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I Think I Am Down A Pint…

This evening when I finally got home I decided to take my camera and walk down to the lake in hopes of getting a picture of the very vocal loons that I heard last evening.

It was a very still, humid evening. Just perfect for mosquitos and not so much for me. (Yes, That is my arm being sucked dry by this mosquito and many others.)

As I wandered around my yard to check out what was new blooming in my garden I was already swatting mosquitos but wasn’t intimidated enough to head back in yet.

I walked out on our dock in search of the loons but they weren’t around our dock area and I couldn’t hear them in the near vicinity.

As I was walking I continued swatting mosquitos. I could have used spray but I don’t like to because that means a shower before I head to bed.

Down by the lake the grass was moving with my every step. Here is what was on the move. Hundreds of them. They were really quick and it was very challenging to get close enough to one and get it in focus before it moved.

If you look at the size of the frog compared to the clover you will notice that they are only about one inch in length now.

Today on our drive home from a funeral we saw this wildflower growing along the roadside. It is the first I have seen of its kind this spring/summer season. It is a Cow Parsnip and it is a very large and tall plant. It was about four feet tall in the ditch where we stopped.

The Cow Parsnip plant reminds me a bit of the Dill plants that grow in my husband’s parent’s garden.

There is not much blooming for color in the wildflower department lately. Mostly yellow or white flowers. Soon some pretty pinks will be added to the mix. Can’t wait to share them.

Heading to bed in hopes of being sung to sleep again by the loons, frogs, and the waves on the shore but not the buzz of the mosquito.


Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Nature, Photography, Wildflowers


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Quiet Evening at the Lake…Not quite

Last evening I spent some time with my book and coffee on the dock.  It was quiet when I first sat down.  I noticed a pair of loons off to the north and decided to get my camera in hopes of getting a picture of the pair. 

When I returned a waterskiing boat entered the scene and was doing laps around the lake with a skier behind.  They kept getting closer and closer to the loons.  The loons kept diving and moving farther west so they were out of my range with my not so great camera. 

I love evenings by the lake and the sounds you hear especially if there is a breeze of any kind blowing in the trees.  Last evening as I sat I could hear the trees and I heard the fish as they came to the surface for an insect or two.  I watched as two bass came and circled in front of the dock and then slowly swam away.  In the distance I could hear the voices of the campers at the local bible camp singing “I’ve been working on the railroad.”   Not the usual bible camp song but it was fun to hear it in the wind.

I finally settled in with my book when someone nearby started with firecrackers.  I nearly jumped into the lake from the unexpected sound.  Started to read again and I heard the familiar buzz of the incoming mosquitoes.  Time to head indoors way too early.

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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in Nature, Quiet Times


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