Friday, January 13, 2017

Swans in Winter Light

On a mild Winter's Day, mated Swans glide effortlessly on the pond on a late Winter's afternoon at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Points of light reflect on the water. Waves gently ripple atop the water as the Swans move about. The golden light casts its shadows across the lawn. What a serene Winter scene. ENJOY!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In Search of the American White Pelican

Several years ago I visited Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Refuge during the Winter in search of the American White Pelican. I had read they were Wintering there on a website I frequent, I spent several hours trekking up and down the gravel and paved roads in the many wetlands that make up the refuge in search of this bird.

I photographed Trumpeter Swans roosting on a nest in the largest wetland area of Goose Pond. I also captured images of male and female Northern Shovelers, as well as American Coots and Canadian Geese. I even photographed Sandhill Cranes, and two Whooping Cranes, that had made a stop over on their way South, yet no American White Pelicans. I had decided I had failed in locating the Pelican even though I had read they had stopped over at the refuge.

Just as I was about to leave, I turned onto one last gravel road I hadn't taken yet to make my way to the far northeast side of the refuge where a large wetland was situated. As I approached the water I began to see line after line of American White Pelicans out in the middle of the wetland huddled together in groups as they often do. Other Pelicans were landing, taking off and floating on the water.

I left my car and walked quite far out along the elevated bank of the wetland getting as close as I could to the birds. They were bigger than I thought they would be and really beautiful with black tipped wings you only see when they are in flight and a large knob on their beaks. I was so glad I hadn't given up in my search.

I had found the American White Pelicans and had it been a warmer day, I would have gotten tons more images that day, but instead I only took about thirty or so in various perspectives. Still it was a treat!! I hope you enjoyed my look back at the American White Pelicans as they Wintered in Goose Pond. And least you think I have forgotten, HAPPY NEW YEAR! ENJOY!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to spend a few moments and look back through the year. From left to right here we go!

The Bridge at Giverny sets the stage as we meander through the Waterlily Gardens at Gibbs Gardens in northern Georgia. In late Fall at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in central Tennessee, I photographed a gorgeous wetland scene. Next we are on the shores of Old Hickory Lake where I captured an image of a beautiful Great Blue Heron fishing one early afternooon. Next featured is a gorgeous pond in the Japanese Gardens at Gibbs Gardens, resplendent with foliage and aviary sculptures.

Follow me to one of the many flower gardens at Gibbs Gardens where a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly basks in the hot Summer sun. Next we have a quaint thatched cottage found at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, in late Fall. As we go back to Gibbs Gardens we meander among a plethora of Waterlilies . . . from a deep blue, a lavender and finally a dark blue duo.

Back at Cheekwood, I captured this splendid image of the Tulips display during Cheekwood in Bloom in early Spring. Let's go back once more to Gibbs to find a gorgeous white Waterlily displaying a beautiful reflection in the water in the Waterlily Gardens. For a bit more of Fall, we have an image of Radnor Lake with the woods of Radnor Lake State Park in the background in its Fall splendor. Spring found me in north central Tennessee, just outside the small town of Portland, photographing a gorgeous yellow Canola field in full bloom with a beautiful blue sky as its backdrop. Moving on we find a scene at the Japanese Gardens at Gibbs Gardens featuring a sweeping Weeping Willow Tree draped over one of the many ponds in the gardens. Finally, as I took in the variety of decorated Scarecrows on display at Cheekwood's Fall Harvest Festival, my favorite of this Farm Girl Scarecrow stood out among the rest.

I hope you enjoyed my look back over the past year. I enjoyed Spring, Summer and Fall with each season's beautiful colors. As I wander from home in the New Year, I promise to snap a few pics to share with you upon my return. I trust you are all having a safe and Happy Holiday. ENJOY!

