Posted in #WalkWithMe, Nature, Seasons

#WalkWithMeWednesday ~ Icy Stream

Over on Just Breathe and Be Thankful, I’ve started a weekly post.

As part of my journey to a healthy me I’ve started walking regularly. I have a camera with me and usually have to pause my walk to collect a photo.

Where have you been on your walk? I’d love to see. Kindly pop over to Just Breathe to share your walk each week.

Our weather has been all over the place here in Southern Ontario. Last weekend it was cold. It felt very cold because the previous week it was warm enough to just go out in t-shirts!  But the sun was shining and I found some lovely photos!


Posted in pondering

November: Woodland

I go to nature to be soothed and healed,

and to have my senses put in order. ~  John Burroughs

Nowhere is this more true than during time in the woodlands. My family spends many long weekends visiting some of our favourite, familiar woods. It’s like visiting old friends; you know the type, the ones that you can see once a year but pick up as if it was last night?  I hope you enjoy the quick visit with our friends.

Spring in Allegany State Park, New York, USA

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Fall in Southern Ontario, Canada

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During November I want to see trees or leaves or anything found in a woodland environment

(this can include individual trees or leaves or woodland/forest views, fungi, wildlife or wildflowers – it can be of an autumnal flavour or anytime in the year, up to you)

Thank you to The Earth Laughs in Flowers for this monthly garden challenge!

Posted in Nature, Photo challenge, pondering, Scope for the Imagination, Weekly Photo Challenge

Frame: WP Weekly Photo Challenge


“He looked out of the window to think, because without a window he couldn’t think. Or maybe it was the other way around: When there was a window, he automatically started to think. Then he wrote, “When I grow up, I am going to be happy.”
― Guus Kuijer, The Book of Everything

Looking through the window frames at ‘our’ cabin in Allegany State Park puts me into a  happy, peaceful frame of mind.


“Life is but a view through a window. We are that window.”
― Joseph Rain

What frames you mindset? Kindly visit the WordPress Photo Challenge to see other photo frames.

Posted in Animals, Family, Nature, Photo challenge, Seasons, Weekly Photo Challenge, wildlife

From the Narrow Gap~ WP Challange

wee groundhogs peeking @ Patchwork Ponderings (1)

Last spring we were thrilled to share the rooms above their home. Each afternoon (when it wasn’t pouring rain) we happily watched to see who was the bravest; who would come out the narrow gap under our cabin to play in the tender grass.

wee groundhogs peeking @ Patchwork Ponderings (2)

They were a busy little crew. It was a daily debate; some said there were 9 siblings other said 7 siblings, two of which were extra feisty and running everywhere. We never saw their parents at this time. We only saw them occasionally later in the afternoon. We suspected that the crew were sneeking out when Mom and Dad went for dinner. 🙂

peeking out from the narrow gap
peeking out from the narrow gap under our cabin

It’s hard to say but this crew peeking out of the narrow gap may have been the highlight of our trip to Allegany State Park, New York.

Posted in Nature, pondering, Seasons, Weekly Photo Challenge

WP Photo Challenge: Pure


Few things are as pure as the scent of the forest, just as the spring rain stops.





Kindly visit the WordPress Photo Challenge page for more interpretations of pure

For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment. “Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity. We can’t wait to see your interpretation. To join int he fun visit