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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Alike.. but not alike.

Another in the Heron Family...

I thought this was the same bird but it's not (no orange around the one above's eye or neck)

.. Evening is nigh. (actually this was sometime last week)

A "cold front " is here!!!  My door is open!!!! It will only get in the mid to upper 70's!!!!  Tonight will dip down to the low 60's!!  I will dream of maybe being able to wear my sweats!!!! oh yeah! oh yeah!

Look at the photo below of all the gathering Ibis!... they look like a bunch of chickens!  Now if we could only teach them to lay eggs that we could gather and eat they'd help us all here at the old folks home alot!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Back at the Pond

November 2nd 4 am....

Later that morning...

What we have here (according to the bird book) is a double crested   Cormorant.

It is related to the Anhinga but smaller and does not have a pointy beak

... it does however have impeccable posture!

... I'm not sure but I feel like I'm getting the Evil Eye!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Heron Kind of Day

The large Heron has been a bit elusive lately.. comes in the dark of the morning and leaves as soon as it's getting light out. But I caught him this morning (finally!).

"the tall and the short of it all".. heh.. the long neck is amazing.

He calmly walked into the water and proceeded to take a bath.

I caught a good reflection during a calm moment.. Two for the price of one!

A day would not be complete without ol' Deadeye..  the reflection colors on the waters were so nice I had to show him off.

DeadEye and the Moorhens (I named them George and Gracie) were keeping a sharp eye on the pond this morning.. because.. you know who..

...was close by watching them!

"Him" I have not named because he's the villain of the pond!  Any suggestions?  Maybe Snidely Whiplash??

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hello November

The past few days have shown the return of the Anhinga (seen below) Although this female is much smaller than the one that was around here when I first moved in, so maybe it's an offspring. 
This is typical of the Egret..but I thought there was enough shades of green to show the whole picture instead of just the Egret.

Another End of Day Shot...

Oct 30...
The large Heron shows up while it's still dark in the morning and leaves as the sun rises.. I managed (after a week of this) to get one shot of him before he left... It doesn't help that he's not real close to my apt either!

I went to feed some crows and the Ibis showed up... there was one of a different color among them!..  so I made sure he got some bread *grin

When the sun decided to set.. it looked as if the sky was on fire!

I have to say the clouds and the sunsets are really unusual around here..
what an array of colors!  looks like a whole sky turned into a rainbow. that's it for now... another week gone by at the pond.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

RIP & Oct. Wrap Up

I can't believe RIP and October are both over! Geez!

I was pleased and shocked at how much I read this year for RIP..  TEN books!!

And not just "any ten books".. many were rather large!....

for a total of 4752 pages!!! Woo hooo for me!!

As always I want to thank Carl for Hosting the RIP Challenge.  It has led me into really enjoying Gothic Mystery!!! 

As for October's Wrap up...

2314 pgs for the month.

My favorite read of them all is Drood. (if I don't count my REreading The Thirteenth Tale)  Coming in second was Shadow of the Wind.. then (after a slow start!) is The Woman in White, and fourth place goes to The Forgotten Garden. (but a close tie with Angels Game)

I have to say I was on a really good run of enjoyable books!  None were what I might call a looser! I hope everyone enjoyed their choices for RIP as much as I did ! (did anyone notice that we were really close to having 700 reviews?!!! That's amazing!)

Happy November 1st Everyone....