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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Perfection


Be sure to click on the photos to see them enlarged.

What a gloriously sunny autumn day today! I decided to take a quick drive out of the residential area of Ladner around 5:00 pm and see what I could find to photograph before it got too dark. Someone had told me about a spectacular tree at a particular corner just past the railroad tracks, so that's where I headed first. I found the tree, pulled over to the side of the road and got out, camera in hand. I'm saving a few photos for ABC Wednesday (the letter "t" in paricular) but I spent a fair bit of time at this corner. I took a photo of the tree from the road and then went to the side and caught the following one with a country home behind it. Finally, I looked down the road and took a shot from that angle.








































The train that I sometimes hear at night when I'm suffering from insomnia happened by just as I approached the railroad tracks, so I also got a shot of the cars heading towards Roberts Bank to load up with coal. Roberts Bank, British Columbia is an area on the south side of the estuary of the Fraser River approximately 35 km south of Vancouver. It's significant as a transport hub because of the ferry terminal to Vancouver Island, because of the Roberts Bank Superport, and as an area with important wetland habitat.









After it had passed the road where I had had to stop to let it pass, I continued on but stopped right on the tracks to take another shot as it headed off into the distance. I only took one quick shot throught the car window because I was imagining another train barreling towards me! One should never stop on a railway track!









Okay, just one more shot from this afternoon. I took several photos of some old barns but I'll save the others for another day. At this particular barn, I took some photos of cattle grazing (will show you those another day) and some other things related to farming.
I love going out on photo safaris all by myself. I get so engrossed in what I'm doing that I don't usually notice people staring at me - I imagine they think I'm some silly city slicker come to see the country. But no, I love my home and the area where I live. I can walk to the shops in 5 minutes but I can drive to the country in 5 minutes. I can go from fancy boutiques, grocery chains and pharmacies to farms, horses and cows, and brilliant scenic sights in the blink of an eye. I look north to the mountains beyond the city, west towards the setting sun, and south towards the United States. What could possibly be better than this?

9 comments:

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Pretty area .. the colors are just amazing!! I'm really fond of the railway tracks and the train cars...
Very nice post!
Works just perfectly with my Train Trestle post!
Have a great Sunday!
{Hug}
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Moannie said...

That is a lovely post, great colours and all very real. The train reminded me of a time when we stopped outside Baton Rouge and wondered why the furniture was moving [just like an old episode of Lucy] We rushed outside and watched a train take twenty minutes to pass a level crossing...hooting all the way.

Daryl said...

What a nice collection of autumn scenes .. all warm fiery colors ...

:-Daryl

Jo said...

Leslie, these are gorgeous. Once again, you should have the photo of the barn printed professionally, framed and hang it in your house. It is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

I would love to do a little painting of it, in fact.

Rosie said...

lovely colours

CherryPie said...

Lovely Autumn shots :-) Thank You.

Country Girl said...

These are beautiful, Leslie. Thanks for sharing your autumn photos with us! Felt as if I were there, listening to the train go by . . .

Gramma L said...

These are all great photos. I like the train and tracks. cool!

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