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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Photo Hunt - WILD


This week's theme is WILD!

(Click to enlarge photos and enjoy.)





My first offering is this shot when I became "one" with the bulrushes down at Boundary Bay Regional Park last weekend. They were growing wild everywhere! I hunkered down in the midst of this bunch and got this photo that shows the path we walked with the beach and mountains in the background.









Blackberry bushes lined the dirt path and you can see they're almost ready for me to go back with a bucket.
Hmmm...pie? jam? crumble or crisp?













After walking in the brilliant sunshine for quite a while, we decided to stop for an ice cream. This "wild critter" cosied up to us, begging for a treat. Anyone know just what kind of critter it is? He was actually very polite.












This photo is my favourite one for the theme - makes me think of that old 1969 movie "Easy Rider" and the song by Steppenwolf - "Born to Be Wild."

Anything on wheels for this kid!






Have a WILD weekend, everyone!

57 comments:

ellen b said...

Hi Leslie,
Fabulous assortment of wild. I love the last shot. I've got a wild one, a son :0)
I'm tickled that you got "down" and took that first photo. Beautiful results. I do that but it's not as easy as it used to be to get back up!

Leslie said...

G'day, namesake! :)

Hey - cold Canberra is finally warming up today and I really like your blackberry photo best as it's one of my favorite things to eat. There have been NONE to be had here in Canberra for at least six months. Not a one!

But yesterday, I found some at last in the freezer section of the grocery store and made a cobbler with them last night. :)

jams o donnell said...

A great selection of shots. I love the rushes and the blackberries but there's a boy that knows the meaning of wild! £Head out on the Highway..." Happy weekend

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Love your photos Leslie, well done :-)

jmb said...

Great wild post Leslie, have a good weekend and see you Monday!

Carver said...

I love your sequence of shots for wild. I love wild plants and animals and who could could help but be captivated by that beautiful child in the last shot.

Sue said...

These are all great, but I LOVE that last shot :) You can't help but smile :)

starnitesky said...

Great photos Leslie, I love blackberries - crumble for me please! Noah looks happy riding the bike.

Colin Campbell said...

Lovely shots there Leslie. I used to love to pick blackberries. Not so many around here.

sho said...

nice shots. I cant spot the critter tho. where exactly is it?

CrazyCath said...

Wonderful collage of wild! I love the one of the little one on the wheels too. Such joy. So wild! lol

leslie said...

Sho - the critter is the LOG that looks like a croc to me! Can anyone else see it?

Ruth W. said...

Noah is growing so fast, I know he is such a blessing in your life Leslie.

Any word on when they will do your surgery?

Expat Traveler said...

oh wow - those are beautiful photos... love your first and last photo!

Yes Leslie - moved to the island to be closer to friends and family. It was the right time to go.. :)

YTSL said...

Great pics -- LOVE blackberries. But re the wild critter: I don't get it. What it is? Can't see it! ;(

nancygrayce said...

What great pictures! We call the bulrushes cattails! Your grandson is a darling!

Sarge Charlie said...

I am just a "wild and crazy guy" I like your entry

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Great photo's Leslie, so clear and the last one is just too cute

Criz Lai said...

I had a wild guess that it was the shape of the log and I was right. Can I have some pies or crumble now?? Hehe :P

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

Smalltown RN said...

Leslie...those are wonderful photos for the theme....wow you are becoming a very avid photographer...I am going to come to you for lessons....wondderful choice!

Huey said...

Oh I like the last photo too! Born to be wild! Yeah! :D

marcia@joyismygoal said...

What a cute little guy not too wild tho is he :)

Randi said...

A great sequence of shots.
I love the last one - absolutely gorgeous!
Happy weekend.

Bengbeng said...

great assortment of wild life shots.

Richard Havers said...

Bull rushes are just so beautiful. I especially like the sound of reeds in a pond or by a river bank; nature creates the greatest symphonies.

pat said...

All great wild choices!!

Happy Weekend.

Aileni said...

Super shots, Leslie. Lot of wild cats about today - look out !

Mec said...

love that last pic too :) already i can see my son posing similarly in the future :)

btw, my wild is also already up :)

Hootin' Anni said...

