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iT iS rAINY uP iN tHEM mOUNTAINS

18 Aug

Check out the tiny cloud almost above the three people walking across the street.  So the cartoons are true after all.
A wonderful Friday to all and to all a good weekend.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Through

24 Mar

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A Winter’s Hike

9 Feb

We thought we would shake it up a little and hike a different trail.  We saw very interesting tracks along the way.  For two  mile we saw evidence of many animals one of which was mountain lion….

I know it is hard to see.  Maybe if you squint your eyes it would help.  The sun was setting fast and we were not interested in staying for dinner.

Advise from the Woodland

Find your path

Start from the ground up

Stretch your limbs

Branch out

Root for others

Make room for new growth

Recycle, recycle, recycle

The beauty of a woodland area is inspiring.

Photo from my friend Eel                    Advice from YourTrueNature.com

    Post from Me

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

22 Jan

When one thinks of a tree, one rarely thinks simple….

With its complex system of sustaining life, it is indeed not simple at all.

However, seen through my grand-children’s eyes this tree brings  a simple gift of fun and cool relief  from the harsh sun above.

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An amazing tree can also offer some simple sage advice

Advice From a Tree

Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots into the Earth

Be content with your natural beauty

Go out on a limb

Drink plenty of water

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

  Photo: from Me,    Tree: from God,    Advice from: http://www.YourTrueNature.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

15 Jan

I love the way the sun glitters across the snow.

Not a sound was in the air.  No wind was blowing.

Just a beautiful peaceful feeling.

I was given a challenge

7 Jan

My e-mail opened up an opportunity for me this morning.  It ask if I would introduce just one person or better yet one family to the fun, NO, the art of Geo Caching.  Each New Year, millions of people around the world resolve to change something in their lives. Common resolutions include: getting in shape, stressing less, traveling more, and spending more time with family. It said I could put someone on the road to accomplishing all these things simply by introducing them to geo caching.  Well that is what I want to do.

Geo Caching is an awesome game that is played around the world and it is free.  It takes you to places that you would have never found on your own. In a nut shell this site explains it so well.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs&feature=player_embedded  A treasure hunt like no other and did I mention it is free.  Mr. M and Stella hated it at first, but as soon as we started getting into harder hunts and the larger caches they perked up and took notice what is even better, it is free.

You need a GPS that you can enter the co-ordinance into, a computer to register your team name at no cost and get the locations of the hidden caches.  You will also need an open mind that can think both in and out of the box.  I guarantee, you have a cache within a mile or two of you just waiting to be found.  This treasure hunt is all over the world.  No mater where you are or who you are, you can find one close at hand.  If you have an iPhone, you can download an app that is like an all in one for a small price of about 9.99.  It is what I use 90% of the time.

Try something new this New Year.  Get out there and grab some of the fun and some great photos.  Most of the pictures on this blog are from geo chacing.  Life is too short not to share it with the ones you love.  If you love to get outside and have a knack for finding things, if you want to relieve stress or want to spend time with your family you must give it a go.

Please, please try it. If you try it let me know if you liked it.  It all starts with the click of a mouse http://www.geocaching.com.

Birdie

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Silent Sundays: Osha Trail

6 Nov

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Osha Trail in Cloudcroft New Mexico Fall 2011.  We were out on another Geo Cache and, of course, we found it about 2 miles in.  Nice walk and beautiful colors.

First Snow of the Fall Season 2011

28 Oct

Ominous

1 Oct

Last weekend My husband and I went Geo Caching

These are the pictures of that trip.  Note: These Pictures are not spoilers.  They are just sights we saw on the way to the cache

Steep hills and sharp drop offs

We were out in the middle of no where.  I found the cache at Heart Attack Canyon Trail.

I am ready for another cache run.

How long do you want to be loved?

13 Sep

In order for you to get the full effect of this entry, please,  click on “Lullaby” below.  It will open a new tab and music should start to play… give it a minute to start then come back here to read and listen to the music, don’t watch the video, just listen while you read.  I really wish I was blog savvy and knew how to add music without all the hassle.  Note: The photos are virgin so don’t get mad at me that they are of poor quality.  The point of this entry is to share this interesting story.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.

  Lullaby

This is the first time I have been on a journey of motherhood with a bird. She started this spring making a nest on the front porch.

I started thinking she was a first time mommy.  She made her nest so tall I wondered if she would be able to get in and out okay.    This would be my first time seeing  the beginning of life for a King Bird.  She sits and waits hardly ever leaving her nest. She would see me every day snapping away but she stayed put.  Good mommy.

One day I look up to see a little head poking out.  It was so ugly and cute at the same time.
Mommy was off catching bugs to feed her little one.

A few days later I am looking through the binoculars and I see another head.  Well no wonder she built her nest pretty big.  Mommy is working feverishly to feed her ever crying babies.  I see her in the evening cuddling with her little ones. It is so touching.

Like I said, a face only a mommy could love.
And they fascinate me.

Oh my goodness, they have their eyes open.  Mom is really working now.  She flies non stop all day long looking for food..  I fear she will give herself a heart attack if she doesn’t slow down.  I mean, how much can two growing babies eat?  Hey is that another head in the back????

Those babies grew up quick!  In fact, they are now bigger than mommy.  HEY! there is another head in the   back.  How in the world did mom fit in the nest with them at night?  Way to go mom triplets!  The family and I are very worried that the one on the edge is going to get pushed out.  And mom is still sleeping with them at night.  HOW?  I just don’t know.  The will of a mama is very strong.

Then this morning I notice they have made it out of the nest.  We thought she would have had them out sooner, about 3 days earlier.  I would say she is a very protective, devoted and loving mom.  Her babies cry for her.  She will only let them go to the planter and back up to the wicker shade.  Back and forth they practice.  One is brave! It pushes the boundaries and flies to the railing of the steps.

She flies to the tree and calls them. The brave one flies back to the planter and that is as far as he and the siblings are going.  Mom catches more food.      Comes over to them gives them a little treat then flies away calling for them to follow

….they sit, no one moves. It even seems they turn their head to not see mom.  Sort of like if I can’t see her she can’t see me.  Pretty soon mom coaxes them one at a time to spread their wings and follow her to the next treat.  Two of them take the bait and off they went.  They practice swooping and gliding through the air.  It is wonderful to see.  The third one decides to go back to the nest.  Lo and behold…..

THERE IS ANOTHER BABY!! Four babies.  No wonder that nest was getting flattened out.

The siblings sit together.  The little one is frozen with fear.  The other sibling keeps trying to get him to fly.  Finally he gives up and decides to try his own wings.  Off he goes.  Now there is one left.  Mom comes to sit with him. I went to gather clothes for the wash and when I return they are still there.  She starts flying back and forth from the perch to the rail.  Little one is steadfast.

Then he stands up, stretches, turns in a circle and creeps to the edge.  He gives it a longing look, appears to hold his breath, and gives it ago.  He landed on the rail.  That is him on the right.  Mom was right there with him.  Look at her she has her wing on his back.  She was not going to leave him yet.   They sat together for a minute as if mom asked him how long do you want to be loved?  Then with a sweet goodbye….  she flies to a near by tree and the baby flies into the sky.

I watched all day to see if anyone came back.  Nope, nobody.  This is their beginning.  All that time invested in these babies was worth it…….but it was so stressful sort of like watching your own kids fly off into the world.

And just like after the kids leave home you clean their room.  And now it is now time for me to wash the poo off the porch.

Until next time,