Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 14, 2023

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert
integrity of purpose and imaginative vision
against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slaves of the ordinary.

~ Cecil Beaton
English – Photographer January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980

Porte Ponderings:

Staying so close to a small airport you often look up and see unique airplanes flying overhead. This small plane looks like a toy in the picture, but I can assure you it was a full sized plane overhead. 😉

Gliders are often towed up and let go to find their way back to the airport.

On my 60th birthday I took a ride in an ultra-light and loved every moment of it.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 12, 2023

Life is not a matter of holding good cards,
but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

~ Jack London
American – Novelist January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916

Porte Ponderings:

I started my Hiking Spree with an easy hike at Morrisbridge Park. Only 7 more hikes to complete before entering the contest. I’m aiming for 1 per week.

Hike #1 – Morrisbridge Park – Bald Cypress Hike – January 11, 2023

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 11, 2023

Act as if what you do
makes a difference.
It does.

~ William James
American – Philosopher January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910

Porte Ponderings:

Blue birds are another snow bird that winters over in Florida.

With white bellies’ orange highlights; a blue back, head and tails they are quite distinctive.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 7, 2023

Tell me what you feel in your room
when the full moon is shining in upon you
and your lamp is dying out,
and I will tell you how old you are,
and I shall know if you are happy.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Swiss – Philosopher September 27, 1821 – May 11, 1881

Porte Ponderings:

The first Full mOOn of 2023, the Wolf Moon rose up on the Epiphany (6th of January, the celebration of the baptism of Jesus)

Full moons with all of their wonder, tales and tides. Tales of creatures only appearing on full moons, or only seen during a full moon. Tides at their highest and majical happenings. Seasons changing and wolves howling. Full moons mark the passage of time.

Art imitates life was seen as being so true this week as on the Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida, young Greek Orthodox men gather to dive into the waters to retreive a sacred cross for blessings for the next year. In Nora Roberts trilogy Dragon Heart Legacy, young people dive into the waters to retrieve a sacred sword and become the leader (taoiseich). I’m certain these parallels were drawn on by the author as age old mythology relies on the finding of a sacred object in the waters.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 6, 2023

I am not afraid…
I was born to do this.

~ Joan of Arc
French – Saint January 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431

Porte Ponderings:

Just like birds are born to fly, people are born to follow their own paths. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for following hers’, but she wouldn’t deny her faith.

Today is my step-son’s birthday. As he edges closer to 50, it makes me feel older as well. Always full of energy, able to make us smile, almost on command, he is enjoying driving truck and living in West Lorne. Although I think he will never be completely satisfied and will always looking for that one thing better. Always striving for that extra bit. A quality driving him forward.

Porte Photos: May 3, 2022

Today’s picture is of a pigeon at Zephyr Park. A little ordinary and found everywhere.

Florida is just a memory now as we’ve returned to Ontario and I’m open for business. I have a newborn gift certificate that was purchased.

I look forward to my new grandson due in late June 2022. Babies are so beautiful.

The road trip home was thankfully uneventful. Georgia was very slow traffic through Atlanta. I followed the Google instructions and drove the HOV lanes, but it was still very slow going. The only time I’ve ever gone through Atlanta without issues was a Sunday morning at 4 AM. We did see a truck on fire headed south and the traffic was backed up for miles. It looked like everyone was safe.

Rickie and I have resumed morning walks with my sister and her dog Maddie.

Porte Photos: April 24, 2022

People net fishing in Zephyr Park never cease to amaze me. They gather up there nets and toss them into the air then gather back whatever is caught, check their catch, then do it again. Often the birds gather to watch, just in case something is of value to them when the fisherman walks away. I love how the camera stops the nets mid-air or splashing on the surface of the water.

Today is Saint George’s Day. I’m certain my son is one of the Saint Georges. 😉

Porte Photos: April 23, 2022

The drake wood duck always looks like a wooden decoy to me. Too bright and too beautiful to be real. Gliding effortlessly on the water. Posing for anyone that wants to take its photo.

Zephyr Park is a perfect place for these birds to make their nests in the large Live Oak trees. An ideal location for the young ducklings to grow into adults.