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Saturday, March 6, 2021

December 13, 2020 through March 4, 2021

 I am still working from home and grateful to be able to. 
















I was happy to say goodbye to 2020 but disappointed in the total insanity which came with January of 2021. 































Many aspects of life are beginning to look up. 

I am finding it much less stressful to have an adult occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


There is still a lot of craziness going around but I find it easier to take knowing that 7 million or so more people voted for the adult than those who voted for the Crazy Uncle.







I was born in 1957 and my good friend who I used to be married to was

 






















born in 1949. We are both amazed that the current times are even crazier than they were we we grew up.

































I haven't been taking as many photographs as I used to.


Part of the reason for that is I haven't been anywhere to speak of in a year.





We're beginning to have signs of spring but don't know what will be left








after the bitter cold nights coming up.



It's often like this in the spring and there's always some flowers that don't make it but others that do. I'm still not able to get my photographs in through flickr and it's 

























not easy to get the text in when I upload photos via bloggers so not sure what this will look like. 




Saturday, December 19, 2020

July 7 through December 12, 2020

I can hardly believe how long it has been since I blogged. It's been so long that my embed from flick isn't working. The photos below are on my flickr site and I put them in the same as always but they aren't showing up. I tried a lot of different things but I give up. I ended up inserting through blogger and not doing the embed.


I intended to post at least once per season so I could look back and easily remember seasonal changes.


It has been almost six months since my last post.


You can't see it but behind my laden pecan tree branches is a 3 person wooden swing.


We've had such a wet summer that the greens stayed almost as fresh as spring.


The shot above is my backyard. I've let it return to woods to the point I can't even make it up to my storage building.


The high stepping egret above cracks me up.


I haven't been anywhere to speak of over the past six months so these are mostly home and neighborhood lake and parks.


I voted on the very first day of in person voting.


It wasn't too bad but did make me think, over the river and through the woods to vote for sanity I go.


I was glad everyone was wearing a mask.


We've had a mask mandate since last spring and I was hoping no one was going to be there making a mask-less statement. 


Fall was very pretty this year and went on a long time.


We're well into winter now and mostly the trees are bare.


Weather is all over the place with one night having a hard freeze and the next rain.


My oak trees are always the last to change colors but they're worth the wait. Below are my oaks and above is my neighbor's maple.


The most excitement I've had recently is an attic full of squirrels. 


I am having a bunch of repairs done after they are trapped and removed.


Above are cedar waxwings. The waxwings come in the late fall and early winter and then move on.


The bittersweet berries have all fallen.

They are a big hit with the birds.

I think the blue jay below was talking to me.


I hope everyone stays safe, healthy and happy as we approach another new year. Man, I sure hope 2021 isn't like 2020 although I shouldn't complain. I am doing well myself.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

May 31 through July 6, 2020

I am used to seeing turtles when walking at Shelly Lake but rarely do I see them on dry ground.

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I liked the addition to the butterfly drawing on a greenway path.

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I recently saw a video interview with authors who were asked about where they found hope.
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One of them said he found hope in nature.
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I guess that's true for me too although there's a lot to worry about in terms of threats to the environment.
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The American Robins are constant visitors to the water I provide on my deck.

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The juvenile is trying to get the adult to share below.

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Below is another juvenile American Robin who managed to find a time when the adult wasn't hogging one of the baths.

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The mourning dove below was taking a rest in the sun after a bath.

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I think the bird below is a female house finch although it could be an immature male house finch.

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The catbird below is resting on the deck but it seems to be warning off any potential company.

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The resting robin is another juvenile.

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The catbird is having a bath below. I also see carolina wrens, chickadees, nuthatches and bluebirds in the deck baths but I haven't managed to photograph them this season.

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I seem to have a lot of shot of the juvenile robins. They crack me up.

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The one below is close to adulthood.

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I photographed 3 rabbits together but I liked the solo shot the best.

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The female rufous sided towhee took a long bath. I also shot a male rufous sided towhee but that shot didn't turn out.

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