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An Unplanned Daycation

When I awakened the morning of Wednesday, October 1, I discovered that Bob had taken the day off work. Bob said that he didn’t feel like going into work, so he called his boss and asked would it would be okay if he took a vacation day.  I decided, also, to take off work (editing wedding pictures) so that I could spend the day with Bob. We went for a ride on the motorcycle.

Our first stop was for gas at Kwik Fill. Our second stop was at Tractor Supply, where Bob returned an item that he had purchased yesterday. Our third stop was at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY. While Bob was inside the store buying a couple bags of bean coffee, I was outside taking pictures of the pumpkins on display.

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Our fourth stop was at Van Tuil Photo & Imaging in Erie PA, where I purchased a camera bag. I have purchased so many camera bags over the years.  I can’t seem to find that one perfect bag.  I hope that this new camera bag serves its purpose well for some time to come!

From Van Tuil’s we rode to Presque Isle State Park.

We ate a picnic lunch at the lagoon picnic area.

Lagoon

We have visited Presque Isle State Park numerous times in the 16 years that Bob and I have been married.  There are still many places that we have not explored on the peninsula.  The lagoon picnic area was one such place.  What a lovely spot for a picnic!

Lagoon Goose

After lunch, we rode rest of the way around Presque Isle State Park. We then began our way back home.

We made three  stops on our way back home. Our first stop was while en route Findley Lake, NY.

We pulled off the side of the road so that I could take a picture of this pastoral scene.

In Findley Lake, after a refreshing glass of iced coffee and a cookie for Bob and a glass of iced tea and a muffin for me, we took a very short walk along the main street.

Swartz Mill

At one time a horizontal water wheel furnished power for both a saw mill and a grist mill at this site.  This vertical waterwheel has been constructed near the site of the original. I believe the only purpose of the present waterwheel is that of a tourist attraction.

Findley Lake

Our last stop before returning home was at Chautauqua Institution, where we admired the color Autumn foliage across Chautauqua Lake.

Looking across Chautauqua Lake from Chautauqua Institution

It was a wonderful unplanned daycation for Bob and me.  Before too long we will be putting the motorcycle away for the Winter.  I am happy that we were able to take advantage of this beautiful day by sharing an activity that we both enjoy!

Nature Center Visit

I spent a couple hours the morning of July 22 at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, located in Jamestown NY.  The Audubon Center is less than a 1/2 hour drive from my home and is one of my favorite local destinations.  I enjoy walking along the nature trails and photographing whatever happens to catch my eye.

 

Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Snake!

Snake’s Head!

Geese

“Liberty”

No visit to the Audubon is complete without seeing “Liberty”.

I happened to be at the Audubon Center, when Liberty was given her lunch.

I hope that you enjoyed looking at photographs of what caught my eye during this visit.

 

North Carolina Vacation – Day 3 of 9 (Biltmore Estates: Geese, Sheep and Horses)

We spent Days 3 and 4 (May 13 and May 14) of our North Carolina vacation at Biltmore Estates in Asheville NC. After admiring Biltmore House and the Library and South Terraces, the Walled Garden and Conservatory, and the Azalea Garden and Bass Pond, we returned to our car by shuttle bus and drove through the estate grounds to the lagoon.

the Lagoon

At the lagoon, we spread a blanket on the ground under the shade of a tree.  The photograph of the lagoon shown above was our view, as we ate a picnic lunch.  Our picnic fare was the same as other days: tuna salad and crackers, peaches and a couple sugar-free chocolate chip cookies.  We should go on a picnic more often.  Lunch was so relaxing.  After lunch, I entertained myself by watching and photographing the many geese and baby geese at the lagoon.

We drove to the other side of the lagoon and were rewarded with a magnificent view of the backside of the Biltmore House.

Lagoon view of Biltmore House

While on the shuttle bus ride, the driver pointed out two barns, one housing sheep and the other housing horses.  We stopped at both barns on our drive through the estate.

The sheep and lambs were in the pasture grazing.

Sheep

Sheep

Sheep

Sheep

Carriage and trail rides are available at the horse barns.  We didn’t go on a ride; however, we did enjoy looking at the horses.

Two Horses

Carriage & Trail Ride Barns

A farrier was in the barn shoeing this horse.

This is a smart dog.  It is staying out of the way of the horse’s hoofs!

We returned to our hotel around 2:30 pm, where we relaxed until it was time to leave for dinner.

Dinner was at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  We met our friends, Karen and Pete, at the restaurant.  Pete and Bob used to be coworkers.  Karen and Pete moved to North Carolina several years ago.  Whenever we visit this part of North Carolina, we make arrangements to meet Karen and Pete for dinner.  Dinner was good, as was the conversation.  Karen and I are Facebook friends, and we keep in touch there.  However, nothing compares to a face-to-face conversation.   Much of the conversation centered around Bob’s workplace and coworkers that Bob and Pete both knew.  Before leaving the restaurant, Pete gave me a painting of two Carolina Wrens.  We now own three Pete Ferry original paintings!

imageThis covered bridge scene was the first painting that Pete gave to us.
Pete mailed this painting to us.

 imagePete gave us this painting of the ocean last year, when he and Karen visited us at our home.

imageThis is the newest addition to our Pete Ferry original paintings.

Pete is a talented painter.  His paintings are gorgeous!  Thank you, Pete, for your wonderful gifts.  We will treasure them always!

