My daughter and I hiked North Beach yesterday, for my birthday. I am off for two days of vacation. I was trying to identify this bird and didn’t figure it out until I was home. A harlequin duck. What a beauty! But having time with my daughter is the best gift.
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: intimate.
Only the coolest love can heat these seats….
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: hospitality.
Our delightful hosts in Maryland over Christmas. This was the day after we arrived, on the Metro, headed for the escape room. We had a grand time, many thanks again!
Who is this diving? Can you tell?
Whew, at the end of Blogging from A to Z, happy things all month. I am tired. This weekend I went to see my daughter at college. We went for a walk and saw the above bird. More than one. Have you guessed?
This is a Common Loon, in breeding plumage, here.
I love the precise collar of black and white that stops at the back of the neck. They swim much lower in the water than our mallards, and the mallards don’t dive.
Ready to dive:
The letter Z: zzzz. Zzzzzs, blessed sleep.
My friend is not asleep here. But what a place to sleep!
And sleep in the sun!
Sleep on a couch!
Sleep in a boat!
And back to the daybed.
Blogging from A to Zzzzzz, and the challenge is done.
Blogging from A to Z, happy things. Y for yellow, yearn and yes! w
I yearn to get more exercise. Sort of. I’m not making it enough of a priority. I did walk to work about a week ago and lots of trees were topped with birds. First a yellow shafted Northern Flicker. Am I sure it’s yellow shafted and not red shafted? Well, no. I would need a brighter day to see it’s tail that well.
Corvus, the crow. Here. Next a robin:
And who is this? Very upright and about the size of the crow:
The branches made it a tricky focus shot and I zoomed all the way in. There! Yes!
I think this is a juvenile Swainson’s hawk, here. It could be a Cooper’s hawk but doesn’t have a long tail. Correct me, birders, if I am wrong!
Yes, yearn and yellow…. yea for the letter Y.
Blogging from A to Z, happy things. XOXOXO love and kisses to our beautiful earth!
These were taken in Hawaii, with my cell phone as my big camera ran out of battery power.
And all creatures great and small as well: XOXO.
Blogging from A to Z: the letter X.
Happy things from A to Z, the letter W. W for water, wet and wash!
We were very excited about the green turtles in Hawaii. But we photograph birds too:
Down by the water, checking it out. Then the featured post, bathing in the sea. And a clean wet bird:
We think this is a yellow billed cardinal, originally introduced from Brazil, here.
Blogging from A to Z, the letter W.
Happy things from A to Z: the letter v. V for veil and vulnerable and vamp.
While we were in Hawaii, there was a rain squall that blew up. We went back to the car and as you can see, the other photographer crashed. Really really asleep, veiled by a towel.
We are vulnerable when we are asleep. Relaxed. Out. The rain was ferocious. I felt protective while he slept. I also felt protected by the car…
And then vamp! Our noon Rotary held a fundraiser to update the kitchen of the Boiler Room. We dressed up, went to dinner and contributed money. The Boiler Room is a drug and alcohol free welcoming space in Port Townsend that has given out tons of free meals and soup and employs people as well. We are from the Sunrise Rotary. All the groups help each other. The theme was something about the old west and they had teens from the Interact Club to take pictures with our cell phones:
We were being serious for a moment. I could definitely make up a story about the picture!
And vamp it up! I was trying red lipstick for the concert on Saturday. I am in a small group called the Starlets and we sang Andrews Sisters songs. Red, red, red!
Blogging from A to Z, the letter v.
I am thinking about Earth Day today, because on Earth Day I was singing in two concerts.
My theme is happy things: under, us, universe.
One attendee at the concert said that we added to the joy in the universe.
Happy Earth Day.