resonance comes from a far
classic “V” in view
unfurled across the sky
geese fly in formation
brave leader singing
signaling fall migration
By Sheila: August 24, 2013
While having coffee yesterday morning, on the deck, Howard and I could hear Canada Geese honking. Two flocks flew directly over head, bringing signs of fall with them. I can’t believe I don’t have an image of a Canada Goose. Note to self – take one!
On this day thirty-nine years ago, I met my honey.
Today is his birthday!
This was written on the birthday card I gave him:
Happy Birthday to My Husband
From the moment we said “I do”,
Somehow I think I knew
There is no sweeter life
Than being your wife
And Sharing forever with you.
Happy Birthday Babe!
Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Cedar Waxwing~
gazing down at me
onyx eyes tell a story
leave me be, resting
By Sheila: August 23, 2013
I photographed these Cedar Waxwings in March, 2013 at South Llano State Park. Waxwings are gregarious and true to this description I saw many of them.
Red, waxy tips on secondary wing feathers are often indistinct and sometimes absent altogether. All waxwings have sleek crests, silky plumage and yellow-tipped tails. Where berries are ripening, waxwings come to feast in amiable, noisy flocks. [description taken from one of my favorite birding books “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.]
The “Smithsonian Handbook: Birds of North America, Western Region” states the description of the red, waxy tips differently. It states – the purpose of the “red wax” is long-debated, but younger birds do not have it and the older birds that do often choose each other as mates and produce more young that the younger pairs.
Waxwings eats fruit, flower petals and insects; and drinks sap. One way to distinguish between males and females is the color of the throat. Females have a brownish throat, the males a blackish throat.
I might have mentioned before, South Llano State Park in Junction, Texas is one of my all time favorites.
Berries in South Llano State Park.
deep breathe, in and out
feel the sun upon your face
deep breathe, in and out
free your mind and heart of worry
live today with clear purpose
~By Sheila 08/22/2013
Bottomless Lakes State Park is near Roswell, New Mexico. Howard and I currently enjoyed our stay there.
This image was taken February, 2012 near Eastbank Campground, an Army Corps of Engineer park.
Neighborly encounter, on the trail
I observe binoculars around her neck
Ah, something in common
I am a birder you see
A wonderful hobby, a life long passion
We stop to chat
What birds have you seen today, I ask
New to this hobby, so I offer her an excursion
Other locations to search for birds
“Yes, maybe one day, perhaps in the fall
We’ll also do some hiking”
Now, I see her on the trail
Binoculars around her neck
Head down as she passes
How sad for her
She has no time for me
I had a birding mentor
She became my friend
Her name was Ann
A kind and gentle soul
She taught me well
I treasure those days, with heartfelt appreciation
For they are no more, she is gone now
~By Sheila 08/20/2013~