Friday, December 23, 2016

Todays Funny

I laughed when I saw this so I had to share it so you could enjoy as well

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your  Family
a Healthy, Happy and Merry Christmas 

Braving The Blizzard

 The bird feeders were a busy place during our first blizzard of the season on December 15th. The competition was fierce as they were all wanting to fill up so they had energy to keep warm from the biting winds and blowing snow. It was quite interesting to watch them appear about every two hours fill up on sunflowers and disappear into the  cover of the evergreens. There were a few times during the later part of the day when the sun would try and break through the clouds and it gave me an opportunity to get a few photos with good lighting on the American Goldfinch.

Keeping its feet warm

Even the European Starlings were visiting

A male Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch with its back to the wind

The only squirrel to brave the weather and visit

A little more sheltered on the porch

Coming in for a landing

Its a little windy out here

A piece of peanut on the end of his tongue

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Thought For The Winter.......

Up In Flames

 This is a photo of Brittany's mom's car. She was awakened in the middle of the night to find out that the car parked beside hers in the condo parking lot had caught fire and it ended up burning and destroying her car as well. What a sad story and what a shock it must have been. This was the comfy ride that Beth and Brittany traveled across the U.S.A in when she moved to Virginia in May. Wishing her good luck in her search for her new wheels.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pinery, Nov. 4-6 2016

 Our weekend at the Pinery was one of the best since we had a variety of weather conditions. The weather all weekend was beautiful with daytime temperatures in the mid teens and the nights were above freezing with calm winds on our protected sight. We enjoyed time taking in the sights along the channel and at the beach. I went for long walks each morning and really enjoyed Sundays hike as it was quite foggy and it gave me a chance to get some interesting photos. I came across a buck on Saturday morning and he snorted at me to let me know I was not welcome and then he quickly disappeared into the woods before I could capture a good photo. Better luck next time I hope. Duncan and I were both shocked at the size of the squirrels at the park. They were huge and I hope that is not an indication of the winter ahead. One of the park workers said they have had lots of problems with the squirrels getting into the campers food and tents this past year. They had lots more complaints about them than they had of raccoons. I was able to spend some time with the Tufted Titmouse birds and was thrilled to be able to hand feed some of them. This is the only park that I see them at so it is always fun to spend time with them in the fall while we are there. We enjoyed 2 long evening by the campfire since it is dark so early now. Nothing better than enjoying my delicious hot chocolate with a bit of fluff on top beside a crackling hot campfire. This may have been our last weekend away unless we happen to get a nice weekend forecast before the freezing temperatures set in for good.

Friday evening sunset over the channel

One of a pair of does we saw at the park

Always brings joy to hand feed the tufted titmouse

Our view from our weekend campsite

Morning dew on the milkweed seed

Red railed hawk flying overhead Saturday

Very chubby grey squirrel

Reflections and calm waters

Golden reflections on the channel

Lovely day for a walk along the beach

Downy woodpecker came for a visit

A face looking at us from in the fire

This one thought it was self serve
I had to help it get out of the jar

Foggy morning along the channel

Reflections and fog

Fall colours in the fog

This squirrel lost most of it tail

Nuthatch and chickadee squabble for the nuts

Guess who won?

Fog and sun rays in the campground

Fog at the end of the golden road

Rays shining down on me

All puffed up after a shake

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Huron Woods, Oct.19 2016

 It was going to be a lovely day and we were expecting to get cooler temperatures and rain for the next couple of days so I headed to the woods for a long hike. I spent six hours exploring and enjoying all the wonders that nature has to offer in the fall. There were many people out that day with cameras in hand to capture the beauty that this wonderful woods has to offer. Everywhere I looked there was something wonderful to see. Whether it was the bursts of colour on the trees, the fungus growing on decaying logs or the presence of the wildlife that call this woods home it was heartwarming and exciting to be a part of it all.  I can never seem to get enough of what these wonder areas of nature have to offer. We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful part of this world that offers us so much to see and explore. Be sure to get out and enjoy what mother nature so kindly has to offer us at this time of year.

Follow my into the woods on my adventure

Many colours to enjoy

Reflections on the pond

Grooming and stretching time

Plied-billed Grebe drying its wings

Serenity on the water

Painted turtle out enjoying the warmth of the sun

Trying to get onto its back after sliding off the log
Looking through the trees at the fall colours

Chickadee with a sumac seed

This squirrel is blind in one eye

Barbed wire hugging the tree

Beauty at the edge of the trees

A little windy along this open section

White-breasted nuthatch in the fall canopy

Forest floor ablaze in golden hues

Mr Mallard among the reflections

Plied-billed Grebe paddling on the pond

Natures fencing of webs

Love the fall background