Powered by the wind, this guy was heading for shore when I first noticed him all alone out on th lake on a Sunday afternoon.
Windsurfing (also called water boarding) is a cross between sailing and surfing. Skilled windsurfers can perform free-style moves such as jumps, spinning maneuvers, and inverted loops. But this windsurfer was more of a beginner.
Last Sunday my husband and I were on our way to visit relatives in Upstate New York when we decided to take a short break...and LOOK what we found. Doesn't the reflection look like someone has scratched away some of the colour?
This river empties into Lake Ontario.
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Downtown Midland boasts outstanding murals on many of its buildings including its post office. I LOVE this one depicting the old post office with the Midland postmark. Artist Fred Lenz painted this mural and 33 others on Midland buildings, a few of which I have also photographed and a few more I want to go back and find.
Taken last week and already the trees look different as the swollen leaf buds in this photo are now opening into flowers and leaves.
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I hope you have a good sense of humour today so you can enjoy these DELIGHTFULLY DISTINCTIVE whimsical DESIGNS made of natural materials, part of the Milne House Garden Club art show last week at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
DECORATIVE and DRAMATIC, this hat is made of bleached palm bark, and DRIED aspidistra.
DELIGHTFULLY Whimsical DESIGN #2: purse
Perfect for just about any DIGNIFIED occasion, this DIVINE purse is made of reed, aspidistra leaves, eucalyptus and a peacock feather.
DELIGHTFULLY Whimsical DESIGN #3: wig
Sometimes my hair feels like straw but never quite like this. Yep, this elegant wig is indeed made of straw and a broom! Isn't it a DOOZIE?
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Spring is busting out all over East Gwillimbury. This is a great time to walk in the local woods...before those pesky mosquitoes and black flies appear!
In the largest square, a trout lily (Erythronium americanum) nods shyly at its many companions blooming on the forest floor. Moving clockwise: flowers on a Manitoba maple (Acer negundo) - also known as a box elder in the U.S. - is NOT my favourite tree. It's a troublesome weed in my gardens but I have to admit the flowers are interesting.
Next, the flower of wild ginger (Asarum canadense) hides under its leaf, which I uncovered to take this photo. Red trillium (Trillium erectum) are blooming in small clusters, attracting flies and bugs. Red trillium are also known as stinking Benjamin because they supposedly smell like rotten meat. I have never sniffed one so I don't know that from personal experience.
Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are nearing the end of their blooming season and I was hard pressed to find a few blossoms in pristine condition. In contrast, the may apple (Podophyllum peltatum) has just sprouted and is forming a bud. I'll have to return to take a photo of its flower.
Fairy Lake is man made, created in 1801 by a dam on the East Holland River. Originally Fairy Lake was a mill pond but now it's part of a public park with hiking trails, pavilions, picnic tables, and washrooms.
I took the photo because I was intrigued by the reflection of the bank and tree trunks in the river, but you can also see the reflection of the bridge obscured by the tree branches.
Jonathan Irving Calvert House, Markham, Ontario, CANADA
Built of buff brick with red details, this home is NOT in its original location. This house - along with 41 other heritage homes - has been moved to a special subdivision called Markham Heritage Estates (about half an hour south of East Gwillimbury).
David Leek Sr. House, an example of Second Empire style
Markham Heritage Estate is a "subdivision of last resort" for historical buildings in the Town of Markham that must be moved for such reasons as the construction of a superhighway, road widening, or storm water management facilities.
The David Leek Sr. House is one of only a few Second Empire-style homes left in the Town of Markham today.
Moving the David Leek Sr. House to its new location
Instead of demolishing heritage homes, the Town of Markham offered the sale of lots in this subdivision at lower-than-market value rates, providing incentive for the owners of qualifying buildings to arrange for relocation.
John Jacob Lunau House
Current owners are required to restore the homes accurately. Recently added to this Georgian Cottage-style house, the verandah and Gothic window are based on a historic photograph.
John Jacob Lunau House on its original lot
Originally built of unburned clay brick (soft and doesn't weather well), this house was later covered with wood siding.
Thomas Cameron House
The Thomas Cameron House is an example of a workers cottage with Gothic Revival influences. Period landscaping is also encouraged.