SQUARES – Kinda Hungry

This baby Bison was kinda hungry not caring that I was taking a photo. Momma and calf were spotted in a pasture near Fort Worth, Texas owned by Billionaire tycoon Ross Perot Jr. Perot is a well known businessman and land developer around the United States. On September 30, 1982, Perot was the first person to circumnavigate the earth in a helicopter.

Day 21 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – The Edible Kind

Almond Shortbread Owl Cookies wrapped up for Bunco.

Almond Shortbread Owl Cookies

This week on Bird Weekly, we explored Owls. On that post at the end, I posted a photo of these Owl cookies that I made 5 years ago for my Bunco friends when I hosted the game in December, 2015. They turned out exactly like the instructions. You can get the recipe and look at the blog from which they came by clicking here. Read about my owls if you like, but the link is near the bottom of the post.

They did take some time to make but were worth it! The creative process was quite awesome and even if you are not that artsy…you can easily make these too by following the instructions.

Owl be baking more and more as the holidays draw near!

Day 20 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – 3 of a Kind

3 of a kind Brown Pelicans in flight overhead.

MY FAVORITE BIRD

Just in case you have never seen one of my post, thought I would let you know. For those of you who follow me, well….you know! These Brown Pelican’s wings were in different strides of their flight over my head. I like the use of the negative space in this photo which I don’t use very often. Hope you like it too!

Did you know that the Brown Pelican will tuck its head and rotate its body to the left when dive bombing just before it hits the water from high above? It is believed that they do this to protect the trachea and esophagus which are on the right side of the neck. The maneuver would cushion both body parts from impact.

Day 19 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Nature isn’t always Kind

This protected sea turtle nest is a visual reminder that nature & humans are not always kind. Sea Turtles have many natural predators on land and in the sea. Humans can be unkind without knowing it by traipsing around on top of a nest. This is why the park rangers put these barriers around the nesting spots to protect them from humans and other predators that may dig up these endangered eggs. Humans are amongst the biggest threat to sea turtles. The pollution of plastics, discarded fishing gear, petroleum by-products and other debris harm & kill them when they ingest these items or become entangled in them. This is a worldwide problem.

Day 18 – Squares – “Kind”

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Song Lyric Sunday – “Check Yes or No” by George Strait

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs pertaining to Yes | No for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

I’ve managed to check both the boxes for yes and no with George Strait’s “Check Yes or No”. How many of you can remember writing a note to someone you liked asking them if they liked you or loved you? Then drew boxes with Yes, No or Maybe next to those boxes before slipping them across the room while the teacher’s back was turned??? I thought so! This song epitomizes what we were all going through during our childhood and teenage years.

Co-writers Dana Hunt Black and Danny Wells wrote a hit. Both Wells and Black are North Carolina natives. After receiving his A.A. Degree in Music from Southwestern College, Danny Wells headed to Music City in 1980, landing his first job with Town and Country Productions where he mailed records for the Warner Brothers label. He also spent time playing in various bands, writing songs and working on sales. In January, 1992, Wells began concentrating on his real passion of songwriting after earning a B.M. in Commercial Music at Belmont University. In December, 1994, he began writing “Check Yes or No”. Dana Hunt Black moved to Nashville in 1993 and signed her first publishing deal with Double J Music in 1994. Both had their first #1 hit with “Check Yes or No”.

Elvis Presley may be known as the “King of Rock n’ Roll”, but George Strait is known as the “King of Country”. He is the most influential and popular recording country music artist of all time. He is a real Texas cowboy who just happens to be able to stand at a microphone and put the country roots into any song he can get his hands on. In the 1980’s, Strait brought back country music to its roots at a time that country music was heading straight into the pop genre. In his 40 year career, he has accumulated 60 #1 hits, breaking a record held by Conway Twitty with 44 #1 hits. He was named CMA Entertainer of the Year for 1989, 1990 & 2013 and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has more nominations for both academy awards in these two categories than any other artist. He was also named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in the 2000s. On May 7, 2007, Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2009, Strait won his first Grammy for Best Country Album, Troubadour. Just this year, Strait was awarded Top Country Tour at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards beating out Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line. The trophy was awarded off-camera and announced following the NBC’s broadcast of the show.

Originally there was some speculation that Strait was retiring, but he announced he wasn’t retiring, he was just not touring anymore and set up residence in Las Vegas. His “Strait to Vegas” shows were postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic. Since that time, there are a couple of concerts scheduled for the summer of 2021.

George Strait has sold more than 68.5 million records and counting. He has 33 platinum or multi-platinum albums and has earned the second most certifications of any artist in any genre. Only one person has more certifications, Elvis Presley. This is why they are both the KING of their worlds!

LONG LIVE THE KINGS


SONG FACTS

  • Written by Dana Hunt Black & Danny Wells.
  • Released on September 11, 1995.
  • The first single on their fourth studio album, Into the Gap.
  • Peaked at #1 on the US Hot Country Songs Billboard.
  • Peaked at #1 on Canada’s (RPM) chart & US Billboard Hot 100.
  • Certified Platinum 2 times with over 2 million units sold.
  • Won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for Single of the Year for 1995
  • Won the Country Music Association (CMA) award for Single of the Year for 1996

“Check Yes or No”

It started way back in third grade
I used to sit beside Emmylou Hayes
A pink dress, a matching bow, and her ponytail
She kissed me on the school bus but told me not to tell
Next day I chased her around the playground
Cross the monkey bars to the merry-go-round
And Emmylou got caught passing me a note
Before the teacher took it I read what she wrote
"Do you love me do you want to be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no"
Now we're grown up and she's my wife
Still like two kids with stars in our eyes
Ain't much changed, I still chase Emmylou
Up and down the hall, around the bed in our room
Last night I took her out in a white limousine
Twenty years together she still gets to me
Can't believe it's been that long ago
When we got started with just a little note
"Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no"
"Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no"
Check yes or no
Check yes or no
Check yes or no
Check yes or no
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dana Hunt / Danny Wells
Check Yes or No lyrics © Hori Pro Entertainment Group

SQUARES – Kinda Holey

This large piece of driftwood was found on the beach a couple of weeks ago. I have to wonder what woodpecker pecked all these holes. It was too large to move so I straddled it to get a shot. I’m sure this old tree could tell some stories!

Day 17 – Squares – “Kind”

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Sunday Stills – Fall Color Ochre – 10.11.20

Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, MT in September, 2019.

The feature image is the best and only photo I have of signs of fall. It was taken last September in Bozeman, Montana. In Florida, we don’t get the change with the red, orange & yellow until January when much of the rest of the country is in snow and ice. At that point, it is very little for a short period of time. We have to manufacture our fall colors with silk flowers and autumn decor.

This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge. The theme this week is Fall Colors/Ochre.

Fall color wreath hanging on my front doors.

My front doors are decorated with my autumn wreaths. I bypassed the Halloween decor this year because of the pandemic.

The buffet in the dining room is splashed with fall colors.

Okay, so I put out a couple of jack-o-lanterns with my Thanksgiving decor so I could try to get into the fall mood. Foul mood is more like it since I won’t have trick-or-treaters. I guess I could dress up just for fun.

Oil paint colors highlighting Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna & Burnt Umber.  All fall colors.

It has been a long time since I painted anything. Simply because I’m just not that good at it. I did want to show off my Yellow Ochre here!

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly crossed my path today with it's orange and black colors.

I walked outside today to take Heaven out for a potty break. This Gulf Fritillary Butterfly kept flying around me, so I managed a not so great shot with my IPhone. At least this critter appears to be ready for Halloween all decked out in Orange and Black.

Rock formations in Red Rock Canyon located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159 in Nevada. In the bright sunlight, the colors come out in shades of brown, orange, and reds. The Visitor Center is closed, but you can still access the 13 mile Scenic Drive that has overlooks, parking areas, picnic areas and dozens of hiking trails.

SQUARES – The Sleepy Kind

Long-eared Owl sleeping in a tall tree at Desert Wildlife Refuge outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

This Long-eared Owl was taking a nap in the middle of the day at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Sleep by day so they can hunt by night.

You can read more on this week’s on Bird Weekly. The subject is, you guessed it…Owls.

Day 16 – Squares – “Kind”

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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Owls

Barred Owl perched in a tree at Reddie Point Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Welcome to Week #19 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #19 challenge is all about the Owls.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s owls. I do not have any great photos of owls so I will just give you what I have. Owls are nocturnal meaning they are mostly active at night. There are two species that are truly diurnal (meaning they are active both day and night). They are the Northern Hawk Owl and the Northern Pygmy Owl.

Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a photo of a Barred Owl.

Great Horned Owl

Pair of Great Horned Owl chicks with the female taking a nap in a large live oak tree in Gainesville, FL.
Female with 2 chicks in a large Live Oak tree at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Gainesville, Florida.

Great Horned Owls vary in color depending on what area they are located. They are native to North America and breed throughout the United States, parts of Canada and parts of Mexico. They are considered THE “hoot owl”. Their primary diet is rabbits and hares, rats and mice and voles. However, the Great Horned Owl will hunt just about anything including rodents, small mammals, larger sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. They are not picky eaters and will feed their young whatever gets near their habitat. This owl is often compared to the Eurasian eagle-owl. They are large in size at 22″ (55.88 cm) tall.

