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Wet Robin on the Beach Trail and More! (+3 insets)

Wet Robin on the Beach Trail and More! (+3 insets)
(+3 insets!)

We're Back From our Covid Trip! Best. Trip. Evar!
Steve and I got home a few days ago and we're delighted to report that it was the very best trip we've been on since we began our RV camping trips last year! Despite the scary concepts of virus everywhere, we travelled from one place to the next and had a safe and wonderful series of adventures. Our rig is all we could have hoped for--the trailer is just incredible and the truck is handling the load perfectly!

We have learned how to slow down, relax, and chill out. I've had time to enjoy hammocks (Steve's a master!), macro photography, reading, writing--even playing video games if the mood suits me. Steve's gotten to chat with folks and make new friends, go fishing, play video games, fiddle around with trailer and truck enhancements, etc. We've been hiking and bike riding, shared weenie-roasts and time with Steve's family.

Most importantly, it's a fact that travelling has always been hard on our relationship in one way or another, but not this time!! That's the best part of all and we couldn't be happier about the whole kit and caboodle!

Finally, we've even figured out how to bring our whole family with us--frogs, our snake, and of course our parrot and grand supervisor, Pumpkin--and this totally completes us!

In the time since we left for our first adventure, the weather turned from warm to blasting inferno--over 100 degrees most days, ugh! This has been a bit of a shock to our systems every time step outside but we're slowly getting used to it. Also, since we now view our trailer more as our home than our actual home, readjusting is a bit odd. The one thing we really don't like about where we live is the incredible summer heat, blah!

The moment we got back, Steve's been buzzing around with laser focus towards his list of projects. There are lots of things to modify and add to the trailer, fix and resupply. It's astonishing to see everything he's done in this short time already! Besides shopping for essentials, he's gotten materials for a bunch of things he's working on. Currently he's installing a super-cool attachment that will store and secure our fold-up Porta-Bote to the side of our RV, so we'll have it with us on our next trip!

I have been running around the house, updating lists, organizing and preparing for our next trip in a couple of weeks. There's a lot of coordination involved and Steve and I have quite the partnership down. I've also been processing images from the trip but I haven't had time to post them because I have to focus on preparation. However, I'm finally at a point where I can begin putting images up again, so here we go! :)

Today's Pictures
Our first seven days was spent at a truly lovely campground called Humbug Mountain State Park. I was so happy that I finally had time to relax and take pictures of all types--most especially macro--but I also had time to watch critters and wait for opportunities for good pictures. Walking to the beach one day with my marvelous Sony camera presented just that chance! My main picture shows an American Robin that stopped in mid-run to listen and look for bugs. You will notice that it's wet! Apparently it had just had a bath and wasn't dry yet, what fun! My first inset shows a portrait which turned out nicely too!

Insets also include a picture of a colorful chalk-drawn star that was right outside our trailer, and on the trailer door itself, I found this adorable caterpillar! (I captured this cutie with my macro lens)

I hope everyone is doing well! Stay safe and comfortable!!

Explored on 7/29/20; highest placement #1.

Gabi Lombardo, Arlequin Photographie, Ruesterstaude, Kawasirius and 48 other people have particularly liked this photo


35 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable et belle série ..Le Robin a l'embarras du chois pour les insectes..!
Bonne soirée.
10 days ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Wonderful photos and information !
10 days ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Vu et admiré avec plaisir au
www.ipernity.com/group/oiseaux_monde
10 days ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A wonderful photograph, Janet. What a haughty expression on this robin's face! How different it looks from our European robin. All the best, Joe
10 days ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Great to see the photos of your latest journey, Janet. I especially like the robin in the inset.
10 days ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Magnifique gros plan de ce rouge gorge ! ***************
10 days ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, a wonderful series, Janet !!! Love the robin's expression !!!!
10 days ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
schön, das ihr wieder gesund und munter zurück seit.
Lass es sacken und dann zeig uns eure Eindrücke
10 days ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
Very beautiful bird! And very interestig informations! You had a fabulous trip! All the best for you and Steve!
10 days ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A great image I hope you didn't disturb it's bath !!!!!!!!! what's the ultimate aim a grand tour of all the states ???
10 days ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
ho ..... l' allure !!
10 days ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Parece un Robin de más talla que el europeo. Muy bien, la larva también esmerado reflejo
10 days ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
fast nicht erkannt mit der nassen Frisur
10 days ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding shots! Stay well!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
10 days ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
SO HAPPY FORE YOU BOTH !!

