Vivid colours are not so easy to come by this time of year, but when you look close to the ground the garden still shows some hues as bright as a summer flower.
Striped Composition (click images for full-size views)
The play of sun and cloud on water seldom disappoints and seldom holds one shape for long.
Though the colours in the marsh fade fast a few of the shrubs are as loud as a flight of geese.
Frequent rains keep the beaver pond full and keep beavers busy plugging leaks.
Out in the pond it is strangely quiet with the birds of summer now gone south.
Alphabetical Order I
Alphabetical Order II
The forested bank of a creek preserves some of summer’s stories just for a moment.
Bed of Leaves
The life stories of these trees move more slowly.
Start at the End
I’m All Ears
November roared in with a gale that threatened every warm memory of summer. But as dawn rose on November 1 the winds softened and our beautiful neighbourhood was mostly unscathed.
First Sun of November
Photo at top of post: Points of Presence (click here for full-size view)
We don’t often think of the Great Lakes as a river, but the lakes are part of the vast watershed of the St. Lawrence River and all that water gradually moves eastward through the lakes and out to the Atlantic.
Just a long day’s drive downriver in this huge ecosystem, the changes in the landscape are spectacular to behold. In mid-September we travelled from the north coast of Lake Ontario to the north coast of the St. Lawrence, a couple hundred kilometers east of Québec City. Here sweet water mixes with salt water, the river’s current combines with the rise and fall of tides, and the changing of the seasons happens quickly.
Following are glimpses of the beautiful colours, patterns and creatures of the boreal forest along this great river.
Speckled Focus (click images for larger views)
The above photos were taken during a morning’s walk at Canopée Lit just north of Sacré-Coeur. The photo below shows the day’s last light on the Saguenay Fjord, viewed from the marina at L’Anse de Roche.
The next several photos were taken on a quiet, foggy day at Baie-Sainte-Marguerite, only 15 km further north.
Five | Four
See Grouse, Ruffed
Heading west on our way home the next day, we had time to stop at Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive where a ferry took us out to Isle-aux-Coudres for the afternoon.
Night in Day