Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Beauty

Such a pretty glimpse of spring in the middle of winter!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snow, pt. 2

It may not have lasted long, but it sure was pretty as the sun was coming up.

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It must have been windy when the snow started coming down, because in some areas it was sticking in one direction and in other areas it was sticking in another direction. Either way it was very pretty.

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I love these berries. They are always so pretty in the snow.

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Probably my favorite horse picture to date. Beautiful against the white, snowy background!

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THe one great thing about this area and snow, it's nice to see, but it (usually) doesn't stick around very long. February is coming, so I better be quiet! :D

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow, pt. 1

We finally received a dusting of snow Friday night. The kids (and teachers) were bummed that it was a Saturday morning, so no snow day. It wasn't enough to do anything with, but it was fun to walk through and get some pictures. I'm good with it and ready for spring!

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It was beautiful.

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Snowy wheat is very pretty.

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Warm days gone by...although he plays in the cold. :)

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She's worse than the kids!

It was gone in a few hours, so I was good with that!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Date Night

We don't go out much. Period. So much drama and so much work to get dressed up to go out in public. Ha. Honestly I'd call sitting out on our back deck watching the animals, grilling a steak and having a glass of wine my favorite kind of date. But alas, working for a nonprofit now requires a few "dress up" dates. So since it was such a momentous occasion, I had my child take a picture of us.

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It's my favorite picture ever. All I can do is laugh at it. We'll try it again in 3 weeks, when we have to dress up again to go to the ball on Valentine's day.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Sunset

Wednesday night I was doing the first church van pickup and I knew the sunset was beautiful, because I could catch glimpses of it from my sideview mirror. Finally the other adult told me to stop as we crested a hill before our first pickup...I was way ahead of him! And this is why my camera goes just about everywhere with me!

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It just does not get any prettier than this! Thank you God for your glorious painting!

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Each one new and each one different, but always spectacular!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wait, wha?

Remember when I said we saw more eagles in captivity than out? Well, I discovered something. I noticed a video that was posted to the state parks facebook page. And and I was watching it, I could have swore I saw eagles in the video. So, I decided to get my picture back out and zoom way in...guess what I discovered? Eagles...LOTS AND LOTS of eagles! HUNDREDS of eagles! I assumed this flock that I saw were seagulls. Looks like it, right?

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Until I zoom in...

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If you look for the black bodies, you'll see the white heads. In with all of them are seagulls and snow geese, so you have to look a little harder, but you'll eventually start picking them out. Amazing!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reelfoot animals pt 2

After visiting the state park nature center, we started venturing around to other parts of the lake. THATS'S when we saw 2 flying overhead and found a spot to pull over. Luckily there was a pier there and I was able to catch a glimpse of them over the water. It was worth the trip right there. (Notice the REAL ducks in the water too! Ha!

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And then it landed. I'm assuming on a sand bar or something, I'm not really sure. But it was really cool.

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I know people that see them all the time. But when you don't, you tend to appreciate them a little bit more. This was an awesome day and punk #2 has asked me several times when we're going back!

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As we were leaving, we saw this massive flock of seagulls. It was crazy! I have no idea how many birds were out there, but it was cool to see. The one thing I try to do everyday is appreciate the little things. They may be pain in the butt birds, but God put them here for a reason. Appreciate everything, because it can be gone in the blink of an eye!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reelfoot animals pt 1

Unfortunately, Reelfoot is a hard lake to "watch for eagles". It's hard to explain, but it's basically a hunting/fishing lake. There are places to pull off to look at the lake and there are piers to walk out on, but unless you have a flat bottomed boat, you're not getting to the area's that the eagles hang out. You'll see some, we saw 2 flying as we drove in, but finding "a bunch" is pretty hard to do.

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We saw more in captivity than in the wild.

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I didn't really care.

