Sunday, December 28, 2014

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie, here with some wonderful photos guaranteed to help you feel serene.  They're all from our Christmas morning hike out at Tuttle Creek State Park.  Ready to get walking?  Let's head down the path between Willow Lake and the River Pond!

The first thing we saw was a Great Blue Heron, just at the shoreline of the lake!

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In the middle of the lake, there were a bunch of gooses honking. I mean, they were LOUD and they were HONKING. I remained silent, but something they were honking about hit Mags the wrong way and she "woo woo woo"ed at them. Yes, Mom likes us to be very quiet while we're birding and we normally are ... BUT, hey. The geese had it coming and if Maggie hadn't responded to them, Mom wouldn't have gotten this shot:

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Great Blue Heron and fleeing Mallards

I think Mom should have thanked Maggie rather than tell her "Shh!", but that's just me. Maggie is still learning.

You can barely see the geese on the lake, but I shot them a dirty look as we walked by them.

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"This is for getting my little sister shushed!"

I don't talk to birdies, but I do stare.  Quite effectively!

Anyway... on to more serene things. We hit the Eagle Pass Trail and walked to the end of that and back. Maggie found a really interesting tree:

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"Oooh!  Check this out, Cam!"
"Great find, Peep!"

There are so many smells on that trail! And things to see! And things to hear! And things to snarf!!! (Bipeds, disregard that last one.) Mags and I just love it out there!

Here's Maggie, looking for birdies:

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"I see one, Mom!"

Mom followed Maggie's gaze and saw this guy:

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Mallard

Way to go, Mags!

High above us, we spotted this Red Tailed Hawk:

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On the River Pond, we saw this Great Blue Heron communing with some gooses:

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"OK, everybody gather 'round.  Today's sermon comes from the book of Luke ..."

We thought that was a nice, serene scene! I'm not sure if that's the same heron we saw earlier, but I know those aren't the same geese. They were nice, QUIET, serene geese! No need for anyone to "woo woo woo" at them.

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"No need to talk to these gooses, right, Mags?  Good girl!"

That's it for this week's Serene Scenery Sunday.  Thanks for coming to the lake with us!  We hope you feel nice and serene after our hike!

Cammie!

11 comments:

  1. Oh Maggie...we think you should be awarded...our Mama is just drooling over the picture of the blue heron with it's beak open...it looks like it is honking along with the geese!!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  2. What gorgeous pictures - every single one of them! We love the way Mr Heron's wing tips flip upwards. Thanks for letting us tag along on your Sunday stroll, girls!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  3. You do have some very, very pretty birdies there
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. That looks like a wonderful hike!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  5. beautiful pictures! except for the rude gooses, it looks like you pups (and your folks :)) had a nice hike! Have a good week ahead!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

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  6. There are all your beautiful birdies. Gorgeous. We like being quiet by the birdies then we sneak up on them
    Lily & Edward

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  7. What a great time you had on you bird walk. You sure help your mom find them too.

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  8. I bet the geese are still trying to figure out what "woo-woo" means! BOL!

    Monty and Harlow

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  9. Oh my....so many different types of birds! That must have been one great adventure!
    Oz

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  10. I feel SO serene now. Thank you!

    PeeS: Be sure to come by my blog tomorrow. I have a SUPER surprise just fur Maggie!

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  11. Such lovely pictures! Thank you for posting them!

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