Monday’s Musings #17.

Good morning everyone! It’s a slightly cool and wet morning here today. At least the forest fires were hit by all this rain too so most have been reduced to smoky areas and no open flames. With the extra rain last night and more coming this week that will likely put an end to the fires for this year. Unless we end up getting a very dry fall. But right now it looks more like it will be a wet fall. Hopefully not as wet as it was 2 years ago, that would be bad. I have gone 3 days in a row now without taking one picture. I haven’t done that since I started with photography 3 and 1/2 years ago.

A grown up baby common merganser. Doesn’t she have a nice smile?

Looks like there will be only 2 partly sunny days this week too. Oh well, maybe I can use those two days for walking down to the river. With all this moisture there might be some mushrooms starting to grow. They make good subjects, they don’t move, even on windy days. Though they can be in some rather dark areas, which has it’s own problems. Plus they are kind of low down, which generally means lying on the ground to get a good picture of them. Getting down there isn’t so bad, it’s getting back up that can be a bit of a problem at times. Oh well, minor details.

Ruby-throated hummingbird, either a female that is molting or a young one that hasn’t quite got it’s color yet.

There should be more small bird activity back along the path too now that the birds are flocking to get ready for migrating. Unfortunately many have already lost, and others in the process of losing, their bright summer colors. This is the time for birds to molt, getting their new fall and winter feathers, and also duller colors. Except our birds that stay year round, they keep their nice colors. Of course, most of them are various mixes of black, white and gray, but some are brightly colored, like the blue jays, grosbeaks, and other finches. But those black and white patterns can be very striking too, and all are so welcome to have around during our long winters. Oh well, that’s all for this morning, have a wonderful Monday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (The top featured image is a common loon)

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

24 Comments on “Monday’s Musings #17.

    • Good morning Ribana! Oops, guess it’s night for you now! Yes, I will be careful and will only go out if there’s not much wind so I can hear good. That wind through the pines is so nice, but it hides other sounds. I want to hear any sounds of bears walking around!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿป Have a beautiful week Ribana!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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  1. We do have wet and cool temperatures as well…it is sad to see birds leave, but we do have the blue jays and chickadees…in fact , I hear the blue jay calling for some peanuts ! Take care ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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      • You’re Welcome Sir!๐Ÿ˜ Yeah.. busy though, my partner is on vacation and won’t be back until Thursday. So I’m doing his and my duties until then.๐Ÿค๐Ÿค

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  2. good noon Steve ๐Ÿ˜ happy to hear no more flames ๐Ÿฅณ yay!! a cute smile from common merganser, don’t jump in too dark and don’t struggle to get back for the picture. oh well you don’t listen to that, that’s okay ๐Ÿ™„ enjoy the bird activity, it’s okay to not take pictures, give the camera a holiday, but not anymore try today, something, whatever you see๐Ÿ˜ Have a lovely day ๐ŸŽ‰

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    • I’m going to forget how to take pictures!๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ“ท No pictures today either,๐Ÿ™„ kept raining off and on today,๐Ÿ˜ฌโ˜”โ˜” more showers tomorrow.โ˜”๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™€ Maybe Wednesday.๐Ÿค” Or not.๐Ÿ™„ Thanks so much Simon!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Why don’t you capture us rains ๐Ÿ˜‰? I think that looks beautiful too ๐Ÿค“ everything the nature does is beautiful isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • Well, I’m not sure I could say it’s all beautiful.๐Ÿค” I don’t really like rainy or cloudy day pics. Need a better camera for that. But they always have a dull, lonely feel to them.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ Kind of washed out color too.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ“ท Sunshine brings brightness, life, and joy to a picture.๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜ธ I do like rainy days though, listening to the rain on the roof, very calm, and cozy indoors.๐Ÿ˜โ˜”

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      • Rain, sometimes gives that lonely feel too much ๐Ÿ˜ฎ that’s right. Sunshine gives happiness โค๏ธ can never deny it โ˜บ๏ธ enjoy the rain๐Ÿฅ‚

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  3. I know what you mean about it’s not too bad getting down it’s the getting up that is the challenge. I hope you have a safe trip to the river this week and can get back to taking pictures…

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