All photos are super...I especially like the cattails with the blue hills in the horizon.

My wild is posted...the wildness of nature. Come see.
Happy Hunting.

Dragonstar said...

Love your first shot of the reed mace and the path - really good.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Loved this post... it was fun and those berries looked yummy! I would pick the Jam! =D

Amanda said...

Great shot! I especially like the "born to be wild" one, very cute... :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Amanda

Deborah said...

I saw that picture of the wild blackberries and my ankles started itching. It was so real, I could feel the chiggers! Great post!

lucy said...

Wonderful Collage...things that are wild are so fun for individual interpretation. I enjoyed your's. Thank you for sharing.

Russell said...

I love the cat tails! We have them in many of the ditches and open country here in Iowa. Usually, of course, there is water near by.

Fun photos!!

Enigma said...

We always called bulrushes "cattails." As a kid (with some parental supervision)they always made for great "torches" at night. Soaked in kerosene for 15 minutes or so, they would burn for an hour or better. Thanks for sharing some great images!

Claudia said...

I love the shot of your grandson!

www.ayewonder.com said...

You have done a great job with this week's job. Hats off.

Baker Watson said...

That creature looks like a prehistoric froglogisaurus in the tadpole stage where they resembled a crocodile but they were actually in the frog family. I understand they grew quite large and once grown could probably jump 200-300 feet in one bound and could catch a fly with a 2 foot wingspan if it came within 15 feet of that lightning fast tongue.

Great capture - Rare indeed!!

Fishman said...

Great pics, Leslie!

Rebeckah said...

I love your post about wild : ). What a fun group to join. The last picture just screams summer! LOVE it!

Colleen said...

Great wild shots! Love the last pic of your boy!!!

June said...

Our blackberries peak late July to early August. Guess up your way it's later...looking at yours makes me want them back!

Ladykli said...

I LOVE blackberries Yum! The little boy doesn't look so wild but he is adorable!

http://ladykli-goingonaphotohunt.blogspot.com/

Gledwood said...

O Leslie I lurve such wildness... I don't know what those things are called up top, but they just go to prove God is an abstract modelmaker... as for blackberries: yum

o ps I had MULBERRIES the other week: masterful!

Patricia said...

Fun and beautiful photos, Leslie. I love them all.

I almost added a photo of my grandson Gavin to mine. "Wild" certainly describes most little boys I know.

Hope your weekend is delightful.

girasoli said...

At first I thought there was a critter on the log but then finally saw the crocodile shape. Very cool. I love all of your photos! Great choices for this week's theme!!

Sammawow said...

What wonderfully wild pictures you have! I love your crocodile log and of course, the born to be wild one!

Gattina said...

Wild and beautiful I would say !

kaycee said...

wow! beautiful series of pictures. i'm really loving this week's theme.
Hope you're having a good weekend, yourself =)

PERBS said...

Love that beach scene. The berries look good -- I found some raspberries the other day and picked a few -- thought they were all gone now but not at this one place. I have earmarked it for a return visit! That reminds me, I think the blackberries are ready by now here too -- last time I walked this one trail, they were still green. . . Love the "wild kid!"

ClickGirl said...

Hi Leslie,

Thanks for posting your Blog info on my FaceBook page. It's great that you are still Blogging. I've not done as well keeping up with it (kind of sporadic, at the least) - but I still occasionally post. I'm working on a new WordPress WebBlog - so will send you info on that - once I get it up and running. I just had too many sites/Blogs/links to manage - and need to combine things together so that they are more manageable.

Love the photo blogs that you are doing too. Great fun!

Looking forward to staying in touch!

Warm regards,
Brenda aka ClickGirl

SabineM said...

lovely takes on the theme!

EastCoastLife said...

I envy you for being able to pick wild fruits and make them into pies and jams.

Your grandson is too cute. *pinch his cheeks*

jam said...

Thanks for the blackberry photo. Don't find any in this part of the world. BTW, what is a critter?

A. said...

Great wild pictures! I particularly like the bulrushes but they are all great, even the polite but scary critter :)

Sorry to be so slow in returning your visit to mine.

Barbara H. said...

That's a great variety of wild things!

Thanks for visiting my photo hunt!