Pair of Great Horned Owl chicks with the female taking a nap in a large live oak tree in Gainesville, FL.

The Great Horned Owl is one of the earliest nesting birds in North America, often laying eggs weeks or even months before other raptorial birds. Mated pairs are monogamous and they are never far from the nest of eggs or hatched chicks. Most of the time, you will see only one parent with the chicks, but the other is close by roosting on another branch in the same or nearby tree. Both members of a mated pair may stay within the same territory during non-breeding season, but they roost separately. It is hard to tell the male and female apart unless they are together. She is larger in size than he is, but his voice is larger and deeper.

Great Horned Owl perched up taking a last bit of nap at sundown.  Almost time to go to work.
Roosted up just before sunset at Cradle Creek Preserve in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Did you know that when clenched, a Great Horned Owl’s talons require a force of 28 pounds (12.7 kg) to open? The better to sever the spine of large prey.


Barred Owl

Barred Owl at Reddie Point Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida.
Located at Reddie Point Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Barred Owl is a resident of the eastern to central part of the United States and has extended its habitat into the Pacific northwest, parts of Canada and Mexico. The Barred Owl is quite stealthy in the air. This owl can go undetected in the dense woods. This guy was watching us walk down the path and I just happened to look up in the tree and spotted him or her.

The Great Horned Owl is the largest threat to the Barred Owl competing for similar territory. A Barred Owl will move to another part of its territory if a Great Horned Owl moves in nearby. Sometimes they can be seen in the daytime like our photo above, but they are most active at night. The sound byte below was taken by me in our backyard in February of this year. There were 10 Barred Owls flying from our backyard to our neighbors tree across the street from the front of our house. It was about 11:00 pm and we could hear them over the television. Frank & I ran outside and was in awe of the movement and sound.

Take a listen and turn up your volume. There will be silence midway through for a few seconds. This went on for about 10 minutes.


Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl on Little Talbot Island State Park beach in Jacksonville, Florida several years ago.  This owl was rare to the area.
Rare sighting at Little Talbot State Park

I featured this photo in the Rare Birds week and am sharing it again today. The Snowy Owl has a regal presence that could have a non-birder come take a look, but for us die hard bird lovers, this is the crown jewel. Juvenile male Snowy Owls are barred with dark brown and get whiter when they get older. Females keep some of their dark markings for their entire life, like the one above. The Snowy Owl breeds in the high arctic. Some will stay year-round on the breeding grounds, but many will migrate southward into Canada and the northern United States during the winter months. This one migrated all the way to Jacksonville, FL for a few weeks, making it a very rare sighting.

The female chooses and builds her nest on a raised site so she can see in every direction while the male defends the territory like a sentry. The nest is a simple depression in the tundra with no lining. A nesting site may be used for several years. The pair can have 3-11 eggs and incubation is 31-33 days. Like many predators, the eggs hatch in intervals so the female can begin feeding one at a time as she incubates the rest. The young may leave the nest after 2-3 weeks but are unable to fly until they are 7 weeks old. The parents will feed them up to 9-10 weeks.


Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl sleeping in a large tree at Desert National Wildlife Refuge located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Long-eared Owl can be seen in every state in the lower 48 states except Florida. It’s range expands into Mexico and up into Canada as well. They roost in dense foliage and camouflage themselves remarkably well. This Long-eared Owl was spotted at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The park ranger came out onto the trail and pointed out where this guy was hanging out. This was a life bird for us and would have easily missed it. The lens is fully zoomed in and the photo cropped from our original location and the best we could get. Just seeing this bird was like taking a kid to a candy store.

Interesting fact: The hoot of the male can sometimes be heard up to .7 miles (1 kilometer) away. This would make it quite difficult to find this bird if going by the call.


Almond Shortbread Owl Cookies

Almond Shortbread Owl Cookies that I made for Bunco.  Recipe and instructions are below by clicking the link.

5 years ago when we didn’t have to social distance or worry about being with our friends, I made a batch of Almond Shortbread Owl Cookies for Bunco. I was introduced to Bunco by my neighbor and eventually started hosting once or twice a year. This was around Christmas time and they made the perfect snack for everyone to take home. They are tasty too! I found it on Pintrest back in the day, but I found the original blog by Heather Baird from which I used the recipe and instructions. Check it out here!


If you are in need of a return address stamp and you love owls or know someone who does, take a peek at the Owl Stamp that I sell in my Etsy shop.

Until next week…Week #19 – Birds in your Yard or Garden

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #18

Week #18 challenge was Birds beginning with the letter “A”.

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

When we learn the English alphabet, we are taught, “A” is for apple. This week, “A” is for Anhinga, Avocet, American this and Australian & African that. Then there were the use of the scientific names of our avian favs that took the “A” right out of the box.

Well, the Anhinga takes the bird of the week! I have shared some of my favorite other “A listers” this week as well. If time continues to permit, I will feature a bird from each of you every week. No promises, but I will try and do my best. I enjoy seeing your feathered friends & hearing about your adventures as much as I enjoy sharing mine.

Other “A” listers for this week! The grace of the American Avocet, the swiftness of the African Harrier Hawk, the quickness of Anna’s Hummingbird and the fine acrobatic abilities of the American Goldfinches are different attributes of each of the birds below.

An Assortment of “A” birds!

How about that pelican! Doesn’t he look like he is up to no good? I just fell in love with Aletta’s Blue Crane. Maria is new to Bird Weekly so hope everyone will welcome her and her kingfisher to our little world!

I encourage you to visit their blogs and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!

Next up: Week #19: Birds in your yard or garden.

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

SQUARES – The Beach Kind of Life

Be kind to yourself and take the day off and do something fun. I will hope to be doing something fun on Saturday and go birding! It has been a while since we have been out to just do some outright birding.

This photo was taken about 2 weeks ago on my last trip to the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park. I had to stop and take this photo as it was someone else’s setup and just looked inviting. We trucked down the beach about a mile or so with our own beach cart packed with lunch, chairs, umbrellas and our packs that carry our camera & stuff. I actually got in the water on October 1st! What? Yep…sure did! It was just a little chillier than the last time I had gotten in. Didn’t stay in there long!

We are fortunate to only live about 25 minutes from the beach. Not on the beach, but hey…it’s still a beach kind of life!

Day 15 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Kind Eyes

@memphisjackson18 is a chocolate lab mix who thinks he is a 102 pound human with kind green eyes.

This is Memphis Jackson, my granddog! He absolutely thinks he is human. Memphis is a chocolate lab mix. Did I say chocolate???…oh yeah that was yesterday’s square.

Where was I??? Oh yeah…

Memphis loves to watch television. Favorite shows are “The Pioneer Woman” on the Food Network, anything on Animal Planet, American Football and action movies. He is seen here getting ready for gameday with his Jacksonville Jaguars football jersey. When the Jaguars score, Memphis runs around the livingroom for a victory lap.

Don’t let those kind eyes fool you. He is 102 pounds of stocky beast and will protect the house & those in it. Otherwise, he will lick you to death. By the way, he has his own instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/memphisjackson18/ or follow him: @memphisjackson18

Day 14 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Mood Altering Kind

Round chocolate cake with chocolate covered strawberries on top.

Why does chocolate make us feel better? Scientifically, it is likely tryptophan which is an amino acid found in chocolate. It helps the brain make serotonin and makes of feel happy and satisfied. For me, I’m like a chain smoker that can’t stop smoking…only it is eating chocolate. I eat chocolate everyday. Sometimes multiple times a day. Reese’s miniatures frozen are my downfall, but just about any chocolate will do. I’m allergic to coconut & raisins, so any chocolate mixed with either item is off limits. Otherwise, SHOW ME THE CHOCOLATE!

This cake was made by our local groceries’ bakery, Publix. I have had it a time or two or three or four. Publix’s motto is “Where shopping is a pleasure”. It certainly is!!!

Day 13 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Kinda Turbulent – Gibbon Falls

While visiting Yellowstone National Park last September, we stopped at Gibbon Falls to listen to the rush of the water. Being late summer, the river was kinda low, but there was still plenty of power as the water flowed down the mountain adjacent to the main highway. I look forward to going in the late spring when the snow melt really feels up the banks. Check out the original post from our “Living in the Moment” here.

I posted a different view of this area for April squares here.

Day 12 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – The Family Kind

This is the last time I saw my middle child, my oldest daughter before the lockdown. We went to Tampa to celebrate Christmas, only it was New Years. Thank goodness we have FaceTime or I’d not be very kind in my delivery on the way our leaders have handled this pandemic. Anyway, that is Alecia on the right and me on the left. Don’t we look kinda like sisters??? The correct answer would be YES! LOL!

Day 11 – Squares – “Kind”

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Six Word Story – Family

Stick Figure Family in vinyl decals.

Shweta Suresh Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #50 – October 10, 2020

Family

Family is everything, celebrate often, please!

Represent your family on your vehicle!

These stick figure family decals can be purchased on my Etsy shop. They are my number one seller. Sorry to use this as an advertisement, but they are so cute I wanted to share and this week’s prompt made me do it!

