Category Archives: animals

Run mouse run

Last night I woke to strange sounds coming from the living room. I told my husband “I think Jacky’s got a mouse. YOU go see what you can do !” He came back and said “It’s a mouse and I couldn’t get it”. Maybe it’s gone in the morning.” It was not ! Jacky found it under the bed. I told him to take it out,  t a k e  i t  o u t. Which he did. I looked out the window. There they were. Lying in the grass staring at each other. The mouse shivering in horror. I grabbed my phone to get some photos. Then went back in. A few minutes later I was not able to see neither of them. I felt bad for the mouse and kind of wanted things to end well for him but, on the other hand I wish Jacky took care of him so he won’t come back next night.

Very Warm . . .

With temperatures of about 30 Celsius I avoid going outdoors. I step out into the garden to water the plants and to see if there are any new flowers in bloom. The dahlias and the other one of the begonias are in bloom. On Sunday there was a butterfly on the top of some bushes in bloom. The bushes are tall and the butterfly kept staying high up on the top. I needed a chair the get into position to take some photos. It was a bit wobbly so I had to step down. Also the phlox is in bloom. Almost two weeks earlier than last year. On Monday on the way back home from the supermarket we stopped by the lake. Unfortunately there is a lot of algae. It’s such a pity because you can’t let your dog have a refreshing swim. Yesterday I made zucchini soup which I like but my husband doesn’t 😉 I wish it would not be this warm for too long anymore. There are a couple of events, in the near future, we have planned to attend. I’m afraid I will not be able to go if it’s still 30 C 😦

@ Ähtäri Snow Panda House (11 photos and 1 video clip)

The pandas, named Lumi and Pyry, arrived Finland in the beginning of this year. Yesterday we went to Ähtäri where they live. It was a long drive. Back and forth 704 km. The pandas were sleeping when we arrived. There was a lot of people. Everyone waiting for them to wake up. I heard a mom tell her two young daughters, who had got tired of waiting, to stop complaining. She said we will stay here and and wait for as long as it takes because we have paid a lot of money for this. Exactly what I had told my husband when he a few minutes earlier had wanted to give up waiting 😀 Then, suddenly, the other one, Pyry, woke and went out doors. Everyone hurried outdoors. Pyry knew there was hidden treats. He climbed the climbing frame up and down and found several of them. Aren’t you happy we stayed I asked my husband. Of course he said, I told you we shouldwait, didn’t I. Hah-hah-haa, so typical of him. I didn’t want to correct him and tell him which one of us said to wait 😉

Pony & Donkey

pony and donkey IMG_6394Cpony and donkey  IMG_6392CYesterday on the way to the supermarket my husband said did you see the ponies. No, make a u-turn. There on the football/sports field was a pony and a donkey. Both so very cute. They belong to a circus that was about to leave. Of course I took a couple of photos.

Visit at the stable

Yesterday was a gorgeous, warm , sunny day. A perfect day to pay a visit at the stable where my sister keeps her horse. Also this summer there was a foal. So very cute. I shot a short video clip of the foal and the proud mom. It’s become tradition that we afterwards, all together, go for lunch. The cafeteria we usually have been to, recently opened an other one down by the sea. Thank you for a lovely day !

Deer

Uff, still upset I, last week, missed the opportunity to shoot close ups of the deer in my neighbor’s garden. But, I’m not giving up the dream to, one day, be able to meet an other one, eye to eye, and take my best ever close deer picture. On Tuesday there was one in the field not far away from us. I took a couple of pictures from, an about a 150 meter distance. He stood there like a statue but, when the two hares, closer to me, got frightened and ran away he too got scared and ran.

Bambi ?

Some days ago, at about 10:50 pm our cat was staring at something into the neighbor’s garden. I went to look and asked him is there a mouse, a rat or a hedgehog. I looked up. Oh my gosh ! A deer. Only about 4 m away from us. To me it looked like a baby deer. I turned around, trying to move slowly not making any noise, went for my camera. Back with the camera the deer had left. Oh no, it was a beautiful night and not too dark yet. It would have been the perfect picture. Next evening at about the same time the deer was back. The same spot. Just about 4 m between us. Now I had my camera at hand and went very quietly and slowly towards him/her. Geeez ! I blew it ! The light was bad and the picture was way too blurry. Yesterday Canelo and me went for the evening walk. I looked into the neighboring garden. Yay ! The deer laying under a garden swing. I could see his/hers ears. I tied Canelo to an apple tree and sneaked closer little by little. Zoomed in and shot the picture. I went back to the sidewalk and to have a look at the picture. What ! ? Doesn’t look like a deer. Nope, it was a hare. A big one. So disappointed and also pretty jealous because my neighbor had been able to take gorgeous pictures of the Bambi.

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The spring I hope . . .

The beginning of May has been unusually cold. I read it has not been this cold a spring in 60 years ! This week it was snowing Monday-Thursday. Cold or not ! It was time to take Canelo to a groomer. Good thing I did that because today was pretty warm.

Winter coat                       Summer coat

Jacky loves the warmth. The ground is dry and warm and so is the sun. He stayed out in the backyard almost all day. I went to take a couple of pictures of him. My husband shouted from the kitchen: why don’t you take a video clip. Thanks, good idea. I haven’t recorded anything yet with my new smart phone. Will be interesting to see how a video clip turns out to be. When I was recording a bird landed on a branch in the tree. My first thought was he might try to chase it. He didn’t move. He was watching with interest and said something. I think he said look mommy, look how close the bird is.

Photographing test

Although I have three digital cameras and in practice always have one or more with me wherever I go, it happens that sometimes I was using my phone camera. A couple of weeks ago I bought a new phone. This new phone has a better camera than the old one. I already have taken quite many photos to test and get used to the camera. Here are three photos I took of Jacky yesterday. He was sleeping but, of course woke. I was testing shooting without a flash in the evening when there is less light. Not bad, but I still need to learn more about settings and etc. I guess I will continue to carry one or more of my cameras with me practically all the time wherever I go 😉