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

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.

Our Mountain Ashe Makes Smile

mountain ashe berries
Healthy Example of a Mountain Ashe

mountain ashe leaves changingThe Mountain Ashe in the photo above isn’t our tree but it is right in our neighbourhood and one of the trees that made me want it in my backyard.

So I was quite excited when I find a couple growing in our yard. One in the front yard and the other in the backyard along our property fence.

The one on the fence is about 4 foot tall however it would have been double this high if I hadn’t cut it off along with the rose canes I didn’t want. It was of course an accident and I’m glad to see it started growing back.

The leaves are a bright green except for the those that are making the change to red and eventually a very cool brown before they fall off. The photos below are on the same 4 foot tree on the same day.

summer autumn mountain ashe leaves
Mountain Ashe Leaves On Same Day