On a bike ride

I’m getting ready to go on my first bike ride of the summer.  I’m not taking my camera, there’s something else I want to bring.  I hope I’ll see my four-legged friends, I didn’t see them all winter as I only take this road in summer and fall.  It’s a beautiful early evening, so peaceful on this rural back road as I’m going up the hill.  I see them farther in the field.   Every time I get there I stop to talk to them and each time they come to meet me.  I always wonder if they recognize me, especially after the long winter months without seeing me.  I open my backpack, I have something in there they really like, some pieces of apples and carrots.  I don’t give them too many, just a few.  I hang around for a little while, I tell them how beautiful and graceful they are.  It’s time to go now,  it’s getting darker.   I tell them I’ll be back soon and wave at them as I go down the hill.

Horses on a field at sunset

Two other horses I used to see on another bike ride.  I don’t see them anymore.  I wonder what happened to them.

Horses on a field

A nice encounter at Frampton Brasse microbrewery

Horse Frampton Beauce

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful time this summer.  Until now it’s been rather cold here but I know warmer days are coming and I’m looking forward to them.

Happy week dear friends !

The end of a cold winter

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently ?  And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt, and perhaps it says “go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again ”  Lewis Carroll.

This winter was very cold.  Most days were -20°C and I didn’t go out much on photographic excursions.  Now Spring is at our doors and before concentrating on flower photography and verdant landscapes I’d like to share these two images I took last December, a few days before Christmas.

It was a peaceful end of afternoon.  The only sounds were coming from my snowshoes sinking in the snow and, occasionally, from a little chickadee’s distinct whistle.  I could hear, way up above me, tree branches cracking in the wind.  I would stop, looking in the distance, observing, listening.  Silence, solitude, peace…

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Enchantment and gratitude to witness this beautiful end of afternoon.  You can see this photo with a better image quality here.  Scroll down if you’re interested to read a Behind The Lens story I wrote.

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We are now at the first days of Spring and it’s always with a bit of regret that I see the end of winter coming.  But at the first notes of the song sparrow I know I’ll be ready for Spring.

A beautiful weekend to all of you !

 

 

A new day

The faint light of dawn was on the horizon.  I was ready to go on this chilly new day.  Everything around me was asleep waiting to emerge from Morpheus’s arms with the first rays of the rising sun.

The first rays

#sunrise, #horses #lever de soleil, #chevaux #landscape #paysages #country #campagne

A horse was watching me.  He came to greet me and slowly made his way to the meadow.

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The first rays of the sun, the mist rising from the river, the flowering meadow, the colours of the sunrise, the companionship of the horse…   It was a peaceful morning.

#landscape #paysage #champ fleuri #meadow #flowering meadow #country #campagne

It was the first time I would get up so early in the middle of the night, 3 am, to get ready to photograph the sunrise.  It was an unforgettable and wonderful morning and I plan to return soon to another place I would love to photograph in the early hours.

I hope you are all having a wonderful and peaceful Summer.  And to those in the southern hemisphere a wonderful and peaceful Winter.

Jocelyne

Little hummingbird

Hello dear friends 🙂

#plum tree  #prunier  #plum flowers  # fleurs de prunier

I was not very active on my blog these past three months and didn’t visit yours as I’m used to, but I’m back and happy to share with you my latest photos and visiting your blogs again to see what you’ve been up to.

After such a harsh winter it was pure joy to see all the little flower buds blooming everywhere and hear the cheerful bird songs filling the air.  Migrating birds were back and a hummingbird had the habit of resting on the same branch in a little tree in my yard.  He spent a lot of time there watching the feeder.  He was startled each time I would press the shutter.  I don’t do bird photography much but I’m glad I could get close enough to this hummingbird and create these images.

#hummingbird #colibri

 

#hummingbird #colibri #birds #oiseaux

This past month I’ve been creating new still life images.  Many months went by since I’ve done them and I’m glad I have new images I’ll share with you soon.

We are well into Summer now.  I’m dreaming of swimming in a lake, laying on a hammock and watching the clouds passing by, campfire marshmallows, picnics and long walks on rural roads, reading under a tree… And so much more !

I wish you all a wonderful Summer 🙂

Jocelyne

The life of a tree

Sitting quietly under a tree on a beautiful Summer day, hearing the soft rustling sound of the leaves in the breeze.

Crossing an open field on a bitter cold winter’s day and taking shelter from the harsh cold wind at the edge of the forest.

Admiring birds perching in a nearby tree.

Walking a trail in the woods under a canopy of trees, feeling at peace and united with nature.

Leaning against the trunk of a tree, embracing it and sensing its healing energy flowing in.

What would we do, what would we become without trees ?  We need them to survive much more than we think we do.

One of my favourite scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki wrote, along with writer Wayne Grady, a wonderful book about the life story of a tree, from it’s beginnings as a seed and expanding through the tree’s lifetime.  Suzuki and Grady describe how the tree grows and receives nourishment and what role the tree plays in the forest throughout its life. It acts as a home to a succession of creatures and plays a crucial role in the water cycle, in breaking rock down into soil, and in removing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Even after the tree dies, it provides a home for moss, ferns, and other plants, which use the tree as a nurse log, and it provides nutrients for insects and fungi. Tree also looks at the community of organisms that share the tree’s ecosystem and at the events going on in the larger world during the tree’s lifetime.

I went for a long walk a few weeks ago and was captivated by the great beauty of an old maple tree.

#maple tree #trees #érable #arbre

I took more photos of trees that day

#trees #arbres

#trees, #arbres, #winter #hiver

If you are interested in David Suzuki’s book “Tree A Life Story”, click here to go to his website and learn more about it.  I haven’t read it yet but I surely will.

I hope the weather will warm up here so we can really embrace Spring and see all the snow disappearing. We still have a lot here.  I wish you all a wonderful week !

Jocelyne

 

Seeing beauty in simple things

What I love about photography is how we can bring out subtle details  we don’t always notice.  How we can reveal and really see the essence, the uniqueness,  the intricate perfection and exquisiteness of simple things like branches and weeds.  And sometimes, when we look with the eyes of the heart, perceiving the pureness and the spark of life within them.  How sublime is mother nature, how interconnected we are with her.  And us and these little branches and weeds have something in common. We come from the same source…

#cedar #branches #cèdre

#tree branches #branches d'arbres

#tree branches #branches d'arbres

#weeds

A beautiful week to you dear friends 🙂

Jocelyne