212: Karma’s April Photo Scavenger Hunt

Body of Water

At the beginning of the month, Karma posted a photo scavenger hunt challenge that I couldn’t resist because I thought it would be fun and help me stretch a little creatively.  I was right on both counts.  Thank you, Karma!

I was tempted to use some stuff from Ye Olde Archives, but that would not have been as fun or as challenging.  I wasn’t quite sure I’d get them all before the deadline (which is April 24th so you still have time if you want to join in the fun!).

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169: Pictures of nature inside a camera*

Today's sunrise

After watching the sunrise this morning I turned on the television to watch one of those morning news programs.  And after seeing what happened in Japan, I don’t feel in the mood for the originally planned fun post.  I’ll save it for another day.

The beach at sunset yesterday

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

The pier at sunset

Today was our last full day in Florida.  M and I are heading home tomorrow. We had amazing weather throughout most of our trip.  Today was no exception.

We’re going to the square (or whatever they call it) this evening.  They have live jazz music in the square on Friday evenings.  It will be a nice evening for it.

That’s about it from Florida.  I have tons of photos to go through so I’m sure you’ll be seeing and reading more about it in the weeks to come.  It will help keep me warm while we finish out winter.

Flying away

I’ll see you again from the Bogs.

*Another search engine term title.


160: Windsday

(Playing in tungsten.)

We’re have what Winnie the Pooh calls a blustery day, otherwise known as Windsday.  It’s rather invigorating.  A little chilly, but the sun is shining and the breeze smells fresh and clean.

It’s been a busy day but I did get outside for my walk.  I took the high path today, the one that runs through the future-woods.  There I made a most unfortunate discovery.  That’s a little dramatic but you get the idea, and I do think it is a sad discovery, albeit part of the circle of life.

(Wing of a raptor.)

It wasn’t just a wing discovery this time around.  The entire bird was there, in fairly decent condition all things considered.

I’m not sure what kind of bird it was other than a hawk of some sort.  (I do have a photo of the entire bird.  If you want to see it to identify it, let me know.)

I’d better get moving.  Lots to do tonight.  I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully) to tell you why I’ve been so busy.


Day 70: It’s here…

During the night there was wind and rain.  A lot of rain.  Sometime early this morning it sounded like pellets of ice hitting the windows.  And when we woke up, it was here:

(Snow on the pumpkin.)

The first real snowfall of the season!  (I don’t think the few flurries we’ve had should count since they were mixed with rain and never amounted to much more than “few.”)  I know some of you have already had your first (and second, possibly third) snow experiences this season and are over the excitement of it.  Having had a look at our forecast for the next ten days, my excitement may dwindle too.  But for now I’m going to revel in the joy of the first snowfall.

In between the noise of the wind hitting the camera you can hear the birds singing.  It seems an incongrous sound to go with the cold, white snow.

(Walking through the meadow towards the woods.)

As you can see, the snow hasn’t amounted to much yet.  There is a chance of snow in the forecast for the next ten days which generally means Lake Erie is cranking it out.  Or there is a chance it will.

(Overflowing creek.)

We must have had a lot of rain yesterday and overnight.  The pond is overflowing.  The creek is taking up a goodly portion of the woods now, having gone way over its banks.  I didn’t even attempt to walk down into the woods today.  I was already painfully cold in spite of all the layering, hat, gloves, etc.  I didn’t want to get my feet wet.  I suspect the whole of the woods is more than boggy.

(Pretty white dusting.)

I only lasted about 20 minutes out there.  As mentioned earlier, it was painfully cold.  It’s the wind nipping at my face and fingertips that gets me.  I will go out again later to get in the rest of my 30 minutes.

(Winter cattails.)

I wasn’t able to feed the birds.  The barn doors are frozen shut.  The bird seed is stored, naturally, in the barn.  I wanted to bring it into the garage but M was against that idea.  He thinks it will entice the mice to come live in the garage.  It’s not a bad reason.  Except… the bird seed is kept in a hard plastic, airtight container.  And the mice move into the garage every winter anyhow.  Sometimes they move into the house as well.  That’s why we have cats.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

We feed the cats and allow them to laze around for three of the four seasons of the year.  In exchange, they earn their keep during the winter months by hunting down and ridding us of the mice.

Anyhow.  I’ll be going back out to feed the birds as soon as M comes home from work and opens the barn doors for me.  Hopefully the wind will have died down by then.


49: For the birds

(A pair of doves.)

