18 July 2010

USA Trip – New Orleans 1

Hidey Ho,
We have recently returned from 5 weeks holidays.  We spent a week walking the Hadrian’s Wall trail from the east to the west of England.  After that we travelled around the US and Canada for 4 weeks.  I have managed to get some pics edited from New Orleans so will put these up before Hadrian’s. 
We spent 3 days with matt and kay at their house in Mandeville, which is across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

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The lake is massive and the bridge across it is amazing.  The bridge and lake is about 20 miles wide, you can’t see the other side of the lake at all. 
We hung out with M and K, visited New Orleans with them and generally sweated a lot as it was about 38 degrees and 400% humidity. 
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Matt and Kays house from their back yard.  They have a cute house in a ‘Desperate House Wives’ type estate where everything looks manicured.  They have a pool and a huge garage and most importantly, air conditioning.  New Orleans was far hotter than anything we had ever experienced in Australia. 
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Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk.  These guys were hanging around the neighbourhood.  The garden had so many cool birds it was hard to concentrate.
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Squirrel, quite small and slim looking and much less furry than squirrels from colder areas
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Addie (Adelaide).  She is off course a rescue dog.  She was a little frightened of me but enjoyed the pool.
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Corinne hammering a bit of toast
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Matty making us a BBQ first night there.  We had some great steak, corn etc.  A few local beers, food and friends – perfect.
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Kay and Corinne looking sweet.
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Scruffy, Its his couch
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Carolina Wren.  These tiny guys were building a nest in one of M and K’s pot plants by their kitchen window.  They were very hard working and very cute to watch.
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Female Cardinal, a bit drab compared to her boyfriend but still good looking with the orange beak and crest
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Young Male Cardinal.  This guy does not have his full vibrant colours but he is still impressive.  I got a blurred pic of an adult male but no good pics.  His crest is folded down.  These little birds were very common and cool to watch.
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Green Anole or Florida Chameleon.  This amazing little lizard was doing a little dance on the insect screens on the window.  He has the ability to expand his throat right out and it is bright red.  I could not get him to do this at an appropriate time.  He was also doing some sort of little dance which was very funny to watch.

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Kay by the pool, looking great


The Pettet Co. said...

The pics just keep getting awesomer and awesomer...

Janine said...

Love all those birds, Ben. So glad to hear you had a great holiday. Looking forward to more pics.