Wednesday, January 30, 2013

And the beat goes on


The weather has been so dark and dreary here lately.  I am so ready for some sunshine but I don't think we are going to see any for a few days.  Today, it's a remarkable 60 degrees!  But it's not going to last long.  Temps are taking a dive later.

Since I was bed-bound this past weekend, I spent a little time organizing my photos (an endless task!) and signed up to use PhotoShelter to backup my most favorite photos.  I used to use SmugMug but I find PhotoShelter so much more attractive and customizable.  And the best part is that there's a plug-in to export photos out of Aperture straight into PhotoShelter!!  Awesome!  You can find my new site at Reena Walkling Photography.

It was a huge task to sort and figure out which images I wanted to store there.  After losing 6 months worth of photos (including over a 2,000+ from our Istanbul and Alaska trips ~sigh~) due to my hard drive crashing, I never wanted to have that problem again.


But on to more pleasant thoughts!
Critters ....

All the critters have been super active in the backyard in spite of rain and snow and cold.  My little Carolina Wren comes almost daily now so I'm thinking she may be here to raise her young.  All your comments were quite interesting about the multitude of places you have seen the Wren's build their nests. I'm hoping a little bird house will be enticing to her.

We also have had a new visitor around lately!  This kitty was sitting by our back door the other morning watching the birds.  Breakfast must have been on her mind.  I captured this quick photo of her expression "WHAT THE HELL" before she quickly scurried off upon seeing me.  I hope she has a home somewhere.

Thanks for all your kind comments on my recovery.  
I'm almost back to normal.
Well as normal as I can possibly be at the age of 60!
Normal would be having knees of a teenager.

Later, my friends!


39 comments:

Sylvia K said...

So glad you're feeling better, Reena! Don't worry about the 60s, I'll be 80 in a few months and still functioning reasonably well!! I do love your bird and critter captures for the day -- a lovely way to begin any day!! Enjoy!

Gillian Olson said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. That is so awful about losing your pictures, reminds me I really should look into some sort of extra backup for mind. Love the birds and squirrel; oh the little cat is very cute too.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i want that kitty for my barn! dang it...

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that cat looks like he/she is on for the hunt. scary. ha. ha!! ( :

Brian Miller said...

ha i love the look on the cats face...and looks like that squirrel has been packing away nuts in his belly...and glad you are doing better as well....smiles.

Out on the prairie said...

Amazing shots,I like the illumination of the sun on the cardinal.A masterpiece!

Nancy Claeys said...

Lovely images Reena -- I must have missed something -- sounds like you were down this past weekend? So sorry to hear. Hope you are doing better!

Lisa Gordon said...

Reena, first and foremost, it is so good to hear that your recovery is going well!

The weather where you are sounds identical to here. It's 56 right now, but it's also changing very quickly, and sooooo dark. :-(

There's not been a lot of little creature activity here, and I think it's because they know it's not lasting long, but it is so wonderful to see these photographs. Makes me believe that spring cannot be too far away.

You continue to take good care of you, and have a great week ahead!

xo.

Jenny said...

Hi Reena, I really love the photo of the Carolina Wren, is it usual for them to overwinter where you are?

mick said...

All the birds are beautiful - of course! - but that little Wren is the best! Easy to see what's on that cat's mind, unfortunately. Look after the knees!

Sandra said...

i like the black and white 'bird' peering in the door in the last one. MOL... i saw a small female downy woodpecker in the hibiscus yesterday. no photo

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I love your Cardinal shots! Cute capture of the Peeping Tom cat! I am glad to hear you are recovering! Have a great evening!

Judy said...

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. We're having snow now and after being in warmer weather it's tough getting used to it all over again :0
Love that last shot!

bon bon said...

such charmers!

Country Girl said...

You are sounding good and you have accomplished much in your bedridden state. Bravo! The site is perfect and so you. Totally impressed.

Lois Evensen said...

Back to normal is a great way to be! I understand that knee comment, too. *sigh*

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Glad to hear you are improving! I'll have to check out Photoshelter--haven't heard of that one. I saw a tweet today from the Audubon Society that cats were responsible for putting a huge dent in the overall bird population. :/ Wish they'd focus all their attention on mice and leave the birds alone.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

With my own life I have been missing your blog, so I'm glad to be able to visit this evening and find that you're feeling better, and your photos as always are amazing--I love the cat, it could pass as mine!!

S. Etole said...

Cardinals are such a cheery sight. Keep on getting better!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Glad you're doing better, Reena. And if you figure out a way to get teenage knees for those of us over 60, PLEASE let me know first, okay??? There used to be a kitty like that who visited us occasionally. Wonder if he took a trip north?

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE your birdies - and the expression on that Cat ....PRICELESS!

Barbara Shallue said...

Reena, I hate when I get behind. I didn't realize you had been bedridden. Or if I did, I forgot, and I hate that, too! I'm glad you're better, though, and thanks for the tips on Photoshelter. These are beautiful photos - I'm amazed how many critters you still have so active around you! We hardly see any, and it's warm!

ladyfi said...

Glad to hear you're feeling much better. These are such lovely shots. Hope you're out and about soon.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Glad to hear that your knee is on the mend Reena, I suspect I may be heading down the same path unfortunately. Your 'critter' images are amazing, the colourful little birds like gems in the wintery scene. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose all my photos, this just reminded me to do a backup..take care.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling your usual 30 something-self.

I keep several external drives for backups and a mirrored drive in case of drive failure.

Love those Cardinals!

Stewart M said...

Great set of pictures - I do like the face at the window!

Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: I think I'd be in for a shock if I tried to ID gulls in the USA or UK these days! SM

Bob Bushell said...

I'm glad that you are feeling much better. You have a great collection of birds, but, you finished with a bird killer, lol.

Daryl said...

your visitor looks a lot like Kramer ..

love love love love the first shot, the color the light .. gorgeous

and no, 'normal' would not be the knees of a teen, but knees belonging to a woman who never stops, is always on the go ... knees of an adult .. xoxo

She Who Carries Camera said...

I know who difficult it is to capture an up close shot of a male cardinal, so kudos to you!! Also, love the wren shot...he pops out of the background beautifully. Here's to feeling better!

Evelyn S. said...

The bird images....especially the cardinals...are so beautiful, Reena! (I'm curious about your storage system; I'm still shopping and trying to make a decision. Maybe one online storage and one external hard drive?)

Mark said...

So glad you are on the mend, and sorry to hear about the hard drive crashing, I guess I better look into doing something like that.

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of your backyard critters!

Dianne said...

glad you're feeling better
it must feel great to get the photos sorted and secured

I love all the critters, especially the little red bird

Catherine said...

All your sweet critters make me very happy ~ especially kitty visiter! LOL! It's always a challenge organizing photos. Glad you found a good place to store them!
Glad you are feeling better!
xo Catherine

Betty Manousos said...

so glad you're feeling better, reena dear!
always good to see your back yard friends.
gorgeous shots!

xo

ayala said...

Beautiful!

CherryPie said...

The critters look so pretty in amongst the raindrops on the branches. And that Kitty is sooo cute ;-)

Jennifer Richardson said...

glad you're mending
and that your treasures are
stored in a safe place
and fresh treasure is finding
you daily....alot of hope in that.
your photos always
give me joy:)
-Jennifer

Pat Tillett said...

Heck, I'd be happy to have the knees I had at 50!
Beautiful photos!