When the snow comes all fresh and pure, our vistas are transformed mostly to crisp black and white. The bright greens, reds and golds of fall foliage are gone and the pines and spruce seem to desaturate. Moving water in the creeks turns a blue as dark as a starless night sky. Scenes are stunning in their contrast.
But every now and then, tiny pops of colour burst.
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The boreal forest in which we live is a little shy on maples. We are still blessed to have some reds in the spectrum of fall colours as blueberry and raspberry bushes paint the underbrush. Taller foliage is mostly poplar and birch in varying shades of green to yellow. Once the winds have whisked off those leaves, tamarack allow their needles to turn thus extending the days of golden vistas.
I’m always fascinated by shades of purple that appear in a mist being chased by the rising sun and enjoy watching the islands and far shore being uncloaked.
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On August 16, 1947 the first de Havilland beaver took to the air off a paved strip in Downsview, Ontario.
Celebrating this remarkable feet of Canadian engineering is special to me. Beaver C-GZBR, which we currently operate, was a part of my life before I can remember. I recently wrote about it on our business blog. Special thanks to my niece, Rebecca of Hello Harmony Studio for her commemorative design featured in that post as well as on t-shirts available for purchase in our office.
It only seems fitting that I select one of my favourite images of this aircraft (being flown by my favourite pilot) for our calendar this month.
July could be considered the month of fireworks in North America as both Canada on the 1st and the United States on the 4th celebrate anniversaries of their formation as countries. This year will mark 150 years for Canada!
Where ever and when ever you enjoy lights in the sky this month do so responsibly.
Ah, summer – season of abundant and changing colours! The wildflowers along roadways take their turns throughout the months of May through August.
In June, the lupins stand tall in the ditches in our town but this year along one particular street, they were joined by columbine! Turns out a friend of mine who lives across the street there has been tossing wildflower seeds there. We can’t wait to see what will bloom next.