Today’s the Big Day

We spent the last night in our cherished home of 32 years. There are lots of memories that we go with us, but we’re also looking forward to the future and want to get closer to our family/grandchildren. We’ll be traveling during May and then settle into an apartment in June while we either build or look for a place to buy. I hope to be posting again in June once settled and will try to check your posts while travelling. Take care everyone!!


Lens Artists Challenge #143 – Colorful April

Spring has sprung!! Longer days, warmer evenings and growth everywhere. This week we are sharing what April looks like where we live. Here are a few of my photos.

For those that celebrate Easter, dying Easter eggs is a fun activity that brings color and lots of hard boiled eggs to eat.

There are trees that have beautiful blossoms to enjoy.

One of the holly trees in our yard gets little white blossoms that attract all types of pollinators. It’s fun to try and catch them in flight as they move from one area to the next.

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Bird Weekly – Birds Seen in Last 2 Weeks

Here are some of the sightings I have had recently. The first one is a cute little yellow rumped warbler.

The next one is a mallard resting comfortably on a tree stump

Last – here is a wren who decided to check out our house as a potential nesting place. I guess a photo of him/her should be place in the frame that it is on. (We were able to safely get it back outside).

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Lens Artists – #140 – Change of Scenery

Whenever I get the opportunity to go to the beach – I’m there – warm weather or cold – it doesn’t matter. If it’s cold – I go long enough to see and hear the waves and smell the salty air. The photo below was from one of those cold days in January. People who live in the Outer Banks are encouraged to bring their trees down to the dunes as a way of helping protect them.

The next photo is more recent and hopefully will put a smile on your face. This Easter Bunny was set up at a local park to see children and give them a little treat.


Bird Weekly – Birds in B/W or Sepia

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with posting. We just received a contract on our house so we’ve been preoccupied with all that goes with those activities. I’m sure I’ll have some additional times where I am in and out. Anyway, for this week’s challenge I decided to post this photo of a mockingbird. They are not very colorful so I think the b/w lends itself nicely to these birds.


Lens Artists Challenge #138 – Soft

This week’s topic for the Lens Artists is soft. There are a variety of ways to interpret this. In the first photo – Gidget is interpreting the word for us. I can just hear her say – “this feels so soft and cool”.

In the next photo – I’m sure most everyone would agree that babies exude softness. For this photo – I decreased the clarity and increased the exposure to enhance the softness.

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Bird Weekly – Birds with White Feathers

This week’s topic is birds that have white feathers. Here are my 2 picks for this week:

The first one is a male hooded merganser. We typically see these birds in January or February in our neighborhood lakes. They stay briefly then move on – not sure where. According to The Cornell Lab – we should see them year round on the coast of Virginia – but I’ve never seen one in the warmer weather. They seem shy not coming to close to the shore. This one seems to be admiring a branch in the water.

The second one is some sort of mallard hybrid. We have some white ducks, mallards and geese year round. I’m guessing this one is a mallard/white duck mix – perhaps male since the head is green. He/she is very happy to swim with both the white ducks and mallards.

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