Cataraqui Reflections

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bird, Animal And Flower Pictures

I have taken a few pictures of birds and new flowers since the beginning of the renewal spring season.

My little mountain ash tree did not take well to the harsh conditions it had to endure this past winter season, but it still managed to produce a few flowers. I had to cut away some dead stalks and branches and I also added some fertilizer to the water I am using to feed it and the tree responded with more shoots and a few flowers.

Meanwhile, in the back yard, the cherry tree is in full bloom.

Here's a close up shot of those flowers.

A bumble bee happily moves among the cherry blossoms to hunt for the nectar it seeks. So nice to see a bee doing its thing.

Right beside the cherry tree are some lilac bushes and they too are in full bloom. I love the way the flowers scent the air nearby.

A mourning dove stopped by the bird bath and had a nice swim. Here it is just exiting the water.

This robin decided to have a little rest from hunting for grubs and worms in the grass and lay down at the foot of the mountain ash tree. The quality is marred somewhat as I took the picture through a screen in the window.

If you ever wondered if robins actually set down anywhere other than in a tree, the above is proof that they do.

Just down the highway near Belleville, along the Bay of Quinte, a new bunch of goslings makes an appearance in front of my friend Kathy's place.

There are many goslings per family in this group. I imagine a few will be lost to foxes and other prey before the goslings grow to maturity.

On a recent trip to Bloomfield Ontario, in Prince Edward County, I visited an open garden and took these pictures.

And I thought this flowering tree was beautiful on this sunny day.

This hen is formed from a hedge and I thought it was cute.

Before I managed to cut my grass this week, I had a hare visitor stop and have a sit down near the bird bath and so I took its picture.

Yesterday I was down to Meyer's Pier in Belleville and I snapped this picture of the Bay Bridge as it stood displayed so nicely in the distance.

Finally, my friend Kathy Jerome sent a sunrise photo from today. Enjoy.

Another month has almost passed. Better keep moving. See you here again soon.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Victoria Weekend Monday With Swans And A Canada Goose

First thing I saw when I pulled into Bain Park was this Canada goose down by the water.

Soon after, I spotted a swan.

Then it swan right by me, fluffing its feathers. It is entirely possible that the swan had fleas as it was constantly picking at itself with its beak.

This pair has a nest deep in some bramble bushes on a pavilion just off shore.

The small expanse of water between the nest and the shore will protect the nest from any unwanted visitors.

That's it for this post. I am off to the Trenton Legion 110 this evening for Open Mic. See you again soon!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Monday

You know, you just gotta be able to laugh at yourself. I am such an idiot.

Yesterday, Mother's Day, I played a gig at the Frankford Legion, which went very well and I picked up two future gigs before the supper was over. I went outside to move my vehicle to the side door so I could load up my equipment. I had to back up about twenty feet to turn into the lot. That's when the hydro pole jumped out and hit my car. Normally, I would have just jumped the curb because I was so close, but noooo, there had to be a pole.

I am lucky that the frame was not bent. I only have to replace the taillight unit, which was surprisingly affordable, with labour and all factored in.

So, let's see. I made $50.00 for playing the gig, I will spend $125.00 on repair to my car. That leaves me $75.00 in the hole. Like I said, you gotta be able to laugh at yourself.

On to happier events. This is a photo of today's sunrise taken by Kathy Jerome.

New life has begun for my mountain ash tree. It is a beautiful beginning to a great day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Today's Sunrise Photos

As many of you know, my friend, Kathy Jerome, has the pleasure of watching the sun rise from her east-facing home along the Bay of Quinte, a local body of water that stretches for some miles.

These are her photos, taken this morning, with framing provided by my editing program.

Kathy has over 26000 pictures of sunrises and sail boats and other water sport activity that has occurred just beyond her front yard over the years.

The photos I have seen are all spectacular, and each day is different from the ones that came before. Anyone interested in seeing her collection for possible photo purchase can contact me via my email.

I am busily prepping for my Mother's Day Dinner gig.

Just a little reminder in case some of you might like to come out and enjoy a meal and a song or two - Frankford Legion, 11 May 2014. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Oops! About those fingerless gloves...

After my initial excitement at finding the perfect gloves to wear for my act, I realized that the picture I put out to the world shows me wearing the gloves backwards. It's a good thing I know how to laugh at myself, because I am LMFAO right now.

Have a laugh on me too.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Success! A Pair Of Fingerless Gloves

Hello and welcome to my first post of May 2014.

I am a happy person today because, after over a year of searching, I finally found a pair of black lace fingerless gloves.

I had seen a young woman playing a song that I was learning and she wore black lace fingerless gloves. So began my search. It is satisfying to have it end with success.

The warm weather is still having a hard time finding this area of the world. The water is super high along the locks in the Trent River, with many nearby towns experiencing problems with flooding. It has been raining on and off for the past 6 days.

The rain has been useful in 'greening' up the world,

And the rain isn't finished yet.

You can see the dark clouds hovering over the willow tree, most likely laden with more - what else - rain.

I know it might not feel like it, but this rain is good. We are in a decade long drought. Since I moved to Trenton in 2010 (holy cow! that's 4 years ago!) I have watched the water dry up along the Trent River, and lawns and gardens in the area yellow and straw-like, severely parched for rain. Mother Nature, (in my humble opinion) is merely attempting to correct the balance and is restoring low water tables.

That great May weather is on its way...(really!)

Web Site Update: I have uploaded all my videos onto my home web site.

The URL is You'll have to cut and paste until I figure out how to upload so you can see it.

My web site is also listed at the top of this blog.

Whenever you want to hear one of my songs, they are all right there in one place. Peace and love to you and, enjoy the rain.