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...a walk in the 'forest'...


The Hummingbird by Harry Kemp

The sunlight speaks. And it's voice is a bird:
It glitters half-guessed half seen half-heard
Above the flower bed. Over the lawn ...
A flashing dip and it is gone.
And all it lends to the eye is this --
A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.

NATURE NOTES & WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
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Sunday morning, the cold front moved in, and Bud and I went out to find birds. Our first stop was Tule Lake along the Interstate heading toward San Antonio. The usual birds were there, wood storks, egrets, stilts, ducks and herons. It was beginning to rain, so we didn't stay very long there. On our way back toward the Bayfront in our home town, we hit a torrential downpour. The front of our own vehicle was obscured by the clouds' outburst. And scary part is, the other drivers didn't slow down on those wet, slick lanes. The speed limit is 75MPH and so many were going a lot faster. We pulled into the 'slow' lane on the right and kept up the speed of 60MPH...but so many others were zipping past us in a blur. One 4 car accident on the opposite side of the median didn't slow anyone down. Okay, so we ended up going to Blucher Park in the downtown area. It had rained there by the time we arrived, but had stopped. The grasses were wet, and the immense tree cover made it seem like a rain forest. But, we trekked on. We heard a lot of birds singing, and spied many flying from tree to tree but to no avail in photography chances. A Chuck Will's Widow flew right in front of me to only disappear somewhere; not to be found again. Orioles, flycatchers, catbirds, cardinals, and a few yellow warblers, several hummingbirds. After this walk-about, we headed to Hans Suter Refuge on our way home. The photo shares are much better if you click on one and enlarge them for the Blogger Slideshow...

Hummingbird & Roseate Spoonbill
Hummingbird
Palm Tree Reflection on Creek & Wildflower with Raindrops
Wild 4 O'clock Flower with Blade of Grass [raindrops] & Heart Shaped Vine
Hidden Under the dense thicket of trees....fungus




HODGEPODGE
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Joyce has these questions for us this week:

1. The USA will mark Columbus Day this year on Monday, October 14th. What's something you need or want to explore (literally or metaphorically speaking)? An opportunity to explore the following day as I see it through my own eyes...what comes my way.

2. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty...who do you most love to hate? I'm thinking you wish for us to choose one of the three aforementioned? Personally, I like witches....can't you tell? Reading the novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" I loved his imagination and re-read the book a few times already. Elphaba is my favorite. But, I don't hate her...I feel sorry for her...her unknown background is brought 'to life' with Maguire!! Think about it, if we didn't have Elphaba, Ursula, and Maleficent, we wouldn't be entertained, and given the opportunity to see bad from good...they could be considered educational in a way.

3. Is open-mindedness a virtue? As far as I'm concerned, a virtue shows moral behaviors and/or thoughts. Keeping an open mind could be a good thing, but comparing an open mind to moral, I don't think so.

4. How often do you weigh yourself? I know I'm overweight, so I don't weigh myself but maybe once a month....if that often. The weighing in that counts and goes on my health record is the time at the doctor's office. And since I have an annual exam, that would be once a year.

5. This question comes to you courtesy of Rebecca over at Making Memories, so thanks Rebecca! Costa Rica was recently named the happiest country in the world on the Happy Planet Index. What's the happiest country in the world to you, and what makes it so? Oh oh...This comes as a surprise to me!!! I've read a very different article here. And it says nothing about Costa Rica. According to the article, the happiest countries are in Europe. And Denmark is tops. Which means, I'd like to see Denmark. And why so? I've had two great online friends who live there...Lisa and Ruth. Both, I'd LOVE to meet. While there, I'd like to experience the friendship in real time...for way over a decade. By the way, here is the site I read.

6. Besides The Bible, what is one book you think should be mandatory reading for high school students? Why? Not a book per sé...but these days, I think every American student should have this as a required read. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. You'd be surprised at how ignorant we citizens are when it comes to Bill of Rights, laws, amendments, and what we should know about our government.

7. I went shopping at some nearby outlets last week, and while I was there, I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts. How about you? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I only shop for one anymore. So, I don't need to take much consideration into what I'm up against. The other family members that I SEND gifts to, is always gift cards. Simpler, and less expensive to keep shipping costs to near nil. Postage these days is way over exorbitant.

