Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday Picnic...

The weather was bright and sunny yesterday, although just a bit cool. The state campground at Ausable Point is not open for camping yet. But yesterday it was alive with people enjoying it for the springtime day. A lot of people having picnics, launching fishing boats, and walking with their dogs. Lake Champain was bright blue... and waves were rolling in along the breakwater.

This man is fishing with his buddy...

Mama Osprey was sitting on her nest...
My osprey shots aren't as good as those you will find at Sharon's A New England Life. Give her blog a look!
The back water area of the campground is home to a beaver lodge...

I think they will not be able to drag this one home!


Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were enjoying the sunshine...


A great blue heron was annoyed at me for trying to sneak across a campsite to get this shot!

Well, if she won't leave, ... I will!
After enjoying a picnic lunch at a campsite table (the site where I'll be camping Memorial Day Weekend) I came home. Bright sun, fresh air, does it get any better?


28 comments:

Shellmo said...

This looks like a beautiful place to visit! I would've loved to have seen the Osprey especially!

Char said...

It never gets better....that is magic

montucky said...

That was a good day! I'm sure you were more than ready for that kind of weather!

Michele said...

The weather is just fantastic here as well.... so nice and warm. But the forecast is calling for snow later this week. I sure hope they are wrong.

I like the osprey and got my first pictures of them as well up on my blog. They are such amazing birds!

Hugs and kisses to you, my friend!♥

TourPro said...

Did you go down to the Marsh?

I rode by (bike) Sunday and it's true, the day was simply epic.

troutbirder said...

I totally absolutely love picnics. And enjoyed coming along on yours. Thanks

Robynn's Ravings said...

What a great day. And I've never seen an Osprey or its nest so that was great. OH! And the beaver lodge and chewed up tree. We have a few beaver around here but it is rare to get to see them. Guess you have to go to where they live.

Don't know why the darn things don't just knock on my door and say, "Hi!" Every other animal in the neighborhood does. :)

Small Pines said...

Wow - all those cool birds! Was that the marsh or the bog over above the Forks? That Osprey nest is amazing. And the Heron. And the Mallard. Oh heck, it's all cool. LOL

alskamom said...

It looks so beautiful there, Cedar.
What a lovely place to have a picnic.

Cedar ... said...

Small Pines,... this is just south of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain. On route 9. A great spot to enjoy nature. There is a small boardwalk to a viewing platform overlooking the marsh.

A New England Life said...

Thank you Cedar for your kind words : )

Michele certainly has some fabulous shots on her blog as well. Maybe I need another new camera . . .

Glad you had a great day and experienced some wonderful wildlife! Those Beavers sure are ambitious critters! lol! Can you believe the only Herons I've seen this year have been flying overhead?

Sounds like this coming week-end will be a winner!

Jean said...

Looks like a perfect day to be out side. Lovely blue sky! Great shots! Jean

Laurie and Chris said...

Great pictures! I bet you can't wait to get out camping.

Marci said...

Great pictures!

Carole said...

What a lovely post, and so encouraging to see the world coming back to life after such a long winter. Great post, thanks! :-)

itsmynature said...

Thanks for inviting us along on your picnic. Very enjoyable trip through the day.

Libby Murphy said...

Oh wow, it's a nature trail and to be so observant and close to these creatures. Looks like a gorgeous day. So glad you took your camera.
Happy Twirls

Beth Niquette said...

Your photos are wonderful! They fill my eyes. Here on the West Coast, we have osprey, as well as Eagles. The osprey nest in the park is tended by two very concerned parents. I often see them carrying wiggling fish from the river to their nest. I don't think the babies have hatched yet. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Cedar, Spring looks so nice in your area. While I was in Texas, I was reading a magazine. It listed ten place that nobody should miss visiting. The Adirondacks was one of the ten. I thought about you. Maybe we'll get there sometime.

Hope you had a great week/weekend.

We are glad to be home.. It was a wonderful trip --just getting to see my son and family. BUT--the weather was horrible. Oh Well!!!!

I'm going to check through some of your older blog posts.
Hugs,
Betsy

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I have never seen a beaver lodge out in the open water like that before. Crazy!? Looks like a wonderful day!

Cedar ... said...

Although it was a chilly day, it was a great day to be there. That beaver lodge looks like it's inopen water, but it's really in a very large backwater,... not the actual lake itself. I'll be camping there Memorial Day weekend, let's see what that will bring for more nature shots! Thanks for all of your wonderful and kind comments!

dog trot farm said...

What a lovely spot to share a picnic. Osprey nest are amazing. If you drive up route one heading North, Osprey nests dot the scenery, a great sight to enjoy.

Frank Baron said...

Looks like you had a terrific day. Thanks for the virtual, mini vacation.

Carolyn said...

Aren't those first wonderfully warm days of spring just devine. Great adventure and great photos.
Thanks for sharing.
Smiles

Tammie Lee said...

It looks like a wonderful day. Love that nest on the telephone poles. Fun to see the season come to life.

Beth Niquette said...

Have you ever heard of Niquette Bay? Some of my husband's relatives settled there. They were French Canadians. I just had to ask. (grin)

Aleta said...

How absolutely refreshing! We could use a lake like that around here where it get so hot. Actually, we do have some but not close.
My husband, as I probably told you, grew up on a lake and we were hoping to at least get a POND on our property, but we have to settle for the nearby Clinch River and some little brooks that run through out pasture.
Awesome pics of the heron, too.
Hey, Cedar, check out a post I put on my blog today and you'll find something I left for you!
Take care & thanks for sharing

super groovy girlie said...

These pictures are just beautiful.