In yesterday’s entry about hummingbirds, I mentioned that they sometimes perch in trees on dead branches. I was able to catch a little bird doing just that! This one is resting on a Maple tree branch. They always land on dead branches, never live ones. One of the *strangest* places I have ever seen them land was on the antenna located on our rooftop!
This morning, Michelle called out to me to get my camera! She kept calling and I thought maybe she was hurt. As I raced out the door, she had this tiny little toad in her hand. She insisted I needed to photograph it! It was so little! After the photo op, she released the little fellow in the garden.
Later this afternoon, we took a trip to Canandaigua. We took a pleasant drive through the city, seeing some beautiful old homes. There are many glamorous Victorian homes that have been lovingly restored to their days of colorful paint! We drove around and wound up at the VA hospital. I think most of the hospital has been closed, but it is a really a pretty place, and the grounds are kept nicely. As we turned around to head out, I told Mark to look at the HUGE tree in front of the building! He pulled over near it and noticed there was a plaque in front of the tree….
Yes, it seems this old oak tree is at least as old as the United States! I think the tree was at least 4 feet across!
I walked back over half of a city block to take a picture of the canopy of this glorious old tree. I still couldn’t capture the entire canopy, but you can certainly see this is a very, very big tree. It looks as though it is very healthy, too! Amazing. I would like to get a book regarding the history of Canandaigua, as it seems like it must have been a very prosperous small city. Located in the Finger Lakes (Canandaigua Lake is one of the “Fingers”) it is beautiful and rather unique.
As we took the “long road” home, we drove along the road next to the lake. This is always the more enjoyable route for me, and nine times out of ten, it is my preferred road. There is something so soothing and relaxing about water! As we traversed the road less traveled, we caught sight of the Canandaigua Lady heading southward. The “Lady” is a replica of the steamboats that once were popular on the Finger Lakes.
Today was another wonderfully beautiful day here in the Bristolwood. The sun shone, the sky was blue and harmless clouds hung in the sky looking like fluffs of cotton candy! Doesn’t get much better than this!