8. Insert your own random thought here. Speaking of witches...A few years back, Bud and I had the opportunity to see a couple of off Broadway musicals...CATS and then CHICAGO. I would dearly love to see "Wicked". And my favorite MP3 from the Broadway Soundtrack is "Popular". Listen to it if you'd like. Click on the bold link of the title name. Then, this brings me to another 'random'...
Recently I saw a magazine on the shelf near the checkout stand in the grocery store that I thumbed through while waiting my turn to go through the line. It was a special 75th Anniversary Edition of "OZ". The cover had Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion. Tho a costly publication [for a magazine] I had to buy it. And I'm glad I did!! It's worth every cent being that I have loved the story by Baum and the Hollywood production of the Wizard of Oz since I was a kid. As for TV, as a family, we watched it annually. We have the DVD. But coming back to the magazine...it shows some background scenes and trivia that was very much unknown to me and brought lots of incite not only of the author, L. Frank Baum, but the celebrities, the production, the movie set...etc. Along with priceless photos unseen before.

the "Wicked" poster courtesy of Broadway Wicked search


68 comments :

  1. Hello Anni....

    These photos are so nice i love this humingbird :) ... so cute !

    Enjoy your day.

    Greetings from Germany

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  2. I love your pictures! I went through them as all at once and enjoyed them twice! Your pretty hummer just makes me smile. I also love your hodgepodge answers as well as your beautiful header mask. :-)

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  3. love the hummingbirds... beautiful feathers!

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    1. ...that they are Laura. :o)

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  4. I so agree that the Constitution should be required reading, in fact a prerequisite for graduation. And terrific pictures! Loving this weather we are having~

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    1. ...sad part is, when interviewed some of our own CONGRESS hasn't read it. :o(

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  5. Such lovely and wonderful photos. I love hummingbirds. They are my favorite of all birds :)

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    1. ...they are fantastic little birds!!

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  6. Great shots. That spoonbill is marvelous Anni! LOVE the palm tree reflection!

    I never weigh myself.

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    1. ...weighing in is useless. You're a smart gal.

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  7. Anni we love your header...very colorful!
    Do the hummers winter in your neck of the woods? I keep a record of my first sighting and then in September I start recording the days I see them. Last sighting was 9/28...I hope the little jewels have a fine and healthy winter down south. I'll be waiting for their return in April
    Hugs C

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    1. ...no they're not here year 'round. But, they DO stay a long time both in Spring and Fall.

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  8. Lovely photos, I would love to see a spoonbill in person. That fungus was quite a discovery.

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    1. ...thing is, the fungus was quite large. Lots o' wood rot on the ground.

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  9. enjoyed the collage. the little puffed up hummer is so cute.

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    1. ...and it cooperated for me and my camera!! ;o)

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  10. I hate rainstorms like that while I am driving on the highway! Glad you got some sunshine after that! Great photos - especially the hummingbird and the spoonbill.

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    1. Spoonbills are a favorite of mine too Mick.

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  11. What bothers me about all those dudes speeding on the roads is that many of them are heading for work. As if five minutes late to work is the end of the world. Better late in this world than early in the next I say.

    I'm all for open minds - too many closed minds and fixed ideas that's the problem with so many societies and theories. Scuse me politicising.

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    1. Not at all....I keep an open mind and value opinions!!

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  12. Oh,I would LOVE to see Wicked, too! But I guess I never will, unless they make a movie out of it. The hummer looks like he has jewel dust on his back, and it is always a treat for me to see the impressive Spoonbills!

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    1. yes, now that you mention it...it DOES look like diamond dust.

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  13. Your photographs are inspiring! Such beauty is all around us and I love the palm reflection in the creek.

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    1. ...in 'real' time...it was much prettier!!

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  14. Beautiful photos! I love the hummingbird. The colours on those little birds are amazing.

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    1. ...yes, they are very beautiful!!!

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  15. love the image of the spoonbill. And the humemr of course. :)

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    1. ...spoonbills are a favorite of mine.

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  16. A lovely post... the spoonbill is a beautiful bird to see

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    1. ....they are mighty pretty. Especially when they have their wings open...such a rich deep coral pink underneath.

