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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.

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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 & 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 & Walter here. We’ve had some nice weather lately and have enjoyed spending time outside in our yard this week.

Check out the hosta around me.

Our dad has been moving these hosta to this area under our white pine tree. They were in our perennial garden but we have to take down the linden tree that they were under so they had to be moved.

I like watching dad as he works.

Last week we showed you how the butterflies like the Blue Fortune Agastache so this week we are going to show you how the bumblebees like it.

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Those bumblebees get their saddlebags really loaded.

Check out the beautiful color of the blue caryopteris and the pink Rose of Sharon blooming behind me.

We hope you enjoyed a look at some of the bumblebees working in our yard this week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Sorry we haven’t posted much. Our only excuse is a lazy secretary.

We need to get better help if we want to post more often. BOL!

Today I want to show you some butterflies. They sure do love our Blue Fortune Agastache.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch Butterfly

I hope you enjoyed a look at a couple of the butterflies in our yard this week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. There aren’t many new flowers blooming in our yard so we thought we would show you some of the creatures that are hanging around the garden.

Hey Millie! What is that bug in the grass?
Where?! He better not crawl on me.

Okay. Maybe there isn’t a bug in the grass that is about to crawl on Millie but we found this katydid on a daylily.

Maybe if I hide under here those pups won’t find me.

I’m feeling brave sitting on this daylily bud.

The next thing we want to show you is the cabbage white butterfly. We always have plenty of these butterflies in our yard every year but they are difficult to capture since they are often moving so fast.

Cabbage White Butterfly on Loosestrife

This next creature is a first sighting at our house.

Long Tailed Skipper

According to Wikipedia the caterpillar of these butterflies are pests of some crops, especially beans. We think the reason we saw this one is that the crop field just a few hundred yards from our house has beans in it this year. Usually they grow corn but have changed it up this time.

I think we found some interesting creatures to show everyone today.
I’m keeping my eyes out for more of those katydids. Did you see how big those pincers were on that thing?

We hope you enjoyed a look at some of the nature in our yard this week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. There aren’t many new flowers blooming from last week but we have some beautiful pictures to show you.

Let’s see some beautiful flower pictures.

We call this our “School Bus” Yellow Daylily

Pink daylily with coreopsis background.

Here is a picture of what happens after the flowers bloom on one of our plants.

Hypericum androsaemum ‘Albury Purple’ berries

Don’t the flowers behind me kind of look like Christmas lights?
That’s how you do “Christmas in July”!

We hope you enjoyed a look at some of the nature in our yard this week.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We’ve had some cooler days lately but are heading into a couple hot ones this weekend.

Let’s see what is blooming in our garden.

We have lots of daylilies so here are a few of them.

Red daylily

Peach daylily with burgundy accents and ruffled edge

Red Daylily with Yellow Throat

Two-toned pink daylily

Peach daylily with maroon throat

Stella D’oro daylily

Here are a few of the non-daylily flowers that are blooming now.

Purple clematis

Blue Fortune agastache

Agastache

I have one more flower to show you.

I don’t want to forget to show you the coreopsis I’m posing in front of.

I was doing some more super model posing for this picture. Don’t worry, I always get paid well for my modeling work. I hope you enjoyed a look at what is blooming in our yard this week.

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