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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. About a month ago I showed you pictures of some ducks at Webster Park. Since then the weather has turned much colder and snowier and there isn’t much open water to see any more.

Webster Park Pier in Black & White

To see how different the pier looked in December you can scroll down to the last picture in this post. All the white to the left in that picture is the frozen lake but on the right the water is still fairly open.

Webster Park Jetty

This moon scape looking scene is actually a jetty where the rocks are and in warmer weather is open water where you see those small humps. Here is what the jetty looks like in warmer times although the pictures aren’t taken from quite the same angle.

Webster Park Jetty in October 2020

It’s been fun seeing how this little park area has changed as the temps have dropped. There may be more views of the lake as it fills more with solid ice to come.

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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. 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.

We would like you to paws for a moment…

…and check out these beautiful sunset pictures.

Webster Park Sunset

Webster Park Sunset

Our pawrents had to abandon us for a while to get these beauties but we think it was worth it.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. A few weeks ago Charlie and I ventured up to Webster park again in hopes of seeing another beautiful sunset. We weren’t disappointed.

Sunset at Webster Park
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A little later sunset at Webster Park
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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. This past Sunday evening Charlie and I headed out to Webster Park to see what the sunset would be like. It wasn’t as beautiful as we had hoped but here is a little of what we saw.

I love the panorama setting on my new camera
(maximize your browser window then click on the image to make it bigger)

Here is a little video I put together of a sequence of pictures I took.

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

One last picture as the sun was fading below the horizon

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I thought I would jump in on the Black & White Sunday blog hop to show you some of my husband Charlies photography but I’m going to break the rules and show more than one picture. He loves taking pictures and then converting them to black and white. A few weeks ago we ventured to Lake Ontario (just a few minutes drive north) so he could photograph the lake and surrounding area. Our first stop was Webster Park. I wasn’t interested in doing any photography so I brought along my crochet project (you know you are a real hooker when you take portable projects along on a photo session).

As you can see Charlie was more interested in a scenic view than a close up of me at work, but if you look close you can see one of my small drawstring bags over my shoulder. I was working on one of the wash cloths I sent to Warmth for Warriors. As he wandered around the shore I followed and did a little crochet when I stopped. Don’t worry there wasn’t any crocheting while walking. I didn’t want to end up in the water!

Here are some of Charlies favorites in black and white.

Father and Son

Driftwood

Rock Jetty

Jetty and Clouds

This next one I prefer the color version over the black and white.

Goldenrod and Driftwood

The lake was very rough with a stiff wind in your face so we decided to travel along the coast to the Irondequoit Bay outlet. This time of year the bridge is open so boats can get out to the lake so we were on the Webster side. There is a marina, some homes and a long jetty to walk out on. This was on the side of the marina. I love it done in the sepia tones.

Gas Up

The cool thing about the Bay is that as rough and windy as the surf was at our first stop along the lake, the bay was like glass.

Dockside

It was a pleasant evening out for both of us and I hope you enjoyed Charlies work.

 

 

 

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