Archive for December 2010

Moraine Lake

December 28, 2010

Most beautiful
in the world
a turquoise mirror
outshines any Caribbean beach
surrounded by majestic mountain peaks
blanketed in spiky emerald conifers
to top it off
a river of snow
coming down the steep slope
feeding the lake
and primary blue
is the sky

Most Beautiful Place

December 10, 2010

Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? For me, Moraine Lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies is the most drop-dead gorgeous location in the world!

Its turquoise waters, tall conifers and snow-capped mountains will take your breath away and make you want to stay forever!

My husband and I visited this glacially-fed lake in June 2006. From the vantage point of the rock pile we saw both a small avalanche and a small forest fire high in the mountains—at the same time! Not something you see everyday—or is it, if you live in the Canadian Rockies?

Renting a canoe to explore this awesome lake was such a treat! I highly recommend it. We also had a lovely lunch on the outdoor patio of the Moraine Lake Lodge. If you have limited time in the area, skip Lake Louise and spend your entire day at Moraine Lake. I must return here! Maybe next time we’ll splurge and stay at the lodge. It’d be worth it.

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Those Nutty Nuthatches

December 1, 2010

08/23/10 — Gunflint Trail, Minnesota — It was a hot and windy day so we opted to hang out around camp instead of going out in the canoe. The Nuthatches were my entertainment for the day. It’s fun to watch them flutter around pine cones, picking out seeds and bringing them to another tree. Their calls sound like nasal beeps.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch was just one of the species involved in entertaining me on vacation. Here is the list of birds I saw on our week-long camping trip at the edge of the Boundary Waters. (One thing I’ve learned about birders is that they like to make lists.)

  1. White-throated Sparrow
  2. Cedar Waxwing
  3. American Robin
  4. Black-capped Chickadee
  5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  6. Dark-eyed Junco
  7. Gray Jay
  8. Common Grackle
  9. American Crow
  10. Common Raven
  11. Ring-billed Gull
  12. Hairy Woodpecker
  13. Northern Flicker
  14. Pileated Woodpecker
  15. Common Nighthawk
  16. Common Loon
  17. Hooded Merganser
  18. Mallard
  19. Turkey Vulture
  20. Osprey
  21. Bald Eagle