Sunday, September 25, 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday's Critters #458

 A spin around Lake of the Lilies never disappoints me.
The air has been crisp and cool on some days and warm and sunny on others.


There are always a lot of Mallards...they are here year round.
Can you handle those cute little tail curls?



The Greater Scaup
This is a bulky, robust diving duck, present here only during the fall and winter.



The Red Winged Black Birds will be leaving soon, they do not spend their winters here.



The Killdeer is boldly marked, long legged and noisy.
This Plover has long wings and a long tail, when standing, it has a more elongated appearance.
Sexes are similar.



My bird book says that Mute Swans are here year round but I don't see them in the winter.


for one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, 
look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is -

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Friday, September 23, 2022

It's Been A Minute...

 That's what young people say when they see someone that they have not seen in a random amount of time.
"it's been a minute"
I am sorry to have been away without an explanation,
life got in the way of blogging and I took a sprinkle of time off.
I did not plan it, it just happened.
Anyway, I am well!


My wildflower garden still has some flowers blooming.
This yellow flower is a Chamois Ragwort/Doronicum,
in the sunflower family.
I am going to bring some inside to enjoy.

Tithonia ~ the red sunflower.

Garden Cosmos

Tomatoes are still pretty abundant in the garden,
they have been delicious this year.


It rained all day yesterday, we really needed the rain.
The day ended with this sky, colorful clouds and cool temperatures!

- I'll see you tomorrow -

Monday, September 5, 2022

Happy Labor Day

 

This post is dedicated to my husband.
He has worked so hard his whole life starting
 at age 11 until now.
He "walked" many miles to his first job,
earning $ 1.00 an hour.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Saturday's Critters #455

 Oh man, there were so many Mute Swans at Lake of the Lilies on Wednesday.

This is only one patch, here I count exactly 30, there were many more.

Obscurity

Conversation

Solitude

Siesta
 
Ruffled Tail Feathers

Preening

Pensive

Stretching

- be gracious -

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Out For A Drive

  Wednesday was a beautiful day here.
It started off cool and we made a split second decision to get out and enjoy the 
temperature and sunshine.
First...donuts at the inlet where I saw a few boats I had never seen before.


GRIT
An obvious commercial fishing boat, 
hard working people that depend on what they catch for income.
If you look to the left of the bow of the boat, you can see a diver going into the water.
I did not see him when I took the picture.

Catamaran Luxury Yacht
It does not look like a catamaran from this angle, it was a luxurious boat.

Aria
A beautiful sailboat, we do not see many sailboats in the inlet.
 

This gull caught my eye, it's so unusual looking.
I checked my books, it looks like a Lesser Black-Backed Gull in one of it's four years of youth.
Except they have pink legs, this gulls legs are clearly black.
Any ideas?
And during my research I learned they are not seagulls, simply gulls, who knew?


We passed this dog walker on our way to the lake.
I asked if I could take his picture, he was kind and said yes.
We have passed him before, the last time I counted 14 dogs, today he had 10.
It was turing hot and humid and he said he was worried about the dogs!


At Lake of the Lilies, the Double-Crested Cormorant were out of the water, drying their wings.


- some days nothing beats a really good drive in the car -

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Beyond Van Gogh

On Friday, I wrote about the Van Gogh exhibit we visited.
"I did not know much about Van Gogh and had only seen his artwork on occasion.
I had never read or studied any details about his life.
Still, I wanted to see this display, Beyond Van Gogh in Atlantic City, NJ"
We went last Thursday, none of his original artwork was displayed,
the exhibit told the story of his life, talked about the relationship he had with his brother,  
how he viewed his own life and his art.




















It took a little over an hour to see all 3 rooms and enjoy all of the artwork.
What a fun afternoon!