Most Spectacular Clouds on the Lake so Far

Came across these photos I took a few years ago of storm clouds one evening. In our  7 years of living on the lake, we have seen some incredible storms and jaw-dropping skies but this one definitely stands out as one of the best. The sunset shining under the storm front made for an eerie and stunning spectacle as the leading edge dropped down like the fingers of a giant hand. Beauty and the Beast, with beautiful sunset colours combined with an ominous and brooding sky.

Photos to follow are not retouched at all.

Note the intense and sudden wind ripples on the water.

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The Well-Loved Playhouse

This is the story of a well-loved playhouse. Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived on a lake and her grandfather made her a beautiful playhouse. Eventually the little girl grew up and was to big for the playhouse so she passed it along to her neighbour who was a little younger than her and could enjoy it for a few more years. Eventually this girl outgrew the playhouse as well. She had two little neighbours who were sisters and she knew these little girls would just LOVE a playhouse of their own and to their great delight, she offered it to them. One of the neighbours owned a crane and was hired to move the little house to its new family. The girls were thrilled the day their new home arrived, flying through the air. The sight of which further adding to its magic. The little house has been shown lots of love and attention and continues to today.

Below are pictures from various stages of the playhouse’s evolution.

The day it arrived. A flying playhouse!Image
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It received a new exterior paint job and a deck made from a pallet.  
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Interior walls used to be exposed particle board but were re-painted with paint from Home Depot’s bargain bin of unwanted colours people didn’t like after they were mixed. There were signatures of previous guests to the house written on a small wall which were left exposed as reminders of all who visited.Image

We hung a crystal in the window to catch the sun and cast rainbows all over the walls.
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The girls basking in more rainbows.Image

The girls drew some pictures which were framed with inexpensive Ikea frames that have plastic instead of glass so they can’t break.
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Just painting a piece of plywood and drawing some circles on it became a quick stove top. They also get to keep all our used spice jars to add to their kitchen.Image

Dishes are Ikea and tray was $1 in the bargain bin at Ikea as well.
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The play structure is next to the playhouse. This helped us soooo much when we were working on our house. The girls can spend hours here!ImageImageImageImageImage

Deer, Deer and more Deer

Thought I would share a collection of deer photos taken over the last year or so.

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These deer were struggling just to move in the deep snow…Image

…and got frustrated with each other.
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This little one hung around most of the morning to avoid some nearby coyotes. It was much less afraid of my daughter in the window.Image

Bugs were driving the deer batty on this day.Image

Some Wildlife from the last 2 Days

Just been snapping some pics of the neighbours yesterday and today and thought I would share.

The Great Blue Heron always leaves me breathless.


This little mink has decided to take up residence in a nearby rock pile. It was running back and forth yesterday gathering some meat from something dead and returning it to the rock pile. It was difficult to get a good photo since it is so quick.

This Hare was making many laps circling the house for some reason. It stayed still just long enough for me to get this shot. I noticed it still has a couple of small patches of white winter fur remaining.

Last Night’s Sunset and This Morning’s Snowstorm

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning”.
After growing up with lots of sailing in my life, I can attest that this saying is usually true. However, after last evening’s stunning sunset, I certainly would not want to be sailing in the snow that was flying this morning!

Photo below is of same tree as photo above. Ah, the difference a day can make.

This tree you may recognize from this post.

You may recall on my very first post back in March (here), I was kind of bragging about how warm it was and how we were skipping spring this year and going straight for summer. Well, joke is on me now! :-/

Osprey Hunting

Of all the birds and wildlife I see every day, I am always breathless when I watch the Osprey hunting for fish. They are truly spectacular birds. With their expansive wings, they hover when they see a fish, then tuck them in and dive right underwater from great heights. Somehow they effortlessly go from complete submersion to high flight in a matter of moments, shaking the water off their wings mid-flight upon ascent. I have tried to capture the spectacle but feel my photos do not do justice to what is witnessed by the eye.

Hunting
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Hovering
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Keeping an eye on the fish
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Beginning the descent
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The plunge
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A closer look
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Hunting again
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Some Photos Taken on April 14th

Just dumped some photos from my camera onto my computer and thought I would share a few from last Saturday.

Mergansers in the morning.
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Searching for fishies.Image

Evening bike ride.
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Ominous clouds that only lasted a short while.Image

First wildflowers.Image
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Exploring.
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