Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Blessings

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bunnies are Back!

e’re pleased to report a new member of the Bon Bon Pond family!   A baby cottontail rabbit appeared three days ago with her mother.  I hope she has siblings but so far have only seen the one.  This little bunny is a welcome addition as it’s been two years since cottontails have resided  here.  They are living under the gazebo and spend most of their time snacking on clover and bird seed. 

The photo below isn’t the best as it was taken in early evening but it made me smile as mom was stretched out seemingly catching her breath after chasing around her offspring all day. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flying Lessons

Chandel, our west coast correspondent and chief photographer, filed the update below on the maturation of this year’s goslings from her favorite San Diego lake.

“The geese are nearing the end of their molt and are trying their hand at flying. Some can fly far above, while others are flying low.  BUT I got to watch the parents giving their offspring flying lessons.  I could always tell who the babies were because they kinda kicked their feet while in the air, almost like they were trying to stand.

"In between flight lessons, everyone preened.  They vigorously flapped their wings on top of the water, and, many times, dove under water and were 'gone' for about 10-15 seconds.  This whole thing went on for about a 1/2 hour.  It was so fun to watch.”

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Thoughts for the Work Week Ahead

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Livin' is Easy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Be Wise-Make It a Great One!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Best Day EVER!

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Throwback Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prayers Postscript

Many thanks for the continuing kind words, healing thoughts, well wishes and prayers for Bon Bon Pond’s injured Canada Goose. The good news is he has not gotten any worse and remains active both swimming and climbing up and down the steep bank for his corn.  Additionally, he travels the extra distance to join his extended family  in the backyard to graze on the short grass and nap under the pines.  He is still  limping but it doesn’t interfere with his daily routine. 
Canada Goose expert Choo Love Rosenbloom from our sister site examined the photos below and is cautiously optimistic that no serious life-threatening damage has been done to his left wing.  Unfortunately, Minnesota’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will only take Canada Geese that can be rehabbed back into the wild.  There is no sanctuary here for non-endangered waterfowl that cannot fly.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thoughts for the Work Week Ahead

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Blues

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Department of Duh

he other day I was determined to get a photo of this year’s fledgling Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers. Outside I headed with my trusty digital camera to sit on the front yard bench and wait for my new friends to appear.  The babes were happy to oblige and I began snapping photos fast and furious.  Thru my view finder the shots looked great.  Mission accomplished.  Later that evening, I process the pics and was left scratching my head?  Huh?  The pictures were taken in midday.  ???  Finally, I checked the settings on my camera and discovered the “best shot” selection was on “night time.”  Below is what happens when you shoot daytime photos with a dusk lens.  Weird, but kinda pretty just the same.


Yes, the missing “e” is intentional—which makes the graphic funny!

Weelend Wishes

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Make It a Great One!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Here Comes the Weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

From Gosling to Gander

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hy look, he’s all "growed up!"  Jasper, Chandel’s special buddy from Lindo Lake, has morphed from a yellow ball of fluff into an elegant and graceful goose.  Our west coast correspondent and chief photographer put together this lovely collage illustrating the young gander’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. Thanks, Chandel, for the sentimental journey.  No matter his size, though, he will always be your special baby,

To see more of Chandel’s wildlife and nature photo artistry, 
please visit her website: