I live in Oklahoma City. On Monday, we were watching weather coverage on television to determine when and if we needed to get into our tornado shelter under our garage floor. One tornado came very close to our house and it was very scary.
Some people in Oklahoma died, and many more lost homes or had damage to their homes making them temporarily unlivable.
Being alive and safe with an intact house after an experience like that seems to put things into perspective. All we had was hail damage to our roof which our insurance will mostly cover.
All day long Monday, I was having problems with some computer software. When the tornadoes started coming, suddenly computer problems did not feel important any more.
I am mostly taking a little bit of time off the computer yesterday and today and taking some time to count my blessings….
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This is my goldfish pond. The plants are coming back to life after a long winter’s nap:
The birds in my neighborhood come often for a drink or a bath. I sat outside yesterday with our dinky digital camera and tried to get some pictures:
This is some variety of Ring-Necked Dove. They are not indigenous here. I figure some escaped from an aviary and set up a population:
Male European House Sparrow:
Two male Great Tailed Grackles. One is trying to get the other to play “who is more macho”. Whoever can stretch his neck the highest wins:
An American Robin in our waterfall stream:
I noticed this grackle going around my pond and pulling out seed pods. These seed pods blow out of trees and travel pretty far like helicopters. She must be using them for nesting material. She came back several times to gather more:
Great Tailed Grackle cleans my goldfish pond
I went out the other day to take a picture of the water lily pads that have come up so far this season. Right when I was holding the camera, a goldfinch landed on our waterfall, and flew right away again. I did not have time to focus or zoom. Dang. This is what I got:
Here is a close-up. I can’t zoom in closer than that or it gets grainy. As I said before, rats:
Around here, I see a goldfinch once or twice each spring. They just pass though on the way to someplace else. I’m happy I was able to get this picture, even though it is not a close-up.
I have a lot of different species of birds who come to my pond, and I’ve tried to take pictures of them all, but the camera is not always with me at the right time.
Some years back, a great egret, a bird three feet tall, landed on my roof and looked down at my pond, thinking about eating my fish. That is one time I did not have a camera with me.
I did, however, get a couple of pictures of the great blue heron, also three feet tall, who came day after day to eat my goldfish…
As I said in this post,
I am having mixed feelings about the magnificent Great Blue Heron that’s been visiting our goldfish pond…
I had mixed feelings as a birdwatcher on one hand and a Pet Mom on the other hand. But, I got some pictures of him that are on that post.
I tried a contraption that did not work. It is called a “Koi Kastle”. Read about it here: The squeaky wheel pays no return shipping charges
Also see this post that has the solution to the problem: That great blue heron is never going to eat my fish again!