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.

A Fire a Coyote and Other Stuff

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day. The kids and their dad did a yard cleanup and burned some of the sticks and leaves they raked. The girls were so excited to have a real fire and pretended they were camping. They even got to roast a real marshmallow 🙂

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At dusk, we had a surprise visit from a coyote. By the time I got my camera, it was already too far for a good picture but I thought I would show the best one I took anyway. I posted a few better photos I took a while ago here. It had it’s eyes fixed on some geese on the ice. Needless to say, we kept our dog Daisy in for the night since we don’t want this to happen to her again.
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On another note, I snapped this photo below of a garden the girls made out of their toys. It seems planting the seeds has also inspired them.
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Happy Sunday!

Elusive and Silly Otters

For only a day or two every spring and sometimes in the fall, we have the rare opportunity to see otters. It is usually when the ice is half covering the lake and they are so much fun to watch slide and play. Unfortunately they are at a distance so it is difficult to get a good photo of them.

One year I saw a Bald Eagle after one! I am not sure if they were competing for a fish but the otter wouldn’t go under the ice, (maybe for fear of getting trapped?) instead it insisted on going over it which was much to thin and kept breaking under it’s weight. The eagle kept diving at it and finally the otter got to open water and dove under to get away. I wish I had a good telephoto lens for that scene!

These are the best photos I could snap so my apologies for my amateurish photography. They are so fun to watch when they run and slide on their bellies. They look like they are always having fun!

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

Skating on the Lake on a Cold February Day

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The windchill was below -30C but the ice was so great we couldn’t resist. Please excuse the shaky hand, it was half frozen!

The girls were a little shaky since it was their first skate of the year (still much better than me on skates I might add). Daisy dog reminds me of Bambi on the ice 🙂

Soon after I shot this video, we had a tonne of snow but luckily the ice was still good underneath so we shovelled some trails and had some more fun. I will prepare a video of this on a following post soon.

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.

Young Bald Eagle Learning to Fish – “If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

Found some more photos I took of one of the neighbours a couple of years ago. One afternoon, I noticed a huge bird swooping over and over again down to the water at the end of our lawn. It must have done this for about 20 minutes. I managed to snap a few photos through which I later identified the bird to be a young Bald Eagle. It didn’t have it’s identifiable white head yet so I was stumped. It was pretty special to be able to view such a stunning and skilled bird learning it’s craft. When watching the grace and power of an adult eagle catch fish, it is hard to believe they have to aquire this skill, but watching how hard this young bird had to work and practice over and over again to learn, sometimes gracefully, other times downright gawky, it was pretty awesome (and inspiring) to witness.

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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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First Gosling! And a Duck Who Thought She Was The Mom?

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Yesterday I saw the first gosling of the year! Right when I noticed it and was snapping away with my camera, I noticed something interesting happening…

…so, there is the little gosling (soooo cute).


 Along came a curious Ring Necked Duck followed by some males vying for her attention. 

The little duck gets chased by a parent goose who is rightfully protecting it’s only baby.

The duck does not give up. She chases away her male pursuers and continues to follow the gosling, quite smitten by it.  

Finally, she catches up and the parent geese decide she is not really much of a threat so allow her to hang out with them. The duck kept swimming around the little gosling who was curious about the duck.

For a short while, she managed to have the gosling all to herself while the parents watched from not to far away.

Eventually the parents decided to step in again and shoo away the duck after they let her have her fun.

I really have not idea why this duck was so interested in the gosling. It seemed to me she wanted to be it’s mother, but of course being a mother myself, I am only speculating from my own perspective! Perhaps she was just curious, or wanted to play. Whatever the situation, it was fun to watch 🙂

“At Noontide on a Winter’s Day”

I know it is not winter any more and most people don’t even want to think of winter now, but I found and thought I would share these two photos which I feel capture the joy of winter on the lake. If I don’t post them now, I may forget later when it is winter again! Also, to follow is an excerpt from a Lucy Maud Montgomery poem I love entitled “A Winter Day”.

Life hath a jollity and zest,
A poignancy made manifest;
Laughter and courage have their way
At noontide of a winter’s day.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

The kids skating on seemingly endless ice.