~Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

~

flowers bring a smile

lighten the heart with joy

may they grace all tomorrows

~

Day Lily-in yellow
Day Lily-in yellow

As you gaze,

upon a Day Lily,

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,

is what you see.

Marigold in Orange
Marigold in Orange
Day Lily in Orange
Day Lily in Orange

~

Yesterday, gone

Today, now

Tomorrow, coming  

~

Marigold in Yellow
Marigold in Yellow
Cherry Tree
Cherry Tree
Sadly, I haven’t planted many flowers in my yard this year, but the few I have blooming bring me great joy everyday.

~Daily Post Photo Challenge-My Muse, Birds

Sharing with The Daily Post Photo Challenge – Muse

Birds, Birds, Birds…

Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Gray Catbird, solitary or in pairs. However, I saw up to ten together
Gray Catbird
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub Jay
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Loggerhead Shrike
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Crested Caracara
Post Ornament
Black Vulture
May all your baskets (nests) be filled with good things!
Great Egret
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
An Early Morning Moment
Northern Mockingbird
Limpkin
Limpkin
Great White Heron
Great White Heron

 I could go on and on, but I will stop with these few birds. Birding is a fun hobby and capturing them with my camera is my muse.

~This time last year

Around this time last year Howard and I were staying at Willard Bay State Park in Willard, Utah and while there we visited Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Since I haven’t taken any interesting photos here at home, I thought I would share with you a few from our visit to this gorgeous area. To view my original posts, visit these web-sites Bear River and More from Bear River and Willard Bay.

We had an exciting time traveling last summer, visited some beautiful areas and saw lots of wildlife; however, so far this spring and summer it has been wonderful just relaxing here at home.  I need to capture a few photos from around here to share!

Alone
Alone
Not Alone
Not Alone

~Obsession and Neglect

~

An Obsession is,

tiring, stressful, addicting,

exhilarating.

~

Neglect happens ,

when you are Obsessed,

no time for other things.

~

And, so it has gone lately with my Obsession to learn and play Pickleball; everything else has been Neglected.  I’am not kidding. I haven’t been this obsessed, with learning something new, since getting my cameras. The game is fun, great exercise, can be social and is extremely addicting.
It has been a few weeks since my introductory Pickleball class and since then I  have been playing whenever I get an opportunity.  Joining the Loveland Pickleball Club has helped me meet people that love the game and is a great resource.
This past Tuesday I played for the first time on an outdoor court, which I love. I have also driven to a nearby town that offers dedicated, beginner, indoor,  play. I have read a couple of books on the topic and have watched, more than a couple, videos. Played three times this week – so far.  Obsession! 
Not posting on my blog is where my Neglect comes in (I won’t mention what else I have neglected). I need to get outside, in between our unusual for Colorado, rain showers and thunderstorms, and take some photos so I can get back to posting.
As I sit at my desk and type this post, two Flood Alerts beeped their warning.  The rain we just experienced was a doozy! Our local rivers are swollen running over their banks in places, Lake Loveland is full and our temperatures are more normal for this time of year causing the snow in the mountains to melt! Our spring weather has been most unusual!
My apologies in not being a good blog friend and posting on the many blogs I so enjoy reading! I promise to do better. Just know I do read them! Thanks Gay for checking on me!
 So beware if you pick up a paddle and ball! You might just become Obsessed and Neglectful!

The Class of 2014’s Happy Ending to Spring Migration

Dear friends, I am sharing the blog address below with you, written by WISReader, about Whooping Cranes.

Read about the Whooping Cranes’ migration south and then back north, and about the dedicated and talented people that assist with the hatching of eggs , migration, and other goals to  increase the Whooping Crane population.

From the website listed below you can link to Operation Migration and read about the capture and rescue mission of five young cranes that made their way south for the winter, but got LOST finding their way back to Wisconsin for the summer. Enjoy!

The Class of 2014’s Happy Ending to Spring Migration.

~A few remaining photos from our day trip to Rocky National Park with out-of-town friends

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Looking for food.
Looking for food.
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Trying to hide
Notice the beautiful yellow throat, and the yellow patches on the sides and on top of the head.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet looking for food in the pines.
IMG_3774This little guy was flitting around from branch to branch and tree to tree, so this is the best photo I could capture of his ruby crowned head.
The header photo is a Pink-sided Junco, which was busy hunting for food in and around patches of snow. I was lucky it decided to get a better view of its surrounding by hopping up on this boulder.
It was a fun day that will be treasured always!

Sharing with:

Stewart at paying-ready-attention for Wild Bird Wednesday

Michelle at Rambling Woods for Nature Notes #312

 

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