Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Friday, August 29, 2014

Simply Coopie~


I cannot believe, I am finally sharing the season of the Coopers Hawks from 2 acres away.  They had a lost brood, we are thinking and the Crows, and the Red-Shouldered Hawks pestered them relentlessly!
 The Blue Jays did their best to mess with them and yet, in the end, along with many Spring and early Summer storms, the hawks prevailed!
 Their nest held steady and they had 2 beautiful chicks that are now making their presence known.

I am thinking that I will have 2 shares this week and 2 shares next week and hopefully shall finally have caught up with the  that images that I desire to catch you all up with...a huge undertaking, that makes me very happy
This blog, the images, are my pride and joy to share.
I take the photographs, place them in Picasa folders and then when I have free time, usually after dinner in the evenings, I begin the long process.
I edit each and every photo, over 72,000 have been edited so far.
Then I decide which images to delete...you have to see the finished photo before you can delete it and I can delete over 10,000 images in a day...ha I did it once and it took forever to empty my recycle bin!
Then I decide on which images to place into the mosaics and I am very colour sensitive, and have to use like minded colours on the same post...however bad that sounds, it almost always looks nice together...right ;)
Then it is which if any images go solo.  
With so many edited images that I like, it is very difficult to choose just one, and so I love thus use of mosaics.
All of this being stated, I have way too many drafts in the cache and I am going to need to publish 2 posts into my favorite memes this week.
I may have to do this for a couple of weeks, as I will want to share my vacation journey for the end of September.

And here we are number two of two posts for this published set.
Trying so hard to get caught up with all of the drafts I have loaded and ready to go.
Thank you so much for your kindness always~
Enjoy~


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:
Mosaic Monday
at: 
www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   Wild Bird Wednesday







The nest was really high up in the tree, as well as a bit out on a limb. 
 I took most of these images from my neighbors deck, 2 acres away from where I live
This egg was really close to the nest, not sure if it belonged to the Coopers Hawks~





As the canopy of green began to swiftly overtake my view, I got a few close-ups...always saw that tail sticking up, letting me know one of the adults was present, and I was able to get some pretty nice images of the birds too...
I really cannot believe I got them as well as I did, it was really far away~



I shall not go into my personal humiliation in falling over myself, when I stood beneath the nest tree and got a few snaps of the fast growing chicks...giggles made ;)




Even with using my always attached 70/300 lens, one really cannot appreciate how fortunate I feel to have gotten these shots of the adult birds.  
From where I stood on the deck, it was using my limits on the camera~






The mosaic below had to have a whole lot if edit work, but I wanted to share it.  
The adults pretty much had me under a slight fear, always swooping me.  
This one got really close one day and that is when I...well slid down a hill, that I had no intention of going down, otherwise~  





Those 2 chicks were way too adorable~


Then one day, going on 2 weeks ago, guess what appeared above my own deck and yard...
One of the wonderful young ones.  
It was intrigued by the sound of the shutter and kept coming in closer~








Something to Brighten Your Day~


Sunrise, glorious sunrise over my favorite Foxhollow Farm and more of my favorite birds, the Swallows!
This time Barn Swallows.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy watching these beauties... makes me smile, happy, happy.
I hope that you all will enjoy them as well and that you also smile~


I am thinking that I will have 2 shares this week and 2 shares next week and hopefully shall finally have caught up with the  that images that I desire to catch you all up with...a huge undertaking, that makes me very happy
This blog, the images, are my pride and joy to share.
I take the photographs, place them in Picasa folders and then when I have free time, usually after dinner in the evenings, I begin the long process.
I edit each and every photo, over 72,000 have been edited so far.
Then I decide which images to delete...you have to see the finished photo before you can delete it and I can delete over 10,000 images in a day...ha I did it once and it took forever to empty my recycle bin!
Then I decide on which images to place into the mosaics and I am very colour sensitive, and have to use like minded colours on the same post...however bad that sounds, it almost always looks nice together...right ;)
Then it is which if any images go solo.  
With so many edited images that I like, it is very difficult to choose just one, and so I love thus use of mosaics.
All of this being stated, I have way too many drafts in the cache and I am going to need to publish 2 posts into my favorite memes this week.
I may have to do this for a couple of weeks, as I will want to share my vacation journey for the end of September.

And here we are number one of two posts for this published set.
Trying so hard to get caught up with all of the drafts I have loaded and ready to go.
Thank you so much for your kindness always~
Enjoy~


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:
Mosaic Monday
at: 
www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   Wild Bird Wednesday



















Oh My Heart...is this not the most enchanting little bird ;) ;)