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Diamond Lake, Oregon

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love 

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I'd like to apologize for not being around ipernity for the past couple of days. I have been totally distracted by an all-encompassing project that's seems like idle fun and entertainment but it's actually very important. Steve and I will soon be going on our longest trip yet--6 weeks--and we'll be traveling all over Vancouver Island! Our campsites are all reserved now, thanks to Steve's diligent hunting, internet surfing and hours of phone calls. Planning worked out much better this time because we made sure there was a lot more time before our trip began. We still had to contend with a couple of holidays but it all worked out in the end and our itinerary is all set now!

My job is Activity Director and it's been my task to discover awesome stuff for us to do…hikes, mountain bike and paved paths to ride, places to go fishing, lovely drives, cool towns to visit, festivals and events not to miss…it's a dizzying amount of stuff to look up and organize. Directions are needed, pdfs need to be downloaded, dates must match the times we'll be in the area, and I also have to make sure it doesn't take too long to get to various places that look like fun.

Some of the highlights will include hikes to lovely waterfalls and one that will take us to a crashed airplane from 1945. Another adventure will take us on a quick ferry ride to Newcastle Island for a grand afternoon of bike riding with amazing views. We'll go to the world-famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria and the nearby butterfly gardens--this is where Steve will have to drag me and my camera away or we'll never leave! :D We'll go fishing for trout, salmon and bass in lakes and streams--maybe even some ocean beach fishing too! One day we'll float lazily down part of the Cowichan River in a pair of innertubes. We'll go on a long drive to see many areas we'll not be able to stay, and one place we'll drive to is the Pacific Rim National Park and many, many provincial (state) parks too. There will be trips to mountain bike riding parks and strolls along quaint harbors. Though we'll be eating our own food most of the time, we'll certainly make room for world-class sushi at least a few times! :) With so many days for us to explore this beautiful island, we're hoping to get a really nice experience of all that Vancouver Island has to offer!

All that being said, I still have a lot of work to do finding cool stuff for us to see and do! So I wanted to let you know that my time is short and I hope you understand! There's just not enough time in the day for all of the things I'd like to do!

Today's pictures are my last few that I've processed from Diamond Lake, though I have piles yet to do. My main picture is not going to be a favorite of arachnophobes but it's pretty darn special and I just had to feature it for my leading image.

The day that I went on a macro stroll, I wandered down to the creek that leads out to Diamond Lake. The water in the creek was moving very slow and it was a lot more like a log-jammed pond than a proper creek. The mosquitoes there were absolutely ecstatic by my arrival and they seemed to think they were very clever with their joke, "Have you arrived for lunch?" Hardy har har…but the joke was certainly on me because they dined heartily while I was forced to ignore them. Why would I let myself become lunch!?

Honestly, I just couldn't help myself. I found so many incredible flowers and grasses to photograph, and as you saw the other day, damselflies too! As I rounded the edge of the stream to go on the other side, I looked down when I saw a round, light-colored something moving very quickly right at my feet. It could only be one thing--a mother spider carrying her egg sac behind her! It was something I'd never seen before and wow was I excited! The spider stopped stock-still just below, partially hidden by some blades of grass. By shifting very slowly, I was able to get a pretty clear view of her and with virtual fingers crossed, I clicked away, gradually leaning in closer and closer until I felt it would be too alarming if I got any closer. Stepping away to give her space, I was satisfied by my series and hoped I'd have something I could use. As you can see, I *WAS* successful! I am over the moon with joy to get this picture of a hunting spider (not sure of the exact species) with her lovely egg sac. WOOT! :D

I also have three insets to share. One of them is another picture of the creek from the other side that I got with my Sony later that day…it's just such a cool looking creek with all of the logs in it! The second inset really pulls at my heart. On my way back to our RV I encountered this majestic old beauty of a dog. It wanted to very BADLY to come up to me for some attention but I needed to get away from the feasting mosquitoes so I only paused long enough for this picture. What a dear, dear doggy! And finally, a picture of our truck and trailer at our campsite! I've been taking a picture at each campsite and some day it will be fun to put them all together into a massive campsite show! :)

Pam, I had to shake my head in horror to read that there are mosquitoes that make your joints swell…that's horrendous! I have read from others--Ruth especially--that some folks are badly allergic to mosquito bites…what a terrible situation. :( I do know that insect bites vary from bug to bug and person to person…who knew that mosquitoes could be so toxic? I mean, of course MALARIA but in the US…I'd just not thought they can be so bad! *SENDING BIG HUGS YOUR WAY!*

Explored on 7/13/19; highest placement, #3.

appo-fam, micritter, ROL/Photo, niraK68 and 70 other people have particularly liked this photo

45 comments - The latest ones
neira-Dan club
wow !! une superbe lycosidée très bien capturée , une macro top; une mère promenant son cocon
les autres photos sont très belles aussi
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
waouhhhhhhhhhh superbe macro *************bisous et bon we Janet
11 months ago.
X-pose club
Great macro!
11 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbes captures comme d'habitude ! J'aime beaucoup la deuxième note avec le labrador, Il est tellement bien capturé ! Vous allez passer 6 semaines de rêves ce sera l'occasion de faire des photos exceptionnelles ! Je vous souhaite de ne plus rencontrer de moustiques.
Bon week-end, Janet !
11 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wow, I love it.
11 months ago.
uwschu club
Wünsche euch jetzt schon mal viel Spaß für eure Tour, klingt sehr spannend, was du da beruflich auf die Beine stellst (oder ihr Beide).
Könnte ich mir perfekt für mich vorstellen.
Spinnen sind nicht so meine Welt, bleibe da gerne auf Abstand :-)), bin aber mutiger, wie meine Frau.
Schönes Wochenende
11 months ago.
Thérèse club
Monstrueuse ! Comme toutes les mères :))
Bon we
11 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful close-up; looks quite scary.
11 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Great series!

