Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thinking of Yesteryear......

Well, I got it done again for another year, and it is time to sit back and reflect. One of my favorite recollections goes back some 58 years ago when I was eight years old. Christmas morning, as I came downstairs between my two brothers, I was able to see the tree in the front living room, and there under the tree, Santa had left a gray pearloid coloured button accordion. I leaped over the stair rail, and landed on my behind on the floor below. After picking myself up, I scrambled to the tree, and latched unto the instrument, and it could not have been pried out of my hands with a crowbar, I'm sure. All other presents under the tree went unopened for days, as I drove the entire family nuts, because I was determined to teach myself "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." I recently acquired this very rare Hohner Corona lll RS diatonic accordion that now sits under the tree, as a sort of reminder of a time and place when the world was a much different one than it is at present. Occasionally, when I visit my grandchildren, like tonight, I will get to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" once again, and remember the good old times......Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Christmas Card ......

With less than a week left before Christmas, it looks like once again I will be a last minute shopper. I always promise myself that next year, things will be different, and I will get ahead of the game. But circumstances always seem to get in the way, and relegate me to being one of those wild eyed people rushing about the malls with just a very limited amount of time get it all done. So with that in mind, I post this card to everyone, everywhere. I may not have much time between now and Christmas to do much in the way of new posting. Hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Welcomed Visitor

Everyone has a day now and then, when nothing seems to be going as you expect it to. The universe is just not unfolding as it should. Well, today was one of those, and since copious quantities of coffee did not seem to be working, I was amazed at the difference that this little Cardinal made in my day, as he decided to visit our feeder just off the back deck. He stopped me in my tracks, and suddenly I realized that his goings and comings were just as important as anyone's in the overall scheme of things. The birds here in southern Ontario are not what I had been used to while living in the North. Yesterday, we had a Red-bellied Woodpecker visit the feeder, and I had never seen one of those before. I hope it will return again, as hopefully I can get a shot of it as well. This Cardinal was photographed from inside the house, through the kitchen window, and as such is somewhat hazy, and not as sharp as I would have liked it to be. But it sure did lend a much needed splash of colour to brighten the day.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fare Thee Well My Friend......

It is with utter sadness that I re post this photo of Dent Peever and Jack Shepherd on the sidewalk in front of Railton's Camera Shop on Main St. in North Bay. When I started to read my e-mails yesterday, I was informed by two members of the Photo Group that I used to belong to in North Bay, that Dent had passed away at his home. He responded to my previous posting as the "Guy on the Left", and it was so good to hear from him again. On my last trip north in November to visit family, something was telling me over and over on the way back down Hwy. 11 N, to stop in and say Hi to Dent. It was a 10 hour drive back home, but I did stop, and as he was quite busy with customers in his shop on Oak St., I only stayed and chatted with him for about 5 minutes, but told him that I would stop by again on my next trip north. I sure am glad that I took the time to stop in, as I regarded Dent as my brother almost, and he was indeed the consummate camera salesman. For about 35 years, several times a week, we would get together at the camera store, and there was always a friendly banter between us. He was always poking fun at my Minolta cameras and lenses, and used to say that if you looked closely at my pictures, you could see, "bottled by Coca Cola" on them, as a result of using Minoltas. According to him, I would be a much better photographer if I switched to Nikon or Canon equipment. It was all in good fun, and I loved him for it. So it appears now, that Dent has gone to join Jack. That must put a twinkle in Jack's eye for sure. My condolences to his son Shawn, and all the rest of his family that I never had occasion to meet. Fare thee well Dent......I sure will miss you my friend........'till we meet again......

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Beside Lake St. Clair

After visiting our son, we decided to take the scenic route back home along Riverside Drive. The leaves have all fallen from the Maple trees, and the others as well, so things are starting to look quite bare now. This Weeping Willow, with its golden leaves against the blue sky, had such a visual impact that I had to pull over and get out of the car for this shot. It is situated on the shore of Lake St. Clair, just before the lake empties into the Detroit River, that flows out into Lake Erie. Hope you enjoy it as well.

In recent days and weeks, Paul Daniels, Product of Newfoundland, Jason Sparks, Majid, & Frank & Bev, have all joined my little blog. Welcome aboard to everyone, and just when I thought that I was hollering into an empty cyberspace, you all show up from India, USA and Newfoundland and Windsor, Ont.. I appreciate it. Thanks muchly.