Thursday, November 5, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

Hello and happy Thursday!

 I am preparing this post in advance and I am not sure what to expect. Just a couple days after the election, will we be united or divided? Either way, I am full of hope for peace and unity in our country. That's it, all I can say!  I will share some peaceful scenes from a day hubby and I drove around the local reservoir looking at the fall colors, the dam and lake.  

1.  Some images from the dam, there are several parking lots at the dam, you can walk on the dam bridge or drive across on top of the dam.  Views of the reservoir, you can looking over the side of the dam to see the water released. Prettyboy is one of 3 reservoirs holding drinking water for Baltimore City, Md.



2. The same day we took a walk on the fire road to the lake, the sky was looking beautiful. I saw some contrails that reminded me of an octopus. Do you see it? 


 3. I was seeing the beginning of a sundog.  I was walking along and noticed the colors in the cloud and was trying to show hubby but he couldn't find them..  Can you see the colors, some green and purple?

4. Some colorful trees seen across the lake.




5. On the trail, looking up at the tall pine trees.






6.  Looking across the lake, is the old Eagle's nest.  I hope the eagles are successful nesting this upcoming season.

 

 

I am thankful for the beauty around me! 


7. I like these colorful leaves hanging on the lake shore.




8. We see these berries all along the fire road trails, I am not sure if the birds like to eat these berries. They do look colorful and pretty.



9.  We continued around the lake heading home, we pass the boat ramp. There were lots of vehicles parked there, I guess it was a good day to be out on the fishing boats.  The tall pine trees have known to attract various bird species during a winter finch season or irruption. With birds seen like the Redpolls, Crossbills and Pine Siskin.


Previous years during an irruption or what they call a winter finch fest I have seen the Evening Grosbeaks, lots of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches.  I am keeping my fingers crossed I see more this winter season.  It is already starting in Maryland lots of Pine Siskins and Evening Grosbeaks are being seen, watch your feeders.

A throwback collage of the Evening Grosbeak, Pine Siskins and the Purple Finches in my yard. I am thankful to see these birds right in my back yard. 



I am thankful to be staying virus free, this Covid virus is not going away, numbers going back up across our country.  There are over 4 thousand COVID deaths just in my state of Maryland. I hope everyone stays healthy and safe. 

Go outside and breathe deeply.  Enjoy every moment. 

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
 

Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday
 


Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊

 


111 comments:

  1. Hello,
    I can see the octopus and the sundog. The tall trees <re beautiful too...almost protective.
    I wish good luck to your country too; let's hope there are no disorders.
    Stay safe and enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you for the comment!
      Yes, I hope for peace for our country!
      Have a great day!

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  2. Hello,

    I hope your country will be healed and united after this election.
    Beautiful photos! There are a lot to be thankful for. The berries are so pretty.
    Have a nice day, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      I am hopeful, for peace and unity in our country.
      Have a happy day!

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  3. And how do you feel now, two days after the election? It stuns me that so many still supportTrump. I thought there would have been a massive rejection of him, but that didn't happen.

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    1. Thanks David!
      I am waiting for the final results, keeping calm.
      I can only assume people vote mainly on how the economy is doing? Or the stock market?
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  4. Yes I see the sundog! Such amaxing photos (the one of the contrail octopus is so beautiful!)

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    1. Thanks Anni!
      I thought the sundog was pretty.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  5. Lovely pictures! In particular I love the one looking up into the trees - and the fall foliage! Wishing us all peace, unity, and peace of mind once this election is settled... hopefully soon!!

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    1. Thanks Karen!
      I hope the election is settled soon, peacefully accepted.
      Have a great day!

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  6. Acompanhando daqui a eleições aí e te digo que pelo menos, tuas fotos lindas mostram união. Adorei cada uma delas! beijos, chica

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    1. Thanks Chica!
      We are waiting on pins and needles for the election results.
      Keeping calm and wishing for peace.
      Have a happy day!

