Endings And Beginnings

Tournament bass boats departing the check-in station and heading out for a day of fishing before sunrise. A sight very common throughout the warm weather at Kentucky Dam Marina.

This got me to thinking about endings and beginnings. Why is it that I consider Sunday the end of the week? Yet, every calendar I ever saw has it as the beginning!

Which might I like better? Endings or beginnings? Truth is I enjoy both but my heart is in the middle, the doing, the participating.

My day had a little to do with an ending. A member of the ornithological society emailed me and wanted a photo of a hummingbird that was still visiting a feeder locally. It is important to those who study birds to know when is the beginning or arrival and when is the ending date or departure for migrating birds. Also to know the health, exact sex and species of said late depart-er.

I know a little about birds. Never felt compelled to do a great deal of studying them. Even though a big part of my life has revolved around birds. At one time hunting pheasant and quail were my great passion. The fact that where I hunted pheasant there are none today. Where I live now I hunted quail, today there are very few. No, I wasn’t all that great at it so my hunting had no affect on their disappearance. Farming practices and the disappearance of farmland causing those two species demise.

The fact is I hunt birds almost everyday now with the camera. Never having studied them intensely I still get excited when I see a new bird. The truth being a lot of the time they are not new birds but ones I done forgot I seen before. I suppose that leaves me always in the middle as a birder. Not at the beginning and not at the ending. Happy and content. As they say “Ignorance is bliss”. I am thankful for my ignorance…..

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2 Responses to Endings And Beginnings

  1. I’ve always seen Sunday as the end of the week too. And laundry day, which is probably why I’ve never looked forward to it getting here.
    It looks like you’ve got some great fall color there for a more southerly state.
    Nice shots of the merganser, and the shot of the fighting eagles is amazing!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I kind of do the laundry in spurts. Put a load in when I get up and the coffee is making. Put it in the dryer after doing a post and before heading out the door. Fold it when I get back in. May do a few loads a week that way but seems to make the task easier spread out. Of course I don’t work anymore. When I worked the “Little Woman” did the laundry most of the time. Will have more merganser pics tomorrow. I think this is the same merganser that hung around last winter. Not as spooky as most. Thank You, have not had a chance at any fighting shots yet this fall. Still looking for them…

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