7 December, 2012 Mostly pictures
I had lots of writing to do, I sat down the other night and wrote 1,000+ words for a blog entry, but I need to edit it a lot so maybe in a later entry. But I’ve got a pile of fun pictures. Buffleheads are back on the river, a winter duck I really enjoy. Plus there is a single big Mute swan down there. Also was fortunate to get nice pictures of a Red-tailed hawk near Brown’s Island recently. A couple of other shots too. More later, but mostly pictures today.:
This is the hawk picture I referred to:
This is her (possibly his) full body. He or she was being observed by but not bothered by this lone mockingbird. It’s flying past in the lower right of the picture:
Evie and I were at Pony Pasture (PP) on Thanksgiving morning. These turtles certainly do look thankful:
I don’t know if it’s the time of year or what but there’s a lot of bird and animal activity in my yard and at PP and all around. (See above) This lone Mute swan has been hanging around PP. Both sides of the river, I think it’s the same bird. It taunts my dogs and my dogs taunt it but each seem reluctant to get closer than about ten feet:
This is a not-great-quality closeup, but I like his (maybe her) expression. Maybe it’s the angle of the head or perhaps the dark eyes but it gives at least a faint impression of wisdom. “Silly goose” is a common expression and geese have never struck me as thoughtful. But find this calm gaze appealing:
These are a few of the many buffleheads I’ve seen. I still haven’t gotten a picture I really enjoy. Both these pictures are very poor quality. I’ll keep working at it. They’ll be around for a few months. This is a female:
And this is a male:
It’s a little over two weeks since Dad died. I still have stuff I want to ask him. But that’s just the nature of my Dad. He’s the kind of person who encouraged you to ask questions. And if he didn’t know the answer, he’d help you find it. Evie took this picture outside after my Dad’s memorial service:
Another picture from the memorial service. We had tables inside with items that represented Dad and a few of his interests. He had so, so many. He loved being an EMT and he loved Rescue 15, the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, where we had the memorial. Here are a few items from one table. (Notice the inevitable picture of Dad with yet another dog, in the lower left corner of that framed award on the right side):
And lest you think my Dad is the only dog person in our family, here is Mom a year or so ago in my living room with my old friend Roux:
And here’s my brother Shane at the service with Tara; Evie took this too:
Dad drove ambulances a lot, and collected model ambulances too. One of the ambulances he used to drive was draped in black bunting at his memorial service:
My mother’s father’s name was Jim and he died around 1980. I remember his funeral and there were a lot of his old buddies around. Thirty plus years ago and I’ll never forget this old guy coming up to me and saying “We miss old Jimmy, darn his hide.” I miss old Dad, darn his hide. I know a lot of people, but I don’t know a better conversationalist than Dad. Among his many superb qualities.
Anyway, perhaps a story on my next blog entry, which I hope will be sooner than later.
This was what I saw as I left the service:
Jay – Great photos – I love them
And thanks for the note. And I’m glad you enjoy my photos – that makes at least two of us! Looking forward to getting together for a cup of coffee soon.
I am so sorry. Anne
And thanks for your note. It was tough for all of us but everyone’s doing well. Especially my Mom, fortunately. 54 years is a long time to be married! I’m lucky to have them both.
Have a great day and I’ll see you soon,
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