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

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year With Some of 2018 Favorites Shares~


The image above is one of the most favored of the paintings that I created this past year.  I completed over 100 and gifted nearly 70, sold a few and kept the balance.

It's been a really rough past month and I am still feeling the affects of the RSV that I was diagnosed with.  My husby also got ill, but not with RSV thankfully.  He was out of commission for 2 weeks, and I am just about out of the woods at 5 weeks tomorrow.  We never celebrated our birthdays, or our 49th anniversary YET.  
In this post I will share some of the favorite shares from this past year

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'
Angie at:  
Mosaic Monday

 Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global

Stewart for:

Red-tailed Hawk~

 We had a nice number of wee Carolina Wrens born in one of our nest boxes last Spring~

They are beautiful creatures these Red Foxes, but they are also a great nuisance~

Our local pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks last Spring~

They had 2 eyas that were thriving really well and were about 2 weeks from fledgling stage, when tragedy hit...a mother Raccoon took them both for her 3 babies.  One eyas died and I was able to save one of them~

The young eyas was in a bad way with a bad bite to a tendon, but after excellent care from Chuck Culp with Wingspan of Kentucky would 12 weeks later, be freed back into the wild~

 Icing on an old rusted fence row made for a very lovely image~

A juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk~

A few of our White-tailed Deer herd~

Black Swallowtail butterfly~

A buck at dawn on a light snow covered earth~

A single Eaglet fledged this past July.  The nest tree fell 2 weeks later and after 9 years the Bald Eagles have relocated about 1/2 mile away~

Female Red Fox~

A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk decided hop hunting would pay off better than wire hunting~

The female of the pair of Bald Eagles that I have kept up with for the past 4 seasons~

An adorable Yellow rumped Warbler~

A selfie taken as I bid farewell to Rosewell Estate, where I had been visiting for 4 years before the state of KY finally SOLD it at a huge steal~

Not sure what the correct ID of this sweet one is~

Last year KY had a few Snowy Owls make there way down from the far North.  This one is my first ever wild Snowy and it was in Nelson County for several weeks and I was so thankful to get to see it~

Can you see the Chipmunk begging for some Carrot from the Groundhog ;) <3 i="">

I love this shot of a Turkey reminds me of ~Count Dracula with his cape over his face~

A few of my Louisville Zoological Gardens images turned out to be pretty swell to me~
The Sumatran Tiger~

One of the Seals taking breaths as it swam~

The male Lion is always a hit at the zoo~

My boy Muff, was lost at the end of this season~

Star and one of her triplets~

Mannie and one of her twins~

Doesn't get much cuter than baby Barn Swallows~

The Red-Shouldered Hawk hen stayed near the nest a good while following her loss~

This was taken when the eyas were very small and just beginning to show on nest~

This is the young male Red-Shouldered Hawk that I had saved.  Remember it had a bite wound.  I am hoping it remains flying free today~

I finally got to meet Zeke the stunning Friesian Gelding that I had seen for the first time the Winter a year ago~

He is truly so remarkable~

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds came for nectar~
This top image, two were fighting over the feeders~

I met my daughter Ashleigh and her husby in New York City for an event that she had contracted as Executive Director of Be Strong which was held at the famed Carnegie Hall~

We took in some of the sites together which was very memorable~

My room had this awesome view to look out on~

St. Patrick's Cathedral~

Ashleigh takes on Carnegie Hall~

I got to meet up with one of my dearest friends Laurene bottom two images while visiting the city~

The famous Pale Male from "The Legend of Pale Male".  This image went viral on Facebook and I was so blessed~

More of my sweet boy Muff...I miss him~

This Red-tailed Hawk was huge, most probably a female~

Lastly, but not least was when a Sharp-shined Hawk decided to spend some 45 minutes with me one afternoon in our backyard.  The first time I had ever been so close to one and it was great fun~

Take care and I shall catch up with you once again next year~


  1. awwwwwwwwwwwww

    Love this 2018 recap. (I need chipmunks and groundhogs in my backyard)

    Hoppae nu yaer

  2. Hi Marty, looks like you had an awesome year. I enjoyed all the photos, great memories. Happy New Year to you, I wish you all the best in 2019!

  3. What a glorious year Mary! And a perfect set of memorable photos. My favorite is the top hawk... it's like a choreographed dance. Thanks for linking up this week at I'd Rather B Birdin

  4. Mary - I can only imagine the time it took you to down-select to this group of photos, and to create the collages. 'Cause we know from your regular posts how MANY spectacular snaps you have!!! And to work it while recovering from RSV … you go, girl! It is almost impossible to pick favorites, but I am leaning to the red foxes, the icing on the fence and the snowy owl - wow, wow, wow! Thanks for gifting this terrific compilation to Mosaic Monday, and wishing you the very best in 2019!

  5. Wonderful animal photos from majestic lions to sweet little barn swallows. A great recap of your year. Hope the RSV heals completely, and soon. Wishing you a wonderful 2019.

  6. Beautiful images Mary, I love the Red Foxes, they are superb. Wishing you and the rest of your family a happy new year.

  7. Here's wishing you a belated Happy New Year Mary. So many great photos there that it's impossible to pick one but just to enjoy them all. Good to hear that you are up and about if not exactly up and running.

    Not sure why you get that error message but I should point out that my web address begins https, rather than just "http, the additional "s" signifying that it is secure. Your Webroot seems rather too sensitive but as an expensive product I guess it has to find things for the buyer?

    All the best wishes to you and family for 2019.

  8. I hope you are well on the mend, Mary. Beautiful creatures you see ... just really an amazing variety, that you photograph so incredibly well. That is sad about the eyas, but I guess Mama Raccoon was just taking care of her own babies. Nature is not always gentle. Beautiful fox photos...I’m sad that the ones in the vacant land next door to our Colorado kids are gone, due to development .


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