Single Shot Monday: Up, Up, Up…

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Not the good, salty kind.

Paint chips.

It’s all about the yellow.

Mellow yellow.

Golden yellow.

Meringue, which I always thought of as white.

Um, no.


At least in the world of paint chips.

The entire cave-like, vampire-ish first floor of the casa is being painted yellow and white, as soon as I can decide on the variations on yellow.

Sounds like a symphony.

A symphony of yellow.

I’m excited. In a color-induced, stressed-out, yellow coma kinda way.

It’s taken me all summer spring and summer to settle on the big Y.

It was the fretting.

Fretting sucks that paint chip decision into a vortex.

I had to look up, up, up to get this shot of yellow goodness.

You know you want to click it bigger.

And Monday floats in on cloud of Meringue.

No, wait. Honey Infusion.

No, no, no. Make that September Morning.

Pulls hair and exits left.


Single Shot Monday: Braided…

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On a walk along the shores of Lake Ontario one evening last week, I came upon these grasses and weeds.

What struck me was the flattened grasses between the plants. It looks as if they’ve been braided.

That’s it.

That’s all I’ve got today.

I think I have a category for that.

Oh, yeah.

Big Fat Zero.

And that’s how Monday rolled in today… on a big, fat zero.

I got nuthin’.


Close Shot Friday 063

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I call it…

The Assist.

Yesterday, we took a little field trip, had a little roadmance. We visited the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. I had never been before.

Evergreen Brick Works is an environmental community centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.

That is how they describe themselves on their visitor’s guide map.

The Don Valley Brick Works, before it closed in 1984, manufactured millions of bricks a year for use in Canada’s construction industry. It was a captain of brick industry.

I went to photograph the kilns with G-Man, but there is so much more there.

We visited the Evergreen Garden Market, part of the Weston Family Quarry Garden and Don Valley Brick Works Park, the Koerner Gardens, and Café Belong.

Weekends are when it’s happening. Lots of activities going on. There’s a Wild Blueberry Festival this Sunday I’ve got my eye on.

If you’re near the Greater Toronto Area — GTA — don’t miss this hidden gem.

I’ll be posting more shots later.

You’ll just have to make do with that close shot for now.

TGIF, baby. You know what to do.

Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…


Close Shot Friday 062

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Cherry. Cherry, baby. (Elen does karaoke.)

Cherry. Cherry, baby. (Elen never does karaoke.)

Oops. Wrong lyrics.

Sorry, Jersey Boys. I don’t know if Miss Sherry can come out tonight. You better ask her mama.

Neil, honey?

Oh, there you are.

What’s not to love about Sherry? I mean Cherry.

Make that cherries.

TGIF. You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…

If you’re on the road for the Civic Holiday weekend, safe journey. Stay alert out there.


You Never Know With Libraries…

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You find some of the most interesting things hanging out in and around community libraries.

People. Books. Trees.

Art. Sculpture. Flowers.

Ornamental corn commingling with bright perennials.

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Yes. Ornamental corn. It’s called Field of Dreams.

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It was the pink that drew my attention. C’mon. Pink on corn. There is an ear of corn right there. The kernels are dark and poppable. Poppable.

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It was high noon at the library. These were the best of a dozen shots. Go ahead corn. Go ahead pretty flower. Commingle. You’re doing it right.

If you know what the flower is, shout it out in the comments. It looks like a zinnia to me.

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You never know with libraries.

And Thursday brings us that much closer to a 3-day weekend. Thank you, Civic Holiday. And that’s Simcoe Day in Toronto.



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I’ve been making an effort to create a bee and butterfly — B&B — friendly perennial garden.

The bees have been back in good force this year. Bumblebees, big bees, small bees.

Bees, man.

They’ve embraced the whole yard. And I relish that, even though I don’t want to get stung.

Seriously. No stinging, bees.

I’ve made you a nice habitat.

Let us embrace our diversity.

No stinging.

Please and thank you.

Sadly, I’ve yet to see the return of the butterflies, especially the Monarch.

Some Milkweed will be going in next year.

There were plenty of bees zipping around when I clicked this shot. This bee was the only one willing to sit for an impromptu portrait.

Let’s just bzzzzzz right over Hump Day.