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  7. What a nice outing. This is a great collection and variety of photos, Eileen. You live in a pretty part of the world.

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    1. Thank you Susie!
      There is beauty all around the world.
      Have a happy day!

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  8. I love the picture looking up through the trees and I loved the contrails it looks like a work of art created in the sky. You have the most beautiful views and my favorite place that you walked is your fire road I don't think you've ever shown thyroid pictures that I didn't love every single one of them I wish it was close to my house so I could walk on it. Of course I can't walk right now so it wouldn't do much good

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I always appreciate your comments and visits.
      I hope you feel better soon. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  9. ...oh those blue skies! Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thanks Tom!
      Have a good evening and a happy weekend!

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  10. Eileen, such wonderful places to walk and observe nature. Nature has kept us sane in these troubled and dangerous time. Wishing you two continued good health!

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      Yes indeed, nature does keep me sane.
      Happy weekend to you!

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  11. isn't it wonderful to be able to say you are virus free, being careful pays off!! friends here in new jersey are seeing the grosbeaks, i have never seen one. such pretty pictures today, it is good you are still getting out!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie!
      Maybe you will see the Grosbeaks at your feeders.
      Hope your day is great!

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  12. Helloo, Loved your post, Amazing pics.
    Read about USA elections, Hope all going well.
    Greetings.

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    1. Thank you for the comment.
      I hope all goes well with the election.
      Keeping calm here, have a great weekend!

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  13. So many lovely photos, Eileen. I especially like the photo of lucking up into the pines. And, yes, I did see the octopus. Have a wonderful day!

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  14. What beautiful pictures Eileen.
    The cloud with the colors in it is superb.
    The fall colors are beautiful.
    Watch out and stay healthy, my brother-in-law tested positive so it has now in the family.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Hello Irma, thank you for the visit and comment.
      I hope your BIL is ok and recovers from the Covid.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  15. Hari OM
    Another fine breath of fresh air, courtesy of Eileen and her 'shadow'! Gorgeous. YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  16. Good capture on the sun dog.

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    1. Thank you Dee!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  17. Beautiful photos and I can see the colors in the cloud, so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  18. Lovely photos...I enjoyed the sky shots, as well as trees in different views Thanks. I was pleased to see the local Alder-persons I voted for were successful. Other candidates not so much, or not decided yet. Just wait and see on the big one still.

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      Yes, we are all waiting on the big one, maybe days?
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  19. As usual, beautiful pictures. I do see the colors in the Sun Dog. I had not heard the term irruption previously...thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Vera!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  20. Hi, beautiful photos of the clouds and finches. Greetings Caroline

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    1. Thank you Caroline!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  21. You have beautiful places to walk. Love the fall colors.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Yes, we are lucky this is all our neighborhood.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  22. Happy Thursday, Eileen! I see a jellyfish in the contrails where you see an octopus! As I type this, we are still on the edge of our seats, waiting for election results. I hope for healing and uniting in the future.

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  23. Beautful photos, Eileen. Nice Sun Dog, I love it.
    Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  24. Yes, I could the colors clearly, Eileen. Whenever I catch a glimpse of those, I pull over and "take the shot"!!...:)http://brianshomeblog.com/

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead!

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  25. I always enjoy the trips that you take us on as I am sticking close to home these days.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      We did not go far to take these photos, it is my neighborhood.
      Have a great weekend!

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  26. Nature is so beautiful and your photos are breathtaking. I loved seeing sun-dogs at my daughter's home in Arizona in 2018 when I was there, they are not something we see here in NZ very often.

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      Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  27. Gov. Hogan's press conference was a bit scary tonight. I hope that we get through this as soon as possible, and that people will wear their masks. The sky pictures are pretty. Love the sundog. I have only seen one once or twice.

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    1. Thank you Minerva!
      It is scary the Covid cases are on the increase again.
      Hope you day and weekend are great!

