Greers Ferry Lake

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The beach – what beach?  I don’t see a beach!

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It is always great going to the lake.  Such beauty.  Flooding has raised the lake’s water level and several of the campgrounds are partly under water.

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I’m not swimming out there to borrow one of their life jackets!

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Get that mast down boys – we need to get home.  Can’t get under the overpasses and electrical wires.

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Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings are a particularly social species.  It is not unusual to see a row of them perched on a branch, passing a berry or an insect down the line and back again, bill to bill, in a ceremony that ends when one swallows the food.  The birds wander in flocks whose arrivals and departures are unpredictable.  They habit open forest, areas with scattered trees, wooded swamps, orchards, and suburbs.

A flock of about 60 Cedar Waxwings flew around my yard for two days and then they were gone.  Getting pictures of these birds is challenging, because they do not land for any length of time.

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Trivia About Christmas

downloadThe song “Jingle Bells” was written in 1857 and was originally supposed to be a song for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.

The poinsettia plant was introduced to the U.S. from Mexico by Joel Roberts Poinsett, botanist, physician and U.S. ambassador to Mexico in the 1800s.

On Christmas Eve at noon in 1914, British and German troops staged an unofficial truce and sang songs and even exchanged gifts of cigarettes and plum pudding in “No Man’s Land,” the otherwise deadly area between each side’s trenches.

In Mexico and Guatemala, the poinsettia is known as “Flower of the Holy Night, Christmas Eve.”

                 MAY YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON OF PEACE AND JOY

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Capturing That Perfect Photo

I have tried for a long time to capture a hummingbird hovering.  I finally did, but it was not the perfect photo I wished.  But then how hard is it to capture a hummingbird at all.

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Capturing this foggy sunrise was a much easier task.  It amazes me how fog can make the sun look as if it were the moon.

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This big eyed fly on my Mexican Sunflower sat perfectly still and let me snap a close up.

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An early morning sunrise.  I thought the clouds in the lower part of this sunrise were quite beautiful.

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I chased this squirrel away from my apple tree.  He ran a short distance and jumped into another tree.

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This little pest was back in a short amount of time – stealing apples.

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The bumblebees seem to be abundant in our yard anymore.  They do photograph well. They totally ignore me as I shoot close up pictures.

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I love reflections in water so I will leave you with this photo.

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