Spotlight on Bluebells
Another photo from the backyard. I enjoy the backyard but am also anxious to get other subject matter. :)
Walked down the street for a couple blocks. Blood pressure got high, but that is somewhat to be expected. Had three nice short walks today.
A Gift From Carol
When I got home from the hospital, something was waiting for me in the backyard, a heron of my own! I guess everyone knows I love herons. Carol got it while I was in the hospital and had it waiting for me. What a treat!
Saw the heart specialist on Wednesday and the surgeon yesterday. They both feel I am healing up well! Good news! I am three weeks from surgery and anxious to get out for a photo shoot. :) Not ready yet, but something I am looking forward to.
Bathed in Morning Light
This is my first post since open heart surgery. I am healing well but am weak and tire easily. It's only been three weeks since surgery, so I guess I shouldn't expect more. Can't use my upper body yet so feel pretty helpless.
I shot these flowers in the backyard through the sliding glass doors with my trusty P510.
This flicker was perched on a limb of a dead tree in Alton Baker Park
I will be out of commission for a while, so won't be posting pictures until I can be back online. I go into the hospital tomorrow at 5:00 AM for open heart surgery. As soon as I am able, I will be anxious to browse the images of others.
Sing Me a Song!
This red-wing blackbird I saw at Delta Ponds was busy singing and didn't notice me creeping closer and closer. Having my 80-400 VR mounted helped to bring it closer. I was thrilled to get this shot.
I thought this moss covered tree in Delta Ponds was quite beautiful. So I captured it! It didn't even put up a fight, but rather submitted quietly! It was quite a conquest!
Here Comes The Coast Starlight
The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs between Los Angeles and Seattle through some beautiful scenery. Amtrak calls it "A Grand West Coast Train Adventure"
"En route daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, the Coast Starlight train passes through the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and Portland. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast.
The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey."
Through The Looking Glass
While waiting for Carol at the doctor's office, I came face to face with this fish in their aquarium. The glass was dirty and gave it a soft, painterly effect. Still, I liked the result, even if it isn't very sharp. It was a faceoff!
The Last Days of Winter - Japonica
Spring is certainly showing its face here in Oregon, though it appears other parts of the country are still experiencing winter's blasts. It is true, our frosty mornings have burned our rhododendron blossoms. But on this second to last day of winter (officially), other bushes are blossoming out beautifully, as is this one.
Carol and Me, and an Elk
We made the trek to Portland today for my semi-annual eye exam at the Casey Eye Institute. Our daughter went along to drive us home. She shot this picture of us with the elk statue outside the building.
The appointment went well. The growth in my left eye has continued to get smaller. And the eye looks good, according to the doctor. More photographs and an ultra-sound were done. I have a cataract in that eye that the radiation treatment caused to grow faster. The doctor here will do the surgery to remove that in the future. A more pressing need is surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. An artificial section will be grafted in. I have had two heart doctors look at it and both feel surgery should be done very soon, because of the size of the aneurysm.
This fantastic flower has such delightful colors. The orange, white and purple just pop! Perhaps someone will provide the flower's name. I am not sure what it is. It's too pretty to be the unknown flower. Could it be a crocus?