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Song Lyric Sunday – “Hold Me Now” – Thompson Twins

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs pertaining to Hold | Pause | Stop | Wait for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

I’m taking us back to the 1980’s again. My senior year in high school. Guess I’m reflecting quite a bit lately to those life-changing years. This was another song that reflected turmoil in my life as an 18 year old senior not knowing what I was going to do with my life after a huge breakup with my high school sweetheart. My heart was broken into a million pieces during these first months of 1984. This song was released in the United States the same month I was making the decision to enlist in the Marine Corps or self-destruct. Enlisting seemed like the best thing to do in February of that year. Another song that was in the MTV normal rotation.

The band name, Thompson Twins has nothing to do with anyone from the band, but was named after two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson in the Belgium cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi’s (pen name Hergé) comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.

Thompson Twins is a British band that formed in 1977 as a new wave group, but switched to mainstream pop with their popularity in 1983. With a number of hits in the United Kingdom, United States and around the world, their image began to change. Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway were the 3 main group members during their most successful years. In 1993, they changed their name to Babble for their chill-out tunes but the band disbanded permanently in 1996 when Leeway left. Bailey & Currie performed as a duo for another seven years.

Tom Bailey continues to tour under the moniker “Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey”, performing in the UK and was in North America in 2016. In 2016, Bailey received the Classic Pop magazine’s “Best Live Show” award. Bailey toured the US with The B-52’s and Culture Club which was dubbed The Life Tour.


In a 2014 interview, Tom Bailey explained to Songfacts that “Hold Me Now” was written as the result of an argument between himself and Alannah Currie. He is quoted below:

We actually decided, well, this is an interesting emotional subject. What it feels like to get back together again after separation and the kind of ideas that come up and the way that emotion and physicality somehow are brought together.” – Tom Bailey

SONG FACTS

  • Written by band members, Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie & Joe Leeway.
  • Released on November 11, 1983 and became the band’s biggest selling single.
  • The first single on their fourth studio album, Into the Gap.
  • Peaked at #3 on Canada’s (RPM) chart & US Billboard Hot 100.
  • Peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 1983.
  • First top five song for the band in Britain.
  • Released in February, 1984 in the US and was the band’s highest charting song in the United States.
  • Reached #1 on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week in April, 1984.

“Hold Me Now”

I have a picture
Pinned to my wall
An image of you and of me and we're laughing, we're loving it all
But look at our life now
All tattered and torn
We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears that we cry until dawn
Oh, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
Warm my heart
Stay with me
Let loving start
Let loving start
You say I'm a dreamer, we're two of a kind
Both of us searching for some perfect world we know we'll never find
So perhaps I should leave here
Yeah, yeah, and go far away
But you know that there's nowhere that I'd rather be than with you here today
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
Warm my heart
Stay with me
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
Warm my heart
Stay with me
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
You ask if I love you
Well, what can I say?
You know that I do and if this is just one of those games that we play
So I'll sing you a new song
Please don't cry anymore
I'll even ask your forgiveness
Though I don't know just what I'm asking it for
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
(Hold me in your loving arms)
Warm my heart
(Warm my cold and tired heart)
Stay with me
(Stay with me)
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
(Hold me in your loving arms)
Warm my heart
(Warm my cold and tired heart)
Stay with me
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
(Hold me in your loving arms)
Warm my heart
(Warm my cold and tired heart)
Stay with me
(Stay with me)
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
(Hold me in your loving arms)
Warm my heart
(Warm my cold and tired heart)
Stay with me
(Stay with me)
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Hold me now, whoa
(Hold me in your loving arms)
Warm my heart
(Warm my cold and tired heart)
Stay with me
(Stay with me)
Let loving start
Let loving start, whoa
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tom Bailey / Alannah Joy Currie / Joseph Martin Leeway
Hold Me Now lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

SQUARES – The Yellow Kind

Yellow wildflower in Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge.

This yellow wildflower was begging to be photographed in Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, Georgia along the Chesser Island boardwalk. It is a small wildflower that seemed kinda windblown but hanging tough!

Day 10 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – American Avocet – Two of a Kind

Two American Avocets in breeding plumage. One is foraging as you can see while the other is strutting along slowing looking for insects and small crustaceans. They forage by sweeping their long bills from side to side with the tip of the curved bill barely submerged. Not in the case of the one on the right. He was downright getting down and dirty! Check out more on the American Avocets on my Bird Weekly post this week.

Day 9 – Squares – “Kind”

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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds Starting with an “A”

Welcome to Week #18 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #18 challenge is Birds starting with the letter “A”. The letter “A” needs to be at the beginning of one or more of the names. For example, Anna’s Hummingbird, Smooth-billed Ani or American Goldfinch. Some of my favorite shots are going to be shared in this post. A few have made appearances before and some are new to my blog world.

This post begins the alphabet challenge that will be sprinkled in every few weeks or so. We may skip some letters unless I can get creative with the “X” birds.

Because I’m not feeling very well, you are going to see birds that I have blogged before because I just don’t have the strength to search my endless archives to meet this challenge. I want to stay on schedule so please forgive me for that.

No fever, no cough, just a nagging sore throat. My glands are swollen. I will call the doctor today. The only place I’ve been the past two weeks is the chiropractor & post office and donned with my mask.

Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a photo of an Anhinga.

American Robin

The American Robin is a wide-spread bird that can be found all over North America. They winter here in Florida and come by the flocks, usually flying alongside the Cedar Waxwings. They feast on earthworms and enjoy a tree full of berries. These birds can produce up to 3 broods per year, however only about 40 percent are successful.


American Avocet

The American Avocet is a sophisticated bird with an elegance other birds don’t possess. They are found in shallow wetlands like this guy. We captured this bird with others like him at the Henderson Birding Preserve in the City of Henderson, Nevada. Not too far from Las Vegas. The above photo shows an adult in breeding plumage. Females will sometimes lay eggs in the nest of another female who will incubate them without noticing the extra eggs. They may lay their eggs in other species nest too.


Anhinga

The male Anhinga is black with silvery white streaks on the back & wings. The feathers almost look iridescent at times. Females and juvenile Anhingas have a tan head, neck and breast. Anhingas feed on small to medium-sized fish, crustaceans and invertebrates catching its prey underwater. They typically spear fish and with a partially open bill, thrust to secure it.


Smooth-billed Ani

Smooth-billed Ani

Typically not seen in Northern Florida, this Smooth-billed Ani stopped in for about a 3-4 week visit to Little Talbot Island in Jacksonville last year. It was a rare bird sighting for us and he has been featured in more than one blog. Their habitat is tangled shrubs like in the photo above but in the tropics of South America and the Caribbean. They live year round in parts of southern Florida, but their numbers have been declining.


American Redstart

A couple of weeks ago I gave you a male American Redstart for Short-legged Bird Weekly and this week I am featuring a female American Redstart. Young male American Redstarts have gray and yellow plumage, like females, until their second fall.


American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatchers are easy to spot with their red-orange beak and orange eye that stands out on a solid black head. They are found along the coastline of the United States, Mexico & South America, plus throughout the Bahamas & Puerto Rico. They prefer sandy, shelly beaches for nesting but will nest in salt marshes. Oystercatchers will seek refuge in agricultural areas when tropical storms or nor’easters prevent them from foraging.


American White Pelican

The American White Pelican is found all over North America, Central American, Caribbean and has even been spotted in Bermuda. They breed mainly on isolated islands in freshwater lakes, in the northern Great Plains or ephemeral islands in shallow wetlands. They favor coastal bays and inlets in the winter and have been known to stop in aquaculture farms in Mississippi during spring migration. These pelicans don’t dive like the Brown Pelican. As they glide into a waterhole, they will often land with a plop. Not the most graceful at landing, but quite the contrary in the air with their 9 foot wingspan (2.74 meters).


Until next week…Week #18 – Birds Starting with an “Owls”

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #17

Week #17 challenge was Macro/Close Up shots of birds.

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

Y’all are making it hard for me to choose a bird of the week so I’m not going to but will showcase one bird from each blogger. We had a record 16 entries plus mine this week! Woohoo! Everyone is getting a showcase this week! As Oprah would say…”You get a bird”….You get a bird”….You get a bird”! I suppose that could be a bad thing too if one used their hand gestures. LOL!

I love the close up shots. It has become one of my trademarks, if I had such a thing. The first set of participants seem to have the need to fill their empty stomachs. How can something that small eat something that large? At least the gull doesn’t eat his prey whole. The rest of these wading birds do.

Then we have an array of blues and greens here. Well, Joanne’s Mallard is in black and white, but if it was in color, we would be seeing a green head.

Owl be checking you out while you check me out!

It’s all in the eyes! The eyes are the pathway to one’s soul. Just look at these beautiful specimen! I think the developers at Angry Birds may have come across these guys a time or two for inspiration. The Hornbill didn’t even have to use mascara to have lashes like that!

I encourage you to visit their blogs and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!

