Category Archives: Wildlife

Whale-y Wonderful Mid-September 2018

The water is still very warm (~62); warm by Maine standards anyways. So plenty more swimming in our future. Especially with the wetsuits!

Now that the tourists are gone the beach has become a dog paradise.

These Irish wolfhounds are so cool!

Haha

One Saturday we arrived to the beach and it was foggy… and I got in the water and was swimming around in the waves looking at the horizon…and SAW A HUMPBACK WHALE FULLY BREACH.

!!!

My reaction was quite enthusiastic. Since I don’t have a photo to document my reaction I decided to try my hand at photorealism and draw the moment.

You’ll notice I’m making the international signal for “Wowowow I just saw a whale fully leap out of the water.” I ran to Smoochie breathlessly shouting whilst making these very grand gestures (my son said “you looked like you had just won the Olympics” haha). I also inadvertently got the attention of every person at the beach and everyone was scanning the sea.

Wait for it…

Thar she blows

The fog cleared and we spotted the whales a dozen more times that day!

It wasn’t until editing these pictures that we realized the whales also had babies with them!!
See the baby flukes on the left of the above picture?

And it is blurry but in the above picture to the left of the adult is a little baby whale tail! It was awesome. My daughter and I were taking a walk, looked out and got to see their tails with the cool white markings come up about 4 times. She said “Their tails are humongous!” We also saw them making big puffs of mist with their blowholes.

Boogie boarding

He slept through most of the excitement haha

Whale-y good nap

Beach a la Rothko

Some other scenic pictures looking very painterly:

The kids set up their own scenic photo shoot in our yard:

Haha! Pretty good, right? These are our favorite type of toy; they are Schleich brand and we enjoy collecting them (great gift idea for kids of all ages). The kids play with them but I also borrow them to display at times (see moose in cabinet below).

Baby admiring the curiosities

Don’t touch!

Enjoyed meeting this beautiful parrot (and even got a pile of awesome feathers to take home!!)

Blueberry sharks

Love this rockstar bird drawing!

Very 70s

Football season is in full swing and the Trojans have two more wins under their belts. #33 <3

Football fan/cheerleader in training

Little football fan

She also enjoys playing with this ADORABLE puppy at the games:


Monarch Mania

Favorite!!!

Pure magic!

We raised the caterpillars in a large glass pitcher but then carefully transferred the coccoons to a stick (hung between two pieces of wood) for better viewing.

I can’t get over those pure gold specks on the cocoons!

Newly hatched

Wet wings flapping in the breeze

Two hatched at almost the exact same time; a male and a female

When the last one was about to hatch,

‘Zilla demanded we bring it to school (she didn’t want to miss it!)

Monarch freshly hatched at school!

Her class released it into the school’s butterfly garden

I was so nervous about capturing the caterpillars, I would’ve felt so bad if they didn’t survive! But it was very easy you basically just give them plenty of milkweed and a roof from which to hang from and they will do the rest!


She was more interested in them than the Spy and his friend, ha!

Consider this a PSA for growing milkweed (the only things monarchs can eat)!

 

Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spottedΒ chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn intoΒ chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!