Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Without Camera

I like to take pictures and I take a lot of them.  I've been told I should go places purposely without a camera so I can "live in the moment", "enjoy the present situation without thinking about how to photograph it".  Well, I'm sorry but it just doesn't work for me.  Perfect example last night on my after work walk on the beach.  The sky offered dark clouds, puffy white clouds, and clear blue all at the same time.  The winds were gusting to 50mph blowing sand on my legs that felt like a thousand stinging insects.  Then it rained.  Hard.  It quickly blew over and I turned around to head back to my car.  There in front of me was the most amazing complete double rainbow I have ever witnessed.  The super-saturated spectrum of colors shone against a backdrop of dark grey blue sky over the sand dunes.  If I had photographed it I would have been accused of creating such neon hues in editing.  I had no camera and my cellphone had a dead battery.  All I could think about was how to capture that rainbow.  Thanks for the advice (you know who you are) but I think I'll continue to carry a camera so I can savor the moment AND take it home with me to enjoy many more  times.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Fraidy (yes, Fraidy Cat!) at 15.  He's still so pretty.  I wonder what that is in "cat years".

Mom and Dad, circa 1948

Young and in love -  silly, cute and having fun.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


In my dream a few nights ago I was at work with all my co-workers.  We were outside circling the office building trying to find the source of an ear piercingly annoying sound.  Suddenly, we were all at my house doing the same thing, going window to window searching for the noise.  I put my ear to my bedroom window and found alarm clock!  At that moment I woke up and shut off the alarm.  No more annoying noise.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Gilligan's Island aka Batchawana Island

A wonderful place to be stranded...

 Ok, so there were no coconut phones, or coconut pies for that matter, but we had a bit of an adventure yesterday.  As stated in my previous post Erich and I unexpectedly spent a couple of hours on Batchawana Island.  "No phones, no lights, no motorcars.  Not a single luxury.  Like Robinson Crusoe, primitive as can be."  (theme song, Gilligan's Island).
Batchawana Island is only about 2 miles from our beach but there are no residents and plenty of wildlife so it was a great place to be stranded for a couple of hours.  From the photos you can see we were not worried and had a nice time.  Oh, and we had fresh water, granola bars and a banana so we could have stayed overnight...hmmm, maybe sometime (on purpose). 
very windy!

Even this litte cove had whitecaps

We explored the shore...

even gathered firewood just in case
pretty flora...

signs of interesting fauna (fresh moose tracks)...

and interesting geology...
and our "little buddy" Gilligan, who let us get close ups...

until he wandered (waddled) back into the woods!
Soon the jib sail was back up and we were headed back across the bay to home.