Cottage Life

It has been frigid, and I really haven’t had the urge to brave the cold to take some new photos. So instead of dwelling on the wintery situation, I’ve decided to remind you of summer.

A portion of almost every summer of life has been spent in the Parry Sound area/cottage country in Ontario. I have been lucky enough to have had a family cottage and relatives in the area.  My summers, therefore, have always involved listening to loons, watching the sun set on the lake, being amazed at the ability of pine, cedar and spruce trees to grow on bare rock, fishing, roasting marshmallows at a camp fire, and most importantly catching frogs and the occasional snake.

Here are a few photos  that bring me right back to my summers “up north” and make me feel warm on the inside while my outside shivers. BRRRRR!

Spring In The Cold

Today’s post is a bit of a mish-mash of images.  I had a look through some photos I took the day of the 2013 ice storm and found some that I liked but never shared, so I’ve included them today (the Foreboding Road and Kelso Conservation Area)! There’s also a shot of the Burlington beach following the snow storm we had on the weekend.  The ice shelf doubled in size over night and if you live in Burlington it’s a sight to see! I’ve spoken to some people who have no idea that the ice shelf forms every winter (provided we have a few good storms with an east wind)!  That’s all very cold and icy, but I also had some pink tulips and thought I’d include a hazy, soft photo of them as well; A little hint of spring because right about now I’m sure a lot of you are sick of snow and ice. Happy Friday, everyone! Stay warm!

Winsome Winter

It’s sometimes hard not to get whiny in winter. With the holidays over and 2 months of cold left to live through, dreams of Spring begin to take over my brain. I start to complain that I miss colour, flowers and the smell of freshly mown grass. I have to remind myself that in the dead of last summer, when I couldn’t sleep for sweating, and the itch of my mosquito bites was driving me insane, I whined just as loud for sweater weather- hot chocolate, fluffy snow flakes falling from the sky, and the smell of fireplace smoke in the cold night air. The grass is always greener, right? When I get ahead of myself in any given season, it’s good to stop and notice how beautiful things are right where I am in time and space. For instance, in my corner of Southern Ontario, we have a lot of species of over-wintering birds, particularly ducks that gather in Hamilton Harbour. We also have hundreds of kilometers of trails dotted with waterfalls and criss-crossed by ravines. These places are treasure troves of breath taking scenery all year round. Maybe these photos will remind you that Winter really isn’t so bad and encourage you to go see for yourself!