Sunday, August 26, 2018


Spiders are common, very common.  For a lot of people, and I'm sorry if you're one of them, spiders are far too common.  One of the most prevalent types of spiders are orb weavers. What is rare about the arachnid I took a photo of was the size and the unique shape.  What a beauty! I understand if you can't get past the creepiness factor, but I just love how this photo turned out.

I love birds of all sorts, but I am especially fascinated with our crows and ravens.  I'm always happy to have my camera handy when they're around.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


There's nothing like birds to bring life and cheerfulness to our landscapes.  In the winter, birds are scarce on the prairies and I can hardly wait for Spring to arrive so welcome them all back.

Here are two photos of beautiful specimens.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

You're Welcome!

This makes my day every time I see it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Successful Day

There was a lot of shrill chirping in our yard this morning as these little fluffballs popped, one by one, of the confinement of their shells.  What a joy it was to watch it all unfold.  The proud, and very protective Daddy led his first two away from the nest as Mama finished up with the other two.  Let me tell you, that Daddy bird has a mouth on him!  He gave me the 'what-for' the entire time I was outside even when I was nowhere near them.

I kept my distance, of course, but every ounce of me wanted to snuggle these little sweeties.  And as I heard the coyotes howling so nearby last night, I wished I could bring them all in and keep them safe.  Of course, they all made it through their first night, only to be led across the busy road to the pond on the other side.

Just look at these adorable little critters!

Before I get to the pictures, I have a quick question for my fellow bloggers.  I have tried to fix the problem, all of my settings are correct, but I am no longer receiving emails when one of you graciously leaves a comment here for me.  Any ideas?

Thursday, June 7, 2018


It's great when you come across wildlife that is way too busy to care what you doing with your camera.  Foxes don't look their best in the spring when they are losing their coats, but she's a beauty nonetheless.

This rainbow went on forever, it lasted for well over an hour and was incredibly vibrant. After taking the photo, I just sat on the couch and stared out my window. After the rainbow was over and the clouds were breaking up, the sky became very dramatic and again, the color lasted for quite a while. It was a nice evening to sit in front of the picture window.

And then there's the train.  I hope to get more and better shots of trains this year.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mama's Back!

Our devoted Mama bird is back!  How do I know it's the same bird? It's quite obvious she knows us as she is practically tame when are close, sometimes very close. We can't touch her, and wouldn't try, but we can sit within a few feet of her and have a pleasant little chat.  I like to think we are making her very difficult job of sitting there all day a little more interesting with our visits.  She has four precious eggs and we doing everything in our power to keep them safe.  We are so excited for hatching day!  Please send some good luck wishes her way...and have a great rest of your week.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Better Late Than Never

It's time for the big reveal!!! I hope everyone has had as wonderful an experience as I did.  

In all my travels around Canada, which are nowhere close to being done, one of my absolute favourite places is Whitehorse Y.T..  It is so incredibly beautiful and I can't wait to visit again someday. It was so fun to receive a package from there and to meet a wonderful new friend, Jessica!

I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew from the moment I had the parcel in my hands that I was holding something a little extra special.  As I started to take that parcel apart, I had a smile that I felt right to my core. My name had been given to the sweetest 15 year old girl and she had put her heart and soul into that wee package.  There is one thing in particular that you will not see in the photos, a small item that I will treasure for a lifetime. Jessica had taken a quick peek at my blog, and could easily see that I love cats and nature.  Trust me when I say that this girl is an artist and that the print she gave to me of a kitty and butterfly is just too perfect.  Now for the interesting connection - my daughter is also 15 and as some of you may remember, she too is an artist that draws cats.

I wrote the majority of this post long before it was due. I did that knowing that life was about to get crazy, and it did and my blogging hobby took a seat way far back on the priority bus. I owe both Jessica and Stephanie an apology for not quite fulfilling my end of the deal.

I am very sorry that this was the last exchange, but it was so much fun!  A tremendous THANK-YOU! to Stephanie for what has been so much work! And of course, to all the wonderful ladies whose generosity made it a success.