Lakeland, Florida


"You will never have this day again, so make it count." unknown

Wow, can you believe it is almost the end of 2016. I wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy New Year. I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog and commented over the past year. I hope to see you all in 2017.

These are images from our neighborhood, a sunrise on Nov 7th, the neighborhood Sandhill Cranes and Red Shouldered Hawk

It was a beautiful sunrise on our way to the gym.

I believe this is a Red-Shouldered Hawk, we have a nesting couple that terrorize the neighborhood birds.

The Sandhill Cranes near my sunrise viewing spot.

The Sandhill Cranes walk all around the houses and in the streets. This is their neighborhood too.

For Michelle's Thankful Thursday, here is my list of thankful things.  Simple things that we may all take for granted.

Fresh air to breath
Clean drinking water
Sunshine that brightens my day
A good book
Friendly neighbors

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. Thank you for your visit and comments on my post. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Thanks to Michelle for the meme Thankful Thursday
I am also linking up to Skywatch Friday, I hope to see you there.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.


Happy New Year Eileen. I am amazed that the Sandhill Cranes love to live in the neighbourhood, what strong and beautiful birds. Hugs.
Sue said…
So odd to see cranes just strolling around like that.
And that sunrise is magical--especially when it first starts. The colors are so vivid.
Have a VERY Happy New Year, Eileen
✿ chica said…
Maravilhosas, como sempre, tuas fotos!

Vim desejar um lindo e muito feliz 2017! bjs, chica
Tom said…
Happy New Year, Eileen.
rupam sarma said…
Helllo,Beautiful photos. Thank you.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2017.
Keep sharing :)
Greetings from Assam, India
Nice capture of the sandhill cranes sporting their red caps. Happy Day and Happy New Year.
Giga said…
Beautiful colors of the sky and the birds strolling. Magnificent 2017 years!
Yamini MacLean said…
Hari OM
Oh I love that you have cranes the way I have seagulls!!! Here's to fitting in just a wee bit more before the year closes its door! YAM xx
Florence said…
Beautiful skies! And different every day!!
Love the photos of the sandhill cranes. I had no idea that they would stroll around where people were.
I'm glad you posted about the Thankful Thursday. I will link into it too. There is so much to be thankful for!!
Have a wonderful New Year!!
Mary Hone said…
Beautiful skies, and Happy New year!!
Hi Eileen,
I wish you a Happy New Year to you and yours. Thank you very much for brighten up my days with your wonderful photos of birds and sunsets.
Thank you for all your kind comments on my blog too.
Best regards, Synnöve
Linda W. said…
Gorgeous sunrise photos! Happy New year to you and your family!
Linda said…
What a glorious series, Eileen! I love all your photos, and I am thoroughly enchanted with how you captured the beautiful colours and patterns on the Red-Shouldered Hawk! Happy New Year to you, dear lady. :)
Laura. M said…
Que pases una buena Noche de fin de año y Te deseo lo mejor para el 2017 2017 ¡¡Feliz año Nuevo 💗 Happy New Year Eileen!!
We continue the year next year.
Beautiful photo! The sunrise and the Red Shouldered Hawk is so pretty.

Happy Thursday and the weekend ahead.

I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Michelle said…
Best wishes for a fantastic 2017!
Bob Bushell said…
Beautiful images Eileen, have a delightful new year 2017.
I wuv twilight

Boy, those are some human-acclimated cranes!
Nancy J said…
Those cranes are so regal. Love your quote at the beginning. Happy New Year Eileen, may you have many wonderful days of birding, travels and enjoyment wherever you are.
Maggee said…
We have a raptor hanging around my neighborhood too... saw it this morning, after hearing the crows alerting everyone for quite a little while. Ugh! It seems as if the Sandhill Cranes are not afraid of humans... interesting! Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Ela said…
Beautiful photos !!
Happy New Year !!
Charlene N.K. said…
What a sunset! And the birds are wonderful!
RedPat said…
It is a messy slushy day here so it was a treat to see your post today, Eileen! Happy New Year!
Phil Slade said…
Hello Eileen. And I'm wishing you a Happy New Year and a Happy Sunrise. Sharing breakfast with Sandhill Cranes I could manage no problem. Enjoy!
The happiest of Florida New Years to you and your hubby Eileen. Thanks for all your beautiful pictlures.
Hi Eileen, and a Happy New Year to you and yours :D)
Such lovely sunrise photos, the pinks and then the golds.
Great shots of the terrorizing Hawk! I love how those Cranes wander around everywhere... a bit like the Pelicans over in our Lakes area.
Cheers now and all the best.
A Casa Madeira said…
Amei as imagens.
Bom começo de ano para ti.

I loved the pictures.
Good start to the year for you.
The Yum List said…
What a fantastic quote. Well worth remembering. Thanks Eileen!
Happy New Year Eileen! I love your list of things we take for granted … a great reminder that throughout the world good things can happen within the bad news swirls.

