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, May 23, 2015

Bald Eagles Nest and Memorial Day~




Image above is the day that my husby, Bill left for a year long tour in the Vietnam War.  We lost over 58,000 souls in that  conflict.  May they rest in peace.
We honor this week those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for those of us here in the United States of America.  
May each soldier, and their family, be remembered for our freedoms~

On February 13, I shared a post with you about a pair of Bald Eagles, who had built a wonderful nest in a tree, somewhere, overlooking the Ohio River.  What a gift, an amazing gift, I was given, in being able to observe these beautiful birds a couple of times a week, since then.  All of the images taken and shared were taken from the vantage point of a dwelling.  These birds came into this area a few years ago and had another nest in a nearby tree.  When that tree was claimed, they simply built another nest in the same area.  Even with people walking their dogs, they seem quite comfortable in their surroundings and it is beautiful there too.  So peaceful!  I go and spend a couple of hours, just sitting on the stoop, watching and listening.  I have only be able to witness the birds bring a fish in twice, but did not capture them well.  The canopy of the trees grew dark and heavy quickly, but not before I became aware that the hen was for certain brooding eggs by February ending. In coming weeks we would realize that the pair had two eaglets to raise.  This week and next, I will share with you some of the images taken.  The images could have been more exciting, but I totally respected the great gift that I had received and would never cross the barrier to just get a close up of one of these wonderful Eagles.  I considered this a once in a lifetime privilege and would never think to betray the trust placed in me~

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/




My husband William, fondly called Bill, Bus and husby~



We pay our respects often at Cave Hill Cemetery.  One day, hopefully long years from now, we shall be resting here, overlooking the military section~





Bill changing out the American flags on relatives and close friends graves.
Rest in Peace~



Bill's parents are buried here and he stood to salute his Dad who served in the NAVY~



Bill and I caught up with hundreds of bikers the other morning at the VA Hospital. They were en route to Washington DC and had stopped to visit some of the patients and staff at the hospital. This is always a very moving experience to witness, and honor as well~

"Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and those currently on active duty are especially welcome to join us as we ride for those who cannot.

Mission Statement: To promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world."







If you missed my first post on this pair of Bald Eagles, you can copy and paste the URL below~
http://tingsgrove.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-bald-eagle-became-us-national.html

Here are a few more interesting facts about Bald Eagles.

Centuries past, the word for the colour of white was balde.  Since the word piebalde meant something mottled in white, and the Eagles heads were white, they became known as Bald Eagles.   Their vision is 7 times sharper than human eyesight.  Their nests can be anywhere from 5 to 10'wide and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.  Their eggs measure only about 3'', but by the time the young eaglets will have fledged, they will stand at 3' tall, as tall as their parents.  They need such a large nest to move about with those large wings flapping about~




The adult female comes to the nest~









April 5, 2015, I finally saw little heads popping up, and it was magical, and I wept tears of joy for 2 baby eaglets~




Oh Yikes, can you see the little flapping wings ;) ?












Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Great Horned Owlets Have Flown Away & More~


All Winter, we had a herd of up to 13 and 16 White tailed Deer at a time coming through our 2 acres. Soon the very swollen adult females will give birth to their young fawns and many have twins, so it is about to get busy.  Above is a yearling from last season and it's mother.  
The flowers below, are on frontage of my twin grandsons school, so pretty!

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/


The first little owlet had begun to do some serious branching, the last couple of visits and then one day, it was gone and the second had begun the same, and I knew that day, that this wonderful 2 months of watching these beauties had come to an end and what a privilege it has been~


The balancing act of preening and eating out on a limb had finally arrived~





While one was gaining it's independence, the other one lingered a little while on the safety and well not such a secure nest a little longer.  That nest had held together as well as we had hoped for, but half of it was now gone~




Flowers that I chose for my garden~









The young bucks lead the way through my yard, that I have kept more wild for them.  We have been placing 2 large pans of cracked corn out for them for months now, along with our neighbors who feed them regularly.  There is just not enough to support them with highways infringing on their territory~  



Louisiana Irises above and the last time that I saw these two owlets near one another.  Their life was about to change forever~




I love Caladiums, and their colours truly bring sunshine on even a cloud covered day.  
The second owlet had ventured  from the nest and was actually in tree behind the nest tree, and thus had made it's first short flight.  
Farewell you lovely ones, and have a wonderful life~




More of my hanging baskets~



The only thing left to do now is deliver DVD-Rs of the many photographs taken to share with the families that allowed me access to their yards and got me in touch with these amazing creatures.  It was not always easy, or the best weather, but the birds did what nature calls them to do and they did prevail and I could not be happier for them and for those who helped ensure that it happened in their timing, their way~