Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maple sappers

A few weeks back we had a chance to take in the last boil (not a skin irritation) at an area maple syrup operation, where traditional and more contemporary modes of collecting sap are used.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


We rarely witness forest fires in these parts, so when a blaze broke out in the hills north of Hawkesbury, we were taken aback, and then impressed, when water bombers were called in.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Urban decay

During a recent visit to Montréal, I had, during traffic congestion, the chance to gaze at many examples of urban decay. This tower in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue was a compelling sight.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Outdoor plumbing

Spring is a time of discovery and in the boonies you never know what you might find when the snow and ice recede to reveal some clandestine, and illegal, winter-time activities. All sorts of stuff turn up in rural ditches. This find gives a different spin to the term "outdoor plumbing."

Spring invasion

A flock of snow geese has taken up temporary residence near my house.

The big birds are impressive, and loud.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A fowl mood

Spring brings all sorts of fine-feathered friends to the natural ponds that form beside my house.