Cataraqui Reflections

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter, High Water, And A Gig

Easter of 2014 has come and gone. I hope everyone had a good weekend. Having two statutory holidays in one weekend makes for a bare cupboard. Shopping is high on my to-do list for today.

Before that, however, I have pictures and a video of the spring runoff here in Trenton. Nearby Belleville has had high water problems along the Moira River. The pictures and video I present are from the high water levels along the Trent-Severn Waterway that flows into the Bay of Quinte at Trenton Ontario.







The above three pictures were taken by Kathy Jerome as we drove along Highway 33 between Trenton and Frankford. The water going through the dam can clearly be seen as heavy.

To really get a feel for how fast and furious the water is flowing, check out this short video I took yesterday at one of the locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway.



Pretty amazing to see, and hear.

I actually got out on Saturday and played at the Frankford Legion in Frankford Ontario. Too bad I only had the idea of playing on the Thursday prior. The legion didn't have time for any advertising, but it was fun and I was asked to return on Mother's Day for a paying gig. I accepted their invitation and will post about it after the event.


My friend Kathy Jerome took this picture for me.

I couldn't help but notice that the buds on the trees are growing.


Won't be long now before the leaves appear on the trees. I think spring is finally here.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Swans Are Back In The Bay

I took a drive down to Bain Park in Trenton to check to see if the swans had returned and I was not disappointed.


I hid in the bushes to take the picture as I did not want to disturb the swans.


I think this is the female looking for a place to build her nest. I hope she finds a nice spot.

While I was lining up a swan shot, a squirrel was jumping through the tree branches and I took this bonus shot. So cute.


Since I was in the park, I snapped two shots of the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial there.


Here's a closer look.


The granite monument bears the names of the fallen 158 soldiers of the conflict.

This last picture shows what is left of the ice on the Bay of Quinte. Another good wind should clear the ice completely.


The grass has now taken on a greenish hue so the rain last night was helpful in bringing on this sign of spring and warmer days to come.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Signs In Trenton

The biggest sign that spring has arrived is the departure of the ice on the Trent River.

When this picture was taken, there was still ice to the south of this bridge, but today the Bay was mostly water. Perhaps tomorrow the entire river and bay will be ice free. Yay!

Even when there was still snow on the ground, I decided to put out my bird bath, reasoning that the robins that I saw would still like to have a bath even this early in the season. I have seen many robins scurrying along the ground in search of the grubs and worms that make up a meal for them. I didn't have to wait long.



A robin hopped in and splashed around to my great delight. I took this picture through a window so as not to spook the birds so I apologize for the crappy quality.

The robin was just preening its feathers when a dove landed on the edge of the bird bath.

The robin moved off to make room for the dove. It did not have a bath, just daintily sipped the water before flying off.

There you have it, three positive signs that spring is definitely here. I just wish it was a little warmer, but that too will come soon.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunrise Photos

I was up early this morning so I took a drive near the Bay of Quinte's edge and got some sunrise photos. The pictures I take from home always have hydro wires in them and I wanted pictures that had only the sunrise and nature in them.







This picture displays a wagon which in summertime is probably filled with flowers. This morning it looks interesting in the sunrise glow.


I then went into William Bain Park and took these pictures.

You can see that most of the snow is gone. Soon the ice will be on the move as well.

Last season's cat tails look like they are straining toward the sun this morning.


And that is how the day began today here in Trenton Ontario.