Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

Recipe for Christmas All Year Long
Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.
Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.
Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)
Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.
If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.
By Joanna Fuchs

A very Merry Christmas wish from me to you!
Enjoy - Coppertop

Monday, December 13, 2010

Brave Critter!

I have not been doing well on posting of late.  Seems like the days disappear before they even start.

While going through my files, organizing and deleting ones not needed to keep I came across this short video clip I got back in September and thought someone else might enjoy it also.  I got several clips in which this little black and white critter was chasing something away but only in this clip was I able to see just what was being chased away! 
It appears in the end, young skunk decided Mr. Coon wasn't a threat after all!

Enjoy and stay warm - winter is upon us!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Every Day....

Thanksgiving Every Day

The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat;
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.

But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shine.
It's then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.

On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it’s all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we'd make every day like Thanksgiving Day.

By Karl Fuchs

Enjoy - Coppertop

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Are you Ready? For Snow?

Here we go! First snow fall of the season. Am I ready? Heck NO! I still have garden tools and equipment out about the yard that needs to be cleaned and put away for the winter. Now, Hubby’s Mother had a wonderful plan, she always planned on Halloween as the very latest time for all summer ‘stuff’ to be picked up and put away. I always remember when it gets near this time of year and try to follow her lead but this year I messed up. I do have that task on the agenda for tomorrow for sure.

What you see in the photo above is gone now; I do see a layer of snow on the building roofs. This is just a warning sign of things to come and telling us all to get ready! Ready or not it IS coming. I really do enjoy the changing seasons and snow, it is just the transition from nice weather to burr weather takes a little getting use to, more so as each passing year comes and goes.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Leisure Sunday Ride

Good Gosh! Today was a fabulous autumn day in Maine! We decided we needed a bit of a change and took a ride along the coast, places we had never been or have not for 5 years or more. The trees offered some color which varied from town to town but not as vibrant as past years have brought. Many trees were bare from the recent winds. Nevertheless, the views were beautiful.

We could not have asked for a better day for our Sunday casual ride. We even managed to get in a small walk at Owl’s Head Lighthouse. I’ve posted below a few pictures taken along our traveling route. Do hope you enjoy them as much as we will savor the memories of today’s ride!

Walkway leading to Owl's Head Lighthouse

Owl's Head Lighthouse

View standing near the Owl's Head Lighthouse

View from the lighthouse steps

Marshall Point Lighthouse

View from the shore at Marshall Point

Another look at Marshall Point Lighthouse

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor

Ok - it is just a Seagull; BUT you can't go to the coast without seeing one (or thousands!)

I just could not resist this picture!  Street sign - so fitting for Maine!

Do hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the beauty of your State.
Enjoy!  Coppertop

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fawn to Six Point Yearling

This past year we have been delighted and privileged to watch through the lens of scouting cameras a fawn grow into a handsome six point yearling buck.  Born the summer of 2009 this fawn and his mother frequented our backyard woods.  I was able to get a number of photos and some video of the two together.  The fascinating part has been watching how fast the young buck’s antlers grew from one photo to the next.  I’ll let the pictures below do the talking.  Date photo was taken is under each picture.

2009 AUGUST 27

2010 MAY 11
2010 JUNE 25
2010 JULY 06
2010 AUGUST 27


Enjoy - Coppertop

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Maine Black Bear in our Backyard

The above video was captured on a 'woods' camera in July this year in our backyard woods.  I am of thought this is the same Black Bear that visited us last summer from July to the middle of October.  He would get up close with the camera at least once during his each of his visits, yet he was kind and never destroyed the unit like the many tales I have heard of bears demolishing scouting cameras.

This year we have only captured this Bear on three different occasions.  Evidently he is older and wandering more now.  Below I have posted some photos from one of our 'woods' cameras more recently of this beautiful black bear.  Will he return again before retreating to his winter quarters, guess we will just have to wait and see.

In this last photo above the bear was checking out my camera!
Do hope you are having a pleasant day - enjoy!  : )  Coppertop

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Skunk Family

Recently I had the opportunity to watch this MaMa Skunk move her four babies from under our shed down into the woods.
How adorable!  Certainly not a critter I care to have stay around; especially so close to the house.
Notice MaMa Skunk doesn not have the strips down her back and hardly any white on tip of her tail.
Amazing to watch as the little ones stay right on MaMa's tail as they zigzag around the lawn.
Away they go down towards the woods - Nice to see you but nice to see you go!

What's in your backyard - have you taken time to look lately?
Take care and Enjoy - Coppertop

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Scouting Camera Photos

I haven't posted any of my scouting camera photos lately so thought this would be a good time to do just that. All of these were captured during the month of June except the very last special photo that was taken in May.
Is not this creature beautiful!  I have been getting just one Bobcat photo each year so it is treasured especially a daytime photo!

Take time to enjoy nature, wildlife and your own backyard!  : )  Coppertop