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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Night Visitors








Last night I was working on the computer, oil lamps burning on a dresser behind me, when I suddenly became aware that something was watching me from the dark outside through the window.  Sure enough, looking out onto the deck, I could see a big northern flying squirrel hanging on a bird feeder filled with sunflower seeds, looking in at me.  Over the years, I have had flying squirrels looking down at me through my skylights, noses pressed tight, peeking in at me from the upstairs windows.  One time, when I was outdoors at night, I even had one land on my head.  If you carry a few almonds in your pocket, you can make fond memories and a trusting friendship very quickly.  I was outside just a few minutes ago and a different northen flying squirrel was on the feeder.  With her tail wrapped around the feeder for support as she ate sunflower seeds, I couldn't resist and gave her tail a few short strokes to feel her soft fur.  She never paid any attention!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blue Morning Light











I was awake at 5:00 AM this morning.  It's always that way after a storm - I just can't sleep!  When I looked out the north window in the halo of the yard lamp, I could make out a lone mourning dove that I had awakened from her slumber.  She had spent the entire night hunkered down on a maple limb right outside the window.  I went outdoors, wading through snow at 6:00 AM to plug the block heater on the tractor, for an early start plowing.  My dove hadn't moved at 7:00 AM and was still nodding off. 

The pattern, is the storm and the calm that follows, all the birds and mammals in the forest lying low when it is happening, then with clear weather everything becomes busy again.  So it is with me and my dove...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ram's Head Orchids and Wood Turtles


Gypsum Mining - Walton, Nova Scotia.



Log Driving on St. Mary's River, Near Sherbrooke.










Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dominion Atlantic Railway & Land of Evangeline








Dominion Atlantic Railways were committed to bringing Bostonians and Brits to see and hopefully, invest in the future of the Annapolis Valley even before 1900.  Tourism generated revenue and was the portal to bringing new people into the area.  They hired professional photographers and publishers, the likes of J. Murray Jordan of Philadelphia to document the splendor in small pamphlets and travelogue books such as this one from the "International Souvenir Series" published in 1897.  Many of these photos, are worth 10,000 words and I have never seen any taken earlier in some of the valley.  The little book shows Kingsport, Kentville, Digby, Annapolis, Bear River, Windsor, Wolfville, Blomidon and Grand Pre relatively unsettled, through a pastoral lens that reminds us how quickly change transcends our correct memory of the past.





Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bucks Are US










None of this money is mine.  It's all digital Canadian cash available right now on Ebay for purchase - but the visuals on these bills tell a great story of who we were, who we are as Canadians and this fascinates me.  Time, place, condition....