A Splendid Spring Day

Mar262015Sunrise2Thunder rumbles and the rain pounds on our metal roof as I write. The rain will not dim my spirit and recall of a splendid spring day spent outdoors. The grass is greening up, tree buds are beginning to open. Splashes of yellow can be seen in the yards as March flowers and Forsythia bushes are blooming. The ducks and geese are pairing up and dot farm ponds, preparing for nesting season. The songbirds are singing, the warblers are arriving. Yellow Rumped Warblers were scattered high up in the treetops yesterday. Soon the leaves will open providing shadow for the forest floor throughout the summer. Let it rain. I can close my eyes and drift back off to sleep with memories of the splendor of a spring day…….

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Work, Leftovers, Thoughts, Satisfaction

Mar252015DawnI had to do a little work yesterday. So today’s photos are a mixture of new and leftovers. When I say work I mean replacing a water pump in our mini-van. Being on a fixed income requires one to be pretty careful with the dollar. Anything you can do yourself you do. I like work, there is not much else in life that leaves you with that satisfied feeling of accomplishment.

It has not always been that way. As a young man there were many times I would get to a point where going to work was dreaded. No matter how good a job I did or effort I put out there was no sense of accomplishment. So I would move on to something else. Working on our vehicles in those younger days there was always a sense of urgency and fear involved. I would have to get the car repaired by a set time and should I mess the job up, how would I get to work then? So repairs done then always had a dread factor. Today with the time factor to do a repair less, that makes the job easier. The mind can focus on just the repair at hand without the mental stresses of what ifs included. I spose’ some of the wisdom of age is a factor as well. It all works out in the end, you get by, mental stress dims and joy and relaxation return.

Now to the leftovers. I take a bunch of pictures when I am out. When done in the field and time to view what I captured, I have an idea of the images I thought I caught. I go to those and often it is later when time is available I check back through the unlooked at pics. Many times there are surprises there.

Observing wildlife as they go about work shows they are not so different as us. Watching an Osprey trying to rebuild a nest on a tree that has barely any structure left to build on is fascinating. The bird continuing to retrieve sticks then hovering and dropping and trying to place them on this bit of snag so they will hold. So many slide off and fall to the ground. At times it seems a bit of frustration sets in. The bird will look around and call as if asking for help from its mate. Then the bird takes of and diligently goes back to gathering sticks. I am betting the bird gets the job done. Is sure does not have much of a platform to work with. Osprey are such great acrobatic flyers. They also can carry surprisingly large loads. I used to not like to photograph Osprey around the electric towers and platforms they build on. Recently I have changed my thinking on that. It is more natural for the birds to build on man made platforms today. The key to changing my mind on this was reading how Purple Martins today only nest in man made objects. These birds encouraged to nest close to our homes and eat the insects that bite us for years and years now. Even early Native Americans used gourds to encourage the martins to nest nearby.

Here is hoping you find a way to enjoy your work today. That you wind up with that awesome sense of accomplishment……………….

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Wildlife Around Kentucky Lake

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Sunday Western Kentucky Eye Candy Outdoors

Mar232015RingBilledGullFlyingWithThreadfinShadIt was a wonderful Sunday outdoors. One of those days when the timing of my moves from spot to spot around the rivers and lakes were in sync with the action. As a bonus I got to meet a couple nice folks from outside the area and share in the wonders of Western Kentucky! A pleasure to meet ya’ll Terry and Carlotta!

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First Full Day Of Spring

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