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, January 30, 2015

Seeing Red...Cardinals Galore~



On Tuesday I travel a bit further into the county to pick up the twin grands from their school.  It is mostly horse country and this past Tuesday the sky was a lovely hue and it made the earth turn golden.  This past Sunday I happened to look out into the side garden where I have a few bird feeders.  In one bush alone, there were anywhere from 11 to 18  Cardinals along with a few other birds.  What you do not see is that the surrounding bushes, also had them perched in good numbers too.  The center image of the mosaic below is a male taking quick flight.  Little Chickadees, White-throated Sparrows, Titmouse and Dark-eyed Juncos were also on sight.
I hope that everyone enjoys a good weekend, and upcoming week~

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:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/




Oh no... an Owl is being eaten alive by a wee Downy Woodpecker ;)...well sort of~





The texture of trees~









A Red-bellied Woodpecker also makes an appearance at the feeders~




Just for fun, a tree in our back yard still holding it's Autumn colour...I turned it upside down and inverted the colours~


Carolina Wrens...we have a few that reside in next boxes the Winter months right up along our home.  I supply the birds with dried meal worms along with other goodies to help fuel them~



Splish Splash taking an Ice Cold Bath...BRRR...~


Two Gray Squirrels waiting their turn at some falling birdseed~


This Blue Jay was catching a spot of sun, as well as hiding in the bush, as a hawk was sounding from near by~



A few of my bird feeders, that bring many visitors to the yard~


An American Goldfinch and Chickadee came to see what all of the fuss was about~


The Eastern Towhee was checking out any odd berries, or seeds left over from the past seasons, as well as feeding from the ground beneath the feeders~


I was a little concerned when I saw several Eastern Bluebirds still here.  They should have gone South and last season many perished, crammed into nest boxes and cavities, with no food.  I do my best, but they hardly ever come to eat here~


Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Bird and Blogging Changes~



This is an all natural image of a Great Blue Heron passing me along the walkway where we go with dogs, kind of artsy~

When Friday arrives, it should feel right.  Yet, I feel like an entire week was lost, make that 8 weeks and still counting.  It is such a waste of time being slowed down, and trying to do what needs to be done.  My good breaks actually come when I have doctor visits, or physical therapy outings and on the way, take the long route so that I can photograph from within the confines of my car.  
Change what we can and make do with what we cannot.  
The Neurosurgeon still has an outpatient surgery on the table for me, if things do not improve over the next 6 weeks.  I am supposed to take a train to visit my youngest daughter in Florida next month, and we had hoped things would be all well by now.  
On Wednesday PT delivered my very own floor traction machine, and I am to use it 3 times a day for 15 minutes and do all of the other exercises that PT has taught me.  
My blog... the banner/header is changed, and the background has changed a few times this week, as I can only do so much using this laptop.  The desktop has been tied up by the husby who is working hard on his next Vietnam reunion.  
Blogging is such a escape for me and yet, I feel I am neglecting everyone, and letting you down.  I have been viewing many of your shares, but it takes forever to write a comment from this computer, so I have failed many this week.  Also I am thinking hard about letting go of Google+.  I do not ever remember signing on for it and as I have shared, I cannot transfer comments from there to my published posts along with others, and I cannot find links to some of the people who follow me and it just is quite difficult.  A couple of blogger friends are trying to help me sort it out, so I may lose some of you if I switch back and that is heart breaking.   


A local birding group, BirdKY alerted us to Snow Geese at a lake just 6 miles from home and so I got to see them for the first time ever.  There were 34 counted and what beauties they were~


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:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/






An adult male Gadwell was swimming among Canada Geese at Cave Hill Cemetery. We have had chatter of Cackling Geese being around as well, but I do not think I saw any~







A female Gadwell, I believe, and other waterfowl seen with blue skies overhead and temperatures in the 60's, warm for January.  The news people state that Kentucky is the fastest growing hot state in the USA. Not good!~







The sunrise was so beautiful as I was making my way to the Neurosurgeon's office.  I nearly ran late, as I pulled off to get the images ;)


A Belted Kingfisher was all a buzz making noise claiming it's territory~




A ride along the Ohio River coming home.  This home sits along the shoreline~


This is a Great Blue Heron shot that I got in high, cold winds...I call it the Wild Feather Heron ;)



I had to pull off the main road coming along the river drive, as my arm goes tingly at times, and I have to shake it out. When I did, I was made happy at seeing among the Canada Geese a pair of Pied-billed Grebes and a single Hooded Merganser~



This is one of the local yachting clubs along the river, all snug and ready for Winter.  Drift wood along the shore lines.  Wow the blue skies even cleaned up the muddy Ohio River~



A few Blue-winged Teals joining us for Winter months~



When I was a teenager, we spent some time in this home, formerly owned by the Hamilton family.  Every time that we pass it, I wonder what happened, for it has sat empty, just like this along the river for many years now~



One of my Christmas gifts was a scanner and it has been something that I can do while resting.  So easy to use and this was in one of the first photo books that I peeked at.  Kind of nice to read this and know all I have accomplished with my photography since this was printed.  
Have a happy week and know that I care about each of you, even when I cannot write to you individually~