Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sneak Peek

I had a fun morning and I hope all of you did too. I spent a good portion of my morning packaging up a gift for my new friend.  I cannot tell you her name, because she doesn't even know that she is my new friend yet and it is a surprise. What I can do is give you all a sneak peek of what I am sending off this afternoon for the tea cup exchange.  My Christmas card list just keeps getting longer and longer due to this wonderful make-fun project.  Thank-you again Stephanie, I hope this continues for years to come.




Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Long Winter

It is hard to believe that it is April 5th and I had to dress up in full winter gear - snow pants, balaclava, goggles, you name it - I had it on and I was only going out for a bit.  When Spring does finally arrive, I am going to be rejoicing.
On a much happier note, I had the opportunity to take photos of this gorgeous fella yesterday, also still in his winter coat. Also, I have signed up for Stephanie's Tea Cup Exchange. I'm so excited to find out who I will be sending to!  Check it out HERE if you already haven't.




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Meanwhile in Canada

It's late March, and it is cold. But on the day we noticed the ice cream shop was re-opened, it was 2 degrees above zero C*.  Apparently, that is warm enough, because there were several customers enjoying their first "Scoops" of the season.  The good news is, it won't melt and if you drop it, you can most likely pick it up out of some clean snow!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Beatrice

I have to say, I was a little nervous getting out of my vehicle for this one.  I grew knowing that under no circumstance should one try to approach one of these animals.  My husband reassured me that beavers cannot move very quickly and so I would be fine. 

There was no sign of an imminent attack, and so I took my time observing and taking snapshots. He kept his eye on me the entire time and I didn't push my luck. More interesting than the photos were the sounds of his munching. He was very loud! I found it all very adorable, but I was happy to get back to my vehicle again, without incident.

Without further delay, say hello to Beatrice, a fine specimen of Canada's national animal...

I'm sharing my photo on Eileen's critter loving blog HERE today...Thank-you Eileen!



Saturday, March 3, 2018

Prickly Little Friend

While out for a drive yesterday, hoping to photograph some wildlife, we only met with one willing participant.  I suppose I should say indifferent because that is exactly what a porcupine is like.  You are lucky if he so much as glances at you, and forget about a second glance. This little guy just went about his business as though I was not even there.  

We also saw several ravens, but as soon as we pulled over, they would fly off. I spotted an absolutely beautiful coyote, but he was also extremely shy.  I didn't even have time to get a shot of his backside. Normally, we see deer on every drive, but they too seemed to know I had my camera with me this time.

Oh well, it's actually not that often that we get to see a porcupine alive.  Sadly, all too often, they are dead on the side of the road.  They don't move all that quickly, the poor things.  So I had a lot of fun just observing this little guy for a while. I've named him Pete...

These photos are too unusual not to share, so I'm going to join in fun over at Eileen's blog for Saturday's Critters...Have a happy Saturday everyone.




Monday, February 26, 2018

Vegas

This was our third trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, but this time we took the kids.  Our main goal was to take in a show every night, and we did just that.  Mystere, The Blue Man Group, and O, were all great performances. Of course there are so many things to keep you entertained during the days as well.  We were running around for 4 days putting many miles on our poor feet. We did pick up a bus pass which saved a lot of walking. Here is a small sampling of what we did...

Koi at the Flamingo.  There is a small wildlife sanctuary at the back of the hotel which is definitely worth a visit.

Swan at the Flamingo

Water show at the Bellagio during the day.

Night show at the Bellagio

Quirky little birds at the Flamingo.

Cactus gardens at Ethel M chocolate factory, not far from the airport.

Dolphins at the Mirage from the below ground viewing level.

Dolphin at the Mirage.

A flamingo at the Flamingo of course!

View of the Bellagio from the High Roller.

View from the highest point on the High Roller

Lake Mead as viewed from standing on Hoover Dam.

Lake Mead from the inside the park.

Lion at the Mirage.

Lion fish at Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay.

Walk through aquarium at Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay.

Street view of the High Roller.

Another big kitty at the Mirage - what a beauty.

My favourite hotel, the Venetian.  We are standing in the Canal shops.  This was just across the street from our
hotel, Treasure Island.

Year of the Dog display at the Palazzo.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Birdwatching

I'm going to make this short and sweet; I am so glad January is over. I've never been a fan of that month and this past one sealed the deal. But it's over now, and everything is much better now!   

I recently went out for a photo shoot with the birds, and the chickadees, as usual, did not disappoint. I would tell you the names of the other birds, but I'm really not too sure.  But if you know, you can tell me in the comments.  Happy February everyone!