First Hint of Winter

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[Yesterday afternoon, as the sun was setting, now about 4:30, I looked out our living room window and saw geese and swans enjoying their first adventures of the season onto lake ice.  It is this time of year, when the lakes are just beginning to freeze, that we see swans in their migratory patterns.  We look forward to this every year, a) because we like swans, and 2) it means the d**n coots are finally gone!!]

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[ . . . and we are trending toward a full moon!  🙂 ]

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[And here’s some telephoto shots of our feathered friends enjoying life “on” beautiful Lake Darling.]

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[Then they were joined by “the kids.”]

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[The previous photos were all taken looking east from our living room.  Then raising the camera angle just a tad, I shot some photos a little further to the east.]

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[Then way further east . . .]

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[You will likely notice that in many of these pictures I don’t appear to be as round as I actually am.  It’s all a matter of camera angles.  I have no explanation for the hair.  You will also notice that sometimes I use “photo” and other times “picture.”  I have no explanation for that either.]

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[Then I crossed the room to look west before the sun set.]

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[That ’bout wraps up the wild west, so let’s head to . . .]

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[The sun room to see what’s happening looking north . . .]

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Remember, all these pictures were taken just yesterday . . . from inside our house . . . of the first hint of winter, the prettiest time of the year!  🙂

About tomobert63

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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