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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Birthday Gift~ is my birthday and this time last year I got some pretty amazing images of a Red-tailed Hawk, which was taken one day before my actual birthday, which is exactly what happened this year.  I had gone shopping for final Christmas gifts and I knew of a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks that frequented an area near the shopping area. It was a very gray morning and there was an ice coating on the trees.  I was about to give up when I spotted this beauty hunting from a tree between to office buildings.  What good fortune, blessing, birthday gift, all wrapped up in this sweet package.  This will be my first in a series taken of this beauty.  Rather than saving the best for last, I am sharing my favorites from the way too many that I was able to capture~


  1. Happy Birthday, we share the same one! Keep up the great work

  2. Happy birthday Mary.
    I think nature gave you the best present.

  3. Mary, happy birthday dear lady! WOW! beautiful hawk, full moon, Winter Solstice and Total Lunar Eclipse... you indeed know how to celebrate in a big way! :)

    I hope your day is as special as you. Blessings!

  4. A gorgeous bird for a very special day.

    Many Happy Returns Mary. FAB.

  5. Oh Mary, so sorry I missed your 21st. Please accept my belated best wishes for your special day. I'll have a drink for you this evening. Stay warm with all that ice about.

  6. Happy belated birthday, Mary! I love the images..especially that last one- what a cool pose!


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