Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
Here is my Loon chick - all grown up and getting ready to migrate. The night he was born, there was a huge storm on the lake and his sibling didn't make it. The lake was full of predators such a Pike, Eagles and snapping turtles. But with his parents help, he was able to dodge danger . There were jet skiers and boats that sometimes came too close - but still he was able to avoid them and dive under the water just in time.
And now as I let out a sigh of relief, I realize that he made it! He will live and have a family of his own someday. Life is good.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
I couldn't resist posting one of my Autumn photos from last year. This was taken in the early morning and I loved the contrast of the light fog against the brilliant colored trees. I am ready once again for Nature's best show of the year!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
- Buddha Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
*This photo was taken by my husband as we were enjoying the northern Michigan moon from the deck of our cabin.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
- James Bryant Conant
I found this little guy as I was kayaking on Little Bradford Lake. He had some buddies with him but as soon as I came closer with my boat, the rest of them slid back into the water.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is a Common Loon nesting on a floating raft made by local Loon Rangers in Gaylord, Michigan. This raft keeps the babies safe from predators which is especially important as Michigan's Loon population is declining.
It is important to note that you should never get too close to a nesting Loon. They are very sensitive and will abandon the nest if disturbed. Best to use your zoom lens from a far distance. They typically have two loon chicks which learn to swim within a day. I hope to get photos of the babies soon!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth
Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet, knowing how way leads onto way
I doubted if I should ever come back
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference
SPECIAL NOTE - I will be out of town the rest of this week and will catch up with all of you on Monday. Thank you for stopping by!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?
Today's flower is for Pam at Baskets & Prims! I was so happy to meet her in person at the Gaylord Art Fair this past weekend. She was so sweet and gave me this beautiful handwoven basket with handpainted Loons. Thank you again Pam!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"The True North begins when the Loon greets you."
- Greg Martinez
*This Saturday, I will have a craft booth featuring items from my nature store at the Gaylord Arts & Crafts Bazaar. It runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m and is located on the corner of First and Court Street. If you're in the downtown area, please stop by and say hi!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
It took me a couple years, but I convinced the hubby to get a Bernese Mountain Dog. Our puppy comes home in 4 weeks and I am excited beyond belief! I am looking forward to bringing this beautiful girl with us on a canoe, on our walks and for swims in the lake. She will make a wonderful addition!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I was so excited to have found my beloved Loon pair this morning, that I posted this photo on all 3 of my blogs! I kayaked all over Big Bradford lake to find these two - listening carefully for their haunting call across the water. And to make things even better, I heard a Loon on my own lake (Little Bradford Lake) this morning. So tomorrow I will load up the kayak and go looking for him. It goes without saying, the Common Loon is my favorite bird!
Friday, May 22, 2009
“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”
This is a Barred-Owl that I was able to meet in person at the Kirtland Warbler Festival recently. As he was injured and cannot be released back into the wild, he is used for education by a wildlife rehabilitation organization.
Everyone have a safe Memorial weekend! Remember those who sacrificed who us and continue to do so!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This is a female Red-winged blackbird. She is vastly different from the striking male with his black feathers and red bars on his wings. But still, as I watched the plain female, I decided she had her own quiet beauty.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
It's that time of year again for the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. This festival was named "Best Smalltown Festival" by Readers Digest. Events include fireworks, a parade, many musical groups, arts and craft fair and of course tulips! It runs May 2 - May 9. Click here for a brochure of events.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
-Henry David Thoreau
The hubby and I took a field trip out to the Tomahawk Creek Flooding area which is part of the Mackinaw State Forest in northern Michigan. This is known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. We were hopeful we would see Loons or Osprey but maybe the next trip out here. We heard several Black-capped Chickadees and observed Canadian Geese (they must've followed me from my cabin!) and a female doe.