Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cluculz Lake Happenstance

I feel as if I've been neglecting my duties as a blogger and follower this past week. Winter slowed my reflexes and left me in a bit of a slump.

But guess what?





The ice is off the lake! Yay!

I took the above picture around 9 this morning. Look how fast it went off.


See how it's opening up in the distance?  It's crazy how joyful this view makes me feel.


By noon, all but some patches were left!


 


I can't tell you how excited that makes me. It's bigger than my birthday. It's bigger than Christmas... okay, maybe not Christmas, but the ice off the lake is  H U G E!

And to think on April 13th it looked like this: 


Amazing!
 


As for my writing adventure...

I've reached the 69,000 word count on my current WIP. I've also changed the title. It's a suspense thriller about a man who loses his wife in a freak hit and run and sets out to find the killer even if doing so gets him killed. It may also ruin any hope of mending his relationship with his estranged daughter.

It was titled "One Wrong" as in one wrong doesn't make a right. But the other day a blogger mentioned that titles shouldn't require work, but instead an immediate response. So, I've renamed it BROKEN MAN.


The other thing I wanted to share is a few days ago a fish hawk landed on our balcony and couldn't escape. He kept smashing into the plexiglass.



Finally, his mate called to him, and he simply swooped himself up and over the glass. It was quite spectacular. 


To tell you the truth, I'm not sure he's a fish hawk. I've gone and packed our bird book. If you know what species he is, would you let me know in the comments? Thanks!

Lastly, I finally discovered who was getting into our garbage. I leave it outside after the bears go into hibernation.


He does look guilty, don't you think?

Looking forward to reading all your blogs!

33 comments :

  1. Oh, hooray and glory halleluia!! The ice is gone! I guess you can now say spring has definitely come. But I must say the ice in that first photo is really beautiful. Nice to look at, I guess, but not so nice to live with for months on end.

    That hawk is possibly a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Our daughter gets them in the Kootenays... grey with white, smallish, with two-toned grey striped tail edged in white. The breast is light and dappled. The only other one I can think it resembles might be a Cooper's Hawk. Isn't 'Fish Hawk' what some people call Ospreys?

    Love your capture of the garbage thief, too. Cheeky blighter! :)

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    1. I didn't think he was a fish hawk, but a hawk of something. Thanks, Carol. Your knowledge is outstanding! I was just so glad to see him make his escape. Thoughts of grabbing him didn't sit well. LOL.

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  2. Ice off the lake - best birthday present ever!
    Or at least a really good one.
    No idea on the hawk. Bet your cat was going crazy though.

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    1. Yes, great present. Yay, no ice! As for Fritzy-girl, she was rather calm. I had to hold her head and aim her eyes in the right direction. She's a bit old like her mistress. LOL Thanks, Alex.

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  3. Lovely photos. I especially love the one of the fox. I hope you're celebrating the loss of the ice. It cam off fast, maybe a full spring will come just as fast.

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    1. I had two brownies, Sara. Does that count? LOL. Thanks.

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  4. Hey Joylene!

    A real icebreaker of a posting. Excellent news and things will be going swimmingly.

    That must take some doing counting all those words. I see you decided to rename the book after something I once was. Still, I picked up the pieces.

    Superb photos, as per usual. That fox gets around. It was in my garden only the other day, eh!

    Yay for the ice a goin'!

    Gary :)

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    1. Yup, Gary, it's official, spring has sprung! Yay. How about you? If the fox likes your garden, must mean there's food there, eh? Yay!

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  5. Ice begone. Yay! Celebrate with a frozen margarita, but let it thaw before drinking. Nah. Instead, feel the icy goodness melt in your mouth and imaging the lake thawing all over again.

    Cool looking bird, whatever it is. Love the fox, but then I always like foxes. Clever and agile and stealthy and playful... What's not to like?

    Have fun watching sun reflect off WAVES (of liquid-type H20).

