Gairloch Gardens

Gairloch Gardens is this wonderful little park, right on Lake Ontario in Oakville, that also houses an art gallery.  Here are some photos I took there, way back in 2005.  This would be around the time that I first started getting into photography, so hopefully they are worthy shots!

Tulips are my favourite flower – so many different types and colours, you can always find something new to surprise you!

Swans are such graceful animals, and I find them so peaceful…. perhaps not like their cousins, the Canadian Goose (would they be considered cousins?!).  Every good Canadian knows that in the spring, although the eyes look gentle and happy, there is an evil lurking in the background, ready to attack, wings out, beak open, and honking that dreadful honk they have.  But for the moment that I took this picture, he allowed me to believe that all was well between us. 

I love frogs: it’s the fact that such a small creature can make such a loud noise.  I don’t know my frogs/toads very well, but I believe this is a bull frog, judging by the noises he was making, and that his throat expanded every time he made them.  I, unfortunately, did not get a shot of that action.

And here is some of the art I mentioned.  Obviously, you can’t tell much, but I was in love with the texture of the abstract statue.   I love texture, and had to take a picture, to help remind me of the feel of the cold metal and the roughness of the finish.

 

 

Croatia

If you have never been to Croatia, you definitely need to plan a trip. Both my parents were born there, so that may make me biased, but anyone you meet that has gone, will agree that its gorgeous!

Here’s a few pictures from my visit in 2007, which I took with my parents and my sister:

My parents are from a village just outside of a town called Karlovac.  It’s close to Zagreb, the capital, and has many interesting areas to visit, including an old castle overlooking the town. 

One spot that my parents took me to visit was a hotel called Hotel Korana.  It used to be a very popular hotel, with a busy cafe on the first floor, overlooking a river that the hotel sits on the banks of.  During the war in the 1990’s, this hotel was targeted and destroyed.  It still stands, windows blown out, as a reminder of what happened.

On the coast of Croatia, is one of the most popular cities, Dubrovnik. Popular amongst tourists, this city sees cruise ships all year round. The old part of the city is still surrounded by walls, and is such an amazing place to spend a day exploring.

This is one of the views from the city walls, the Fort of St. Lawrence. This fort allowed views from every angle, seeing any enemies that may have tried to attack from the water.

Dubrovnik is known for its small side alleys, filled with restaurants, hotels, and shops. They are quite neat to see from the city walls.  Of course, everywhere you look are the orange spanish tiled roofs, which you will find all across the coast of Croatia.

My favourite place, though, was a coastal town called Trogir (pronounced Tro-geer). It is such a gorgeous city, with wonderful restaurants, and palm trees lining the walkway along the waterfront. I loved sitting at the outdoor cafes, having a drink, and watching all the people walk by.  The photo below is from my seat at one of the restaurants, which had some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten.

I can’t wait to go again, and explore more towns that I have not seen yet!