no photo challenge ~ happy 4th of july

There’s no WordPress weekly photo challenge to be found, at this time, so I can only assume they’re out celebrating the 4th of July or something. This might actually be a good thing, as it makes me write something instead of just posting a photo, which has been the case here lately.

Weather-wise, I’ve been so lucky I have no words! The whole province has suffered under a terrible heat wave, this last week, but here in Saint John and along the Fundy coast, we’ve enjoyed fog and a cool, little wind!

Today, when we went out to buy some groceries, as we’re anticipating hurricane [now tropical storm] Arthur tomorrow, the fog was dense. I didn’t even bother to bring my camera, like I always do otherwise. Still we took a drive through the park … if for nothing else, so to check up on the duckling situation.

IMG_0361Of the first batch I wrote about, which consisted ofย eight ducklings, there are only two remaining. I saw them today, and it’s really weird how they can be so different in size, coming from the same group! Here they are:

The one in the foreground, almost looks like and adult, but it does have a little fluff left. This was shot with the iPhone. It was quite amazing — they came walking up towards me, so close I could have grabbed them! The mother too!

DSC_2666Here are a few of the new batch, cute as can be! … this was shot the other day, with the regular camera.

Speaking of getting great wildlife shots with iPhone … I had one more, amazing experience there at the duck pond today! While shooting these ducklings, I noticed a groundhog, moseying around on the lawn. I happened to have a few peanuts in my pockets, so I threw them in his direction! He must have appreciated that so much, so he came waddling over to me and sniffed my iphone! ๐Ÿ˜€ Usually, they’re rather shy, and appear almost wary when they pick up peanuts you throw at them, but this guy must have become so used to us human beings — I could easily have patted him on his back!


I took this, while he had his nose up against the phone!

I hope my American blogging friends had a great 4th of July. Here we’ll be bracing for Arthur tomorrow — I think we’re already at the fringe!





19 thoughts on “no photo challenge ~ happy 4th of july

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Oh boy, does that ever bring back some memories! We had a pet ‘Chuck when I was a kid (he was orphaned when a car hit his mother): but what a sweet baby he was: )
    Your fellow looks like he nay have been in a scrap or two, by the look if his nose… What a great shot Rebby: )

    1. colderweather

      Thank you, Deb! I was so happy … both about the ducks and the marmot! It was quite an amazing day, with regards to photo … how they came up to me like that! Never happened before ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Oops sorry! (Hit the wrong button):
    So do take care tomorrow – we’ll be thinking of you!

  3. Barbara

    Lucky you that the marmot came so close, it’s a great shot! The ducklings grow so fast, they soon look the same size as their parents and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between parent and child!
    Hope the hurricane doesn’t affect you too much – stay safe my friend.

    1. colderweather

      Thank you, Barbara! ๐Ÿ™‚
      The bigger one is getting to that point now, where it’s hard to tell the difference.
      The storm is here now … it’s pretty wild. Glad I don’t have to go outside..

      1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

        You still okay down there Rebby? Is he starting to blow himself out, or even better almost passed by? Lots of hugs here: )

        1. colderweather

          Hey Deb … thanks, we’re okay here, but the city has taken a lot of damage, in the way of fallen trees. Beautiful, old trees in the parks uptown. Lots of people are without power, and it’s still howling pretty good, but Arthur is definitely on his way out. It was a bad one..

  4. purpleborough

    Lovely non Fourth of July blog. It can get rather tiring. We should celebrate every day as an American even with all our scandals!
    Love the little ducklings and the courage of that ground hog to sniff your camera.
    My daughter had three trees down. Stay safe!

  5. Mia

    Amazing that groundhog was so close. There are quite tame squirrels round here in a few places but I could never dare to let them that close.

  6. Touch2Touch

    An eyeball to eyeball shot on the iPhone! Extraordinary!
    Evidently our Big Y lobsters tomorrow, or not, depends on how Arthur behaves up your way — hope he’s a gentleman.

    1. colderweather

      Hey J!
      No, Arthur wasn’t a gentleman at all, methinks. It saddens me to see all the uprooted trees in the parks. So far, I’ve only seen the footage — haven’t been outdoors today.

  7. daydreamer2011

    Great photos!! Wow, great photos with the iphone!!

    I’m so glad that you didn’t get that heatwave and that Arthur is over and done with too!

    The heatwave is here now, and will continue… sigh. I do not think I will get much sleep this coming night or maybe I’ll just pass out LOL

  8. Nylabluesmum

    Those ducklings are so sweet; funny how we never grow weary of seeing new batches every year…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especialy your photos…..
    As for the groundhog he is a handsome critter…. I adore them!
    Love Sherri-Ellen x0

    1. colderweather

      No, never! I always get just as excited every year, to see a new batch! Life goes on…

      Groundhogs are so cute — one just wants to hug them LOL

  9. Nylabluesmum

    Like you I never tire of seeing new ducklings or goslings…. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I would love to hug a groundhog but I am not sure they would tolerate that, lol…
    Love Sherri-Ellen x0x0

  10. suzink

    I have been reading your posts. I guess I forget to like them as I forget there is that feature but the little ground hog incident is amazing! I have never seen that in my life.

    1. colderweather

      Thank you. It’s very nice to know! There’s no way of knowing how many people read these posts, and you don’t even have to be subscribed. At times, that has made me feel uneasy, as I’ve been a little too personal in the past. I just need to get over myself.


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