Lamberton Conservatory

We went to Lamberton Conservatory on March 4th as part of our getting through winter routine (seeing flowers and green plants every month or so), and this is some of what we saw:

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The turtles were moving this time!
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The quail again!
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Makes me want to be in Arizona now!
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Mmm, an orange!
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Purple Shamrock – how cool!
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I can’t wait to go next month!

A Dirt Bath

I have so much to post here, I am backed up for quite  awhile.  But for now, a quicky.  The other night we were investigating the Solvay Process – Split Rock bucket line tunnel (yes, one of those posts I need to write) and saw a female turkey taking a dirt bath.  I wasn’t operating my camera, and I told the person that was to stop fiddling with the camera, that nature doesn’t wait for you to get the camera right.  So the male turkey was missed because of the fiddling with the camera, but I turned it on even while fiddling was going on to start capturing the female taking a dirt bath.

Last Week of July

I can’t believe how fast this summer is going!  First, the railroad rail has been fixed, albiet not correctly according to railroad person, but at least it’s fixed:
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The bolts are supposed to be staggered, not all on one side like they are here:
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Then the antique car show at Sylvan Beach:
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Cute T-Bird!
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Saw lots of Mustangs of all vintages – nice!
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Saw lots of ducks:
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Listened to Jack Henke talk about his Sylvan Beach/Oneida Lake books here:
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And got a parking ticket for a spot that was CLEARLY not marked as a parking spot that needed to be paid for, and on a Sunday, no less:
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Which required me to have to go work off some excess energy by swimming in the lake in the dark.

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Sweet Babies!

This is the second brood of baby robins this year on the wreath hanging on my Mom’s garage.  They are way too sweet!

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Scenes from the Week

Last week, as we all know, there was a beotch of a heat wave, and with the sun feeling like spikes driving themselves into your skin, we sought water and cool places.  We caught the tail end of a car show – there were some awesome cars there, but this one really caught my eye, a 1960 Thunderbird:

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And this is why it caught my eye – my Dad had one: (that’s me in my Mom’s hat)

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After walking around the car show, we jumped in the water for a night-time swim:

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The water was freakin’ hot! Hotter than bath water. So the next night we went to another, much cooler lake. And I wore the mask and am getting used to not being able to breathe through my nose, so I could see the remnants of the steamship The City of Syracuse, which was burned in 1917 and sunk. No pics, sorry.

We went to the Antique Truck Show, and quickly walked around since it was my lunch time:

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There were lots more very cool looking trucks!

That night we went to Tinker Falls, where we used to go when I was a kid, and the last time I went was with my parents in 2006. It has greatly changed since I was a kid:

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Not much in the way of water coming over the falls, and there were tons of mosquitoes and deer flies, so we won’t go back until those things go away (or bring lots of herbal bug spray).

Then we went for a swim in this water:

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Where there were ducks hanging on the edge eating:

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It was cool, refreshing, and nice to have the sun go down on a way too hot week:

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Three Years, Phew!

Recently, well, okay, on April 8th, the third year of my Dad’s passing, we went to LaFayette to honor him and put his Veteran’s marker in the ground to get ready for the American flags the cemetery will put out on all of the Veterans’ grave sites.  I didn’t take any more photos of his tombstone, because, well, I have a million of them already, and how many more do I need? But I did take this quick photo while we were driving up to his site, one of which I’ve taken before and I’ll take again and again, yes I will, because it’s where I grew up and I love the hills.

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View from cemetery where my Dad, grandparents, and other relatives are in repose.

On the way to him, we always stop at one of my favorite Finger Lakes:

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Skaneateles Lake, nice and calm, in the morning.

This lake’s water is awesomely clear:
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Sherwood Inn, faces the lake:
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We also stopped at a really cool quilt store where Mom bought some fabric for quilts she is making for sick children:
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Yeah, did I mention how much I love the hills in Onondaga County?
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Oh, before we got to Skaneateles, we had to go through Montezuma, where I did see Osprey, but couldn’t capture them, but did capture a couple of their nests:
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Even though I still miss my Dad very much, I am very glad to be through all of the phases of grief, especially the anger part – that was a really tough one.  Being really ticked off is very exhausting.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

This is one place I need to go to soon!!  I see it every time I drive on the Thruway.  I have seen tons of birds migrating over this area several times.  This is definitely a place to check out.

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Still Lovin’ the Camera!

I never know what photos I’ll end up with when I go for a walk.  I love the element of mystery.

Bird on a wire – mourning dove:
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An old abandoned chick coop?
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Getting a bit better with the macro – thanks to everyone’s suggestions!
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Taking a photo directly into the sun gives this cool silhouette effect:
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Woods without leaves:
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Oh My, It’s So Much Fun!

I *forgot* how much fun it is to have a camera that can zoom into the nose hairs of anything two miles away.  Or at least birds high up in trees.  I heard Red-Winged Blackbirds calling high from trees around the field tonight:

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I *know* these photos & videos are nothing special, but these birds are very high in the tree, and I used full zoom, and I’m not used to having to stay very still yet. I’m still excited to be taking birdie photos, once again!

I rounded a corner and heard a loud bird call from high up, as if to say “what about me?” A Pileated Woodpecker!

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To welcome in spring, it just *had* to snow here last night. This is what’s left after a day of sunshine:
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This photo is so cool, except for one thing, the stupid boat:
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How the heck did this milkweed fluff survive the winter?
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Yeah, I wish I were this tall and skinny, well not that tall, but I’ll take the skinny:
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Not for nothing, I know these photos are nothing special, but I’m so excited to be able to zoom once again with a non-DSLR camera. I have a lot to learn, I need to get the macro down among everything else, but it’s so much fun!

Oh, and it’s a Nikon Coolpix P90.  I”m in total love so far.  Next logical step, a Nikon DSLR.  Someday.

Turkeys!

Today as I drove up my Mom’s driveway, I saw a ton of turkeys in her backyard.  I was able to see these guys because a portion of her fence fell down over the winter.  I actually saw one taking a dirt bath!  Didn’t get to capture too many photos, because it all happened so fast, and they didn’t like me coming up the driveway.  But here’s what I did capture!

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