Category Archives: life

Music Mondays: Jeremy Fisher

A wonderful afternoon yesterday was spent at a Jeremy Fisher all ages show at the Black Dog Inn in Wakefield. In between great tracks like ‘Lay down’, ‘Cigarette’, ‘Canned Goods’, and ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’, Jeremy told funny stories about his North American bike tour, his mom, and social media. His musical talent was on display,  as he jumped between guitar, harmonica and piano, and then was joined by his new trio (drums and bass) in the second half of the show. The hits from his past albums were awesome to hear, but it was a treat to hear some new songs from his upcoming May release.  Can’t wait! As Jeremy lives in the Ottawa valley now, hopefully we’ll get to catch him live more often – his shows are intimate, interactive, and full of superb tunes.


Check out one of my favourite songs:

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Embracing winter

Let’s be like this family of river otters – let’s get outside, and embrace winter in all it’s glory –  a walk in the snow, some playtime on the ice, and maybe even some sliding down hills (on skis, sleds, or even your rear end). ‘Cause there’s no point in staying inside for months complaining about the cold, when there’s so much fun to be had!


Seen on the Rideau River January 2013, a family of 4 river otters, loving life.


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Inside weather

I know, I know, I can’t complain about the cold (like in the prairies), or the storms (like in Europe), or even the bugs (like in summertime), but this gray, overcast, rainy weather is slowly turning the snow to slush, and quickly turning my brain to mush. I am not embracing the winter here in Ontario as much as I did in Alberta – there’s something about crisp, cold air, and dry fluffy snow, all covered in bright blue skies, that is invigorating. This weather is definitely not inspiring me to take pictures, no sirree. So I’m digging through my images to find one suiting to the day. A few hours romping through a museum, hiding from the weather sounds like a good way to spend a day, don’tcha think?

This is The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a plaster sculpture by Bill Reid, in the main hall of the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.


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Music Mondays: Mellow Tunes

‘Tis the season –  for excitement and merriment and socializing.

But lately I’ve also felt like nesting – tucking myself in under a blanket, with a crackling fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, wine in one hand, and a book in the other.

On those days that you might be feeling melancholy, have a listen to these tunes.

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Felt case DIY

Hello all Apartment Therapy visitors!

Thanks for popping over to check out my blog. While I dabble in crafts here and there, this space is focused on my nature photography. The felt phone case was a wing-it kinda craft, and is pretty flexible regarding design and pattern. You could embroider any style, as long as you ensure the felt is large enough for the phone, and that you keep the edges on 3 sides sealed (I used blanket-stitch for that). If you have any questions on the tutorial, I would be happy to answer them, so please, fire away!

Happy crafting,


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Amherst Island – a photographic essay

A sunny Friday, a day off school for the kids, and an air of spontaneity – who’s up for a day trip to Amherst Island?!  The kids were gung-ho (there’s a ferry involved), my husband was all keen (there are migrating birds involved) and I had a new lens to play with – et on y va! Amherst Island is just west of Kingston, in Lake Ontario. A short trip in the car, and we arrive just in time to make the ferry – only a 20 min jaunt across the water.

There’s not much to the Island, which is what makes it so special. Some gravel roads, cows and sheep, an old cemetery (with dates from the 1800s), lovely views across the lake, and Owl Woods. We tried our darndest to find some owls, searching up and down the trunks of the cedars, but it’s the wrong season – we’ll have to try again over the winter. (Maybe next time we won’t have to bushwhack through the willows on our way out.) But the island didn’t disappoint with regards to avian diversity. Highlights included northern harriers circling overhead, a merlin perched above us, a mixed flock of warblers in the cemetery that included a northern parula, great blue herons hunting out in the fields (for grasshoppers?) and huge flocks of starlings hanging with the sheep. The starlings didn’t do their crazy dance in the sky (that’s on my bucket list to see), but they were entertaining nonetheless.

All in all, a great day out. We ended up in Kingston for dinner, and managed to do some stargazing out the window on the way home. Soul-satifying, it was.















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Crazy creature

At first encounter, we thought this was a damselfly; after a closer look, it was obviously a crazy-looking wasp with a super-long abdomen (a pelecinid – what would we do without google?).

We discovered this guy at Lytle Park in Ottawa – a lovely spot with some nice trails, lots of grass to run around in, rocks by a pond for a rest and some quiet thoughts, bobolinks singing in the field across the road, and a favourite playground of our kids. There was a fallout before the storm, and we caught glimpses of some migrating warblers. A couple geocache finds, and we called it a (good) day, with the promise of coming back soon.


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Big Sky

Cornfields + feathery clouds + big, glorious sky = a good perspective on life, and our place in it.

Happy September!


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A medley of (NY) mushrooms

I decided to leave behind my favourite lens on a hike in the Adirondacks, and only packed my 20-35 mm. While it took me a while to warm up to the new perspective, it was a bit of an empowering experience, to let the lens dictate the subject and composition. This meant that I was on my belly a lot, photographing the multitude of mushrooms that were gracing the forest floor after the rains the area had experienced. I can’t identify them – I’m an ornithologist, not a mycologist – but I can definitely admire them! (Make sure to click through to see the full set.)

The hike began at the High Peaks Information Center, and was up to Marcy Dam, a total distance of 7.5 km return. I was super proud of our kids for accomplishing almost the whole hike on their own two feet – not too shabby for 4 and 6 year olds! We are slowly but surely upping their endurance, one hike at a time. One day they will be waiting for their parents to keep up with them…!










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Jewel-toned Dew

I went to bed early last night, and woke up early this morning. I need to do that more often.

Who knew that dew could glisten with shades of violet and emerald?


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