Autumn 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

a Sunday drive to Woodstock

On Sunday afternoon we decided to take a drive on a country road and weren't really sure of our destination but the weather was perfect at 15C and no wind.  We kind of hoped to see fall colours too but they were few and far between.  The trees seem to be late in changing colour this year so we noted a few trees with lots of colour but mostly there was just a hint.   The above photo is a farm along the St. John River in Queensbury called Jordan Orchards.  It's a beautiful spot and I've always admired it when we've taken this route.  

The St. John River at Bear Island.  

This is a tricky spot.  The heavy rains we got last week washed out the road on both sides and the culvert is wrecked so it's only one car width to drive on.  This happened on a lot of roads in central New Brunswick that had damage to culverts and bridges.

Pretty birch trees along the river.  They are usually turned yellow by now but are still quite green.

We ended up in Woodstock, a beautiful town in Carleton County situated on the St. John River and the Meduxnekeag River about an hour's drive from Fredericton.  We decided to explore a road just before this bridge that I'd noticed on other drives here.  I knew it lead down along the river to what was an old park called "Island Park".  The Shore Road ends at a gate and parking area so we parked, got out, went through the gate and walked along the road.  It was such a gorgeous day and the river was like glass in the October sunshine. 

The Shore Road that leads along this side of the island.

It was so pretty and there was some colour on the trees along here.  In the late 1800's this island was made into a park of sorts with a racetrack, ball diamond, picnic grounds etc.  It was a social spot for people to visit and enjoy.  The Mactaquac Dam put an end to that when the head waters behind it filled the river in 1968 and covered most of the island.  It still floods in the spring so is unsafe for use as a park now.  It must have been so beautiful in it's heyday.

 That is Woodstock on the other side of the river.

1.Hubby walking.  2.The guardrail along the side of the road twisted from many high spring floods and ice floes.  3.Silver maples in a row.  4.A view of water and sky.

Look at this tree.  I thought it was a dead 'stump' of tree with another tree behind it but, no, this tree, as dead as it looks still struggles to survive.  It's trunks give shelter to birds and perhaps squirrels with all the holes in it and it's boughs grew leaves this summer.  Maybe for the last time.  I hope not.  I'd love to come back and see if this big old maple survives another New Brunswick winter.

And here was another surprise.  A normally spring blooming lupin blooming in October!  So strange.

Well, my friends I'll leave you here on the island as this post is getting a bit long and I have a lot more photos to share next time.   
Thank you for visiting and for your comments.  I appreciate you all.

We are in a nice stretch of weather most of this week - sunny and mild.  I think I should pick some apples tomorrow before they're all gone don't you?  I can't believe our Thanksgiving weekend is coming up.  This month is going by too fast!  Enjoy!!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

mountain views and fences galore

While in Calgary Murray and I took a drive late one Sunday afternoon to see the views from a nearby hill.  It had been a sunny warm day but a mass of dark cloud came across the sky which made it moody and dramatic.  There was rain streaking from the clouds but no rain fell where we were.  This is farm country in the north of Calgary....prairie, fields, crops and fences....and the Rocky Mountains in the distance.  I'm linking with GOOD FENCES this week at Theresa's blog.  We stopped on the two lane road at the driveway to a farm while I got out and took photos.  That is a Texas gate on the ground which keeps cattle and other large animals from going in or out, depending on the situation, and getting on the highway.

Looking down the highway toward the west along the fence one can see for miles.

That is Calgary in the background.

Looking south.

Downtown Calgary on the skyline.

A close up of the farm all cozy behind the trees that provide a windbreak.

Across the road this harvester was resting after a day of work.

We left that view and drove west passing this farmer busy working the land.

Along another road we passed this farm with 3 large barns.

Straight roads and mountains in the distance.

After a couple more turns we pulled over at another driveway that lead to some large beautiful homes on a hill.  Look at those mountains!  What a view they must have when it's clear.  I wonder how much snow drifting there is in the winter.

A closer view.

This is the fence surrounding the properties of the homes where we were parked.  

This is the last photo for this series.  Oh my.  The views of those mountains.  When driving through Calgary one gets glimpses of them but to see them from the prairie is amazing. Of course, we've driven to and through the Rockies many times and they never cease to amaze me.  I only wish we had gone there before that black cloud moved in and darkened the landscape but the clouds over the mountains were still quite dramatic.  I did some editing in Picasa to show more detail as they were quite hazy.  I'll some more to share next week.

Stop by Theresa's for GOOD FENCES and see more fences from around the world.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.
We had a LOT of rain - over 133 mm (over 5 inches) - yesterday which is a month's worth of rain in one day.  Road and bridges are washed out yet again and basements flooded etc.  We are safe here and didn't lose our power so the sump pump worked.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

an amazing day

Sunday morning we woke to a gorgeous red sunrise with clear blue skies.  Why the fog photo?  Well, I noticed the fog rolling over the hill behind us from the river and it enveloped us for about 10 minutes before dissipating....just long enough for me (in the process of getting ready to go to church) to grab my camera and take a photo of the sun through the fog.  It was beautiful and brief!

The day turned out lovely, sunny and hot.  After church and brunch we walked down the road to the apple orchard so we could walk in the corn maze, a new feature at the orchard this year.  That place was hopping with lots of visitors picking apples and going on the corn wagon to the bottom of the orchard to enjoy the corn maze.  We chose to walk down the hill and back up which was most enjoyable.  Murray grew up on this farm and we enjoy visiting when we can.

A bin of pumpkins greeted us when we entered the gate.

The apple shack has beautiful displays of apples, pumpkins and preserves to be purchased.  I will have to go back for a bottle of apple jelly.

The pumpkin patch with a view.

The road down the hill to the corn maze.  Note the deer fencing.  It works!

Here comes the wagon.

In the corn maze....cattle corn.  It would be a little chewy for humans I think.

The new fencing keeps out the deer but not the raccoons.  ;)

I guess this is how high an elephant's eye is.  :)

This was a first for Murray and I to visit a corn maze.  It was a lot of fun with lots of dead ends and twists.  It took us about 20 minutes to wander around and I even lost Murray at one point.  I think he was trying to trick me and hide but I caught up with him.  

We walked back up the hill through a wooded part where a brook normally flows through but it was bone dry.  I love looking up at the tree canopy don't you?

We had a lovely afternoon and just about cooked in the heat.  I was overdressed as I thought it was chillier than it was.  
Did you see the lunar eclipse of the blood/harvest moon?  We went to our neighbours and enjoyed the view of it through a telescope and powerful binoculars.  I took a few photos but they were not good or clear.  I don't have a good telephoto lens so had to crop the photos.  The whole thing was amazing to see though as it was a clear night and quite mild.  One could see the stars around the moon and all the craters on the moon through the binoculars but they don't show in my photo.  When the moon was covered by the earth's shadow all the other stars were much brighter and the Milky Way was right overhead.  How amazing!  Since there won't be another blood moon for 33 years this is the last one we'll see.  Which kind of puts life into perspective doesn't it?  

I hope you enjoyed our visit to the corn maze.  We hope to be picking apples at the orchard soon.  The weather sounds very wet and cool and windy for the rest of the week so the apple picking may have to be put on hold.  I hope the apples stay on the trees!

Sunday was a beautiful and amazing day from sunrise to moonrise.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and enjoy a wonderful week ahead.  I'll be back in a couple days with some Alberta pictures.


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