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  28. love all the blue skies and the autumn nature shots

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  29. Gorgeous sky with the magical colors and beautiful autumn photos and love little feathered friends ~ Wishing you a happy weekend ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  30. Awesome images. Love the contrails but they look more like a jellyfish to me.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  31. Beautiful place this dam. And, yes, I see the colors in your clouds. It comes when light and temperature is right. :) The strongest one I have seen was in Japan. :) It can be tricky to photograph. ;) Your shot is great.
    Our covid is rising again too. Seem to be the same everywhere. For the first time during the epidemic they closed down our library today I found it strange as there have not been many people visiting the library for several months :( :(

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      The Covid cases are on the rise here too. Take care and stay safe!
      Have a happy weekend!

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  32. We have lots of siskins but, I haven't seen grosbeaks or purple finches for years.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  33. All wonderful photos Eileen, my favorites are No. 5, 7 and 8, and the birds of course :) My hope is for the country to come together, and I am hoping for the best. Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy the weekend to come.

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    1. Thank you Denise!
      Take care and stay safe!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  34. Beautiful photos Eileen. I love that looking up into the trees photo. Such a great perspective. Hope you have a nice Thursday evening and Friday, too.

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  35. You sure do find nice places to visit . Hope they take your mind off the chaos at the moment.

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  36. Beautiful and unusual contrails. Pretty fall colors, and I like the photo looking straight up!

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  37. Hi Eileen, love the tall pine shot really awesome. I've had evening grosbeak in my yard only one time in the 40+ yrs of living here so it must be nice to see them often...lucky ducks! Birds are slow and decreased numbers this year much like voters I think. IM Still hoping for a Biden win when the tally is over.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      The Grosbeaks are being seen all around me, I am hoping they stop back in my yard.
      I am seeing less birds in my yard and at the feeders.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  38. Great colors! I love the weird contrails!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  39. Beautiful photos. I love seeing those colours in the clouds. The backlit leaves look so pretty and the contrails do look like octopus. You really are surrounded by beauty.

    -Soma

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  40. Yes, I see it all in the sky and the lake is beautiful. And I hope we can look up soon.
    This was a nice trip - to health!

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    1. Thank you Iris!
      Take care and stay safe!
      Happy weekend to you!

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  42. I like the brown, orange and red colors of your post.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

    Regards,

    Giorgio

    https://giorgiorusso2.blogspot.com/

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  43. I do see the green and a tinge of purple in that sky. I especially like seeing all those beautiful fall colors!

    During this season, much has changed in my life for the better!

    I'm glad that you and your hubby are well!

    Take good care!

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  44. Just beautiful photos of colourful woodside, lake and pretty blue skies with contrails and sundog, it produces a pleasant feeling to even what through here. I hope it made your day
    Have a great weekend Eileen

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  45. Beautiful skies! I love all the colors you've shown of different things.

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Sally!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  46. Especially love your photo of the autumn leaves hanging on the lake shore. Wishing you a safe and happy weekend.

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  48. I see aqua ..no purple..Love the evening grosbeaks..Have not seen them here..Will have to keep an eye out for them..Enjoy your weekend..

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  49. Fantastic sky photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  50. Autumn tones add even more beauty to nature.
    Beautiful photos. I especially loved the 7th. Thanks for sharing
    Have a nice and happy weekend

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  51. I love that one shot looking up at the trees!

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      Have a happy day, happy weekend!

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  52. This election is stressful. Getting outside in the fresh air, away from other people is the best way to deal with any stressors out there.
    I can't believe that the election is taking this long but I understand it and appreciate the election officials methodically making sure that all the votes are counted so we must have patience.

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  54. some pretty skies. have a wonderful weekend, Eileen.

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  55. Hello Eileen
    Many thanks for sharing these wonderful photographs, so much beauty to see.
    I think my favourite is the one looking up through the trees.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  56. Beautiful scenery and clouds! I like how you photographed the pines...very nice!

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