Each night the humidity goes up to 100% here now. We’ve had hot weather, but nothing like the heat waves that are rolling around other parts of the continent. Tonight, it’s still humid, but life is a little easier because we have a little bit of wind from the north. I’ve really suffered from the heat previous summers here, but this one hasn’t been too bad … yet. My sufferings — in order not to sound like a whiner — takes some explaining: We live in an apartment building. I don’t know exactly when it was built, but a good guess would be some time in the 60’s. We really love it here — it’s a nice and quiet building and the apartment is spacious …lots of light. BUT … and this is the big but … there’s something wrong in the building so they cannot totally turn off the heat (!!!). They’ve explained it to me several times … something about the pipes, some thermal reaction so that they’ll get leaky pipes all over. In any event … it’s incredibly hot in here as we live on the top floor, but all apartments are hot. I don’t keep a thermometer in here because I just don’t want to see how hot it is. It’s psychological — when I see exactly how hot it is, it gets worse! 🙂 We have a/c in one room and fans in the others. The living room is very big and it’s open all the way from the dining area to a big hall, so putting an a/c in here would be rather pointless … or it would take an extremely powerful machine. We bought two, new fans … the tower model and they are both more effective and quieter than the previous ones.
We’ve been out swimming many evenings — very refreshing, but the feeling only lasts so long. Blogging and reading hasn’t exactly been on my mind when I’ve felt like my brain is melting. Tonight, however, is, as I said, a little better. It’s wonderful with the cool air coming in here. It was a cloudy … really overcast day today, with a few, little showers.
I’ve often felt that overcast days are great for photography. Colours and everything seem to come out better than it bright daylight when you get too much highlights. This picture was shot from a place people refer to as «Tin Can Beach». It could be a beautiful recreation area, but it isn’t. It’s a former industrial area that’s just neglected and people throw garbage there.
Speaking of birds, here’s one that seem to suffer from some kind of identity issues. This cormorant hangs out with the ducks in Marsh Creek all the time. I sometimes wonder if it’s the same guy as last year 🙂 Here, he’s surrounded by ducklings and a mother duck. Maybe they think he’s ‘Dad’.
I didn’t bother going out to shoot the fireworks on Canada Day. I knew how crowded it would be up there — another time! We heard the rumbling sound of them going off, and I was thinking to myself as I heard it, how lucky I am to both have been born to, and living in countries that aren’t war torn …. where those sounds would have scared the wits out of me. I remember so well how many of the refugees we had back home, suffered from anxiety during New Years Eve, Walpurgis Night and the likes, when fireworks are being shot.
We’ve been out a lot and I’ve shot oodles of pictures. The other night, we went up on Kingston peninsula and I saw the eagle soaring … not close enough for any good shots, but I was struck by another thing … how rich and lush all the greenery is right now! We’ve had quite a few rainy days (and nights) even though it’s hot, so the grass is still green and not the burnt brown colour it gets when it’s dry. We’re also surrounded by water here, so no wonder it’s humid!
Apart from everything else, I’ve also been working on my photo blog, that I mentioned in some earlier post. I will still be going back in time, adding photos that I like, but now I’ve linked it in the top bar, underneath the header … it’s entitled «Tidal Waters». It’s just a place to gather the pictures that I like, myself.
Before going to the grocery store today, we drove through the park, because I wanted to see if there were any new ducklings. There weren’t, but I met this, friendly guy! I think he perhaps was a peanut allergic, because surprisingly enough, he just looked at the peanut I threw at him! Normally these guys are real peanut lovers!