Thursday, May 28, 2009


I promise--I didn't set this photo up. My wife came on this tableau yesterday and told me I should take a picture. The nice thing about turtles--they give you plenty of time to get to the scene. I have no idea why a turtle would leave the comfort and protection of the nice green grass to cross a bridge to a wooden deck. Did he view the concrete turtle bench as another turtle? We'll never know.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nature's Basket Maker

The Red-winged Blackbirds are a common sight around lake Manitou, both in body and in song--they remind us that water is nearby and all is right with the world of the lake. One thing we don't see too often--their incredibly elaborate nest. Here are some pictures to show the master weaver's creation--and a bonus egg (with more to come).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The New Goslings

As promised earlier, here are a couple of pictures of the new arrivals--five days old now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Here is a Mother's Day bouquet from our island (and its spring flowers) to you and your family. It looks like a great day for it!

Find the Goose

Now you know why they are the colors that they are. Momma goose is nesting, and invisible. The satellite dish is also home to a momma robin and her nest. As you can see, robins do a good job with camouflage as well.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

At the End of the Rainbow

We had a little squall pass over us a couple of days ago--right as the sun was setting. The resulting rainbow seemed to stay in the sky forever. I think if you asked the folks on the East Shore if it was a good place to have the end of a rainbow, they would heartily agree. Gold is where you find it.