Sunday, February 19, 2012

Done!

It has been one of those weekends where you can smell spring in the air.  I know.  I am early to be so hopeful ... after all, it is only mid-February.  Or at least a bit past mid.




The Professor is requesting that we go for a walk.  And I will.  As soon as I finish this blog, I tell him. He rolls his eyes.  You'll be hours, he says.  He knows me well.  But then, today ... I may just prove him wrong.
I have spent too much time at my computer through these pretty days.  First, I have been working on setting up my new website, reenawalk.com, where someday I hope to transfer this blog to that url. I'm so over using the ~missingthemomgene~ url.  I just haven't had the courage to make the transfer yet. Nor commit the time to do so either!  


You know how those things go ... never smoothly!
I also had to spend time planning a trip to Turkey in June.  The Professor has a conference in Istanbul.  Isn't Syria next door to Turkey???  Oh my!  From what I can ascertain, it looks pretty safe though.  We will not tour around Turkey but stay in the city.  I'm not usually one for staying in the cities when visiting a foreign country.  I like to get out into the smaller regions and explore.  But in this case, I think best to stay put in Istanbul.


And one final nice thing.  Brian Miller over at waystationone hosted dversepoets on Saturday and so kindly used some of my photo work to inspire the participants' poetic pen. Take a moment to drop in. There are so many talented poets and writers at dversepoets.  And thank you Brian.  The exposure introduced me to some wonderful new artists!






Okay, I hear The Professor coming.  
He is going to say 'you're not ready, are you' and I'm going to say, 
'oh, yes I am ready ... I am DONE!  Aha! 
So there Mr. Smarty Pants!'

(Best to not let partners get too comfortable
with their preconceived perceptions!)




Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  
I wanted to share these Blue Jays with you.  
Their feathers are so beautiful and soft.  
I just want to reach out and touch them.

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68 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really nice images, and the processing is perfect. let us know when you make that switch to reena!!!

Michael said...

exquisite

Sylvia K said...

The bluejays are gorgeous and your captures superb, as always, Reena! Oh, yes, do let us know when you make the switch!! Enjoy the day -- well, what's left of it!!

Sylvia

photo by ansku said...

Your photo processing is so perfect again, my eyes rest on these images... seriously, I can feel my blood pressure dropping as I see something perfectly beautiful :-)
The new website looks good! Hours on the computer were not wasted!

Beth Hoffman said...

Fabulous images!

Pat said...

Beautiful Blue Jays!

Brian Miller said...

smiles...we had a lot of fun with your pics...thank you again...and lovely pics of the blue jay! now go enjoy that walk...and now i will just be jealous of the trip to turkey...closest i get is the thanksgiving table...smiles...

Margie said...

Fun changes are a coming! Good for you! These are glorious. Love that last close up!

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful images. :) Walks outside with someone you love are wonderful, too. :)

Mark said...

Wow, great photos of the blue jay. And Turkey, lucky you, I love traveling. Can't wait to see what Turkey looks like through your eyes.

Ginny said...

These are beautiful!! First I thought my favorite was #3, then #4, the #5, then I gave up picking a favorite!!! Your trip sounds so exciting! You know, now that you are mentioning it, I have been wondering about the meaning of your URL. And now I am wondering also why you are changing your website? Will you still be with blogger or not? We are really snowing here, supposed to get six inches!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

they're all gorgeous but that last one is breathtaking! Congrats on your photo art being shared and exposed on another blog!

deb duty said...

These are so wonderful. You really are amazing.

Judy said...

Beautiful photos! Your husband sounds like mine ;)

Cheryl said...

Jays are so pretty to look at . . . then they open their mouths.

Enjoy the mild weather. I know I am.

Mama Zen said...

These are stunning!

bill lisleman said...

those close-up shot of the feathers are amazing. Great color too.

Country Girl said...

Love the crop on the last one, as well as all the newsy bits in this post. Done! (surprise for him ~)

Barb said...

Absolutely gorgeous images - breathtaking! Congrats on the blog move (in progress). I'm thinking about doing it as well . . .

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful story and the Jay.

Low Tide High Style said...

Beautiful images, and I will have to go check out the poetry site. We have friends who have traveled everywhere, and their favorite place is Turkey!

Kat :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Hahahaha ... Men!! ya gotta love em!

I get so busy on my blog that sometimes it is hard to get other things done.

I am on my way to check out Brian right now.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Beautiful shots.... love the brilliant color!
Yes, it's hard (and scary) to mess with your blog "guts" isn't it? I've been needing to set up tabs and change my sidebar for the longest time, but can't bring myself to commit the hours to doing it!
Grace

eileeninmd said...

Wow, Reena! Another great post and lovely shots of the Bluejay. the closeups of the feathers is awesome. Have a great week!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Rena!! I've missed you and your blog!!!! At the end of my weekend, it's good once again to sit and enjoy what I've missed. Your pictures as always, are just stunning!!! I really loved the blue-jays, and enjoyed seeing them outside my own window today too. Your photos of the white pelicans are just amazing too--You really are such a talented photographer and I so enjoy the words you put with the posts, you're a true artist in every sense! Enjoy your evening!!

lynnekovan.com said...

Oh those bluebirds are lovely. very reminiscent of my Canadian childhood. I've never seen such detailed photos of them. I too would like to touch one of them! Your summer plans sound lovely.

Ann said...

gorgeous pictures. Good luck with the website. I hope you didn't keep the professor waiting too long :)

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...I don't believe I have seen the Blue Jay done so wonderfully !!
My favorite is the one with the puffy chest just lovely !!
Keep the Professor guessing ; }
Grace

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

This is a very nice collection of blue jay's, they are all so handsome. Excellent details.

