Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wild animals

An early morning visitor to the river
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Early morning fog

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our good fortunes. Priceless is the sight of fog on the river just before sunrise.
Catch another forty winks on a pleasant morning or grab a jacket and go down to the river?
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The last hurrah

There's the Final Four of the season. The watermelons were lots of fun this year-- tasty, too.

C'mon over and catch some rays while lazing in the hammock.
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Wishing Well

All your wishes come true here at the river on a sunny Autumn day.
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Down to the river

2008 Oct

A quick tour down the neighbors' path (watch carefully as we swing by the new cottage).
We continue down to the river.

Next, travel along as we go abreast of the river, upstream.
Our tour ends as we pass by the picnic bench and end up at the garden cottage

(This is a video tour; you'll need to double-click on the picture to the right of the neighbors' path to start your tour. You'll be transported over to Picasa Web Albums.  Or, you can use this link) 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beyond the path ...

So you've crossed the bridge and headed to the river's edge.  
You can sit on these steps and watch the tiny fish swimming in the shallow water.
If you're a kitten, you can step down to the water until your paw gets wet-- look surprised-- and shake it vigorously.







Looking downriver.  
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Notice the "island" covered with young trees.  Just a short while ago, this was barely an island; it's since filled in completely to the riverbank (on your right).









Looking up the river. What do you see?  Look carefully.  There's always something to see.

Did you miss the blue heron flying lazily, wings outstretched, as he cruised down the river past you?

Can you see any beavers?  They live near that cluster of trees that floated along and are now abreast of the island (almost dead-center in the picture).

The water is calm and so clear.  Hope you feel the same.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Leaves on the path

Autumn at the River is almost as great as summer.
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Monday, October 06, 2008

Another early morning


Our favorite time at the River is in the early morning . ..










... and midday and in the evening and in the middle of the night when you can see the stars so clearly.

The Garden Cottage grows up

Now there's a roof & a wall.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

360 tour

(click to view video over at Picasa Web Albums)
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Walking tour of the river

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The Garden Cottage grows up

See what's happening.
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C'mon back later to see what happens next.

Best Breakfast

Tasty
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Camoflage

Just another view of the river, quiet in the morning. But look carefully...














What kind of bird is this? Some kind of hawk?

Jot down your Bird Identification in the comments. (click pix to enlarge)

Yellowjackets sting


Returning to the scene of the crime.
Didn't see their hive in the ground while weed-whacking. About a dozen of them stung and chased the intruder.
The picture here was taken a week later. Look carefully & you'll see one of the critters. (click pix to enlarge)

Harvest

Morning glories, watermelon (big), mowing the yard, the field of yellow as summer begins to wane at the river.
See the watermelon on the porch at the bottom of the collage?  We enjoyed it very much with some neighbors.
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Wish you were here...

If you're an early riser, come by for a visit. If you like your beauty sleep, watch this slide show.
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Peaceful.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Neighbors

It was nice buzzing around RiverBend & visiting with several of our neighbors yesterday.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stryker® returns

He reappears as Stryker® II.
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He has yet to learn how to behave before the camera.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Morning Glory

Finally, see the first morning glories of the summer.
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Summer crops have been harvested


Well, the few crops that we had. Now what's left are a few cucumbers, peppers and watermelons with sweet potatoes.

Where in the world are ...


Three watermelons. Can you find them? Are there more (yes)
Remember a few short weeks ago when these were first planted (by a cute Virginian)?

Friday, July 18, 2008

a "field" on the river

The area surely puts a spell on those who hesitate long enough to let it penetrate their consciousness.

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The video: after you enter the Oasis, the camera pans to the left. The River scenes pan downstream (to the right).
Click on the scene below to see each picture in the video. You'll be taken to Picasa Web Albums (you can also see the video above in a larger size from here).

Neighborhood at the River

Thursday, July 17, 2008

(Another) new bridge



Mother Nature keeps absconding with our bridge. Solution? Try again. This is the latest, gone upscale - it has a handrail!

Neighbor


Neighbor heading home on her new toy.

Toys


Speaking of toys... here's the latest assortment

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Watermelons


Is it an oxymoron to think of watermelons when there hasn't been rain for awhile until this past day? Anyway, these little fellows (planted by a cute Virginian) are looking pretty good. Let's stay tuned and see them again in a month.
... and the livin' is easy.

Rain showers this morning.

Pop-ups-- could see 'em on the radar (DSL & sa
tellite TV; all the comforts of the big city are here). of course, thunderstorms may knock out DSL for a while

Big down-burst last evening during which time our screech owl kept screeching and the tiki-lamp kept burning brightly.

Thunderstorms rolling in now.


"Whoa! It's coming in. Hope you don't have anything that's going to get wet on the porch"

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Deer (one deer)

Early in the morning a deer came to visit ...









Then he decided to head for the road ...









... so we went back to morning coffee on the porch.

Come back again soon!