Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dipper Ducks

This is not a good photo, but it's the only one I managed to take of the Bufflehead Ducks in the creek. 
 It seemed whenever they were close enough to photograph, 
my camera was not close enough to grab and my cell phone camera couldn't zoom in enough.  
Once I thought to keep the camera close by, they never came back to our section of the creek.
Dumb Ducks.
This is what a Bufflehead looks like if you manage to get a photo.
They spend the winter in bays and estuaries.
They feed by diving under the water.
I remember my grandparents talking about the "dipper ducks" as they called them.
My grandmother in particular would spend a lot of time watching them and laughing
at how they popped back up to the surface.
It's been a while since I've seen these ducks in Sturgeon Creek.
Glad they've popped back to the surface.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Meditation

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." ~Lily Tomlin


 Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.  
~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron


Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Celebrations

Sorry to interrupt the normally scheduled blog post, but I have some celebrating to do.  
My football team is going to the Superbowl!

It was a crazy year for this team.  
One of our defensive starters tore his achilles tendon in the offseason.
It required surgery.
Art Modell, the former owner and man responsible for bringing football back to Baltimore passed away in September.
Our player Torrey Smith suffered the loss of his brother.
Then one after another, the injuries piled up.
Most of our defensive line was injured at one point or another.
Members of our offensive line were injured.
Triceps, biceps, ankles, knees, chest, neck/spinal cord, consussions....
What started as a strong season seemed to be winding down with losses adding up.
Including this loss where I lost a bet and had to wear this Redskins sweatshirt all the way home on the Metro
 We got into the playoffs because someone else lost.
It seemed as though we might not get past the forst playoff game.
Then, The General of the team Ray Lewis announced this would be his last season.
And he would be playing in the Playoffs after a triceps injury that kept him out of the game since October.
There was new fire.
Our injured guys were healed, the team had something to prove, and everyone wanted Ray to go as far as possible in the postseason.
Our first playoff game we were the underdogs.
We won.
Our second playoff game we were underdogs.
We won. 
(And produced one of the best games I've ever watched in any sport).
Our third and final game for the AFC Championship we were underdogs.
We won. 
So basically there's this to learn.
No matter what crap you have thrown at you.
No matter what adversities, personal losses, injuries or public opinions are forced on you.
You can persevere.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Another Dream

Trust me, this isn't what you're expecting, unless you ever saw the other blog post about A Dream.

I had a dream the other night.  I was having a sleepover at CBW's house with a couple of friends. 
There was, of course wine involved.

Then trouble strikes.
CBW's boot phone rings.
Okay, I admit to some creative editing.  It was a shoe phone, not a boot phone, but CBW mentioned these zebra print boots she has, and, well, I think they add a little something-something to the story.
Anyway, her boot phone rings because secretly, we're secret agents.
Like James Bond. 
So we race to our boat.
(I'm not sure why CBW looks like she's doing a zombie walk.  I'm sure she doesn't really run like that)
It isn't a fancy boat, more like a crabbing boat you'd find down in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
The Captain of our boat was a prime specimen of man-flesh: Javier Bardem.
(I can't draw Javier, and I know the illustration looks like a Midget driving the boat, 
but trust me, it was Javier) 

And CBW was all like, "Kiss me, Javier!"

So we get in the boat and cruise out to see what the emergency is.
We find that a large whirlpool has developed around the island housing the lighthouse.
There were lots of boats trapped in the swirling waters.
That's when I noticed the lighthouse looked like this:
If you thought "mushroom" you'd be correct though "phallic symbol" also pops up.
Pun Intended.
So, basically, that's the end of my basically meaningless dream. 
And a message to all of you not to eat cucumbers with Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb spreadable cheese before bedtime.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Meditation

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
~ Rumi

Thursday, January 10, 2013


These binoculars have been in our place in Deltaville for as long as I can remember.  
That would be about 30+ years. 
 My guess is that they were there long before that.  
They belonged to my grandfather, and they always had a prominent place on one of the tables
 by the window in the old trailer.  
Or the kitchen table in the new house.  
They are great for checking out how rough the river is or trying to identify a bird or animal 
or movement in the water, 
and they're even handy for seeing what people are doing.  
Not that I would ever use them to spy on people, 
but you can see clearly across the creek and also down to the community pier.  
Not that I have first hand knowledge of this. 
I used them just this past weekend to see who was walking out on one of the neighbor's pier 
identify some ducks. 
It reminded me of my grandmother and how she liked to 
see what all the neighbors were up to
watch the wildlife.
And it reminded me of all those times growing up where my cousin and I would 
fight over who got to use them first.
We would have to sneak them out of the house if we wanted to take them anywhere.
Allowing them to cross the threshold was clearly verbotten.
We did it anyway.
Now I realize that had a lot to do with them being my grandfather's 
and my grandmother not wanting to lose something of his after he passed.
There's a lot of memories in those old binoculars.
In many ways I imagine you could claim that they let you look back in time.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Ornamental grass in the morning

Stingray Point looking toward Gwynn's Island
Our pier

Phillipi Church
The community dock
Tree at Aaron's Beach

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I pass this boat each time I go to Aaron's Beach.  
Not only is it dry docked, it's also rooted into place by at least 3 pines growing in it.
Totally landlocked.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday Meditation

Ornamental grass outside our Deltaville house in the morning

 Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, 
listening to all the things you can't hear, 
and not bothering.
~Pooh's Little Instruction Book

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


 It's that time again.  
That time where you look back over the past year 
and come up with things you want to improve on for the next year.  
Most of these things are forgotten by mid-February. 
Despite that bleak outlook on actually sticking with these resolutions,
here is my list of things.
  1. Be a more frequent and consistent Blogger.  I currently write 5 blogs.  Sporadically. I think maybe I'm a blog hoarder, so I need to start giving each equal attention on a regular basis before the SPCB (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Blogs) takes them away. 
  2. Take more and better photos.  Those who have ever been with me with a camera know this might seem a little crazy.  I take hundreds of photos.  But I think I need to take more thoughtful photos.  This also goes along with number 1.
  3. Be healthier. That means better eating choices (so long McDonald's) and more exercise (time to use that YMCA membership).
  4. Better stress management. Time to carve out some "me" time and break out those meditation ideas from back in the day when I was hip, cool and new age-ier than now. 
  5. Make time for hobbies.  It's time to get back in the saddle- literally.  It's also time to break out those paranormal investigation tools. And of course, work on number 1.
I could continue, but I think anything else would be closely tied to the first 5.  
If I work on the first 5, everything else will work more smoothly 
(sounds good in theory).

So here's to the possibilities of 2013.
What are your resolutions?