Afternoon Delight

Feb142016LesserScaupFemaleThe wind eased up a bit in the afternoon so I got out again. There was little eagle activity to observe. The most fun was a little wing shooting so to speak as a Kingfisher zipped by. The first three photos are of a female Lesser Scaup. The fourth a male. Mostly blue bills on these ducks. There have not been to many opportunities to view ducks this winter. Maybe the duck action will increase as the ducks are already beginning to migrate back north. Wintry mess called for here today. Have a great Sunday.

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To Cold To Be Out

Feb132016Sunrise copyTo cold to stay outdoors this morning. The wind was brutal. So a few captures from yesterday included today.

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A Lot To See

Feb122016GreatBlueHeronFlyingAtDawn copyThere was a lot to see yesterday. In the morning several flocks of high ducks and geese appeared to be heading north. Like us I think the birds are starting to think about spring. Eagles were at most of the places I stopped on my rounds. The most interesting to watch an adult found a catfish on the beach. A juvenile flew down on it as it was eating and scarred the adult. The juvie picked up the fish and then the chase was on along the rip-rap of the dam. The adult trying to grab the fish with its beak as the juvenile carried it. The immature bird ended up dropping the catfish. It landed in a crevice in the snow covered rocks. Both eagles landed and looked for it. Finally giving up and chasing each other around a while. The action took place with the rip-rap of the dam behind the birds. Did not make for good photos, the snow capped rocks too distracting. Still it was fun to observe.

My favorite photo of the day was catching a mink out on the ice in a swampy area. A few pelicans showed back up below the dams. The cold nights freezing the water in the bays on the lakes I spose’ causing the pelicans to drift back down to the river.

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Staying Power Thoughts

Feb112016DawnI have quit a few times. It always leaves me in a quandary making the decision. There is immense power in staying with it. There are many reasons this is on my mind to think about. OK, fortitude is a value I treasure. Being the captain of one’s ship, being the last one to leave the boat comes to mind.

The mixture of weather yesterday might be the trigger for this traipse through the barren landscape of my mind. Remaining out in the bone chilling cold at daylight, to watching the snow pile up on the long lens at the end of the day. Then again it might be the fact that our 40th wedding anniversary is knocking on the door. Months of thought and planning a celebratory trip has left us with no decision on where to go or what to do. Turns out we are very content where we are at. Albeit we would like to view something new. Geez, who is writing this? What make me use words never spoken? quandary, immense, fortitude, traipse, albeit. Tickle a few brain cells and I am a dictionary.

The essence of my thoughts is that staying power provides discovery. New horizons, chance encounters, the wow factor so often derived by plugging along, doing what you do. Sure there is a time to stop and move on. That timing is always spot on. Looking back on the good times, appreciating making it through the not so good.

The rabbit died by the way. We will be blessed with a grandson in May. So much to be thankful for in a lifetime. Think I will stay awhile longer, if I am allowed…

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Surprise Snow Day

Feb102016TowboatInHeavySnowWe had a surprise snow yesterday. Not that much accumulation but the roads were extremely slick early. At times it was white out conditions. It was fun to be out…

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