Saturday, October 6, 2012

Jamaica Bay with Summer

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Whenever a guest visits from out of town, I try to bring her to one of my family's favorite places- Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Tonight, my family brought Summer there to go on a sunset hike. It was chilly, so we wore home-knit sweaters. I had my fingers crossed that we'd see some wildlife that Summer can't see back in Tucson.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

We were lucky! As we walked up the path to the pond, we saw a raccoon climbing a tree! We stood very still, but the raccoon still saw us and ran away. After that, we stopped at a little bench to look the osprey platform, but the ospreys were not there.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Here's Summer in front of the pond at Jamaica Bay. The pond is a beautiful place where many different kinds of birds stop during their migrations. Usually the park is full of bird watchers, but tonight the sun was setting and they'd all gone home. We saw about 10 beautiful swans swimming in the water; they were so beautiful!

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

I love climbing on all the benches at Jamaica Bay. Summer was very patient and sat watching all the birds, but I couldn't keep myself from climbing all around! I was so happy to be wearing my green sweater for the first time- do you like it?

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

In this picture of me and Summer together, you can see Jamaica Bay behind us. Only a few feet separate the waters of the bay from the pond, but they are very different environments. Once when I was at Jamaica Bay, I saw a seagull opening clams! They do it by flying high into the air with a clam, then dropping it onto the rocks until it breaks. Seagulls are smart!

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The sun sunk lower and lower until it was time for us to walk back to the parking lot. Can you see the lights in the background of this photo? The lights are on Far Rockaway, a community on the ocean shore. It was a wonderful, quiet trip to Jamaica Bay. I'm glad I got to take Summer to see one of my favorite places! Do you have a favorite place you like to bring friends when they visit? Where is it?

In this entry I'm wearing: corduroy pants by Liberty Jane, Janes shoes by A Bee Line, green tee by Dynamite Threads, sweater by SLT (pattern by Qute). 

25 comments:

  1. Great photos!!! She and Inky look awesome in their sweaters!!

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    1. Thank you! Summer and I had a great time- Summer says she was excited to wear a sweater in appropriate weather!

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  2. Those two girls get prettier by the day!!!
    Your trip sounds relaxing and fun. :)

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    1. Thank you! We had a lovely evening. :)

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  3. That sweater is great. My sisters want that pattern.

    We like to take visitors to Wallowa Lake. It is where Kayas first book starts out.

    That was a really good outing.

    Your friend

    Kyle

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    1. Oh, Wallowa Lake sounds amazing! I would love to go there someday!

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  4. Awesome! I love your Jamaica Bay albums, Inky. With Summer, and Sophie!


    ~Violet

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    1. If you ever visit, we will take you there too!

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  5. Wow! Nice Inky! I loved seeing jemica bay!

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  6. Bonsoir, Inky!
    Jamaica Bay is such a beautiful place; Summer is very lucky that you took her there.
    Your outfits are so cute, by the way. I'm more into skirts and dresses myself, but I appreciate other clothing styles.
    My family hosts a lot of exchange students, so I'm always giving them tours. My favorite place to take them is the Palais Rameau.
    Bisous,
    Sabine

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    1. Hi Sabine!
      That's so fun that your family hosts exchange students. My mama's family did that a lot, since her parents are university professors. Some of my closest "aunts" are actually exchange students my family hosted over the years!

      Love,
      Inky

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  7. Oh! I would love to see the swans! The sweaters look cozy and warm. Perfect for fall!

    hugs,
    Kiki

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    1. The swans were so pretty! There were so many.

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  8. What a beautiful place! Love the sweaters! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, Summer is a Kaya doll.

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    2. Ah. Just wondering. I have Kaya. She's pretty. So is Summer!

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  10. You and Summer are so beautiful!

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  11. I have the pattern for Inky's sweater (though I have yet to make it for my dolls)...is there a pattern for Summer's? It's super cute, as are her boots.

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    1. Hi Nashay!
      There isn't a pattern for Summer's sweater- my friend made it for me. She does sell patterns though, so perhaps eventually she'll offer it for sale.

      :)

      Inky

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