First, to all of our American friends, happy 4th of July! Wishing each one of you a safe weekend full of wonderful times with friends, family and lots of critters!
I am posting to Eileen's Saturday's Critters today, with many thanks to her for a meme that always brings smiles.
On Saturday, June 27th, we saw this Scottish Fold kitten on a leash,
The next day we heard a wonderful gospel choir at St. Andrew's Jazz Vespers.My small lens continues to work well (Yay!) and I took the photo above of Black Jack as she sat on my lap. Bill took this shot of me immediately afterwards. Since he is so generous in letting me post his photos, I'm posting a few that he has taken as well. I think this one looks like I'm trying very, very hard to sit up straight and behave myself :)
Everyone is welcome at St. Andrew's and that includes critters. I loved this family shot.
The Good Noise Gospel Choir)..
and this one (The Marcus Mosely Chorale - highly recommend this link if you have the time to listen to Marcus sing with his choir as you read on - he is amazing!) had us tapping our toes and feeling a sense of euphoria as the energy filled the church.
I also made it to one of the lunch hour concerts in honour of Vancouver Jazz Festival. This is City Soul Choir. They were brimming over with energy as well.
Sometimes, it is hard to stay in your seat in the presence of that much energy. I sat in the back for this performance, and loved watching this lady dance quietly but joyfully through most of the performance.
But, back to the critters. Here, Bill snaps my photo as I walk with Black Jack to the edge of False Creek, hoping to catch this..
That's okay. I'm still happy as I return to Bill. We've found the most wonderfully shaded spot to sit with a breeze wafting over us on one of the hottest days of the summer. We're fortunate and we know it!
The Bushtit below was twittering away..
The rest of the photos were taken yesterday during our ride to Stanley Park and then home by the Coal Harbour bike route. Many of the Blue Herons have left the heronry, but there are still quite a few young ones working on their flight skills. This one flew short distances back and forth from the nest..
This link will take you to the heronry web site, with the season's final report and some truly spectacular photographs.
The information is very interesting, if you have time to check it out. As I had suspected from the fierce fighting observed each time we visited, quite a few nests that started out with three or four chicks ended up with only one or two, due to an act called siblicide (older chicks kill the younger ones). Still, this 14th season at that location has been a very successful one. Nature is cruel, but she plans, I guess, for the survival of the species over the long term.
Bill usually takes Black Jack for a good walk while I check out the herons. The air is so full of "chalky" dust, I figure the further away they are, the better it is for their lungs. I, too, tend to breathe as shallowly as possible.
I wonder, sometimes, at the state of the herons' lungs,
I was standing in the parking lot watching the herons when this dragonfly landed on the antennae of a parked car. Bill and Black Jack returned just as I was admiring its glittering wings.
This heron landed high above us, struggling a bit to find its balance.
The dragonfly hung our for a long time on that antennae. I am convinced..
their thought processes are more advanced than I would ever have thought possible for an insect.
Brooklyn is growing into an absolutely gorgeous dog. I snapped a couple of..
photos with my 500 mm lens.
We visited for quite some time before bidding them good-bye and carrying on to the pond by Coal Harbour. A few bullrushes had fallen to the ground and Bill, ever the entertainer, made me laugh as I snapped this one.
The Redwing Blackbirds weren't really interested in our peanut offerings. The ground was covered in kernels of corn. I think they are being well taken care of. Most stayed in the rushes, but this juvenile came out to say "hi" and then we were on our way. And that concludes today's critter post. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Happy critter watching!