It is Saturday! Time to visit Eileen's Saturday's Critters meme. She has lots of wildlife photos to share and so do the people who join her meme. Great place to see beloved pets as well. Thanks, Eileen!
This morning, Black Jack and I met Brent and Sophia Havana hanging out..
by False Creek. We got to talking and discovered we share some ideas..about the good things in life. We talked about taking responsible for our own health and loving our pets and appreciating nature. I suspect Sophia might have added that a little snooze as you sit by the water wasn't a bad idea either.
knowing when to open your eyes to catch the action is important too.
on your head..
Going even further back in time, a photo of my previous dog, Scott, taken by a former neighbour, brought a smile as well.
We saw this merganser a few days ago at English Bay. Her "bad hair day"..
He waved his wings in approval..
and I counted them a happy couple.
While I watched the mergansers, Bill and Black Jack traversed the rocks..
until Black Jack became a little too intensely interested in digging under the rocks. Bill picked her up. He remembers the photo I caught a couple of years ago..
The moment Bill put Black Jack down, she dragged him right back to the rocks. She knows there are critters there and she has no fear.
I believe him but remain vigilant (and so does he).
I took this picture that same day at English Bay. There is no critter to be seen but I love the delicate, silky-to-the-touch fern. I'm betting there are hidden critters among its tendrils.
We saw these dear little ducklings another day while walking around Lost Lagoon.
These turtles were hanging out on a different rock..
this blog post that the Lost Lagoon turtles are called Red-eared Sliders and that they are not native to Canada. Both Bill and I are curious about their mating habits, but I will have to leave that research for another day.
I haven't been doing very well with photos of smaller birds lately. This is, I think, a Fox Sparrow but s/he refused to come from behind the reeds.
Almost at the end of our walk, we both smiled to see this Canada Goose pair hanging out by the park bench.Then, one of them rose, and I saw that they were not so much relaxing on a..
I took this last set of pictures yesterday when we stopped by the Stanley Park heronry to see how the chicks were doing. I've known for well over a month that there were lots of chicks because their sound is unmistakeable, but this was the first time to have proof. I thought this mother was staring desperately in the direction she hoped Pops would return with food to quiet down these two..
From the heronry, it's just a short walk to the lagoon. As we stood looking over the water, I suddenly noticed we were being watched. Can't argue with the "cute" factor, but I sure wish people would stop feeding the racoons. They have very little fear of humans and that is not at all good for them.
We saw just one pair of Gadwalls. I couldn't remember their name at first, but knew it started with G. "Something like 'Godzilla', but I know that's not it," I said to Bill. He, kindly, made no comment :) This was the male,
and then we saw the female.
We watched Mrs. Wood Duck go by with a very cute brood of ducklings,
I was happy that they made it past..
the racoon without incident.
It was at about that time that we met Bob and Pat Grove. What a lovely talk we had. They are visiting from Michigan, and they were the ones to let me know the correct name of the Gadwalls. As with my encounter this morning with Brent, it was clear we were on similar wavelengths about the things in life that make living good. I love this shot of them as they joke around about having their photo taken.
They finally have time to travel and have visited 50 states as well as quite a number of countries. They are avid bird watchers, adventurers and appreciators of nature. It was a true pleasure to meet them. Happy travels, Pat and Bob!
Mom climbed up onto the rocks and the little ones followed. It was Bill who..
That's it for this week's critters (and critter-loving humans). Oh, and a couple of blooms because I can't resist! There's a perfect leaf print on the Iris petal that I love, and the bed of petals in the last shot also caught my eye. Hope you enjoyed them. We're on our way out now, so I'm going to have to explore Eileen's meme when we return. In the mean time, happy nature-watching to each one of you!