Nature Calls II

For those of you just tuning in expecting to see “Get Down, Get Funky,” that is now the preceding article.  We were overwhelmed today by a plethora of nature – undoubtedly as a result of the first snowfall.  So, I had to remove the swan photos from the previous column and include them here.  And it’s all from inside the house (haven’t been out since exercising at the Y at 7:00 am) – it will be tough to move from here when we downsize.  But after the swans came an eagle – perched for quite some time in our lakeside cottonwood tree.  And then a nuthatch caught my eye.  John J. Audubon, eat your heart out!

The swans (I think up to 20):

The eagle:

The eagle kept eying these guys but came to the conclusion – too big!:

A nuthatch:

The eagle perspective:

In a week in which we have already lost too many friends, we got a call just as I was wrapping up this “bird” article that our friend, Bill Zimmerman, died today.  Bill was a famous “bird” artist – he lived in Nashville, Indiana, a small artist community and was a close friend of Rita.  Here’s a photo I took of Bill (front right) and friends a year and a half ago – Rita’s in the center:

And these are some of Bill’s works we have in our house:  (About Bill)

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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