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, May 1, 2012

With a Quack, Quack Here & a Honk, Honk There & a Whole Lot of Hissing Going On~


 ~For the most part, I shall allow the images to speak for themselves~
Spring brings not only flowers and a fresh green canopy of green, but squabbles and territory disputes.  On Monday I take my 88 year old father-in-law on outings, often times, to go feed the ducks, geese and swans at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville 
 For nearly a year now, I have been battling a physical ailment, which when the events/episodes occur, places me in a place of great lament and a feeling of doom.  Yesterday this came upon me and I could not take Dad on our outing and he was quite upset, as he so looks forward to it.
Since Friday at 11:00 AM, I have gone through 8 of these strange episodes, and I have to say, it is very frightening, especially when we still do not have any answers.  It totally depletes me of my energy.  
I am to attend the Kentucky Oaks horse races at Churchill Downs this Friday and I so want to feel up for it, as I have waited decades for the opportunity.
Today I went to my Internist as well as had to go to the hospital, so they could put one of those heart monitors on for the second time in 4 years.  I am actually hoping that something happens in the next 24 hours, so that we can finally know what is causing these things to happen.  
The occurrences are very difficult to describe with any great clarity.  
That being said, these images were taken over the past few weeks and I thought to share them with you now for World Bird Wednesday~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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30 comments:

  1. I do hope you feel better soon.

    In response to your photos I have to say that the marching Mallards are my favourites, now that's how to walk with purpose!

    Kind regards

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  2. wow! wonderful pics! most i love the swans and the first duck. soooo beautiful :)

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  3. Absolutely breath-taking series of photos! Love that Goose on the cross, and the water action, the wing action. Those Swans are beautiful!

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  4. first, love the shots of the squabbling dabblers. the 3 mallard drakes are too funny together. i like that hybrid male, too.

    second, i certainly hope the monitor will pick up something that they can determine as a cause for your episodes! i can only imagine how worried you must be. i'm sorry your dad missed his outing, but know you are looking forward to friday even more... prayers for you, mary.

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  5. Wow, amazing post and photos, Mary!

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  6. These are marvelous! On another topic, your episodes sound frightening. Know there are hands to hold as healing energy comes your way from me.

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  7. Wow what great shots. There were so many great pictures I'd have a hard time picking a favorite. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

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  8. You are so talented to have gotten these fabulous shots. I commend you and sure wish I had your talent to capture shots like yours.

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  9. aw, great series. These pictures bring back happy memories!

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  10. A great series of photos.
    I do hope your health improves soon.

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  11. Amasing photos of all the beautiful birds! I looks rather fyunny with the canada goose on the gravestone :))

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  12. Fantastic photographs, nature is unusual. I am greeting

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  13. They're all hissy beauties and lots of fun !! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. Beautiful beautiful bird photo's. My compliments.

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  15. Many beautiful captures here! Wonderful work.
    I do hope you feel better soon.

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  16. Oh, these are such amazing photos! They're surely enjoying the water! I do hope you're feeling well soon and they discover what is causing your ailments. It is difficult when you don't know what the cause may be. I hope the rest of your week is blessed!
    Kathy

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  17. The Swan shots by themselves make a terrific collection. Fantastic work Mary!
    The goose perched on the monument is artfully done.
    I am wishing you strength Mary, and your Doctors wisdom.
    Take care!

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  18. Hi there - what a great set of pictures.

    For all that they are common park birds; the world is a better place because of the presence of ducks!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

    PS: thanks for the visit and comment and I hope your health holds up!

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  19. Duck on a pond, I love them all. The Swans are enjoying themselves. Brilliant photos.

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  20. WOW, what a wonderful series, Mary. There is so much bird beauty in just this one post. I love the Mallards marching and those flight shots are spectacular. I love the splash of purple they have on their wings. The geese are wonderful too and those swams are beautiful!

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  21. Dear Mary, Thank you for posting those lovely pictures of territorial disputes. The goose perched on the gravestone is an amazing shot. Hope that your health is okay!

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  22. Such beautiful images and mosaics!

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  23. Just amazing photography and such a joy to view! You are most talented in capturing these beautiful shots! I hope you feel better soon and are able to find understanding concerning your health issue.

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  24. Mary, so sorry to hear about your debilitating episodes. Not fun! I hope your doctors can soon figure out what the problem is so you can treat the issue. Sending warm, positive healthy vibes your way!

    Each and every one of your photographs are spectacular! Excellent action shots and the beautiful swan images are so very lovely.

    Feel better!

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  25. Great photos Mary! The wing stretched photos of the Mallards are awesome and the montage of the Mute Swans mating is marvelous. They always look like they're drowning when those large waterfowl mate. My favorite shot though is the last one with the Mute Swans creating the heart with their necks!

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  26. Mary, I do hope you'll be restored to complete health soon. In the meantime, you'll be in my prayers.
    Your photos are so wonderful with all that color and action. Good to know the one who cares for the birds holds you close to His heart.

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  27. Your pictures are beautiful!

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  28. love that blue duck. And your swan shots is amazing. :)

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  29. Oh, my! the swans are gorgeous. ducks are so much fun to watch -- always up to no good! :D :D :D feel better soon!

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  30. 30 must be my number, for I shall round out this comment as number 30, like another on I just did.

    Thank you all so very much for your sweet and encouraging words with this health issue. I am still feeling very tired, not a lot of extra energy, and I still have no answers, as the heart monitor failed to catch an event. It has been a week today since I had an episode, and yet, I have felt like there is something just not right. Hoping to feel better really soon.
    Hugs to all~
    Mary

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