Next up: Week #18: Birds starting with an “A” in any part of their name like “American Robin or Smooth-billed Ani”. I will get this out as soon as I can today. I’m a little under the weather. Developed a sore throat 2 days ago and it hasn’t gone away. No fever, but just not feeling myself. See ya in a bit!

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SQUARES – BOTANICAL Turtle – One of a Kind

Large turtle sculpture with flowers on its shell at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out this one of a kind flower toting turtle that Frank & I observed while visiting the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offer seasonal themed gardens which are constructed by some very talented horticulturists and designers. Larger than life displays embellish this beautiful space below the large skylights in the ceiling. We were there in April, 2017 observing everything spring! This large turtle was covered with flowers and smelled kinda good for a reptile!

Day 8 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – The Hoppy Kind

Jackrabbit bounding through the desert of Death Valley National Park.

Oh Hoppy Day! This jackrabbit got spooked by us while we were bushwhacking up the side of a mountain in Death Valley National Park. We just decided to pull over and take a little hike because there were birds flitting around. We got lucky to see a few of these awesome critters while out there.

Day 7 – Squares – “Kind”

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Sunday Stills – Dry – 10.04.20

Nevada Desert outside Las Vegas at sunset.

The feature image is a Nevada sunset not too far from the Desert Wildlife Refuge outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother Nature was kind to us that evening allowing us to take some incredible shots.

This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge. The theme this week is Dry. Nothing dryer than the desert!

Desert Mountain at sunset with a Joshua Tree on the left side of the very long fence.

This fence line provided perfect perspective to the mountains in the distance. The sunset was preparing to turn all sorts of beautiful blue, pink & purple for a breathtaking sunset.

Images of Death Valley. Nothing but miles of sand for hiking. The views were nothing short of perfection!

Dried up river bed near Artist Palette in Death Valley National Park.

While sitting high upon a ledge enjoying the sunset overlooking Artist Palette in the southern part of Death Valley National Park, I observed the remnants of where water flows when there is rain that could cause a flash flood. It was completely dry and if we had more time, we could have hiked down to it.

Artist Palette at sunset with its brilliant colors.

Artist Palette is on the face of the Black Mountains in Death Valley National Park. The colors are caused by oxidation of different metals, but it looks like an artist took a paintbrush to it. Artist’s Drive is 9 miles one way with curvy roads and towering mountains on either side. I recommend when you reach Artist Palette about 5 miles along this drive to take the time to get photos of this unique area. Vehicles over 25 feet are not allowed on this road.

Dried up cactus at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Even the cactus shriveled up from the dry conditions in the desert.

Valley in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Red Rock Canyon, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada provides a great outdoor adventure for birding, wildlife and observing an occasional flower. The photo above is in a valley where water flows when it rains. On this day, it was dry as a bone and prime for hiking miles and miles.

Frank & me in front of the Death Valley National Park in California on our honeymoon in 2017.
Frank & Me on our Honeymoon in 2017.

I’m ready to go back for another adventure to the wild and unpredictable desert that Nevada and California have to offer. Bring plenty of water even on cooler days. You will dry up if you don’t keep yourself well hydrated.

SQUARES – Kinda Ready

Lisa Coleman with binoculars strapped in & camera at the ready standing in front of a tree at Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Well, here I am at Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada on a hike with Frank during our honeymoon in 2017. Binoculars and my new (at the time) Sony A6300 mirrorless camera & full frame 200mm lens at the ready. I was so fortunate to find someone who loved to be adventurous. We are certainly two of a kind and meant for each other! Most honeymoons would not have the word “desert” as part of the festivities. I’m kinda weird!

Day 6 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Joshua Tree Sunset

Kinda cool sunset with the sunlight peeking through the clouds like a funnel over the desert mountains in an area outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Joshua Tree stands in perfect contrast in the forefront.

Day 5 – Squares – “Kind”

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SQUARES – Tweety

Tweety the Peach-faced Lovebird.

This was Tweety, our Peach-faced Lovebird. He was one of a kind. He was trained to poop on command. Tweety was only with us for a short time as he got caught by a Red-shouldered Hawk and taken away. I’ve shared Tweety in many blogs and will continue to do so because he was a cool bird who lived a pretty free life with perches inside and outside of our townhome.

Day 4 – Squares – “Kind”

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Song Lyric Sunday – Remembering Mac Davis

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with the theme of User’s Choice for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

I’m so happy this was User’s Choice this week, but I would have found a way to incorporate the actor, singer and songwriter, Mr. Mac Davis who had many hits over the span of his 58 year career. This is more about the man than any one song. I’ve featured a lot of songs, but couldn’t do all the songs he wrote and had hits with. Just couldn’t do them all! Mac Davis had a broad range of talent that touched many lives.

Street sign Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Texas.
Mac Davis Lane in Davis’ hometown of Lubbock, Texas

Mac Davis was born Scott Morris “Mac” Davis on January 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas & grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately, he passed away this week at the age of 78 on September 29, 2020 after heart surgery in Nashville, Tennessee! May his soul rest in peace! He was quite the character and could have had a sole career as a stand-up comedian. From 1974-1976, he had his own variety show on NBC called The Mac Davis Show where he would have musical guests on plus comedic skits. It became very popular because Davis was considered a sex symbol with his song “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”. The song was Davis’ first #1 hit as a performer on the U.S. Pop charts in September 1972. The chauvinistic lyrics to this song didn’t stop it from becoming popular and over the years, Mac Davis’ humble personality earned him to be one of the most charming and likeable human beings in show business.

Singer

“It’s Hard to Be Humble became an international hit after its release in March 1980. Reached #3 in New Zealand, #10 on the U.S. Billboard Country chart & #4 on the Canada RPM Top Singles Chart. Below, Davis is singing with Kenny Rogers live.

This song is close to my heart as it was one of the songs I would sing (and I can’t carry a tune) while doing field day in the barracks while in boot camp. I always volunteered to clean the head (bathrooms) because I was able to get away from everyone, do what needed to be done & the whole area was sparkling upon inspection. It was my alone time!

My favorite segments of the Mac Davis Show as a 7-10 year old kid was a popular one where Davis would take suggestions from his audience and create a song on the spot. This was my first time ever seeing improv and it amazed me. Davis wrote a lot of songs that never came to fruition. His humor was quite contagious as he sits with his audience to share with them some of his unfinished works in the video above.

Songwriter

Davis found fame as a songwriter with Nancy Sinatra’s company, Boots Enterprises, Inc in the last 1960’s. He played on many of Sinatra’s recordings and later in her stage shows. Boots Enterprises acted as Davis’ publishing company, publishing songs like “In the Ghetto”, “Friend, Lover, Woman Wife”, “Home”, “It’s Such a Lonely Time of Year” and “Memories”. These songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, B.J. Thomas and many others. In 1970, Davis left Boots Enterprises to sign with Columbia Records, taking all his songs with him.

Davis had a huge hit when Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation” exploded in England. Davis was the last to know. The story is at the beginning of the video below.

Davis credits Presley for the success of his career. In 1969, “In the Ghetto” which was originally titled “The Vicious Cycle” was released by Presley and became a major hit. It was one of several songs written for Presley’s 1969 comeback album. Davis had been working on it for many years but it never was completed until it came together as people were moving out of the urban areas to live in the suburbs in the late 1960’s. Ward Baker, Executive Director of The Tennessean interviews Mac Davis in 2016 and Davis gives an interest account of how “In the Ghetto” came about.

In 2007, Lisa Marie Presley recorded “In the Ghetto” as a duet with her father to raise money for the Presley Charitable Foundation. The song was released to ITunes and is my favorite rendition of the song.

“Memories”, another hit written for Presley in 1968 by Davis for his 1969 comeback TV special that aired on NBC on December 3, 1968. Davis later recalled to Billboard, “They had asked for a song about looking back over the years, and oddly enough, I had to write it in one night. I stayed up all night at Billy Strange’s house in Los Angeles. He had a little office set up in his garage. I wrote it right there”. In 2019, Davis sings “Memories” with recordings of Presley on an All-Star Comeback Special Tribute hosted by Blake Shelton on NBC. The special lives on my DVR and I watch it from time to time. For Elvis Presley, Memories hit #1 in 8 countries, but topped the charts at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Actor

Mac Davis made his film debut in 1979 opposite Nick Nolte in the football film, North Dallas Forty and was listed as one of 12 “Promising New Actors of 1979” by Screen World magazine. Over the years, he played in many movies, performed on television shows and hosted an episode of The Muppet Show where he performed “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me”, “It’s Hard To Be Humble” and “I Believe in Music”.

Awards & Achievements

  • Nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. 1969 “In the Ghetto”, 1972 “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and 1976 “Forever Lovers” album. No wins.
  • In 1974, won the 55th American Music Award (ACM) Entertainer of the Year. The highest honor for this type of award.
  • BMI Film & TV Award winner, 2004 & 2005.
  • Texas Film Awards, Texas Film Hall of Fame Soundtrack Award in 2014.
  • His variety show won the Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for A comedy-variety or music series in 1977 for The Mac Davis Show, NBC, Romain Johnston.
  • Received a Star on the Walk of Fame in 1998.
  • Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mac Davis did believe in music and entertainment in general! He was one of a kind and will truly be missed!

