Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day-September 5-Great Day for a Paddle on Madison Lake

This morning I decided to get the kayak out and check out Madison Lake.  I haven't been out for several months and it was a beautiful morning so why not?  I think today was one of the best days ever at the lake.  The sun, water and birds were all aligned for a spectacular show and I brought home some terrific photos.  Enjoy!!
The perfect day, water smooth as glass, and the first thing I see is a Bald Eagle

I was shooting into the sun but as luck would have it the eagle flew to the other side of the lake making for much better lighting.

I even managed to catch him in mid-air.
Great Blue Heron
The surprise of the day was this little Spotted Sandpiper who gave me some great pics
The reflection and the colors in the water made for some beautiful photos

Heron and Cormorants
Great Egrets in the tree, there were 6 total.
Great Egret
I stalked this poor guy all around the lake.  He was probably sick of me but I was so excited I couldn't help myself
I have titled this photo, "Feathers on Duckweed"
I saw no less than 3 Green Herons. These were my best photos though

I loved his head feathers in this one.

Belted Kingfishers were everywhere
The Osprey or Fish Hawk
Thanks for sharing my wonderful kayaking trip. Madison Lake State Park is just outside London, Ohio and is fed by Deer Creek.  If you enjoy fishing, boating (no motors except electric) or just relaxing, this is a great place to visit.

Dollywood- Late post for August 10-14

So sorry, I thought I posted our trip to Pigeon Forge, Tn.  Guess not!  This is the 3rd year that we have made this family trip and Mr. B really enjoys his time here.  It is about the only time he wants to travel any more except for his Thursday lunches with his buddies.  This year everyone was able to make it and although we were afraid it was going to rain the weather was absolutely beautiful.  We stayed in a 3 BR condo at the River Stone Resort in Pigeon Forge conveniently located on the Little Pigeon River a mere 1 mile from Dollywood and less than that to the main strip in town.  I will let the photos tell the story.  I will add that on the day we left Andy showed me his stomach and back and yes he had shingles.  Matt took him to Urgent Care and he was a trooper and didn't miss a thing!

A family effort, puzzle complete.  Luke took most of the credit.
Luke and me playing in the Little Pigeon River
We purchased a 3 day pass to Dollywood and Splash Country and had a great time at both places.  The highlight for Luke and me was getting to ride the newest coaster, the Lightening Rod.  We also rode in the front of the Eagle coaster.  Luke is my roller coaster buddy.  But everyone's favorite is still the River Rampage.

In the evenings we went into town and ate a several great restaurants including The Mill, Paula Deen's and a Steakhouse that I don't remember the name.  We also rode the Big Wheel, a giant ferris wheel and the kids did a high ropes course.  Lots of food and fun.

The Big Wheel in the background. The following pics are of our ride in the Big Wheel.
The timing was perfect as the sun was just setting

This bear was in the entrance of the steakhouse
High Ropes and zipline.  The girls started on the small kiddie one but decided to go BIG!

Yes, 3 of my grandchildren were several stories high.  Arthur was the only one with any sense! 

And these are my favorite photos from our trip.  The Olde Time Photo Shop gave me some great memories and the kids had a ball dressing for the photo shoot.