Fairweather Blogger

It seems I only update this blog during cottage season. I can’t easily carry my big camera around with me during our day-to-day activities, so when we go to the cottage, I try to make up for it.

Here are some photos from our last trip to the cottage, over Canada Day weekend. It has rained pretty much all summer; that weekend was no exception. When we did go outside, it was in rain boots and sweaters. In July.

There weren’t a lot of butterflies (they are most active on hot sunny days) but we found a clutch of chubby monarch caterpillars on one of our walks. There were so many dragonflies too, more than I have ever seen.

Hope you are all having a beautiful summer so far!



Last Cottage Weekend

lilac-sunset hydrangeas fern-flower sweet-peas spider-web-dew Labour Day Weekend marked our last visit to the cottage for the season. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; misty mornings, sunny afternoons, cool evenings. September really is my favourite time to be up at the lake. Until next year!


I’m determined to photograph these little beauties up close in the trees one day. Whether I’ll need to get a much more powerful camera lens or stake out the treetops, I’m not sure. Maybe both. Even though you can barely see them in these photos (look closely!) they are so much prettier photographed in their natural habitat. The middle photo is a different bird’s nest.




Leaf Collector

Yesterday we came back from another visit to the cottage. I left my leaf and flower press up there, hoping I’d finally have a chance to use it. After all, I’ve only had it for eight or nine years. One of those things.

So on one of our many walks, I collected a few leaves. I really must come up with a container for such things; wild raspberries, dragonfly wings, you know. I always bring my camera on our walks, and I’m usually holding someone’s hand.

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leaf sky

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Anyway, the flower press.

It’s a Microfleur, given to me by a friend who never got around to using it either. It’s about 5×5 inches and couldn’t be easier to use. I pressed 2-4 leaves at a time, for 20-60 seconds in the microwave. That’s it. Next time I will go out in search of some wildflowers. For that I will definitely need something to carry them in. Thinking…