Monday, August 9, 2010

Animal Wednesday - from the river

More from the River float on Sunday - as I said - the sky was cloudy and the colors were intense. This river is very close to our house, only a 5 minute drive away, and it's just about my favorite kayaking route. As I was paddling on Sunday I amused myself by thinking about growing up in Brooklyn yet here I am floating down a gorgeous river. Sometimes it amazes me that I'm in this spot - how easy it would have been to stay. Not bad, just different and certainly none of this scenery.

I crept up on this guy and got a good shot. I have to get close with my little point and shoot as it only will zoom 3x. But this guy stayed still until....

...he got spooked and flew away.

This little family was nesting under a bridge. The mama and papa are shown here but when the mama bird left, there were two tiny heads peaking out - so adorable. Hard to get a photo of them, as the river was pushing me along, I had to hold onto the bridge to stay in place and take a picture with my third arm - at least that's what it felt like.

Along the river bank were houses and barns and gardens. These guys were resting on the riverbank until I came close and then they hustled away. Cute picture tho' don't you think?

Have a happy Animal Wednesday!


12 comments:

Lori ann said...

Yay! more river paddling, my favorite (even though i hardly ever get to paddle in one). I loved seeing all the wildlife with you.
good job on the photos too, it is hard to keep hold of your paddle while composing a picture!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

These are fabulous photos. How do you keep from dunking your camera in the water? I love the Blue Heron. wow to be so close. What a day for a day dream...:)

Lynn said...

Love those geese and all that greenery! What lovely places to visit!!!! HAW

Baino said...

You're lucky to live so close to such a place and wildlife. Please take some river photos as fall comes along, I bet it's just gorgeous.

AtelierBrigitte said...

These photos are amazing - love all the wildlife so close to your home.

studio lolo said...

Excellent, super shots Mim!!! That heron one is stunning. I love the composition of the geese too. Wow! What a day for you ;)

HAW!

Robin said...

I can only echo how lovely to live so close to such a natural wildlife habitat.... you will always have somewhere to go when you need your spirits lifted...
And, as someone who had spent a lot of time in NYC (Brooklyn included), I can relate to your looking back and thinking..."Gosh, here I am now...what a change from Prospect Park"!

Lovely shots...that Heron.....wow....and I just adore Geese!!!! They always make me smile.

Thanks Mim for another gorgeous day on the River. (Reminds me of a piece by Delius called "By the River"....lovely, tranquil and flowing...

HAW!

Love,

♥ Robin ♥

sukipoet said...

beautiful and tranquil

Katiejane said...

Still very pretty, Mim. So serene.
I've discovered that the river rafting outfit near me will not let me participate because I can't swim. Darn! They said if I can come with a buddy I can do it. I need to find a buddy now. :)
Oh well, there's still the Zipline!

kj said...

that last shot is award winning, mim.

what a great way to spend a day. we have friends up the road who have a barn with a lake and it is so totally serenely beautiful

xoxo

marianne said...

They look like swallows....

I have been thinking about you today....
We want to walk the Brooklyn bridge but it was raining ...... so we will do that tomorrrow.
But I knew you are from Brooklyn so thatÅ› why you popped in my mind.

What a life grew up in a town and now live so close to nature.
can relate to that now......
I grew up in a big town and now live in a small one (well.....nearly a big village.......) I am always torn between two worlds as now..............
I am in NY and as much as I enjoy it I am so happy I don have to live here.....
I would go crazy....
It is all so double.............

Just one comment and i am off again into this crazy big beautiful city.
spoke to Lo, and i know there is a lot going on, but I do hope you can find the time to visit us. would be so nice Mim, but then again i understand if the time is not right now..... but still when possible i would be so nice.

Haw!!!! and hope to see you!!! If not then i wish you a lot of strength with everything which is going on.

Greetz from NY!!!!!!
HAW!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

amazing photos...that first one is almost irridescent, like those 'foiled' Christmas card photos! And a blue heron! We call them Shitaquarts...you know why if you've ever been below one as it flew overhead