Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sneaky Little Thing!

On most weekends, we throw bread out in the yard for the birds. While we were out on the deck last weekend this little guy thought he was sneaking into the yard.

He helped himself to a couple pieces of bread.

He would leave the yard for a little while and then sneak back to the yard.

See the smile on his face? He really looks like he got away with something.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teasing The Hunter!

After we got our ticket to enter Letchworth, there was an open field and this little guy was there to greet us.

When we got ready to leave, we headed out of the park at the same gate we came in. When we got to the field again there were at least 30 deer that we could see to count. Of course they were on posted property. Isn't that always the way it is for a hunter?

Click on the picture to enlarge.

This one stopped just off the road for a couple seconds so I could snap a couple pictures.

We believe the field was planted with alfalfa.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

This Cleome/Spider Flower was out in front of the visitors center at Letchworth. I had to get a couple of pictures.

There were some Lavender plants mixed in with them. It looked very pretty.

Here are a couple of close ups for you!!

Last week we posted about Indian Peace Pipe/Ghost Plant.

We saw more at Letchworth. These ones seem to be a little pinker. If you missed our post about this plant you can click HERE.

To see more of Bloomin' Tuesday, Click HERE.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rock City Park!

On Friday Chris and I took a trip to Olean NY to Rock City Park. A friend of mine told us about it. We didn't even know it was there. So, we decided to go check it out.

It is a self guided tour through the woods. They give you a map when you get there and the trails are marked well.

There are a lot of gaps between the rocks that go down 30-40 feet, so you will really have to watch where you are walking.

The rocks are huge.

It took us a couple of hours to get around the trails. We stopped and took a lot of pictures.

Balancing Rock ~ over 1000 tons.

The views were amazing. Most likely we will go back in the fall when the leaves are changing.

If you are claustrophobic there are some areas you will want to avoid.

Indian Stairs ~ Legend says they precede the arrival of Settlers.

The view from on top of the rocks.

You can check out there website by going HERE.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Letchworth State Park!

Chris and I went on a road trip on Wednesday. It was a 2 hour drive to get there. We took the back roads so it was a beautiful trip. The first picture is what we saw when we got into the park.

They call Letchworth the "Grand Canyon of the east."

We were a little disappointed because they had a storm the day before that made the water very dirty.

We walked down over 127 steps to get to the Lower Falls. There are 3 different water falls, and we saw all of them.

The area is definitely well taken care of and is very beautiful.

It would be worth another trip out in the fall.

We did a lot of hiking along the river, but never got on any of the hundreds of trails into the woods.

We couldn't believe all of the stonework in the park. This bridge is one of the examples.

We even got a couple pictures of a rainbow at the Upper Falls.

For more info on Letchworth click HERE.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

Indian Peace Pipe/Ghost Plant

• Family: Indian-pipe (Monotropaceae)
• Habitat: woods, in leafy humus
• Height: 4-10 inches
• Flower size: 3/4 inch long
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: June to September
• Origin: native

All the years Mom has taken us kids camping we have searched for this plant but had never been able to find it. While at Jerzie's birthday party Mom spotted this one.

To find out more about this plant go HERE.
To see more Bloomin' Tuesday go HERE.

Friday, August 14, 2009

One Weird Dragonfly!

On Saturday, Chris and I drove to a nearby pond~meadow to look for Monarch caterpillars. When we got there, all the grass and Milkweed had been mowed down. We were really surprised it had been mowed since the land is a wildlife preserve.

A week ago we went there to look for dragonflies and only saw a couple. We didn't get may pictures. This time they were flying everywhere. They don't hold still very long, but we did manage to get some good shots.

Check out the close up of this one's face. It looks like it has makeup on. We have never seen one that looked like this before. We have taken pictures of colorful dragonflies before, but their heads are usually dark brown or black.

Click on the picture for a closer view
It held still long enough to get several good pictures.

Has anyone else ever seen a dragonfly like this before?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

Happy Bloomin' Tuesday!

Here are a few shots from the past week.

Click HERE for more of Bloomin' Tuesday.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Coal Train!

This weekend is a busy weekend in our area. Our niece was singing last night at 'Taste of Jamestown'.

She has been singing for years, but this is the first time we have seen her with the new band 'Coal Train'.

They played for 3 hours before we left. We would have stayed longer, but Laurie had to work early this morning.

We haven't had a lot of chances to see Steph sing lately and decided we better go since she is getting married and moving away this winter.

We even got to see our niece Alexis for a while and visit with Chris's sister.

You all did a good job last night and we really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Duck Pond ?!?

While out for a ride the other day Chris and I came upon this duck pond.

Those are some weird looking ducks.

We have been by this farm lots of times, but have never seen this before.

It really wasn't that hot of a day. We think they may have broken the dock.

This is why we always bring our camera with us. You never know what you are going to see.

This was just a sight to see that is for sure.