Back among the living…….

Sorry that I kept you all waiting.  You probably thought I was dead, but I have been away for a bit.  I actually thought I was dead when I had another painful attack last Saturday morning.  I just spent another delightful week in the hospital for removal of some more stones.  I think the doctor said that he removed enough sand and gravel to re-do my driveway. 🙂 But through laproscopic surgery, it was a piece of cake.  Besides that, I have a dear friend that lives near Houston, who loves to play Scrabble.  We had an on-line game going constantly, and the hospital food at Shannon Medical Clinic was awesome.  Things couldn’t have been much better.

In case you are wondering about all of these attacks that I have had the past seven months, it seems that I have this peculiar condition, called “choledocolithiasis“. (Now that would be a great Scrabble word).   Anyway it  causes the liver to produce stones, even though my gall bladder is gone.  Leave it to me to come with something weird to add to my health resume.  But all’s well that ends well.  I am back to nearly 100% and am anxious to resume some photography and birding outings.

Ann and I did get out Saturday morning for a little foray around the local parks.  The birds weren’t real active, but I managed to get a couple of shots that are presentable enough to show here.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

I love it when I can get a good close-up of a Cedar Waxwing.

Squirrel emerging from tree nest.

Squirrel emerging from tree nest.

This park where we do a lot of birding is over-run with squirrels.  For the most part, I usually just ignore them.  However, when I saw this one coming out of his (or hers) nest, I couldn’t resist getting a shot.

So until the next time, click on any image to see an enlargement.

Animals say the darndest things.

Isn’t it funny that sometimes you take a photograph of a bird or animal, and just happen to catch something humorous.   Here are three examples of mine.  The first is a hitch-hiking Northern Mockingbird.

"Going My Way?"

The following one is a Mexican Ground Squirrel, munching on a mesquite bean.  He seems to be taking offense that I am watching him eat.

"Well, what are you looking at?"

This pair of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs does’t mind putting on a show of public affection.  This photo was selected for a cover of National Wildlife Magazine a few months back.

"Blow in my ear and I'll follow you anywhere"

I hope you enjoyed these photos.  Click one any of them to see enlargements.