SQUARES – Sunset Reflection

A reflection is like two of a kind. It is the mirrored subject of itself. This photo was taken at sunset in Jacksonville, Florida overlooking the St. Johns River.

Day 3 – Squares – “Kind”

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Last Photo – Sept. 2020

Mexican Petunias in full bloom in the front yard is the last photo taken with my IPhone in September.
Mexican Petunias in the front yard.

I cheated just a bit. You’ve already seen the last photo on my phone for September which was the Bee Kind decal on my car that I added to the first square for Becky’s October squares. I didn’t want to post that again, so I posted this which is the next to the last photo on my phone and was on the same day just before taking the Bee Kind photos. You get my overrun Mexican Petunias!

Same photo cropped with the butterfly more prominent. Got lost in the main photo.

In response to Brian at bushboys world “Last Photo” Photo Challenge – September.

Also for Cee’s Flower of the Day!

CEE’S BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – Pets & Farm Animals

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

I visited Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Florida about a week ago to primarily to do some birding with Frank. There were loads of birds out, the temperature was mild for a change and we were outside not sweating. Tree HIll is a nature preserve that I will write about in a future post. It is deserving to have its own spotlight and is the home to several goats, chickens, an alligator and a Barred Owl.

Goat with a dragonfly sitting upon his horn.
The Dragonfly was consistently hanging out on this goat’s horn. Never seen that before!
Smiling goat lounging high above the ground on a platform.
Smile!!! You’re on Candid Camera!
Blue-eyed goat staring straight into my camera lens.
Just call me ole’ Blue Eyes!
Hen strutting around the property at Tree Hill Nature Center.
I’m strutting my stuff here!
Pony that was hired to be at my granddaughters 4th birthday party.
This photo is of my granddaughter, Leigha with a rented pony at her 5th birthday party. She is 15 now.
Sheep needing to be sheared at my sister's place in Texas.
One of the sheep at my sister’s place in Texas a few years ago.
Heaven, our 13 1/2 year old Bichon Frise moping in her kennel to be fed.  The door was open, it was her choice to lay in there.
My beloved Heaven pouting in her kennel. Wanting food per the norm! Sad isn’t it???
Heaven, our bichon sniffing around the yard as a young pup.
Many years ago when Heaven was just a young dog. She is 13 1/2 now!
Heaven, our bichon has a look of, "you've got to be kidding me" on her loveable face.
Really? You gotta be kidding me? I thought it was time to eat!

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SQUARES – S’mores Anyone?

Sitting around the campfire enjoying some smores with the granddaughter.

It took some real Kindling to start this fire in the fire pit to kinda settle down this 2 year old with some yummy s’mores! This is my oldest grandchild who is now 15 and will probably hate that I’m sharing this photo, but it is one of my favorite all time shots!

Day 2 – Squares – “Kind”

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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Macro/Close-Ups

Welcome to Week #17 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #17 challenge is Macro or Close Up images of birds! Some of my favorite shots are going to be shared in this post. A few have made appearances before and some are new to my blog world.

Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects. Mostly bugs and flowers get the spotlight, but today we are doing it on Bird Weekly. Macro is an extreme close-up, but for this post, any close-up will do. I know many of you don’t have a macro lens and that is okay. If you can crop a photo on your phone or use an image software program like Photoshop, that works just fine for me as that is how I do it. I never want a bird to feel nervous because I’m too close to them.

Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a photo of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher chick that fell out of the nest.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

The Black-crowned Night-Heron nests and roosts in colonies in trees. They are a stocky bird in comparison with their long legged relatives. This is the most widespread heron in the world. They live in fresh, salt and brackish wetlands. They are believed to be monogamous. The male will flaunt his stuff to find a mate by bowing and raising the long plume on his head. Both male and female incubate the eggs and share in raising the chicks. The young leave the nest at the age of 1 month, moving on foot through the vegetation. They learn to fly when they are 6 weeks old and disperse widely.


Great Egret

The Great Egret is a large white wading bird with a long curved neck. Easier to get a whole fish down to the gut. It’s dagger like bill can stab its prey for easier capture. This bird gets to be 37-40 inches (94-104 cm) in length. The wingspan is 51.6-57.1 inches (131-145 cm). They can be found in both freshwater and saltwater habitats and will often nest in colonies where other egrets, herons or spoonbills nest.


Little Blue Heron

The Little Blue Heron is easily spotted in his blue and purple tones. This bird is smaller than most of his relatives at 22.1-29.1 inches (56-74 cm) in length. Found in the wetlands where other waders tend to hunt for fish, the LBH as I take shorthand, are patient and considered a stand and wait predator. They walk very slowly while watching for fish and other small morsels of life in shallow water. One cool fact is they have a row of built-in “teeth” along their middle toe that is used as a grooming comb. Got to look their best at all times!


Anhinga

The Anhinga has earned a couple of nicknames. “Water Turkey because of its turkeylike tail and “snake bird” for its long snakelike neck. Anhingas are diving birds, but when they surface, they slither through the water with just their head and neck visible. Anhingas have to perch themselves in a tree or on a branch where they have to dry their feathers. They were not born with waterproof feathers like most birds. The name Anhinga comes from the Tupi Indians in Brazil meaning “devil bird” or “evil spirit of the woods”.


Limpkin

The Limpkin is found in Florida, parts of Mexico, the Caribbean & in South America. They have started moving into states along the Gulf Coast as well. They are tropical wetland birds that specialize in eating apple snails. Their bill acts like tweezers to get into the right-handed curve of the snail’s shell. Limpkins hunt both day & night and will leave piles of shells near the banks of freshwater wetlands. They supposedly got their name by some early European settlers when they observed this species gait as a limp. The Limpkin is the only member of its taxonomic family, Aramidae. They resemble herons and ibises in their body form, but are considered to be more closely related to the rails and cranes. And…by the way….if you ever get near a family, the screaming calls they let out can be ear piercing. Take a listen on this podcast page.


Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbird belongs to the genus Dumetella which means “small thicket”. This is where you will find these gray birds with their black mohawk. They are hard to photograph as they don’t sit for long. They are relatives to mockingbirds and thrashers and like both of those species will sing for long periods of time when they are not alluding humans. I had to use my stealth mode to get this photo.


Blue-gray Gnatchatcher

This is the best story ever!

In 2017, just about a month after Frank & I got back from our honeymoon and still high on our trip out west, we decided to take advantage of the cool weather in May and went birding. Shock, I know! We drove out to the University of North Florida (UNF) and took a small hike on the trail. There is a footbridge that takes you to a small island bordering the lake. There were small songbirds everywhere, flitting from tree to tree. We couldn’t get our binoculars settled on any single bird. Some kind of frenzy was happening, yet we had no idea the reason for the panic these birds were experiencing. Their calls were like nothing we had ever heard. We approached the area with caution to investigate the source of the problem. Frank went in one direction and I in another. After about 5 minutes, I heard a small peep. I proceeded slowly towards the sound that came in long increments. Using a great deal of patience, I moved a bit closer to where I thought I heard it. The wind was blowing 10-15 mph, the trees were rustling at the top and the birds still screaming above us. I had to will myself to listen for this little bird, whatever it was. I approached the base of a tall pine tree and looked down, there it was. A baby blue-gray gnatcatcher. I 1/2 whispered and 1/2 yelled for Frank to come over as I was waving trying to get his attention. He couldn’t hear me due to the wind. After a minute or so, I reached him and had him come take a look. The baby bird must have fallen out of the nest, thanks to the high winds. There was no way to get that bird back up in the tree. So we made a decision to scoop it up and take it home. It wouldn’t survive otherwise. A hawk would certainly have it for a snack.

I cradled it in the palm of my hands all the way back home with it’s “peep” getting louder and louder! It has imprinted on me and now I’m Momma! As soon as we got home, I tried to contact Beaks (Bird Emergency Aid & Kare Sanctuary) here in Jacksonville, Florida not far from Little Talbot Island State Park. It was a Saturday and no one was answering the phone. I then found another rehab facility in St. Augustine and I was able to speak to someone there. She told me to mix some soften dog food with a little boiled egg. I created a scrumptious meal for my new found friend and hand fed this baby throughout the day every two hours. On Sunday, we made a trip out to Wild Birds Unlimited and picked up some mealworms. Oh, this little gnatcatcher was being fed a feast good enough for royalty.

I didn’t want to give this little baby up. It is against the law to keep a wild bird without a license. Since I don’t have a license, on Monday, I had to take my baby bird to the animal hospital who takes care of the orphaned birds until Beaks picks them up within a day or two. After dropping off my precious cargo, I cried all the way to work!

Frank was able to get in touch with Beaks several weeks later and this little guy was released to live a normal life.


Until next week…Week #18 – Birds Starting with an “A”

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #16

Please read below as I have made some changes to the upcoming weeks or visit my page.

Week #16 challenge was Short legged birds. Having short legs myself, I can appreciate these birds who have to take short quick steps to get where they need to go on the ground. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to fly so my short little legs is all I got! We enjoyed a lot of song birds and some fine exotic birds (okay, maybe exotic to me). It’s funny how those in other countries find the birds in North America to be exotic when we think the same of their birds.