Admired in:
11 months ago.
What a wonderful series my friend!!
11 months ago.
Superbe **********
11 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
quelle macro janet .......felicitations !!
11 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Shivering with horror but fascinated too.
11 months ago.
tiabunna club
A marvellous close-up main image,Janet, and I enjoyed the others in this series, particularly the lovely old dog (who looks well cared-for). Your coming trip sounds great and, well, there are only so many hours in a day - so that has to take precedence over online activities. Have a great weekend.
11 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A wonderful close up of that beautiful spider..............and the huge egg-sac! The amount of detail you've captured is amazing...........and I also love the colours of the spider. Interesting PiPs too - especially the gorgeous old pooch, who looks a bit sad, perhaps because you couldn't stop and play ;-)

Your planning seems to coming along well....................and I can envision that this mega-trip is going to be absolutely fantastic..!!
11 months ago.
cammino club
You've got a great trip ahead of you. As I read everything is well prepared and planned ...
A really great close-up you have posted here!
11 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful photo and an awesome capture, Janet. The other photos are great, too, especially that tree filled creek, but this deserves first place. Every so often you get one of those once-in-a-lifetime photos and this certainly qualifies. Reminds me of something really neat that I learned the other day, that wrens often collect egg sacks from spiders and put them in their nests so that the spiders deal with whatever parasites would harm the baby wrens.

Busy couple of days before we go on our next trip. We're not as careful planners as you but do get maps and information if the place is new. We'll be headed to a camp south of Coeur d'Alene and will be spending one day hiking when the kids are at a waterpark. Then on to Lynden and a weekend there with youngest son and daughter-in-law. Probably won't get a chance to get out hiking but we'll see.

We do want to pick berries, strawberries are finished but we'll get blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. We use them for jams, syrups, fruit brandies and for toppings, crepes etc. Like to have a good amount of them in the freezer to last us until next summer. This time we're picking for several others as well. Last year when we picked blueberries we didn't even have to move - picked about ten pounds just standing in one spot.

Nancy used to work in the blueberry fields in Michigan so she is the blueberry expert. When we freeze them, we lay them out on trays, put the trays in the freezer and then when the berries are frozen, put them in bags. Had crepes with cream and fresh raspberries and strawberries last Sunday, and we'll certainly eat some of these fresh as well. We make low sugar jams and syrups, though, otherwise the syrup overwhelms the fruit.

Not much else I can think of. My parents are struggling. My mom has dementia and knows yet what's happening - that causes problems when she takes it out on my dad who is quite frail and not very well able to handle the stress. My oldest sister has brain surgery in a month - had a tumor removed many years ago and now the scar tissue is causing problems, so we have a lot to think about.
11 months ago.
RHH club
Your comments on the herons reminded me of an incident in Stanley Park. We were watching a heron stalking something and suddenly he grabbed a big dragonfly right out of the air and after holding it a bit gulped it down.

Spent last night and this morning putting up gutter over the garage door. When it rains we get deluged. Also fixed a closet door (loose screws fixed with a mixture of white glue and toilet paper in the holes) and a porch rail.

Now to make a green curry and lemon souffles for lunch. Relaxing for a few minutes with an espresso tonic first. They've become one of our favorite summer drinks and we are trying different fruit syrups and mints with them.

Another favorite is a gin and tonic with some muddled raspberries or strawberries and a few mint leaves. Iced espresso, however, is a quick substitute for either of them or just an iced coffee. Hot here so we need the cold drinks.

Funny story about Pumpkin and the littles. Probably loves all the attention she gets from them and they, of course, are naturally curious. Your stories about Pumpkin almost make me want to get a bird like her, but we would not be able to do it justice.

As to water parks, I don't mind the slides and rides but hate places where I have to stand in line and that are overrun with people. Much rather go to a place where nobody else is around and that usually involves hiking or backpacking.

Scary story about the blowing embers. Living in a dry area we really appreciate how upsetting any threat of fire can be. Had some idiot blowing off fireworks last night for about an hour. Was tempted to go looking for whoever it was.

