Winter Wonderland on Christmas Day

The weather forecast said we would get snow on Christmas Day but that there wouldn’t be much. When I woke up this morning and saw the amount of snow, I was surprised. We got about 10 cm of snow for Christmas morning. That hasn’t happened for a long time.

A White Christmas

I had to walk over to the pharmacy, so I didn’t take my camera along with me, but once I saw how picturesque everything looked, I knew I had to make time to go out for another walk today. Around 2:30 pm, I grabbed my camera and headed out the door. 

Afternoon Sun

The great thing is the sun goes down early this time of year, and you get beautiful light that happens mid-afternoon. I was out for about an hour, and you can see this golden light was starting to deepen by the time I took the second photo. It was a beautiful day to celebrate Christmas.

This is my last post for 2020, and I wish you all the very best for 2021!

The First Snowfall

And just like that, the world is white.

First Snowfall

We had our first significant snowfall here in the GTA, and it looks so pretty.

Snowy Trail

These photos are from my usual walk along the creek path. Things look so much different when pristine white snow decides to land on all that brown.

Pretty in Pink

Just before I headed out on my neighbourhood walk I stopped in for a look at my parent’s garden. A flash of pink caught my eye.  The chives are blooming this lovely purple-pink shade so I grabbed a few shots before I left.

Chives

Chives

On my walk the first thing I spot on the creek path is two swallowtail butterflies. They are moving from flower to flower so its a little hard to catch a photo of them. One finally decided the flower it landed on was worthwhile to stay on so I quickly shot a few photos. I was able to get a great shot before it flew away out of reach.

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

In the meadow by the high school I found a few white clovers. To get a good vantage point I had to get down low to get the photo  I wanted. That meant I had to lie on my belly looking like some weirdo but luckily there was no one else around to see it.

White Clover

White Clover

Not that it would have mattered. I would have done it anyway. What do you do to get the photo you envision in your head?

The White Ones

Today’s post is short and sweet. I have little energy to put back into the computer after a full day of staring at it for work. So, I give you my white flowers from today’s neighbourhood walk. First up, the white Rock cress flowers. 

Rockcress

Rock cress

My second flower is the dandelion. Now, you must be thinking – the dandelion is yellow not white. But one of my favourite things about dandelions is they go from such a vibrant yellow to a fluffy white. And it seems as though they do it overnight. Do you ever see their in between stage? Is there one? 

Dandelion

Dandelion

From this stage the seeds detach and ride the wind to their new destination in hopes of finding a new home. 

Peter Cottontail

We are officially halfway through May today. Where has the time gone? It’s been 2 months since we’ve gone into some form of lockdown. Mother Nature, however, continues along her regular timeline, pandemic or not. On my creek path the apple blossoms are starting to fade. There are still quite a lot of them but they’re time is almost done. 

Dying Apple Blossom

Dying Apple Blossom

However, as one flower moves on a new one comes in. I found what I think is Ground Ivy. I hope that’s what they’re called. My plant app assures me that I’m correct,  Whatever they are tiny and cute and purple.

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

I seem to be seeing more wildlife now. Today I’ve come across another rabbit. This one is a little smaller than the previous one but just as curious about what I’m doing. At least curious enough to not hop off too far as I take his/her photo.

Peter Cottontail

Peter Cottontail

I always love when I spot something other than the regular flowers that I tend to come across on my neighbourhood walks. I forget sometimes that there is wildlife all around us. When I come across an animal It’s a very good reminder to me that we share our space with other creatures and that we must respect them.