Thursday, April 17, 2014

DOUBLE OUR PLEASURE


that had come to visit us
a few months ago at one of the beaches nearby.


Jim headed directly from the parking lot across the road
safely perched on the embankment as
SNOWY OWL 
flew to the top of a tree.


OK Jim, let's get moving
follow me to the beach and
please be careful of that road you are walking on!


Sheesh!
 You'd think that SNOWY OWL
was something special or something.


Just for a change we decided to take a new/old path
because, well, we just wanted to.


Good decision!
Because as I sat snuggled next to Jim,
Ron went down on the sand and discovered
SNOWY OWL #2


nestled quietly by him/herself 
wondering I'm sure if we would disappear
as quickly as we arrived.


No chance of me disturbing our discovery.


Jim took his turn,
working slowly down and around the viewing area.


After an unexpected flight closer to the houses,
Jim got his pictures  and returned.


Unexpected pleasures can be doubled in the wink of an eye.
If we hadn't taken the new/old path, well,
SNOWY OWL #2
wouldn't have become part of memory.

41 comments:

  1. Ron, this post is gorgeous. It's quintessential Nova Scotia in one of her many moods. The end-of-winter palette, the misty haze, the cool damp air, the cobble-washing waves, just spectacular! Thank you! Take care!

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    1. This is the 2nd time you have used the term "cobble-washing" ~~~ I like it very much. Did you pick it up in your travels? Or from down the shore?

      Our spring has sprung so the air is different not chilling and bitter as it has been for 6 months it seems. The beach mist was hanging there so the camera was in full swing. The Snowy Owl was an added bonus, expecting them to fly away soon.

      Have a great Easter weekend!!!

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    2. Hey Ron!
      To answer your question cobbles are rounded rocks found on the shore, bigger than pebbles, smaller than boulders, roughly 2.5 in. to 10 in. in size. I grew up hearing the term cobbles (Digby area) for the beach rocks, but it is also a geological term for a specific size of sedimentary rock, the dimensions above, roughly 64 mm to 256 mm.
      Loved the snowy owl too!
      Happy Easter to you too!

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  2. Beautidul!! Otto and I went to the beach on Sunday, and we saw dolphins! 3 big ones and 2 babies, playing in the calm sea just off shore. I love the gifts Nature gives us on our little excursions with our canine pals!

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    1. Hi Lisa & Otto!
      I would love to walk on one of your beaches someday and see dolphins frolicking and slipping through the waves.

      That would be a Bucket List item for me.

      Happy Easter Weekend!!

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  3. What a special post, Ron! These photos will linger in my thoughts. Snowy Owl is magnificent (1 & 2)! However, Sophie is fabulous, too, carrying Mr Orangie. The mist!

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    1. Oh Barb, I do believe you have a good handle on nature's strong allure. Sophie is like a beacon of light for us. Yes, she is a bit under the weather right now but she has the where withall to buck up and go for a walk, thus we see all this beauty and we can share it!

      Ron

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  4. I'm glad you gave the snowy owl a chance to rest, Sophie. These are such wonderful photos and the territory looks much like the snowy-owl spot I've frequented at Boundary Bay. The owls are not such a happy story, though I love to see them, as they are often weak and have come here because food was scarce up north. Many of them here (BC) have ended up dying or in rescue. They must build up strength so they will be able to survive the long trip back home. Every take-off requires an enormous expenditure of energy, so it is especially good that you left that beauty in the photo to conserve his/her strength. And how about you, Sophie? Is that cone of shame now a thing of the past? I do hope so. Take good care of your buddy, will you? I think of you both lots :)

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    1. Hi Carol, thank you for this information. I will spread this around because I know there are many people who are unaware of this. I suspect SNOWY 1 & 2 will be gone soon, just having a feeling.
      Hope you are doing OK, Carol.
      Ron

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  5. Sometimes we are surprised when we take a different path...

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    1. I know I am Sharon!! If it isn't Sophie dragging me down a different path, it's Jim doing the same thing!

      Winks!!!
      Ron

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  6. Wow, just look at what the new path showed. I am surprised at their size, and amazed at the beauty. Magnificent bird, and Sophie, to think you were part of this wonderful day. Cheers, Jean

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    1. These fellows have created a lot of attention, but we all have to be careful so that we don't scare them and cause ill harm. So far so good I guess!

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  7. Yes, Sophie, you do NOT look impressed in that photo, LOL!

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    1. Thank you Debra, I was wondering if anyone would notice my concerns!!

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  8. Beautiful , beautiful photos!! Oh the owl is so pretty!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Tweedles, Owls are so special, dontcha think!!

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  9. Canada's only diurnal owl..like you 'give a stuff' ,hey Sophie?
    Jane x

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  10. As spectacular as that owl is, it's no excuse for you missing out on some Mr O throwing...and running free!

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

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    1. My CANINE FRIENDS of the WORLD ~~~ you UNDERSTAND ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Snowy owls are pretty, but you, Sophie girl, are beautiful.

    Love,
    Janie and Franklin

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  12. What gorgeous pictures! The owl is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks M & M ~~ we just loved taking pictures of this beauty!!

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  13. Sometimes the road less traveled leads to great things...like other snowy owls :) Wonderful photos! I know you're not impressed with the owl, but us humans go gaga over stuff like that. Especially those of us who like to take pictures. I know...we're a screwy bunch :)

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    1. I do believe you hit the nail on the proverbial head, SCREWY BUNCH of COCONUTS (I would add), not I though!!!

      Winks!!

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  14. Taking the new path can lead to incredible finds! Wow, two snowy owls! You are some lucky doods! Lovely photos, and I'm so happy that you've been seeing those incredible birds.

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    1. We WILL take new paths more often now!

      Just imagine what's out there that needs finding!!!!

      I am looking at my guys right now ~~~ sending out "Let's Go for a Walk, NOW" Guys, X-ray vision!!!

      It worked, we are off!!!

      Sophie!!

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  15. An exciting discovery! Yes, with spring's arrival comes the Snowies' departure. Alas. But along will come some more adventures and more beauty. Wonderful photos!

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    1. Hi Sweets !

      I'm going to find me something NEW / OLD if I have too!!

      As long as I'm searching I'm HAPPY!!!!!

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  16. Beautiful scenery, beautiful owl, beautiful DOG!

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  17. How did you know my mama love owls? She would have been all over that like your Jim! Me and you could just go play ball Sophie :)

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    1. Well, a little birdie/owl told me, Ryker!!

      I wonder if they are still here so I can go back and pretend that I like them, LOL!!

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  18. It's just so beautiful there-- in some ways, I think winter is your most beautiful season. That snowy owl is just stunning-- you captured him perfectly in these photos-- what a rare and wonderful surprise!
    Vicki

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki, my photography is improving since I started 4 years ago. I do love it and get lost in the process. So good for the brain, right!!!!

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  19. The road less traveled is a grand road to take. Nice snowy and I am enjoying the 'painterly' pics you and Jim are posting these days. Hope you are feeling better with the spring weather! Best wishes

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    1. I suspect you understand this concept very well, having seen many out of the way places. We drove down to the beach this a.m. finding it shrouded in fog with some dimly lit sections allowing the sun to filter through. Our kind of NIRVANA!

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  20. Hi Y'all!

    Love snowy owls. What a fantastic photo! We never see them here.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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This 'DOODLE' is looking forward to your comment....don't be shy...all I do is SNIFF & LICK!