the places that we could go outside the park but once I saw the map for the park I wasn’t about to go anywhere else. Maybe on a second visit but I felt there was so much for me to see here that I didn’t need to go elsewhere.

So Much To Photograph So Little Time

scarecrow and pumpkinI stood around and listened to what was going on and what was offered. My goodness they even offered a lunch but I had brought my own so I didn’t need that this time.

While I was listening for any info I might need to know I saw a bench next to the house with the not so scary scarecrow with a blanket and pumpkin. My attention now changed focus and I moved over to the scarecrow for a few photos while still listening a little bit.

I had been focused on the scarecrow with one ear listening to the group on the right of me next to the house so I completely missed the cute log cabin just to my left. I did come back down to the house a few times through the day and eventually saw it.

log cabin
Reminded Me of My Childhood

I lived in a log cabin in 1961 in the new foster home I was moved to. I only lived in the log cabin for just over a year as they were building a new home right next to it. The new home was nice but nothing like the adventure of living in a log cabin.

Once the group signups for off-site trips was done Brian and I headed up one of the trails. I was getting moss and tree shots while Brian headed for the bird watching station. I caught up with him later but next I headed to the antique cars sitting in a field near the bird feeding station and one of the ponds.

Old Aged Rusting Antique Cars

antique car

On the farm where I was placed at age 8 years old where some old cars that were just rusting away where no one would ever get to enjoy them like photographers do but I sure played around on the with my kid brother Johnny.

I think I spent more than an hour just taking photos of small sections of these cars and old farm equipment. So much fun and history in that field. So of the old farm equipment was the same stuff we used on our farm back in the 60s and it was already old back then.

birdfeederI see lot of birds at home but I did take the opportunity to sit for a while and enjoy a cookie and some water. I even took a few shots with one hand as I was stuffing my face.

Once I had quenched my thirst and enjoy a chocolate cookie or two I took a few photos of the old farm implements that were next to the antique cars and the small pond with the canoe and row boat.

At first there was no canoe in that pond but by the time I was done with the antique photos I noticed it was there just floating around in the breeze. Very cool sight.

canoe in pond
Drifting Canoe on Pond

Well that was not all I saw and photographed but that’s it for today. I will write another post a little later.

This was an opportunity I am so glad I didn’t turn down so I would like to say thanks to the owner and co-owner at Kingston Photo Nature park as well as all the kind, polite and happy volunteers that made our day so much fun. Again thanks to Brian Black and the Moncton Focus Camera Club for the invitation.

Walked Downtown Moncton To Catch The Sunrise At The Petitcodiac River

sunrise on the petitcodiac river moncton
The Sun Is About Ready To Burst Forth on Moncton

bankNot much going on in the yard and garden this early in the morning so when I looked out the bedroom window at about 5am I saw just a few clouds along the horizon so I decided to hike downtown to the Petitcodiac river to catch the sunrise.

On the way to the river I took a few photos as the sky was lighting up enough to see. I did give myself a few extra minutes of time just to take a few photos on the way to the river.

I looked at the Caisse Populaire on St. George street and the artwork looks so cool with only the street lights to light it up. Had to take a photo of that. It’s hard not to take photos so between home and the river I took 80 photographs.

Even though I took a lot of photos on the way I still managed to get there 5 or 10 minutes before the sun broke the horizon. So glad because the sky was starting to look like it was going to be too cloudy like the photo at the top.

Just a couple of minute after I was worried I wouldn’t see the sun I saw the tiniest red sliver on the horizon and I got excited again.

sunrise on the petitcodiac river

I have lived in Moncton for more than 30 years and even though it is only a half hour walk away I have never caught the sun coming up over the river. So when the sun was high enough it started hitting the muddy riverbank and turned it into gold.

sunrise on the petitcodiac

When I looked up river to see what the mud looked like that was behind me I saw the seagull tracks in the mud. Not sure why they would walk in the mud when they can fly. There must be insects and stuff in the mud that keeps them grounded.

bird tracks in the wet river bank mud

Well that was so much fun that I want to see if I can catch the sun setting from the other side of the river. I would love to get the moonrise and moonset on the Petitcodiac river as well.

Got back home just in time to start turning my yellow pear tomatoes into that sweet chutney Jenny and I love on our Sunday morning toast.

Checking Out The Community Garden At The YMCA

tall sunflowerI took a few minutes out of my walk to Centennial park to check out the community gardens at the YMCA. Didn’t see anyone working in their garden as early as I was out this morning but they sure are looking good.