Saun said...

Lovely shots well done :)

Tracy said...

Reena, what gorgeous photos...the depth and the lines are stunning!

Joe said...

Nice shots of the Blue Jay.

Michaele said...

Exquisite! Love the color! Sounds like great things ahead. I hope I don't miss out and loose you : )

Gillian Olson said...

Great post, these are amazing photos of jays. Thanks for taking the time to show us these pics.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

LOVE the Blue Jays, another bird we don't have here. Love your post too. Much to do and think about. Another trip away, how exciting, but for now, a beautiful walk with the one who means the most to you.

Catherine said...

It has been nice enough to go for a walk for three days in a row. I wish I saw such beautiful blue birds as this on my walk! Fantastic shots!
xo Catherine

rainfield61 said...

if I have wings, I'll follow you flying to Turkey.

What a beautiful place.

ds said...

Have to admit, I am not the blue jay's biggest fan, but you make him so beautiful in these shots, that I must reconsider...Turkey, ah! Istanbul so fascinating (I've been told)...what a wonderful trip opportunity!

geetlee said...

Turkey is a beautiful country! You will love it :) I did, the food is amazalicious (is that even a word?) haha

LadyFi said...

Wow - that blue jay is amazing!

Louise said...

Your photos are just beautiful ~ I joy to savour..thank you! :)

Linda R said...

That sounds just like my hubby... Love your photos today!!

Hugs, Linda

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful Blue Jays! Sounds like my wife!

Michelle Renee said...

Oh, that does sound familiar. My husband doesn't believe me anymore when I'm at the computer and say, "one more minute." Beautiful photos...love the detail that's shown in the feathers.

Sandra said...

it was worth all the time you spent because this is one beautiful blue jay, gorgeous is what he is. not me to over the ocean blue, stay safe

Ivanhoe said...

Those blues are just amazing! Love that first close up pic! What a sweet bird! I've heard that they are pretty mean though. Looks can sure deceive me ;) Enjoy your day!

islandwonder said...

I love all the detail in the feathers.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

stunning shots!!
the colours are wonderful and the focus.

nicely done:)

happy week!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

let us know when you make the switch!!

Pam said...

Beautiful images. The last one makes me want to reach and and touch his fluffy feathers.

Cait O'Connor said...

I just found you via Third Storey Window. Your blog is exquisite,I also agree with others - your blues are amazing.

Madi and Mom said...

What gorgeous pictures of Blue Jays
Now Mom wants a shirt that color.
I hope you had a nice walk.
We had a southern blizzard here yesterday. Snow and freezing rain grand total of 1/2 - 3/4 ". Now it has melted. That is my kind of storm.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Barbara said...

"As soon as I finish this blog, I tell him. He rolls his eyes. You'll be hours, he says. He knows me well." This is a scene that plays over and over in my house! Glad I'm not the only one! Congrats on Brian using your photos! And good luck transferring your URL. I'm thinking of doing that, but it's as far as I've gotten. Just thinking about it. Beautiful bluejay photos - I collect their feathers! I especially love that last close up.

dona said...

Hi Reena, hope you will like Istanbul, I find it charming. And yes, I agree it's better for you staying there and not going to the Asiatic side of Turkey, at the moment.
New season and new blog! Very good! "Awesome" template is a very good choice! ;)
...And loved your photos, as usual.

Claudia said...

Yes. Stay in Istanbul - probably the best thing to do considering what's going on in the world. Love the photos. Birds are wondrous beings.

xo
Claudia

Sharkbytes said...

I love the one with the fluffed-out feathers. But, hey... any blue is good with me.

Evelyn S. said...

Well...the blue caught me and kept me scrolling, although all of your photos have the same effect on me! HOWEVER, that fabulous oh-so-close image at the bottom is amazing! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Marcie said...

What gorgeous captures of this sweet little blue jay. Can't wait to see your new site come together. Be brav!!!! :-)!

Nancy Claeys said...

I can never get those jays to stand still long enough to get off a good shot -- you did fabulously.

Congratulations on your exposure on the other web site. I will have to check it out! :)

Daryl Edelstein said...

love these ... and I love the idea of keeping spouses/significant others/etc on their toes ... BTW my cousin's husband is an AF pilot and he is 'on call' right now ... apparently as soon as certain aspects are finalized with the Turkish government things in that part of the world will be heating up .. you may want to reconsider that trip ...

Kerri said...

Exquisite!

Crafty Gardener said...

gorgeous bluejay photos

Gary said...

Great series of a fun bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Springman said...

We will follow your blogging anywhere Reena, be assured. Stay safe on your trek!
Love those Jays!!!

holdingmoments said...

What a beautiful bird. I love your Bluejays.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great set of pictures.

Go to Turkey and explore, it’s a wonderful place.

Stewart M.

PS: if you do go to Istanbul - you need to walk over the main bridge across the Bosporus and back - then you can say you have walked for Europe to Asia and back!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Ever since I cared for a baby Blue Jay Bleu 2 years ago for 6 weeks, I have grown more fond of them. Bleu was born blind, yet was quite the fighter. His story is on my blog, he did not make it, yet, I even used him on inside of one of my book covers...so touched my heart. Your images are just wonderful, showing the beauty of this bird, that some people never have a liking for...I love them!

sherrintn said...

Love the blue jays. Birds are so pretty. I would love to hold one and feel how soft.