Monday, October 17, 2011
DESPITE A LOT OF AUTUMN LEAVES BEING DOWN I DID MANAGE TO SCRAPE TOGETHER A FEW SHOTS FOR TONIGHT’S BLOG THIS MORNING NIKON D40 AT 300mm LEAVES ARE BACKLIT AND THE SHADOWED AREA OF A DARK FOREST ABOUT 200 YARDS IN THE BACKGROUND GIVE THE PHOTO IT’S NATURAL BLACK BACKGROUND
Had a few errands to run in Goderich this morning so figured I would include those few stops with a back road Autumn leaves photo tour along the way. Nice sunny morning so figured I could find myself some nice solid blocks of color along the bush lines. But, it was not to be. High gusting winds this past Saturday had stripped many trees of their beautiful Fall colors. Still some nice photo ops in some areas though but the cold gray days of November are fast approaching. Soon our once majestic palette of colors will be no more.
Spent a fair part of my day on the end of a lawn rake and wheelbarrow. It is much easier to rake up pine needles now rather than Spring after they have been compacted into the ground by winter's snow. Also cut down all our towering 12 foot high bamboo grass. Normally do that in the Spring but figured it might be less messy if I take care of all that long grass now. Also caught a few more front yard frog pond frogs and carefully transported them to the Park’s bigger pond across the road where they can now burrow in the mud bottom and survive the winter. When the day comes we have to give up going south I am going to do the same:))
OUR WOODEN STORAGE SHED IS SLOWLY FILLING UP WITH SUMMER’S OUTSIDE ORNAMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
I have suspected for quite some time now I may have some kind of wheat allergy. Kelly got on the computer last week and checked out the symptoms and I have every one of them on the checklist. With that knowledge in hand Kelly headed off to the health food store and returned with a car load of wheat free products. So, changes are underway once again here on the old food front.
Some of the wheat free products are kind of yummy and some taste totally awful. Some just taste like cardboard but I am finding my way through the tasting process and must say I am already feeling better. But, here's the downside for the furry guys and the immediate ramifications of Dad's new 'no wheat' diet. No more sharing Burritos at McDonalds. In fact, if I have to stick to this 'no wheat' thing, it means no more Subs and no McDonalds Egg McMuffins or Burgs. And, donuts are out as are probably Pizzas. I see all this as a good thing in the long run but this morning as I drove by a McDonald's, an A&W, a Harvey’s, a Tim Horton’s and 2 Subways, I knew this is not going to be an easy row for me to hoe.
RETIRED ROD had a few questions regarding the town of Goderich and how they are doing two months after a tornado struck their in August. The Provincial Government of Ontario is helping residents in several ways, one of which is to match all donations being received. An all day musical benefit concert was held in the damaged towns center a week ago as well. Some heritage buildings were damaged beyond repair and have been torn down but the town is rebuilding and people are coping, adjusting and getting on with their lives. I'm sure the town will emerge strong in the end looking and living even better than before.
As for the damages to the town's large waterfront salt mine, it is going to be a long haul. The mine is back in production but the repairs and changes there are predicted to take up to a couple years. DEER PARK LODGE where Kelly works has actually benefitted from the mine damages because many of the engineers and personnel brought in to rebuild the mines facilities have found lodging for the winter at Deer Park. Many of the engineering families are also finding accommodation in the village of Bayfield with some folks renting houses long term until the all the work at the mine is finished. Goderich is about a 15 to 20 minute drive north of Bayfield.
<<< NIKON D40 AT 300mm…..NARROW DEPTH OF FIELD IS FOCUSED ON THE LEAVES AND HAVE BLURRED THE SPARKLING WATERS OF A POND ABOUT 50 YARDS IN THE BACKGROUND…LEAVES ARE BACKLIT BY A LATE MORNING SUN
And, a personal thank you to readers and friends for your comments and concerns regarding my 4 day blogging absence. A special thanks for the emails from folks who understand the ways of depression and shared their own personal experiences with me. The subject of depression is one of those closet topics which is too often hastily swept under the nearest carpet. In my opinion, no one is immune from depression in one form or another. It’s human nature, and the many faces of depression are gathered together in varying degrees by each and every one of us. The key is in recognizing it and knowing how to deal with it. Talking about depression is a definite step forward for anyone, and catching the early symptoms of an oncoming depression can save one a lot of ‘down time’.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Did you know it gets so hot in Arizona that Roadrunners have to use pot holders to pull Lizards out of the ground & ranchers have to feed their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs. Yep, it’s true alright:))
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