r&r ~

It's been awhile since my last post ... Dear Hubby and I, along with our son took a few days off and headed to northern Minnesota for some R & R and to catch some panfish.

We had a good time ... lot's of laughs and beautiful weather.  The fishing wasn't bad either.

 bluegills, aka. panfish

Lovin' the birds too ...

 ~ Blue Heron ...
 ... some Loons ~

We even were fortunate enough to see a Great Gray Owl ... a rare sighting for us :)

It was great to get away for a bit ... now back to reality and weeding the gardens :)

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Those are some dandy bluegills ya'll caught. Looks like Dad & Sam got some sun along with those fish. I miss the family vacations to good ol' Minnesota. It's been 20 yrs since I was there with the family. I was 15 yrs old and looking forward to driving ... legally that is lol! One of these years I will make it back up there with everyone. Glad you had such nice weather for your vacation, and I'm happy you had a safe trip. Love ya & miss ya!

  2. Sounds like a great vacation. I LOVE Blue Herons. Like that owl too.

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful time, Mel. Nothing like a few days away with family.

    That owl is amazing. I have never seen one up close! xo Diana

  4. Dadgumit, my mouth is watering for fresh Bluegill, perch or Crappie. What a good catch. BIG blue gill there.
    Of course always love your wild life shots, the Grey Owl got me. What a shot.
    Love from NC

    Glad you guys had a good time...

  5. The owl is beautiful! We have herons here too and on a section of river by us they have a rookery set up.

  6. Magnificent. I wish I had a mess of them bluegill with coleslaw, hushpuppies, fried taters/onions. Yummy! Yummy!
    All Your photos are wonderful. But That owl is a hoot. lol
    Thanks for sharing your relaxing & fun get-a-way. :)

  7. The fishing, and weather looks, great. Now i have to get myself some tasty panfish. Very beautiful photos :)

  8. What a fun trip! Looks like you all had beautiful weather.