Monday, January 18, 2016

January images

Greetings from Maryland on a cold Monday in January. Winter has finally arrived and yesterday, we even had a little snow. I've got the day off and was up early this morning, making coffee and then packing my bags to come home. I stayed a couple of nights at my friend's house in NJ. George gets to come too.

I'm writing this on Blogger, something I haven't done for years . . . since 2009 maybe . . . not since I began using Windows Live Writer. Something's up with that program however, and I don't feel like discovering what's wrong. The only reason I began using it in the first place was the ease it affords in the placement of images. But it looks like Blogger has gotten a little more user-friendly in that department, so I'll give it a whirl.

 This was taken last week some time. I had opened the front door to let one of the kitties in and looked up and liked what I saw.

A little nuthatch waits for a turn at the feeder. Taken through my kitchen window.

 I took this female cardinal yesterday through the living room window while at my friend's house. It had been snowing for a little while and was actually sticking to the ground and the branches. Very pretty.

Ditto for this little white-throated sparrow.

I was walking through my kitchen last week when I saw this lovely glow coming through the window. I grabbed my iPhone and took this while standing on my front porch. I love the colors!

I think I was heading to the grocery store last weekend when I snapped this image of my driveway and a crazy cool-looking sky.

George waits patiently while I sew up a tear in a toy that he'd gotten for Christmas. 
He had chewed a little hole in it which isn't like him.

All fixed.

Hope all is well in your world. Thanks for stopping by mine.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas in Florida

Hello, friends. I’m still here although my visits have been sporadic this past year. Happy New Year, by the way! I hope the year brings more good than bad to everyone. I spent the week over Christmas visiting my husband’s folks in Florida along the Gulf Coast. My sons were with me and it was great to be away.

And the weather . . . oh my stars. It was like summertime.

One of the many highlights of my trip was taking bird photos the Rookery/Venice Area Audubon Society. There were so many nesting birds – it was amazing. Can you see some of them in the photo above? This was an island in the middle of a small lake and there were so many egrets and herons in there.

I managed to capture this one of a Great Blue Heron.

And this one of a mother with one of her nestlings.

I love how graceful they are in flight.

I found this on the beach one evening and thought it was pretty cute.

Merry Christmas!

This is a Great Egret that came right up to our table at a waterfront restaurant one day.

Love that green.

Wish I had a bigger lens sometimes because I could have gotten a much better shot of the elusive Roseate Spoonbill if I had. Caught this one in flight at Myakka River State Park while on a boat tour.

This is one of my favorites from my bird shots. A Great Blue Heron coming down for a landing with ruffled feathers galore. I love it.

We took a little tram ride through the park and this was a pretty scene from my seat in the back row.

A sailboat glides through Venice Inlet on a beautiful afternoon.

I had a restful holiday over Christmas. Hope yours was good.

Thanks for stopping by today ~