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September 11, 2022



I've been thinking about you with the hurricane in Florida. Do you have any word yet about what has happened at your place? - Margy


Sallie - we had a week or so when the smoke was so thick here we could not see the hills beyond the lake. It was partly a fire about 15 miles from us, and partly smoke from Idaho. It finally cleared and we are grateful. Interesting that the utility companies would shut off power as a precaution - sounds like a lesson learned from California. Love the ferry - especially that it is electrically powered.


I hope the fire is out by now. So far behind reading. Love those old ferries.

Linda W

Neat pictures. Stay safe.

Adam Jones

So nice to see those Ospreys.

ellen b.

I recognize those smoky skies but we are far away from them right now. Glad you could get out and enjoy some wildlife. Cheers from Oxford!

Diane Bohlen

That was an interesting drive. So sorry to hear that you are affected by the fires. Sad to hear a whole town had to be evacuated. Hope the fires ease as winter approaches. We have friends who moved to USA and live in Colorado but their daughter has just been accepted to do her doctorate at Eugene University.

Lavender Dreams

I know you were glad to get out in nature. I hope and pray the fires are out soon. Love seeing that big Osprey nest. I haven't seen an Osprey in a long time. But our weather is better now so hopefully we'll get to drive to the coast soon.


I'm so sorry that you and so many others are suffering with the fires. Keep safe! You have a true refuge there; not just for animals now, right? Thank goodness.

David Gascoigne

I am sure it was a great relief to get away from the smoke, Sallie. I don't think that people appreciate what a huge issue it is. We recently met a couple who moved from British Columbia to Ontario after dealing with poor air quality year after year. They were our first genuine climate migrants!


The fires sound ominous — like they are the precursor of something even worse, even bigger. I’m glad they are still far away from you and that you can get out and away.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com


Thanks for the visit and the comment. Belated HB to you also I am 1943!!
Take care Diane


Hello, Sallie,

Wonderful sightings of the ducks and the Osprey. The wildlife refuges are fun to visit. There is always something great to see.
I hope you and your family are safe from the wildfires. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend.

Shiju Sugunan

Sorry about the wildfire. The Osprey nest looks awesome.


Hello Sallie :=)

We have also had wildfires near us. It's frightening when everything is so dry, and when smoke and falling ash is in the air. You did the right thing to get away from it to breath in fresh air and visit a wildlife refuge. Lovely scenery with smoke free blue sky, bird pictures,...great capture of the Osprey, and what looked like an enjoyable ferry trip. I hope the smoke doesn't linger for too long and everyone can breath in fresh air again.
All the best.

A ShutterBug Explores

So sorry you had to 'leave town' but look the beautiful place you found and such lovely wildlife and photos ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~ Xo

A ShutterBug Explores ~
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Peter B.

The Ferry crossing looks like fun, and a bargain price! Glad you are safe from the fires.

Jm, Illinois, U.S.A.

Ferry rides are so fun! I am awed by your image of the Osprey nest. Glad you were able to get away from the smoke, fire and no electricity. Is the electric back on now?

Ms. Donyarific

The Osprey nest looks awesome! I love the fall, together with the sights and smells. I hope you get better air quality soon and get to enjoy it more. Cheers!

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Good post.

Photo Cache

Nice outing photos. Hope you get better air quality.

Soma @ InkTorrents.com

The smoke and the air quality can be so horrible. Good that you were able to get away for a while and enjoy the blue sky. Fantastic photos, really love the first one. Hope the smoke clears up soon so you can enjoy the outdoors even more.


Alycia Quiltygirl

Gosh you got to some beautiful country!! I sure hope those fires get out soon - sorry about the smoke!!!


Thanks, Sallie, for letting us know you were not in any danger and hope the fires will be out soon. It is nice to have been able to get out and visit the refuge. The ferry ride looked like fun as well. Thanks also for the lovely comment on my recent family post.


Glad you were able to get out and see some of nature. Great to see all the waterfowl. It's been a while since we have the hot, dry, windy weather during a fire season but I remember the uncomfortable anxiety of it all.


I understand getting antsy from staying inside. Love all your photos from the wildlife refuge - lovely! Stay safe and sane!

Traude "Rostrose"

Dear Sally, I think you did well to escape the "smoke quarantine" to a nature reserve and you saw many birds even if they were far away. But wind and fire really are a tricky combination...
We also love taking ferries across rivers, it's much more romantic than driving across bridges :-D A great Osprey sighting was added as a bonus!
All the best from Austria,


Mala cosa son los incendios. En España hemos tenido en algunas zonas incendios, que se agraván por la extrema sequedad que padecemos.

Veronica Lee

I never tire of your beautiful photos, Sallie.

I hope that the fires are out soon.

Stay safe, dear friend 💚💙🧡

Life Images by Jill, West Australia

We have sea eagles nesting along one of our river-side walks, and on Monday we saw a clutch of baby ducklings with mother and father hovering. Stay safe from the fires, enjoy your week.

William Kendall

Another blogger out that way has noted the issues with smoke.


Summer feeling

Denise A Gullickson

I hope that fire is put out soon. Take good care of yourselves out there. Loved all the photos!

Jennifer Jilks

Our osprey will leave us soon!
Sorry about the smoke. It must be awful.


oh no, make sure you stay safe there aye. I'm guessing thats one of the perils of Summer/late Summer. We sometimes have that happen here with fires in various parts of the country but not alot, Australia seems to get bush fires more than we do and theirs are deadly.

Sharon Wagner

Now that fall has arrived, I'm ready to begin osprey watching duty. (My flovember Florida fun!)


Hi Sallie..great looking spot...I see Yellowlegs for sure and my eye sight has become so bad I cant make out the ducks Shoveler maybe...hope the fire is out soon. Happy Week/


I always love visiting the wildlife refuges. The ducks are cute and I love the Osprey. The ferry ride looks fun. The views are beautiful. I hope the fires are out, everyone stays safe.
Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

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