Beauty On A Dreary Morning

Dec202014KentuckyDamVillageStateResortParkLodgeThe weather forecast was for the clouds to move off and clearing at daybreak to full sunshine two hours later. Well, they missed the forecast but I was still blessed with viewing a lot of beauty on a dreary morning………………

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Friday Findings

Dec192014BlackbirdsGot out early before a trip to the doctors. I saw a flock of hundreds of blackbirds and starlings. The light was poor but saw a hawk and eagle at a distance. Then headed for the clinic in Paducah.  The findings at the check-up were great. A1C levels for sugar were 5.3 which is in normal folks range. A1C level was 9.3 at first trip to Docs in August. Doctor is cutting diabetic meds in half. Blood pressure was 102/60. Lost 26lbs since my first trip to the doctors in August. Energy is slowly returning. I got out out and found  a few more decent subjects mid-day. A gull carrying a crawdad was something I had not seen before. Also a Red Shouldered Hawk let me walk up close (within 20 feet) and take its pic while perched. So odd how you will find natures critters now and then that pay little attention to you. Very rare for a hawk. I said Thank You and left. Its Friday, have a great weekend.

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Outdoors In Western Kentucky

Dec182014BaldEagleMaturingFlyingWingsUpIt was a good day outdoors in Western Kentucky. Bald Eagles, gulls, hawks, and ducks to please the eye. I was lucky enough to be out at dawn, then again mid-day, winding up watching a maturing eagle as the sun set. In this mornings post I will let the photos speak for themselves. Oh, what a lucky man I am………………………………………..

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Western Kentucky On A Grouchy Morning

Dec172014FIshermanAndGullsI woke up grouchy. Had to go get blood drawn for testing. Grumpy as hell, my little women settled me down. She said run out and take a few pics then make the drive to Paducah you are dreading. So I did. Nice to have a sensible person in my life. As luck would have it a juvenile Bald Eagle was at my first stop. The eagle was chasing gulls in the poor early morning light. I have watched juveniles do this many times. Don’t know why? Maybe it was in a grumpy mood as well? The sight of the eagle ripping and racing around the river changed my mood for the better. Happy then I took off to give blood. Got back home and stopped by the eagles nest. The pair were there, I shot an angle of them in the nest I liked and left. Took a walk on the farm. Jumped what I think is a Goldeneye Duck off the pond. First time I have seen one there. Now the sun is shining. Heck, with being in the house, out again I go. Now in a chipper mood!

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Traditions, Fun, And Laughter

Dec162014ElfI wonder who started the elf on the shelf? A new Christmas tradition for our family. Tradition can be fun. If you are not familiar with this, the elf above moves each night for the child or children to discover each day. Old traditions can die out. Growing up for me and as we did for our children the tree was not decorated until after bedtime Christmas Eve. Then when the kids woke Christmas morning, there was a glowing tree with presents below. That tradition has died out in our family. No matter the tradition how wonderful that parents  and grandparents do whatever it takes to add excitement to a child’s life.

Dec162014HarperByChristmasTree2014Ornaments are another fun tradition. Those special ones that hang on the limbs each year.

Dec202012ChristmasTreeLarryBirdOrnamentYep, that is Larry Bird shooting a jumper.

Dec162014GreatBlueHeronLandingIn a way it is holiday time every day for me when I get to venture out and see what I can find. Some days the discoveries are slim such as today. That does not take out the fun of the search.

Dec162014BaldEaglePerchedLooking for eagles is becoming a Christmas season tradition for me. Those cold wintry mornings on the hunt for that white head along a treeline or gracing the sky.

Dec162014BaldEagleInSyncLife feels more in sync I believe if we retain and create new traditions. We feel in sync with all around us when we can laugh together. Especially when we can at ourselves. Click on ling to see me singing the first verse of Jingle Bells. Our granddaughter and a nephew’s son enjoy it and are learning the song.

Jingle Bells, Hope you get a laugh.

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