Friday, September 30, 2011

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada



IMG_8293 Algonquin Park

Heading West On Highway 60 Through Algonquin Park





IMG_8302 Arowhon Road

Arowhon Road (Side Road Leading To Mizzy Lake Trail)





IMG_7474  Dianne

Guess Who!





IMG_8314 Trail Leading To Mizzy Lake

Entrance To Trail That Leads To Mizzy Lake





IMG_2685 Trail To Mizzy Lake

Walking Along The Path Leading To Mizzy Lake





IMG_8324_Mizzy Lake

A Portion Of Mizzy Lake And The Bogs





IMG_8326 Bogs At Mizzy Lake

Another Section Of The Bogs On Mizzy Lake





IMG_8478 Reflections In Lake

One Of Many Lakes In Algonquin Park

(Not sure of the name of this Lake)





IMG_8354 Oxtonge RapidsIMG_8337 Taken At Oxtonge Rapids

Oxtonge Rapids Just Outside The West Gate Of The Park




Steve and I went on a road trip to Algonquin Park last Saturday. It took 3hrs. one way to get there. The Sugar Maple trees were almost at their peek. Not many leaves on the ground yet , as you can see from these photos.

One day is not long enough to spend in such a vast area with so much to see and do. I in no way could ever take photos that would ever do justice to such a Beautiful Wilderness as Algonquin Park. We were only there for the day, and the time went by so quickly, and it was starting to get dark in the park around 6 p.m, so we headed back home through the park , this time heading east. 

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of Autumn in the park. Here is a link  if anyone is interested in finding out more.       


Have a wonderful weekend one and all.

xx’s Dianne :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Autumn



IMG_7846 Mr. and Mrs Hayes

Mr. and Mrs. Hays


I would like to wish you all a Happy Autumn,

For today ( Sept. 23d ) is the first day of Fall in our part of the world.


I came across this lovely Harvest Couple while driving on a Country Road the other day. It made me smile and I hope it will make you smile also.




IMG_7986 Hint of Autumn In The trees

 I went for a walk along the Bay on the last day of summer, and I noticed that the tree tapestries are at a cross roads, and are beginning to change colors.




IMG_8191 Maple Tree




IMG_8263 Sumacs

Also the Sumac Bushes are starting to turn red and orange.




IMG_8201 Grackle

Seems I wasn’t the only one out for a walk. This Beautiful Common Bronze colored Grackle must have been waiting on his flight. :)


Well that is it for now. Hope you all have a wonderful first day of Autumn.

xo Dianne :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Migrating Monarch Butterflies



IMG_6902 Monarch Caterpiller

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."   - Richard Buckminster Fuller




IMG_6979 Monach Butterfly on Goldenrod

Butterflies are self propelled flowers."
- R.H. Heinlein




IMG_2302 Monarch Butterfly

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
- Maya Angelou




IMG_6931 Monarch Butterfly 3x4 



The Cocoon and The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared, he sat and
watched the butterfly for several hours as it
struggled to force its body through that little
hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress.
It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it
could and it could go no farther.
Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so
he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the
remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily.
But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled
wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly
because he expected that, at any moment, the
wings would enlarge and expand to be able to
support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent
the rest of its life crawling around with a
swollen body and shriveled wings.
It never was able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not
understand was that the restricting cocoon and
the struggle required for the butterfly to get
through the tiny opening were God's way of
forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly
into its wings so that it would be ready for
flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need
in our life. If God allowed us to go through
our life without any obstacles, it would cripple
us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.
And we could never fly.
Author Unknown




IMG_6954 Monarch Butterfly 1




At the end of Aug. and into September, the Monarch Butterflies gather at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, which is on the shores of Northern Lake Ontario, as they get ready for the long journey  of  migration to Central Mexico.

There is an association called, “Friends of the Park”. These Naturalist catch, tag and release these butterflies so they can keep track of them. 




IMG_6919 Tagging




I was fortunate enough to be able to witness how they capture and tag the butterflies. I did not see them arrive in clusters, but I was able to find a few and photograph them after they had been tagged and then released. These are a few of the photos I took that day. I hope you enjoy them.




IMG_2323 Tagged Butterfly




I have heard it said, that if a butterfly lands on you, it will bring you good luck. I had one land on my shoulder a few years ago. I must say, I don’t believe in luck, but I was truly Blessed now and then as I photographed, and admired these Beautiful creatures created by God.




IMG_2336 The Landing

I will end with this photo which I simply call

“The Landing”



Take care one and all. Have a great day!

Love and Care, Dianne :)

 P.S  For many of us it is the last weekend of the summer , so have a “Good One”. No matter what the Season, have a Blessed Weekend to each and every one of you :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Portrait Of A Canada Goose





IMG_0967 Canada Goose




I took this photo back in July of this year. I was out for a walk along the water front trail, and I came across some Canada Geese. This one got my attention and I was close enough that I could have touch him. I would never attempt to do that. I have a great admiration, and respect for these Beautiful Water Fowl.  There are those who don’t share my love for these birds and think they are a nuisance. I understand their reasons but I don’t share their view.  I wonder if sometimes Canada Geese think we are a nuisance and get in their way. :) Just a thought! I really think this planet is big enough for all of us to share, and show each other a little Grace.




IMG_1449 V


I love watching and listening to the geese as they fly in formation this time of year, as they prepare to fly south for the winter. They haven’t left yet, but they are practicing and training their young ones for the journey ahead.

Yes, there is a change in the air as we also prepare for a new season that is on our doorstep. We have a few more days of summer so enjoy them, and for all those who are looking forward to the long weekend, Have a good one.

Happy September one and all.

Love and Care

Dianne :)

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