Monday, December 30, 2019

Our World, My World

 Hello and Happy Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and or Hanukkah!  Hubby and I had our first Christmas vacation, Dec 19-28.  Our first time being away for Christmas. It was nice to spend the time not stressed over the holiday and just enjoying being outside with nature. The road trip trip started in Hilton Head South Carolina. We walked the beaches and various nature parks for 3 days.





  A local bird lover told about seeing lots of birds on Fish Haul Beach Park. We saw a large flock of Black Skimmers hanging out with various gulls and shorebirds.



In a marshy area, we found a Great Egret, a Snowy Egret and heard a loud Clapper Rail. 




Below a large flock of gulls, shorebirds including the Black Skimmers. 


 I was able to pick out an American Oystercatcher in the group photo below.  It is in the middle of the birds seen on the far right.


Just a pretty view of the beach at the Fish Haul Park. 





 On one beach, we found a couple live Sand Dollars. We put them safely back onto to the sand where we found them.  You are not suppose to keep live sand dollars or  shells that may have live creatures. 


The lighthouse was seen at the Harbour Town resort area of Hilton Head SC.  We enjoyed a seafood dinner here and watched the sunset. Watching the birds is a must for me, birds seen there were the Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Terns and gulls at the resort's pier.


I am guessing the Terns below are the Royal Tern, if I am wrong let me know. Also seen below, the Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Ruddy Turnstone and Great Egrets in flight.




 Special thanks to our meme hosts, for all they did this past year. I thank my blog followers for all the comments and visits this past year. I am looking forward to seeing all your new posts in 2020.
I wish you and your family all the best in 2020, Happy New Year!Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

77 comments:

  1. Muito lindas as fotos e mosaico e adoro a da sombra do casal! beijos, feliz 2020! chica

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      Thanks for visiting my blog this past year! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2020!

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  2. Hello, Hope you are doing well. Beautiful post. Awesome pics.
    Happy New Year 2020. Best wishes.
    Greetings.

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  3. We have been away for Christmas a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now do the smart thing, Eileen, and do it every year! Great range of birds that you saw and a live sand dollar is something that I have never found. There are so many exciting discoveries to be made after the tide goes out, and I have spent many hours over the years engrossed in tide pools and the myriad life they contain. All the very best for 2020. May every day be filled with good health and happiness - and - most important of all -BIRDS!

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    1. Hello David,
      I hope 2020 is filled with good birds for you and me of course! I love traveling, I just wish the roads were not so crazy, drivers are scary at times. I wish you all the best in 2020, Happy & Healthy New Year!

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  4. Hari OM
    OH, this looks so refreshing... and warm!!! Have a wonderful Hogmanay and hope you slide into 2020 ready for the off! YAM xx

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      Enjoy your day and week ahead. Thanks for visiting my blog this past year! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2020!

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  6. Hello Eileen,

    You had a very nice vacation! I really like the pictures with the birds!
    Another year is going to end with good and bad memories. However, a new year is on the verge of arrival with innumerable opportunities and high hopes. May your new year filled with happiness, peace, love; all of the above!
    Cheers to the New Year! May 2020 be an extraordinary one!

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      Enjoy your day and week ahead. Thanks for visiting my blog this past year! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2020!

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  7. Christmas with the one you love MUST be a happy Christmas. Best Wishes for the new year

    Happy mosaic Monday

    much love...

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  8. Beautiful post with great pictures.
    Glad you put that creature safe in the sand: we love the animals and the nature.

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  9. A vacation Christmas sounds like the best kind to me so good for you! Loved all the bird photos.
    Have a great week!

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    1. It was great, a fun time! Enjoy your day and week ahead. Thanks for visiting my blog this past year! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2020!

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  10. A wonderful idea. And fantastisc captures you show us here.

    I wish you a good NEW YEAR. Happy MosaicMonday

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  11. Tres belle. Blessings in 2020.

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  12. Thanks for your delightful company in the past year. Hope to see more critters in the next year!
    All the best to you and your dearest!

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  13. Ahhh...perfect vacation in my book!

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  14. A beautiful place to spend time - I've enjoyed your photos this past year and hope to see many more next year. Happy New Year!

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  15. Hello Eileen,

    It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Beautiful photos of the Egrets. The white Egret is my favorite.
    Have a nice day!

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  16. What a beautiful place to vacation! And a lovely beach! So many pretty birds and it's neat to find a live sand dollar and make sure it is safe in the wet sand. Happy New year my friend! Here's to many more trips and amazing photographs!

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  17. so beautiful, all of it. and a wonderful way to spend the holidays... beaches and birds and sunshine OH MY! I love them as much as you do. well the beach and sunshine, can't love birds as much as you do....

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  18. Beautiful photos from your Christmas vacation. A wonderful way to spend Christmas by enjoying God's beautiful creation.

