Monday, February 09, 2009

Regularly Scheduled Mountain Monday

Fear not, in spite of my mushy, gushiness, Mountain Monday will still happen. I have a couple of sets of pictures to share. Last week it rained and cleared the sky out, so I headed off to my favorite bird refuge/sunset place for what I hoped would be some good sunset pics.

I know it is blurry, because I couldn't get any closer, but it is a BALD EAGLE! How cool is that?



Blue Heron mating season, and it was so beautiful watching them.



This view was to the east of me.



This vista to the west of me.



I stood there for an hour, listening to all the different bird calls around me, breathing deep and letting the beauty all around fill my soul. How lucky am I?? Very lucky, very lucky indeed!

Random hawk flying, I am experimenting with frames here.














It was so beautiful and I went home renewed in mind and heart.

Today, there weren't exactly any mountains to see, because it was SNOWING like crazy! I went to a nearby park and I had to be careful. The snow was very wet and heavy and large tree branches were snapping off around me. While I was taking these pictures, TWO large branches snapped off with very loud cracks and then crashed to the ground. I made sure I wasn't near any trees with big branches. I braved the dangers of heavy snow just to capture these pictures for you!

















As usual, I am ever impressed by the beauty that surrounds me every day. Thanks for letting me share it.

16 Kids Who Want To Play:

Kristina P. said...

These pictures are beautifu, Jo!

Jillybean said...

When I saw the snow this morning, the first thing I thought of was how cool your Mountain Monday photos would be.
You didn't disappoint.

Lisa said...

Thank you for braving the dangers for us. I am living a winter wonderland vicariously through you.
You rock!

Debbie said...

Wonderful photos. I love that Eagle!

Yondalla said...

always beautiful

Bonnie the Boss said...

I can't believe how hard it snowed yesterday! Crazy!

Ambitious Blonde said...

Lovely pictures, as usual.:)

K J and the kids said...

AMazing that you were able to see let alone get a picture of a bald eagle.
Love the branch picture.

Soxy Deb said...

Amazing pictures Jo. The sunsets took my breath away. You have quite a talent.

Holly said...

Beautiful pictures as always. You make such beautiful art with your camera.

Susie said...

Gorgeous, as usual. I am definitely a desert rat though... Just looking at those pictures makes me cold... and we had snow in our area yesterday (thankfully I had none at my house or I would have stayed in bed where it was nice and warm!)

rychelle said...

thanks for taking the risk.

today's pictures are especially breathtaking!

Caustic Cupcake said...

I don't comment as often as I should (bad Cupcake! bad!), but your Mountain Mondays make me happier than you know!

Priscilla Pseudonym said...

Hi, Jo! I haven't been around for a long, long time, and this is the first place I stopped after updating my own blog today.

I can't believe these pix. They relax and remind: too far away from nature makes us numb and neurotic!

(((((hugs)))))

Cyndi said...

Jo, you are a gifted photographer. And don't go saying it was just there for the taking, blah, blah, blah. Your eye captures just how to take the shot. I especially loved the one with the melting ice on the branch. So perhaps you have another career in front of you, my sweet!!

Nadine said...

I am beyond words jealous of your mountains. I live in The Netherlands, which is a FLAT country. It has ONE hill. Seriously.

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