There were so many awesome birds this week from Wooly Muses Red rumped Parrot, which I have commented on his red rump a couple of times now, to a Eurasian eagle-owl & Cape Eagle Owl, House Sparrows getting hand fed, Shrikes & Sunbirds & Weaver on the other side of the world! Puffins made another appearance with Wigeon and Ducks and Teal…oh my! Lots of songbirds too!

The bird of the week goes to the Northern Cardinal! There were several great shots of this species and I personally got quite a few comments on my cardinal pic. Check out an old post about Northern Cardinals from over a year ago. I was cutting my teeth on the blogging thing, barely a month into the blogging world. Had no idea what I was doing!

I want to welcome the newcomers this week & last week! Hope to see you often, however this is a place you can participate whenever it suits you! We will be here, but will miss your post when we don’t see you.

I encourage you to visit their blogs and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!

Northern Cardinal quilt with matching shams.
My Cardinal quilt and shams! I used to only put it out during Christmas, but it is now year round. Windows are open, at least for a couple of days this week!

Next up: Week #17: Macro/Close Ups.

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NOTE: I made some changes this week to upcoming weeks, so please take note! This week, I’ve added Close ups to the Macro theme. I understand that not everyone has a lens that will take a true macro. Others may be able to crop some of their photos to get a good closeup. We want to practice social distancing with birds, not because of COVID, but to give them space to do their thing in nature. I have a 200mm lens so often my shots are farther than they appear. Plus, as a graphic designer, I’m proficient in Photoshop and I have that program to give me more range to zoom in and crop.

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

SQUARES – Bee Kind

As we begin our journey for October Squares, I thought I would start with a “kind” message. This is my Bee Kind vinyl decal that I created for my Etsy shop in July. Funny how “Kind” is the theme for October. It was inspired to remind people to be kind to one another through the tribulations of the pandemic and remind everyone that we are all in this together. Sometimes it just takes a little kindness to help one another out, even if it is just a kind word spoken in the grocery store with your mask on! Frank and I always thank the workers for doing what they do everyday to make our lives a little easier. They have to put up with some “not so kind” people on a daily basis and we want them to know we appreciate them!

Even on a rainy dreary day, I am thankful to my friends, family and all my new blogging friends I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I was raised that if you don’t have something kind to say to someone, just don’t say anything at all. Please spread the word to be kind to others regardless of how mean they are…well there are some exception, but I won’t mention them here!

Hint: Rhymes with bump, hump, dump and chump!

Day 1 – Squares – Kind

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#WordlessWednesday – Death Valley Trail

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park while on our honeymoon in 2017.

Wordless Wednesday


It’s a BIG DAY today! The First Game of a 3 game series!!!! Yes! It’s BASEBALL! — Reposting this from My Friend Jen Goldie

Jen Goldie is a diehard Toronto Blue Jays Fan….I’m a diehard Tampa Bay Rays fan! She put this post together last night and I want to give her kudos for doing that! Game 1 is only a few minutes away and it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be!

Because of COVID and a shortened baseball season, there are 8 teams in the wildcard series in both the American League and National League. Each pairing will have a 3 game series in the Wild Card Series starting today!

Click on the link below to see what Jen put together for this very exciting playoff game and our own little private rivalry! It’s all in good fun, but we each want our team to win! GO RAYS!!!

The Blue Jays! – The youngest bunch of players in the league. Got to where they are with grit and determination! They give it their all ALL THE TIME! (My team. The winning team) 😋 The Tampa Bay Rays – The best and number 1 team in the AL East. They know how to play […]

It’s a BIG DAY today! The First Game of a 3 game series!!!! Yes! It’s BASEBALL! —

Water Water Everywhere – Low Tide

Little Talbot Island State Park Beach

Photos by Jez is the new host of WWE that is a weekly challenge posted on Monday.

Low Tide at Little Talbot Island State Park between Jacksonville and Amelia Island, Florida about 3 weeks ago. The beach has seen so much erosion since this photo was taken and is not recognizable to this.

Sunday Stills – Droplets – 9.27.20

Brown Pelican taking off in the St. Johns River.

The feature image is a juvenile Brown Pelican learning to fish and practicing taking off & landing. Watching this bird was a lot of fun. The momentum got better with each time this bird took off & landed. In the beginning, this pelican was quite clumsy, but he always left a trail of droplets from the St. Johns River in his wake.

This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge. The theme this week is Water Droplets.

and for Cee’s Flower of the Day – keep scrolling!

Our front yard fountain that my hubby made from an old turkey roasting pan and pieces of slate & granite. I was able to capture a droplet from the flow of the water.

Two different hibiscus in our gardens a few years ago.

One lone droplet on this leaf at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.
Our feature image of a Brown Pelican growing up and learning to improve the art of taking off and landing.
One of the bird feeder bowls.
Bush in the backyard.
I don’t the name of this plant, but it is purple and I love it!
Jade in a hanging basket on the bird feeders.
Hummingbird bush.

The last 5 photos were taken today. It was still raining when I went out there to get some shots. How lucky am I that it rained today when we haven’t seen any precipitation in over a week? Woohoo!

Song Lyric Sunday – Sister Christian by Night Ranger

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs pertaining to Brother | Sibling | Sister for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

This week I have chosen “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger. I have a personal connection to this song. The song was released about 2 1/2 months before I graduated from high school.

Being an 18 year old senior who enjoyed her long “big” hair and was getting ready to embark on life’s journey away from family, I took to this song immediately. As the song became popular and was playing over the loudspeakers in the bars that I frequented, not to mention, MTV played it constantly that summer, “Sister Christian” became my own personal theme song. In July of that year, I left for Marine Corps boot camp. Even though the saying wasn’t popular in Texas, I was “motorin'”!

Drinking Age in 1984 was 18 in the U.S.

Night Ranger’s drummer, Kelly Keagy wrote the song about his sister who was coming of age. Keagy’s sister, Christy was 10 years younger than him and was growing up fast. The lead singer, Jack Blades sang lead vocals on most songs for the band, but Keagy sang the lead on this one from his drums. The original song title was “Sister Christy” but the band thought Keagy was singing “Sister Christian” so that became the title.

Keagy grew up in Eugene Oregon and the day after he graduated high school, he packed his bags and left home to seek out a career as a full-time drummer. After years of playing in clubs, he started touring with the San Francisco band, Rubicon. In 1979, Keagy, along with fellow band members, Jack Blades and Brad Gillis formed Night Rangers. Rubicon became a thing of the past.

Once Night Ranger got some experience in San Francisco through local gigs, the rock concert promoter, Bill Graham started booking Night Ranger as the opening act for bands such as Judas Priest, Santana, and the Doobie Brothers. Night Ranger became one of the most popular mainstream rock bands of the mid-1980’s. The group disbanded in 1989 when front man, Jack Blades left the band.

SONG FACTS

  • Written by Kelly Keagy, Night Ranger’s drummer.
  • Released in March, 1984 as the second single from their album Midnight Madness.
  • Reached #1 on Canada’s (RPM) chart
  • Reached #2 on U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks & #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  • Stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks.
  • Ranked #32 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s.
  • Plays during the drug deal scene in the film Boogie Nights.
  • On the soundtrack for the movie Superstar.
  • Prominently featured in the Broadway play “Rock of Ages” which is suspended due to the pandemic. Rock of Ages is a story about a small-town girl, a city boy, and a rock n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip.

“Sister Christian”

Sister Christian
Oh, the time has come
And you know that you're the only one
To say, okay
Where you going
What you looking for
You know those boys
Don't want to play no more with you
It's true

You're motoring
What's your price for flight
In finding mister right
You'll be alright tonight

Babe, you know
You're growing up so fast
And mama's worrying
That you won't last
To say, let's play
Sister Christian
There's so much in life
Don't you give it up
Before your time is due
It's true
It's true, yeah

Motoring
What's your price for flight
You've got him in your sight
And driving through the night
Motoring
What's your price for flight
In finding mister right
You'll be alright tonight

[Instrumental interlude]

Motoring
What's your price for flight
In finding mister right
You'll be alright tonight
Motoring
What's your price for flight
In finding mister right
You'll be alright tonight

Sister Christian
Oh, the time has come
And you know that you're the only one
To say, okay
But you're motoring
Yeah, motoring
September, 1984

Six Word Story – Need

Heaven needing to be fed.

Shweta Suresh Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #50 – September 19, 2020

Need

Heaven needs us to love her.

Our 13 1/2 year old Bichon Frise. Her name is Heaven!
Heaven – our sweet Bichon Frise

We need Heaven to love us!


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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Short Legged Birds

Male Common Yellowthroat flitting around the brush.

Welcome to Week #16 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #16 challenge is Short Legged Birds

Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a photo of a male Common Yellowthroat.

Okay, so I came up with this theme because it is near and dear to me. You see, I know all about having short legs. All 5’1″ of me owns 3 ladders that stay in the house at all times. 1 step, 2 step and 3 step folding ladders to help me get things out of my kitchen cabinets. I have 42″ cabinets plus an extra foot of cabinets above them that go to the ceiling. If anything is past the 2nd shelve, one of the ladders come out. I understand how these short legged birds feel, except I can’t fly to get into a higher position.

