September 26, 2014
Brier Island Lodge is a family-run place. It is a little expensive, and it lacks a few of the usual motel-chain extras. There is no phone in the room and no wi-fi (there is wifi in the lounge). But there are a few extras that make up for everything else. The view from the dining room is great and includes most of the bay and the small island with lighthouse plus beautiful sunsets, if you eat at the proper time for that event. You can walk from your room straight across the island on a shrubby trail that ends on a rocky cove. Instead of noisy lawnmowers there is a small free-range flock of sheep and a goat. Staff is friendly and helpful. Here are some photos of things I liked.
The small farm is located right next to the Lodge office and the Restaurant.
The sheep, and the goat, are not penned, although there is a fenced field area next to the motel units.
Here are the sheep seen through the window of our room in the morning after our arrival.
Here are the sheep seen from the lounge, which has two walls of windows. I used the wi-fi in the lounge. It was a large sunny place with tables and games and books, and the registration area.
Lodge dining room included a small sitting area with a bright orange painted brick fireplace.
Teapots and Coffee pots in the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are served here, there is a great view of the harbor and lighthouse (not to mention the sheep).
You can dine in the restaurant even if you are not staying in the motel rooms.
The outdoor public phone. No phones in the rooms.
I tried to get the spiders and webs on the phone and booth in a photo but was not very successful. I thought it was “quaint” but when I got home I saw as many cobwebs in my house.
We would stay here again; it was fun and convenient, and we liked the staff.
September 4, 2014
Oriental Hotel, Venice
This (above) is Bohemian Glass, in the Prague hotel room.
April 24, 2014
April 24 Frenchman’s Hill fire-pond.
Pair of Common Merganser
Just the drake Mallard, I didn’t see the female.
A pair of Canada Geese also arrived this afternoon but I wasn’t able to get a photo. Busy day on the pond!
April 24, 2014
I’ll add more as I get my photos organized.
White-faced Ibis at Bosque del Apache, 13 April. There were more than one group of these birds. The next photo is very fuzzy but all the photos were taken from the car.
Bosque del Apache, 13 April
This next one is my pride and joy, a Juniper Titmouse. Everyone else had gone ahead to walk the trails at Gran Quivira Ruins (part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument) and I was still in the parking lot trying to dislodge a dead butterfly from the front grill of the car (I think it is a checkered skipper) when I heard a lovely trill coming from the top of the nearest tree. I looked up and saw what looked like a tufted titmouse but did not sound anything like that. So I took a quick picture before it flew off and hid itself. Then I stopped in the visitor center. The ranger, who knew a great deal about the birds and everything else in his park, told me that it was a Juniper Titmouse. I’d never even heard of the bird! Very exciting. Date was 20 April.
Juniper Titmouse, Gran Quivira Ruins, Socorro County New Mexico.
One poor Sandhill Crane at Bosque del Apache on April 13. The official at the visitor center said that this bird did not move with its flock when they left. It is probably sick or injured.
Bosque del Apache April 13. Sandhill crane.