Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Big sky around us.

Since this is my first post, I thought I should tell you a bit about the special place where I live with my soul mate and various wildlife. The property is on the south slope of a large drumlin on the southern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine. A drumlin is a deposit of sediment left by a glacier, so our soil is sandy with gravel, rocks and boulders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drumlin

We are surrounded by hills and valleys with mostly hay fields, cattle pastures and woodlots. Our property is next to a regenerating meadow and a deciduous woodlot and beyond this is a large spruce and pine plantation. Our property itself has open grassy areas, loved by Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Flickers, interspersed with many trees and shrubs. There is a creek nearby and a couple miles north lies the Ganaraska Forest, a large tract of mixed forest.

Twelve miles south and below us is Lake Ontario, seen from our location on clear days. Because of our high elevation and lack of close neighbours except to the north, we have a mostly unobstructed view for miles to the south and south-east. I spend a lot of time watching the sky as it seems so big here. It is ever changing, with spectacular blazing sunrises, clouds and storms rushing by, each season bringing it's own beauty. Sunsets are more subdued, as we are below the rise of the drumlin to the west. I took these photos from our deck and they are untouched, colours are true.
Winter sunrise

Golden sunrise

Fall sunrise

Sunset (photo of the eastern sky)

Winter sky

Summer sky

Double rainbows are common here
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoy these vistas.


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging! I love your first post...gorgeous photos! I am honoured to be your first comment and follower! Big hug to you both!