Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don’t leave home without it!

No, this is not a commercial for American Express!  What I never leave home without anymore, if I can help it, is my camera.  :)  This morning, I headed out to Burns to get my hair cut and finally pick up the case of wine I ordered before Labor Day.  The Safe-Way in Burns has messed up my order three times, but they assured me they had it right this time, and they did.
_MG_5597On the way, I made the usual stop at the Narrows to see if anything new could be seen in the shallow waters.  I caught this group of ducks taking an early morning snooze.
_MG_5602Over on the side of the pond was also a young black-crowned night heron.  He was also trying to catch a few winks, but that’s normal.  That’s why he’s called a night heron…he hunts at night and sleeps during the day.
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A little further down the road, I caught a glimpse of one of Emma’s friends patrolling for rodents in amongst the cattle.
51 Malheur NWR, Oregon4Before long, I reached the fields where the thousands of cranes had moved to early this morning to feed.  (I think you can click to enlarge each pic if you like)

I got my hair cut, picked up the wine, and stopped at a small bakery that I discovered last week for a fresh baked loaf of bread.  I have to admit that I also bought two sugar cookies.  :)  I generally don’t eat desserts, but I couldn’t resist.  I did not buy any of their tasty looking sweet rolls, though. 
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Tonight’s post could have been titled “patience is a virtue.”  On my way home, I stopped on the other side of the Narrows, and spotted an American bittern on the far side of the pond.  In the past I’ve only gotten short fleeting views of the American bittern.  They usually quickly return to the reeds.  These two shots were taken across the pond.
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I just sat still and waited.  The bittern slowly made it’s way around the edge of the pond towards me.  I got these two shots as it had made it about halfway around.
_MG_5790 After quietly waiting for a half hour, the bird was directly beneath me.  I guess good things come to those who wait.  :)  I’m sure glad I didn’t leave home without my camera today!

Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later,  Judy


  1. And we're sure glad you didn't leave home without your camera too:))

  2. The bittern is unusual, and I'm glad you had your camera along.

  3. Oh! We would have missed these beautiful pictures, if you had left your camera behind.
    So glad you had it with you. Thanks.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  4. Yes, be sure and take your camera with you ALWAYS!! You just never know what you might come across!! :-)

    MIke & Gerri (happytrails)

  5. My camera is pretty much standard equipment now when I leave the house. Ya just never know!

  6. They say patience is a virtue. It paid off for you as you waited for the bittern. Great pics, as usual. Loved them all.

  7. we very rarely leave home without ours too!!...it is a standard item to grab on the way out the door!

  8. That's one thing I learned on my first trip to Scotland. Always take the camera along! Hey, a case of wine, fresh-baked bread and sugar cookies? I am so there!

  9. Yep, have a spot in the truck reserved for my Canon,also keep my tripods and video equipment under the rear seat in case I fet into train country.Always ready, like the National Guard.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  10. A loaf of Bread, a jug of wine and sugar cookies. My kind of meal. Stay safe

  11. Wine by the case.....Do you need another traveling companion who can cut hair too??? (just kidding, McGuyver would have to be included, and he snores)>>> My family teases me because I take so many photos....They will understand why when I am ashes and they are left will wonderful memories!!

  12. You are really living the Good Life, aren't you?

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard