Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Raptor

I am linking up to Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday today, and to see other amazing birds from around the world you can click here.

I had completely forgotten about this collection of photos and have just found them as a draft.  Good fortune smiled on me as I was wondering what I should post next.  I had labeled it as a Red-winged Hawk but if I am wrong please let me know.  


I was at a demonstration given by the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, where they were showing several birds that had been injured in some way.  These poor birds were unable to be released back into the wild and were being used for educational purposes.   At the time I also shared photos of owls and other birds of prey, and if you click here it will take you to several posts one after the other.



As you can see I couldn't stop taking photos but I didn't feel bad as I was surrounded by fellow camera enthusiasts/bird lovers who were as enamored as I was.  What an incredible morning it was to be in such close proximity to these incredible raptors.



A study in magnificence!












































Monday, February 25, 2013

A food post.....Cookie for One?

Did you by any chance watch the Oscars?   We started a tradition in 2012 when our son and daughter-in-law came over for the evening on Oscar night, and last night we had a repeat performance.  They arrived at around 5.30, for dinner, good conversation, and later we watched the show from beginning to end.  I didn't see a lot of the movies that were nominated but it was an enjoyable evening and a fun way to spend time with our family.

Our meal was so simple it didn't even need a recipe.  I threw it all together in a short space of time, baked chicken breasts, jacket (baked) potato, a variety of roasted vegetables, and Gregg put together a salad.  All we had for dessert was a bowl of vanilla ice-cream.  Didn't feel like fussing, simple, fast and everyone enjoyed it.

The other day, however, I fixed the following dessert when Brad came over for a couple of hours.  He had the day off mid-week and stopped by.  I had been wanting to try this recipe the next time we had company and Brad is really good about being my test-taster, Gregg too but he was working in Washington DC that day.

Here it is: made for one person but easy to adjust for more people if you need to.


Single-Serving, Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie


(My apologies...I had already taken a spoonful of dessert before I remembered I needed a shot for this post.)

The original recipe was found here at Chocolate Moosey.  Please visit Carla's blog when you can as she has great photos, and she also has some delicious sounding desserts just like this one.

Yield: 1 deep-dish cookie

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
One or two drops of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
Vanilla Ice-Cream for serving.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Take your individual-sized ramekin out of the cupboard.

In a medium microwavable bowl, melt the butter.  Whisk in both sugars and vanilla.  Whisk in salt, baking soda and flour.  Blend in the chocolate chips.  Scrape the batter into the ramekin.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until the top is firm and light brown.  Let cool for a few minutes before serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

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When you feel like something sweet but don't want to go overboard this is just the ticket.  I didn't have any ice-cream but there was some whipped cream in the fridge and I put a tablespoon on each.  When I was making up the cookie batter I also added a tablespoon of chopped pecans. The finished product was so yummy.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Camera Critters and Bird D'Pot

I am going back into my archives to share these, a snowfall from a couple of years ago.  

Black-capped Chickadee


Gray-slated Junco


Blue Jay


Female Cardinal


Another Gray-slated Junco


Male Cardinal


Carolina Wren

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Thank you Misty and Anni for being such great hosts.

I am linking to Camera Critters and you can find more lovely critters if you click here

Camera Critters

and click here to see more lovely birds over at Bird D'Pot



TODAY'S FLOWERS # 235 - February 23rd, 2013

The link to Today's Flowers is open.  To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.


This is part of a bouquet of Valentine's Day flowers from hubby last weekend.  I placed the red roses and three of the Peruvian Lilies in a small crystal vase given to us as a wedding gift 37 years ago.




This will be a message repeated every week.

From now on I want to show my appreciation for all the participants in the previous week's Today's Flowers Meme, by sharing their links here.  I always try hard not to make any mistakes but please let me know if there are any, the same if I have missed anyone.  They are in the order they were received on the home page.  Consequently, this list won't be alphabetical.  Clicking on the names will take you to their blogs.

With my thanks to last week's participants who were:






Enerhagen

Aud at Aud pa

Squirrel Queen at The Road to Here

Luna Miranda at Live in the Moment

Xavi at Jardins-Parcs-Paisatges-Muntanyes-Ciutats

NatureFootstep

Tina’s PicStory 

Mumsy at Raw Thoughts and Feelings 

Micke at Deja Photo

Charlene’s  N.K. Photography

Carletta at Carletta’s Captures

Home Garden Diggers

Carver at Carver’s Sight or is that Site?

Self-Segacity 

Shiju Sugunan

Sandy at Writing in Faith

Sara at Love That Image 

Indrani at IShare

Pat at Pat’s Addition

Rajesh at Why Click? 

Guild-rez at Guildwood Gardens 

Lui at Lui Is In Heaven

Liz at Mommy’s Little Corner

The Modern Mom

Ecobirder 

Mama Zen at The Zen of Motherhood 

Jill at Count your Chicken!  We’re taking over!

Doug at 2013 Doug Photo Blog

Life’s Concealed Details

Photo by Manka

Eden at Moments to Remember 

Elin at I hagen ved skauen

Isabella at Isabella Photography

Bettyl  at Photographing New Zealand

Seraphina from Seraphina’s Phantasie       

         RedPat at Occational Toronto             
   
                                  

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.



You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise



Our latest logo came from Luna Miranda.  Thank you so much for this pretty logo.


If you enjoy participating in memes we are always on the look-out for new friends to join in.  For those of you who are already sharing when you can, thank you very much. 

If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.

                                                

I am also linking up with Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here.

   


                       

Friday, February 22, 2013

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

I am happy to join in SkyWatch Friday this week.  The other night I was very taken with the beautiful colors at sunset, and how it made a great backdrop for this tree.  



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My thanks to the hosts of SkyWatch Friday.  Please click here to visit other sky watchers

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pictures from my archives - Antelope Canyon

In 2007 Gregg and I took a road trip around the Southwest.  Part of that trip took us to Monument Valley, where we met a nice tourist called Brian from England.  He had asked if we would take a picture of him with the monuments behind him, and he did the same for us.  He asked us if we had been to Antelope Canyon.  We said we had not, in fact hadn't heard of it before.  He did us a great service as he told us we really shouldn't miss it as we weren't that far away.  It is near Paige, Arizona  If you ever find yourself in that area, don't miss it.  You will be as amazed as we were.  It is an incredible place.  You can click here, here and here to find out more.


These are three of the photos we took there.  We were given a tour by a Navajo lady called Carol. She was great even putting our cameras on the right settings and taking photos for us with our cameras, to make sure we captured at least one great shot of the canyon.  I have two other posts from way back, here and here.


These are on my other posts but there are a lot more photos.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More photos from Huntley Meadows

A few more sights from our walk at Huntley Meadows a couple of weeks ago.   We like to see the change of the seasons, and will be going back in about a month's time.   You can click here to go to their home page, and you can click on any of the photos to enlarge them for a better look.  Both Gregg and I took these photos.