Category Archives: Photos

My first of July wish

Les premières framboises (c) Michèle Laframboise

Generosity.
The rest will come along!

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A new generation of raspberries

A promise of summer abundance

 

Gardening Moment

If  last december weather let me do some gardening, April and May have been cold, windy, rainy… as the recent Mississauga marathon showed.

Now, the call of spring was stronger!

Here are some stars of my June garden…

 

Clematis, Peonies, and a daisy growing at the foot of a brick wall!

This week has been the first  that let me indulge in my two favorite leisures: gardening and…

The happy author finding treasures in garage sales

I always find a lot of hidden treasures in those garage sales! This time I returned with a small wooden writing table that I’m already using.

 

Dwarf Planet, Big Flaming Ice Heart!

PLuto surprised everyone with this heart-shaped geological  feature

(Pluto photographied by LORRI and Ralph instruments on the New Horizons, spacecraft)

Pluto is technically a  dwarf planet since 2006, but it changes nothing to the sense of wonder. Pluto surprised everyone with this heart-shaped geological feature!

Colors are boosted since only a small fraction of our sunlight reaches the Pluto system. The dwarf planet has known activity periods, and this 2000 km wide flaming heart maybe composed of nitrogen ice.

New satellites (Hydra, Nix since 2004,  Kerberos and Styx) added themselves to the larger Charon).

The sense of wonder of those pictures should not make us forget the long years of preparation by NASA astronomers and other teams, the nine-year voyage of the New Horizons craft, travelling more than 5 billions km in spirals to take advantage of the Jupiter sling-shot effect to boost acceleration.

Science, unlike movies where everything goes fast (problem detection,  hypothesis, analysis, solution finding), needs time. Reality is years of painstaking preparation for a few second of scintillating results.  Followed by more months and years of analysis, that may help us to learn more about the solar system origins. The freshly transmitted pictures show impressive mountains and canyons…

A solitary cardinal

A solitary cardinal perches on the vines

A northern cardinal perches on the vines
reminding me of my departed father
an enthousiast bird watcher
who left me all his guides!

May the next year be filled with light and creativity!

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Violet beauty

Violet beauty

A close-up of a magnificient Lily in full bloom. Picture taken near a garden, in Montréal. I was on site for a comic arts event, the FBDM.

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Colorful neighbours

Colorful neighbours

This pic was taken last February in my garden, by minus 20 Celsius. The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis, don’t you love Latin!) and the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) seemed to observe a truce, in order to keep their energy. They nestled in the center of a wildrose bush invaded by the vines. The junco appears more blue than gray.

Below is a better view of the cardinal, before the approach of a squirrel had the two birds hopping away. (In this very dense foliage, none could immediately fly away.)

The cardinal by minus 20 C

Those pics were taken through the windowpane, so the diminished/whitish colors were accentuated afterward in Gimp.

Summer smiles

Summer is here, and blooming! Here are a few smiles from my garden. You may use the pics at your convenience!

Raspberries!

Perfectly ripe! Nature is as generous as last year, and we have to invite neighbors to gather the fruits!

More raspberries

Ze mighty raspberry patch!

(Yes you may have some, provided you come here!)

An unexpected guest!

An unexpected guest! Last year and the  year before, I thought those sticks sprouting from my peonies were weeds (and you know how I deal with weeds...)

The wisteria is no more, but we have some unusual four-legged visitors!!

A Wabbit! I saw a Wabbit!

Never letting his or her guard down. Always on the ready. Cottontails lead difficult lives in this urban environment, what with the cars (Mississauga is the dream city for car dealers) and the wide streets and arteries. They come out veeery early in the morning.

Shedding Wabbit, seen on my early morning run.

This one was spotted on another street, during my 5h00 early-morning run. Note that the winter spotted fur is shedding, revealing the lighter brown fur. Fortunately, our two huntresses are safely inside the house.

Bah! Huntresses, those furballs? Maggie et Minnie are VERY dangerous. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Our two fierce huntresses, Maggie and Minnie, taking a break. (Picture taken on another day.)

And, last but not least, the ultimate proof that summer in upon us… a fiery day-lily (hemerocalle)!

Fiery Hemerocalle

Yes you can!

(…use it as a background picture.)

Spring smiles

For you all, I offer those few smiles from my garden. You may use the pics at your convenience!

Prunus flowers

The pale pink blossoms against the dark red leaves of the exotic Prunus

Pensées tendres

Two tender pansies already gone

Marguerites

Three luminous daisies in the shadow

Wisteria Violet

…across from the trio of daisies, wisterias bloom. They had waited three years!

Les petites fleurs bleues

Shy blue flowers like a forget-me-not

Pivoines souriantes

Peonies in full glory !

Les bonnets

Raised arms violet flowers, non identified yet.

Lupins pourpres

The Lupines- and all others plants – do appreciate the garden composter!