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

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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


Still In This World

Hi people. I’m still alive after my recent break from posting.  The old computer suddenly ceased functioning with an electrical short and a puff of the scary scent of electrical burning filling the rooms. Since then I’ve been learning a new system.  These dwarf irises are from a Toronto garden in May.  Since then great blossoming has taken place.  We’ve had daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, redbud trees, magnolias, crabapples and cherry blossoms.  These have all gone and now we’re awash with the fading, but still romantic scent of lilacs, lilies of the valley and peonies.  

Dwarf Irises May 2014 Toronto


Fowl and Fido

I went to the Brickworks last Sunday. The air was awash with the calls of red-wing blackbirds and soaring and diving swallows.  I came upon mallards and cormorants in the ponds, plus a mournful and patient dog awaiting the return of his human companions.

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A mallard at the Brickworks, Toronto, April 27, 2014

Brickworks Cormorant

Double-Crested Cormorant at the Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, April 27, 2014

Fido

Woof. When are they coming back to me?!


Rabbit or Hare?

Last June, as I was walking through the wild flowers beside the railroad tracks to go to the Brickworks in Toronto, I came upon this rabbit or hare late in the afternoon.  If anyone can identify this animal, I’d be happy to know which creature it is.

Rabbit or hare

Rabbit or hare, early June 2013, Toronto.


Spring is Coming to Todmorden Mills

Buds on tree

On Sunday, I went again to Todmorden Mills in Toronto. It was sunny and relatively mild–around 8 or 9 Celsius. I walked on the little wildflower path through trees and by a pond and streams. On the way, I’d seen a cardinal atop a naked tree–pointed out to me by a young couple passing by. In the woods, I heard chickadees and a red winged blackbird. And a woman walking her dogs pointed out a woodpecker–I think it was a downy–on a nearby tree that she was photographing. I searched the ground for tiny green shoots, leaves and moss, looked in the trees and shrubs for buds and came upon a squirrel looking down at me while munching a nut.

Fern and moss

 

Woods at Todmorden Mills

I was thinking about the latest climate change report that came out several days earlier warning again about the changes to the climate that are already here and that will be coming. I thought about what we gain and lose when nature is protected or harmed. When I am in a natural setting, urban or more wild, I feel a link to something larger than myself. I am a living being among others in nature. I know my experience is not unique and that the companionship of humans and non is vitally important for my, and others, well-being.

Buds on trees