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, November 13, 2012

Learning Life Lessons~

Late Saturday afternoon my next door neighbor came over to say that a hawk was in their garage. 
By the time I walked through the woods with Dorothy, her husband Steve said that it had flown out and up into a nearby Cedar tree. 
While doing so, it had heard a bird outside of the garage and kept hitting at the inside window of the garage. 
It was a beautiful young Cooper's Hawk, and the bird was keeping the lower protective lid over both eyes up, but mainly on the left side. 
A few weeks ago, Dorothy had let me know that one afternoon, when her husband had arrived home from work, a hawk had hit the bedroom window and when he looked out, the bird's head was spinning round and round and then finally slowed down and the hawk was able to fly away. 
I am so thinking that this has to be the very same young Cooper's Hawk. 
I checked on it Sunday morning early, and it had flown away and so that was a good thing...
I hope~

I am linking up with Stewart at:
Wild Bird Wednesday


Fun with images of our youngest daughter Ashleigh, who arrived home week before last, after being away for over 7 months. 
She lives and works out of Los Angeles, California. 
Her business partner had shipped her new headphones and she was extra, super excited about them and so I took some fun images of her and edited the same way, that I thought she was feeling...
Happy colours;')~
She gets to spend the holidays with us, and for that we are very excited...the whole family together for the first time in a long time!


  1. poor hawk! i hate when birds stun themselves.

    glad your daughter gets some time with you!

  2. The hawk doesn't look too happy Mary but Ashleigh looks happy to see her family after 7 months. Enjoy the time together.

  3. Wonderful shots of the hawk Mary!
    Let's hope he learns to be a little more careful.
    Fun images of your daughter. Wishing you all the best of holidays! I don't get to see my kids as often as I'd like. We'll all be together for Thanksgiving this year.

  4. beautiful photographs and story-line too. Hopefully the hawk has learnt not to venture away from the woods too much. Enjoy your family moments; nice edits

  5. take care of all wildlife and your loved one's.


  6. What stunning photo's and what a beautiful daughter.

  7. Awesome photos of the Hawk, Mary! I hope it was ok, I get very upset when I hear a bird hit my window. Fun shots of your daughter. Great post!

  8. Wow, what a super series on this hawk. I'm so glad it got out of the garage.
    Cool shots of your daughter too.

  9. Great photos of the hawk and I hope it fully recovered from its hit on the windows.

  10. Nice pictures you show a hawk.
    Hanne Bente

  11. Oh my, I sure hope he is OK! I love birds and it is so hard to watch them when hurt. We have some that hit our bay window, I have seen some of them fly away afterwards and others that it sad to see. Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful photographs by the way!

    Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comments, hope to see you again soon!

  12. I hope it survived its trauma.

    Hope you can find a bit of time today to stop by and visit to view my collection of feathered friends this week!!

  13. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by. I have been dealing with the irregular heart rate again, which I thought was under control. Have had meds changed 3 times some causing dizziness and such. Beautiful photos of the hawk and your daughter. I love to get out in the sharp crisp air.

  14. Terrific photographs. Hope the Cooper's will be okay. Beautiful raptors.

  15. Poor hawk...hope he is allright :) Beautiful and fun photos in you post /Susanne

  16. The Hawk is beautiful....and so is your daughter :)

    Always nice to have family together - especially at holidays!

  17. Love the hawk photos...the coloring is beautiful....what fun processing of your daughter....very cool.

  18. Beautiful photos of the hawk! I'm glad it turned out well after the stress. Glad to hear you get to spend the holidays with your daughter!

  19. Beautiful images of the hawk and your colorful daughter. Enjoy your family time!

  20. Wow, the poor young Coopers Hawk, I'm glad that you're around. I'm also glad you have your daughter there, happy snapping.

  21. Great picture of the hawk - I find it hard to believe that my daughter will be that size one day!!

    Cheers and thanks for taking part in WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

  22. Superb shots of the Hawk, Mary!! What a wonder to capture.

    It must be great to have your daughter home too after 7 months!! I hope one day tha my oldest son will come back to his family (with his children)... we all miss him so much!

  23. Wonderful pics of the hawk but the eyes don't look good on it. Hope it will be ok.

    Ashleigh looks so pretty and so colorful!!! Fun posting Mary, I love it when people mix thing is fascinating. Keep up with the colorized photos ...very creative art work.

  24. Such beautiful images of the Cooper's Hawk! I certainly hope it is doing okay now. Lovely, fun images of your daughter. Sounds like you will have a wonderful couple of weeks and a lot to be thankful for this holiday. :-)

  25. Hi Mary, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  26. Hey, nice photos! I'm a bit behind in blogging duties.

  27. You captured such detail on this hawk! I can't believe it was in your neighbbors garage. What a racket he would of made!


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