Parenthood
August 21, 2020
Artsy

Sometimes, albeit rarely, daddy takes artsy photos that aren't of wildlife or flowers.

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August 20, 2020
Wildlife

The wildlife was pretty cooperative this year at the cottage. There were about two billion ducks, many, many geese and a whole assortment of smaller birds.  The loon was around although sadly Daddy didn't get any close up shots of it.  The number of ducks was truly astounding.  Daddy's theory was that with less traffic on the lake in the spring the survival rate was way higher this year.  Anyway whatever the reason they were very very plentiful.  A heron made an appearance as well but only from a distance.

 

The real stars were probably the hummingbirds this year.  There was a feeder set up at Jay and Jane's cottage which aside from a brief incident with raccoons provided a steady stream of hummingbirds to attempt to photograph.  Daddy spent many hours finger on the shutter button waiting for them to hold still for a fraction of a second while also not hiding behind the feeder.  In the end he got a few nice shots and we all learned many interesting things about hummingbirds.  They apparently flap their wings roughly 53 times per second as well as being able to move them in all kinds of different directions independently of each other.  Their tails can be used as an air brake and and their tongues can stick out the end of their beaks by at least a good centimeter.  Their feathers are also really interesting in that depending on the direction the light catches them they appear anywhere from dull grey to sparkling red or green.  Their wings are also so thin that you can see right through them.

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August 19, 2020
Out and about

With the whole pandemic thing going on our time at the cottage was a little different this year.  Instead of going for daily outings to the various local attractions we mainly stayed put and spent more time exploring the grounds and making sure the beach and the lake were still there.  We played games (bocce ball), caught frogs (to the squealing delight of the older girls), chased geese and generally spent much quality time outside.  We shopped as little as possible and only adults went for groceries and sticky treats.  We mainly picked up orders placed by phone and really limited shopping excursions.  The one big family outing we did undertake was to get ice cream in Dorset where the poor S.S. Bigwin was high and dry. Daddy says he really didn't mind all the staying put...

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August 18, 2020
Jay and Jane

With the gaps between stays at the cottage this year the normal schedule had to be completely reworked and Jay and Jane were most anxious to make sure we were all at the cottage at the same time so they could see the kids.  Fortunately it all worked out and we were able to be a cottage bubble with them.  Everyone had great fun feeding the ducks and various other birds and just generally chatting for hours on end.

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August 17, 2020
Canoe

The much loved canoe (with refinished woodwork) made its way to the cottage again this year and was put to good use.

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