American Redstart

Young male American Redstart flitting around feeding on insects at Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
The yellow on this ones tail indicates he is a young male. By next year, his tail will be orange and he will be ready to mate.

The American Redstart is a medium sized warbler with a very expressive tail. This male above is mostly black with bright orange patches. The female has yellow patches on the sides, wings and tail. She has a gray head and olive colored back. They are both impressive showing their tail feathers which is used to lure their insect prey as they will then dart to capture in the air like flycatchers. They are a pretty spastic bird and hard to capture. I got 10 frames of shots of this male and this is the only one that turned out. He was in a different position in every shot.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal visiting our backyard in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Northern Cardinal is one of the most attractive birds for new birders. The male is red all over. This particular male was still turning, but he was quite impressive and had a mate. Young stud!!! Both the male and female have strong vocal chords and will change their tune depending on what they are communicating. The mated pair share song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and more complex song than the male. You GO GIRL! The cardinal had been on the decline, but in recent years, they have started to make a comeback, partly due to people putting out bird feeders. Last year, we had 4 pairs. This year we had 3 pairs. I had a juvenile in the backyard a couple of days ago with the momma bird. Seems there were more Swallow-tailed & Mississippi Kites this summer so I suspect not many babies made it.

Ovenbird

This small warbler is very elusive. It is hard to photograph the Ovenbird because as soon as you think you have a shot, he darts in the other direction along the wooded ground into cover. The olive-brown back and spotted chest provides a perfect camouflage while it extracts invertebrae from the litter of leaves. Their nest is a leaf-covered dome that resembles a vintage outdoor oven, which gives the Ovenbird its name.


Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated blue warbler eating a berry from the bush at Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Black-throated Blue Warbler is a whopping 4.3-5.1 inch bird. The male pictured above has a black face and black eye with a midnight blue back. I find this bird one of the most challenging to photograph as there isn’t a lot of contrast between the face and eye. This guy was having his fill of the berries on this bush. The female is gray and brown, but both birds have their signature square white patch on their wings.

Common Yellowthroat

Male Common Yellowthroat hopping around to capture a meal at Reddie Point Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Move over Lone Ranger, there’s a new marshall in town! The male Common Yellowthroat is distinguished with his black mask across his face. Females do not have the mask, but they do have a beautiful warm yellow throat. This small bird is one of the New World species that was catalogued by Linnaeus in 1766 after being captured in Maryland. They are hunted by Merlins and Loggerhead Shrikes.


Sanderling & Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling & Ruddy Turnstone eating a meal together at Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Sanderlings are the cutest shorebirds. Their little legs blur as they run back and forth along the shoreline. This spastic little bird probes for tiny prey in the wet sand left by receding waves. They are medium-sized “peep” sandpipers and can be recognized by their pale non-breeding plumage, black legs & bill, not to mention their obsessive wave chasing habits.

The Ruddy Turnstone along the coastlines of the United States & Mexico are nonbreeding. Some birds will travel more than 6,500 miles between breeding and nonbreeding grounds. They use fat to fuel up like most birds to carry themselves through migration so they can make it to the breeding grounds. It is vital for them to eat a lot to make the journey. They have a low center of gravity thanks to their short legs that keep them anchored.

These two birds were hanging out together and sharing a meal at Fort Desoto Park near St. Petersburg, Florida. This was our last trip down that way in January before COVID.


2016 Piper Disney Pixar Oscar Winning Short Movie

As a bonus, I thought I would share one of my favorite animated short films from Disney Pixar. I loved it so much, it lived on our DVR for months. It just makes me HAPPY!!!


Until next week…Week #17 – Macro Bird Shots

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #15

Week #15 challenge was Birds with Green Feathers. Green is defined by mixing the two primary colors of blue and yellow which we all learned in grade school. Along with blue & purple, it is considered a cool color whereas, red, orange and yellow are warm colors. Well, there were some COOL birds shared this week! Did you know that green is the second most favorite color just after blue. Green is associated with the color of peace. It is the color of life, renewal, nature and energy.

I’ve never seen anything like the Bee-eaters that were shared this week. This is the bird of the week! Yep, I’ve added a new bit to the round-up. Each week there will be a bird of the week. Evolution! LOL!

Rainbow Bee-eaters in Australia captured by Brian at bushboyswold.blog.
Look at these Rainbow Bee-eaters from Brian at bushboys world!

Then there is a special shout out to Margaret at Crossing Cultures, Finding Freedom. She spent hours going through her archives to share an array of green feathered friends. Please check out all our contributors from this week if you haven’t already! There was so much greatness this week!

Red-throated Bee-eater in Uganda photographed by Margaret at https://margaretinuganda.com/
Margaret’s Red-throated Bee-eater she captured in Uganda.

I encourage you to visit their blogs and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!

Next up: Week #16: Short-legged birds.

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

CEE’S BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – Fountains & Sprinklers

Swan Geese in the pond in the Riverside area of Jacksonville, Florida.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

I wanted to give you images of the largest fountain I’ve ever seen which is the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. We didn’t take any photos, but plenty of video. If you have never seen them, I would encourage you to make a point to see them one night if you get to Vegas. The fountains dance to whatever music they have playing. It’s free as you just stop along the sidewalk and enjoy the show at night.

So, I just settled for what I have around my town and neighborhood! Not quite as impressive.

Sprinklers in our neighborhood a few blocks away.
Sprinklers at the end of our street.
Jasmine and driftwood surround the fountain that Frank built out of stone & an old roasting pan lid.
Closeup of the fountain that Frank created out of stone & an old turkey roasting pan lid.
Fountain in our backyard that Frank built. The birds love it and this Mourning Dove was getting a little drink!
Swan Geese swimming in front of the fountain at Riverside Park in Jacksonville, FL.

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#WordlessWednesday – Osprey

Osprey perched up on top of a piece of driftwood.
Osprey perched on driftwood at Little Talbot Island State Park.

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Water Water Everywhere – Golf Course Mallards

Pond in Bozeman, Montana filled with Mallard Ducks.

Photos by Jez is the new host of WWE that is a weekly challenge posted on Monday.

Mallards on a pond at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman, Montana.
Paddling on String Lake

On September 22, 2019, we were visiting Glen Lake Rotary Park in Bozeman, Montana when we went down a trail that connected to the Bridger Creek Golf Course, a public course. We walked around the fairways while golfers were teeing off. They didn’t seem to mind while we explored the grounds. These Mallards were swimming against the opposite bank.

Of course, we were birding!

I’m posting this a day late as this is the one year anniversary of our last vacation before the pandemic.

Living in the Moment – West Side of Yellowstone

Where were you 1 year ago today?

Well, I can tell you exactly where we were on September 21, 2019. We were on the tail end of our vacation to Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks. I never finished writing about this awesome trip. Today I decided to get my photos together and give you a little taste of normalcy before the pandemic changed our lives forever! So, here is the continuation of our “Living in the Moment” series from last September. All the “Living in the Moment” posts are at the bottom of this post if you want to catch up.

DreamCatchers Bed & Breakfast in Victor, Idaho.
DreamCatcher B&B

As we ate our last delicious breakfast at DreamCatcher B&B in Victor, Idaho, we were filled with mixed emotions. Like everyday on our vacation we woke up excited to see what the day would bring. But this day was different. We felt like we had just gotten to Driggs, Idaho and now we were leaving. Actually that was only part of the truth. The other part was that today was the day we were taking the long drive back to Bozeman, Montana. It signaled the beginning of the end of our vacation adventures. We still had two days left before we flew back to Jacksonville, Florida, but it felt like we would have to board the plane and leave any moment. As we pulled out of the DreamCatcher’s driveway, we said goodbye to another wonderful experience and we fully expect to stay at this great B&B on a return trip. It was raining off and on this late morning as we drove through Driggs and took the highway headed north.

Countryside in Idaho with storm clouds moving in.

We checked the map and our time and decided to go back into Yellowstone for one last fore-ray. The drive through Idaho was beautiful. It was a mixture of mountain views, forests, rolling hills and farmland. A wonderful mixture of natural patterns that a map can not accurately depict. The constant change of scenery made the drive go by quickly and re-emphasized what a beautiful state Idaho really is. Storm clouds started rolling in, but we didn’t care, we were prepared to take it as it came and enjoy the ride.

After a nice trip with very little traffic through the country roads, we experienced crowded roads again driving through West Yellowstone, Montana, only a few miles from the West Yellowstone entrance. All the storms had blown through and we entered the park on an absolutely gorgeous afternoon. It was a little chilly and windy and you could see some spots where snow had fallen as the weather had come through the area.

The Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.
Madison River, Yellowstone National Park

Our stomachs were growling and we looked for another scenic spot for one of our famous vacation lunches. We were winging it and needed a little luck to find a great location to enjoy our last meal in Yellowstone. Bingo, there was a picnic area right on the Madison River and a picnic table only a stone’s throw away from the water. We were on a tight schedule and it was chilly, so we didn’t record our usual video and I only took this one photo. We did enjoy some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches courtesy of our MSR Pocket Rocket. We paired them with a locally grown organic apple that we purchased at the grocery store in Driggs, and an organic mixed green salad from the local greens we bought at the Driggs Farmers Market. While savoring our last meal in this amazing park, we watched two bald eagles fishing over the river and one lone fly-fisherman wading in the icy waters. Neither the birds or the human were having much luck.

