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TWO Parks - TWO Collages....

With walking two parks, I took quite a few photos; it was such a beautiful day! I tend to get distracted by many things when the weather is perfect. Low humidity, mild 70° range, a slight breeze and deep blue sky kissed with the fair weather cumulous, clouds! Once I reached the peak where the observation tower is that looks out on the mudflats and a portion of the bay, I'm "on top" of the world, looking down into the tree tops [bottom right photo in 2nd collage] and over the flats for bird activity. This day tho, I watched the beautiful white clouds drifting quickly above me while just listening to birdsong! And since there were many photos, I made two larger collages to show off nature...


Oso Bay Wetlands Nature Park


Lakeview Park & Oso Bay tree tops.

I've done some walking at two above mentioned parks this past week.  One park there were reported Godwits that are uncommon in our area.  I've seen a group of them only once in my 10+ years of taking birding to a whole new level [photography].  And, believe it or not, the first time I saw them it was after a very heavy rainstorm and the ranch fields flooded!  Well, we had a flooding storm about a week ago, and the standing water is in a different field across from a park I frequent. Off I went...they were still there as another birder texted me!  Hot diggety-dog.  We do have other Godwits that are seen regularly, but not these migrants; as you can see on the habitat map [courtesy of Google Search].  Besides, they are the most attractive of the species in my opinion.  Especially when all decked out in their breeding plumage which some had when I found them!]



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I made a pasta salad with shrimp and cheese for dinner tonight. Side dishes of jello with fruit, toasted garlic bread, and warm apple pie for dessert. Neither of us feel like joining the Mother's Day crowds at restaurants for dining. We'll just enjoy each other's company and watch movies. Hope those who celebrate today have a wonderful time together with family!  Bud bought me a book for Mother's Day that I have been wanting...SUNFLOWER SISTERS, by Martha Kelly.  I've read one of  her other two books and enjoyed it very much.  Hope this one is as good or better.  I can only hope.  It's a favorite subject for historical novels, for me...Civil War.



54 comments:

  1. Your collages are beautiful and your dinner sounds yummy! Enjoy your new book. Happy Mother's Day, Anni!

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  2. Hello,

    Wow, the flower collage is beautiful. Both parks sound great to me. I have seen a lone Godwit, never groups of them. Happy Mothers Day! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week!

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    1. There were only 8-10 in the group, along with phalaropes, gulls, ducks, & sandpipers.

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  3. i used to scoff up civil war stories and read nothing but those for years. this one looks good, i followed the link. so happy for you that you saw the Gotwits and all this beauty in one day. your mothers day sounds perfect to me, Happy mothers day. I think I did not enjoy walking in the woods until I got my first camera.

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    1. Civil War & England History (novels) are my favorites.

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  4. Beautiful collages and so many great shots! It sure sounds like the weather was perfect too. Your dinner sounds delicious. I wouldn't battle the crowds today even it we didn't have Covid to worry about. Enjoy your new book, I'll be over here reading too. Happy Mother's Day Anni!

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    1. Today...another pretty day. Warmer, but no complaints.

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  5. Happy Happy Mother's Day to you Anni...I purrsonally think you supper plans are purrfect. Crowds were not my thing B.C. and certainly not ready to face them yet.

    I must Google Godwits...
    I love your collages
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Google...now I wonder just how many times Google is utilized just in ONE day.

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  6. A nurse during the civil war will sure be an interesting subject to read about. I love all these beautiful wildflowers! Never have seen even ONE Godwit!

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  7. Godwits are alien to me and that map shows me why. Lucky you to see that many. What a perfect day with such great shots available and a lovely meal on tap. Will check out the Sunflower Sisters. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. I hope it will be a book worth reading.

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  8. I love your collages and am so glad you shared them with me for Mother's Day. I also am happy for you getting such a find with the godwits. :-)

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  9. Lovely to see those two beautiful collages from your walk.
    Happy Mother's Day Anni - enjoy your day.

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  10. Thank you for letting us be the recipient of your "distractions", Anni!! The pictures are always such a joy to behold. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. Thanks for dropping by dear friend!

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  11. Sounds like a lovely birding session, and a lucky one, too. Enjoy your Mother's Day. Here in NEO, we're having temps of 36 and a rain/snow mix. YUCK.

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  12. Gorgeous collages! What luck to see the godwits. That book sounds very interesting. Anything Civil War/nursing is interesting to me! What a time it was, to be sure.

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  13. A good Mother's Day to you. Just fine on this end, except it is raining. Jumbo shrimp on our menu and 'something sweet' afterwards. I think I've seen Godwits along the SC beach several times. Nice collages!

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    1. I doubt that it was a Hudsonian Godwit tho. They're migrants thru Texas. But there ARE other godwits.

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  14. Happy Mother’s Day . Your pictures show so much beauty.

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  15. How wonderful to have those two lovely parks to visit, you got some great photos. Thanks for sharing and have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  16. Your photos are always beautiful. Glad you had such a nice day for walking.
    You commented on my last post regarding the Royal Gorge Bridge. I walked that one too, and felt the same as you. A car drove over while we were walking too. Not me! The walk was bad enough!

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  17. Thank you for the collages. I'm glad you had a good day. ❤️

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  18. Beautiful photos and your dinner sounds mighty tasty. I'm drooling a bit over the warm apple pie.
    Happy belated Mothers Day

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    1. Thanks Ann....hope you didn't have to work long hours yesterday!

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    2. Enjoyed your post very much Anni. Thank you and have a great week!

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  19. Your collages are beautiful and an inspiration for me to get my photography going again, solving my issues with my computer vs. my photos. It sounds like a great dinner and I'm all for staying home to celebrate. Have a good week.

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  20. That sounds like a perfect Mother's Day for you.
    I really like simple.
    Never heard of those birds before. That's what I like about blogging..I learn so many interesting things.
    Beautiful shots of the flowers..what a display of Nature.
    Sue

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    1. You can now say "I heard it at Anni's". 😁

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  21. Beautiful pictures! I'm jealous of your beautiful weather! The sun has been out the last few days but it's been too chilly out to enjoy being outside!

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    1. It's hazy today which is keeping the hot temp tolerable.

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  22. Anni we had an amazing sighting over the weekend. A male Rose breasted grosbeak visited the feeders twice. They summer in the NC mountains. This is the 2nd time we've seen them at our feeder in all the years we have been here. TIMING is EVERYTHING
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. They are very pretty! Maybe, since the rose breasted is near, you may see a blue grosbeak!!!

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  23. Beautiful pictures and I love how you made the collages.
    Apple pie...it's been too long. I must make one soon.

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    1. Warmed with a scoop of frozen vanilla yougurt

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  24. I would love to have some of your places close by!

    (You could not have paid me $100 to try to go out and eat yesterday)

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    1. Here too...just too many taking their moms out to eat.

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  25. I enjoyed Lilac Girls.. I have Sunflower Sisters on hold at the library. Let me know what you think of it.
    I posted my heart finds on my blog. ;-)

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    1. I've read a few chapters so far...keeping my interest!

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  26. Shrimp And Pasts, So There - Playing Catch Up Here - Such Delightful Installments - Always Enjoy Reading What Hootin' Is Up To These Days - Amazing Pencil Drawing There As Well - Thanx For Being You

    Cheers

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