In this post, I wrote about my pillow cross-stitch project. I am pleased to report that the stitching is complete, and I will be taking all the materials I need on an upcoming road trip; I will use my sister-in-law's sewing machine to install the zipper and complete the project!
As long as we are on the crafty subject, below is a mosaic with the two birthday cards I made during the month. The coffee and cake-themed card went to one of my sisters, and the over-the-hill theme went to a former colleague in Arizona. She has a whacky sense of humor and I knew she would appreciate it!
We've had a stretch of lovely weather the last couple of weeks; unending sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s. Most days, I spend a few hours pottering in the garden. Cutting plants down to the ground to promote future growth. Transplanting volunteers and the prolific coreopsis to bring a bit more order to the flower beds. Collecting seeds for fall and spring planting. Along the way, I encounter little critters such as caterpillars and grasshoppers. The spotted tussock moth caterpillar was shuttling across the driveway; I moved him to the edge of the forest, but 10 minutes later he was back on the driveway, on his original heading. I transported him again, but this time in the direction he wanted to go. I didn't see him again!
Mid-month, I had the opportunity to join Dear Neighbor Friend and another acquaintance for a morning kayak. As we left the creek and entered the lake proper, we spotted something in the water. Too low to be ducks. Wrong shape for beaver. As we got closer, the playful movements made it obvious that we were looking at otters! It turned out to be a magical morning, as we saw up to 8 or 9 otters at various points around the lake. Our phones didn't do the best job of capturing photos, but you can get the general idea.
(For those real birders out there, please correct me if I've got it wrong!)
In the case of the marsh wren and the dowitcher, I was aided in the identification by having seen them in person before I saw them on camera. The picture of the dowitcher certainly does not do its plumage justice!
I was also struck by the glorious feathers of the Canada Jay, especially how the gray tail is tinged with white. Handsome, indeed!
In most of the photos, the Canada Jay appears alone, but in this series, two are bathing in the water.
Two more treats were in store - Williamson's Sapsucker and Clark's Nutcracker (look closely at the bottom picture in the second collage - can you see four of the nutcrackers?) I have never seen these birds in person, so I am thrilled that the trail camera has captured them!
Moving on from birds, it would be a shocking day without at least one shot of deer. I worked long into the night (!) to down select to only the most unique and interesting!
Well, folks, it's happened. This post is long, and I fear even the most intrepid reader is wondering "will it ever end?" So, come back next week for part 2! More critters and more lake scenery. Maybe even a rainbow to brighten your day.
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