Friday, June 23, 2017


As the golden hour approached, the Empire Beach was teeming with folks enjoying the scene unfolding before them.  And those who came were not disappointed, as the first sunset of summer was a spectacular show. 

As I pulled out of my parking spot and headed south, I noticed another dazzling show going on as an incoming cloud bank was taking on the sunset afterglow.

Friday, June 16, 2017


We've had very diverse weather this week, with beautiful sunny days mixed in with some ugly thunderstorms.  I think the cloud formations do the best job telling the weather story.

There've been wispy cirrus clouds and puffy cumulus clouds on the nice days. 

My favorite clouds are the ones that are well-defined puffs of white.  

 They're known as cumulonimbus clouds and are a very dense type of cloud. 

Their beauty can be deceiving, however, as they can rise into thunderheads, and often have gray bases that can produce precipitaion.  

They've been the culprits which  produced some intense thunderstorms this week.

Friday, June 9, 2017


The woods have been full of natural beauties this spring.  Trillium, Jack-in-the Pulpit, two kinds of Lady Slippers, and Woodland Phlox have reminded me of all the gorgeous wildflowers this area has to offer.

Friday, June 2, 2017


This week it seemed like everywhere I went I saw families of geese.  I counted six
in all.  The goslings were soooo fuzzy and cute.  It was interesting to see that as the goslings got a little older, their coloring changed from shades of yellow to coloring that more closely resembled their parents.

Friday, May 26, 2017


For the first time in my adult life, I'm entering the warm weather months living in a condo versus a single family home.  My backyard has always been a source of pleasure, and I'm finding that's true too in my condo.

At the back of my yard is this large stand of mature, evergreen trees and shrubs.  It's very dense and provides an excellent habitat for all kinds of birds and critters.  

During the evening hours, a couple rabbits have ventured from the safety of their tree habitat to explore the area under my bird feeders.

But imagine my surprise one day, when two mallards came out of the trees.  This female was leading the way.  I'm guessing she and her mate were heading to the wetlands and ponds in my neighborhood.  

But it's the birds that I enjoy the most.  This robin pecks the ground for worms and other types of feed.

Once the robin finds something to its liking, it flies to and disappears into this dense, flowering shrub.  I wonder if there is a nest somewhere in the interior.

One of my most common bird visitors is the mourning dove.  Unfortunately, they would arrive in large numbers, sit on the trays of my feeders, and swing there in the breeze.  They effectively blocked the feeders from all other birds.  They were also draining my large feeders every other day.

I had to switch my feeders to a squirrel-proof type, which effectively shut out the larger bird species and squirrels.  The doves still hang around, but are relegated to eating seeds that drop on the ground.

This handsome male House Finch seems to have found a seed that's nearly as large as his mouth.

I'm not the only one who is enjoying the backyard.  Gracie, my three-year old mini-goldendoodle, no longer has a fenced backyard, but she does have her thirty foot purple lead which is allowing her to explore her new surroundings too.