We returned to the hotel around 6:30 pm.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our room.  Before retiring for the night, we watched a movie on Amazon Prime (Bob packed the ROKU).  The movie that we watched was called “Flight of the Phoenix”.  The movie was about survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert working together to build a new plane.  We enjoyed the movie.  Hugh Laurie was one of the characters in the movie.  It was interesting to see him cast in a different role than that which he was cast in the TV show “House”.

 

 

Ohio Day Trip: Beaver Marsh and Heron Rookery

Bob and I went on a day trip to Ohio this past Saturday (April 6).  We saw three waterfalls, a covered bridge and a few birds.  In my previous blog posts I shared photographs of Brandywine Falls and the Everett Road Covered Bridge, both of which are located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  We made two other stops, while in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  We went for a walk at Beaver Marsh and visited the heron rookery along Bath Road.

The park’s description for the Beaver Marsh says to “look for beavers, otters, muskrats, and waterfowl along the wetland boardwalk”.  We didn’t see any beavers, otters or muskrats.  We did, however, see a Cardinal, a Red-Winged Blackbird, several Tree Swallows, ducks and a goose.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Wing Blackbird, in flight

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

When I see a goose, I usually see a pair of geese.  This goose was by itself.

We met a very nice girl, by the name of Cheryl, at Beaver Marsh.  We arrived at Beaver Marsh at about the same time, walking to the boardwalk together.  I asked Cheryl if she was familiar with the park and learned that she is a regular visitor to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  I then asked directions to the heron rookery .. take a left out of the parking lot, go to the light and make a left onto Bath Road.  You can’t miss it.  By the way, if Cheryl hadn’t called my attention to the Red-Winged Blackbird shown in the first photograph that I shared, I would have missed seeing it.  Before we parted ways, I asked Cheryl if she had a card.  She did (I should carry my card with me more often!).  When you have a chance, check out Cheryl’s nature photographs, itscherylsnature, on Smugmug.

From the Beaver Marsh we drove to the heron rookery on Bath Road, per Cheryl’s instructions.  She’s right.  We couldn’t miss it.  Cars were lined up along the side of the street.

Great Blue Heron Rookery

his is one of several trees in which the great blue herons built nests.

We arrived at the heron rookery around 12:30 PM.  The afternoon sun was harsh.  I would like to return to Cuyahoga Valley National Park next Spring and visit the heron rookery during the early morning hours.  I am positive that I would be much happier with the results of my photography during those hours than in the afternoon!

Sunday Drive: Sugar Bay on Allegheny Reservoir

Bob and I went for a drive this past Sunday (July 22).  We made four stops, while on our drive.  This blog post shares photographs from our first stop, which was at Sugar Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir.

 

an Osprey on its nest

Nine Geese all in a Row

One Lone Deer on the Far Shore

The deer made a hasty retreat when Bob and I were joined by a man, woman and their dog.

This photograph shows the lovely view of Sugar Bay from our vantage point.

Motorcycle Ride to Barcelona

This past weekend was gorgeous! It was sunny and warm. Not a single drop of rain fell upon us the entire weekend! On Saturday Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride to Barcelona, New York. I think we make this ride at least one time each year.

Goose on Nest

Our first stop was alongside marsh land in Jamestown, NY. These two pictures are for you, Harry H. Thank you for telling me about the goose on her nest!

Our next stop was in Dunkirk, NY.

This wooden sculpture of “ONG-GWE-OHN-WEH The Indian” is the work of Peter Toth.

The sculpture was carved from the lower trunk of a dead elm tree.

Our last stop, before heading home, was in Barcelona, NY. There are two main attractions at Barcelona Harbor — the Sea Lion and the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Sea Lion is a reproduction of a late 16th century British three-mast, square-rigged sailing vessel, faithfully built in the same manner as actual ships of the time. It was a multi-year, multi-person effort that culminated in its official commissioning on Chautauqua Lake in 1985. The ship was sold in 1992 to the Buffalo Maritime Society, where it was operated until it sank at its moorings in 1999. Local divers and other concerned citizens raised the ship in 2000, towing her back to Barcelona. The ship is dry docked while being restored. It is hoped that the Sea Lion will sail again. Barcelona Harbor’s second main attraction is the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Barcelona Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the world to be lit by natural gas.

Barcelona Lighthouse

the Sea Lion

We rode a little more than 120 miles on Saturday. It was a good ride.

The First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of Spring. What a gorgeous day it was!  Rather than spend the day inside, we opted to go for a drive around the Allegheny Reservoir,

The First Day of Spring
Bob took this picture of me, as I was setting up the tripod to take a picture of the two of us.

This is the picture that I took of the two of us.

This picture was taken at Sugar Bay, which is located on Route 321, on the Allegheny Reservoir.

When we crossed the Pennsylvania border into New York, we soon found ourselves at the entrance to Allegany State Park.

This was our first stop in Allegany State Park.

What a peaceful setting! I like the wooded area behind the bridge, the bridge itself and the swiftly moving water flowing beneath the bridge.

Here’s another picture of Bob and me.

We are at Science Lake. You can’t tell it from this picture, but there was about a foot of snow piled up in front of us.

These geese were swimming in Red House Lake.

Soon after we arrived at the lake, though, they came onshore. They didn’t seem concerned too much with our proximity.

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