Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Photo Blogging Challenge - September

I live in Aylmer, Quebec across the river from Canada's capital, Ottawa. Here, the temperature's starting to drop, the leaves are starting to turn. All in all a magnificent backdrop to P.J.'s monthly photo challenge for September, with the appropriate prompt of "outdoors".

The first two pics, this month, are from my backyard where fall is taking hold. I'm not sure what the flowers are in the second picture but the bees love it.



The third pic is of the street I live on. This was a couple of weeks ago as the leaves just started to turn.


The fourth pic is one I took in conjunction with the just completed 30 Days of Photos Challenge. It's a local bridge, over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, where lovers attach padlocks to demonstrate their love for one another. Great idea, eh?


The last picture is of gardens in a park where, in the spring, the beds are full of tulips. It's a beautiful, magical place even in the fall.



Drop by P.J.'s blog and see who else participated in his monthly photo challenge.

33 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

Fall is beautiful! Those bees are in paradise. I'm hoping to see our bees soon. They seem to have gone into hiding during the hot summer....or maybe Evil Twin is building a colony somewhere.


Wait. Is that poison ivy?



Oh dear.

nonamedufus said...

I only know it as bee bomb but it's a completely made up name.

lisa said...

Love the lock photo! Being in Middle Missouri, the trees have not yet shown their true colors. But by the end of this month we should be in full bloom. Might you be expecting snow next week? :-)

nonamedufus said...

Oh, please, don't you dare mention the "s" word. We're experiencing a fantastic Indian summer with temps around 29C

P.J. said...

Some great photos in those first two images. And the lock photo is really cool. What a neat concept. Wonder how it started?

babs (beetle) said...

Beautiful photos! I can't wait to get out with my camera once the leaves turn. Ours are only just going yellow at the moment, but it won't be long now :)

nonamedufus said...

Thanks P.J. I have no idea where the locks on bridges idea started. But I think it's kinda cool.

nonamedufus said...

Our leaves are starting to drop, believe it or not. I wish our Indian summer would continue on for a while.

babs (beetle) said...

Oh, no. That's too early. October is the month for us. They should be dropping by the end of the month, and we can go collecting conkers, like the big kids we are :)

nonamedufus said...

Okay, after considerable Googling (the lengths i go to for you Reffie) I learned that this flower is called sedum. How about that? Now you sedum, now you don't!

nonamedufus said...

No it's not poison ivy. Yikes!

nonamedufus said...

Oh man, I remember playing congers when I was a kid.

babs (beetle) said...

:)

nonamedufus said...

Oh and I Googled "flowers bees like".

Ziva said...

That first photo of the fall leaves is absolutely beautiful. Dufus! And I love the lock photo, there are just so many locks, aren't there?

nonamedufus said...

Thanks, Ziva. I really like that leaf pic too. And the lock pic I used here was a toss up with the one I used for 30 Days. I'm glad I got an opportunity to use it. We have a lot of lovers in the Ottawa area.

Mike Davis said...

There is another Lock Bridge somewhere. I've seen it on TV. But they are begging people to stop putting locks up. I think it has a chain link fence and you can't see through the fence for the locks. I say put up more locks!

nonamedufus said...

Oh they have them all over the world. I don't know where it started buy it's a neat idea.

mike said...

Great colours this fall. It's been perfect all around. Nicely done, Dufus.

nonamedufus said...

Great colours yes, but does it seem to you things are a bit rushed. Here the leaves are already falling. Sigh.

nonamedufus said...

Thanks, Cheryl. I'm glad you enjoyed them. They're all simple iPhone photos.

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Dufus! Outdoors is getting real pretty here too, despite the high temperatures. You caught it nicely, Sir. Indigo

nonamedufus said...

Thanks, Indigo. I'm not so excited about what comes after. (that white stuff.)

Cheryl said...

These are all really great shots, John. It's beginning to look a lot like fall in your world.

nonamedufus said...

Agreeable temps in the mid 20sC last week, a little lower in the coming week. Expecting rain next week. The leaves are falling. If health and weather will allow I'd like to get out in the Gatineau for some lovely fall landscapes.

Cheryl said...

We had similar weather last week. It was very cold overnight and the days started out with dense fog. Once that cleared, the days were perfect without any high winds. It was so nice to be in short sleeves again. Leaves are turning here but not falling yet. We haven't had rain for close to 2 weeks. When the leaves peak, we'll get hit with downpours and high winds. It's our Murphy's Law for fall colors.


How have you been feeling better after your hospital stay? Is your blood sugar stable? I'd like to think of you out in the Gatineau happily shooting to your heart's content.

nonamedufus said...

I've been better Cheryl.

GeoKs said...

Always interesting to look at photos from another part of Canada. I actually have the same kind of sedum growing in our yard. I believe it's called Stonecrop. And yes, bees absolutely love it. It blooms quite late here in Calgary, as well - in fact it's really just beginning to peak now.


Thanks for a peak at your corner of Canada.

nonamedufus said...

We have plenty of sedum in the gardens. Amazing how it changes colour in the fall.

Paul said...

Very interesting story of the locks on the bridge. The locks and composition of the shot lead you right in to the frame.

nonamedufus said...

I took several shots of that bridge. The one I used here was my favourite.

Katherine Murray said...

I especially love the shadows in the street picture... Really eye catching!

nonamedufus said...

Thanks, Katherine. The sun was with me in that one..

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