What you might be looking for sometimes isn’t what you think you need. Who are you in your true identity? How do you connect with your soul? And, what your true agenda is here in this life? Do you live for the true agenda of your soul? Hmm. I am listening to Neale Donald Walsch’s, “Living from your Soul.” It is interesting. Living in the expression of love, compassion, patience, etc. the qualities that make you alive. Experience and express every aspect of divinity that flows through us. Give people back to themselves. Succinctly: Good gets good. Ask yourself, “What does this have to do with the agenda of my soul?” or “Is that all there is?”
Thanks to my new friend Les Houser (who is a bird genius, has a wonderful blog about birding with great photos, and has a duck genius friend) I know what my mystery duck is: A Lesser Scaup!!! I am so excited! They are in Ohio during migration and possibly part of the winter in spots. A beautiful duck is the lesser scaup and I hope to get to see more of them! Thanks to everyone for the help! And especially to Les and his friend! Thank you!
Sorry I can’t give credit to the photo, it was in Google images under the site of The NRDC, but when I click on their site I don’t see the photo. But that’s from whence it came. So whoever took it, ©by you and good job!
Ok, so here are 2 photos (actually I added a third of a close-up of a Canadian Goose I took): the first is the mystery duck. The second and third are the Canadian Goose. I don’t take many photos of them because they are EVERYWHERE here. Also they are usually flying really high in the air. I remember when they were not (not flying high, not here in Ohio). Weird how things like that happen. Anyway, the goose photo stinks, but is for ID purposes. Notice the neck length and size vs the big body. The ducks (1st photo) are small and were making a kind of whistling sound and flying around fast and swirl-y. Kind of like sea birds in a way. They are smaller than a mallard. Maybe crow sized? They might even go underwater to fish like loons do, as I have seen little duck/birds doing that on Alum Creek, but they were far away, it was last summer and it felt like looking at the Loch-Ness Monster, but I digress. You can click on the photos for a closer view. 😉 Let me know if you know what the ducks are.
Can anyone tell what kind of ducks these are? Tonight I had my back turned to the water for a moment and heard this weird sound, almost like a buzzing (thinking, “”Huh? It is way too cold for a bee or something…”) when I turned and it was a group of ducks flying kind of close to me. They were small, fast, and look black and white. Their beak looks dark as well. I have never seen them before, and would love to know what they are. They kept circling; I think they wanted to land where I was standing with the Juni, the dog. Thank you in advance for your help!
This winter has been so lovely; I will hate to see it leave. Here are some of the really cool ice formations we saw at Alum Creek the other night! It was beautiful. It was muddy in spots, but no one lost a shoe. 😉
Watching a beautiful sunset never gets old. No matter if it is dull, cloudless, or full of color, something is beautiful. OK, maybe a totally full on gray stratus blanket is a little boring. But that keeps the warmth in on a cold night. It has it’s good points, too. Last night was cold. Not so much because the temperature, but the wind was fierce. And I couldn’t even find a hiding spot, the wind coming at full force from the west right over the iced up water. Brr. Luckily, I had coverage. Our footsteps were covered over within minutes where the snow built up. (Notice the dog footprints pulling the human footprints.) Cold, yet beautiful. And fun! Interestingly, 2 other people were there taking photos. They were over by the parking lot, a short distance from their car, but it was nice to see some other sunset fans! Neither one had a hat or scarf, so a hike along the edge wouldn’t have been good anyway. Plus, I like the solitude. P.S. These photos were not touched up at all. No color tweak, no erase of the dust. Nada.
This is taken at one of our favorite places, Alum Creek Reservoir. We like to go around the edge of the lake and have fun adventures, seeing all the cool stuff nature lets us enjoy. We took this December 2012. Below are the kids on our trip last summer to heaven, I mean Michigan. What a beautiful place!!!
The clouds were exciting today, and Juni and I took a long adventure at Alum Creek. It was a bit chilly, the ice sounded like wind chimes in the waves. Juni was pulling here and there, and wanted to get leaves dancing across the ice. Silly dog would have had an icy bath had I ever let go. I think he likes his newfound adventures. He likes watching the birds fly around, too. After we left a huge owl flew past the car! I saw where it landed and took its picture. It was 40 minutes after sundown so the picture stinks, but wow! I don’t see owls very often. In fact it has been 2 years since I have seen any, and then it was really only a glimpse as the pair I startled in the woods flew away from me, no shot at all. All in all, a great evening with my pal.