Nature Lovers from Canada, India, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and the United States participated in Nature Notes last week..
Thank you all so much!!
1.Dianne- Catching the Fall- New Jersey, USA
2.Sivinden- Liv og rÃ¸re i gata vÃ¥ r- Norway
3.Maboe- Nature Notes- Dream- Norway
4.Leora- Tufted Titmouse and Blue Jay- NJ, USA
5.Carver- Nature Notes: Mid November- NC, USA
6.Sue- Wordless- Fox Hunt- South Carolina, USA
7.TinaÂ´s Pic Story-12 von 12 – autumn colors- Germany
8.Eileen- Woodpecker yardbirds- Maryland, USA
9.Denise- Juvenile Guinea Hens- Virginia, USA
10.Loredana Donovan- Blogging Away- Golden Forest- NY, US
11.Pat’s Bailey Road- Nature Notes- Summer Jay- USA
12.Kusum- Ancient Mono Lake in California, USA
13.Elaine- K&E Photography- Cold & Sunny- Ontario Canada
14.Freda- Day One Photography- Nature Notes- Ontario, Canada
15.Donna@ Gardens Eye View-A Last Gasp In the Garden- NY, US
16.Aktuella bilder-A Stroll in Norrsundet- Sweden
17.Ranu Chakraborty- Pink Cloud- Nature Notes- Bird- India
18.Lotus Leaf- Garden Tropics- The Letter R-India
19.Jeff Fisher’s Ecobirder- Snowy Owl Visitor- Minnesota, USA
20.Libby- Nature Notes – the Burr Oak!- USA
21.Jill- Unlike flies, I do not taste things with my feet.- USA
22.Terri- Coloring Outside the Lines- Click- Arkansas, USA
23.EG Camera Girl- Lake Simcoe/ Nature Notes- Ontario, Canada
24.Nora’s Island Rambles-” R” Week- Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
25.Fergiemoto’s Creativity Aroused– Tâ€ Challenge: Threat Display- USA
26.Juliet- Crafty Green Poet- Rivers of Autumn Leaves- Scotland
27.Crafty Gardener- Miscanthus- Ontario, Canada
This week in the woods…. Nothing to do with the nature of wildlife, but the nature of man. Since my Mother passed away in October, someone has been using at least one credit card and her checkbook to open new accounts and to buy things in her name. One charge was made the night she died. I don’t know how anyone could prey on the dead like that and it has caused an awful headache for me trying to track all of this down and then proving that Mom is gone and that this isn’t her. I get stuck in these voice-activated phone systems where there is no selection for “DEAD”. Then I get to a person who then insists on talking to my Mother and I’ve taken to saying that I have been “unable to channel” her since her death. It is like getting a scab poked open every day. Who preys on the dead knowing it will cause heartache? Man…only man….
My Mother left at least 150 paintings done over her lifetime and almost all of them have to do with nature. Mom worked in oils early, then moved to acrylics and then water colors. I found this painting that I think is done in oil and have it hanging in my family room. As I looked at it I realized that it looked so familiar and then I realized that it is done at our summer cabin where I stayed as a child looking across the pond.
It was at this western New York state cabin that my sister and I spent so many happy summer vacations away from the hot city. It was there that my Great-aunt took us on early morning bird walks and let us use the binoculars. There was a pond with a row-boat and my sister and I would row into magical adventure after adventure on the high seas.
My sister is the baby on the left and I am the little girl kneeling in the front taken in Sardina NY 1960
I always loved the water and I think that it probably stems back to all the swimming we did in the cabin’s pond. One of my favorite things to do when I had my own daughter was to go down to the Niagara River and feed the ducks or “DUTS” as my daughter used to say.
And all these years later, I am back on a pond with the ducks…..
I had posted this earlier in the week from a nature program called the “DUCKumentary”. This is a clip that shows just how much work goes into keeping the feathers in good shape and waterproof called preening. It is a 2 minute clip.
Thank you for indulging me in some nostalgia this week.
What are you seeing in nature? It can be from your own backyard, the local park, out on a hike or anywhere. What plants and animals catch your interest? What do you find interesting in nature? Take a photo, write a post, a story, a poem, anything goes because I love to see what Mother Nature is up to in your area. PS..please check back and visit bloggers who post later in the week!