This is Wyman's Canal near Trapper's Run Trail at Lake Erie Metropark. There is an overlook that I like because I usually see something interesting. At the very back, there are 3 gray lumps....those are 3 Great Blue Herons. Also, there is a bird that I thought might be a Red-headed Woodpecker. It was so far that I couldn't ID it for sure and don't know if they migrate south for the winter. Some ducks in the front as well. Anyway, I could see all of this through my binoculars, not with the naked eye. Again, wishing that I had a bigger lens on my camera.....darn!
I had a nice, early morning walk....no snow today like last Sunday but everything was covered in rime and it was cold but quite pretty.
I made a good start today, getting all my outdoor decorations up and all the wreaths hung. It was about 40 degrees out so not too bad out there. My son helped me with some last minute yard work (that oak is still hanging on to some of it's leaves). We moved furniture around and I am now ready to bring up the tree and all the rest of the decorations.
This was last weekend!
Today brought to mind all the Christmas baking that my Mom used to do. I don't bake any more. I used to try to keep the kolache tradition going but when I could no longer eat all that sweet stuff, I gave it up. I used to make my own log roll and press cookies as well.
My Mom was an excellent baker and turned out so many wonderful cookies and other treats. She made a chocolate sheet cake covered with marshmallow and then a chocolate ganache....yum! She also had a deft hand with pastry (most recipes from my Grandmother) turning out kolachi, kiffles, date bars, nut roll covered with icing and much more. The Kolache were nut, poppy seed, apricot,and prune.
Sorry that those days are gone for me now and I must settle for a dried up sugar-free cookie.
In this picture is my Mom's pastry board where all the magic happened. Behind, is her well used kolache pans. I don't even know if you can buy them anymore. It would take my Mom all day to make 12 kolache rolls and she usually froze half. At Easter she would only make 6 rolls. She also made a roll with sweet cottage cheese.....one of my favorite
Mom would bake all day, clean up and then make dinner....what a woman!!!
The Pyrex bowls are from my vintage collection.
Always think of my Mom and Dad at this time of year with such fond memories and miss them everyday.
I'm obsessed with the old Packard Plant. This is the closest that I have ever gotten to it. A few years ago it became too dangerous to go into the area....you car would be broken into if you left it. Now, I think it is secured. I would love to shoot pics in there. Another place secured now is the old train station. I remember my oldest son getting in and exploring the whole place years ago. I'm into urban ruins...after all, I'm one myself ;-)
They have actually put window in the whole building now, I believe.
The inside has been cleared of debris also....however, no one seems to know what it will be used for, if anything.
Have you ever driven on Hines Drive to see the Christmas Lights? Well, this was better than that. My mouth dropped open when I started to drive into Lower Huron Metropark. I caught it just right, with beautiful light and everything still coated with snow.....wonderful!
Was summer that long ago? I feel like it was and so I had to get a flower fix at the Belle Isle Conservatory. The big room under the conservatory dome was undergoing new plantings. All the mums and other flowers that were there last month were all dug out. Don't know what they will put in for the holidays. I should have asked. I know in February it is Kalanchoe and Cyclamen. Maybe Poinsettias. I will make a point to go there around Christmas.
Love all the Orchids that are there year around plus other flowers that I have no idea what they are.
If any of my photographers friends want to go let me know....we can go holiday week.
We had our first snow today so I thought that I would post these photos that I shot last winter at Oakwoods Metropark. A lot of snow coming down but nothing is laying. Our temps dropped 20 degrees in a matter of days. Glad all my leaves are up before the snow fell.
I love the Tree Sparrow, above and the fluffy Downy Woodpecker below. Also, was so happy to see a Bluebird sticking around for the winter.