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Thursday, December 06, 2012

When I first began cruising country roads via pedal power, I was energized by all the wildlife. Creating a picture bird log was very compelling, however not practical.

This past year, my son, took up birding. I was enthralled by his photos! See for yourself.

For Mother's Day, I was whisked away on my first, most memorable, birding event. Turns out we have a local wildlife refuge. Who knew?

I spotted a bird with the binoculars.

"What color is it?" he asked.

"It's blue." I replied.

"No, it's red."

"I mean it's green."

Is it any wonder? If I hadn't seen it myself, I wouldn't have believed we had Painted Buntings locally.

He has kept us stirred in wide-eyed wonder with a stream of incredible images. And we have been privileged to accompany him on half a dozen excursions.

I have a very good camera. Really I do.

It takes magnificent pictures of birds inclined to stand very still in front of me for long periods of time patiently waiting for me to "get ready".

Most of my initial pics were of limbs and logs the creatures perched on before silently disappearing as the shutter clicked. Or blurs and silhouettes of out-of-range beauties. (Not to mention the odd bird-shaped leaf.) I finally resorted to dogging the real birder and taking pictures of him taking pictures. Perfectly acceptable for any mom.

When he allowed me to use his "old" camera, I was in heaven. Following him step for step and pointing my camera in the direction of his, I captured my own awe inspiring journal. And I was hooked.

My DH bought me an upgrade camera for Christmas.

The box is in the trash and I have already made my maiden trip alone. Funny thing is there were absolutely no birds to be found. *animated shrug*

I could hear them singing though. First from the north when I was south. And then from the south after I made my way north.

That's O.K. I've planned an early outing to the lake in the morning. Maybe like me, they're slower when they first wake up. (wink)

Obviously, birding is not a high energy sport. You do spend hours upon hours of steady walking though - hills included. It is also a daily ritual. While not rigorous, it must count as exercise.
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CYCLINGSANDY 12/11/2012 2:40PM

    Loved getting to do some birding with you. Many moons ago I taught 5th grade in CA. We did a science camp for 5 days. I taught the "birds" part and soil too. Loved the birds more than the dirt! emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/11/2012 11:13AM

    Ask your son if I can post his yellow butterfly on my page, with photo credit. I'll use it as a profile picture on SP this spring. I collect butterfly pix. It's okay if he's not interested.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/11/2012 11:04AM

    Love the pix, am going to the Flickr now.

Yes DEFINITELY counts as exercise.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/9/2012 10:59AM

  This is exercise in the most heavenly way possible.

You are exercising and feeding your spirit, your soul which is you mind, will and emotions and also your physical body....remember first we are spirit, then we are soul and then we are body....change your heart which is your spirit and then your soul changes which then transforms our outer physical body.....keep on trekking and shutter are awesome and one of kind from heaven above and I thank you for sharing so much of who you are in Him.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/7/2012 6:38PM

    exercise solitide and medation all rolled into one enjoy your spiritual journey among nature keep blogging and we want more pictures oh the joy!!!

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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 2:37PM

    You are getting your exercise in while enjoying a hobby. Good for you.

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GYMRAT_AT44 12/7/2012 12:49PM


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GOLFGMA 12/7/2012 8:20AM

    Love, love, love this blog. It is entertaining, funny, educational and everything I like when reading! Beautiful photos also. emoticon

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MARTA_M 12/7/2012 1:18AM

    An exercise in bliss! Sounds about right to me!

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    Sounds like a fun thing to do while you are out in nature! Beautiful photo.

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