Crimson Rosella

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Crimson Rosella

This bird is in the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Ontario. The Crimson Rosella is a native of Australia. They are 12 1/2″-14 1/2″ {32-36 cm}. They are often seen in gardens and orchards eating cultivated fruits in place of their basic diet of tree seeds.

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The Tin Man!

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The Tin Man

Some places describe the past. Black Creek Pioneer Village brings it to life.
Before we had electricity, moving water was the engine that turned the mill wheels of rural Canada, grinding grain into flour and providing a focal point for Ontario’s early communities. With the mill perched at the side of the stream, it wasn’t long until stores, a tavern, and a blacksmith shop were built nearby. Houses, a church and a school quickly followed. Over the past 150 years, most families have moved away from the land and into cities, leaving behind a way of life that defined early Ontario.
Four decades ago, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) created a small agricultural community at Toronto’s northern edge that honours the ways of our early settlers. Today, Black Creek Pioneer Village offers you a fascinating journey into the past – into the way people lived before cars, digital technology and the dominance of urban culture separated them from the land.
Black Creek is a working village, typical of those established in south central Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s. At Black Creek you are invited to escape the modern world, and experience Ontario’s rich rural heritage.
This is from the website of Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

Cloud Reflections!

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Cloud Reflections

It was a cold day when I was at the Distillery District. I found the place very interesting but busy. I kept darting into the buildings to get warm and because they are buildings that have an old world charm. As the name implies these buildings housed beer and liquor making enterprises. They have since gone out of business or were bought out. I may go back at some point when it is not cold or crowded.

Famous Nature Quote # 36

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DSC_5958Famous Nature Quote # 35

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Flaming Parrot Tulip!

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Flaming Parrot Tulip

Fiery feathers! Smouldering, deep yellow petals, with raging dark red flames. The petals are very serrated and open to display a wild and most unusual flower.  Parrot Tulips bloom mid to late spring. Parrot Tulips are unusual, twisted, kaleidoscopic flowers with a commanding garden presence. Parrot Tulips are real show offs in the garden and totally spectacular in a vase. Information provide by Tesselaar, Gardening at its Best.

Distorted Reflections!

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Distorted Reflections!

I captured this at the Distillery District in Downtown Toronto. I saw this hanging hand blown glass lamp and thought it was interesting but when I looked closer I found that looking lengthwise down the line I got the distorted reflections of the other lamps as well as the windows of the building I was in.

Ducks & Geese Prints!

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Duck & Geese Prints

This was at Edwards Gardens on a pathway that had a mini mudslide. It covered the path and the Ducks & Geese were parading to and fro through the mud to get to Wilket Creek then back to the path for some food that was being offered to them. I liked the pattern in the mud so I preserved it by capturing it.

Wisteria Macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’!

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Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon'

American Wisteria. This vigorous grower is far less rampant than non-native Wisteria but just as showy. In late May, long racemes of lavender-blue flowers appear and repeat during the summer months. Flowers are showy, fragrant and attract butterflies while providing great nesting and cover for native birds. Information from American Beauties, Native Plants

 

 

Osteospermum, Margarita White Spoon!

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OSTEOSPERMUM Margarita White Spoon

Cape Daisy Spoon Flower, is the common name for this flower. I found this at Allen Gardens Conservatory in Toronto. This is a perennial from South Africa. It is a butterfly attracting plant.