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I've seen comments online from people wondering why these 'not-so-nice' birds are our national bird. Honestly, I don't care. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. They were on the endangered list not too long ago and now they are just about everywhere. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. If they weren't, I wouldn't have driven over 3 hours to "see" them.

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We saw other animals also. These were caged because they had become injured somehow. But at this point they could not live/survive on their own.

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The kid had to take a "selfie" with it. LOL

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I was fighting my focus through the fence, so it's not as clear as I wanted it, but boy does this picture crack me up. Big dude wanted on the perch and the redhawks were having nothing to do with him, so as with children, he threw a hissy fit. It was awesome.

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And then after getting busted, acted like nothing happened.

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How awesome that they posed just for me! ;)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reelfoot landscapes

We drove 3+ hours to see the eagles. I know there are many in different areas, but they are few and far between in our area. There's supposed to be a pair at 2 of our local lakes, but unless you're out looking for them, you probably won't see them.

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This lake is up near the KY/MO line, over by the Mississippi River, so they've been much colder and with all the wind, had areas of ice on the lake.

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This is a fishing/hunting lake...no swimming.

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Those little dark spots in the ice...duck decoys.

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From a distance, I couldn't figure out why they were sitting on the ice. (I thought I saw one look at me as I was walking up!) Ha!

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This is why it's not a swimming lake. Cyprus trees everywhere. The danger of being caught in underwater trees/roots, too great.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Majestic

We took a long drive Saturday in search of eagles. There's a lake that the eagles migrate to each January. We saw more in captivity than not, but just seeing 2 of them in the wild was enough to make our day. The symbol of freedom was worth the 3+ hour drive!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

A glimpse

We've had a break in temps and are enjoying the warmer weather. This just makes me want spring to come even faster!

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Come on spring! You can do it!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Critical

I have a love/hate relationship with this picture. I love it because it's my boys, but I hate it because something in it is off. I'm not sure what it is or why I feel that way. But for now, I will love it because we spent part of the day at Opryland enjoying the Christmas decorations. And I will remember the punks being crazy and sliding down the handrails. :)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birdies

I love my birdies. My kitten also loves my birdies! This will be a problem! Imagine that. Sneaky has realized she can jump from the top of the chicken coop to the tree with the feeder in it! :( Needless to say, she's not been outside lately!

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Now that I've got another telephoto, I've been enjoying grabbing a few pictures when I can.

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I have to chuckle when I hear people talking about the "redbirds"...I've always known they were cardinals, but they are apparently redbirds around here.

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I don't care what they're called, they are one of my favorites. So bright and pretty on drab winter days!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stubborn

We've been struggling with a rogue horse the last week or so. Apparently the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and he continues to sneak though and knock down our "temporary" fix. So we set out to fix it and it has not made him happy. Shortly after bringing him back over, I saw him napping in the sun and decided to see how close I could get before he heard me.

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I made it to the first set of trees.

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Now out in the open and Memphis has not moved, which is unusual.

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I love this picture. He really was zonked out!

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I was about 10 feet away at this point and I think he heard me take the picture, because he popped up right after it.

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Whaaa, I wasn't sleeping, just resting my eyes! Ha.

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Treats? Did you bring treats?

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No treats? Then I'm going to pout and stand here ignoring you! Horses are hilarious.

Monday, January 12, 2015

More animals

She is my walking buddy. She'll do a lap around the field with me, investigating as she goes, but then running to catch up.

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She's not "grumpy" either. She was just running toward me in the sun.

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Unfortunately on this walk, she decided to roll in "something" and she really did stink. The kids took care of that and gave her a bath. I really should have gotten a picture of it, because she was not happy and it was hilarious. But, she smelled better!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Animals

Best way to get her to pay attention? Hold a ball or stick. Works every time!

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He loves to ride...

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He's definitely a "walker"...and very pretentious! And VERY dirty in this picture!

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She may not have claws, but she's still a "mouser"! She loves to leave "gifts" at the back door. That's not a bad thing!

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