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Ducks

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We moved into this house in September. I got my new camera lens for Christmas. And at some point in there the ducks came to the lake. I know that they are over-wintering here, so there is a time when they will leave, but right now I am enjoying their constancy. Day in and day out they dive to the bottom of the lake for food. They sleep with their heads under their wings while floating in groups. They are out there on cold, warm, rainy and snowy days. I will miss them when they leave.

We have Buffleheads (pictured above), Ruddy Ducks, and Mallards. I think the mallards might stay all year.

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Snow Day

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Oh the weather outside is frightful.

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But the fire is so delightful.

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And since we’ve no place to go…

Where’s our snow? I only see ice.

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Sunset

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I read an interesting article on taking better photos with your camera phone yesterday. I don’t have an iPhone, so some of the tips weren’t applicable, but I was most struck by her reminder to take lots of photos. I tend to snap a couple, but only 3 or 4, while she recommended taking 50 to get the shot you want.

So yesterday at the airport park I practiced taking photos of the toddler in the lovely evening light, but it wasn’t until I looked behind me that I was truly inspired. Ironically, the photo above was the only shot I took. I love it.

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This morning I was searching Pinterest for some breakfast inspiration. I wanted something warm that used coconut and fit within the bounds of the Whole 30 (I’m on day 9). Nothing I saw really seemed like the right fit. So, inspired by the mug cakes that I have enjoyed in the past, I made this:

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Breakfast Mug Macaroon

Ingredients:
1 banana, mashed
1 egg
1 Tbs almond butter
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1 Tbs shredded coconut
salt

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a mug (it might need to be a big mug, I used a small bowl). Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until center is set. Enjoy!

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Fog

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It was so foggy I couldn’t see the lake this morning. This is the kind of weather that I’d love to enjoy at home, but these past two mornings I have had somewhere else to be.

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Cedar Waxwings

Still:

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Crazy busy:

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I enjoy their visits.

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One heron two ways

My husband gave me a new camera lens for Christmas so I could take photos of birds. The new house has a whole wall of windows facing toward the lake, so it is sort of impossible to ignore the birds and other wildlife outside. In particular we both had seen a bird that we suspect is rare but it moved too fast and we never got a photo to check. Thus, new lens.

Today I was able to take photos of the Great Blue Heron that frequents our lake. Finding him with my camera in hand was one of my hopes when I got this lens.

Here he is on the approach to his hangout:

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And here he is with the sun behind him:

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What a magnificent creature.

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