We have had so much rain here in West Palm, and yesterday whilst out shopping, one of the assistants asked us if we knew about the threat of Hurricane Sandy. Apparently the schools and some businesses were going to be closed today, just in case it should hit here.
Well, the danger seems to be over for us, and Sandy has moved on. I see that the storm is forecast to maybe hit New Jersey, where my son lives, on Tuesday.
Some of our local residents don’t seem to mind the extra water at all.
The Great Blue Heron has come back, and is definitely the king of our lake.
There’s always something to photograph here.
The local air force either stand elegantly on guard,
or entertain us with a spectacular ‘flypast’.
This afternoon, I have to go and visit one of the ladies on our committee. She has been writing the monthly article for our club magazine, and wants to pass the buck on to ‘muggins’ me. She phoned at 10am to say that she was off to her beautician and would only be home by 3pm. That sounds quite ominous. How do I compete with someone who firstly, has a beautician, and secondly, spends 4 hours there, being beautified? 🙂 Ah well, it’s really terribly windy here, so I’ll probably arrive with my hair looking like these palm fronds, and say, ” Just look what the wind blew in!” 😀
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, wet or dry. 🙂
Don’t forget to check out Cee’s post to see her amazing water pics.
Your bird photos are amazing! I wish I could ever take a decent one. I have the worst zoom in the world on my camera! 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. I’m totally in awe of Phil Lanoue’s and Bulldog’s bird photography. My attempts seem very unexciting in comparison. 🙂
Well, yours are way better than mine. Excellent in their own right. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. I’m still learning, but not very fast. 🙂
Well, they’re great in my eyes!
Thanks so much for your encouragement, Cathy. xx
Wow! You are so lucky to have caught that bird in full flight! Great capture!
Thanks so much. You win some, you lose some. 🙂
Love the flying duck pic (is it a duck? It’s cold, windy and raining here at our holiday home too. Supposed to improve tomorrow …
It’s actually a Great White Egret, optie. I won’t tell it that you called it a duck. 😀 Hope your weather improves soon.
Great series with many wonderful captures. 🙂
Thanks so much, Inga. 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
So glad Sandy didn’t single you out for special attention. A perfect storm seems to mean perfectly horrible!
Thanks, Col. I’m just hoping our son’s house will also be spared.
I love that flypast! Dude totally National Geographic!
Yes, I’m getting the hang of the new camera. Watch out, Nat Geo! 😆
Beautiful birds and lovely neighbourhood.
Thanks, cocoa. We are really lucky to have such a lovely view from our windows. 🙂
Wonderful bird pictures! You would look lovely even with your hair all over the place 🙂
Thanks so much, Madhu. With regard to the dishevelled hair, it’s a good job, because it always seems to be super windy here at the moment. 😀
Did have to laugh at the image of you arriving at the becoifed woman’s house with storm-tossed hair – and so it should be! But what I came by for was a report on Sandy’s Florida itinerary – glad she’s kept some distance. Lets hope she veers back out to sea long before she reaches New Jersey. 🙂
Yes, her hair was lacquered to perfection of course, and mine looked like ‘The wreck of the Hesperus.” 🙂 We had a lovely long chat though.
i love that old phrase – never hear it any more 🙂
It’s an oft-used phrase in my repertoire. 🙂
Great photos, ad. A veritable parade of such different and lovely water fowl, perfect for the theme!
Thanks so much, Naomi. 🙂
A perfect weather to have fun, feel happy and just fly in total freedom. Beautiful images!
Thanks so much. Glad you liked the birds. 🙂
I like the hair like palm fronds line and hope the hurricane isn’t as bad as it sounds from the news up here. Thinking of you and will look for word that all is well.
Everything here is fine. It’s bright and sunny today, but terribly, hair-blowingly windy. 😀
Just love your neighbours!
Aren’t they gorgeous! 🙂
Your heron shots are wonderful… and I’m glad to hear you were spared by Sandy. She is supposed to touch down here by Sunday/Monday… I do hope she gets diverted to the ocean or some barren area. Happy weekend Adin and thanks for the blog love. 😉
Thanks so much, Elizabeth. I hope that ‘Sandy’ will pass you by too. Take care and have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Glad you weren’t affected by the hurricane 🙂
You and me both, Tandy. Now if only this wind would just go away…..! 🙂
Not that YOU need a beautician of any kind AD 😉
Hope you find enough stuff to write about for your articles!
Thanks so much for the compliment. 🙂 I’m sure there are enough happenings here to fill a page or so. I’ve had a few items thrown at me already…….now it’s just up to me to make the “white fly infestation” and “don’t put your garbage out before 6pm!” sound interesting. 😆
I think you should let me see how you manage that particular one 😉
I’m sure you will save the day:-)
and i’m only giving credit where it’s due 😉
Beautiful pics, AD and you are beautiful without the beautician!
Thanks so much, Ppd. 🙂 Love you too. 🙂
it is so relaxing watching the birds isn’t it? sometimes when i am at the terrace i just watch the birds in my garden and somehow it has that calming effects.. love your photos by the way..
Thanks so much, starlight. I could sit and watch those birds all day. 🙂
Love the flying bird,beautiful shot.Have nice day!
Thanks, Stefan, You too. 🙂
Glad that Sandy has moved on…..now I will hope for your Son to have very little of Sandy………..Enjoy your new duties….and what in the world does that woman do at the beautician for 4 hours ????????
Me too, Suzanne. As for your question………having met her, I have absolutely no idea! 😀 She’s a very nice person though.
Lovely pictures, Adinparadise. There is just something about water and birds that is so calming and pretty. Keep safe. Happy weekend. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda. Yes, you’re so right about the water and the birds. Mesmerising! Happy weekend to you too. 🙂
Way cool birds!