Linking to Wednesday Around the World and Wild Bird Wednesday and Metamorphosis Monday

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Did Santa leave everything under the Christmas tree that you wished for? I sure hope so. I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a wonderful holiday. I captured this image at the Franklin Christmas Parade several weeks ago as Santa Claus was passing by in his sleigh with his reindeer. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone. ENJOY!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Oh, Christmas Tree

The Holiday Season is officially at a fever pitch. I hope you have finished your decorating and are well into shopping and wrapping and baking. Have a fantastic weekend. This photo was taken with my iPhone 7. Not bad, huh. ENJOY!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Boat Parade, Old Hickory Lake

Just a few of the boats as they glided along on Old Hickory Lake tonight for the Christmas Boat Parade. The boat parade was held for many years and then it was cancelled. Last year they brought the parade back, but I didn't make it down to the shore.

The only sailboat that launched for the parade. This photo didn't do it justice.

One of the many Santa Claus's perched atop the boats. I think one of my favorite things about the parade was the lights reflecting on the water. It really added a dimension I wasn't expecting.

You can't see them, but there are quite a few folks standing on top of the roof of this houseboat next to Santa Claus waving and shouting, 'Merry Christmas.' And I kept shouting back with other folks on the shore, 'Merry Christmas.'

Here is my favorite boat of the Christmas Boat Parade this year with Santa Claus and his Reindeer. I would have taken more images, but it was a balmy 29 degrees tonight and so cold. Brrrrr! ENJOY!

Linking to Foodie Friday & Everything Else

Friday, December 2, 2016

Prayers for Great Smoky Mountains & Gatlinburg

As I sat and watched the wildfires descend upon Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and into Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee, my heart ached. I normally trek to the Smokies once or twice a year. I have thought about nothing else but the people and the hardship ahead. I have also wondered how the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail was impacted. Many people can't take long trail hikes and this is one drive that anyone can do in their car and be totally immersed in the forest while the Roaring Fork River rushes downstream. It's a breathtaking place. Thankfully, most of Tremont is alright and Cade's Cove was unaffected by the fires.

Lives lost, lives perished with no trace, homes destroyed, businesses devastated. All over Tennessee and neighboring states, firefighters have traveled to the Smokies to help with the wildfires. We had some rain this week, but there is heavy rain coming this weekend and hopefully it will push East. I pray it will push East. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the 'most' visited park in the entire United States and I hope it stays that way in spite of everything that has happened. And pray for the families in south central Tennessee who lost loved ones, homes and businesses, as well, due to tornadoes the day after the wildfires. And a week prior to this six small children were taken from us by a crazed school bus driver in Chattanooga. Needless to say, Tennessee has been hit especially hard by tragedy in the past two weeks. Tennessee will bounce back, but in the meantime, I ask for your prayers. Thank you. Carol

SPECIAL NOTE: Do you believe in Climate Change. It not, watch just two episodes of the 'Years of Living Dangerously' on the National Geographic Channel. It's an awakening! Sadly, Americans have the highest carbon footprint globally. Yet, the worst areas affected right now by our ever warming ocean is not the U. S., but areas like the Philippines and the Amazons where the majority of the population live well well below the poverty level and who's entire existence and livelihood depends upon the land, and especially the ocean. If we do not take action now, fifty years from now there will be floods, hurricanes and wildfires, not to mention droughts, the likes of which we could never ever imagine.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving America

Fall is quickly giving way to the cold temperatures and snowy days of Winter. Before Fall is a distant memory, I want to share an image I captured at Radnor Lake about a month ago when Fall's color was in full swing. It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies and warm temperatures. As I walked along the trail that hugged the lake shore, I stopped to snap this image of a beautiful yellow Maple tree in the bright sunshine.

And here again is another image I captured at Radnor Lake on a very, very warm day back in mid January of this year. On this outing, I walked the entire three miles around the lake. On the north side of the lake, a gaggle of Wild Turkeys meandered across the trail in front of me. They were not the least bit shy about the visitors on the trail. It was a treat to photograph them up close. They didn't linger long and all the while pecked at the forest floor. I figured it couldn't be a more appropriate time to share this pic than on Thanksgiving Eve. Before I leave you, I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you share a joyous day with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! ENJOY!