Sunday, November 27, 2011

Just being thankful

I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

This was the first year in maybe 20 years I did not have Thanksgiving dinner at my house. We were all invited to my sisters house for dinner. I was asked to bring dessert which was my homemade Derby pie and a Pumpkin roll. I am thankful for my hubby and son, my family and my job that allows me to take my vacations. I was even thankful for having a furlough day on Black Friday. Not to go shopping but, hubby and I were able to take a day trip to Blackwater NWR and Hoppers Island on the Eastern shore of Maryland. It was a beautiful day. So below are a couple of  photos from my sister's, we had a nice sighting of the white tailed deer in her backyard. The deer were having their own Thanksgiving dinner. Other photos are from Friday's visit to Blackwater NWR and Hoopers Island.







Some of the Blackwater birds above are the Eagle, Killdeer, swans and lots of Canada Geese.









I am thankful for the simple things in life like watching deer and the birds. Seeing beautiful scenery and lovely skies.

A Blackwater NWR scene, birds seen were lots of eagles, canada geese, swans, some shorebirds and Great Blue Herons.

Great Blue Heron at Blackwater NWR

Hooper Island on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Female Long Tailed duck seen at Hoopers Island, Md. Looks like the ducks are migrating now, we saw this Long-Tailed and the Buffleheads.




 

I am thankful for the simple things like watching the sunset from my deck.

To see more wonderful  mosaics Mosaic Monday and some post from around the world  Our World Tuesday. Thanks to mary for hosting Mosaic Monday and thanks to the gang at Our World: Sylvia, Gattina, Lady Fi, Arija and Sandy.

Thanks, also for stopping by to visit my blog. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful week.

48 comments:

Saun said...

Thanks for sharing your photos are beautiful.

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...those Deer shots are lovely to see, and they sure are well taking care of..lol
All stunning shots..!!

Grace

Carol said...

Gorgeous scenery! I always enjoy your beautiful photo's, Eileen!

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE your mosaics! so gorgeous! and LOVE those deer having their feast! so beautiful!!! thank you!

EG Wow said...

I LOVED this post, Eileen - reading about the many things you are thankful for. :)

LDH said...

Hello Eileen,

We had dinner with my sister and family this year too. Different from having all of our kids and grandchildren here for sure but really nice to not cook a full dinner and also spend time with my nieces, nephew and their families.

Your photos are lovely!

Debbie said...

we are all simple people who enjoy and appreciate all the gifts from nature!!

lucky people we are, i wouldn't ever change a thing!!

awesome photo's, i LOVE the deer!!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a lovely post, both the sentiment and the pictures. I particularly love the shot of the deer and the heron.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was the first year in over 35 that i did not cook Thanksgiving..we were at my nephew's house. It was nice to be a pampered guest, but I missed niot having leftover this weekend ;)

Your bird and nature photos are always beautiful and enjoyable to see, Eileen. I'm thankful for blog friends like you!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Looks like you are still experiencing some nice weather. The lake looks so beautiful and the birds are enjoying the weather also. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. V

Lavender Cottage said...

How enjoyable to see the deer and squirrels feeding together.
Nice shots from the reserve as well.
Judith

Mary said...

Oh what beautiful images! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures at MM. :)

Martha Z said...

A great way to spend Black Friday. You got some great shots. So that is a long tailed duck, I was wondering, I don't recall see one.

Sarah said...

Lovely post full of amazing images. Thanks!

mary said...

I wonder if our deers came to eat the corn I put at the field ^_^ Your photos are awesome!

Boys Showdown

Jo said...

Your photos are beautiful, Eileen and you remind me to be thankful for all my blessings too. Thanks for sharing. Jo (PS your Blue Heron looks very similar to our Black-headed Heron - I'll probably post my latest photos of this bird on Wednesday and mention this!)

Teagarden said...

What a cute post!
Have a wonderful week,
Markus

diane b said...

The scenery is beautiful. I love the header. They are nice things to be Thankful for.

Bernie said...

So many terrific shots. There's always so much to see in your mosaics! Great stuff.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Deer shots, they are beautiful. And the mosaics, superb.

Sue said...

Now YOU have the ideal way to spend Black Friday! Oh, if only more people would come to their senses!
Lovely lovely photos.........

Kerri said...

Oh so beautiful Eileen! Great post!

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos

podso said...

Great photos, Eileen. The deer photos certainly illustrate how they blend in with their surroundings. have a good week!

Barb said...

Great photos - how luck to be able to watch the deer!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Nature certainly gives us so much to be thankful for. I also joined in with MM this week, lovely mosaic of the mainly birdlife.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

WONDERFUL mosaics!!

i love the deer!! terrific shots!!

nice post...we really DO have a lot to be thankful for...every day.

derby pie?? never heard of it!
OH, and the sunset is gorgeous!

Calling Ravens said...

Beautiful, beautiful post Eileen..all of it!
I too enjoyed the photos of the deer and love your heron shot!
I, too, love and appreciate the simple things.
Have a wonderful week!
meggs.xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The deer really are the most beautiful of creatures! I put some felt deer on the table in my entry today! Happy Monday! ♥

Dawn Fine said...

Beautiful photos and Mosaics~hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

J Bar said...

Great collection.

Gary said...

Great post, especially love the deer! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Hi Eileen...wow you sure got some beautiful images to share! Really close to the lovely deers, so pretty too!

Riet said...

Hi Eileen. I love your photo's the deer are so lovely and hat blue heron is wonderful

Carver said...

Wonderful post, words and photography. I love the deer you spotted as well as the great shots of the birds and nature.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Eileen!
Your photos are such a delight. The heron, in particular. But, I was looking at the paint pony on your side bar. Is that yours?? I'm a horse fanatic. Beautiful animal. :))

Sylvia K said...

Such wonderful captures and, yes, they are such a great way for us to be reminded to the beauty in all of our lives when we just take the time to look!! A beautiful and very thoughtful post -- and reminder!! Thank you, Eileen!

Sylvia

Indrani said...

Terrific pictures in the collage. The captures of deer are too good.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful shots! I too feel so thankful to be able to appreciate the beauty in nature.

missing moments said...

Wonderful scenery and mosaics! Can't agree with you more on the things I'm thankful for!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful place you have been as I can see from your shots.

Jann Olson said...

I too love viewing wild life. Being out in nature makes you appreciate all of God's creations so much more. Loved your mosiacs!

Gattina said...

Gorgeous pictures ! I wished I could see deers life too, but they are deep in the woods !

Francisca said...

It's good to proclaim it, but I already knew these were the things that make up Eileen's bliss. :-) It shines through in each of your posts. And once again you share a stellar set of nature photos. One day I'd like to taste Derby pie and Pumpkin roll! Sounds YUM!

ladyfi said...

What a stunning world you live in!

Jen said...

Sounds like a perfect day- love those Long-tailed Ducks!!

Ebie said...

Hi Eileen, truly amazing! You have the most beautiful photos of wildlife in the preserve!

I wish I would have the opportunity to see them!

I am thankful too that in this economic era, we have a job!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

so late, but must comment. Love this post -- and that's my idea of a great Thanksgiving. And especially my idea of the perfect Black Friday. Wonderful pix.