Daily Quote: April 14, 2021

The marvels of daily life are exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
~ Robert Doisneau (French – Photographer April 14, 1912 – April 1, 1994)

National Gardening Day

Pathologists Assistant Day

Porte Musings:

Sorry, I slept in this morning.  This post is a repeat of April 14, 2020.  Not much has change except the COVID-19 number have gone up.

I resumed my daily walking routine on Sunday.  Camera in hand and Rickie at my side it took almost 2 1/2 hours to complete my normal route through the St. Clair Conservation Area, almost 7 kilometers in total.  The paths weren’t too muddy, but there were a couple of sections I almost got stuck in.  Rickie loves the boardwalks and the excitement all around.  We found bloodroot in bloom, but the other flowers are just starting to sprout their leaves.  Many of the birds are returning from the long trip south, but I didn’t see the bald eagle yet nor have I seen any redwing blackbirds.

Today the Premier of Ontario announced that emergency measures will remain in effect for an additional 28 days.  So the self isolation will continue for another month.  My step son has recovered and will be returning to work tomorrow.


COVID-19 Restrictions:

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Daily Quote: November 30, 2020

The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.

~Gordon Parks (American – Photographer / November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*Tonight is the Full Beaver Moon, but with a snow storm threatening I decided to go an isolated dead end road to try to get some Full Moon pictures last night at moonrise. Unfortunately the clouds got in the way and the moon wasn’t fully visible until darkness had descended.

*The last day of November 2020. A vaccine is on the horizon while numbers for COVID-19 increase rapidly. Because Canada doesn’t make it’s own vaccine, it is predicted that 50% will be vaccinated by September 2021. So keep up the social distancing, wear a mask and stay home if you have even mild symptoms.

*USA remains #1 for number of cases as emergency rooms are now at or exceeding capacity. The Canada/US border remains closed for all none essential travel. Even though COVID insurance can now be purchased the Canadian government is still recommending that people stay home.


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide62,787,929No data60-day trend chart8,0751,460,179
United States13,447,345136,31360-day trend chart40,804266,758
Source: Wikipedia


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide62,787,929No data60-day trend chart8,0751,460,179
Canada370,2785,46860-day trend chart9,75012,032
Quebec141,0381,39560-day trend chart17,1697,033
Ontario118,1501,63360-day trend chart8,6883,661
Source: Wikipedia

Daily Quote: November 21, 2020

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

~Voltaire (French – Writer / November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778)

Holidays and Celebrations:

* Only 1 month from the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and for some it is already the darkest day. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise during this second wave filling emergency rooms to capacity. The Canadian/USA Boarder remains closed for at least another 30 days. Parts of Ontario (Toronto and Peel) will be entering a lock down and only essentials will be available. Christmas is already being labelled as different this year because we’ll probably be sitting alone, zooming our family, and waiting for this pandemic to end. Hope is around in the New Year as a vaccine is being developed and distribution is anticipated.


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide55,624,562No data60-day trend chart7,1541,338,100
United States12,000,041198,53760-day trend chart36,413254,320
Source: Wikipedia
LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide55,624,562No data60-day trend chart7,1541,338,100
Canada320,7194,96260-day trend chart8,44511,334
Quebec129,6991,25960-day trend chart15,7896,774
Ontario104,3071,44060-day trend chart7,6703,501
Source: Wikipedia

Daily Quote: November 15, 2020

Action, looks, words, steps,
form the alphabet by which
you may spell character.

~ Johann Kaspar Lavater (German – Theologian / November 15, 1741 – January 2, 1801)

Holidays and Celebrations:

  • Sunday and the world is going mad as the second wave of COVID-19 is even greater than the first. Restrictions are being re-introduced as numbers of confirmed cases keep breaking records. A vaccine is being promised as soon as January 2021, as announced by President Trump (in his days of denying that he has lost the election). Major staffing changes are being made in the military in the USA, as unconfirmed claims of election fraud are being seeded liberally by Trump supporters. The USA remains #1 in the world for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide53,970,288628,13660-day trend chart6,9411,311,832
United States10,977,635159,02160-day trend chart33,310245,460
Source: Wikipedia


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide53,970,288628,13660-day trend chart6,9411,311,832
Canada291,9314,61360-day trend chart7,68710,891
Quebec122,6431,44860-day trend chart14,9306,611
Ontario95,9641,39460-day trend chart7,0573,387
Source: Wikipedia

Daily Quote: October 31, 2020

It’s that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room.

