Cabin Fever

We had gorgeous weather for our cabin weekend.  It was sunny, hot and windy.  Perfect for a couple of days at the lake.

We arrived at sunset and went straight to the boat landing to get our boat in the water for the weekend.  The sky was beautiful.


These friendly ducks greeted us.  Look closely. They are in the shadows.

Family of Ducks

Mike backed up the trail to the water.  Sebastian hopped in the boat and off he went into the sunset.

Off He Goes

Mike waited patiently while Sophia and I took photos.  He even stopped along the roadside on the way back to the cabin to let me take this photo of the sun setting in a field.

Field, Trees and Fog

We were all surprised to see pelicans flying over the lake during the weekend.  Over the many decades Mike’s family has come to the lake, they have never before seen pelicans.

Pelican Pair
In Flight

We saw bald eagles throughout the weekend, including this one who did a little fishing in front of us.


If you look closely, you can see the sunfish in his talons.


Mike and I came upon this guy during a run as he was crossing the dirt road.  We brought him back to the cabin for Sophia to see.  After a few photos, we returned him to where we found him.  We made certain that he was safely on his way to the pond and off the road.

Painted Turtle

This is my favorite photo from the weekend.

Golden Mosaic Dragonfly

Look for the dragonfly photobomb at the top of this photo…

Through The Grass
Cheaper By The Dozen

The weekend also included a little fishing for Mike and Sophia.  The eagle had better luck though.

Father & Daughter


Hayward 2014 | The Wild Life

We saw a variety of wild creatures during our week at the cabin.  We spotted eagles, geese, kingfishers, a muskrat and all of the wild life below.

Full Speed Ahead | Slug
Tiny Handful | Frog
Ready For My Close Up | Dragonfly


Going For A Swim | Mallard Duck

We found these guys on our deck one evening after dark.

Mirror Image | Toads

Sophia did a little catch and release with this sunny.

Caught ‘Em | Sunfish
Standing Tall | Blue Heron
Flying High | Turkey Vulture
Coming Up For Air | Painted Turtle
Trio | Common Loons

We spotted this fellow along the side of the road on our way into town.  Sophia snapped a quick picture with my iPhone before he trotted off into the woods.

Among The Wild Flowers | Black Bear

While fishing off the dock before bedtime, Sophia caught a “big” fish.

Hooked | Rock Bass

It was a fun week with spottings of new animals each day.

Busy Bees

I think I’ve become obsessed with the bees.

Furry Bee
Beautiful Bee
Brilliant Bee
Pollinating Bee

While I was watching the bees, Sophia had her eye on a dragonfly.

Trying To Catch A Dragonfly

He decided to make a stop on my tomato plant.

Perfect Landing

Sophia and I both enjoyed a very warm late summer day watching the bees and the dragonflies.