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  19. What wonderful birds! We have seen many of the same ones at various locations along the coasts. Some are seen even in Central and South America. Good luck with lots of birds in the New Year!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  20. WoW!! awesome captures of the shore birds, this looks like a great spot for a vacation!! i always talk to the locals, well, i talk to everyone but the locals have a real wealth of information!! the lighthouse and sunset are real standouts in the mosaic!!

    a special thank you to you for hosting us crazy critter lovers for all these years!!

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  21. Gorgeous series of nature photos and what an awesome vacation! ~ Happy New Year to You.

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. Hello Eileen,
    Moving on to wish you a good New Year's Eve
    next to yours.

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  23. Awesome photos.
    That is one way to spend Christmas without all the stress. Sounds lovely!

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  24. What a beach! Sounds like the holiday was a success, Eileen! Have a Happy New Year!

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  25. Thank you so much for your wishes !! Happy New Year to you and your family !!
    Greetings

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  26. how wonderful! I've seen only dried up sand dollars...a special photo for me.

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  27. ...birds galore, how neat, Happy New Year.

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  28. I'm glad you had fun! Good to get away. I think.

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  29. I love all the birds you captured with your camera! Happy 2020 to you and your family!

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  30. What a great way to spend your days...I would love the beach when it was not busy. And sure would enjoy all those birds.

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  31. I enjoyed your beautiful photos. Looks like you had a perfect day to enjoy the birds and the beach. Great way to spend the Christmas holidays!

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  32. Christmas can be quite stressful with all the preparations leading up to it, so I'm sure going away on a holiday would be heaven. Glad you had a wonderful time and saw so many beautiful creatures too.
    Thanks for always popping by my blog and leaving a comment Eileen. A wonderful 2020 to you and your family!

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  33. Eileen - so glad that you enjoyed your Christmas getaway. Even though we are having a mild winter, I have caught myself thinking about our next vacation, which will be Grand Cayman in May. Beaches and little umbrellas in drinks!

    Lovely bird and sky photos! Thanks so much for your contribution to Mosaic Monday throughout 2019, and Happy New Year to you!

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  34. So glad to hear you had a wonderful Holiday road trip. You know I've always wanted to do a beach Christmas holiday someday. Here's to a fruitful and healthy New Year.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  35. Hi Eileen!

    Vilken smart idé att resa bort över julen, något jag mycket väl skulle kunna tänka mig. En vacker plats med massor av fåglar och natur, där det finns vatten finns alltid mycket att upptäcka och fånga med kameran

    Gott Nytt År!

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  36. Stress-free holidays are the best kind of holidays in my book. :-) Cheers to a Grand 2020, Eileen!

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  37. I think that was an excellent way to spend Christmas. Fabulous photos. Thank you for your comments on my blog this year and I look forward to reading many more of your posts in 2020. Happy New Year.

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  38. Ocean scenes make me homesick. Love a good lighthouse.

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  39. It is so very nice to look at your photos!

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  40. beautiful pictures and beautiful places
    Happy New Year

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  41. Hello Eileen
    I had to work with Christmas but I didn't mind ;-)
    You were wonderful on a vacation and when I see your photos, it was really stress-free. I see beautiful pictures and I was surprised to see a sand dollar. I had never seen a sand dollar!

    I also wish you a very happy New Year and a beautiful but safe 2020
    Greetings, Helma

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  42. Fantastic!!!Lovely birds and shots...
    Happy new year!!! :-)))
    Cheers

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  43. Your shot of the one egret is my favourite.

    Happy New Year!

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  44. Lovely shots and you made some wonderful memories of your Christmas holiday.
    Wishing you many more happy moments in nature for the coming year.

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  45. Beautiful birds, beautiful places, happy new year to you Eileen.

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  46. Love the shadow shot. We saw several white egrets on our RV trip in California. Several were on a reservoir where we camped. The other one was in the wetlands behind our RV at Seal Beach in the south. Wishing you a happy New Years. - Margy

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  47. A Wonderful Vacation, Happy New Years Eve, And All The Best In 2020

    Cheers

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  48. Happy New Year, Dearest Eileen; I always feel thankful for your efforts for us and looking forward to seeing your beautiful collection of birds♪ I wish your 2020 will be the healthy and the happy one.
    I tried to take the Jan. 1st bird and looked out the tree in front of my house; Haha, No luck right now.
    Lots of Love from Japan; Miyako*

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  49. Sounds like a great way to enjoy the Christmas season in relaxation in amongst the things you love. Beautiful photos as usual. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

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  50. What a fun Christmas you had! So much beautiful nature to enjoyand wonderful photographs!

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  51. i loved your very first image most dear Eileen :) amazingly captured
    how nice to take vacation for Christmas :) these photos are magnificent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. Eillen, vim avisar que acabei de publicar MAR teu por lá! Obrigadão! Podes ver aqui:

    https://maresdachica.blogspot.com/2020/03/blog-post_14.html

    beijos, lindo domingo! chica

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