Monday, March 20, 2017

Say Hello to Our Little Friends in NC!

 Robins galore!

 Carolina Chickadees!


 Dark-eyed Juncos!

 White-breasted Nuthatches!

 Northern Cardinals, oh my!

 Sweet little Tufted Titmice!!!

Soulful Mourning Doves
Cowbirds, flocking with Grackles as is often the case
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 The Moon
And Heather the Sheep

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pecker Woods, Cooper's Hawk, and more out back

 Red-Bellied Woodpecker
 Downy Woodpeckers

 More Red-Bellied woodpeckers

 We have a couple of Carolina Chickadees, along with a White-Breasted Nuthatch!
 And this beautiful Cooper's Hawk, checking out the house sparrow buffet

 I've seen as many as six Cardinals at one time!
 Pair of females
Redbird on snow
Along with the Occasional Squirrel

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Birds, Bovines, and Ovines, Oh My! Christmas Down Home in NC

 Birding at Chez Wallace
 Pop and Mom Cardinal (actually there were LOTS of cardinals)
See what I mean?
 Hello, Tufted Titmouse!
 Carolina Chickadee!
Hello, little bull!
 I love these Belted Galloway cattle!

Angus mother and child reunion...
 Sheep stare at me...
 I see Ewe staring at me...
 And they bleat at me! Tres Amigas.
 Sheep...bleating and staring...
 Look, an ottoman on the move!
 Ottoman at rest...
 "Um, yes, your wool does make your butt look big..."
 "Well you asked for my opinion!"
 Sheep graze while the Great Pyr that guards them dozes.

 On our way north, we often detour through Max Meadows, VA, to see these sheep!
 The grass is always greener on the other side...
 They are marked as to whether or not they are pregnant

 Hay! This picture makes me laugh, every time.
 Awwww...I love this picture...I hope she's okay.

Like the ewe above, we all face uncertain times in the coming year. The nation will inaugurate a new president on January 20th, and given the person to be inaugurated, that event will stand in sharp juxtaposition to the day of national remembrance for the martyred Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the cause for which he gave the last full measure of devotion, along with so many other men and women. But we are also reminded that some 230 years ago this coming summer, our founders met in steamy Philadelphia and hammered out a document that still serves as our protective umbrella. As with all umbrellas, it is imperfect. Let's face it...sometimes it rains sideways or even up! Our outgoing president has said many times that we should ever aspire to construct a more perfect union. Perhaps in uncertainty there will be opportunity; in conflict, growth; in chaos, a space for new paradigms to emerge. I stand ever beside Lincoln, who long has challenged me to be not just a more engaged citizen but a better person: "We are not enemies, but friends. We MUST not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it MUST not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they WILL be, by the better angels of our nature." May it be so.