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  17. Love love love your blog look --and those colors. AWESOME...

    All of our hummers are gone... Guess they are headed to your house!!!!

    My answers:
    1. We want to continue to 'explore' more waterfalls around this gorgeous country before we die!!!
    2. I truly have no answer here --since I'm not really interested in any of those.
    3. Being open-minded is a good thing ---but I don't think of it as a virtue.
    4. Every Friday--no matter what! I have been doing this since I finally got serious about getting the excess weight off and keeping it off.
    5. Again, I have no answer since I haven't done much world-traveling. I know that I am happy --and to me, that is most important right now.
    6. I want the younger children in today's world to learn about our country's history, read and study the constitution --and learn about the importance of our freedoms which our forefathers worked SO hard for us to have.
    7. We don't buy or spend much money on Christmas gifts. George and I buy a few little things for each other --and I do love decorating the house and yard... I love Christmas --refuse to spend too much money anymore on gifts for everyone in the family.

    Hope life is good for you this week.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. ...we have hummingbirds nearly all year. NEARLY. There are a couple of months that only one or two visit our feeders...but the rest of the year we have dozens at a time. Keeps me busy with mixing sugar water! LOL

      Have a great week yourself Betsy!!

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  18. I love your hummingbird shots! I think they are so pretty.
    I've heard great things about Wicked.
    I've got about half of my Christmas shopping done. I'm always on the lookout for things.

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    1. ...if I were to be buying gifts for Christmas I would be doing it early too, as you do.

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  19. I think it is so nice that you and Bud enjoy birding together. John is in training for country road riding. I thought the hummers had left here until I saw one today. I dashed inside to fill the feeders. Thank goodness I still had sugar and water mixed in the fridge.

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    1. I did not know you could refrigerate the mixture ahead of time. I learned something, thanks to you.

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  20. Love the cute hummer and spoonbill, Anni! Right now, I have to say I am not in the mood for Christmas shopping. Great post and photos. Have a happy evening!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the images on this post Eileen. Hope your day goes swell!!

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  21. Well of course I love the pictures, too bad about all that rain. I don't understand why some people insist on driving like a lunatic when the weather is like that I suppose the believe they are invincible

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    1. lunatics...that just 'bout covers all drivers...rain OR shine. LOL

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  22. Loved the pictures.

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    1. You're always so positive!!!

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  23. Sweet shots of the hummingbird and I always love seeing the spoonbill!
    I'm liking this Halloween/Mardi Gras theme. :)

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  24. Great shots of Hummingbird & Roseate Spoonbill.

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  25. Hey I don't need to read the Constitution any more than the Bible. I know what they should say.

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    1. ...what they should say?!!!

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  26. The humming bird looks cute with all its feathers ruffled up.
    Great series, you have a fantastic presentation here.

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    1. I think it was trying to dry out some from the recent rains.

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  27. LOVE your background! Some of our answers were very similar, especially the witch & country answer! I think you hit Denmark right on the head!!! LOVE that country! You definitely should go...you would LOVE it! I could live there! :)

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    1. Yes, I see...we're both fans of the book "Wicked". A favorite of mine. If a book can be 'delicious'...this certainly was.

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  28. We have been 2 Denmark twice and loved it. Copenhagen is a beautiful city.

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  29. Love your answer to #6, and I totally agree with you :)

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    1. ...and the sad part is, some of our Congress has admitted not reading it. :o(

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  30. Humming birds are always great to see up close and yep, Christmas shopping has started here too.

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    1. Hope you bought something for Orlin.

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  31. Anni what a beautiful post, lovely images so well presented.

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    1. ...thanks Dave. I just left your blog post today and I am still blown away. Wishing we had the lilac breasted roller HERE!!

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  32. Love your birds and the cold weather. Jody The Medicare Mom

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    1. Jody....it's hard to take you seriously right now 'cause I just left your blog and still have visions of Craig List and EPT tests!!!

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  33. Lovely shots, Anni! I like your seasonal decor.

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  34. Hello Anni..I love your Halloween blog style.. I would like to think that my migrating hummers have a good place to stop by in your area... It is getting colder here...Love the birds and the flowers...Michelle

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