Friday, December 15, 2017

Life Is A Reflection

Christmas is a season 
not only of rejoicing but of reflection
                                        Winston Churchill


The real man smiles in trouble,
gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection
                                 Thomas Paine


Love is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
                                          Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Thursday, December 14, 2017

On the crest of . . .

the new fallen snow.

Thankful for seasonal changes.

When feathered friends come to call. ♪ ♫ ♪
I estimate about seven inches overnight.

The snow brings out the best in the Blue Jays plumage. 

The snow peaks on the branch caught my eye.

Apparently he prefers the challenge of the snow covered ear. 

Our chances of a white Christmas 
are usually in the 50/50 range.
So it's always nice to have a pretty snowfall 
in the weeks ahead as we prepare for the holidays.

All work and no play . . .
(Trust me he will find time)😉


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Black and White . . .

by default

When I saw the branch of this dogwood tree 
after the overnight snow,
it reminded me of an outstretched hand.

"God has given us two hands, 
one to receive with and the other to give with." 
Billy Graham


Monday, December 11, 2017

Duck the Halls

The Duck Song - 1
I got hooked on this song and had to watch all three 
just to hear the punch lines.

A friend whose hobby was taxidermy 
hiked about in search of specimens.

 I like that their beauty is preserved after their untimely deaths.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Family Pet . . .

from long ago.

Meet Ricky
Old Photo, Old Camera, Old Friend
Always a favorite picture to see 
when looking at Christmas photos of days gone by.

He found the reindeer the RG had constructed
a comfy place to hang-out.

He politely asked to go outside from day one.
(no litterbox)

He lived a long adventurous life
and died quietly under a his favorite rhododendron bush. 

Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Are Hornet's Nests . . .

weather predictors?

“When hornets build nests near the ground 
a harsh winter is expected”. 
or  . . .
“the higher the nest, the more severe the winter will be”. 
Hornets build their large, gray paper nests in late spring and at the end of summer. The bees (except new queens) die at the end of the season, and the nests are abandoned. 
So . . .
it's more likely that when building their nests, they prefer dry weather. If the season has been wet, they build higher! And when winter comes they r.i.p.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

I Found the Answer

use her tennis ball as a prop.

To round out my fall photos, it's Lucy again.
It was a perfect fall day to practice my camera skills.
I was concentrating on her eyes.  

And one action shot.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Little Chick

I've related this tale before but while browsing around for a photo challenge, one popped up with the topic for the day as 'a toy'. With all our grandchildren in other locations, toys aren't very abundant atMuldoon these days. But this little chick is always present in the kitchen because he was a gift from my children for a very specific purpose more years ago than I want to remember.

Back then kids could roam safely and mine were out checking the yard sales and returned with this treasure and its tale.

Mom, this is an 'earthquake chicken'. If you seeing it bobbing it is a warning that a quake is on the way.

Fortunately we've only experienced a couple of minor tremors in this area over the years. (Although with all the gas well fracking going on currently, it is a little more worrisome.) 

But so far this little chick only bobs when prompted.
I often wonder if the person holding the yard sale took delight in their tale to curious little kids, of the purpose of this chick. 
(It's a line I could easily hear the RG spinning)

'tis the Season . . .

Monday, November 20, 2017

Breezy Day

Spinning Wheel

Playing with my iPhone camera

I've been watching a few tutortials.
This is a long exposure shot.

Joining Foto Tunes

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Prediction . . .

or just a colorful 'woolie' coat for winter?

according to the National Weather Service the answer is no. But the color bands do tell a story of their own. It's all about the past and not the future.

The Banded Woolly Bear occurs in the United State and southern Canada. 
In order to survive the weather's freezing temps, their cells contain a self-produced antifreeze.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Itsy Bitsy . . .

but not a spider

Itsy bitsy snowflakes caught in this spider's web 

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again

Oh Fudge . . .

Closed for the season.

Joining Signs, Signs

Monday, November 13, 2017

Retirement - Good, Random, Fun

Where We Go; What We See; What We Do
Pymatuning Lake
Linesville, PA.
The Good
Live - Fish - Live
Pretty much his philosophy
House Specialty Ham and Cheese Wedge 
between thin crispy Pizza dough.

The Random
Renovation of the Gatehouse at the main dam
The propagation spillway where 
the 'ducks walk on the fish's backs'
(love the gull's interest in what's to come)

The Fun
These Mallard Ducks were having blast!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Willy Nilly Side of Retirement

It's Where We Go . . .

It's What We do.

Tools of the Day - a pole (or 2) and a camera

The RG planted this maple (and a few more)
over twenty years ago - 'just because'.
(perhaps a distant relative of Johnny Appleseed?)