Doe & Fawns

This doe and her fawns were all in one distant photo, but were difficult to see.  So I cropped them and put them together so you could see each one.

This doe and her fawns were all in one far away photo, but were difficult to see. So I cropped them and put them together so you could see each one.

My photos are not so great today.  I’m trying to break in a new camera and am not sure if I like it or not.

Just a pretty view.

Just a pretty view.

Also, all of the flowers are past their prime, so it’s not a lot of fun to post their pictures!

Deer are plentiful here.  It appears that all of the does had twins this year.

And so far, the only mushrooms I’ve found have been dried up and past their prime, too.

Hopefully tomorrow’s photos will be more interesting.  And of better quality!  🙂

Wilting and tattered.  But still beautiful.

Wilting and tattered. But still beautiful.

Doves and a young cardinal foraging together

Doves and a young cardinal foraging together

The deer were in the sunlit field to the left.

The deer were in the sunlit field to the left.

This little leaf looks like jewelry, doesn't it?

This little leaf looks like jewelry, doesn’t it?

 

 

Camping Again!

Sheba, a sweet, happy camper

Sheba, a sweet, happy camper

Another cold front!  Actually, it’s low 80’s with a great breeze, but that is cool for our area.  So we headed to nearby McKinney Campground on Lake Allatoona.

Our site over the lake

Our site over the lake

We’ve camped at this campground before, but not at this end.  When we were here before, a maintenance man told us that in summer it’s a lot cooler on “the point” due to the breezes.  He was right.  It’s lovely here!

We heard on the news that someone drowned here last weekend.  We didn’t hear whether it was an adult or child.

On our picture-taking walk this afternoon, we did not find a single flower.  Everything is varying shades of green.  But as always, I’m hoping to find mushrooms.  We’ll see!

Ron with Sheba rolling in the grass by one of the little swimming beaches.

Ron with Sheba rolling in the grass by one of the little swimming beaches.

Little Sunny had to stay in the trailer while we walked.  He simply can’t make it that far anymore.

I’m adding a flower picture that I posted in my last entry from Coleman Lake.  It is a little flower that got lost on the page.  So I removed the surrounding vegetation and am posting it full size so you can see the glory of it.  What a beautiful creation!

Exquisite!

Exquisite!

 

 

McKinney Campground & a Miracle with Sheba

The main street in our loop

Today was sunny, warm and windy… the kind of day when sitting outside makes you very sleepy.  If we had brought our heavy lounge chairs we would probably have taken two-hour naps outside.

Incredible colors

I got to talk with our Casita neighbor, Jean, today.   Her Casita is a 2004 Spirit Deluxe — in excellent condition.  And I met her parrot, Sam.  Sam is around 50 years old.  He was one of the last legally wild-caught parrots before they passed laws banning the practice.  She rescued him about 42 years ago from a pet shop.

Sam has liver and kidney problems, so she has to feed him liquid food through a syringe three times a day, along with his regular fruits and vegetables.  Because he needs such care, she doesn’t dare leave him with anyone else, so she brings him with her in the Casita.  His cage is set up on the dinette table, and Jean has plastic attached to the surrounding carpet to keep any mess off the walls.

More fantastic color

She is building a setup where she can put him in a screened enclosure outside so he can enjoy the outdoors, too.

Jean is an amazing animal person!  She calmed Sheba down just by talking to her and stroking her.  Then she told me how to train Sheba not to lunge on her leash.  It was so simple.  All you do is give a light yank on her leash when she tugs and very firmly and calmly say no.

I tried it this afternoon.  Sheba started out with her usual lunging, but within a few minutes was walking nicely on the leash.  Occasionally she would forget and lunge, but a tug and a firm “no” would instantly stop her.  By the time our walk ended she was doing so beautifully that she simply sat and watched two squirrels!

Giant slabs of blue rock are everywhere. I am guessing they are blue because they have a lot of copper in them? The other rock had a lot of mica in it and glittered like silver. Unfortunately, my camera didn’t pick it up.

It was magic.

I told Ron about it, so he tried it when he took her on her walk this evening.  He came back shaking his head.  “Sheba was SO GOOD!”

I admit… we are the world’s dumbest dog parents.  I can’t believe we couldn’t figure that out by ourselves.  I am very embarrassed to admit that we didn’t.

But, it’s a miracle and it works!!!

Now… to teach Sheba not to get so exuberant and out-of-control excitable when she meets people.  But after today, I am sure it will come.  I’ll ask Jean how to do it!  🙂

Our campfire this evening

I had my camera with me when I visited with Jean today, but didn’t feel comfortable asking for photos of her and Sam.

Lake Allatoona

My gang.

We’re at the McKinney Campground of Lake Allatoona, GA COE.

Ron with Sheba and Sunny

My big reason for wanting to come here was mushroom hunting.  On the drought map, it looked like this is just north of the exceptional drought line.  I just KNEW that since it’s prime wild mushroom season that I would hit the jackpot here.

Unbeknown to Ron, I even smuggled my dehydrator in the bottom of the Casita closet to help me deal with the bounty I anticipated finding.

Unfortunately the drought map lied.  It is just as dry — or drier — here than it was at home.

A path to the lake

Another view of our campsite

We didn’t get a lakefront site, so no photos of gorgeous sunsets over the water.  But it’s beautiful.  I’m sure we will find lots to entertain ourselves with — in spite of the no-show mushrooms.

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