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, July 22, 2011

Water Birds in The Baking Sun~

It has been the hottest past few days, and I am going to admit that I am miserable.  My husby has a bad habit of turning off the air conditioner after only a half an hour of running it.  Same thing with the heat in the winter months and I have no earthly clue what the deal is, he doesn't either, it is just him.  Thus said, I have been sluggish and sweaty and sleepy and very discombobulated to say the least with temperatures in the high 90's and with heat index readings in the 110 to 115 degree range.  Watching water birds gives me a sense of being a bit cooler.

I have never seen this breed of ducks before, so I got out my "Field Guide to Birds of North America", and I am going to guess that these are Hooded Mergansers~

Mr. & Mrs. Red-winged Blackbirds~

This is one of the local parks where I take my morning walks in St. Matthews.  There are almost always a nice gathering of ducks, and on Monday it was a Mallard Duck family~

Great Blue Herons took advantage of a flooded field after heavy rains recently~

Domestic White Goose Family~

I may need a little help on my final collage.  A shorebird, yes... Yellowlegs of some sort, or a Sandpiper...just not sure, but it too was a visiting wader at the park and I had not ever seen one of these at this location either~


  1. Yes, it certainly is a Hooded Merganser and the last is a Sandpiper or Greenshank with yellow legs, oh, I don't know, not living in your USA.

  2. Mary, this is absolutely a most beautiful collection of photos you have put together! all simply stunning! I cannot imagine not having the air on with temps in the 90's, and especially since it is not healthy over a prolonged period. I hope you have some cooler days coming.

  3. What a wonderful series of photos. I do love the colours and light of those blackbird pictures.

  4. What a beautiful post. I love your collages of the different birds. I am not well known to birds but I bough myself a birdwatchers guide to help me. Have a nice weekend.


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