Cardinals

What do you do on an unseasonably warm November day? I returned to the same spot I went to last week, a park on the Hudson River. I forgot to bring bird seed, but someone had already put out bird seed. The majority of the birds visiting were titmouse, but I also got to see male and female cardinals and some bluejays.

This was the closest I have been to cardinals. The ones who visited my feeder came quickly and left. I sat on a big rock to take these photos and I have a zoom.

I plan to return to this park again a few times before it snows hopefully. This time the titmouse were flying right at me and buzzed over my head as I sat taking photos. They were too fast for me to capture. Get out and enjoy those sunny autumn days before the snow arrives.

Titmouse

Can a bird be this friendly? I came across this friendly bird on the start of a hiking trail on the Hudson River. It flew to a tree near where I was standing, quite close actually. It took me back.

Tufted Titmouse I believe.

I suspected someone was feeding the birds. A friend confirmed to me that was the case. She said they will land on someone’s hand if you have seed in it at this location.

I did not see many birds on my short kayak trip on the Hudson, but was surprised to see this bird so up close on the trail next to river. I guess the moral is explore many spots, you will experience something new.

Skeletons and Signs

I am usually not much into Halloween. However, creative displays I am into. The first two below are part of one such display in Fishkill, NY.

This one was part of the same display of the skeletons below. They had a whole cemetery set up with headstones. Obviously a joke.
This is creative so to speak. It goes beyond just having a skeleton in your yard. They also had two skeletons on a seesaw that was constantly going up and down. It was hard to get that one in a picture being close to the house and close to a fence.
These signs are not Halloween related. It may be half joke, half serious. This was on a rural road in New York. Those of you fleeing NYC, welcome to upstate New York.

If you celebrate it- Happy Halloween!

Autumn Birds

Have you ever felt you missed out on something? I missed the peak of leaf season. These were taken maybe 1-2 weeks after peak. When I arrived at the lake there was a thick fog. Maybe 15 minutes later it started thinning out.

Great blue heron when the fog was lifting.
Do all gulls look this peeved? Maybe he’s not looking forward to going south?
The swans were flying circles around the lake. Usually you only seeing them swimming. Could they be getting themselves in shape to fly south?

The swan has some hitchhikers on it. The black objects attached to it’s body are what locals call bull’s heads or steer’s heads. They have multiple sharp points. They are not fun to step on.

Swan wing noise in flight from Cornell Lab of Ornithology MacCaulay Library

or here :

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/248438

Get out and enjoy the conditions while you can. It will be winter before you know it.

Milea Estate Vineyard Vintage Truck Advertising

What do you do with an old truck? Use it to advertise a business. This is one I found on a rural road in Dutchess County, New York. As you can see, this one has been restored. Since Taste N. Y. is a state slogan to advertise New York food products, I am thinking this truck may not be road operable. Get out and enjoy fall before all the leaves are off the trees, even on a dreary day.

I don’t drink alcoholic beverages, but I will visit wineries, breweries, etc. to see their displays. Some of the micro breweries in New York are known for their food and you can order non- alcoholic drinks.

Product Photography Soap 3

I completed another round of product photography for a relative. Below are some samples of the photos I took. Which photos do you like?

#1
#2
#3 Chocolate Cinnamon
#4. Chocolate Cinnamon
#5 Fir needle soap
#6. Hippy soap
#7 From above
#8 Her mascot is a fairy
#9 Christmas theme
#10
# 11. Chocolate Cinnamon by itself

Anticipation

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting” 
― Andy Warhol

This great blue heron seems to embody this quote. This was taken right before sunset this summer. I did not see him catch anything because I needed to get my kayak out of the water before dark.

In this society of get everything now, be the great blue heron: wait in anticipation.

Messy Eater

Do animals need bibs when they eat? This eagle looks like he has a fish chunk on his head. Not sure how he got this off.

He still has a part of the fish held down with one talon on the branch. It appears orange in colour. Do you know what it could be?

I came across this eagle on two separate occasions on the same tree that jutted out over a creek in New York. I kayaked within good view of him in a very shady area. Eagles move between bodies of water. There was no nest visible along this creek from one waterfall to another. I will investigate when the leaves fall off to see if I missed something.

What do you think? Are animals messy eaters?

Adirondack Chairs

I believe this was on Lake Colby outside the town of Saranac Lake

What iconic piece of furniture makes many people envision many summer and relaxation? It’s the Adirondack chair. Invented first as the Westport chair in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it later became known as the Adirondack chair.

This chair seems to resemble more the original chair: the Westport chair – on Upper Saranac Lake

The Westport chair had a solid back, as opposed to many of the chairs today which consist of slats in the back.

On Lake Flower in the town of Saranac Lake – View from Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn property

According to Merriam Webster an Adirondack chair is a wooden lawn chair with a high slatted back, broad arms, and a seat that is lower in the back than the front. So the main difference in design between the Westport chair and the Adirondack chair seems to be slats used instead of solid wood pieces for the area such as the back.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY- Old Style Adirondack chairs and Adirondack recliners.

It is popular in the Adirondacks to see the chairs on boathouse docks, boat docks, around fire pits, and on beaches.

Mirror Lake

The Adirondack Mountains in New York usually has dry summers and cold, snowy winters. These chairs typically were built to hold up well in the weather.

Saratoga N.Y. area

The sloping seat many find comfortable. The position of the back area makes it unnecessary for most people to find the need to use pillows with it.

In an antique shop in Lake Placid- a combination of tree branches and more traditional Adirondack chair parts- I think the store owner said this one is not antique a local person makes them.

The size of the arm rests makes it convenient to place a drink on.

Lake Placid the lake- View from Wildwood on the Lake’s Property (hotel)
On Lake Placid- a very nice patina of wood
Two with a connecting table
On a dock with a chiminea, outdoor fireplace- on Mirror Lake
Painted with sunflowers- Upper Saranac Lake

These chairs are not just sold in the Adirondacks, although they can be seen all over the area. They can be any colour or painted with scenes on them. Do you have this iconic outdoor furniture in your yard?

What is it?

Can you name this bird? I saw two birds like this hanging with Canadian geese for one day on Lake Placid. I did not see them after that.

Not the greatest picture, but this was before sunset in a shady area.

It is mostly white with a black or dark grey bill. It has a stripe going from the bill to the back of it’s head that starts out dark grey then fades to a lighter grey. It has light grey on back feathers.

I have had a few suggestions: young snow geese, white morph Ross’s goose, and a hybrid. What do you think?

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