A little touch of spring to end January …

My day was extra busy and I wasn’t able to get out for my usual walk and photo session. So I share one of my favourite warm weather photographs. My husband’s garden is beautiful.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
~ Robin Williams


A downright balmy … -4

Photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2014

Photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2014

Yesterday I said I would post the ‘sad’ copy of the bikes.

I don’t know if this qualifies but I still find it sad that they get chained and then left.

Today, the temperature has vaulted to a downright balmy -4 celsius.

Time to dig out the swimsuits!

Bicycle graveyard


Today was such a busy day. No time for my walk, no time for my mind to be creative. I’m enjoying this “ride” so I didn’t want to miss an entry.

One thing I noticed on my walk to work this morning was the number of bicycles chained to poles, trees or anything that would hold them. Seems sad in a way that folks could walk away from something so easily. And so they sit. For months.

I took one photograph of a long row of bikes and processed it two ways. I was going for a “dark” look with this version. Tomorrow I’ll post the “sad”.

Thanks for visiting my ramblings.

Shadow selfie … behind the bars of cold …

Photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2014

Photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2014


While residents of Southern Ontario continue to suffer under the yoke of below seasonal temperatures, rumours are swirling that Mother Nature has been neglecting her duties and is stepping out nightly, with a much younger, well-heeled Lothario. She has been seen sipping champagne and dancing into the wee hours of the morning in fancy dress establishments frequented by the rich and famous.

Sources whispered sordid tales involving Old Man Winter, a long denied southern vacation and tall, cool drinks poolside.

Meanwhile, our dark-haired, mystery man continues to woo Mother Nature while ruling this winter season with an iron fist.

This reporter hopes that, for everyone’s sake, Mother Nature will soon come to her senses and ditch her virile boy toy, who, quite obviously, does not have her best interests at heart.


You can't outrun a bad tempered Alberta clipper Photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2104

You can’t outrun a bad tempered Alberta clipper
Photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2014


In what will come as no surprise to residents of Southern Ontario, a very special weather statement has been issued to let us know that local blowing snow will reduce visibility today, tonight and into what will feel like forever.

An Alberta clipper with a bad attitude, plans to saunter through the area leaving residents feeling snappy, peevish, ill-natured, querulous, and petulant.

… Oh wait, sorry, that’s just how I’ll feel.

General snowfall amounts of near 5 cm are possible and it’s going to be c-c-c-cold …

Behind the system, wind will blow the snow around and around into Monday, Tuesday then back into last week.

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.
~ Author Unknown

** uh huh, kisses … that’s right …

An Open Letter to Mother Nature …

Photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2008

Photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2008

I’m a fan. Some of your work is beautiful. Gently falling snow, rainbows after a storm, a bright sunset, and those sunrises, unbelievable.

Sadly I must take issue with your recent efforts. I’m not so happy with the cold, the wind, ice and the subsequent power outages. Not so great.

While I realize that it is January and I live in Canada, I was counting on that slightly milder spell that was promised for this weekend. You know the one, minus 10 with the wind chill? A little sun to lift the spirits?

Mother Nature, I respectfully request that the air be a tad warmer and how about a little less wind. My fingertips want to remember what it’s like to not tingle in my gloves.

Thank you.

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”
~ Natalie Angier