I waited until it was late enough that the sun was up over the trees to the east of the their gardens so I could have the best lighting I could get. Not much for clouds by then either so there were no seconds wasted waiting for the clouds to stop blocking my light.

The first thing I saw as I approached the YMCA other than their logo was this happy nine foot tall sunflower with about a dozen flowers. Such a beautiful site. People who walk this way for work each day much love the view.

Below is a photo of the YMCA community garden. The YMCA building is behind me in this photograph.

ymca community gardens

I would love to have been on the roof for this shot so you can see that it extends all the way to the billboard. The sunflowers and pole beans kind of cut it in half. I should have taken a photo from their parking lot as well but I looked through last year and found one that will give you a better idea.

ymca side view

There is also another section to the community gardens. I noticed that in that section there is a Boy Scout logo. It would be nice if they are doing this for badges and sharing what they grow with soup kitchens.

What Growing On Here

I took about 50 photos before I continued on to Centennial Park. Here are a few of them in a smaller format.

marigolds yellow and red nasturtiums

Lots of vegetables but it’s nice to see that there are plenty of flowers growing as well and add a little extra beauty to the whole thing. There are little groups of marigolds as well as nasturtiums. There are other types of flowers too.

I love looking at the vegetables growing. I visit the garden in early spring when they start digging and keep coming back as the summer progresses. My visits get closer together as we hit the end of summer so I can watch as things really start to produce.

pumpkins ymca beets

I love pumpkin pies and who doesn’t like a cute or maybe scary jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins just say Autumn. I love beets too they are so good with butter and pepper. Mmmm

Well I only stayed a few minutes and then headed out so that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoy the harvest time and maybe lookup the YMCA in your area to see if they have a community garden.

A Foggy Moncton Morning And Yellow Pear Tomatoes

walk

Popped a few yellow pear tomatoes from our home veggie garden in my sweater pocket and headed out into a foggy Moncton morning to get a few foggy photos.

It was foggy but the visibility at street level was pretty good. I could still see street lights and pedestrian lights at about a block away.

Looking a little above the lights and it was still quite thick fog which blocked a lot of the buildings from view.

I thought I would try to get to the river before the fog lift, again, which is about a half hour walk. I tried a week ago but the fog lifted before I had walked halfway to the river. I tried to go fast but so many things looks so cool in the fog.

Victoria Park: Same Spot The Fog Lifted Last Week

When I got to the halfway point which is Victoria park the fog was still hanging in there. I snapped a couple of pictures and kept on going towards the river. The fog was still low but getting thinner.

park
Victoria Park Moncton

When I got to the Subway which only goes under the tracks as we really don’t have a subway I could not see the downtown buildings I normally see looking this way. That was a good sign that the river may still be foggy as I was only 5 minutes away now.

subway in the fog
Downtown Moncton in the Fog

The first thing I saw as the river was becoming visible was this Bald eagle on the muddy riverbank. As soon as he saw me he grabbed his breakfast and headed across the river where it was quieter.

eagle on riverbank
A Bald Eagle Enjoying Breakfast at the Petitcodiac River Moncton

eagle with a seagull dinnerI managed a couple of photos of him flying across the river. Looked pretty cool over the water gliding with a seagull in his talons.

When I first say what he was carrying I thought maybe it was an Atlantic salmon but when I zoomed in on my photo I could see it was a seagull.

This is when I wish I had a zoom lens that would take me further. Maybe for Christmas.

The fog was pretty much off the water by this time but when I looked behind me the city was still under a blanket of fog from about 20 feet up so the tops of building were mostly hidden from view.

I could see builds right in front of me but those right behind them like the Assumption building was hard to see. The Aliant or NBTel Tower was completely hidden in the fog still.

foggy assumption building

The Fog Covered Spider Webs With Dew

spiderwebThe fog quickly lifted in Moncton but I could still see the fog was over Riverview on the other side of the river so I followed the river trails to Vaughan Harvey Blvd and then straight up Vaughan Harvey to Mountain road where I live.

As I was getting closer to Vaughan Harvey I noticed spider webs were visible because of the dew the fog left on the webs. Very cool as they are normally hard to see and sometimes hard to photograph.

The River View of Riverview in the Fog

As I walked to Vaughan Harvey Blvd I was constantly looking left to Riverview as the fog was lifting so that just the top of trees were in the fog. Love seeing fog like this.

fog in riverview
Looking Across The Petitcodiac River Towards Riverview