There is one thing I have learned – Never travel without the camera!
I had some errands to run yesterday and on the way home from a successful bit of research, I decided to take the long way back. It is supposed to rain all weekend, so I figured I might as well get out while I can!
I thought I would revisit Uffington and have a look at the end of town that I missed in January, as well as return to see the spring version of “Twilight“. I omitted some of the small vegetation from the front of the house in the painting, so it was interesting and delightful to see that the bush in the very front was a lilac! One site I got out to photograph on Monday had lilacs lining the road. The scent was thick and beautiful….
The house in “Twilight” in Spring ©Michelle Basic Hendry, 2008
The richness of the greens in the bush and in the fields made the visit extraordinary – as did the cold. It was in the single digits and we expected frost overnight. The upside was that the bugs were dopey and I didn’t get eaten alive while photographing!
Another great town on the road home is Germania. The name well implies the origins of its settlers. The church is log and in stunning condition and the low sun made a great image. I made my way down to the old community center, as well. Sadly, it is in a poor state. The image of the community center is here.
The feeling of discovery is heady when driving backroads. In Muskoka, there is much more than beautiful lakes and bush. There is a history of struggle and remoteness that we experience so little of nowadays, by comparison. The strength and determination of early settlers is often in what they left behind – much of which is quickly fading away….