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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Our Silveit Turns 5 and Deer Caught in the Pumpkin Patch~

Hi everyone...well we here in Kentucky USA are preparing for a big Winter mix of weather beginning tomorrow. 
This storm system will bring freezing rain, then a layer of sleet and add on top about 4 to 6"of snow.  Just hoping that the ice won't cause us to lose any power like we did a few years ago.  That icing caused us no power for 5 days.  I would like the snow part, just not crazy about the ice.  
What is it like where you are on the map?
My DR reminded me the Tuesday that I cannot take a fall...that is certainly the truth! 

Wherever you are, whatever you do, please stay safe and well~

* Note: Nothing has changed with my blog setting in 8 years and all of a sudden just this past week, I am having a rash of "Spam" comments attempting to get through.  Thankful that Google places them in my "Spam" folder, but I wonder if anyone else has seen this...

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at: 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'


Stewart for:

Our Silveit turned 5 on the 9th.  We just can hardly believe that she is already 5...time just keeps clipping by so swiftly.

Above is Silveit and her litter mates.  Next to Silveit is Tessa who lives in New York, then Sayko who is in San Diego.  Below left to right is Natalia that lives in Washington state, Rosie lives in Iowa and Judah lives in Georgia.  It's amazing how spread out this litter got and yet I became friends with their owners, and we remain close, other than for Judah.  The owners gave him away and I don't know how to reach them~

My surgeon told me on Tuesday that my knee was doing much better following the Arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago tomorrow.  No more popping, or grinding on the medial side, but I have large pockets of fluid on the lateral side, the top of the knee and behind the knee which is not so painful as it is extremely uncomfortable...imagine having tight rubber bands around your knee when you walk and move about.  He is going to give it 5 more weeks to rid itself of this problem and we shall see how it goes from there.  I never realized it was such a long must maintain their patience and positive attitude, which I must confess has not been my strong point in all of this.  He also said that I no longer needed to go to Physiotherapy and could begin taking longer walks.  Yesterday I took our 19 month old Svetka to the Anchorage Trail with me and we walked two miles.  I am paying for it today with a lot of swelling, but I am feeling confident~

On the way to the surgery, my husband took me for a drive along the Ohio River again and I got this photo shares.  I edited them with a touch of HDR...which is kind of fun when you do these kinds of images~

Icing on driftwood and one of the beautiful Autumnal trees that I shared last October and the way it is still holding onto colour two months later~

Eastern Red-Tailed Hawk~

Red-Shouldered Hawk~

American Kestrel~

Red-Shouldered Hawk down the lane from home~

Northern Harriers don't live here, but some will migrate through this time of year and even spend the Winter months here.  These two were working a meal together the other day in my county...and I am always thrilled to see them...only wish that I could have gotten closer~

 The image top left hand corner shows how far away I was from the birds, using my 70/300 lens~

After leaving the Harriers behind I saw this beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk on my way home~

Yesterday when I was at the Anchorage Trail, I saw this darling pair of Mallard Ducks~

I am not sure if the park has Beaver, or Woodchucks do this kind of tree damage, not sure~

Now this Red-Shouldered Hawk was at the park yesterday and I nearly missed seeing it.  The pup was sitting off the path as other dogs and their owners walked by and I just happened to see the bird when I turned around.  Sweet!

 A Doe and her two fawns had gone into the large fenced in Pumpkin patch and when they saw me and the dog got all messed up on the direction of their entrance, which was now their escape gate.  They ran all over trying to figure it out and even began to pant in stress.  I was like frozen while I watched.  The pup was wonderful and never even barked in their direction.  I was so relived when they finally figured it out~

One of the fawns on the right looked at the Doe on the other side of the very high fencing and was so stressed wanting to get out~

There it two mile walk was complete.  I managed very well, but the knee swelled and I just have to put up with such for a few more weeks...  Take good care wherever you are~


  1. awwww, hugs to those gorgeous pups.

    I always love your array of Nature.

  2. Hi Mary, I hope you are careful and your power stays on. I just love your dogs, they are beautiful. Awesome captures of the raptors. The deer are so pretty. Great critter post and photos. Take care. Thank you so much for linking up your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

  3. Hello!:) Stunning nature images, and doggie photos. Take care, and get better of your knee surgery very soon.

  4. Mary - glad to hear your recovery is progressing, albeit slowly. It is always amazing to me to see the transformation from puppy to full grown dog, especially with larger breeds. Gorgeous! With respect to the tree damage you showed, I am not aware that woodchucks eat that size of tree - they tend to favor smaller forms of vegetation. I can relate to your deer story - I have seen young deer get very frantic when separated from Mom - but there's not a lot we can do to help! Have a safe (ice-free) week!

  5. The ducks always look so cold when there's ice on the water but they don't seem to mind. Well....some of them might come down here! Love the deer! And I'm glad you are feeling better and more confidant...try not to over do it. Oh, Mac didn't say....but it's in the 60s in this part of Florida today. Hugs, Diane

  6. Silveit is 5 years old, happy birthday xxxxxxxx. Beautiful images Mary.

  7. Mary, Love the fruit in the tree that match the coloring of the bird. I always appreciate your wildlife photos. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  8. I've not come across these deer with amazing white tails before. In the photos of them in the distance they stand and stare in a way that's surprisingly like long distance photos of wild cats.

  9. Gorgeous puppies, love that mosaic it could be on a calendar! Glad you managed a walk, shame you're paying for it afterwards though. The fawns did get themselves in a pickle didn't they, so pleased they figured out where the exit was eventually!

  10. Good to hear that you're making good progress Mary. Two miles? I should be so lucky. Sounds like your about to get the same weather as us. Roads over in the Pennines blocked this morning and snow in Scotland. None here just on the coast thank goodness. Your baby five years old already - how time flies.

    Don't take chances on that ice.

  11. lowely images of nature and birds. And loved to see your Silveit´s progress from puppy to adulthood :) Lovely!

  12. How I do so love watching deer run! They're beautiful,.... are your photos of all the raptors.

    And your birthday furbaby....gorgeous.

    Thanks, Mary, for joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

  13. Gorgeous photos of birds and wildlife, as always, Mary. I'm glad you're able to get out and about a bit to keep up your photography. I hope the knees adjust and you won't have further difficulties. It does seem to take a long time to heal.

  14. Happy Birthday to Silveit!

    Mary, how lovely that you got to walk as much as you did, but I'm sorry that you suffered afterwards. I hope you are feeling better and the discomfort has subsided. Walking is such amazing exercise, both for the body as well as the mind, and I can understand how you would miss it, as I would, too, but please take care!

    You caught such great shots of all the critters in your area, but I am partial to the pretty ducks. Something about ducks and birds and geese and swans that impress me!

    Hope you are enjoying moderate temps but maximum snowflakes!:))

    Take care, sweet friend,

    As always, spectacular captures of your neck of the woods, some snowy, some still autumnal, the latter so beautifully expressed in the crispy, yet still lovely foliage.

  15. Hi Mary -- I'm very late visiting and notice it's been a couple of weeks since this post saying that you were expecting the bad weather. I hope you are safe and staying reasonably warm. Your photos are exquisite as always -- Happy Belated birthday to your majestic Silveit.


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