Want To Trunk Wrestle?

Did I ever tell you how I shot a wild elephant in my pyjamas? How he got into my pyjamas I'll never know.
~ Groucho Marx

Location: Toronto Zoo Fact Sheet: Elephant

Making Bubbles

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud
~ Carl Sandburg
Location: Toronto Zoo Fact Sheet: Hippopotamus


Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies for instance.
~ John Ruskin
Location: Toronto Zoo Fact Sheet: Peacock

Hunting Tiger

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.
~ George Bernard
Location: Toronto Zoo Fact Sheet: Siberian Tiger

Water Wall


I was disappointed in Niagara - most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life.
~ Oscar Wilde

Mennonite Horses

A small church gathering of Mennonite horse and buggies outside of St. Jacobs, Ontario



“Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


A life that hasn't a definite plan is likely to become driftwood
~ David Sarnoff

Kincardin Beach

Cork Tree


From Under the Cork Tree
~ Munro Leaf
The Cork Tree is a pollution-resistant tree with huge leaves and corky bark. The bark is used for corks,while the flowers are a nectar source for bees and the oil from fruit is used as a natural insecticide.

Inside Report on Peonies


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
~ Norman Cousins
Oshawa Botanical Garden Peony Festival 2009


When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.
~ Henry Van Dyke


I may not have a practical mind, but it's very fixated on concrete things.
~ Alma Guillermoprieto
Breed: Golden Retriever Rescue: Golden Rescue


Woofstock 2009!
The largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America! Be sure to visit our blog for a great video http://www.misskodee.blogspot.com/

Pink Veins Running


I am not in the giving vein to-day
~ William Shakespeare

Visit: Parkwood Estate, Greenhouse Tea Room, Oshawa, Ont


Seagulls: Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.
Nigel: Oh would you just shut up? You're rats with wings.
Amazon Pick
The Art of Finding Nemo celebrates the talent of Pixar Animation Studios. This book features the concept and character sketches, storyboards, and lighting studies in a huge spectrum of media, from five-second sketches to intricate color pastels. This behind-the-scenes odyssey invites the reader into the elaborate creative process of animation films through interviews with all the key players at Pixar.
Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, Ontario


I have yet to see one completely unspoiled star, except for the animals-like Lassie
~ Edith Head
Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, Ontario Breed: Collie Amazon Pick: Lassie

Cactus Orange


Location: Parkwood Estate, Greenhouse Tea Room, Oshawa, Ontario

Lady and the Tramp

When I was a kid, I didn't get into the Disney stuff at all. It was almost too sweet for me. I liked the cynical stuff. I was a Peanuts fanatic; that's what spoke to me. But as a parent, I love the stuff. I've watched Lady and the Tramp with my son 50 times. There's just something about this stuff that touches you as a parent.
~ Robert Smigel
Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, Ontario Breed: American Cocker Spaniel
Amazon Pick: Lady and the Tramp

Make a Wish

dandy, macro

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
~ Aesop Fables


If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
~ Alfred North Whitehead
Location: Oshawa Botanical Gardens Breed: West Highland and Shitz Shu



False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports
~ Richard Burton

Location: Oshawa Bontanical Gardens

Twisted Screams


If we all said people's faces what we say behind one another's backs, society would be impossible.
~ Honore de Balzac

Is It Just Me?
Do you see the little face? Look at the second cable from top, middle of the photo; looks like a little screaming face :0


Everybody is so rushed, they don't take time for the whimsical, the light.
~ Mark Allen

Pretty in Pink - Rosaurea Peony

Almost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too
~ Gladys Taber

Location: Oshawa Botanical Gardens From the Canadian Peony Society
Introduced by William Brown of Elora, Ontario in 1952. The following description was written by A.R. Buckley of the Central Experimental Farm in 1963. “A good Japanese type with light toned pink petals with straw coloured staminodes and red stigmas forming the crown in the centre. A very floriferous variety and one which has a very appealing colour effect. Flower 5½” diameter, Plant Height 33 inches.”

Red Carpet

redpeony, macro

I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet.
~ Prince Charles

Location: Oshawa Botanical Gardens From the Canadian Peony Society
W. T. Macoun
Photograph taken by Alexis Landon in 1999 in the garden of Dr. Jim Cruise. Introduced by Miss Mary E. Blacklock in 1938, the specimen shown here was acquired by Dr. Cruise from Bob Landon who had obtained this cultivar from Blacklock in 1938 as part of a plant order intended for landscaping his newly built home. Miss Blacklock was part of a "botanizing" group that often met in Simcoe and included Monroe Landon, Dr. Douglas Storms (Dundas), Prof. J. W. Crow, and W. E. Saunders among others less notable.

Adrienne Clarkson Peony

whitepeony, macro

Those who think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow colorblind ~ Unknown
Location: Oshawa Bontanical Gardens From the Canadian Peony Society
Adrienne Clarkson
This peony was bred by Maurice Ménard of Laval, Quebec, and was registered in 2004 in honour of our 26th Governor General. This is a hybrid peony, tetraploid, pale yellow, fading cream and with raspberry-pink flares. It blooms somewhat earlier than the well known hybrid, Red Charm. This peony is currently being propagated for the Canadian Peony Society and distribution is still very limited.

Bokeh Wildflower


Sometimes in our confusion, we see not the world as it is, but the world though eyes blurred by the mind.
~ Unknown

OH my very first bokeh photo! That's right, I am amused by small things. The word Bokeh is adapted from a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography, it describes the areas in the picture not in focus. This shot was taken with the Canon PowerShot SX110IS. This little gem has a 10x optical image stabilized Zoom. The aperature was set at 2.8. For a compact digital camera the results aren't half bad!
But for amazing bokeh take a look at this website's examples http://adjix.com/e8vt Amazing!

Sweet Lilacs


Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind.
~ Sophie Tunnell

Hiding Out

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
~ Langston Hughes
This photo was shot through my dirty, very dirty, kitchen window!

Time Out

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
~ Tennessee Williams
Location: Frenchman's Bay, Pickering, Ontario


Location: Frenchman's Bay, Pickering, Ontario
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

The Eye's Have It

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
~ Albert Einstein
Breed: Cavaier King Charles Spaniel Kodee, May 2009 2.5 years old


Where ever I am I always find myself looking out the window wishing I was somewhere else.
~ Angelina Jolie
Location: Frenchman's Bay, Pickering, Ont. Breed: Boxer
Rescue: Boxer Rescue Canada

Canada Goose

If you feel the urge, don't be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think geese are for anyway
~ Will Rogers
My Amazon Pick
Father Goose: One Man, a Gaggle of Geese, and Their Real Life Incredible Journey South
Featured on an enormously popular 20/20 segment, this heartwarming story tells of William Lishman, a reclusive sculptor, who adopted a gaggle of geese, flew with them in an ultralight glider, and actually taught them to migrate--earning himself the nickname "Father Goose." Optioned for film by Columbia Pictures. 66 color photos. Lishman lives east of Toronto with his wife, reknowned designer Paula Lishman International.

Swimming Along

"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens"
~ Michael Caine
Location: Oshawa Creek, Oshawa Ontario Ducks Unlimited: Story of the Mallard

Spring Thaw

Preserving a river or a creek can bring a lot of revenue.
~ Jim Fowler
Location: Oshawa Creek, Oshawa, Ontario

Bow Your Head


Where flowers bloom so does hope.
- Lady Bird Johnson


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