Sunday, January 30, 2011

Red-Tailed Hawk



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Red-Tailed Hawk Coming In For The Landing




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I  cropped this photo from the original photo above, so you could get a better look.



My husband and I decided to pack up the cameras and take a Saturday afternoon drive. The sky was sunny and blue when we left , but wouldn’t you know it, as we headed out of town the sky  became grey, and it started to snow, and the sun disappeared behind the blanket of grey. We decided to change our direction and headed down an old country road that we haven’t been on before. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw a rather large bird perched in a tree in the distance. I parked the van on the side of the road , and grabbed my camera which had a 55 -  250mm lens, and walked toward the bird in the distance, tromping through the deep snow. As I tried to get close enough to take a decent photo, it flew away to another tree in the distance , and so I quickly took this photo. I never did get closer and it soon flew away out of sight. I was very thankful to get to see this bird, which at that time I had no idea what it was, until I got home and looked it up in my book. I believe it to be a Red-Tailed Hawk. If I am wrong please correct me. But it does look identical to what I saw in my bird book.

Wouldn’t you know it! As we headed back towards home it was sunny with blue sky. It was a balmy – 6c degrees out. But you know I am happy because I got to see this beautiful hawk in flight, and hear it sheik as if telling me to go away, I am camera shy. I am camera shy too, but I don’t sheik. :)  This was a first for me. I have never seen a Red –Tailed Hawk up until this day. Rest assure, I will be taking that road less travelled again, Lord willing.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. 

xx’s Dianne :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stylish Blogger


stylishblogger14_thumb  I want to thank Jenny D, and Chip ,RM  for their thoughtfulness in giving me this Award. Now those two, have a lot of Style, as do so many who Blog and share of themselves in so many Wonderful, and Unique Ways.

I have accepted this award, not because I think I deserve it, but because of these two wonderful blogger friends who out of the goodness of their hearts thought of me, and wanted to give  me this award. It is a gift I will treasure, but most of all I treasure their friendship. I am truly Honoured. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

It seems I am always trying to catch up, and never getting there when it comes to blogging, but I do enjoy it, and following all your blogs when I can. I am sorry I don’t get around more often. Often times I have felt like I have no business blogging because of my lack of time, but I do the best I can , and appreciate each and every one of you who have all touched my heart  in some way or another through your wonderful blogs, and comments on mine.

I would like to give this Stylish Blogger Award to each and everyone of you, so please forgive me for not following the rules and picking only 15 wonderful bloggers.

Okay! It is already past my bedtime so here goes. I will share a few things about myself.

I was a nurse for 23 yrs. of my life. When I got laid off due to healthcare cuts back in 1997, I was off work for a year , and it felt soooo good! I was able to collect my unemployment insurance that I had paid into for years. That is when I bought an SLR Film Camera, and started getting interested in photography as a hobby. I am self learned by reading books , and taking alot of bad photos, and learned from some of my mistakes, and still learning.  :)

I  started my own cleaning business in 1998, and I am the business.

I was on my own for 9 yrs. with my 2 boys, after my divorce, and then met the Sweetest Man who I married in 1995. He does everything possible to make my life easier. We bring out the best in each other, and I am truly Blessed beyond measure. He was an answer to my prayers. Between the two of us, we have 4 grown boys , who are now wonderful young men. Two of them are now married. I have 3 wonderful granddaughters, and two more grandbabies on the way. Both mom’s are due this summer.

I now use a SLR Digital Camera and have for about the last 6 yrs. and still learning, and enjoying , and in “Awe” of the Beauty of God’s Creation. I also love seeing what others see and capture through their lenses. I enjoy the gifts, and talents of others such as yourselves, whether it be photography, writing, crafts, cooking ,woodworking, painting, the gift of gab, blogging and so much more. You all are Special, and Unique in your own way.  Thanks for all you share.

Well I had better get some sleep. Six o’clock comes early. I have a full day tomorrow, and won’t get home until six o’clock in the evening. Then, Thank God it is the weekend! Hope you all have a good Friday, and a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, and Smiles

Dianne :)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Mourning Dove


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Mourning Dove



This Dove is waiting her turn , and looking on as others are enjoying their meal at what I like to call, “The Bird Feeder Cafe”.

I was working away a couple of weeks ago at one of my clients houses. I looked out the kitchen window, and saw this dove on the roof of their shed. I ran and got my camera, opened the door slowly, and quietly, aimed and took this photo. I took a couple more shots, and put my camera away and continued on with my work. I had brought my camera to work with me, and planned to check out her feeders when I was done for the day. By the time I got finished their wasn’t a bird in sight. I waited a little while, and it was starting to get dark so I headed home. I only got a few quick shots that day but I thought this one was a keeper.


I hope you all have a wonderful week whatever you do or don’t do.

xx’s Dianne :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bird Feeder Cafe Series By Dianne © dsphotocats


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There was a Hairy Woodpecker checking out the menu.

She liked what she saw and decided to stay for lunch.



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Along came Mr. Chickadee




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While a Male Cardinal looks on from a distance. I wonder what he sees?



IMG_1859_White-Breasted Nuthatch

This strange fellow looked at the menu up-side down.

What a Nut! Turns out that’s his name, Mr. Nuthatch.



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Jay announced he was on his way.



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Jay cried out! Wait, I’ll pray



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Miss Cardinal had a sparkle in her eye as she watched

the handsome fellow not far off in the distance. What’s a story without a little romance?

I hope you enjoyed your time at the Bird Feeder Cafe.

by: Dianne © dsphotocats




I no, I no, maybe I have been working too hard. It has been awhile since I posted. How the time fly’s. This is my first post of the New Year. These are a few of the pictures I took at my clients home. I took these pictures on Boxing Day, the same day I took the photos of the squirrels. I have an open invite to go take photos anytime I like.

I have been busier than busy, as I have been working full time hours as usual, plus getting our house ready to put on the market in a couple of weeks. We are hoping to sell our house and downsize to a townhouse condo. I appreciate your prayers for everything to fall into place. What will be will be. It is in God’s hands. We will do our part , and then leave the rest to the Lord, our God. I wont deny it is stressful, and tiring at times just getting everything done. Cleaning, sorting, decluttering , and all that stuff. So that is what I have been up to these days. Hope you are all doing well.

Sincerely, Dianne :)

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