Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Garden Visitors

Now as the year's season's begin to move on, we have been blessed with a number of garden visitors lately....
This morning a stunning Cooper's Hawk sat on a chair down by the fire pit for the best part of a half hour and a few days ago I photographed the hummingbird and a Monarch on the Buddleia bush by the path.
Plants have grown spectacularly this year, I suspect because of the rain...





Nicholas

Monday, 23 July 2018

Early morning on the Shug trail

An early morning walk the other day on the Shug trail was a delight... Judy and I spotted a deer and two baby fawns and a pair of beavers attending to the big dam by the bridge at mile 2. For a second or two we spotted the belted kingfisher but the bird is so shy it flees at the slightest movement.
Nicholas




Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Return to Iona

Judy and I visited Iona again two weeks ago. 
We were last there six years ago in 2012 just before we emigrated to the USA.
The place is timeless and, this time, bathed in spectacular sunshine all the time we were there.

We then went on to visit Iceland and were greeted by gray skies and emerging sunshine and, then, immense landscapes that stretched away into distance.

Nicholas


























Saturday, 12 May 2018

Slow spring

After what has seemed an interminable wait, spring has arrived with a rush in the last ten days. Our Kwanzan Cherry has flowered for the first time since we planted it, and our Red Bud Maple is gorgeous this year.


We have set out an Oreole feeder and can't wait to see if we can attract these beautiful birds.

Walking the Shug trail yesterday, Judy and I were saddened to see that five little goslings had disappeared overnight... fallen victim to a fox. The mother had sat patiently on her nest for a month.

The Beavers are as busy as ever... their dam has created a lake upstream not far from Dryden Lake.
Everywhere are felled trees, all material for the next endeavour!


Nicholas

Saturday, 10 March 2018

March sunsets...

Still with snow on the ground, we have had some gorgeous skies the last few days.
And now that the Red Winged Blackbirds have arrived, in their hundreds, it seems at last that this year is moving on from the depths of winter.




A few days ago, walking along the Shug trail I spotted a flock of Mergansers rising from the creek.... red headed diving birds they were a gorgeous sight.

Nicholas

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The last of the Fall colors...and splendid skies

Last weekend's gales and rain have stripped most of the leaves off the trees by now, but some beautiful and resistant reds are still to be seen.





Meanwhile, this season is heightened by the morning flights of huge skeins of geese overhead. They seem to be making short flights between Dryden Lake and the fields of corn stubs... but it is a stirring sight to see them fly by.

The Shug trail this morning was touched by soft mist...


Judy and I have a favorite three mile walk crossing five bridges each way... we can see beaver dams, herons, kingfishers and the endlessly changing creek as we walk.

Nicholas

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Fall is here

Fall colors this year took a while to develop, and now with high winds overnight many of the leaves have fallen.
But last Sunday the Shug trail was glorious in golden dawn light...


This beaver dam represents heroic maintenance efforts by the local beavers... some weeks ago a repair crew from DPW knocked it down to alleviate the flooding, but within 3 days the beavers had put it back together!




Nicholas