|A parent Barn Swallows feeding young at Woodland Dunes in Two Rivers|
As the young were getting ready to leave their parents, so was I. Once again the summer flew by much too quickly.
|My brother's beautiful oasis.|
I realized that everything is different now. I cannot help but see the past everywhere I go. Faces that were once a fixture of a place are now gone. It's like the town grew old without me.
|Green Heron in Manitowoc|
|A lighthouse in Kewaunee|
|A Bonaparte's Gull|
|In the Upper Pennisula of Michigan with my Dad and Jax|
|Henslow's Sparrow at High Cliff State Park|
My Dad and I usually do a trek out to Washington Island from Door County. We took J-man with us. I'll say he was pretty good for most of the time, but not having had children myself, he certainly knew how to get me to snap. There was one night I blew a gasket with him. He wanted up and down and up and down and up and down a chair while I was trying to get a project done. I don't know where that darkness came from but it emerged quickly and took only a moment to put this 3, turning 4 year old, in his place. I can't believe I actually yelled at him. I love that kid. I actually went to bed upset that I snapped at him.
|In Door County|
One day, I watched Trumpeter Swans at Horicon alone. I only had a few hours to play. If this had been in Arizona, I'd have spent the whole day there counting birds.
My brother created his peaceful retreat. He put his pontoon into the river by his home. This land used to be my Grandmother's before she passed. I'm glad he has it now. It's so beautiful there. While home, we took the pontoon up and down the river. I'm proud of my brother for taking something precious and making it better. That river is incredible.
|My little sister pulls the pontoon to the dock in her fancy shoes|
This little guy will be bigger the next time I see him. I hope he stays curious and continues his love for the outdoors. Over the next several weeks, we head back to Arizona for a scouting mission, a birding festival and trek to Greer in the White Mountains.
Until next time friends......