Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winter morning

Pinkish sky and swans
Random 5

1. On some winter mornings when the sky to the south is ALMOST totally obscured by clouds over Lake Ontario, the light has a pink, coral, or yellow cast. It's probably pollution...but it's pretty, especially when the landscape is mostly whites, browns and greys.

2. Hooray for honest car mechanics! Last week our car was stuck in PARK in a local grocery store parking lot. Our long-time mechanic drove my husband to where the car was stuck, determined the problem was a burnt-out fuse, and charged us for a couple of fuses and his time.  A dishonest mechanic could have claimed the car needed a new transmission.

3. I bought a small bunch of tulips last week. Did you know that you can keep them upright in a vase by pricking their stems with a pin just below the flower?

4. The Monarch butterfly population has declined from between 80 and 90% since 1996. The main culprit appears to be the herbicide that kills milkweed, the Monarch's main food source. Recently the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico and the prime minister of Canada agreed at a NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) meeting to study the situation - the Monarch is a symbol of cooperation  amongst the three countries. I hope cooperation on the monarch decline is not too late.

5. I'm reading a collection of short stories by Russian author Anton Chekhov. If you're looking for stories with happy endings, these are NOT for you. Chekhov's stories tend to be open ended in that you have the feeling much has happened before the first chapter and that the characters live on once the story is finished. If you are curious about what life was like for Russians during the last two decades of the 20th-century (a few years before the Russian Revolution and communism), Chekhov's works are goldmines.

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45 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Gorgeous subtle colours, and well done to the mechanic!

eileeninmd said...

Pretty capture of the scene and swans. I am always happy to hear there is an honest mechanic out there. Have a happy day!

Carole M. said...

what a perfect setting for your photo with the swans

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Gorgeous colors in that sky. I'm glad your car trouble was a small issue. I'm still wondering about mine but have to get the a/c fixed first before carrying the car in for a look see. Have a great weekend!

Elisa Nievas said...

You must wait for spring!
Greetings
Elisa, in Argentina

Revrunner said...

Yep, I've enjoyed Chekhov stories, too.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful composition.

It has been awhile since I read work by Chekhov.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Such delicate and subtle colours and your photo seems to hold a story within it; I love photos like this.

Chekhov? I have to be in the right mood for his stories but I enjoy the challenge hid stories present.

An honest mechanic is worth their weight in gold!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pic. Chekov's stories are a little too open ended for me but very well written. I had no idea about the Monarch butterfly's decline. That is shocking!

Pamela Gordon said...

Yay for honest car mechanics! Who would have thought of a fuse? I'm glad the governments of NA are trying to do something to preserve the Monarchs. I believe one blogger mentioned that milkweed has been taken off the noxious weed list in Canada which should really help eventually. Have a great day!

see you there! said...

The swans seem content even with a human close by. Thanks for the tulip tip - news to me.

Darla

Sandra said...

glad to know there are honest mechanics left and sad about the butterflies....

Jeanne said...

Enjoyed your random 5 and always on the lookout for good books, and not necessarily ones with happy endings. Will check these out. hOping for spring soon!

TexWisGirl said...

soft sky - and i'm happy for #2!

Small City Scenes said...

I like the pinkish sky and the four swans a-swimming. Will try the tulip trick. MB

Linda W. said...

I always enjoy it when the clouds have a little bit of color. Nice pink hue and good capture!

Halcyon said...

A beautiful winter scene, although I hope things will warm up for you soon! I can imagine you are ready for some spring. :)

ladyfi said...

What a lovely shot.

A Garden of Threads said...

I have heard they are taking the milkweed off the noxious week list here. It would certainly help from this end. Great shot of the lake.

Debbie said...

soft, beautiful color in that sky!!

i love seeing the swans, we see them in the winter here!!

Gail Dixon said...

I hate to hear about the decline of the monarchs! Everything on this earth has a purpose and I wish those who try to eradicate certain plants would think about the consequences!

Jo said...

Great skies and swans. Glad to hear about your long-time honest mechanic. And sad to hear about the Monarch butterfly. I should do some research on its fate in South Africa, and check its status there. Have a great weekend. Greetings, Jo

Jo said...

Great skies and swans. Glad to hear about your long-time honest mechanic. And sad to hear about the Monarch butterfly. I should do some research on its fate in South Africa, and check its status there. Have a great weekend. Greetings, Jo

Margaret Adamson said...

I Loved reading your facts and yes I did know that about the Tulips.Loved the swans and colour in the shot.

Stuart said...

Man, that looks like cold water. A real testimony to down.

RedPat said...

We need to let the milkweed thrive and not pull it out as a weed!

cieldequimper said...

One of your best photos.

I need to go prick my tulips then. And I love Chekhov!

carol l mckenna said...

Great sky shot for SWF ~ serene colors ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

crocuses are popping up! ^_^

edenhills said...

Beautiful picture. I do hope we can save the monarch.

Connie Smiley said...

Neat shot, and I love that sky color! Thanks for the tulip trick. I'll have to try it.

Randy said...

I like Anton Chekhov's stories and this photo is amazing. I would be beautiful in black and white.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful capture.

Stewart M said...

I saw a monarch in Arizona this week - shame it was just the one.

Am now trying to keep awake due to jet lag!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sarah Huizenga said...

Love a good mechanic, once you have found one you never let them go.

Buttons said...

It is nice to have an honest mechanic for sure.
Thanks for the tip about the tulips.
Oh the poor Monarchs we use no pesticides on our farm and I let the milkweeds grow:)
Russia certainly has an interesting history and stories. Hug B

Viv@within the Frame said...

Thanks for the Tulip tip good to know and keep that mechanic he sounds good, have a great weekend...

Snap said...

Beautiful shot -- calm and quiet feel. I have a great mechanic, too. Thanks for the tulip tip. The Monarch and the bees -- so sad and a bad omen for life on earth. I haven't read Chekov for ages. Happy Friday!

Tanya Breese said...

yay for the honest mechanic! hang on to him! so sad about the butterflies :( great tip on the tulips!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Gorgeous pink sky on a cold winter morning. Don't you wonder how the swans can survive in that cold water.
Hooray for an honest mechanic! I'm going to have to try the tulip trick. I hope the Monarchs can be saved.
Have a great weekend.

Karen said...

I didn't know the swans stayed around for the winter. Great shot with that pale pink sky! I learned the prick the stem trick when I was a florist! It does work! I am so upset about the butterfly and bee issues. I am involved with the Ontario's Save The Bees campaign to ban neonicotinoids.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I could have used that tulip trick last week. xo

NatureFootstep said...

what a gorgeous light there are! Combined with the swans it is stunning.

Sharon said...

Your photo is pleasing, with the tones of the sky and the elegant swans. And a person to enjoy the surroundings. Very nice composition!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I did not know that about tulips. I tend to not buy them as they don't seem to last long. I enjoy them at the store. Beautiful sunrise. I notice them every day driving to work. Telephone poles and wires ruin the view so I don't stop and photograph.

catskillblogger said...

Hemingway is also someone whom you won't find a happy ending.

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