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
10 days ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Belle capture , il est bien campé sur ses pattes
10 days ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
splendid find Janet

Have a great day:)
10 days ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
Excellent capture Janet, your robins are so different to ours. Glad to hear that you are home safe and well and that your trip was the best. Stay safe my friend.
10 days ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A beautiful series, being wet certainly gives the Robin a distinctive look! Glad to hear too, that your trip away went so well.
10 days ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A beautiful series, Janet!
I'm glad you had a safe journey and experienced so many positive things.
Take care and stay well!
10 days ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Tolles Portrait, Janet !
10 days ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A great shot Janet.
Stay safe and thankyou for posting to FFF.
9 days ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Great...
9 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Welcome back Janet................and such a happy Janet too. How wonderful :-)

What a beautiful Robin.............it looks vaguely similar to ours but much bigger and more "butch" looking :-)) You've captured it beautifully both in the main image and the PiP.

An odd-looking caterpillar which seems to be hugging a white version of itself! My fave PiP has to be that brilliant star - you've processed it perfectly, especially with the vignette and the colours really pop!

Looking forward to the next installment when you have time in between preparing for your next adventure!
9 days ago.
 Boro
Boro
Superbe **********
9 days ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Superbe!!! :)))
9 days ago.
 cammino
cammino club
What luck to get a robin, still wet from the bath, in front of the camera. It looks so cheeky and self-confident! Just by the way: European robins are much less colourful than American robins. And you took a particularly good picture of the little transparent caterpillar!
9 days ago. Edited 9 days ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
It's dignity has been compromised and it ain't at all sure it appeciates that!
9 days ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde club
Magnifique
9 days ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very beautiful capture !
happy WE !
8 days ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Schitterend
8 days ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wonderful photos of the Robin, Janet, and the worm is exquisite! The Robins are ubiquitous. We even see them in the mountains but they are certainly beautiful and elegant birds and I never tire of watching them hunting for worms.

So happy your camping trip went well. Sounds like you guys have nearly everything the way you want it and that's the only way whether camping as you do or as we do or backpacking. Maybe I'm just a bit OCD, but I wouldn't have it otherwise.

I am back home again. Flew in from Denver yesterday afternoon. Good to be sleeping in a real bed again and eating real food again, but it is hot here - 105 yesterday and working up to the same today. And .... I have to mow the lawn, alas.

I've posted a description of our trip, a description of sorts, on my latest photo, but photos and descriptions hardly compare to the experience itself as you so well know. It was, however that may be, fabulous in every respect except one.

It was great to spend time with my brothers and the hiking went surprisingly well. I really feel great after all the hiking and neither the altitude or the distance were any problem. I think I was in the best shape of the three of us.

Used an internal frame backpack for the first time ever. I was afraid that my old external frame pack that I've used for years would not survive the rough handling of an airplane cargo hold. It has an aluminum frame and I was especially worried about that.

However, the new pack did not survive intact. A panel in the back of one compartment is broken and there are several other things I don't like about it, so back it goes to REI and back I go to the green monster, my old pack.

We had two days together before hiking and another part of a day after hiking. Really enjoyed the time with them. Neal is the second oldest in our family and I'm the oldest. We'e always been close though as kids we fought constantly.

After they picked me up at Denver airport we drove to Carbondale and camped there for two nights. Went by way of Independence Pass, a gorgeous drive through the mountains near Aspen and Vail, both of which towns yo may have in their entirety.

We went up the first night to Maroon Lake for some star photography, the sunrise and a wander through the Aspen groves and meadows above the lake. Also went up into another part of the mountains for the wildflowers there -fields of Sego Lilies and Scarlet Gilia.

They drove me back to Denver yesterday and they should be home by now though they have not yet left word to that effect. After driving through the night they probably just fell into bed when they arrived home and I'll hear from them later.

I'll comment on some other photos later in the day. Have to get at it now.
8 days ago. Edited 8 days ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow, Janet - you and Steve seem to have sorted out the best way to have fun now. It does sound as if you are both committed to having fun and taking the whole family with you. We've not had those kind of temperatures over here - although I have got the windows open and it's a lovely 75F which is fine for relaxing in. I do love the pictures too. The robin does look a tad messy!!!! As for the caterpillar - I did wonder if it was a tiny fish, but it's looking great anyway. I'm so happy for you too - you sound so together and happy with the way your life is going.
7 days ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Admirables captures *****
6 days ago.
 Esther
Esther club
I love watching Robins. They are very fearless birds. I'm really amazed at your other photos as well. They are technically and artistically wonderful.
2 days ago.

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