Nature Calls III

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Every once in a while, one has to escape the hubbub and excitement of the sport and entertainment milieu to commune with nature.  To enjoy the quiet and peacefulness.  To gambol among Mother Nature’s other creatures.

Monday morning was such a time.  As you may recall, it was our coldest morning of the year.  Beautiful Lake Darling was now significantly covered by “hard” water.  It was time to see what was happening in the outside world.  With some difficulty, I hoisted myself off the couch, meandered toward the lake side window, taking care not to step on the already deceased Asian lady beetles lying in my flight path, and took a peek outside.  One must be careful here, as wildlife photography requires a certain je ne sais quoi . . . a derring-do, a bravado.  Casting apprehensions to the wind, I braved the wilds of our living room and set up the camera.  This is what we saw.

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[Geese and ducks and swans, resting on what the previous day was “soft” water, with their heads tucked under their wings in the minus zero wind chills they were experiencing at the time.]

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[It wasn’t that long ago when swans were considered the perfect antidote to the scourge of the Canadian goose.  Well, now we see them comingling all the time?]

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[Then a peacock flew by . . .]

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[Fishermen like to congregate in front of our house; so do waterfowl.  Go figure?]

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[There was a similar size group just to the left of this photo.  Too many trees in the way there.  You can see lake bottom through the clarity of the ice.]

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[Then I checked the front yard to see if anything was happening out there.]

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[Swans.  Generally only seen around here at this time of year, as the lakes begin to ice up.]

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[Thousands and thousands of creatures.  At least the coots appear to be gone.]

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[The swans found some open water out there.  It’s warmer than sitting exposed on the ice.]

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[It’s a pool party!!]

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[Darned if another peacock didn’t go soaring by then?]

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[Sometimes the camera makes up its own mind as to what to focus on.]

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[Just kinda swimmin’ around here.]

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[Suddenly (cue the music from “Jaws”) a bald eagle decided to join the party.]

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[And I don’t believe he had an invitation.]

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[Mmmm, so many tasty morsels sitting just below me!]

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[I can’t remember if the missus wanted duck or goose for dinner?]

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[Or was it peacock?]

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[Master of his domain . . .]

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[And all he surveys.]

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[I guess I’m not really that hungry.]

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[But if one more peacock flies by!]

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[Maybe I need a taller perch?]

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[La-di-da.]

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[Oh, I’m such a handsome chap!]

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[I wonder what else is going on today?]

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[And maybe I’ll check out that chap hiding in the tree.]

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[All alone am I.]

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[OMG, was that just another peacock?]

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[Did that car just drive through that tree?]

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[The moon and Jupiter setting over Kona, Hawaii on November 28.  Photo courtesy of Roel Gorena.]

Other attributions:  Rog “Travelin’ Man” Tweed sent us, in chronological order, Eagle View High Sierra; Sentinel Tree; Washington Giant Sequoia; Black Arch Giant Sequoia; and Tunnel Tree.  The peacock photos are stock e-mailed to me by someone?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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