something changed…

Whatever I’d been meaning to write this morning was forgotten when I realized that all my subscriptions’ notify-emails were missing. I don’t know how many blogs here in WP that I’m subscribed to — somewhere between fifteen and twenty — but each morning, and over the run of the day I get your posts in my email! That is so good and convenient, it suits me. I never got accustomed to RSS-readers.

I don’t know when, but I’ve found out now during my ‘investigations’, that since the day before yesterday I haven’t received one of those blog-emails from my buddies. Strangely enough, I did get the one from the WP-team themselves about the photo challenge. As soon as I discovered this, I went in and checked my subscription settings, and they are still set to deliver to email instantly.

The only thing that has changed is that I removed the «autopost to Facebook», and that seems to coincide with the missing notices.

When I comment on posts I always tick the little box that says «notify me of follow-up comments by email». Haven’t got those either. I think I have a great deal of catching-up to do. Don’t know how to get it right again, haven’t been to the support page yet. Maybe I have to activate FB again, but that doesn’t seem right.

Initially, I think I was meaning to write about this bird. First off, I’m not a birder per se … I just love birds, and to try and take photos of them. Don’t know may species but I guess I’m learning as I go.

Yesterday, we went out to Mispec beach where all the stairs had been destroyed during winter storms, to see if they’d fixed it. There’s also a huge picnic area and a nature path [where I shot the picture for the weekly challenge]. As we were going back to the car, I heard a strange sound and after a while I found out it was from a woodpecker. Walked closer and closer, kept shooting pictures as I walked [one of the wonders of digital, you don’t have to worry about film], and got pretty close. They were two of them, but the light was …. unfortunate, to say the least. You can’t get everything, can you?!

All woodpeckers I’d seen so far had something red in their necks but not these ones. When we came home, and I had them up on the computer screen [pictures clickable and will open in a new window/tab], I immediately went online to try and ID them. Many of my pictures were out of focus because he kept banging his head against that tree trunk, but I was thrilled to find out it was the black-backed three-toed woodpecker … a rare find!

 

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Cape Spencer

It’s the lighthouse outside Saint John. Yesterday, we were meaning to just go out and see if the beach — Mispec — had been opened. It’s a beautiful, sandy beach, but all the stairs and stuff was destroyed during the storms around Christmas time. According to the local newspaper, there isn’t any money for repairs. People go there anyway … there were oodles of cars parked along the road as the gates to the parking lot are locked. I guess they climb down to the beach, somehow. Either way … it’s a damned shame.

There are many beaches in and around Saint John, but this one is sandy, as I said — most of the others are kind of rocky. This picture here, was taken at low tide — you’d have to walk far out to get wet.

Anyway … since we were there we kept on driving out to Cape Spencer. It’s peaceful out there … one day I’ll go there and watch the sunrise. You can just sit there and gaze out over the ocean … or the headland of Nova Scotia on a clear day.

Another reason I wanted to go there now, was to see if my favourite flower was in bloom. In old times, I guess the keeper of the light lived there and had a garden, so there are still flowers there, that normally don’t grow in the wild. I love the Mallow. I’d never seen mallow before … According to what I’ve found out online, this is ‘musk mallow’.

…so simple, yet so beautiful!