week just past


ending May 23rd, Saturday

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old photo of mine – a still life of tiny shells and a crayfish claw, all from our shore

Odd weather, two nights of frost, hard on the eager to get started gardeners.

My dialysis runs were mostly smooth.  A couple of days I used cane. Other days I shape shifted with my walker. I am trying to make my view of my situation more positive but still realistic. My leg ulcers jumped ahead in healing following debriding by a general surgeon on Tuesday.  Debriding is a somewhat neutral term for using a knife to cut and scrape away dead tissue from an ulcer.  Once the two ulcers are healed, my  heart surgery can proceed.

This reminds me of George Carlin‘s remark that the terms “wetland” and “rainforest” were invented by people who found it hard to raise money for swamps and jungles.

Canada geese families have been coming by to lunch on the plants on our shore.  The golden  goslings are tiny but that will change quickly.

I hope to get over to the Midland Model Train Show this weekend.

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Spring cleaning


Balm Beach Road and Highway 93, Midland, Ontario all around the towns machines of various sizes are doing their best to scrub away the sand that was spread thoughout the winter to help drivers on the snowy roads.

fairly extreme crop of the full sized image taken with 18-55 kit lens.

photos of tornado damage in Midland, Ontario


Around 6:30 PM on June 23rd, 2010, a tornado touched down in Midland, Ontario.

Today I went to Midland to take some photos and got some of Baytech Plastics which had two large sections of concrete block wall sucked out by the tornado.  I started walking into the trailer park which was heavily damaged and then I had second thoughts. I decided I did not need to voyeuristically snap some photos of the devastation and hardship that has befallen the people who lived there.  The major league media has taken enough photos and video.

What is striking is how tightly focused is the trail of the tornado.  Few trees are down.  I was told by someone that many trees were knocked down behind Martyrs’ Shrine and some of the statues of the Starions of the Cross were spun around 180 degrees.  Tomorrow afternoon I am visiting the Shrine and I will see what photos I can take there.