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~Birding in Arizona – American Kestrel

~Cave Creek, Cave Creek Regional Park, November, 2017

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high atop a cactus

scanning surroundings for food

focused and alert

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American Kestrel, male

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Going for the kill.

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Sure hope it wasn’t another bird. I can’t tell what it is.

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Almost finished!

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“Glad it wasn’t us.”

House Finch, male.

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House Finch, Female

Happy Birding!

~A Change of Scenery

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Easy and slow,

is the way, 

we want to go,

doing our best,

to relieve our stress

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Holding lovely memories,

in our hearts,

adding new ones,

as we enjoy,

what comes next.

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Well, it has been eleven months since we have traveled in our RV. We arrived home at the end of March, 2016 and haven’t  been out on the road since. We elected to stay home with Kloudy, because of her illness and we have no regrets with that decision.

A week ago we decided a change of scenery was needed, so we hit the road. Our first night we stayed in Lamar, Colorado, second night we stayed at Amarillo Ranch,  in Amarillo, Texas, the third night, Lake Colorado City State Park, in Colorado City, Texas.

OoO Lake Colorado City State Park:

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Site 46 at Lake Colorado City State Park. Quiet, nice sites, not crowded, beautiful sunsets.
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A great place to spend a couple quiet nights. Lots of space between sites.

For four nights we stayed at South Llano State Park in Junction, Texas. This state park is a birders paradise and one of my favorites. The weather has been wonderful, not too cool and not too warm, and no rain! The park is still experiencing late winter, but if you look closely you can see spring trying hard to grab hold. Also, the male birds are dressed in breading plumage and chasing the ladies around. I wish it was April, because I believe we would have seen a lot more birds.

OoO South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas

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Site 33. Huge sites, plenty of birds and deer, lots of hiking trails.

We have seen twenty-five species of birds, including Wild Turkeys, which this park is known for. We enjoyed a few fun walks and a few trips into town to eat at some of the local restaurants. Junction has some excellent BBQ places. And, we met lots of wonderful, nice people. Why is it that we find the people down south so darn friendly?

OoO We are headed somewhere we have never stayed before. Waco, Texas here we come!

I want to walk around The Silos, eat at some of the food trucks located there, and of course eat a cupcake at Joanna’s Bakery. I have fallen in love with the Gaines family from Fixer Upper and thought, what the heck, lets go visit Waco.

Hoping to tour downtown Waco and find a few neat shops to browse. And, maybe tour a few antique stores, if I can convince Howard what fun that might be!

It is amazing how many people are staying in Waco, just to visit The Silos. We arrived today at Riverview RV Park, Waco, Texas, after trying several other parks (all full). A neighbor told us that he felt there were at least four hundred people at The Silos on Thursday! Wow!

Our ride here from South Llano State Park, at first was most enjoyable, traveling the back roads of Texas (which we love to do) on highways 377 and 29. Beautiful, rustic towns along the route, especially  Mason, with Bluebonnets blooming almost the entire way.

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Bluebonnets along the side of a Texas highway. Taken from a pull-off, when we stopped for a short break.

We wanted to get on I-35 at Georgetown, which we did without any trouble. But, further north driving through Tempe it was awful, lots of construction, which had traffic backed up for miles. There were two accidents within a mile of each other, one going south bound and one going north bound. Horrible!

OoO Anyway, I have several photos of the birds I saw at South Llano State Park, which I will be posting. It will be to get back to blogging, it has been awhile.

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Vermilion Flycatcher. Check out the new growth.

Has anyone been to Waco, Texas to visit The Silos?

 

 

~Poetry – The Seasons

The Seasons

Spring,

renewal and promise.

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Summer,

exuberance and fun.

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Fall,

change, brilliance, urgency.

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Winter,

cozy, rest, reflection.

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As we approach the end of Summer with Fall beginning on the 22nd of the month, I began thinking what the seasons mean to me. I am grateful to live in a place where we get to experience all four seasons.

My description of Winter might not reflect what has transpired over the last several years with Howard and I, but it always makes me think of long, cozy, fire lit evenings spent quietly.

Our winter travels, takes us through many different weather zones. So we get to enjoy some of the seasonal weather patterns more than once! My RV’ing friends will understand exactly what I mean.

What descriptors pop into your mind when you think of the seasons?

~Poetry-In the light of the harvest moon

I stand on a cliff high above the river,

bathed in the light of a harvest moon,

A misty fog rises off the water,

cool fall air fills my lungs.

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Down below a solitary soul waits,

its mournful call swirls and rises with the mist,

Its plea pierces my heart,

as he calls for his mate.

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Nights are getting colder, 

winter is coming,

instinctively he knows,

with haste they must leave.

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Dangerously he stays awhile longer,

survival lost over desire,

finally she appears out of the woods,

a scene to remember.

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As this magnificent wolf pair turn to leave,

in the light of the harvest moon,

I realize their journey will be long,

not easy.

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From my now silent place, 

high on the cliff,

I promise to be here on the day,

spring welcomes their family home.

~Poetry: In the distance

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In the distance,

mountains loom,

like sentinels.

 

Here is my  version of Lia Poetic Form-  (that doesn’t rhyme):  

A Lia is a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab.  

low hanging clouds

against blue sky

float

 

far in the distance

looming mountains 

rise

 

sentinel watching

invokes feeling

shielded