Easter eggs. While I have often decorated Easter eggs when I was young, never would I have used tools and beeswax to achieve my goal. At most, the eggs were decorated with a few colours, overlapping colour making for new ones.
The Ukrainian art of decorating the eggs is way more elaborate.
Or better put: Phrags. This is one of the terms used to name orchids. What corresponds to what, I have no idea. The biologists that invented the scientific names for orchids must have had lots of imagination, or lots to drink.
But I can be wrong and those names make perfect sense for the initiated. I’m not one of them.
The Great Grey Owl is the provincial bird of Manitoba, and not the mosquito as some funny people may want to make us believe. Adults are between 48 and 76cm tall and they may weigh up to 800g.
The Great Grey is a magnificent bird relying on its ears and eyesight to hunt.
Nothing to shoot! Too cold to go out! Too dark, too light, no motivation. We’ve heard it all by now. It’s all because of the white stuff that still lingers around and even gets replenished at this time of the year.
Some say that spring should have been here already. Am I happy that I can do nothing about it! Nor can anyone else. The only thing we can do is make the best of it, and keep those hand warmers handy when we go out.
Have you ever seen the dark side of the moon? Many people will answer that that isn’t possible since we do not travel freely to that side of the moon. Ok… let’s try that again. The dark side of the moon is the side that is not lit. We see that side every two weeks.
Mostly though, we take pictures of the moon when at least a small part is visible, so that we can find it easily in the sky. In this picture, the dark side of the moon is clearly (?) visible. Hmm, perhaps I should change my argumentation.
It seems like winter, snow, ice and shovelling are the foremost of our thoughts right now. That’s what a few months of low light and low temperatures do to a person. While I have refrained from posting “Winter wonderland” and “Look how beautiful the snow is” – type of blogs this season, I do feel the need to post something a bit more colourful.
As if to underline the absence of the mentioned subjects.
As many know by now, we were in Ukraine a few months ago. While many people were already boiling with anger against the government, none of that transpired in the streets. The mood of the city seemed to be quiet.
However, when I look back now, something was off. Despite the nice weather, sunshine and bright autumn colours, something was “off”.
Take me home…. We know the song, but do we know that road? Having lived all over the world, I can only say one thing: those roads always lead to where the heart is. Home.
But sometimes, those roads don’t look as if they want to take you home…