Skate ’till You Drop

Had a beautiful day yesterday. The -6° C felt balmy but cold enough to keep the ice in good shape. We skated until after dark, knowing the deep freeze was on it’s way again. Soon after we took our skates off for the night, the wind began to howl with the approaching cold front and so did the coyotes. What a wonderful lullaby to sleep to.

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Storms, Dragonflies and Goslings

Two days ago there was sweltering heat and this morning I have the fire on and it snowed again! Here are some photos taken two days ago on May 22nd. What a day!

First there were the storms, then sunshine and goslings followed by a special appearance by hundreds of dragonflies.

In the morning we had a brief but very intense storm. Here are some photos of the approaching storm.
Approaching storm 8:54:19 am

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Rain sweeping across far shore 8:57:31 am

 

Rain moving in 8:58:01 am

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This is about the moment when I realized I am probably one of those people who will end up in a tornado because they are to busy taking photos instead of taking cover!

It seems Daisy knew how to take cover. I found her wedged in the corner of the laundry room.


A few minutes after the storm passed and my nerves settled, I noticed the pea-sized hail remaining on my daughter’s shirt which was left outside in the rain.

Goslings

Later that day you wouldn’t even think it would have been possible to have had such a storm – other than the debris from trees scattered about. The weather turned sunny and steamy from all the rainfall and it was an incredible evening. The geese and their goslings sure seemed to enjoy it.

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A little earlier in the day when I walked outside, I had noticed hundreds of dragonflies flying around and had to be careful where I stepped since they were in the process of transforming from nymph to dragonfly. They had just come out of their exoskeletons and were pumping their wings to prepare for their first flight. I find it a rare occurrence to catch that moment since it only seems to happen for a day or two and I was happy to see so many dragonflies especially since the mosquitos have been wicked lately!

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Picture of dragonflies with their nymph exoskeleton (probably not the accurate term)
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Beautiful wings which have not yet flown.
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We noticed some of the dragonflies were on the ground in places where ants had found them and were trying to eat them, so the girls and I “rescued” as many as we could by gently letting them walk onto our hands and then relocating them to a safer place. may23_2013_13 may23_2013_14 may23_2013_15 may23_2013_16 may23_2013_17 may23_2013_18Gently blowing on its wet wings to help straighten them out.

After “rescuing” upwards of 20 dragonflies, I read this article which made me question if it was wise to let the girls hold them with bare hands. The dragonflies must not have felt threatened since they didn’t bite and I didn’t want to spoil the experience for the girls but perhaps a bite would have ruined it anyway. I would love to hear what you think. Was it the right decision to let them hold the dragonflies?

Have a wonderful weekend and wherever you are this weekend, I wish you no snow!

Snow Storm!?!

Well, it is April 12th and we are in the middle of a snow storm :/
Here are some pictures from about an hour ago. Notice the confused robin looking for worms. I think it has kind of an Angry Birds expression on its face, what do you think?
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The girls are home from school since buses are cancelled so I am trying to keep them busy. I am going to do a follow-up post next of some fun activities we will probably do.

Ok Winter, You Win.

Technically, it is officially spring. However, after another dumping of snow and a massive winter storm on the first day of spring, it definitely feels like winter is hanging on a while longer. When I came across these photos from a couple of years ago,  I figured why not embrace the final remnants of winter while it is here. The day these pics were taken was one of the best days we have had since we moved to the lake 8 years ago. We had a visit from the girls’ cousins that weekend and they spent almost the entire time on the ice. Fun!A perfect day of skating

Rain or Shine II

Yesterday was one of those incredible days where the weather was changing every second. One minute the sun was shining, the next was a thunderstorm and then at times there were both at once. I tried to capture it in photos as well as possible.

Apologies for the repeat in photos, I am just trying out a new layout.

The Almost Supermoon

I missed taking photos of the “supermoon” Saturday night (actually I was awake but to tired to grab my camera and tripod). This morning was the next best thing. The moon was stunning. Unfortunately it also kept my 7-year-old up sleepwalking about 10 times over the course of the weekend! I thought she had outgrown this since it has been almost a year of peaceful sleep, but last night proved me wrong so I will blame the supermoon.

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