Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What A Catch

I sometime go by the marsh on my way to work hoping to catch something exciting. This time, I was not disappointed. There sat a great blue heron getting ready to catch his morning meal. With in a split second, out came this foot long catfish. What a catch.

Like all herons do, he played with the catfish by stabbing it several times. He walked a way, took a drink to coat his throat and worked some more on the fish. I could not stay to watch him finish the job. I am sure it would have been a sight to see.

I left for work praising God. What a catch for me and the heron.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Connowingo Warbler

My husband and I have been committed to walking each Sunday. It is kind of our date night. This time we decided to go to the Connowingo Dam. There is a path that is just over two mile, so we decided to walk it.

About a mile in we came across two adorable warbles. Now, I am not an expert on these little birds. My search of my bird books make me think what we saw were Prothonotary warblers. This will be a first for me.

They were busy looking for insects among the falling tree full of moss. One of them hit it mark and pulled out a juicy caterpillar. He played with for a while. than swallowed it in one shot.

Connowingo Dam is known for the many eagles that passes through. While we did catch a few catching fish. It was this tiny little bird that made my day. Everyone else can have their thrill with the eagles.

I will get my thrill with the little birds, like this Connowingo Warble.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Hear You

The past several weeks that I have been walking around the Mariner Point Park, I have been watching the many osprey flying around. There has been awesome battles, fishing lessons and entertaining play times. Trying to catch them on camera has been a daunting task.

Every once in a while one lands on a tree to rest. I just happened upon this one by accident. As I slowly made my way into the trees to get a better shot, he could hear me. Each time that he would look for me, I would stay very still.

As I got into position and started snapping away, he seems to be saying, "I hear you." With my next step closer, he flew away.

There is a nest just as you enter the park. I love to watch the family of osprey that has made this their home. In this picture an adult has delivered a fish. After eating her share, she trades places with the juvenile and he finishes the rest.

When I try to get too close to the nest,  they signaled that they hear me by sounding the alarm and giving off a frenzies of sharp whistles.

Soon they will be leaving to migrate. I will miss hearing and watching them. While they are still around, I will look for every opportunities to catch them. I will do my best to get close to them and not have them say, "I hear you."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Double Humming

Yesterday, my husband and I decided to visit the Eden Mill. The last time we were there we got to see several humming birds. So, we decided to see if we would see them again.

We were not disappointed. there were at least four flying around. Along with the humming birds were many American goldfinches, downy woodpeckers and hawks. A nuthatch made a showing along with many other small birds.

There were many hiking trails, so we decided to try one. One thing we did discover, Don and I need to get in better shape. But, we did have fun and plan on doing it every Sunday, weather permitting.

It was time to leave and we came across some more humming creatures. This time they were humming moths. I love them just as much as the humming birds.

It was a double humming sightings. It was a double blessings.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hotdog Drain Baby

Since May of 2015, I have been looking forward to going on base to see the  APG's drain baby. This week was no different. With heat of the summer, this hot dog drain baby reminds me how much I love cooking on a grill. Nothing taste better than a freshly cooked hot dog or hamburger, with all the fixings of course.

The first picture I ever took was, this hockey player in May of 2015. It was the start of my love affair with this cute doll.

It was not until some one stole him as spider man, that I made it my mission to learn more about the creation of an icon.

In January of 2016, I came across the family who were responsible for the dressing of him/her in the many outfits. They would not let me take their picture. They took my picture instead and told me the story of the birth of the drain baby. You can read this story from an old blog.

Here are just a couple of my favorites throughout the years.

Shark week June 2016

Halloween 2016

St. Patrick's Day 2016

Dark Vader December2015

The bar, July 2015

If they ever decide to put an elephant outfit on, That will make my year. In the mean time, I will enjoy each trip to base and the joy the hot dog drain baby gives me.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dragonfly Games

This morning as I walked around the Mariner, I came across several different dragonflies on a bush. They were chasing each other playing their dragonfly games. When I tried to take their pictures, they decided to make me a part of the fun.

One by one each dragonfly landed on my hat. I knew my camera could not take a good picture, so, I took out my cell phone. Before I could take any pictures, they would land on my phone. This had become their new playground.

As I put out my finger to snap a shot with my phone, they would land on it as well. It was such a weird behavior. I have had butterflies land on my head before, but not dragonflies.

Between the camera and the phone I kept taking pictures. They made my day as they played their dragonfly games.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Vacation Over

Another year, another vacation done. I can not believe that it is over. We packed our suitcases for the last time and headed out the door. Tomorrow, we go back to work. It is now just a memory.

The memories I carry in my heart will last a life time. Every vacation has its own stories and adventures. This one was no exception. We might not have seen the moose or the whale, but we did see a lot of new things.

This was a first time vacation. It was the first time we ever stepped foot in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. It was the first time we went out on an boat searching for whales. We saw for the first time many birds that lives out over the waters, like the puffins. It was the first time we saw so many babies animals as well.

It will take the rest of the year to take in all the cool things and process the blessings. There were some disappointments, like no sightings of even one moose. Yet, with each turn of the car down a side road brought excitement at the discoveries we came across.

Vacation is over. Now we can start making plan for next year vacation. I can not wait.