And So It Goes

And so it goes. Another year comes to an end today. For me it was a good year. A year that had me spending a lot of time on my own. Hour after hour watching and observing the natural world.

Do you ever ask yourself if you are doing what you are supposed to? I suppose I have asked myself that question every day of my life that I can recall.

Yesterday I made a round and everything seemed to be hunkering down. As if anticipating the frigid cold front working our way. The pelicans and heron hunkered on the bank. Eagles flying about aimlessly it seemed. One got too close to a peregrine falcons territory and it drove it back down river. The old Honda I have been driving started making a racket in the front end the day before. Have been using the old vehicle to save putting miles on our newer old vehicles. Sounds like a CV joint in the front end. So I decided to put a thermostat in our old van and use it for the time being. It has been spitting out antifreeze now and again. I reckon my “Little Woman” was probably right a thermostat sticking now and again.

Only took an hour to get the part and replace the thermostat. I made another round to my wildlife hot spots. Not much change. Decided that I would stay home for rest of the day. Even though the sun came out in the afternoon. My right hip throbbing had a little to do with it. I suppose arthritis acting up with the approaching cold front. By the way looks like the thermostat was the problem. No more spitting out antifreeze. Time will tell.

The wind chimes on the back porch are constantly ringing as I write this. The frigid cold front has arrived. Will try and get out and find something this morning. Still arriving at the decision that this is what I am supposed to be doing yet again this morning. The wind chimes make me think of grandson Nolan who likes to bang them around and make music when he is here and sitting on the back porch steps with me. I know that my daughter would like us to move in with her. So she could take care of us as our lives wind down. So that we could spend more time with her and our grandchildren. For now I am not yet ready to do that. Still wish to do my own thing in my own home. Like whether or not to fix up the old honda or drag it out in the pasture a decision to make at another date and time.

Still an hour and a half before I head out. Having only three poor quality images to share will take a look back and share some from the past year to add to this post. Looking forward to the next year. Hope that should I continue this photography deal that I improve as much as I have in 2017. Knowing that regardless if I am able to get out I will see many unexpected and splendid things to watch in the natural world. Some of which I might capture and share here. And so it goes….

Immature eagle with falcon on its tail not in the picture.

The eagle dives away,  the falcon once again successfully maintaining its air space.

January 2017

Ross’s Geese I think above

February

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April

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May

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September

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October

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November

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Not December but all the pics selected today caught my eye rapidly skimming 2017

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AND SO IT WENT…

 

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4 Responses to And So It Goes

  1. Mary S says:

    Jim, Marvelous! Happy New Year. MCS

  2. I think when we are on the right path we feel it deep inside. What we do doesn’t seem like work, but instead feels effortless and brings immense joy. When I’m in the woods that’s how it is.
    I love the shots of the fox and dragonfly, and the raccoons.
    I can’t even imagine what catching a fish that big would be like. It must be a thrill!
    Have a fantastic 2018!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I agree along with anticipation to get there. Thank You. I spent almost every day on the water for years in the locations those fish were caught. I did not focus on catfish but the largest I caught were probably half the size of the two in those pics and it was a thrill. May 2018 be a joyful year for you and yours…

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