Saturday, December 17, 2011

Miss "S" Adds to her Airmiles

When faced with no other choice she takes to air to cross the stream! She might consider starting her leap from the bank rather than in the middle of the water! Jeesh!

No damned way!

Our recent rains collect in low spots on the trails. Miss "S" does not swim. She will either fly over or wait for the fairy to carry her.


The lady conducts surveillance of her domain.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I sit on guard for thee...

Bet you're getting tired of portraits of Miss "S", eh? Well, too bad. The lands around us don't exactly abound with wildlife so this lady provides the entertainment and focal point on the trails.

You've heard of Flying Squirrels...

...well, here's Miss "S" with her aerobatics. Why walk through the cold water in the stream when she can just fly over it?

Elderberry buds have a timing problem

Autumn has been relatively warm this year. Some plants think "sleep time" is over. Boy, are they going to be surprised!

Miss "S" as Pole Cat

I'm not sure whether she considers herself a scarecrow or a real crow, but there she sits, surveying her domain (that she lets us use) waiting for something to dare to move.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Young Buck 2011

This fella's been around for a while. Hunting season opens tomorrow and I hope he has enough sense to stay on our property where his only threat will come from our Miss "S" who, as it happens, was just off camera to the left all hunched up and hissing as if she wouldn't be gone like a shot if the deer took one step toward her.

It's a wonderful treat to see wildlife wandering our trails. It would be even more wonderful if they'd learn to poo somewhere else!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunset through kitchen sink window

It was nearly dark so the Venetian plaster walls look much darker than they are but the sunset through the window I thought worth a shot.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Morning on the Trail

Part of our walking trails.

Quick shot of the Venetian Plaster makeover of the kitchen

This is just one corner of the room... I'll post some better shots when the spirit moves me later on.

Early morning spider web

The early morning sun catches this magnificent web. We have lots of huge "garden" spiders that we just co-exist with. Apparently they catch all sorts of mosquitos and other annoying insects. They don't bother us humans (yet) so it's live and let live.

Miss "S" Rides the Rails #5

Well, she's not exactly "riding the rails" but what the heck. Yet another photo of the furrball.

Miss "S" Rides the Rails #4

What's to say? She poses. I click. Shurr is purrty. (This was August 2011)

Abundant crops of apples

Most of the apples on the trees on the property look better than they taste. The variety is unknown to us but to make a pie, or even just to eat one, you have to be fast. They turn brown within seconds of being cut open. We did discover a few Macintosh trees... and that fruit is delicious!

Bee on chives

The challenge to successfully capture an image of an insect "doing its thing" on the flora is perhaps even more exciting than the resulting picture. Sometimes it's enough that the darned thing is not blurry!

Wagon Wheel

We inherited this antique with the house. There's nothing quite as useless nor as eye-catching as this item amongst the "blasts from the past" that lurk in our house, barn and sheds.


So far, of the 8 or 10 glads we planted last year, only this one has bloomed this year... and it took it's time!

Great Northern Aster

These luminous asters are in profuse bloom now in mid-September. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fleeing Irene

Hurricane Irene blew past us August 28 & 29, 2011. First came the drenching rains. Then the wind. By mid-morning on the 29th we were out enjoying the gusty winds while picking up fallen branches. I say "enjoying" because whatever black flies and mosquitos had been here on the 28th were now several counties away! Yea!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chickadee on Short Takeoff!

I seem to have startled this black-capped chickadee.

More beans, please!

Miss S examines our wax bean plants - late August 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Long-leaved Chickweed

These little stars peek like LEDs from the shadows of the taller grasses and shrubbery.

Orange Hawkweed

It's pure delight to see fields full of these cartoon-bright "weeds" waving in the breezes.

Tufted Vetch

I think this purple creation is saddled with an unglamourous name... but I find it most vetching anyway.

Yellow Salsify among the Oxeye Daisies

The yellow salsify's flower looks much like a small dandelion. It seems to last only a few hours before it goes to seed.

Wildflowers 1

Everything here but the kitchen sink!

Riding the Rails 1 & 2 & 3

End of long and exciting day. Snow is all gone except for in the shadows and "stuff" is starting to show some life. Here, Miss "S" is deep in thought about something... either that or she's content to have her paws on something other than sopping wet, cold muck!

Approximately 69 days later (Apr 24, 2011 - July 2, 2011) this flat, dormant field has exploded into a vernal jungle of mixed grasses, flowers, ferns, shrubs, etc., in which thousands of small animals, insects and birds go about their business. Except for the horrendous black, deer and horse flies, and squadrons of the most persistent mosquitos on the planet, this New Brunswick land is a paradise.

And then on August 18, 2011 Miss "S" struck another pose on the same fence rail. Another few inches of vegetation and we won't be able to see her at all!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Whether it's a single Iris or a field full...

For a few weeks each year our meadows literally glow with vibrant colours. The irises are simply gorgeous.

Striking The Pose - Again

Hope my doting on Miss "S" isn't boring you too badly. When we're out for an evening walk on the trails it's hard not to be taken by her regal poses.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Miss "S" Takes a Break

Time out from her patrol.

It's Iris Time Again

To experience the sight of hundreds of irises that decorate our fields each year almost cancels the annoyance of the biting insects. Almost.

The landscape here morphs from the flat, visibly lifeless death mask of winter to the exquisite vibrancy of spring/summer in a matter of days. It's almost as if nature fires some sort of silent starting pistol and an almost infinite variety of biomass races to maturity. A special delight this year is the number of BEES - lots and lots of them - sometimes two or three per flower. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Richard at 72

I don't normally photograph well, in my view, but here Craig's photographic talents shine through. With this pic I can proudly claim not to look my age. Thanks Craig.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tulips and Forget-Me-Nots

Considering, that just a few weeks ago this very site was under a meter of snow and ice, it sure is a treat to gaze upon this wonderful display of tulips in a bed of forget-me-nots.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Apple Blossom Time - Finally!

It's May 26 and finally we see them (barely through the clouds of horrid black flies). They were like this a month earlier last year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Poisonous Broad-leaved Dock & the Rock

There are so many varieties of plants (and insects) that have come alive in spite of the mostly cloudy, cool spring season this year. This dock is a relative of the rhubarb. The rock is one of the smaller boulders on the property - we have one that is larger than a good sized camper trailer!

Red Maple & Pine

Here's a young Red Maple with its brand new leaves thrusting skyward amongst a stand of pines.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Daring whatever moved to do it again!

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to see and smell the world through her senses?

Some Think They're a Nuisance!

Some think the dandelion too common to consider as beautiful. I don't. Our lawns are literally aglow with these stunners. They don't look a bit like a weed to me.

Waiting for Spring Flowers too!

Spring is taking its time this year... except for the pesky black flies and dandelions, of course. Miss "S" surveys HER territory on her daily walkabouts, only occasionally forgetting there could be a coyote or fox lurking in the shadows. Hers is a one-track mind - "if it moves, or even hints it might move, I will follow" is her modus operandi.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Here's Miss "S" in mid-flight over our creek. We have plans to build a small bridge over this waterway since it has water in it all year round but until then clomping through it in rubber boots is the best we can do - except to take to the air like she does!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Early Spring Rabbit

This furry fellow or gal joined us on an evening walk. 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

Around here these cheerful harbingers could be buried under a white blanket again!

The Grass is RIs

Guess you know what's coming next, eh?

Wonder Where The Birdies Is?

Another 20 years and we'll have a forest!