"Carol's Prince Charming!"
Those are Carol's words, not mine! That is her description of this photo she made of me today. All I have to say is that he is sure old! 81! They say you are only as old as you feel. Don't know how good that is! You can see the bandage on my head where I had to have skin cancer removed a week ago today. Only they didn't get it all so now have to do it again. And it is just healing up! Oh well! They tell me it is from getting too much sun as a youth, and it's true that I never wore a hat and was out in the sun all the time. So were most other kids.
You Light Up My Life
Carol loves unique and interesting light switch plates. Switch plates can be quite decorative, some elegant, some eye-catching. She lights up my life! :)
This is one example of what she has put in around the house. Maybe I will photograph more of them, who knows? :) I like this one because of the musical theme.
Osprey On Deck!
I Thought 'Osprey on deck', used to describe this osprey standing in a huge nest, was quite fitting. It is definitely 'Ready for Action.' 'On deck' is a phrase that means "ready for action." It is used in baseball to designate the next member of a team to come to bat.
A Quick Get-a-way!
I saw this Green Heron along one of the Delta Ponds this morning. They are back again. I have seen them for about a month or so. The heron was quite skittish and didn't seem to be used to human observers. As it suddenly flew off, I was able to grab a couple quick shots. This is one of them. They are quite fast, so it is always a fun challenge to try catching them in flight or almost there. The image isn't perfect, but I am glad I got it.
New Wing, McKenzie/Willamette Hospital
Springfield's local hospital, McKenzie/Whillamette, recently completed a new wing, essentially doubling the size of the hospital. It is here that I have my heart surgery in 2014 in the Heart Center. The heart center will relocate to the new wing. It was also in this hospital that all three of our daughters were born. The expanded hospital is to open this month. The building in the right rear is a doctor clinic. I went through cardiac rehab on the third floor of that building, and our heart doctor is located there. Lots of memories here.
Observing an Artist at Work!
Spider webs are marvels of creation, showing expert design and strength. Those busy little spiders are fine artists, creating so many wonderful and varied webs. Where did they get this marvelous ability? Here is a spider poem by Emily Dickenson, published in 1896:
The Spider as an Artist
Has never been employed --
Though his surpassing Merit
Is freely certified
By every Broom and Bridget
Throughout a Christian Land --
Neglected Son of Genius
I take thee by the Hand --
Everybody loves Robins, even rock and roll singers, like Bobby Day! Back in my younger days (1957), the song, 'Rocking Robin', was very popular. I still like the song, and it makes me think of an American Robin, singing so beautifully in the tree tops.
Morning Sun at Dorris Ranch
Dorris Ranch, a working hazelnut farm, is part of Springfield's Willamalane Park system. It's a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the ranch setting, as well as other assets. Plus the nearby Willamette River also makes it a great place to have so close to home. This scene is one of the reasons I find it a delight.
My Guess is a Female Hooded Merganser!
I have other shots of this beauty that are more convincing to lead me to the conclusion that this is a female Hooded Merganser. But that bright golden eye threw me. So I wondered, could it be some sort of Goldeneye? The bill and the body coloration are more of the Merganser, so I am going with that, unless someone has a better idea, that is! :) I liked the colors and the light in the scene at Alton Baker Park.
Don't Fence Me In!
I think that flowers and fences just seem to go together, like pie and ice cream. :) A neighborhood yard has some flowers that are quite pretty this time of year, including this one. I am guessing it is a type of Lily.
Yellow is said to be associated with optimism and pleasure. Maybe that is because sunny days are considered to feature yellow. A bright sunny day does lift the spirits and give a good feeling. Hopefully that is what this flower evokes.
The Study of Aerodynamics
I never cease to be amazed at the ability of birds, large and small, to fly so gracefully through the sky and perform all kinds of wonderful aerobatics. They are marvelously designed to do so. So marvelous are these designs that Humans have studied them for a basis for our flying machines. There is wisdom greater than human's in evidence there! Just look at this wonderful Great Blue Heron as it makes use of feathers and flaps to glide to a landing in Delta Ponds!
Here are some interesting facts about "What Is Aerodynamics?" in the NASA website:
"Aerodynamics is the way objects move through air. The rules of aerodynamics explain how an airplane is able to fly. Anything that moves through air is affected by aerodynamics, from a rocket blasting off, to a kite flying. Since they are surrounded by air, even cars are affected by aerodynamics." Press here for Link
Delightful, But Can Be a Nuisance
I saw this beautiful Morning Glory decorating a railing on a walkway at Delta Ponds. I thought it was delightful.
Growing wild, the Morning Glory can add beauty to a landscape. But Morning Glory is a vine and can grow quickly, with roots that spread widely. All Morning Glories produce typical funnel-shaped blossoms in white, red, blue, purple and yellow. At first, I thought the Morning Glory only came in white, which is what we see around here growing wild. But I have seen gorgeous blue and purple flowers growing in flower gardens around the area. They are fine, as long as one keeps them under control. I have found that isn't always easy.