Last Days of Summer

Fall still a few weeks away, and yet I am already seeing life though orange-coloured glasses. I visited Kingston this weekend with my aunt- a lovely place with an even lovelier travel companion. Wolfe Island left me with the romantic notion of moving to a small island community, exactly how I felt when we left Galiano Island in B.C.

Church Cat

Painted Lady

What is inspiring you to soak in these last days of summer?


Off the Grid

I feel like I have been off the grid here for awhile. The truth is that the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities with family who are visiting from out of town. It seems like everyone came at the same time! We have had a lot of fun, checking out local tourist spots that I forget about because I live here, and just generally hanging out and catching up. We also visited some of my husband’s family, who live on a farm. They sent us home with loads of fresh vegetables- squash, beets, kale, onions, and beans (which Charlie loves).

Other than that, we’ve been enjoying the last few days of summer, which are cooling down nicely. Open windows at night and finally, fresh air- so refreshing. My birthday is also coming up soon (a big one for me) so stay tuned for a discount in the shop!


Tiny Frogs

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a couple of the tiniest baby frogs at the river's edge. I only noticed them as they bounced out of our path- otherwise they blended right in with the muddy sand. I held one in my hand as my husband took the video with my new phone.



I finally caved and joined Instagram. Or rather, I got an iPhone and it seemed like the most appropriate app for someone like me to have. I’m not going to lie: I’m definitely enjoying it so far! I am still toying with the idea of using twitter. I have an account which I don’t really use yet, but I think I would use it to share photos more than anything. What do you use- Twitter, Instagram or both?

If you’re so inclined, you can follow me at: http://statigr.am/caitlinbrookes
I am already following several of my talented FPOE teammates. One of my favourites so far: http://statigr.am/photographybykarina


Natural Gallery

We finally visited the van Gogh exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada. His work is so familiar to us, yet most of the pieces were ones I had never seen before. The collection branched off into other rooms featuring the works of other artists (painters, photographers and printmakers) who influenced his style of painting. It was well worth the visit.

Of course, photography is not allowed inside the gallery, but there is always something to be seen outside:






Posters of Current Exhibitions
Spider “Maman” by Louise Bourgeois
”Running Horses” by Joe Fafard


Come a Little Closer

A female Wood Duck and her little duckling approached us at the Arboretum the other day. They inched closer and closer as I made sweet noises to entice them. Once they realized I hadn’t brought any treats for them, the jig was up. Move along.






Where there are bees…

Ubi mel ibi apes
Where there is honey, there are bees.
~Latin Proverb







A Forest Jewel

Have you ever felt that you didn’t know what you were looking for, until you found it?

On one of our cottage wanderings last month, we came across this little creek. It was only about four feet wide and six inches deep, and with low-hanging tree boughs, it felt even smaller. We followed it deeper into the woods, either using its large, mossy rocks as stepping stones, or along its edge, through crackling tangles of branches and spider webs.

When I saw the flutter of exotic dragonflies, I knew we had arrived.




Ebony Jewelwing

We will definitely return to this shaded woodland oasis, and next time I will bring my longer lens, as they were very timid insects, and seemed to disappear when I got too close. Until then, watch this video and you will see what I mean about their butterfly-like flutter.

{Ebony Jewelwing}

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