At the Lake

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~taken at our family cottage, June/July 2016

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Hummingbirds

I’m determined to photograph these little beauties up close in the trees one day. Whether I’ll need to get a much more powerful camera lens or stake out the treetops, I’m not sure. Maybe both. Even though you can barely see them in these photos (look closely!) they are so much prettier photographed in their natural habitat. The middle photo is a different bird’s nest.

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Cottage Season

Our first trip this year was a bit later than usual, but worth the wait. Every year is familiar but always a little different. I have never seen so many dragonflies in past years, and the shy loons have been coming closer to the dock. Maybe I will finally catch a decent picture of them.

It is sweet to walk down the trails with our two-year-old, as she picks flowers and wild strawberries along the way. She loves getting dirty and doesn’t hesitate to climb any rocky hills we encounter. Despite her carsickness and the uncertainty of sleeping in an unfamiliar room, I think it’s going to be a fun summer.

dragonfly hand (2) copy

holding daisies copy

wake robin

I remembered the last photo from a couple of years ago, and thought it went so well with the first two.
I always take so many photos that it’s hard to narrow them down, so be prepared for more!

Cabin in the Woods

How did we make it through the summer without a weekend at the cottage until now? Partly due to the fact that my husband works Saturdays- it’s a long drive if we’re only staying for a day. And traveling with a baby is overwhelming if it’s one day or one week. The amount of stuff I needed to pack for fewer than 48 hours was kind of ridiculous. A cooler for food, milk and bottles, a stack of cloth diapers, clothes, a few toys and books, plus my own essentials. I really did try to pack light. Once there I just needed to unwind. I’d had exactly 2 hours of sleep the night before and didn’t get much more that night either, once we realized the baby had a cold. Other than lack of sleep, we were all happy to be there and to enjoy the outdoors. We explored familiar spots in the surrounding woods and I wandered a little while, alone with my camera.

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Black, White and Red

We had yet another lovely weekend at the cottage. This time we had incredible weather- sunny and breezy. The blackflies were still raging but they did help keep my feet moving. The few times I stopped to focus on a subject were rushed by a cloud of biting insects.

There are several fields of horses along the road to the cottage, and I always have a reason not to stop. It’s raining. The sky is too dark. They are too far away. I’m falling asleep. This time there was no such excuse, so we pulled over (on essentially a country highway) so I could finally cross it off my list.

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Small World

Despite the cool, overcast weather and the itchy blackfly welts all over my neck, we did enjoy a couple of days at the cottage during the long weekend here in Canada. First trip of the season. It was fresh, muddy, peaceful, and cozy.

With my big round belly it’s become increasingly difficult for me to crouch down to photograph the things I see on the ground. Some days are tolerable but most are nearly impossible- especially getting back up! By the end of our walk yesterday, I declared that I was not going to bend over again unless something really blew me away.

Theme this time of year seems to be tiny. The only flowers that have popped up by now are unbelievably small and close to the earth. You have to look closely, but you will find a magical little landscape underfoot. Most of these things were smaller than an inch long. Sadly, I was able to get very close to a hummingbird (last photo). More on that in a later post.

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