July 25th, 2018 – A Few Pretty Flowers

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.

July 24, 2018 – Photgraphing the Rock Glen Falls

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.

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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.

July 23, 2018 Abandoned old Farm Houses

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.

July 8th, 2018 Arrowhead Park at Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada

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.

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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.

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https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Killdeer/lifehistory

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Killdeer/lifehistory

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!

April 9th, 2018

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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.

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Earl and Pauline Kelly

Back on The Road Again – June 1, 2018

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Baby squirrel playing near our site at Lazy Lakes Camping Resort in Cambria New York, U.S.A.

Back On The Road Again

I am so glad to get back to my blogging today after a couple of months.  Two months have gone by since ending our winter stay in Arizona in April.

For the next few months Earl and I and Casey and Finnigan will be travelling closer to home and reacquainting ourselves with location in or around the Cambria, New York area and in Ontario, Canada – the place we call home.

Before hitting the road again we wanted to make our motor home feel a little more like home.  We did miss seeing our family and friends while away from them over the winter so we decided that we would collect a few of our favorite pictures and hang them on the walls of the r.v. where we could see their smiling faces and feel like they were right there along with us for the journey.

We also put up a lovely book shelf for our reading materials, some lovely dimming lamps and a few well-chosen  keep sakes that provide us with a warm and cozy ambiance.

What we didn’t want to repeat was packing far more clothes and supplies than we needed.  This time we only brought along what we could possibly need to last a week at a time.  This made a big difference indeed.

Space in a motor home is always at a premium with only so many drawers, shelves and closets for storage.   Organization is the key to it all and everything must have a place to call home.   If we feel a need to buy something (and oh boy do I love the shop) – then something else must be removed to make room for it.  This is working well for us so far and we soon come to realize how easily we could adapt to it in all its simplicity

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We are looking forward to blogging with you through the upcoming summer, sharing some of the wonderful places we will visit and posting some of our favorite pictures we take along the way.

So long for now!  I will see you back here very soon.