Saturday, March 5, 2016

Saturday Critters 030516

Lucy on the hunt.

Returning from the South
Grackle
  Maybe a little early
Red Winged Blackbirds

Walking on thin ice

Camouflage 
Trying to hide from me


More Critters await at: 



Friday, March 4, 2016

Water, the Perfect Reflector 030416

On a recent walk along the lake shore or our local state park, I was intrigued by not only these ice formations on the twigs but their reflection in the water as well.



Find more reflections at 

Friday's Hunt and Favourite 030416

 

1.   Joy
 is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness.
 
 2.  Favourite
Hard to choose a favorite this week so I went with unique. I have no idea what prompted this display but it was a 'joy' when it appeared.
 
 3.  Cuppa
Home, Retirement and a 'cuppa' Sleepytime tea; joy.

Spreading the joy at Friday's Hunt w/Teresa and Friday's Favourite w/Cath

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Something for Everyone


What a wonderful and busy little park at Mosquito Lake. We may have to take Lucy one day.






Comments on my Weds. posts hinted that this lake has a less than inviting name. I agree. So I'm including a little history and I assure you it is a fresh and lovely lake surrounded by fantastic recreation facilities.

Mosquito Creek Lake was named for the pesky insects that inhabited the marshy area. But thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . . .  What started out as a flood control project for surrounding rivers in 1944, Mosquito Creek Lake has developed into one of the most popular sites for outdoor recreation in the area over the past 61 years. These last six decades has brought promise to the lake with the development of five launch ramps, campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming beach, and many hiking trails to enjoy. Mosquito Lake draws lovers of the outdoors not only from the surrounding counties but from throughout Ohio and its bordering states.

Cross a fence and head on over to Good Fences here.

Mosquito Lake History

What started out as a flood control project for surrounding rivers in 1944, Mosquito Creek Lake has developed into one of the most popular sites for out

Mosquito Lake History

What started out as a flood control project for surrounding rivers in 1944, Mosquito Creek Lake has developed into one of the most popular sites for outdoor recreation in the area over the past 61 years. These last six decades has brought promise to the lake with the development of five launch ramps, campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming beach, and many hiking trails to enjoy. Mosquito Lake draws lovers of the outdoors not only from the surrounding counties but from throughout Ohio and its bordering states.
Mosquito Creek Lake was named for the pesky insects that inhabited the marshy area, but that did not keep the avid fishermen away from the lake. The legend of the name is based upon two traveling brothers from Cleveland setting off towards Youngstown. The brothers were transporting a large iron kettle in their wagon, which was used for boiling salt from mineral water. During their journey, they came upon a swampy stream where they decided to make camp for the night. While they were sleeping, a huge swarm of mosquitoes attacked and to escape from the deadly "blood-sucking" insects, they overturned the iron kettle and crawled under it for protection. Legend has it that months later, a group of travelers came across the a deserted camp where they found the wagon, skeletons of two horses and a kettle with small holes in it. Underneath the iron kettle were the skeletal remains of the two traveling brothers. From the legendary attack of the deadly swarms of insects, the murky stream was named Mosquito Creek. The name remained as the creek was built into a lake in 1944. door recreation in the area over the past 61 years. These last six decades has brought promise to the lake with the development of five launch ramps, campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming beach, and many hiking trails to enjoy. Mosquito Lake draws lovers of the outdoors not only from the surrounding counties but from throughout Ohio and its bordering states.

Mosquito Creek Lake was named for the pesky insects that inhabited the marshy area, but that did not keep the avid fishermen away from the lake. The legend of the name is based upon two traveling brothers from Cleveland setting off towards Youngstown. The brothers were transporting a large iron kettle in their wagon, which was used for boiling salt from mineral water. During their journey, they came upon a swampy stream where they decided to make camp for the night. While they were sleeping, a huge swarm of mosquitoes attacked and to escape from the deadly "blood-sucking" insects, they overturned the iron kettle and crawled under it for protection. Legend has it that months later, a group of travelers came across the a deserted camp where they found the wagon, skeletons of two horses and a kettle with small holes in it. Underneath the iron kettle were the skeletal remains of the two traveling brothers. From the legendary attack of the deadly swarms of insects, the murky stream was named Mosquito Creek. The name remained as the creek was built into a lake in 1944. 

Doors 030316

As a family researcher I spend a lot of time touring cemeteries where I often find beautiful mausoleums of yesteryear. Here are a few including doors.

Copper? and nice patterns.




 This one even has a side door.

Some of these could qualify for the 'tiny' houses
 that are so popular right now.

For a wide variety of Doors join Norm here.

Remembering Sally

A wonderful woman who allowed her faith to shine through.

A Few Signs Along the Way 030216

These are a few random signs from a couple excursions to Mosquito Lake, Ohio.

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
Lots more to see at:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

First of 2016

and hoping for more to come.
 until the next time . . .

I am encouraged by all the wonderful bird photos that are submitted as I continue to hone my skill at capturing these high flyers.


 Time for:


Mosquito Trees 0030116

or Trees at Mosquito Lake from a Sunday Drive to Ohio.

Once again nature's tenacity wins the day.
In this case it's an Oak tree fighting the fight against water erosion.
 even in the adversity of suffering a gaul attack.


Straight and tall Pines
A stand alone Maple.

And a leaner Oak.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures 030116

A little worse for wear but still a treasure
This is a small pitcher my grandmother kept
with her collection of toothpick holders.
Its history is, as I know it, that it belonged to my great great grandmother
for whom my grandmother was named.
The first Annie was born at New Castle on the Tyne, England
and came to America with her family at the age of two in 1851.

Annie Blackett 
For more special treasures:

Kept an Eye Out for Blues 022916

Out for a Sunday drive to neighboring Ohio;
keeping an eye out for 'Blues'.
 Spied this quite unique display of American Flags
Wondering if it was a project or one person endeavor.
 Buzzing along and passed this very blue semi.
 and back to Pennsylvania; home again, home again.
 
More blues of all kinds at: