Saturday, September 19, 2015

Critters and birds for Eileen's meme - Post #92

Time to post to the Saturday's Critters meme.  This is Eileen's 92nd post, and she has some stunning Egrets, Black-Crowned Night Herons and even a Catbird to show this week.  The meme participants have a wonderful assortment of wildlife and pet stories to share as well.  Many thanks, Eileen, for hosting!

Here are my photos for the week, all taken during our afternoon outings.

Monday, September 14th - Crab Park
I think Black Jack caught air here :)
She still runs all-out at insane speeds. Bill picked her up to give her heart and joints a chance to settle down.  (We figure she is well into her 10th year.)  That was fine.  Running and Bill-cuddles rank equally high in her estimation.
Oh my, ain't life grand!
Oh, wait..  what's happening over there?
Not to worry.. Bill will take care of it.
Now, what are YOU looking at?
Tuesday, September 15th - English Bay - Sunset Beach
I was taking pictures of a beached sailboat.
It seemed seconds later that Bill and Black Jack were all the way over to the point.  See that teeny little speck?
That's Bill waving.  Black Jack is exploring the rocks somewhere behind him.
I caught up with them just as they were leaving the point.
Black Jack was grinning happily.
Thursday, September 17th - Coal Harbour
This was the first time to see a fish skeleton on the beach.  We weren't sure if was a salmon.  I'd guess it to be about two feet long.
The geese flew overhead..
as they do every time we go.
Stanley Park's horse team was receiving a pedicure.
They appeared to be enjoying their rest and spa treatment.
Friday, September 18th - In and around David Lam Park
Some finches were high in the tree and I ended up with a silhouette that hadn't been my goal, but it had (as Bill would say) a certain charm. 
With the help of iphoto (shadow reduction), you can see a bit of their colour. They were enjoying the fruit of a Handkerchief Tree, a dark green nut that turns purple when it ripens.
We walked along False Creek in front of the park and were followed by this crow.
I have a few crow friends in the area.
There were Cormorants on Buster Simpson's "Brush with Illumination" sculpture.  You can see the other side of False Creek in this shot.  We ride around it so frequently, I feel like I know every inch of it personally.  Yet it is never the same, yielding a sense of discovery and familiarity every time we go.
Ya put your right wing out..
and then ya sing all about..
until your friends tell you that will do :)
There were only two Mallards to be seen in the creek.
I think they were juveniles.
We liked watching the way they manoeuvre with their feet.
Little rudders that work very efficiently for propelling, turning and braking.
We came across this seagull hiding her head.
Her teenager was going through the "I can't believe you're not feeding me" stage.  The piteous cries finally ceased when Mom..
engrossed herself in what looked like a delightful bath.
As said, the sights..
are comfortingly..
and breathtakingly new every visit.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying your day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.  


  1. Hello Carol, you have the best places to take your walks. I love the views of the water. The ducks, gulls and the cormorants are wonderful. And I just love the actions shots of your sweet Black Jack. The mid-air shot is awesome. Great post and wonderful photos. As always, I thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. Beautiful images of Black Jack, and the birds, tremendous.

  4. Magnificent 'feathered friends' shots ~ but Black Jack 'steals the show' ~ adorable!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. i like your birdies and the silhouette shot is neat. black jack is such a crazy one. :)

  6. Love the shots of Black Jack! He is so cute! Such a wonderful variety of images to view through your lens.

  7. Nice to see Black Jack soaring a few inches off the ground and at such an age! Also, good to know the hard-trodding horse’s hooves get proper pedicures. The fish skeleton is something not commonly seen on the beach. There is something rather human about the creature washed up on the shore. Its bones are so casually exposed alongside its skin crumbled up like seaweed or a discarded coat.

  8. HI Carol! Lovely bird photos, but of course I like the ones of Bill and BJ the best. Little Black Jack may be tiny, but she has a gigantic spirit ~ and joy personified! Hi to Bill and head scratches or belly rubs to the little one!

    Terry still has his cold, slowly improving. We went on too long of a walk today ~ but he had to get out from going a little crazy in our small space, and also housekeeping needed to change the bed!

    He is working on a plan for me to come to Vancouver. We don't return to Denver until Oct. 7th. I'll probably take the ferry over and fly back on a float plane. Terry's unexpected cold has thrown a wrench in things, but we're still loving Victoria! Have a lovely week.

  9. Hi Carol,
    It seems someone knows they are cute and is not shy about posing :)
    Great photos of Black Jack and the things in your neck of the woods.
    Particularly enjoyed the Clydesdales.
    Have a Great Day!
    Peace :)

  10. Hi Carol! I sent you a message via Facebook about possibly meeting you on Monday (28th)!

    1. Hi Carol!!! I'm so glad that I got to meet you!!!! I'm looking at this post again and thinking about how much more wonderful each photo is now that I've spent a day with you, Bill, and little BJ. It's really real! Hugs!

    2. Aw, Louise, thank you! I'm really wanting to get to your blog! The post about Childhood Cancer Awareness has to be done today. Bill also has a major dental appointment this afternoon. 5 crowns being prepped! Wish "us" luck!

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