If You Come Down to the River



It's been a rough few days, and so miserably cold outside.
 It took all day to bury Grady yesterday and I've been such a sad sack.   
Even Katie said I was starting to get on her nerves, 
so I took a drive out to the river today,  hoping to see (& maybe photograph) a few birds.


The cowbirds were trying to have a meeting. 


But the loud and boisterous vultures were arguing and fighting over the innards of a catfish, 
while old man Blue waited patiently for a fish to swim by. 


Across the river, several Cormorants were nose-diving for fingerlings,
apparently too little for Mr Blue to bother with. Such happy looking birds,
with their beaks stuck up in the air., like they don't have a care in the world. 


Still waiting..


More divers..not sure what these two are.  ( Pied-billed Grebes- thanks Tex!)


Well, that hardly seems fair. 


The referees slept through that foul- definitely hogging the...guts.


Hmm..still nothing.  Ok, my toes are frozen..time to go...


and back home to Katie..who hasn't moved either.
But this little trip has lifted my spirits.
So sorry for the photo overload!



35 comments:

  1. all lovely shots and glad they lifted your spirits! those two little divers are pied-billed grebes, i think! they're adorable little guys! so glad you got to see them!

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  2. Yes, I can imagine it took all day for that burial. What a sad time! Glad you got away for a bit to refocus.

    That old man Blue just cracks me up....the slouch, fuzzy white ...he really does look like an old man.

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  3. So sorry you lost Grady. It's so hard to lose a pet. You took some lovely photos. Hope being out there lifted your spirits.

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  4. Terri, I am sure Grady's burial was harrowing, the huge sadness and the enormity of the task, but darling Katie, there for you on your return, and the birds, every one telling its own story, your words brighten my day down here, with Hugh not so good. We all have sadness at some stage, but losing a so loved pet or animal tops it all, and when one of our dear cats just vanished, I grieved like never before. Hugs and caring thoughts, from Jean.

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  5. It looks too cold to fly. Burying a horse must be quite a chore. Still sorry for your loss.

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  6. You should get out more often and get bird photos. nNcely done.

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  7. I am so sorry about Grady. I am glad that you were able to get out in nature for a reset. The pictures are wonderful. Hug.

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  8. All beautiful photos, I'm glad the trip lifted your spirits.

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  9. Thank you for the photo overload! At least one of us got out!

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  10. Lovely shots! Your kitty is so cute.

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  11. Photo load! Have you even seen my posts? Yours is tame in comparison to mine!!! Anyhow I enjoy being out and about with you!! You saw a good selection of birds. The poor Heron, I go hope he caught a fish eventually. Have a happy Sunday.

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  12. With weather like that, you're excused. It would appear that Katie forgives you, too. :-)

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  13. Hello Terri, I am happy to hear your spirits were lifted. I love all the birds and scenes from your trip to the river. Wonderful series of photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy day!

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  14. Katie is so adorable, a beautiful face on that little girl. my heart hurts for you and I am glad you went to the river. Nature does have a healing, calming for the spirit.. hugs and i enjoyed the bird watching..

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  15. This looks lie the perfect place to go to get a little piece and collect your thoughts. So many beautiful scenes of the many birds and I loved the photo "overload"!

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  16. het is een hele drukte daar maar wel heel erg mooi.

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  17. Not an overload to me! I loved seeing these birds and their stories. I'm glad that being out in nature helped to lift your spirits and that you had Katie to come home to.

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  18. Love all your photos! As someone who posts lots of photos on her blog, I completely get it! Good for you for getting outside and doing something you enjoy to help with your grieving.

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  19. Photography is it's own form of meditation. It brings us into the present moment and allows the mind a respite from it's troubles and worries. I can only imagine trying to bury a horse. So sorry.

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  20. There is always something about spending time in nature that heals my soul. I am so sorry for your loss. Grady seemed a fine horse and friend. blessings ~ tanna

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  21. So sorry for the loss of your sweet creature. We become so attached to our animals. Some people just don't understand that.
    You give that beautiful kitty a pet right down to her tail for me.

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  22. I was so sorry to read about Grady. And never apologize for photos! We love seeing your wildlife, especially when you narrate. I hope you all feel better soon.

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  23. Gotta love the kitty!!!! So sweet and I'm sure quite a PURRsonality.
    Love the congregations of all the different birds. You hit 'pay dirt'.

    Thanks for sharing the link this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  24. Sometimes a little outing is what we need. You did quite well! Herons and vultures are among my favorites!

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  25. Lovely shots. Nothing lifts the spirits better than being outside. Great photos!

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  26. It is so sad about Grady. I'm glad you found something lift your spirits in your visit to the river. The herons have so much patience! They are pretty, too. Loved seeing all your nature shots!

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  27. Oh Terri, I can imagine the feelings you are experiencing. You are so smart to get out and do something to help yourself. I'm not very good at that! Thanks for the good example!

    PS: I'm loving all the pictures!

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  28. So sorry to hear about Grady. What a painful loss. Let the feelings come as they may and glad that the birds helped lift your spirits some.

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  29. Burying a beloved horse must be pretty hard. We buried some of our pet chickens, and not even that was easy. Glad you were able to visit the river and enjoy some birding.

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  30. i enjoyed my walk to the river with you! i am so sorry about grady :( big hugs

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  31. Hi Terri!! Here's hoping for better times ahead. I'm sending happy thoughts your way :)

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  32. So sorry about Grady. Your photos are lovely.

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  33. Oh lovely I enjoyed your visit to the river with your camera. It's good Terri this is a spirit raised indeed.
    Hope you feel warm with that gorgeous little Katie , and refreshed.
    Hugs Sheila

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  34. I enjoyed seeing ALL of your photos!
    So sorry to hear about Grady. Hugs to you.

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