I went on a cleaning frenzy yesterday, cleaning pretty much the entire house from top to bottom.  I don’t usually try to clean the whole house in one day but I’ve been slackmongering lately.  Maybe not so much slacking as occupying myself with activities other than housework.

(A black bird against a blue sky.)

The reason I needed to get the house whipped into shape is because our house-sitter will be settling in tonight.  M and I will be winging our way to southern California very early tomorrow morning.  The next time you hear from me, I’ll have had my freshly pedicured toes sunk in the sands of Mission Beach.

Today’s Walk:  Brrrr!

Holly over at Photo By Holly has been having a weekly Caption This challenge.  I am notoriously bad at captions, titles, and naming things.  I could exaggerate a little and tell you that I wanted to stretch myself by taking up the challenge but the fact of the matter is this week’s challenge, Brrrr!, is all too easy for me.

(Brrrr!)

(Frost on the asparagus ferns.)

Because I have a lot to do today, I took my walk early.  It was frosty, foggy, and in the 20’s.  Brrrr!!  I had originally planned to go out for a few minutes and make up the rest of the time later in the day.  However, once I was out there, it was hard not to follow the fog, the frost, and what stood out most of all:  the spider webs.

Almost everything was draped in spider webs.  I suppose that’s true many days.  Spider webs can be difficult to see unless they’re covered in dew or, as was the case this morning, in frost and dew.  My best guess is that yesterday’s warm weather brought out the spiders who draped everything with their webs which were then caught in the frost.

I hope the spiders didn’t get caught in the frost, too.

Mother Nature is over a week late in decorating for Halloween but she sure did a fine job of it.

The edges of the pond were crusted with ice.  It’s the first time this season I’ve seen ice on the pond.  In another month or two, it will probably be frozen solid.  I’m sure M is hoping for that.  He loves to ice skate.

I’ll leave you with a few more shots from this morning while I get back to packing for our trip.  Don’t forget that you can see the larger versions of the photos by clicking on them.

(Draped.)

(Oak tree and webs.)

(Frosty leaves with webs.)

(See what I mean about captioning things?)


Happy Autumn (1)

(This morning’s view of the pond.)

It’s day one of my commitment to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors every day for a year.  The first full day of autumn here in the Bogs started out thick with fog.  The morning fog is one of the things I like best about this season.  It feels almost magical to go out and walk in the mists of Breezy Acres.

Sound has an odd quality to it when it has to move through the fog.  Sound is muffled and it can be difficult to tell where it is coming from.  This morning’s fog was filled with the call of birds, mostly crows cawing from the trees in the woods, but they often sounded as if they were surrounding the pond rather than at the back of it.  A chevron-shaped line of geese came by while I was out, honking out their traveling song.  Ted Andrews in his book Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small lists the keynote for the goose as The Call of the Quest and Travels to Legendary Places.  And for those interested in crows, it is The Secret Magic of Creation is Calling.  Both seem to fit my new adventure quite well.  It is almost as if they were there to remind me of why I am doing this.

As the fog lifted it left behind a shimmer of dew drops covering everything.  My feet were soaked by the time I finished my walk around the pond.

They were also covered with grass.  M has been mowing the grass this week.  It’s the first time since the beginning of August, I think.  The grass hasn’t been growing much without the rain to help it along.

The spiders had obviously been busy overnight and in the early morning hours.  There were all kinds of webs spun all over the place.  Long lines of webs stretched from grass to trees and across the top of the paddle boat.

I found this butterfly waving its wings.  I’m not sure but I think it was trying to dry its wings.  I’m also not sure it is a butterfly.  I looked up the difference between moths and butterflies.  One of the differences is that a moth sits with its wings open whereas a butterfly sits with them closed behind its back.  The creature pictured above was slowly opening and closing its wings as it sat there so that particular hint was no help.  Another difference can be found on the antennae.  The butterfly’s antennae are club-like with a swollen tip.  The moth’s are feathery.

Another thing I enjoy about the fog is the softness it creates.  Everything has a kind of blur to it, spreading its color softly in the background the way the goldenrod is showing off its yellows in the photo above.  (Side note:  I’ve really been drawn to yellows lately.  I blame it on the goldenrod.)

Happy Autumn!

And to my friends in the southern hemisphere, Happy Spring!

It will not feel like autumn here today or tomorrow.  Our high temperature is expected to be in the 90’s with lots of humidity to go with that heat.  We may even break a record.

It’s too bad I can’t bottle some of it up to take with me on my walks when the temperatures dip below freezing in January.  I’d best enjoy it now while I can.