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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. About a week ago we had a rare somewhat sunny day so Charlie and I headed to our favorite place to do some nature photography, Lake Ontario at Webster Park. I reported in my last nature Friday post that the parking lot had been closed but this time it was open! It was nice to get out and enjoy what has become a very rare sunny day. We had gone about 60 days with complete cloud cover and since last Saturday it’s been mostly cloudy every day again.

Female Long-Tailed Duck

By the time we arrived at the park it was later in the morning so there were no opportunities for any sunrise pictures but we were lucky enough to find some Long-Tailed ducks in the water. 

Male Long-Tailed Duck

The water was quite choppy which made photographing the ducks very challenging as they bobbed up and down on the waves. There were two males and one female in the area. The female stayed near the mouth of a creek that drains into Lake Ontario where the waves were crashing as the water rushed out. There was quite a bit of debris like sticks and small logs in the water there too. Long-Tailed ducks are diving ducks that spend the most time underwater compared to other diving ducks and the female was demonstrating that very well.

Female Long-Tailed duck getting ready to dive.

Dive!

Submerged!

I don’t know what she found under the water as I never saw her bring anything up. She was diving so frequently that I wasn’t sure I got any decent pictures of her until I got home. Since I had the camera set to shoot slow speed burst I was happy to see I captured one of her dives. It was quite a challenge photographing the female as she would only spend a few seconds on the surface before diving again and you were never quite sure where she would come up next. By the time I had her in my viewfinder she was diving again!

Meanwhile the boys were just hanging out, riding the waves.

The boys spent some of their time preening.

I thought it was funny that while the female was working so hard diving the boys were making themselves more beautiful. In all the time I was watching them I didn’t see the males dive once. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these ducks on Lake Ontario at Webster Park this week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. This past Tuesday the weather looked good to catch a nice sunset on Lake Ontario at Webster Park so Charlie and I headed up there to take a look. Since December 1st the parking lot closest to the shore has been closed but there is room at the top of the driveway for a couple of cars to park there. So far we’ve been lucky to be able to park there and this time, for the first time since we could remember, there was nobody else in this area of the park. Usually there are always a few fishermen but thanks to the high waves and cold temps (it was about 30°F with a stiff wind) they stayed away! (Don’t forget to click on the pictures to see a bigger view)

The waves were crashing against the break wall

I’ve been waiting for a day just like this to try to capture the waves as they crash into the break wall. I set my camera on a tripod with my camera about 2 feet above the ground so it would be about eye level with the waves.

A large wave crests close to the wall.

In order to freeze the water in the air I set my aperture at f6.4, and my ISO at 1600 to achieve a shutter speed between 1/800th to 1/1000th of a second. Since you can’t really anticipate the exact moment when the perfect wave crash will occur I also set my camera to take high speed burst pictures (15 frames per second). In the 20 or so minutes I was taking pictures I managed to shoot about 700 pictures!

The sunset was the perfect background for the crashing waves

Here is a little video of the wave action that day.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Charlie captured this picture of the pier while I was shooting the crashing waves

I hope you enjoyed a different view of Lake Ontario at Webster Park this week.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. It’s been pretty gloomy here today but we’re looking back to one of the beautiful days we had here recently.

I love feeling the sun on my black fur.

There were still some colorful leaves on the shrubs too.

The barberry leaves behind me were so pretty.

Now we want to let you know about the Blogville Holiday Card exchange. Our friends at the LLB Gang are organizing this for us again so if you want to get in on the action you can read how by visiting their information page. Don’t delay in sending in your info because the deadline is this Wednesday, November 25th.

Look at all the cards we received last year!

We love giving and receiving cards from all our friends around the world and hope you will join us this year too. In case you are worried about how safe this might be this year because of the Covid-19 virus we checked the research and found that

“the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can live on paper for only a few minutes. The novel coronavirus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets after someone coughs or sneezes. It’s possible to spread from contaminated surfaces as well. After opening your mail and throwing away the envelopes, thoroughly wash your hands to be on the safe side.” (here is our source for that).

We hope you will join us in spreading a little holiday cheer this year. We certainly could all use it.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. We sure have been enjoying some amazing weather this past week with our high temps around 70° F (about 20 degrees above normal).

To celebrate the great weather our pawrents took us to Webster Park.
This is where they’ve been taking all those amazing sunset pictures.

You can tell how warm it was by how long Walter’s tongue is. BOL!

We walked around the park for a while enjoying the cool lake breeze.

Our dad wanted to get our picture on the rock jetty but we had to wait a while for a fisherman to leave.

We had lots of fun exploring the park.

Finally we had the jetty all to our selves.

After we posed (with our mom) for this picture I went for a little drink of water.

I really surprised our pawrents by stepping into the lake (barely covering my paws) to take a refreshing drink. Walter took a little encouragement to even get close to the water but I don’t think he ever took a drink even though he needed it.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Sometimes we let our parents leave home without us to take pictures.

Here is a great picture of us.
We don’t know why our parents want to take pictures of anything else.

Mom and dad went to one of their favorite spots for photography recently and dad got these shots.

Autumn Color Reflection

These pictures are so cool. They look like an impressionist painting.

These trees are just starting to turn color

You may be wondering how does our dad get these pictures. Keep scrolling and we will reveal his secret.

Fall Trees Reflection

Here is one last picture before we show you how it’s done.

Reflection of a Girl Reading With Her Dog

All of the pictures above were taken of just the reflection of the subject in the water. When our dad processes them he flips them so they look like they are right side up. Here is that same scene from above shown the right way up.

Here is the picture taken normally.

If you look closely (or click on the image to make it bigger) you can see that the young woman was hanging out on the bench with her dog reading a book. What a wonderful way to soak up nature with your best friend along.

We hope you enjoyed a look at some of our dad’s cool reflection pictures this week.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. Last week was a mixed bag weather wise around here.

We had too many dreary days last week.

There was a record high temperature of 80° F on Friday and it was sunny all day.

At least we got one nice day outside.

We hope you liked our selfies today.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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It’s been a rainy gloomy day here today but you can still find interesting things to photograph. Charlie found this spider web covered in droplets on a shrub in the yard.

spider web after rain - lr

We hope your day was a bit brighter than our was.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. This past week we finally got some of the rain we needed.

Don’t worry it’s too cold for mosquitoes now.

There were plenty of indoor play sessions this week to keep us entertained.

How was your week? Do you have any exciting plans for the week ahead?

We hope you liked our selfies today.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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