I sensed a slight change soon as I stepped out the door this morning. Air was cooler and I noticed a heavy due on everything. I heard Crickets and felt energized. Aha, the first ever so slight stirrings of Autumn I thought and that of course filled me with encouragement.
It was the Hullett Marsh where Pheebs and I ventured off to this morning. A grand morning for being out in bug free air and best of all the cooler air hung around a little longer than previous days.
I FIRST SPOTTED THIS WILD TURKEY
THEN SPOTTED THE REST OF THE FAMILY
WITHIN 10 SECONDS THE ENTIRE FAMILY HAD TOTALLY DISAPPEARED INTO THE LONG GRASS
The following sequence of Great Blue Heron (or are they Sand Hill Cranes) photos were taken in the Marsh. Shooting at a full 300mm I saw a few Blue Herons (or Cranes) lift off and tried to catch them in the air. It wasn’t until I was home later and edited the photos that I saw all the birds on the ground. As hard as it might be to believe I did not see them when I took the photos. These birds were about a quarter mile away and unfortunately were taken through the Jeep’s windshield so the photos are blurry making the proper ID difficult. Herons or Cranes??
I SAW ONLY TWO HERONS LEFT ON THE GROUND
AND THEN THE HERONS WERE ALL GONE
A COUPLE STUDENT SUMMER WORKERS CAME ALONG AND STOPPED TO CHAT FOR A BIT
From the Marsh we slowly ambled our way back home the long way on well packed country roads through picturesque rural farm lands. Once home I was able to get a bit of yardwork caught up. But once again I tired too quickly and didn’t finish it.
ONE RAIL LINE IS USED AND MAINTAINED WHILE THE OTHER IS NOT
THESE WAGONS ARE SEED HOPPERS METHINKS
THIS FARMER CLIMBED OUT OF HIS TRACTOR AND DISAPPEARED INTO THE CORN FIELD
DON’T KNOW WHAT YEAR IT IS BUT IT’S A DODGE
Pheebs and I managed a short walk on the Pine Tree trail this afternoon then it was all three of us into the Jeep and off to Zurich Ontario. Pheebs had to be at the Vets for a second treatment for her itchy ears. Fifteen minutes later we were back in the Jeep heading home. Quick stop in Bayfield at the Country Market and Library and that was about it for us guys for another day.
FARMER’S BUSH LANES ARE ALWAYS GREAT PLACES TO STOP FOR A WALK
SAW ANOTHER HERD OF WILD TURKEYS ON THE WAY HOME
For so long we’ve had it so nice here in the Five Seasons Estates. In the nearly 16 years we’ve been here there have only been two new units brought in which replaced one old unit and one that had burnt. Last year we had a new mobile come in that replaced another old one which had been removed years ago. But this year it’s like the flood gates have opened with people wanting to get into this Park. We can understand why because it is hands down the nicest Park we have ever seen. Around the corner from us is (was) a short quiet road we would sometimes walk. Max and I often strolled down that way at night years ago to look at the stars. Right now two new units are under construction there with talk of a third one. Also talk of other units coming in a few streets southwest of us. I guess change is inevitable but it’s not exactly the kind of change we had expected. I suppose it’s my age showing again but we kind of liked our ‘quiet’ little Park the way it was although we also knew that one day this little hidden treasure where we live would sooner or later be discovered by the outside world. I’m afraid that ‘sooner or later’ day has finally arrived………………….
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Mr. Jones, the elementary school principal, made it a practice to visit the classes from time to time. One day he walked into Miss Sandy Smith's 4th grade class, where the children were studying American History. Mr. Jones asked the class how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names. Miss Sandy Smith came up with four more. Not impressed, Mr. Jones told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states. From the back of the room Little Johnny yelled, "Yeah, but way back in those days there were only 13!"
It was the first day of school and the teacher was asking the little boy about his family."And what does your Daddy do?""He's a magician.""That must be exciting, what tricks can he do?""He can saw people in half.""That is clever, and tell me do you have any brothers or sisters?""Yes, one half brother, and two half sisters."
We have found a few quiet spots in our travels and even un Plattsville that verne has discovered . I came here here in 1982 population was 700 now getting close to 3,000. but we have a quiet spot here at the edge of town when we are in the area. They call this progress?ReplyDelete
Al it is happening all over here too. I think it is the WWII baby boomers searching for what we used to have in quiet nice loacations.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures!! Love the old railroad tracks. When I was a kid I would walk miles of rails. Always tried to see how far we could go walking on the rails without falling off. Both my grandpas worked on the railroad, one an engineer and one a conductor. I worked for Pullman-Standard where they built railroad cars.ReplyDelete
Those are herons. Lots of herons.ReplyDelete
Could it be that the changes you are seeing are because older folks have passed on or they're moving closer to family? Younger ones will take their place.ReplyDelete
Cranes have red on their head and bustle of feathers on their rear. These look like herons.
Some people who have the ability are seeking quiet, low crime, and access to health care in a medium city, type of life. You have it all right there. I agree those are Herons. The trailers are for grains wheat, corn, rye etc, as they are heavy and flow like water out of the gate. As a young teen, I dumped one by accident. Still have bad memories of that mistake.ReplyDelete
Well Al I believe after many years of telling people how nice it is there in Bayfield along with the many beautiful pictures of the surrounding area that you have shown on your blog.....perhaps you've contributed to the population growth.ReplyDelete
Wild turkeys are so comical and fun to watch. 😳ReplyDelete
I thought those were Sandhill Cranes. Amazing to see a flock like that, whichever they are.ReplyDelete
They look thin enough to be herons, but it's unusual to see so many together - while cranes are usually in big flocks like that. Either way, they're beautiful! Love the old Dodge, looks to be in good shape too. Beautiful flowers and dragonfly. It's interesting to see where some areas are growing, and where others are becoming ghost towns. Even with the brutal winters, I can see the draw to your little park. Hopefully the new neighbors will be quiet ones!ReplyDelete