It’s a Put-Your-Cat-Strut-On Kind of Monday

Yep, it’s Monday.

And you can either crawl back under the covers

OR —

You can put your Cat Strut on, step out into that ole’ world…

And see what mischief you can get into.  😉

Have a good one, everybody!

The Zen of Ducks

Watching ducks paddling along in the marsh channels is a kind of Zen thing for me.

Often seen two by two, they glide together slowly, as if they were one.

Side by side, or in single file.

Pressing into the water that fans out behind them…

Yet you never hear a sound.

But if you listen very carefully, really listen… you will hear them whispering softly to one another…

 

“Paddle on, paddle on, just keep paddlin’ on…”

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Sleepy Muggy Mondays

It’s one of those gray, drizzly, humid Mondays, and some of us are having a tough time keeping our eyes open.

Just when you think you’re feeling a bit of energy, those eyelids start to get veeeerrry droopy…

Wait a minute, I think she just moved!

Nope.

Just my imagination.

My sleepy Tink.  ❤

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Finchie Hatton in the Marsh

I love seeing the goldfinches in the marsh or perching high in the treetops.

Called “wild canaries” by some, I can always tell them by their cheerful song and deep undulating flight pattern.

I, personally, have always called them “Finchie Hattons”, a kind of a play on words of the Redford character (Denys Finch Hatton) in the movie, Out of Africa.

The other evening, I came upon this female Finchie Hatton in the marsh. She appeared to be gathering some nesting materials from one of the seeded cat o’ nine tails.

And boy, was she moving FAST!

Almost too fast for me, a tiny blur of yellow!

But I tried to hold steady and get a few shots to share…

Before AWAY she went!

Aren’t you glad I did?  😉

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Mourning Doves, Up Close and Personal

We had a family of doves crash land on our deck one summer. Four squabs in all, and fun to watch ’til the day they flew, up and away. Leaving us with great memories — and more than just a few baby dove poops to clean up!  😉

Yet even after this personal experience with doves, until I started taking pictures… this was how I always saw them.

From a distance, the only thing I knew about these birds was how much I loved their soft, lamenting coos, at once plaintive and calming.

Yet once the camera brought me closer I could see how stunningly elegant they were.

A dove’s feathers are more colorful than I ever imagined – light gray and buffy colored overall, with black spotted wings and black-bordered white tips to their long tail feathers.

And they also have these two really cute pinky-red pebbly feet!

Feet that amazingly enough, as it turns out, were simply made for tap dancing!

Mourning doves also have puffy little “cheeks” that are noticeable when they look straight at you…

And that are even cuter from behind!

But perhaps the most endearing thing about mourning doves is their ability to charm you.

If you let them look at you.

No. I mean reeeeaally look at you.

And trust me, if you do, they will steal your heart away.

Forever and a day.  ❤

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Brindle Dog on the Beach

Saw THE coolest brindle dog on the beach last night, his stunning coat on fire with the sunset.

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Running through the dunes, down to the water’s edge and back again.

A veritable blur of flopping ears and tail a-wagging.

I think he was as happy as me to finally see the SUN!  🙂

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Sunday Best for the Turkey Trot Parade

Time for Sunday Best!

Please choose your favorite from the following chapeaux for Marmee to wear to today’s Turkey Trot Parade!

1-1-marmee15-blog1-2-marmee315-blog1-3-marmee10-blog1-4-marmee344b-blogImportant Announcement: The Turkey Trot Parade today starts today at 2 PM. Voting Deadline for the hat you want Marmee to wear to this glorious annual event is set for 1 PM.

So pick your favorite hat, and be sure to look for Marmee along the parade route!  😉

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