Shift

I have two blogs–this one that I now rarely post on and an art blog that I post on more frequently.  Being in nature in and out of the city is a large part of what sustains me in life and allows me to create.  So I’ve decided to  merge both blogs by creating a nature photography section in my art blog.  I’m not removing Of Humans and Nature, just not adding to it.

If you’d like to see additional nature photos of mine, do go to Arts of May.  And many thanks to those of you who’ve dropped by Of Humans and Nature and who have followed me.  All the best to you.

Spring at the Brick Works in Toronto. ©Lily S. May 2015

Spring at the Brick Works in Toronto. ©Lily S. May 2015


How Sweet It Is

Here’s a post after a long hiatus. I went to the Brickworks on this sunny day in Toronto. There, the light on the snow, the dried grasses, the trees were a boost to my spirit.

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Trees of Gold

A glorious sight this morning: the sun on orange gold trees.

October 30, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

October 30, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada, Oct 30, 2014.

Toronto, Canada, Oct 30, 2014


Blue & Orange

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012


An Autumn Past

The gold and orange leaves are vivid in the ravines and streets of Toronto right now. They led me to these photos I took in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario.  It’s a small park, but that didn’t dim its beauty when we were there a few Octobers ago.

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012


October!

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario


A Surprise Visit from a Cormorant

Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cormorant–Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We had a surprising and humorous encounter with a cormorant on a recent visit to the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Shortly after pulling out of a parking spot in the town of Lion’s Head, we heard a loud sound coming from the back of the car. We couldn’t figure out what this was and thought that perhaps something was rolling around in the trunk.  However, when the sound returned 2 or 3 more times, I turned around in the passenger seat to see if the trunk was unlatched. There, looking back at me from the rear of the car, was a cormorant.  We quickly pulled over to the side of the street and got out, hoping the bird wasn’t injured in some way. S/he seemed fine–no wings held at odd angles or other obvious problems that might explain why s/he had landed on the car. So this remains a mystery to us. After looking at us for a few seconds, the cormorant hopped onto the side of the road. A man heading the other way stopped to tell us he’d been amazed to see the bird land on our car. Thankfully, Lion’s Head is a small place where other vehicles had a chance to slow down or stop to make sure they didn’t hit the bird.