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Thursday, July 2, 2015

a quiet celebration






We got up early on Canada Day morning - at 6:20 - as it was warm and the sun was shining.  I decided it would be a good time to go out and take some pictures.  I absolutely love mornings like this in the summer.....warm temperature, sunshine, no wind.....fog laying over the valley and rising up over the hill.....hazy skies.  A perfect summer morning.  



Murray mowed the lawn and whipper snipped all around the property and cleaned up the garage.  I did some pruning of shrubs, made biscuits and did very little else.  :-}

We went to the berry field and picked strawberries.  It was slim picking though but we managed to get 2 boxes of big juicy berries.




Yummy strawberry shortcake.  I didn't have cream to whip so Cool Whip it is.  :-}

When we arrived at the berry field there was a Killdeer flying all over and acting very defensive then we noticed a taped off area in the parking lot.  The staff person said the Killdeer had laid her eggs on the gravel parking lot the day before.  Not exactly great timing for berry pickers coming and parking there!  


Can you see the Killdeer?  They blend in so well with the ground that they are almost 'invisible'.  (the photo is highly cropped too) 

And the eggs blend in very well too!  I had a difficult time picking them out of all the rocks around them.  I really hope these eggs survive and hatch into little Killdeer.  It's going to be pretty tough in the area where they are with so many people coming and going.

This is the Killdeer that was on the eggs.  They will lead their 'prey' away from the nest and pretend they are injured to distract them.  Nature is so incredibly beautiful isn't it? 

We barbecued hamburgers for supper along with left over potatoes fried up and salad AND Strawberry Shortcake for dessert!  After supper we went for a long walk.  Since Murray had to work today he went to bed earlier than I.  The full moon was covered by heavy clouds that rolled in about mid-afternoon, although it never rained here.  Since we didn't get to town to take part in the Canada Day festivities I thought I'd try to see the fire works from our deck.  I kept going outside from about 10:20 on and finally at 10:40 they were visible on the horizon.  I could hear fireworks going off all around our area too.  

  Ka-Boom!  

And that was our Canada Day.  Quietly celebrated at home.

Tomorrow we are off to Moncton and the Fundy Coast for a day trip.  We plan to visit the Hopewell Rocks and I'll have lots of pictures to share with you.

Thanks for all your visits and comments.  I hope you are having a good week.  I'll be thinking of my American friends as you celebrate July 4th Independence Day on Saturday.  Have Fun!

Blessings,
Pamela

26 comments:

  1. It looks as though it was a wonderful day!! I love the very early in the morning photos, it all looks so quiet and serene. The eggs are amazing aren't they, they really do blend in so very well, even if they are in a very inconvenient place for us humans!! xx

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  2. Sounds perfect a real way to celebrate what we are so very lucky to live here in Canada. Little Killdeer eggs oh love that. Our berry season was closed up after only four days. Too wet oh it is not going to be a good year around here that is the first time that has happened. Love the Kaboom. Hug B

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  3. ahhhh, the strawberry shortcake has my mouth awaterin'

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  4. glad you had a good day! the strawberry dessert looks so good! killdeer are SUCH silly nesters!

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  5. A quiet, pleasant celebration I'd say! Have a lovely day trip...I will be looking forward to the photos. I have so many black and white photos going back nearly a hundred years of fhe Hopewell Rocks. It will be fun to compare!

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  6. Gorgeous landscapes! Killdeer do nest in some bad places sometimes. Love the pattern on the eggs!

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  7. I missed the fireworks here- my friends and I were convinced by the way the winds were gusting that they were going to cancel, but they went off anyway.

    Very good of the property to cordon off the nest site.

    And strawberries are a great thing to have on Canada Day.

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  8. Beautiful shots of that slightly misty land...congratulations for Canada Day!

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  9. Looks and sounds like a perfect Canada day to me . It was a quiet one for me to Papa had to work . Oh those strawberry short cake deserts look YUMMY ! Killdeer are fascinating creatures and quite pretty to I am glad she has her nest protected by the farmers . Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  10. Sounds like a great day and your strawberry shortcake is calling to me! Have a fun road trip!

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  11. Sounds like a very nice Canada Day and that strawberry shortcake looks so good.
    I have read about the killdeers interesting nesting habits, but have never seen one in person. I sure hope the eggs hatch successfully.

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  12. What gorgeous shots of a lovely morning!

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  13. I've never heard of whipper snipping but can guess what it might be! How nice to have a private viewing of fireworks and not have to deal with the crowds. Some people are celebrating here on the 3rd--people are off work--we are hoping to have a very quiet 4th as well, after we enjoy the kids in our cul de sac doing their little parade.

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  14. What a wonderful day you had!
    We get those birds in our barn driveway laying their eggs.

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  15. It sounds like a relaxing day, Pamela. How odd that the Killdeer would lay her eggs in the middle of a car lot. Too bad! I hope you have fun today and good weather too. I'll be looking forward to seeing your pics!

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  16. Oh, I do hope the Kildeer will be able to raise her young. What a spot to nest! Your strawberry shortcake looks scrumptious and has my mouth watering! We will have a quiet holiday celebration here, too. Looking forward to seeing your photos of your day trip. Have a nice day!

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  17. You had quite an eventful day.What a lovely colourful bird & how fantastic to find the eggs among the gravel in the car park. and the day finished off with Strawberries & shortcake, sounds good to me.

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  18. a lovely day! Now you're going to have to explain what kind of bird a Killdeer is and why it is so named!

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  19. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day! Very interesting about the killdeer. The eggs are beautiful. Glad you got enough strawberries for your shortcake!

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  20. What a great day! strting with a lovely morning for photos...I just love watching the fog lifting and the sun making it look milky. Wow...those eggs do blend right in...that is pretty amazing. Glad you had a lovely Canada Day celebration, Pam :)

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  21. love your foggy images Pamela. the strawberry shortcake looked yummy.

    i hope the killdeer eggs hatch too.

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  22. I love the early summer mornings as well, when the air is fresh and the shadows are still long. : )

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  23. Did you eat at The Tide and Boar?

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. This is so great - strawberries from the field to the plate - this is what food is all about.
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. You always have such wonderful pictures . . .
    Love the strawberries . . .
    And the Killdeer eggs . . . happy someone tried to protect them!

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  26. Our Canada Day was quiet, too. We did have the kids and grandkids over for a barbecue, but they left early to put the little ones to bed. And we had to be up early to catch a flight to Spokane the next day.
    Love your morning shots. The mist on the fields is lovely.

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