Disney World Thrill

With all the thrills Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has to offer, I have to say this photo captures the Expedition Everest roller coaster ride at Animal Kingdom perfectly.

I’ll be posting more amazing photos (and trip tips!) in the coming weeks.

We are seated in the middle row, both wearing blue shirts. I’m the one with the smile and Kristin is on the left, screaming.

Yes, she gave me her OK to post this photo.

Enjoy!

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Misty Morning with Loons (4 photos)

Here are some early morning photos of the loon family. Love the mist and the reflections on the lake!

Enjoy!

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Baby Loon (7 photos)!

What better way to start your Tuesday than with #BabyLoon photos!

In the very last photo, I love the way the water literally rolls right off dad’s back!

I’ll be posting some early morning misty photos with the loon tomorrow, so stop back.

Enjoy!

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Baby loon with mom.
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Mom feeding the baby loon.
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Baby loon eating.
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Baby loon spreading its wings. The white chest indicates it’s starting to get it’s adult feathers.
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Swimming around the lake.
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The entire loon family.
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Dad loon getting close to our boat.

Baby Loon Learning to Dive (video)!

It’s not every day of the week you get to hear a loon call AND see a baby loon! Here’s both captured in a video. The baby loon is learning to dive.

Sorry about the choppiness of the video. The wind was really blowing our boat around the water!

Watch baby loon video.

Baby Loon learning to dive.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow.

I’ll be sharing close up photos of the baby loon!

 

July 4th – Liberty’s Symbols (15 photos)

From her toes to her crown to her torch, Lady Liberty has many messages of freedom. And what better day to celebrate freedom than July 4.

During our recent trip to New York City, we snagged “crown” tickets to the top of Statue of Liberty. (Trip tips: You need to purchase those tickets early, at least six months in advance since they only let about 100 people go to the crown each day. Go early in the day to beat the crowds!) There are 377 steps (equal to 20 stories) to the top… with the very last steps winding through a very tiny spiral staircase that has one side going up, the other going down.

The messages of freedom from the Statue of Liberty ring true for today:

  • Broken shackles at her feet signifying escape from tyranny
  • A tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776
  • Crown’s of seven rays represent a sunburst spreading enlightenment and reason throughout the world
  • And, of course, the most significance of all, her torch and flame symbolizing truth and justice enlightening the world

Enjoy the photos!

Statue of Liberty Sunrise Starburst
The morning sun creates a starburst on the Statue of Liberty, New York City.
To the Crown
Looking down from the first staircase before we begin the tiny spiral staircase to the Statue of Liberty crown. In the lower middle is a group of people looking up toward me.
The Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase leading up to the Statue of Liberty crown on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward lower Manhattan, New York City.
Tablet View
The Statue of Liberty’s tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776, New York City.
View from Lady Liberty
View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center and Ellis Island from Lady Liberty, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward Brooklyn Bridge in the distance, New York City.
Crown to the Ground
View from the Statue of Liberty crown to the ground where people are walking along the path below on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown Torch
View of the Torch and ray from the Statue of Liberty Crown, New York City.
Inside the Crown
View inside the Statue of Liberty crown showing the waves of her hair, Liberty Island, New York City.
Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase from the top, showing the staircase going up and down Liberty Island, New York City.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty in the morning sun, New York City.
Lady Liberty
A view from below. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New York City.
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View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center from Lady Liberty, New York City.
Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts Paddle Wheel in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, New York City.

Happy and safe July 4th everyone!

 

 

Happy First Day of Summer! (13 photos)

As summer begins, the birds sure are busy at Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Loons, Orioles, Hummingbirds, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harrier and more.

Enjoy!

 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch
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Oriole
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Oriole
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
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Loon hiding on a nest where there are two eggs.
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Loon flapping its wings on the pond.
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Loon nest. Look closely and you can see two eggs!
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White-Breasted Nuthatch
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male)
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Northern Harrier
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Two Sandhill Cranes in a field with white Birch trees in the background.

Happy Father’s Day!

Best award for the hardest working animal dad goes to… the Great Horned Owl.

In late winter, when the female lays her two or three eggs, the male goes to work. And does he work!!

He not only catches small critters (rats, squirrels, mice, etc.) for food, he also feeds the female, who is about 25 percent larger than he is while she keeps the eggs from freezing.

Once their owlets are born, his work increases with all those owlets crying for food. The female continues to care for the owlets by keeping them warm, so the father is feeding his entire family by himself. About a month after the owlets are born, the female helps hunt for food.

During this time of year, you’ll want to keep an eye on your small dogs and cats. Those father owls have been known to go after easy pet meals as he tries to feed his little family.

Kudos to the hard working Great Horned Owl Father!

Half Resting

Honoring Veterans

Memorial Day – A day to remember our veterans, service members and emergency responders.

A photo at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, DC, a few years ago.

Successful agate/rock trip

We drove to northern Minnesota for the weekend and found some “spring” agates and other rocks along the shore of Lake Superior.

The weather was a bit chilly, but we still drove the Jeep with the top off.

#buildscharacter #agate

Happy Mother’s Day…

…to all mom’s and future mom’s out there!

Here’s a photo of a future Osprey mom trying to hide behind the branches of her nest. She should have chicks soon!

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