Also had an old dead tree fall down last night - outside our property but near the fence. Getting ready for bed heard a crash and looked out to see it down. Thankfully it missed the fence, but left a mess of broken branches and old wood.
11 months ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Uhhh...I´m still an arachnophobian but this one is sitting behind glass :)
A great photo..wonderful colors and NO...I have no goosebumps yet! :)
Seems to be a wonderful trip through nature....I hope you still enjoy, Janet!
11 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful - and a lovely dog ;-)
11 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
great close-up!
11 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
very nice
11 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec notes. Nicole.
11 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow, Janet, that doesn't always work that you find that an arachnid, I think i'll try and ignore it, for what it is, and just comment on it before it goes anywhere near me!!!!

The river with the fallen logs looks as if beavers have been having a grand time in building their dams with the logs. The doggie looks so sweet and patient - or is he trying not to move so the mosquitoes leave him alone?

When Mandi was about 14 she caught vivreal malaria when we were in Morocco. We didn't realise she had it, we just thought she was suffering from flu. After about a week, we took her to the doctors who immediately sent her to hospital for the correct treatment, and for about another week we didn't know if she would survive. The Tropical Diseases department in London said that the mosquito had bitten another animal before Mandi, probably a donkey or similar, and had transferred the blood from that animal into Mandi which is why she was so ill. Apparently once you've had malaria, you are more easily prone to catching it again unless you take the proper precautions!!
11 months ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Exceptional capture.
11 months ago.
 Ron Masters
Ron Masters club
11 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
11 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
Stunning macro Janet, great trip, great travelogue
11 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! Thrilling, Janet ! An impressive macro-shot !
11 months ago.
Esther club
Brave woman. Mosquitoes feast on me. My husband calls me his mosquito repellent since they ignore him to attack me.
11 months ago.
RHH club
Have to say again that this is a stunner, Janet. One of those photos that makes me envious and which I may never get a chance to see. The heron displaying (or whatever he was doing) was one of those shots. There are some opportunities that one misses and the reaction is "O well, I'll probably get another chance, but others that probably aren't going to come around again and that one regrets for a long time.

I suppose some would not like the photo because it's a spider and they are arachnophobes but I like weird things. The photo of the scorpion I posted some time ago didn't get much attention for that reason, at least that's what I assumed, though maybe it wasn't a very good photo. Spiders, centipedes, scorpions, snakes fascinate me and I find it difficult to understand the reactions of those who dislikes them

As to drinks, it's a bit strange but I dislike intensely the coffee and alcohol combination. Nancy loves it with Bailey's but I think it spoils perfectly good coffee. Have no objection to Bailey's or Irish whisky or whatever else a person might put in coffee, just don't like the combination. Is alcohol keto friendly? I would think beer is not due to the way it's made and the contents but perhaps other things might be.

Your reference to Black and Tans really caught my attention. We lived in Northern Ireland for quite a few years during the troubles (our oldest daughter graduated from University there and still lives there). The Blacks and Tans were a a reserve of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War for independence and had quite a bad name among many and a reputation for brutality. Though long disbanded one still hears about them there.

Your comments on Pumpkin were interesting. Makes me all the more interested in getting a bird, but with our traveling and hiking it is just not a good idea. We had a dog when we were first married but both of us were working and that was not fair to the poor animal and I've promised myself never to do that again to an animal or bird. We've had some since, especially when the kids were home, but now is not a good time.

That had better be it. Have a grandson and Neal here and need to do something with one or the other or both of them.
11 months ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Awesome shot, well done Janet.
11 months ago.
 Pam J
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11 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
love it !
marvelously done !
11 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Outstanding insect macro, Janet! What an amazing spider!
Love the wonderful PiPs too especially one of the lovely dog:)
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
An excellent close up Janet, well done.
Hope you have a great trip, and all that hard work will pay off..
11 months ago.
Proxar club
Very nice!
11 months ago.
Valfal club
Well, this is where "pod sister" is an apt title for you and me! I love looking at spiders as much as you do, and it is super special when you get to see a mother carrying her egg sac like this! I have had the pleasure of seeing this phenomenon a few times in my garden over the years. What an extraordinary capture you did, my friend! I would love exploring the woods like this! BTW, I also am considered dessert by millions of mosquitoes that dine on me if I stay out too late in the evening!
11 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Fantastique capture ! Bravo
11 months ago.
trester88 club
Großartige Aufnahme, Janet! Eine Spinne mit Kinderwagen ;-)
11 months ago.
HelenaPF club
Une vraie splendeur d'araignée Janet! Bonnes vacances à vous deux
11 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Lovely---Hoe GROOT is die Janet ???
11 months ago. Edited 9 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet,

I think everyone else has said enough about this beautiful picture!!
All known words of praise have been used already!!

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
11 months ago.
Xata club
Hope you had a nice trip and plenty of good hikes. Must be fantastic to go in the wild with your car and trailer. I will go there within two weeks, a photographer's trip, a group of 12 in two vans.
I love spiders, my phobia is limited to felines and tunnels (I cannot take a subway without sweating, so I avoid).
About mosquitos they almost never touch me, I have been said that it is because I dont eat or drink anything with sugar, I always hated sugar since childhood, I was the geek that traded any candy offered for something salty! Geraniums are good to keep them away, you can have the plant but also put the fragrance on you. In our country we were used to have geraniums at the windows and in the gardens for that purpose. Young generations find easier to go on chemicals, how stupid....
9 months ago.
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