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







Saturday, February 18, 2017

Begin Visit with Daughter Ashleigh and Her Husband in Sunny Florida~




February 2, I was able to fly down and visit with our youngest daughter Ashleigh and her husband Matthew in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Ashleigh is the President of  "Be Strong" a non-profit global organization. I was very pleased to be able to meet with the CEO Roy Moore and his wife Lisa during my stay.  Coming soon will also be a visit to the Palm Beach Equestrian Center where Lisa rides, but that will be another story shared in coming weeks.   My first morning I spent some sweet time connecting with the wonderful people who along with Ashleigh help create a very well run support system to Stop Bullying. I was treated to tasty muffins, coffee and juice selections and also received a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers.

  
We are so proud of what they are doing for the youth and their families to try and get this a horrific issue a part of the past.  Sadly they have a very long way to go, for every day children are being bullied and many even commit suicide.  

I enjoyed being within a five minute walk from Pompano Beach and watching the sunrise and collecting seashells and walking the beach to the pier and back.  It was a good thing for my knees as well.  The sunrises were glorious and in coming posts and this I will share a few. 

In posts coming soon, I will be sharing many more entries from Florida...
Some of the things to look forward to will be images of Great Blue Herons, and Wood Storks creating their very large nests among many like minded birds such as the Anhingas and Green Herons, while Iguanas share their tree space and Alligators swim beneath.   My first introduction to the Royal Terns as well as the "Mystery Birds" Black Skimmers... I was in awe of so many beautiful sights while in sunny and warm Florida.  
Here is hoping that you will be sure to stop by and check them out.  I will be taking time this week to catch up with many blog that I follow and have been missing~ 

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

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
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I'd Rather Be Birdin'
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On one of my early morning walks I saw this cute pooch carrying home with his master a Coconut.  Here are a few of the many sights that I would see.



On the first full day of my visit we were all treated to lunch at Houston's.  What a beautiful place to enjoy fine dining, great company and lovely scenes~




We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Sea Watch overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Coastline. The  Lobster Bisque is always a favorite of mine and Ashleigh's.  The Crispy Calamari was really light and tasty as well~


Ashleigh took the image of me below shooting photos with my camera, using my cell phone ;) The Iguanas can be found all over the place in South Florida~


The Green Heron was looking for breakfast down at Lighthouse Cove in Pompano~









Caught this Seagull yawning just like I often was first of the morning.  I would arise very early and make my way in the dark to get to the beach, so that I wouldn't miss any part of sunrise. The Seagulls and Sandpipers were always near where I walked~









 Mr and Mrs. Boat-tailed Grackles were frequent company to the Pelicans on the fishing pier.  The male is the black feathered beauty and the female the lovely shades of brown with rufous tones~


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes Making Their Way North~



I absolutely LOVE the image above.  
The Sandhill Crane was making it's descent to the earth below.  It looks like it is just stuck there, but it came down swiftly and gracefully~

Sunday morning I picked up my neighbor Wilma before dawn and we took off to Cecelia, Kentucky on the look for Sandhill Cranes.  We met up with a friend Jennifer and her husband Jerry who live in the vicinity and know the roads well.  It didn't take us long before we began to see them and then hear their beautiful song.  There had been a couple of thousand the evening before and we spotted hundreds across the fields as we drove around the area.  Wilma had never seen them before and so it was a real treat for her.  Jennifer suggested that maybe we could make a loop around and see what we might spot.  We saw a flock of Wild Turkeys and even a Leucistic Turkey was among them.  We spotted a Bald Eagle though I got nothing to share of it.  Then for my really big surprise was a female Northern Harrier hunting over a cow pasture... It was wonderful meeting Jennifer and Jerry and hopefully we can do some birding again in the not too distant future.
On Saturday my husby and I drove over to Lake Jericho and we saw a Bald Eagle making it's way just a bit beyond my camera lens capabilities as it flew along the wood line across the lake, still very exciting!
In this post you will also see two first year Eastern Red-tailed Hawks as well at the bottom a really neat encounter.  I was driving down a very narrow lane when I spotted a Cooper's Hawk perched on an overhanging limb.  As I made my way closer in my car with the driver's side window down, I finally was able to stop right up under this beauty and snap photos of it.  I drove away as it was still probably wondering what kind of animal was making that clicking noise ;)
Well, I am off tomorrow for sunny and warm Florida.  My first getaway in 2 years and I am beginning to get excited along with some apprehension.  They announced longer waits at the airports and other things can also slow us down in having all flights with me on board take off.  Please send up good thoughts and prayers.  
You all be Happy and Blessed and stay safe~



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

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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NOTE:As I write this entry, I got word last evening from KYBird that along KY Hwy 86, in Cecelia yesterday some 13,000 Sandies were seen along with one rare Whooping Crane which was confirmed easily with the entries photograph~