~ Happy New Year ~
Here is hoping that everyone has a wonderful New Year celebration!
I always get rather nostalgic in letting the old years go, even if they were not all that great. Thinking on the positive, we made new acquaintances. We rediscovered a few old friendships and we made closer the ones we had cherished all along this journey. Our family grew by one more, when our daughter Ashleigh was married last March, to the love of her life Matthew. We finally got to meet my friend Theresa and her husband Rick, whom we had known from a distance for over 5 years, and that was so wonderful. Our journey to Canada was outstanding and we got to see Grizzly Bears for the first time as well as make my dream come true in seeing a Great Gray Owl and Snow Buntings. We celebrated birthdays, family day, graduations, school plays, sporting events, holidays and our own 45th wedding anniversary. These things and so much more, we are forever grateful and count them all as sweet blessings~
These are some of my personal favorite shares from this past year. There were already so many shares from our past journey last September and this season with the Red-Shouldered Hawks, that I decided not to include those at this time.
Part 2 of 2 from 2014, enjoy~
What an amazing sight to have witnessed thousands of Canada Geese and that single Ross's Goose. On the Bird KY alerts, that one goose stayed with the CG all over the state of Kentucky and beyond, as reports came in on a regular basis.
I have to wonder, where that Ross's Goose ended up, did it make it's way to a flock of it's own kind...
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:
The beautiful White-throated Sparrows return every Winter and they are such lovely little charmers~
Blue Jays make a lot of racket and they can be goofy, but I really enjoy their antics and love having them near all year long~
An Eastern Kingbird and Sweet Meadow Rue~
I absolutely think this is one of my favorite shares, an American Goldfinch resting in the morning light and snow~
Because of being a part of the Bird KY Alert system, I was able to see my first Snow Buntings~
Sitting at my father-in-laws dining table, we watched with giggles as a young Cottontail Rabbit, saw it's first Gray Squirrel. They chased each other around for a couple of minutes, before going about their own business~
I love, love, love Swallows and shared bunches of Tree and Barn Swallows this year~
All of last Winter we had a visiting pair of Fox Sparrows, I am so hoping we have more again this season~
The Gray Catbird was so gorgeous with its reflection making natural art~
These three, the Eastern Towhee Cedar Waxwing and American Robin all very special visitors~
And finally, sometimes, photographs just do not make the cut, but have some great structure and that is when I become a little artsy and try new things.
Here are a few of the ones I recovered and kept for sharing~
I look forward to seeing you fine people next year.
Until then, farewell to 2014, it has been good~