Jim said…
Beautiful skies. Amazing colours.
Sydney – City and Suburbs
Ailime said…
Hello Eillen,
Magnificent photos!
I wish you too a happy new year!
Valerie said…
A gorgeous sunrise indeed Eileen, and great shots of the birds. Thank you for your contributions throughout 2016 - looking forward to seeing more in 2017. May it be a safe and very happy year for you and yours.
Photo Cache said…
It has been a pleasure enjoying your beautiful photos all year long. Cheers to the blessings of 2017.
I wouldn't mind going to the gym so early with that beautiful sunrise to greet me, Eileen! Love seeing the hawks, (even if they are terrors :) and so fun to see the Sandhill cranes just strolling through the neighborhood! Wishing you and your family the very best New Year ahead with many, many blessings. xx Karen
Martin Kloess said…
Just when I thought these photos were good, they got better. Thank you
Wonderful images.
The sunrise is spectacular and those cranes ... well, I've never seen photo's quite like it, amazing. They really are quite large aren't they!

As the end of 2016 draws near, I hope these last few days are good for you.
Sending my good wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2017.

All the best Jan
John's Island said…
Hi Eileen, Thank you for another neat post. I enjoyed all the photos especially the Sand Hill Cranes. They are some interesting birds! I like your list of things to be thankful for. So true. And the opening quotation is excellent as well. It has been a pleasure following your blog in 2016 and I'm looking forward now to your posts in 2017. Happy New Year to you and yours. Best regards from Seattle!
It's been an eventful year, hasn't it? I'm so glad you are here in FL now...I just know you enjoy the wildlife and birds as much as I do. There's always something to see. We hung another feeder up this week for all the goldfinches that are here now. Happy New year sweet friend. Hugs, Diane
Karen said…
I have enjoyed your blog so much this year. Looking forward to your posts in 2017. Happy New Year.
Sonja said…
You do get some colourful sunrise/sunset photos, and it's lovely to see the Sandhill Cranes as they're a bird I have seen in Alaska.
Yogi♪♪♪ said…
Beautiful images. The red shouldered hawks rule everything here also. Every once in a while a sharp shinned hawk shows up. It is funny because the birds disappear and the squirrels don't run but they do keep an eye on it. I don't think I have ever seen a Sandhill Crane live but hope to one day.
Devilish Angel said…
Dear Eileen, Happy New Year 2017! Lovely photos...
Lady Fi said…
What beautiful shots! Wishing you and yours a glittery and happy new year!
yonca said…
Amazing sunrise view! Happy New year Eileen!
Noushka said…
Hello Eileen,
Incredible to see cranes on a tare road!!
It wouldn't be something common here!!
Lovely photos, the hawk is stunning!
Happy new year to too :)
Debbie said…
oh those cranes are so cool - they look to be very friendly!! beautiful skies, a pretty shade of orange!!!
Sussi said…
wonderful photos! Happy New year 2017!
Cloudia said…
This wonderful post made me glad to be alive. You are a gift, Eileen
happyone said…
Breathtaking sunrises.
It must be so neat to see the big cranes walking around like that.
Happy New Year to you and yours, Eileen!

Love all pictures! They are beautiful as always!
Lea said…
Amazing to see Sandhill Cranes walking around the neighborhood!
Best Wishes for the New Year!
Wonderful shots again, Eileen.
A happy and healthy 2017 for you and your loved ones.
amanda peters said…
Wishing you well in 2017...
Amanda xx
Mildred said…
Amazing photos, as always, Eileen. A joy to know you thru blogging. I wish you much joy in the new year!
carol l mckenna said…
Magnificent sky shots and the nature shots are divine! thanks.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year ~ ^_^
Such lovely photos and thoughts of gratefulness to accompany them :) Sometimes in the morning I remind myself in the shower " this is the day that the Lord has made" and I just review the simple blessings of being born in America standing under a hot shower.

So much of the world doesn't even have that.
magiceye said…
Wonderfully captured!

Wish you a Brilliant 2017!
Lovelygishi said…
They are so serene and beautiful..
Happy New Year!
rainfield61 said…
You may not have these days again, but dreaming is like breathing: cannot be deleted, even over years.

2017, a year of continued- dreaming, day-dreaming.

Happy dreaming.

Happy New Year.

P/S, there are day dreaming birds in your posts.
Lynne said…
Waking up to sunrise views and sandhill cranes sounds like a winner to me.
Happy New Year Days . . . 2017 . . .
Enjoy that Lakeland, Florida warmth!
Nancy Chan said…
Love sunrise photos. I would love to have the beautiful birds strolling in my neighbourhood too but it would be so unsafe for them with so many cars on the road. Wishing you a happy and blessed new year on this last day of 2016!
I love those sky shots... beautiful colors! Have a happy new year!!
Liz Needle said…
Love your sunrise shots - much more subtle than sunset somehow. Those cranes are amazing. are they at all aggressive?
NatureFootstep said…
lovely to have the cranes so close :)
Jenn Jilks said…
I've only ever seen them from afar! (Across a field!)
jandi said…
What a spectacular sunrise! Wishing you the most beautiful 2017!
thomas said…
Beautiful sunrise captured
"We're people, too!" - the Sandhill Cranes
Helma said…
Wow .... what a great photo of the sky !!!!
This is really great to see! These colors are truly breathtaking.
You also birds such as cranes and the hawk are amazing.
Super beautiful!

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