Thanks so much, Steve. 🙂
Your blog doesn’t want me to like it either (but it’s not just you – I’m finding it with other blogs as well) 😦
I love the pics – particularly the flying bird. I really hope your son will be okay and safe from Hurricane Sandy! (yikes!)
As far as a beautician goes – some people need help with their looks and some don’t. From the pics I’ve seen of you, you definitely don’t need help in that department 😉
Don’t worry, Dianne; I’ll just pretend that you like me, 😀 Thanks so much for your lovely comments. 🙂
Been waiting for the bird photos … you having mentioned them before…. beautiful…
Thanks so much. The new camera only arrived a couple of days ago, and these are some of the first efforts. Glad you like them. 🙂
Simply beautiful! Love the flying bird, great shot.
Thanks so much, Amy. 🙂
I’ve been bouncing all over your blog, it’s wonderful. Each topic has it’s own charm. As a new blogger, I’m inspired by you. And thank you so much for stopping by mine\ours and liking me\us. (Hubby is still a little shy). : )
Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit here. )
I love that flying picture. Well, I love the whole post of course and from the comments above you obviously don’t need a beautician – ha!
Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment. 🙂
Stay safe this weekend. I hope you don’t get too much rain. Great photos for the challenge. Thanks so much for participating!!!
Thanks so much, Cee. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Love the photos. That anhinga is great. At least the birds in all their plumage don’t spend four hours getting beautified. 🙂 Hope the storm doesn’t kick up a notch. Just when we think we have gotten through the season…BAM.
Don’t say that, Lynne. 🙂 Thanks for liking my anhinga. 🙂
That is a really cool duck that you showo here. We’ve battened down the hatches here in Maryland to get ready for the hard hit. Glad to hear that Palm Beach is safe though, no worries for my condo. 🙂
Good luck there in Maryland. I think we got off very lightly here.
WOW! You captured them amazingly, Thank you, love, nia
Thanks, Nia. 🙂
Love the photo of the last one especially.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. That Ibis was really “going like a Boeing.” 🙂
Whoops, Adin….the bird is a great egret. The ibis have curved pinkish/salmon bills.
Thanks for correcting me. I do get a bit mixed up, Lynne. 🙂
Sorry, it’s not an Ibis, but a Great Egret. Travelerlynne just put me right. 🙂
The rain is no fun but the birds are lovely!
Yes, I’m really enjoying the birds, Nicole. We had two little white Ibis sheltering from the wind, right next to our window. Too cute!
Ohhhh….how nice! How long are you in Florida for? Sounds wonderful right now as it is starting to get really chilly here in MN.
We’re here until April, Nicole. Really enjoying our stay so far. 🙂
Nice!!!! Plus you are close to your son now! Are they coming for a visit?
We’re planning to go to New Jersey for Christmas. It’s easier for us to go there, than for them to fly down here with three small children. 🙂
Great birds photos. I don’t think you could look bad if you tried!
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Gilly. 😀
Four hours at the beautician? shew! Love the pics ad 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. I also don’t have the patience to lie there being pampered. Too boring. 🙂 Hugs to you. Have a great weekend.
For a change I could “like” you as you can see. Those birdies you have there are a wee bit bigger than the ones I had and probably less demanding, too.
I wouldn’t mind going for a mani and pedi, but otherwise a beautician is not for me.
I hope the weather improves for you. We’re expecting rain again for a few days.
I’m so happy that you can like me again. 😉 Krags still hasn’t managed it. Hope you don’t get a wet weekend again.
Hope the wind doesn’t actually low you away! 😉
Now it didn’t blow me away, just my hairstyle. 😉
So long Sandy. Surely she is the last of the season. Sunny but breezy here today.
I hope so, Ron. I’ve had one glimpse of the sun, but only momentarily today.
So glad Sandy decided to visit elsewhere, though I hope she takes it easy on your son, too. Lovely, gorgeous bird shots (always a favorite of mine!) Should make up a wee bit for the lack of coast views…. maybe?
Thanks, Gunta. I hope so too. A few years ago, a huge tree came down on the front of his house, doing quite a bit of damage. Glad you like my birdies. 🙂
Wow, if you are that ugly that you need a beautician and 4 hours at that – nope I will play bridge and pass. As for Sandy the Carri bean got it at full force,
😆 I’ll decide if I need the same treatment, after I’ve seen the results.
Glad you managed to escape Sandy mostly unscathed Sylvia.
Super photos of your neighborhood residents! Lucky you!
And very cool to see an anhinga, love those guys!
My ‘personal’ barber gets me out of the chair in minutes. 😛 😉
Thanks, Phil. Just very windy at the moment, which is my worst kind of weather. Hubby just has a #4, and that’s pretty fast. 🙂 I go to his barber lady too for a quick trim.
Hi AD, I am sure we will hear all about what 4 hours at the beautician can or has not done for your neighbour 😉
😀 I’m not that unkind.
Smashing pictures Sylvia. The birds are lovely. They don’t seem to mind the wet at all. Lets hope the hurricane blows itself out before doing any damage. I don’t know what to say about the lady and her 4 hours at the beautician. Must have been a fairly major overhaul is all I can think. Perhaps you’ll publish your first article here as well as in the club magazine? I’d certainly be interested to read it. Have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. I think my ‘article’ will be more an update on the day to day goings on here, and telling people not to put their rubbish out too early. Maybe I can make it more interesting though. 🙂
Why this blog does not want me to like it is beyond me. It just jumps to the top.
Anyway, what would you want with a beautician? Don’t try to fix somrthing that is not broken!
I’m getting quite a complex about your not liking me any more. 😦 Thanks for your lovely comment. Much appreciated. 🙂