Heading out to Mexico
Well it’s been a long few months waiting to get back on the road and to travel again. Since our last visit to Los Cabos in Mexico to attend our nephew and nieces’ wedding we have been plagued with a few medical ailments that have had us both in the hospital; undergoing MRI’s and many other tests. Earl has undergone a successful stint implant (after discovering a 99% blockage in his artery). I have been hospitalized for pancreatitis; been keeping a close eye on a growing ovarian cyst (which is now the size of lemon but benign I’m happy to say; and also watching a breast growth and hoping to keep all this under control. So you can see why we are anxious to get our travelling well on it’s way again.
We will be boarding our plane leaving Pearson International Airport early Thursday morning heading back to Los Cabos where we are looking forward to birding excursions, some ocean front time and lots and lots of sun. The resort is near a quaint little Mexican town along that corridor and I hope to get a chance to take pictures of the people and their culture. This little town rest in the valley between a mountain and the ocean. Just beautiful.
So this is just to let you all know of our upcoming adventures and to keep you eyes open for our blog.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Today started out with a quick trip to the grocery store in Sarnia. A group I follow on Facebook set our Weekly Theme Challenges for their member and this week’s challenge is “Mailboxes” so I had Earl (and myself of course) on the look our for something a little original. Well we succeeded I believe. The last image was of my husband Earl of course clowning around with me at my request…..suggesting that when we live in an RV he might be the mailbox we use. LOL
Earl and I had a chance on this beautiful sunny day to hike up along Arkona Road toward to upcoming highway. We took Casey and Finnigan (our trusting four legged family members) who love to take their daily walks to sniff out smells and see new things of interest – especially squirrels and birds every day.
I brought along the camera in hope of finding something that would be interesting enough to take a picture. When I have a camera in hand – everything I see becomes a po
ssible and likely subject for my next photograph so that was not a problem on this day.
Take a quick look at the following images and see what you think.
I sent Earl out to scout for me today and let me know if the trail was too difficult or maybe comfortable instead to attempt later on this week. The trails are definitely nice but the stairs going down into the Gorge and then the stairs coming back out of the gorge are numerous, steep and difficult. Good exercise indeed but not for those who can’t handle a vigorous workout.
He did take a few very nice pictures along the way and the stairs you see are just one way. LOL
Well this is it for today guys. Have a good day/evening whichever it may be.
There is a ruby throat hummingbird and a second one I am not sure if it is a juvenile or a different kind but I will find out for sure. They are so fascinating to photograph and I love watching what these tiniest of birds can do and the behaviours that they demonstrate to me throughout the day.
The next series of birds is a little more dark in nature. Earl and I came across a sky with over 50 vultures flying and circling about a farm or two in the area. While trying to photograph them a huge Bald Eagle came flying and swooping – first in front of our car, then beside the outside of the passenger side of the care and when I got out to take his picture he was no more than 10 feet away from me. True to my nature I had the wrong lens on my camera and missed it altogether. LOL But the memory will always be imprinted in my mind.
Along the side road just ahead the vultures were settling in comfortably on some fences and lines close to the bard they were circling. We got a few shot and did the best with the light that we had given us.
Also on this morning we saw a red tail hawk flying over us and I challenged Earl to try and take his picture in flight. Well he rose to the occasion and we both compared notes after we got home. Do not let anyone tell you that photographing birds and wildlife isn’t a hobby to encourage keeping fit. It does indeed as we chase and follow the animals wherever they chose to have them follow them until we finally get our picture. LOL We certainly do stay in shape in this manner.
Well now you have followed us on our escapades of our morning. I hope you enjoy them.
Have a great day or evening my friends.
Something you might not have learned about me yet is that I love to photograph insects and critters of all kinds. Sometimes the smaller the better. On this particular day it was raining cats and dogs and the only thing I found to take pictures of was of no longer alive horse fly. I managed to prop him up long enough to get these few photos of him but it does look really gross because if you look closely you can already see the decaying of the tissue. Believe me had it not been raining, lightening and thundering I would have gone for look for live bees, dragonlies, locuses, etc…..I think you get my drift. LOL
So this is what I accomplished on this day. I am hoping the sun will be out tomorrow and I can take a long hike and explore the area a little more.
Have a good day or night whichever it might be.
Earl and I were not planning on photographing anything today. We took a run into Sarnia to buy some groceries and as we drove by we stopped at a nearby Golf Club where we were interesting in getting prices for putting and golfing in the next few days.
While there I spotted a Sand Crane in the pond which seemed a little odd as I though they travelled in groups. I managed to take his picture but he was a bit out of my range. However, a picture is a picture.
I also took pictures of just a few beautiful things I saw hanging around. A very easy day today for sure.
This is what I though was the sand crane. If it isn’t please feel free to tell me. LOL
And these where the few others that I mentioned that were pretty enough to have photographed.
Our day was wonderful.
Have a nice one as well.
So Earl and I are travelling a little closer to home during the summer. We need to be close enough to our parents in case they might need us at any given time. However we are still managing to getting our hiking and walking in and enjoying the opportunity to photograph the beautiful landscapes and waterfalls we see along the way. Here are some late evening pictures of the Rock Glen Falls near Arkona, Ontario, Canada. I took many however I will only post a few so they might attract you to visit this Conservation Area some time in your future.
