Niagara on the Lake isn't exactly known for its beaches. We don't have big white sandy expanses, no real spot to sunbathe to speak of, and people don't tend to get into the water. Yet, this town has a few small, rocky beaches that are frequented by dog walkers and bonfire makers. It can be a nice quiet spot to get away - if you can get far enough from the tourists. The beach I went to one day after work last week was devoid of anyone who was just passing through. For an hour or so I walked along, listened to seagulls, dug in the sand, and took pictures of the blossoms on this amazing tree. It wasn't much of a beach experience, I suppose, but it was tranquil and regenerative all the same. Plus, I got some of my best flower photos yet! One of these pictures might already be my computer desktop background... the white on the bright blue sky just makes me so happy. I hope I can capture the blossoms on a few other trees around town before they're all gone!
I really love that I can walk down to the shoreline in NotL and see Toronto, across lake Ontario. I grew up in Toronto, and working in NotL has been the longest time I've ever been away! It still feels like home, though, and I'm so glad I get to visit as frequently as I do.
This trip to the beach had me looking for some beach glass for the first time, after seeing the impressively large and shockingly beautiful collection of sea glass found by Kaylah of The Dainty Squid. I only found brown and green glass, but did a lot better than I expected to, and having a "mission" while at the beach was really pleasant. I can be a bit of a magpie, so I tended to spot larger bits of shells before I'd come across a piece of glass. I have some nice jars laying around at home, and I think it'll look quite sweet to have a jar filled up from beach treasures I continue to collect from NotL's beaches! There's a long summer ahead, after all.
|I don't normally alter the colour of photos so much, but it looked like a cherry tree all warmed up. So delicate.|
Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes! Yesterday was a lovely, low-key day. I hit up all the thrift spots in St. Catharines, and found some really great stuff, including a tin cup for my milkshake maker (FINALLY! All the milkshakes shall be mine, this summer!) and a Hawaiian muumuu in fluorescent colours. I also went to see the new Iron Man movie, and loved it! I think this year is going to be a good one, as strange as it seems to say that I am in my "mid-twenties". It's going to be a big year for change, so I think an ever-so-popular blogger-style goals list is in order. That, and a deep, deep breath.