Suburban Chicago Sunset (PHOTOS)

Ξ October 31st, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, fall colours, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, United States, winter |

Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

Went to get my flu shot–which was a snap. Came out of the store and walked around the corner to my car and was nearly blinded by the vivid shades of orange, gold, pink and purple contrasted against the ever-more-intense blue hues of the cloudy sky at sunset. It was awe-inspiring. The pharmacy where I got my flu shot happens to be at the top of what is called a “hill” in these parts. We live down the street–and I do mean down so I almost never get a chance at a shot like this. I should get out more at rush hour, right?

Actually, I will as of this week, when certain upside-down-turn-your-world-around life changes go into effect. This is my last winter in Chicago–with any luck whatsoever, my last cold winter ever. Have only waited 30 years to exit stage left. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.

What has this got to do with Maple Lake?

Everything.

Hint: Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

 

Maple Lake: One-Minute View From Under and Atop The Swim Raft (VIDEOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands

Ξ September 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, video |

Pretty Beach Day on Maple Lake – August 2014

The sunlight is playing with the sand, the shadows and the many bits of flotsam floating by in this 20-second clip, on the lake shot from atop the raft, through the gaps in the wood. There’s no skill involved to get your shot other than to hold the phone steady. The winds were picking up and the water was getting pretty rough–and I was very close to shore! You can hear the bumping of the raft. (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

Stormy Weather - Late summer 2014 - Maple Lake

Stormy Weather – Late summer 2014 – Maple Lake

The waters are getting very active in this shot, with the winds picking up and an eventual storm coming in, crossing over and moving on– all in the space of maybe 2-hours. The weather this summer was mixed. If you had long enough to be able to deal with a “bad weather” week followed by a nice one then you were OK. About half of the 5 weeks I was at the cottage were good or better days weather-wise. We have so many projects going I’m almost thankful when the weather isn’t great. Otherwise, we get less done! (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

 

Duck Butts on Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #maplelake #myhaliburtonlife #canada

Ξ September 26th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, fall colours, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

 Twice-daily visits from the ducks of Maple Lake

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, 2014 Maple Lake Ontario, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall on Maple Lake, 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall,  2014 #cottagecountry

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Life goes on.

Life goes on. (Sept. 2014)

First time back since the dog died here, a few weeks earlier.

 

You know how in your memories, as time goes by, the good times seem vivid and the bad times recede into that vast space of the dimly remembered?

That.

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“There are some things you can`t cover up with lipstick and powder
I thought I heard you mention my name, can`t you talk any louder?
Don`t come any closer, don`t come any nearer
My vision of you can`t get any clearer”

(“Girls Talk”  – E. Costello)

 

Maple Lake Exposed #maplelake #myhaliburtonlife #canada #flowerporn

Ξ September 17th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation |

Duck Attacks On Maple Lake Increase*

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By one, at least. I was pursued–aggressively–by a pair of ducks.

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Many of these shots have been cropped and otherwise messed with* in post-processing.

Instagram has made it too much fun.

* I forgot to notice that I’d left the “HDR” setting on. Heh.

These are the attack ducks on Maple Lake (2014)

Attack ducks – Maple Lake (2014)

These are the attack ducks on Maple Lake (2014).

 

Instagram That Sh*t! – Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands #ontario #maplelake

Ξ September 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake Shots That Must be Shared

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Take that Shot and Instagram It. Eventually.

Ironically, nearly none of these shots are Instagram re-gramming material because they are not proportional squares, nor do I wish them to be.

TBH, I hate carving up Maple Lake shots for Instagram but I like sharing and looking at others’ stuff so it must work for me on some level.

You don’t have to wade through them, though. These photos from spring through early fall 2014 at Maple Lake are all altered to some degree so if you are a purist…you are probably on the wrong blog in the wrong century.

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Oh, the places you'll go! (Sept 2014)

Oh, the places you’ll go! (Sept 2014)

"Under Renovation"

“Under Renovation”

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The work Roger got done on the tight schedule we had to work with was super. About 10 man-hours per window. They look perfect(ly) restored but do call attention for the need to continue the work. Should be interesting.

 

My hero:

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Sept packing up.  Weather was horrible.

Sept. packing/closing up. Weather was horrible.

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We work on the bank and the beach every year. This year required a bit of creativity as a huge swath of the formerly brown sand bottom of shore was now covered in sharp-edged stones.

Love the stone effect. You can just see where the sand ends and the stone begins.

Team effort with Roger doing most all of the heavy stuff.
Roger is a recycler by habit so he’ll stop at the side of the road for a “just-right” rock that has fallen. It was his notion to incorporate “stoning” the bank with flowers, plants and trees. Defo a long-term project. I really like the rough-hewn, natural utilitarian aspects of what is shaping up.

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Colours were artificially enhanced.

 

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The rock steps nearest to our cottage.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

RIP RW Though I'm sure many admirerers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams' sudden-seeming suicide is something I'm still processing as "real." It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

RIP RW
Though I’m sure many admirers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams’ sudden-seeming suicide is something I’m still processing as “real.” It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

Message in a bottle:

 

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