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    1. There's 3' waves out there, and a few wharves are sailing past. Other than that, you are so right, Keith. It's ice-melting celebration time! Thanks, eh!

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  6. What an awesome happening! Great photos, too, and I like the sound of your new WIP title (and blurb).

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    1. Thanks, Laurel! I'm terrible at blurb and really didn't do it justice. Thanks for the nice words.

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  7. I love where you live. We live in the desert - Dubai - and much prefer the fresher (albeit rare) sunshine of UK (or anywhere else where sand is not mixed in my oxygen supply) :)

    Sorry you've been having trouble commenting on my log. I'm in the process of moving providers so hope the service will be better. I've checked and tested it myself and found no problem? I think it's the Blogger/Wordpress issue? Anyway, thanks for stopping by and letting me know. X

    shahwharton.com

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    1. I'll keep trying, Shah, and won't stop until I'm able. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Lovely to see you back and to look at the lovely photographs. Yes, I can feel your excitement when the ice goes - we have had a winter that has lasted from April 012 to April 013, snow and then constant rain, we are all heartedly sick of it. Then a couple of days of cold sunshine and we dash around renewed :0)

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    1. The lake has been rough since it broke, but I don't care. It's so great to see the water animals back. Thanks, Carole.

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  9. Wow that is some change! Those photos are gorgeous I can see why you are excited! I am glad the bird escaped and that fox looks very sneaky - he's definitely been up to something!

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    1. the perks of living in the wilderness. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  10. Hi Joylene .. so pleased you can raise the flag to Spring! It's frosty here still .. and they had snow in the north .. but the leaves are pushing out, and the sun is shining today .. bliss ..

    Love your views .. and olde Mr Fox - they must have had it tough ... our birds and wildlife have - frozen ground .. and everything perhaps even 4 weeks late ..

    Cheers to you and thanks for the update .. Hilary

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  11. Wow, nice work, Spring! I'm glad you made it over to Cluculz finally. :D You have quite the array of wildlife, Joylene. I'm so jealous! Especially of that last guilty little fox. :D

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    1. He looks like he got caught with his paw in the candy jar, eh? LOL. Thanks, Sandhya!

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  12. Hey love those picture and congrats on your word count. Best of luck with your wip!

    Oh, also, I thought I saw on Goggle Plus where it was your birthday yesterday? Or today? I'm not sure.....but, in either case...Happy Birthday! :)

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    1. Yup, another birthday. Thanks, Mark. They used to bug me, now I prefer them to the alternative. LOL.

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  13. What an extraordinary place you live in. Bears, foxes, birds you don't know the name of (can't help you there) and a view to die for!

    Oh, and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xoxox

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  14. Wow - foxes and hawks and a gorgeous lake right in your back yard. I'm quite jealous, sitting here, surrounded by desert. Please keep putting up beautiful pictures so I can live vicariously through you! :-)

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  15. Looks like a Cooper's hawk to me.

    ~MPL
    http://pepperwords.com

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    1. You may be right, M. Cooper and Sharp shinned are difficult to differentiate.

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  16. Spectacular pictures. And how quickly the ice melted. Amazing. I remember one year you had a contest to pick the date the ice would melt from your lake. Is this early or later than usual? Don't know about the hawk, but the fox looks like he needs a hug instead of a spanking, dontcha think? We have a speedy fox who cuts through our backyard once in awhile. Mostly I see a red flash. No posing for photos. Happy celebration time!!

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    1. You know, I do worry about that little fox. He's not much in stature. But he or she is generally hard to catch. The photo we have was a lucky chance. The lake usually breaks up at the end of April. Saturday wasn't expected, but was in the usual time frame.

      Thanks Janet.

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  17. Hi, Joylene. I've had so much such going on the past month that I've not been getting to visit as many blogs as I'd like. I've been missing visiting everyone to see what they have been up to.

    Your current WIP sounds really interesting. I like the new title.

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