Monday, May 18, 2015

Victoria Day Weekend

 Lake Simcoe at sunset

Today is the last day of a three-day weekend here in Canada. We are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday, which we celebrate each year on the Monday preceding May 25th.  Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, so she is about to be 196 years old.

Lake Simcoe

Actually though, we are celebrating the beginning of summer. (What? What happened to spring?) Traditionally on this weekend, many owners of cottagers open them up for the season, boaters put their crafts into the water, families go on picnics and watch fireworks, gardeners plant annuals....

I suspect that all of this is going on here except for the planting of annuals. Just last week we had a hard frost!

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55 comments:

Mersad said...

I absolutely love the colors in the sky.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderfully atmospheric and peaceful looking!

Andy said...

I like your photos. That marina sign looks like it is date back to the 50's. Maybe even the 40's.

Jeevan said...

Climate seems to drastically chance everywhere... Hope you enjoy the season :)
Wonderful capture and nice reflection.

Jacquelineand.... said...

So lovely and serene; very peaceful photos.

Thank you for your kind words; we appreciated them very much.

Revrunner said...

I think next weekend is the traditional start to the boating season here.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Victoria Day! I love the pretty sky and view on the first photo. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful sunsets over the lake.

Halcyon said...

What absolutely beautiful reflections! I know I say it all the time, but I miss Ontario. At least I have your wonderful shots to take me back. :)

Sandra said...

I now dub you "queen of reflection photos" double wow wow on this one. we went right into July the first day of May..

Anvilcloud said...

It has been a fine weekend. I like these photos.

Margaret Adamson said...

The colours of the sky are marvellous adn the reflection in the first shot is stunning.

Donna said...

What a wonderful celebration....right around our Memorial Day weekend where we kick off summer. I didn't realize I shared a close birthday with Queen Victoria...it explains a lot! :)

Kathy said...

These are beautiful pictures. I feel like I could just reach out and put my hand in the water.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful light, color and reflections! enjoy the day!

see you there! said...

Beautiful shots of the lake and sky. Memorial Day at the end of this month signals the beginning of summer here. So far "summer" seems a little doubtful as I sit under overcast skies all day.

Darla

Karen S. said...

Absolutely stunning photos, so very calming what a lovely spot, and your reflection in your first photo is award winning. Enjoy your celebrations.

RedPat said...

I love that 1st shot, EG! I was at the garden centre yesterday and it looks like people aren't waiting to do their planting - I am. It is going to be cool again this week so next weekend will be the time for me. Enjoy the day - it seems to be really quiet here this morning.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome skies and colors and breathtaking captures!! And you do indeed take my breath away!! Hope you get some sunshine and warmth and have a great new week!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty of your world!!

Rose said...

I love these photos...love the feel of them. Love the subject. They would really make a beautiful painting.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You could almost flip that first photo upside down - the refection is so clear and sharp.

Fotolosopher said...

I don't know anything about Victoria Day, but you're right, she's even older than I am! That first shot is just about perfect, what with the reflection and the colors!

Gwen said...

The lighting is beautiful in both of these. Great job!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...what glorious colors of pinks/lavenders and a smoky blue. Beautiful

Small City Scenes said...

Your have the Queen's birthday to jump start summer we have Memorial Day-last Monday in May to get the summer going and yet the first day of Summer isn't until June 20/21st.

VP said...

Amazing shots, the lake and the sky are wonderful!

jandi said...

Beautiful pictures!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful view and images.

cieldequimper said...

Hope you're enjoying the day! Thanks for these stunning shots!

Gail Dixon said...

Beautiful colors in the sunset at Lake Simcoe. I'd love to visit there someday.

Felicia said...

beautiful, peaceful images.

Ginny said...

Beautiful photos! I especially like the first one with the reflection of the sign and just that touch of pink in the sky, all reflected in the water!

Laura said...

Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy this time of celebration :-)

Ruth Hiebert said...

I love the first picture. It looks like a painting,only better. No planting of annuals here,mine are covered with blankets to keep the frost out.

mick said...

The lake is beautiful and your photo captures show the light beautifully.

carol l mckenna said...

Colorful and creative photography! Gorgeous ~ Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Valerie said...

Stunning reflection EG, followed by a beautifully serene scene - thank you for sharing your gorgeous part of the world.

Photo Cache said...

A 3-day holiday, what fun! Hope you spent the holiday shooting :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

it was a good weekend weather wise, a bit warm and humid for me though.

Michelle said...

That second shot is so beautiful!

Amy Franks said...

oh wow what gorgeous colours!

Bethany Carson said...

The reflection is beautiful! Lovely location!

Randy said...

Love the reflection in the first shot.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Absolutely amazing photos and scenes, Tina - beautifully done!
Have a Great Day!
Peace :)

Cloudia said...

For some reason these excellent photos say ONTARIO to me.





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orchid Miyako said...

Dearest EG; I've learned about celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday in your country. I hope you could enjoy your holidays. In Japan, the present Emperor's birthday is our national holiday.
Stunning photograph of Lake Simcoe; wonderful trip reflection♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Weekend-Windup said...

Sounds great that you are having a wonderful trip in Canada! Stunning shots!

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Two very beautiful images EG, the weather seems to be all over the place everywhere these days!

Powell River Books said...

We live in our cabin year round, so we didn't have to open it for Victoria Day. But we did see lots of our neighbours returning the week before to get things all ready to go. We've had a mild winter so there is a lot more lake activity than years before. - Margy

William Kendall said...

Two gorgeous shots, EG!

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Love that first shot, stunning..

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Great photos, especially the reflection one. I can see that one taking up a whole wall.
Take 25 to Hollister

bettyl-NZ said...

Both shots are picture-postcard perfect! What lovely scenes.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Fantastic sky! Yes, what happened to spring? The weather has been so beautiful here in Virginia. Spring is still trying to hang around here. I don't mind that at all because summer is very hot and humid here.

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