Thursday, August 13, 2020

Yumiko and Jessi Get Married - THE BOOK!!!
Yumiko and Jessi got married in a beautiful wedding in the back yard in St. Davids on May 14, 2020. It took place on ZOOM with about 200 people in attendance on line and a few of our nearest and dearest in person.  Take a look at the little wedding book for your chance to attend too.



Monday, August 3, 2020

My New Friend - The Smiling Dragon Fly

This little guy hung around for a long time this morning while I was photographing frogs. He was very curious about my camera.  He would fly off for a minute and then come right back.  Finally I turned my camera on him and he looked up and smiled.  (Click on him to see that toothy smile.)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Good Bye Glenmary Lane

Well, dear old wonderful house.  We said goodbye to you on Monday, July 6, 2020.  Oh we had such a good run.  Twenty six years and counting.  Ken and I moved here in October 1994.  We put on a new roof, added some air-conditioning and some new red shutters.  Yumiko came home in 1998.  Nancy and Ed had their wedding reception here.  Peter and Anna had their wedding reception here.  Yumiko and Jessi got married here in the back yard!  So many family reunions, and Hollins reunions, and ASTM sleep overs, and neighborhood parties.  But time marches on.  She held up well and sold in one day to the first people who came through to take a look.  Yumiko has moved with her Jessi to Philadelphia and I have moved to Malvern with my Tom and we will all begin a new chapter.  Take care dear Glenmary Lane.  Oh how we loved you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Beaver Attack!!

This is a true story.  Yesterday Tom and I went to visit his son's family who live near the Wissahickon Creek in Chestnut Hill.  Tom's daughter-in-law and three kids and I waded into the creek where there was a big swing attached to a tree over the creek.  Piper, the middle child, climbed onto the swing, stood up and started swinging back and forth.  All of a sudden we heard her screaming.  A large probably momma beaver was leaping out of the water trying to bite her.  This went on for at least a minute or two with the beaver continually hurling itself out of the water trying to reach poor Piper who was terrified while standing on the swing.  The rest of us were paralyzed.  Finally we began to throw rocks at the beaver (we didn't hit her) but she stopped jumping at Piper and came swimming towards the rest of us.  We all scrambled to the bank and out of the water.  Piper finally climbed down from the swing and scrambled across the creek to the opposite side.  I stayed with the beaver and took his picture with my cell phone while everybody else climbed up to the bridge over the creek and down the other side to get Piper.  All ended well, but everybody was a little shook up.  The beaver must have been protecting a nest.  Never ever have I seen a wild animal attack a human before.  Pretty darn scary!

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baby Praying Mantis!!

I found a wild baby praying mantis in the bog at Charlestown Meadows!!!  That means he must have lots of brothers and sisters.  How good is that!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Yumiko and Jessi Get Married!!!

Well, it is hard to believe, but my baby girl Yumiko got married to the love of her life, Jessica Scricciolo in a Zoom Wedding in our back yard at 2:00 in the afternoon on May 14.  It was a beautiful day.  There were at least 200 people on the Zoom and oh it was so so so lovely.  I am processing the photographs and will continue to post so keep checking back for more.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Scarlet Tanager

On my way up the walk through the woods this afternoon, I looked up and saw not one, but two of these beautiful male Scarlet Tanagers.  They quickly spotted me and flew high up in the tree tops, but what a thrill for that minute.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Today's Catch

It was another beautiful day here at Charlestown Meadows.  The walk through the woods and around to the culvert was bursting with wildlife.  Such a good place to be.  Here's the catch for today:
Baby Squirrel Checking out the World

Blue Jay in the Blossoms

The Carolina wren

The Wood Thrush

The Toad

Sunday, May 3, 2020

More of that Ovenbird

I went back to the woods today looking for the oven bird and found so many of them.  Here area a few of my favorite photos and a little video from this mornings walk.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Yellow Rumped Warbler and a Friend

The woods were alive with warblers today.  Here are two - The Black and White Warbler and the Yellow Rumped.  Oh heaven!!!!
Black and White Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hermit Thrush in the Woods at Charlestown Meadows

I saw this little cutie on the ground as I was walking along the path in Charlestown Meadows. I stopped in my tracks, but he had already seen me too.  He jumped up to that branch and stood with only his tail showing and most of his body hidden behind the big vertical trunk. Somebody walked by me on the path and said hello and when I looked back up, there was my little hermit thrush looking right at me with his skirt a flowing. Oh my beating heart....

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Gallaway Cows

Just down the road from Charlestown Meadows is a beautiful farm with a small herd of Gallaway Cows.  (I never knew there was such a cow even though I grew up on a dairy farm with Holsteins and Jerseys and Black Angus.)  This particular breed includes the beautiful brown belted cow (see below).  There was also a little month old calf with so much cuteness I could barely stand it.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Late Afternoon Snack
Love My Mom

Belted Brown Cow




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Deer at Dusk

It's remarkable to see the different temperaments of the deer of Charlestown Meadows vs. those of Valley Forge.  This little beauty was just off the path and so very close. This is a full frame photograph - no cropping.  A deer in Valley Forge would never have let me get so close.