~ Helmut Newton (German – Photographer / October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004)

Holidays and Celebrations:


World Cities Day


Studio pictures aren’t my style either. I prefer outdoors without any special lighting. My grandneice ran up to the top of a hill and for a brief moment was on top of the world as the “Queen of the Hill”. Candid shots of people being people are my very favorite types of portraits.

As communities prepare to celebrate Halloween COVID-19 style there have been many suggestions on how to maintain social distancing while Trick or Treating.

For me, and many other Canadian Snow birds, it means we’re home for Halloween instead of traveling to our winter season in the southern USA. Unfortunately our Southern friends and neighbours won’t have the economic benefit of the Northern Visitors. Many of the usual travelers are stuck with no winter home and scrambling to find an appropriate winter nesting ground. Seasonal Trailer Campgrounds aren’t permitted to have people be there year round so these retired people need to find somewhere else to go for 2-6 months. Some have petitioned for an exception this year, but the petitions seem to be falling on deaf ears.

The American election is quickly approaching. For all my American Friends I encourage you to get out and vote.

Daily Quote: October 28, 2020

Prevention is better than cure.

~Desiderius Erasmus (Dutch – Philosopher October 28, 1466 – July 12, 1536)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Take Me Outside Day

National Chocolate Day – United States

During the COVID-19 Pandemic we are reminded of today’s quote. Wash your hands, wear a mask and keep your distance to prevent the spread.

Celebrate “Take me outside day” then follow-up with a hot chocolate. I’m looking forward to a walk with my sister and our dogs today. Although it’s cold outside (only 3C), it’s not raining or snowing.

Daily Quote: October 22, 2020

If your pictures aren’t good enough,
you aren’t close enough.

~ Robert Capa (American-Hungarian Photographer / October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954)

Holidays and Celebrations:

National Nut Day


During the COVID-19 Pandemic, playgrounds were closed and children weren’t allowed on the monkey bars, swings and slides. Once the playgrounds were re-opened social distancing still had to be maintained. So children could climb, swing and slide again.

But they weren’t permitted to get too close or make new friends playing tag. My heart broke to watch children with social circles excluding others as if they had the plague. Only children faced exclusion even though they had been self-isolating for months before hoping to join the other children on the playground.

After playing hand sanitizer was used just in case someone using the playground equipment had left virus particles behind. During play the washrooms were closed, so many children had a temporary disappearance into the woods for a quick pee, before returning to play again.

Daily Quote: October 19, 2020

Colors are the smiles of nature.

~ Leigh Hunt (English – Poet October 19, 1784 – August 28, 1859)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

National New Friends Day – USA

Friday’s engagement shots were shared by the Fiancée on Facebook. The turnaround time was less than 24 hours and I still have problems keeping the number of photographs down.

Tunnel of Love – Strathroy Conservation Area

I walked with my Son and his Fiancée to gift them their engagement photos yesterday. The threat of rain provided an excellent backdrop to the beautiful fall colours. They decided to get married because COVID-19 is a good reason for a small wedding. The date is set, the venue is booked, and the guest list parred down to 30. Only immediate family and very best friends will be included. Only 1 of my sisters will be invited. There will be 4 children present at the event. Their 2 children (previous relationships) and his nephew and niece. He said he will be allowing photos during the ceremony even though he is hiring a photographer (not me, he thinks the mother of the groom should be enjoying the day not working).

Daily Quote: October 13, 2020

It may be the cock that crows,
but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

~ Margaret Thatcher (English – Leader October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013)

Holidays and Celebrations:

International Day for Disaster Reduction

No Bra Day

Thanksgiving day celebrations are over. Everyone is returning their diets to atone for the sins of the weekend as we await the announcements for our tightened COVID-19 restrictions. One case has been reported at one of our local elementary schools, while UWO (University of Western Ontario) has been declared an outbreak centre.