I hope you did enjoy these because I will be posting some daytime shots I took with my 600mm and 300mm lens this morning with a different point of view and take of the falls entirely.
Have a goodnight my friends.
On this particular day my husband Earl and I had previously seen these two very old farm homes that tells there own stores and holds their own secrets of all the things that went on while families inhabited the building in their days. If only the walls, windows, porches could talk. I would love to hear what they have to say.
My daughter Tara, her husband Chris and both Earl and I decided that we needed a good day trip to mark the last day of Tara and Chris’ vacation. So off we go (along with the four dogs Murphy, Bailey, Casey and Finnigan to have a lovely drive and once we arrive enjoy a great picnic lunch we had brought along.
We checked out the waterfalls where I proceeded to immediate slide down a pretty sloppy and slippery rock but a few people were watching closely ready to come to my rescue if necessary however it all turned out ok.
The above pictures were actually taken before arriving at our destination but we always enjoy stopping here and watching the trains go by above us.
We had a great day and wished it had been longer. But Chris was cooking steaks for dinner so we had that to look forward to when we got back.
The discovery on June 17th, 2018
I was in search of something to photograph on this day and went to the usual lake shores, parks and marshes to see if I could catch a glimpse of the mergansers, mallards or any other shore birds that might be hanging around. No luck! I then decided to head toward the Military Establishment at the Red Dock in Penetanguishene to see what I might find there but something caught my eye and I instead decided to turn into the south end entrance to the Bay Moorings Marine entrance (this location is now vacant) to check out a possible beaver dam that I suspected I would find there. There was indeed a beaver dam in a well hidden marsh just behind someone’s home.
There were no beavers to be seen either but as I was backing out of the parking lot I saw a bird in flight in the corner of my eye. I stepped on the brake and saw a killdeer flying fairly low to the ground. I got out and took a photo and then got back in the car. As continued to back up but once again I spotted something just to my left but this time – it was on the ground. Another killdeer was laying on a mound of rocks and again I decided to photograph her. To my surprise momma killdeer was sitting on four eggs and this of course thrilled me. I decided to give her some privacy and respectfully backed myself up, set my folding seat up near the car, mounted my camera on the tripod and took a few pictures of her going about taking care of her charge.
I didn’t stay long and then went home to research what I could about the killdeer, their habitat and their incubation period. I decided there and then that I would study this beautiful little bird and photograph and record her time setting her eggs. It was June 4th – the killdeer incubation period is 22-28 days. The clutch size is usually 4 to 6 eggs with the eggs measuring about 3 to 3 1/2″ in size.
The chicks were born on May 21st so I estimate momma killdeer had laid her eggs on or about May 1st.
From everything I had read the chicks would be born self-sufficient and able to run along as soon as they are hatched and this proved to be true in my case.
Unlike their female killdeer who sat so quietly and stately on her next the chick were incredibly nimble and quick on their feet – scattering in all direction as fast as they could. It was impossible to get a “family picture” of mom and her babies as I thought I might do. Instead I was lucky enough to get a couple of individual pictures of them as they ran around exercising their little legs and hiding behind the blades of grass around them.
The pictures below are of momma killdeer, momma killdeer setting her eggs, and two of the chicks running about. All are way too cute.
I truly enjoyed haven been given the opportunity to follow, study and photograph this little family. I learned the importance of respecting not only the killdeer but all the birds in their natural habitats. To ensure that these species thrive we must always give them all the respect they need. They are timid and shy creature and even if the appear to welcome your presence it is our responsibility to allow them all the privacy during this special time.
I said my goodbyes the day the chicks were born feeling blessed to have had this chance to acquaint myself with them during this time.
Bye for now!
Well alas my friends, family and blog followers. Earl and I have completed this leg of our journey as first time snowbirds in the Arizona, U.S.A. area.
We came to meet, greet and explore so many new people, friends and experiences along the way and are already looking forward to what the 2018/2019 season will bring forth.
Our voyage home in our motorhome was quite an experience. If we weren’t fleeing dust storm, we were fighting the strong winds of impending tornados along the way. It took us the better part of a week to get back home with one of our stop being in Kentucky to visit the Diamond Caves in all it’s glory and historic appendages. We plan to return to explore the Mammoth Caves next year but must remember to plan ahead for that one as it seems they are booked months ahead.
Upon our return we were happy to be greeted by our daughter Tara and her husband who let us call there home – our home. We were not long getting in touch with my mother and father who made us feel most welcomed and missed while we were away. It touched my heart in a place no one has touched in a very long time.
We also missed very dear friends of ours – George and Louise Leck. These great folks have been an important and endearing part of our lives for many years and have shaped the people who we have become today.
We have yet to catch up with other very important people in our lives but we look forward to travelling to Cabos, Mexico together next week where I am honored to be the official photography at my nephew John’s and his lovely bride Carrie-Ann’s wedding. It promises to be the best family time ever.
Once we return from Mexico we will be taking a couple of months to gather ourselves in preparation for our trip to the Canadian East Coast where I will be photographing and logging our experiences during that time and this will be the next leg of our adventures.
Thank you for following us here on our blog. I have been pleased to have been introduced and begin to follow other fellow bloggers and there many talents and journeys. I won’t be away long and look for me in the near future.
So goodnight everyone. Until we meet each other again in my future blogs.
Earl and Pauline Kelly