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Friday, August 22, 2014

Today's Lens (08/22/14)

Today, we'll say welcome to a new friend, and visit some old ones as well.

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Tiffany and Cole brought Duke up to say hello. Duke is the newest member of the Powell family, and a super cutie!

Cole kept climbing the bank, and got in a bit of trouble.

But, he got over it quickly enough!

I love his one white paw! Of course, around here with all the mud and dirt, I'm pretty sure it will be brown more often than it's white.

Ah, puppy love!

The birds or squirrels or chipmunks sure did a fantastic job planting these sunflowers. They're doing great, and the bees love them now as much as the birds will when the sunflower seeds are ready.

You can see the seeds starting to take shape and grow.

Carbondale's Pioneer Days Ethnic Heritage Celebration and Antiques on the Park.

Pretty girl Molly.

Ivy B and her mama, Ann. Ivy is getting so big!

And, she's so much fun to watch in the field.

"I'm queen of the mountain," or at least this boulder.

This is a piece of what I'm assuming is the handle to something; I believe it's a pressure treated piece of wood. That, or Mother Nature has developed an emerald green tree that I don't know about. I thought it was quite interesting how the fungus is growing the same color as the interior of the wood.

The girls were out for their daily romp. Mia wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good shot of her at all today.

And, Belle wasn't much better.

We'll end with a couple of fun shots. Belle was talking to me as I took this one.

And, Mia seems to be saying "na-na na na-na."

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Griffin Pond Pet Walk & Family Festival: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Join us Sunday from 11AM-5PM at McDade Park for pony rides (discounted price with every BVF purchase!), art, and much more! We'll have a vendor tent and will be introducing some new products and new creations! There will be other vendors and demonstrators joining forces to help raise funds and awareness for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Here is just a taste of what's to come:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Today's Lens (08/08/14)

Today, we start out at Brookvalley Farm, but then travel once again to Merli-Sarnoski Park for a change of scenery before coming back to the farm. I had a nice, though brief, visit with my neighbor who works at the park (around here, neighbors can be anywhere from a few acres to a few miles away - this one is right up the road, and though I see him in passing [usually in our cars], I seldom get to chat), and then took a quiet walk along the shore before heading back on a different path just to see where it led.

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This is a look at Powell Pond from the BVF homestead yesterday afternoon. 
The water was so calm; the reflections were incredible!

If there are any foxes (I just spent ten minutes looking that up because I had learned in grade school that the plural of fox is fox, just as the plural of deer is deer, but it appears that I was misinformed, and the correct plural of fox is foxes--just in case you experience the same intellectual melt down that I just did) or coyotes around this year, they're not visiting BVF or the surrounding area very frequently; the rabbit population is like nothing I've seen before. This little one, and several of its brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends can be found hanging around the barn, house, fields, paths, streams, heck, they can be found everywhere!

I have heard several blue birds calling in the woods, but I very seldom see any. This one looks to be young and fuzzy yet, so with any luck there will be more around to increase my chances of seeing them.

I'm not even sure why I stopped to take this photo, other than to check my exposure settings. Sometimes I look at it and really like it, and other times I'm not sure what I was thinking.

This cute little hummingbird did a fly-by right near my left ear. It's amazing how loud their wings are when they get that close. This is a female ruby-throated hummingbird, and you'll notice, as with most female birds, she lacks the colorfulness of the males (no ruby throat for this girl).

This bee was enjoying the Eutrochium (Joe-Pye weed) flowers along with several of her friends. I believe it's a carpenter bee, but I'm not sure. If anyone knows of a good website for bee identification, please let me know. I've tried to find one, but always end up browsing through Google images until I find what I hope is the correct one.

A blooming lily.

Can you see it?

How about now? 
This bull frog hung out in this position for quite some time.

Or, maybe this is better? 
I was even able to walk around and get this image from the front.

This chipmunk thought it was hiding, but I knew better! And, now you do too.

A sunning turtle. Right after I snapped this, he slid into the water.

And, almost immediately, this bull frog took his place.

A view of the swampy end of the lake, and most likely the area of the lake that earned it its previous name of "Mud Pond."

There are so many interesting little things to see in this world. We just have to take the time to notice.

There were a lot of ripe blueberries around the lake. The birds will be feasting soon.

If you've never been in the woods to hear an acorn fall, I highly recommend you take a walk and listen. It is almost unimaginable how loud these little things sound when they fall.

An early fall? Gosh, I hope not!

For whatever reason, this mushroom caught my eye. Does anyone know how to tell the poisonous one from the edible ones? If so, can you teach me?

As happy as this fly seems to be at discovering blooming golden rod, I dread it. Any allergy sufferer will feel my pain when I say that this is the worst part of the end of summer and coming of fall. 

This is where we'll leave Merli-Sarnoski Park and head back to the farm.

I let Mia and Belle out to roam free for a while this afternoon. Here, Mia is running back for a "check-in," anxious to collect her treat.

They looooovvvvvveeee briars! They remind me of the Brer Rabbit story, "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."

Sweet peas blossoms and a grasshopper.

Look at how long his antennae are!

There is just something about sunflowers that warms up a day.

Mia thinks so too! She paused to reflect on her recent visit. Much like I hope you'll do.

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