Friends Come and Go

Apr272015RabbitA few old friends were sighted yesterday. Rabbit, Quail, Green Heron,  a Willet and Blue Grosbeaks to mention a few. That is one joy of the changing seasons. When I bump in to old acquaintances, a smile returns to my lips.

Who knows for what reason? Human friends are on my mind this morning. Triggered by the fresh sightings of the day just passed. Many friends have passed on, not only from regular contact but also from this lifetime. I wonder about how at one time the anticipation to see them made my day. Then life goes on and you see them less and less for many different reasons. Jobs change, desires change, homes change, habits even change forcing regular meetings to diminish or disappear.

Could it be natural? Freeing up room in my active life for new encounters, connections or fresh companions to be made? Memories made, forgotten, that one day may be delightfully recalled. The sound of a voice, like the call of a bird bringing back the vision of what they looked like. So special……………..

Apr272015RabbitJumping.

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Apr272015BobWhiteQuail.

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Apr272015AmericanWhitePelicanLanding.

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Apr272015Iris.

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Apr272015PileatedWoodpecker.

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Apr272015Caterpillar.

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Apr272015BlueGrosbeak.

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Apr272015BaldEagleLeapingOffPerch.

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Apr272015BaldEaglePairCloseUpInTheNest.

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Apr272015BaldEagleFlyingOutOfNestMateInNest

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Western Kentucky’s Natural World Full Of Beauty And Wonder

Apr262015AmericanWhitePelicanSpottingAFishAnother fine day to experience outdoors. Full of the Beauty and Wonder of Western Kentucky. One note a new find for me an American Bittern. The striped bird in the Swampy Area………

Apr262015AmericanWhitePelicanHoveringDown.

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Apr262015BaldEaglePerched.

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Apr262015ChippingSparrowWithLargeCaterpillar.

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Apr262015BaldEagleHeadAboveNest.

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Apr262015BaldEagleLandingInNest.

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Apr262015GreatEgretWithCrawdadInBill.

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Apr262015AmericanBitternStepping.

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Apr262015AmericanBittern.

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Apr262015AmericanBitternHeadShot.

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Apr262015YellowCrownedNightHeron.

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Apr262015YellowCrownedNightHeronFluffed.

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Apr262015YellowCrownedNightHeronStalkingInTheSwamp.

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Apr262015Dragonfly.

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Apr262015CrescentButterfliesOnYellowFlower.

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Apr262015BlackButterflyOnPurpleFlower.

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Apr262015BaldEagleInNestLookingDownAtEaglets.

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Apr262015BaldEagleFlyDownFromNest.

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Apr262015BlackSwallowtailButterflyFeedingOnFirePink.

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Apr262015HummingbirdMothOnPurpleFlower

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Attitude

Apr252015PowerTowersAtDawnThe part attitude plays in happiness, wellness, sadness, joy, anger, disappointment, triggers the emotions that make up my days. This reflects on my ability to capture with the camera. In a way it is as if the shutter button in my brain will remain open or closed or somewhere in between. My vision enhanced or dimmed by the overall approach derived from the attitude I possess in the present moment. At the end of a day I may be awestruck by the wonders I have seen. Then again I might dwell on the opportunities missed, which is a mistake for sure. For it is those opportunities missed that lead to accomplishment. Accomplishment a derivative of a positive attitude. That creator of art within me.

Apr252015Sunrise.

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Apr252015KilldeerFlying.

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Apr252015KilldeerByWater.

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Apr252015KilldeerWithChickUnderChest.

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Apr252015KilldeerInTheGrass.

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Apr252015KilldeerChickStepping.

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Apr252015OrchardOrioleFlyingBullet.

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Apr252015BaldEagleInWater.

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Apr252015BaldEagleFlyingOverField.

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Apr252015PrarieWarbler.

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Apr252015WhiteCrownedSparrow.

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Apr252015HoverflyOnFleabane.

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Apr252015LilacBloom.

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Apr252015Bellis

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Birds Along The Tailwaters Of Barkley Dam

Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanFlyingInTheMistThere was a heavy mist over the water at dawn below Barkley Dam. The pelicans number over 100. In two or three weeks they will be gone, not to be seen here again in these numbers until next spring. There are a few trees along the river here and it is a good place to catch a few migrating birds in spring. Today there were several Yellow Warblers. The Orchard Orioles are still there as well as the Eastern Kingbirds…..

Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanAndGullFlying.

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Apr242015DirtyAmericanPelicanFlying.

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Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanGliding.

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Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanGlidingHeadShot.

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Apr242015RedBreastedMerganserFemale.

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Apr242015OspreyFlyingInTheClouds.

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Apr242015YellowWarbler.

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Apr242015YellowWarblerSingingInTheShadows.

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Apr242015YellowWarbler2.

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Apr242015OrchardOrioleSinging.

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Apr242015OrchardOrioleFlying

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A Tough Day

Apr232015FishermanThrowingCastNetIt was a tough day yesterday. One of those where your mind is not in the game. I have never been sure why this happens on occasion. My energy level if it were a fuel tank was running on empty. It might be the result of coming back from a get away weekend. Returning to the old run of the mill spots. The excitement of walking new trails creating that empty sensation walking the old, making them feel mundane. The bad part is I know that there is just as much to observe as ever. The fact is that I am missing it due to attitude. Being older and some what wiser I know that it will pass. It won’t be long until planting time. The pelicans are still plentiful but will be leaving within a month. The birds will be rearing their young. A friend spotted a killdeer with a little one yesterday. I have never seen a killdeer chick. Will have to be more aware, a simple sighting of young can set off a spark and allow energy to return……..

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Apr232015AmericanWhitePelicanFlockFlying.

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Apr232015BankSwallowFlying.

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Apr232015BankSwallowLandingOnWire.

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Apr232015YellowCrownedNightHeronFlyingThroughSwamp.

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Apr232015BaldEagleFlyingUpToNestWIthGrass.

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Apr232015BaldEagleFlyingAtMe.

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Apr232015BaldEaglePerched

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