Monday, June 30, 2008

A Little Tongue Action

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter!
Wondering what Solana was up to? She was drinking water, but something in the woods kept catching her attention.

Rough Seas on a Low Tide

New Kids on the Block

Let me introduce you to the new kids:
Seems that when push came to shove the barn owners couldn't part with Fawna (the surviving goat from the first group) and so scrambled looking everywhere and found more kids the same age to come keep her company. Shasta is the female; she's the creamy-colored one. Fifel (oh dear! I have no idea how he spells his name! Sorry little guy!!) is the boy (he's been tutored-if you know what I mean ;D He's a wether in goat terminology. There! You learned something today.). An-y-how...they're the same age as Fawna, although they are miniature LaManchas and aren't as big as her. She took to them right away and they're all quite happy together.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Flying Gulls

Day Lillies

I love the colors of these day lillies that we have in one of the beds in our back yard.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Night Light

Jet Trails at Sunset

Willow Goes Camping

Okay, so Willow didn't actually get to go camping...but she wanted to...she was ready...she helped pack!

Go Fly a Kite!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cape camping

Last weekend LoML and I *finally* got to take time together and go camping for a long weekend (something we'd been wanting to do for quite a while). This is our boat in front of our campsite. Can you imagine anything more perfect?
During the day there are quite a few other people who anchor their boats nearby, swim and soak up the sun. Or they walk across the boardwalk to the ocean side to play in the surf. We frequently go here for a morning or a day. But as the sun started going down all those people gradually got in their boats and went home...but we didn't ;D It was so incredibly peaceful, our only companions the seagulls who lined up to witness the sunset.
Ever notice that a group of seagulls will usually all align themselves in the same direction (facing into the wind)?

Now let me show you the sunrise behind our tent:
Can you say "relaxing"? Serenity. It does a soul good.

Butterfly Bush

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On Grief

Okay, so not the cheeriest of subjects. Specifically, I've been thinking about the grief of losing a pet. I'm sad to report that two of the baby goats that were brought to the barn didn't make it. We fought valiantly, and managed to save the third (who will soon go live somewhere else so that she won't be an only goat...we'll miss her, but know she'll be happier with someone her own age). In addition, some relatives just lost a beloved pet. It's so sad. I've been there, and unfortunately, will be again some day.

I have known people who lose a pet and swear they'll never have another just so they don't have to go through the pain again. While I understand how torn up they are, it's not a theory I subscribe to. It's difficult accepting the fact that our sweet furry family members can only be with us for a short time. But I, for one, wouldn't trade the lessons in love they give us for anything--even if they can be bittersweet. I don't care if you're a dog person, a cat person, or drawn to some other type of pet...animals have so much to give us, and so much to teach us. I love the old quote about "I'd like to be the person my dog thinks I am".

Life is short. There are no guarantees. It can change in the blink of an eye (let me tell you, I learned that one but good two years ago). We're not promised tomorrow. So love today. Show your love--tell your loved ones how you feel...better yet, show them. And go smooch the dog and the cat!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Baby Sand Piper

Mom and baby sand piper...on the beach? No, in my yard! The first day I saw the mom I couldn't figure out why she was just hanging around in my yard and driveway. Then soon after I caught the little guy. Pretty cute, eh?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Can You Hear the Surf?

Another Bea-u-ti-ful Sunset

Have I mentioned before that I love sunsets? And that I love shooting slightly off-kilter shots? Okay, just checking...
More shots from the Cape coming soon.