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August 8, 2013

Sometimes It’s the Little Things

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You can feel it in the air. You can see it in the light. You can hear it in the heat bugs. Summer is in its downward spiral.
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Kate was saying it too. It seems strange to be thinking this way when we are still in the single digits of August, but the end is much nearer than I’d like it to be.

We leave for Maine for our annual week’s vacation on Hills Beach this Saturday. When we return, time is going to fly. Meghan moves into her dorm only 2 weeks from today. School begins again for me on Monday the 26th.

In the little time that I have left, I’m trying to remember to enjoy the little things, like the little visitors to the area of my backyard deck.

All of these little ones appeared just yesterday.
A great spangled frillitary
great spangled frillitary

What I believe to be a juvenile ruby throated hummingbird(according to what I’ve read it is difficult to tell the females from the juveniles)
tiny hummingbird

Can you see him (or her) sitting on the other side of the feeder? Here’s another shot with the head tipped back and a wing out for balance.
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I thought the bee in the background was kind of neat too.

While I sat with my current summer read (Under the Dome by Stephen King – have you read this one? Excellent so far!) I noticed a hopping motion out of the corner of my eye.
This tiny visitor was making its way across my deck:
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It occured to me that there was no frame of reference for just how tiny this little guy is in the photo, so I grabbed a dime and quietly slid it over to where it was sitting, hoping it wouldn’t decide to hop away before I took this picture:
tiny frog

This will likely be my last post before we leave for Maine. I’ve got my fingers crossed for nice weather. We may have wi-fi available during this trip, so I may check in with you from time to time during the week and on Facebook if we are friends there.

“..you feel it in the air, summer’s (not quite!) out of reach…” Extra points if you can name the song I’m paraphrasing in the comments without googling it! ūüėČ

November 12, 2011

Best of, Part 3

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 8:29 pm
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First were the birds.¬†¬†Second were the flowers.¬†¬†Are you waiting with bated breath to see what part 3 will bring? No, I didn’t really think you were, but here’s part 3 anyway!¬† The critters, of course!¬† Furry, rather than feathered this time around.

Although they really try my patience when it comes to my bird feeders (I am currently shopping for a new one since they managed to destroy my “squirrel-proof” feeder), squirrels are really rather comical.¬† I found this one doing quite the acrobatic routine one morning:

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For my June photo hunt, I asked for a cow picture as a bonus shot.¬† I’ve had a thing for cows for a while now.¬† It may stem back to my days as a milkmaid at Old Sturbridge Village, but that doesn’t really explain my love of Oreo cows:
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Teddy and Daphne make fairly regular appearances here on the blog, so here are my favorite shots of them from this year:

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Teddy’s hi-key portrait in the snow

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My solar-powered golden retriever enjoying a sun beam.

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And an animated shot of the two of them showing their doggy love for snow.

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I could hardly leave poor Cedric out of the fun, right?¬† Here he is in a “serious” game of “cat and mouse”!

I still have more to come!¬† This was Part 3 of my submission for Scott’s assignment: Best Photos of 2011.

September 2, 2010

Critters of Hills Beach

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I’m still not done with Maine posts!¬† I hope you aren’t tired of them yet!

On my morning walks, I encountered a lot of interesting creatures that I don’t often get to photograph at home.¬† My older daughter has shown some interest in marine biology; perhaps a bit of it is genetic as I always find myself poking at shellfish and crustaceans when I am at the shore.

small snail with trail

Just a common little snail here, but I liked how the antennae were visible as well as the trail it had made behind it.

big snail

I disturbed this larger snail when I saw it nestled in the mud; I wanted to know if it was another live snail or just an empty shell.¬† As you can see it turned out to be live, and it worked to pull itself back into its shell.¬† I was afraid I had unearthed a treat for the near-by sea gulls, but something happened to disturb the birds from the meal they were most definitely eyeballing…

goldendoodle

I learned from Rebecca that this happy goldendoodle’s name is Sam.¬† He seemed to smile as he romped and chased the birds my husband oh-so-affectionately refers to as “dump chickens.”

big live clam

Here is another jumbo-sized shelled critter that I stumbled upon.¬† I’m so used to finding only empty shells on the beach, these big, live squishy-bodied creatures took me by surprise.¬† I picked this one up so you could have a better idea about its size.

hermit crab

The hermit crabs, though numerous, refused to poke out of their scavenged shells unless they were in the water; hence this not-as-clear shot taken in the water.

Mad chipmunk

While a chipmunk is certainly a photo that I could have taken at home, this guy ( or gal, I don’t know!) seemed to be having a very heated discussion with an unseen adversary.¬† It continued to “buck buck buck chit chit chit” as I took its picture.¬† It is resting upon a stone wall along the sea, bordering Hills Beach Road.¬† Maybe it was chattering at this guy…
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