Tree Swallow With Mouthful
I love those beautiful, fast tree swallows and try to capture some whenever I see them. Fortunately, this one with a mouthful of lunch landed on a wire long enough for me to get a shot of it.
Cormorant Flying Low
I was pleased to capture this low flying cormorant in the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area before I fell. I was using the Back Button AF which I find enables more success than shutter button half press. The cormorant, perhaps this is a Double-crested Cormorant, has a lot more pretty detail to see when viewed up close.
My Heron Friend
The Great Blue Heron is definitely one of my favorite birds. Compared with some of the other birds I love, such as the Red-winged Blackbird, it is huge and seemingly ungainly on land but so beautiful and graceful in flight. It is a wonder of nature that I marvel at and makes me so humble to see and enjoy. The earth is truly full of God's productions.
This is another recent photograph. Since I am unable to go out on photo shoots, I am sharing some of the many photos that usually never are posted.
Puffed Up With Pride
I am puffed up with pride because I made it home from rehab!
On August 24th, I fell and broke my hip. After hip replacement surgery and a stay in the hospital, I was moved to a rehab center for 13 days. I am now up and around with a walker, though moving slowly. I came home from rehab on Monday, Sept 10th, and what a joy! Being confined for two weeks was not fun, nor were the nights there. The days were fun, with learning every day from the therapists. My first night home I got my first good night of sleep in a while. Progress may be a bit slower at home when it comes to therapy and exercise but that's perfectly ok with me. Therapy at rehab was not so much geared for an 82 year old, but for someone younger, I swear. I will progress better at home in many ways.
Splendor in the Grass
On looking down from the walkway through Delta Ponds, I saw this display of beautiful flowers punctuated by the yellow dandelion to the side. I found it to be a pleasing composition. I don't know what the lavender flowers with the yellow center are. Can anyone help with the ID? I notice that some of the flowers that aren't fully developed have red in the center too.
A friend sent me a link with pictures of flowers just like these. They appear to be Smooth Blue Aster. Thanks Laura.
In His Own Little World
It was a warm morning, yet this solitary figure seemed to stay within his own presence and to block the outside world out. But then it was a good day for contemplation.
The term 'Wild Rose' brings to mind different thoughts to many people. For me, it calls to mind natural beauty and color that adds admiration to any scene. It motivates a warming feeling of well-being and love. We have a wild rose bush in our backyard.
"The Romance of the Wild Rose"
"Of course, roses are probably the No. 1 symbol of love in human history. We've even had a War of the Roses, not to mention centuries of rose perfumes, oils, medicines, and foods. Today in the US, the "wild rose" competes with the violet as our most popular state flower; both are the symbols of several states. And even though the fantastic new roses offer you almost anything you may desire in color or fragrance, many people think there is no purer beauty than the true wild rose."
"After all, Emily Bronte wrote, "Love is like the wild rose." And Robert Burns did not write his most famous love poem about some gaudy, man-made, orange and pink creation, but stated clearly and simply, "My love is like a red, red rose." (Read the famous Robert Burns poem below). But it was surely Gertrude Stein who summed it up best, with her her classic line about the rose's incomparable beauty: "A rose is a rose is a rose." She did not write "A rose is a rose is a bi-colored hybrid.""
An Unusual Spider Web
I had never seen a spider web quite like this one! It was quite unique and interesting, and I marveled at the spider's ability to make it. The spider should win an award for marvelous artwork!
Overall View of Car Show
I thought I would give you an overall view of the car show held in Elmira last week. It was held on the field of the middle school. It was a quite warm day and I didn't stay long. But I have a few more cars to post. It was a small but quality event. This photo was taken when it was just opening, so the crowd hadn't showed up yet. I left as they were beginning to show.
Paddle Boarding Has Gone to the Dogs!
This is an extreme crop of an image of paddle boarders in the middle of Fern Ridge Lake. Hopefully, it doesn't look to bad for being only a small part of the original image file. Besides dogs, I have seen parents with their children on the board. I thought it made an interesting picture.
Mom Taking the Kids for a Walk
I walked down a road not far from home, hoping I would catch a glimpse of the deer that seem to dwell in the woods there. Well, I didn't see any in the woods along the road but as I approached where a lane takes off from the road, I spotted some movement. When I got to the lane, sure enough there was a doe with her little, spotted fawns. You can count on their curiosity getting the best of them and they will stop and look back to see what kind of creature you are! :) I never tire of these gentle creatures.
1935 Ford Coupe
I loved this 1935 Ford Coupe! It's a year older than I am but, boy, is it a beauty! It is yellow but sure is no lemon! :) I find it a delight!