With full bellies and broad smiles, we decided to venture further into the park and see a couple of the geothermal features we had missed on our drive through the park days earlier. Driving along the river in the afternoon light, we were hit again by how beautiful Yellowstone really is.

As we approached a parking area along the highway parallel to the Madison River, the traffic had backed up. The parking lot was full and there were cars parked all along the side of the road. People were outside of their cars with binoculars and cameras in hand. In the middle of all this commotion was a park ranger and we soon found out why. Moving along the river with his cows, was the biggest bull elk we had seen in either Yellowstone or Grand Teton. We had seen some big bulls but this guy was a monster. If a large bull elk weighs 700 lbs, this bull would have been at least 800 lbs. The elk were further away than this picture looks. All the shots we took of the elk, and we took a lot of shots, were taken with 200mm lenses.

14 point bull elk with his herd of cows in the meadows in Yellowstone National Park.

The park ranger was there to make sure nobody did anything stupid. Like, walking down to the river to get up close to the bull and trying to get a better picture. There was this beautiful majestic bull elk in all his glory, with all his cows, bugling away. This was the middle of rutting season and he was telling any bull or cow within listening range, “if you want some of this, come and get it”.

To see theses elk moving down by the river, oblivious to the human zoo up along the highway, was a truly special moment and one of many favorites during our trip.

After our unscheduled and truly mesmerizing stop, it was time to head toward the geyser basins. We were looking forward to seeing some of Yellowstone’s geothermal features we hadn’t seen on our way to Old Faithful, but nothing was going to top what we had just experienced.

We were still talking about how cool it was to see that beautiful bull and his harem when we got another surprise. About 1/4 mile down the road, we spotted this guy. He was on the other side of the highway and tucked into the woods. An impressive young ten point bull to be sure, but nothing like what we had just seen. He wasn’t even thinking about crossing the road and heading down toward the river. He knew what was down there. That big majestic bull had probably already pushed him around enough to send a clear message. “Don’t bring that weak sh*% back over here again!” So there he was, foraging in the woods by himself and listening to the king of the river valley bugle away with his ladies.

10 point Bull Elk walking along the main road near the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

The Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

This great day just kept getting better and better. Now we were ready to spend a couple of hours exploring some of Yellowstone’s featured geothermal areas that we missed when heading to Old Faithful a couple of days before. Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring, here we come.

Turquoise water with a cloud of steam coming off one of the geysers in Yellowstone National Park.

The change in the topography in the Geyser Basin creates a world that is different than other parts of Yellowstone and was great to experience one last time on our farewell journey into this stunning National Park. On this day, we visited the Lower Geyser Basin as an impromptu decision and there wasn’t much time. We quickly went through the basin and saw what we could but, the combination of colder moist air and the hot humid geysers, created a tremendous amount of steam and limited our visibility in much of the area. Still, it was thrilling. Honestly, I wished we had planned for 2 days in this area, plus 2 more days visiting Old Faithful. We had one day at Old Faithful and 1/2 a day at the basins. That being said, I wouldn’t change anything we did except maybe make the clock run a lot slower.

Clouds reflecting in the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

As we walked around, we were lucky enough to get some great pictures and video, a reminder of how special this place really is

The light was waning and it was like saying goodbye to an old friend. It’s always surprising how you can visit a place for the first time and feel like you’re home. That was one of the things we took away from our adventures in two of America’s most special parks.

The other thing we took away was, we can’t wait to go back for a much more extended visit. I look forward to the day we can have our travel trailer hitched up (have to buy one first and retire) head west and spend as much time as we want in Yellowstone and in Grand Teton without a set schedule.

Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay, Paddle on String Lake, Jenny Lake Sunset, DreamCatcher Bed & Breakfast, Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Song Lyric Sunday – Canadian Music – Anne Murray

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs by Canadian artists for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

Morna Anne Murray, known as Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1945. Her songs covered several genres to include country, soft rock, pop and adult contemporary. During her 40 year career, she has sold over 55 million albums worldwide.

Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach number 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for her signature song, “Snowbird” in 1970. She is considered to be one of the female Canadian artists who paved the way for other Canadian artists such as k.d. lang, Céline Dion & Shania Twain. Murray is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album “A Little Good News”. I think we could all use a little good news right about now.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 4 Grammys
  • 24 Junos (record)
  • 3 American Music Awards
  • 3 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards
  • 3 Canadian Country Music Association Awards
  • Inducted into Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, TN
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, CA and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto
  • Ranked #10 by Billboard of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artist Ever in 2011

SONG FACTS – “Snowbird”

  • Written by Gene MacLellan and sung by many artists such as Bing Crosby, Lynn Anderson & Elvis Presley.
  • Released in June, 1970 by Murray.
  • Reached #2 on Canada’s pop chart
  • Reached #1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary & country charts.
  • Reached #8 on the U.S. pop single chart and became a Top 10 U.S. country hit.
  • Spent six weeks at #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.
  • This has become Murray’s signature song.

“Snowbird”

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
For its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
That will bloom again in spring
When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life's
The thing thing that I can't win
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you
The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break me heart again
Should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you
When you go
To that land of gentle breezes
Where the peaceful waters flow
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gene Mac Lellan
Snowbird lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
2003

SONG FACTS – “Could I Have This Dance”

  • Written by Wayland Holyfield and Bob House.
  • Released in August, 1980.
  • Reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks & The U.S. Hot Country Songs.
  • Reached #3 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Billboard chart & #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  • Reached #8 on the U.S. pop single chart and became a Top 10 U.S. country hit.
  • As a single, it became Murray’s fifth number one country hit as a solo artist.
  • Quite popular at weddings during the 1980’s and many a proposal was made with this song playing in the background.

“Could I Have This Dance”

I'll always remember the song they were playin'
The first time we danced and I knew
As we swayed to the music and held to each other
I fell in love with you
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
I'll always remember that magic moment
When I held you close to me
As we moved together, I knew forever
You're all I'll ever need
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob House / Wayland Holyfield
Could I Have This Dance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Six Word Story – Water

Photo courtesy of Walton Co. Sheriff Twitter

Shweta Suresh Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #50 – September 19, 2020

Water

Too much water is not good!

Photo courtesy of ABC News.

Hurricane Sally’s water devastated Gulf states!


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Turning 55 Isn’t so Bad

Last weekend, my BFF, Morgan & her husband came for a visit. They had come in May and because we are all very keen on social distancing and not going anywhere without our mask, it seems to be safe enough to hang out! They stayed for 3 days and it was so good to be around our friends.

Morgan had the idea to surprise me for my birthday, a week early. Frank picked up the Chocolicious cake at Publix that I love and they sang Happy Birthday to me. Totally unexpected!

I blew out my candles…thank goodness there were only a few. Might have burned the house down. It certainly would have melted this perfect little cake.

We spent Sunday at Little Talbot Island State Park beach, walking about 4 miles where we experienced winds coming from the East caused by then Tropical Storm Sally. Since last Sunday, Hurricane Sally ramped up to a Cat 2 before devastating the Gulf Coast, flooding parts of Alabama & Florida. Ironically, Sally came ashore on the anniversary of Hurricane Ivan 15 years ago in same area, however Ivan was a Cat 3 at the US landfall. Hurricane Ivan reached Hurricane 5 status as it plowed through the Carribean.

Photo courtesy of clickorlando.com

My birthday falls right at the peak of Hurricane Season. Luckily, it is kinda quiet this weekend, but the tropics are still quite active. I’m sure we will be in the Greek alphabet by early next week. We haven’t done that since 2005.

In honor of turning 55 today, thought I would share a little Sammy Hagar! This was me until my radar detector broke! The best part about this song is that it came out the year I graduated high school in 1984.


Origin of the Song from Hagar

“I was in a rent-a-car that wouldn’t go much faster than 55 miles an hour. I was on my way back from Africa. I did a safari for three months throughout Africa. A really great vacation after Three Lock Box. I was traveling for 24 hours, I got to New York City, changed planes, Albany, New York. Got in a rent-a-car. Had a place in Lake Placid at the time, a little log cabin, I used to go there and write with my little boy. Aaron, at that time, went to North Country school when I was on tour. I would go there and see him. It was a really cool getaway. But it took two and a half hours to drive there from Albany. And I was driving from Albany, New York at 2:00 in the morning, burnt from all the travel. Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, ‘We give tickets around here for over-60.’ and I said, ‘I can’t drive 55.’ I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt.”

— Sammy Hagar, 1994


One last thing! I have all items in my Etsy shop on sale to celebrate by birthday! Stop by to see new items and don’t forget to check out the special products for ovarian cancer month. https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurEyesOpenDesigns

NOT SURE WHAT THE REST OF MY DAY WILL BRING, BUT I WILL CHECK IN WITH Y’ALL LATER!

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