No walking for 3 weeks...
Plantar fasciitis has to be one of the worst things you can get when you are trying to walk everyday. So, as a result, I haven't been able to walk for the last couple of weeks. But fear not, for I have still had my camera with me and managed to snap a few photos.
At least that is what I think this is. It may not be, as this is not the typical area for this dragonfly, but it looks like that is what it is. This is a male specimen. I did not have to wander far for this one. It was ten feet from my house in the front flowerbed. Jase spotted it and ran and grabbed my camera for me. I had to set the shutter speed really fast, as the wind was causing the flower and dragonfly to move around a lot. Great find by my youngest boy.
This praying mantis was hanging out in the sunlight on the wall at Little Caesars. I took this with my iPhone 12, as the best camera to use is the one you have with you. He was just standing there and did not budge at all. Several of us took its photo, as we waited in line outside. Up close, they are a fascinating creature. Almost prehistoric looking.
End of Summer Tour
Tara and I took the boys to Sip n Scoop in Cornwall, for a little end of summer - back to school tour. Awesome little place, unless you have diabetes. The boys loved it. We drove Highway 2 to get there, and travelled down Lakeshore Drive and took the Long Sault Parkway. I am slowly turning into my father. I realize this when I take a trip to these areas and become the historian, teaching our boys what the Seaway is all about and what used to be in certain places, but is now under water. Hopefully they listen and absorb some of it, as history is important to learn. The boys wanted to go swimming, so on our way back, we stopped at the Iroquois Beach. Boy does that bring back memories. My first swimming lessons were at this beach. I remember the water being very cold in the early mornings in June. Today was crazy windy, but the boys went running in anyways. They loved it. The went looking for shells and found some crayfish claws, which Jase later had to fight the seagulls for. They sat and chatted with each other, and worked together while swimming and hunting. A Federal ship passed by and silently slipped into the Iroquois Locks.
We packed up and headed for home, but stopped at the old power house that is under water at the old locks. I like showing the boys where my grandfather worked at one time, but today we were greeted by a beautiful blue heron. Of course I had to get a photo.