Gentle rise begins
Of a new day sun
Time never ends
It has just begun
To bring a smile again.
While passing a pond full of ducks and a duck blind on the edge I was surprised at the variety until I got home and blew my pics up to see them better. I loved this group of wood ducks, but on later investigation found they were decoys, as well as all I shot pictures of so far away. I laughed thinking about a time on the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas of sneaking up on a female Mallard and finding she had floated away from her covey of decoys elsewhere. I brought her home as a treasure of my fun.
A recent stocking of trout in a pond near my home drew out some local spectators to watch, much to the annoyance of a little dog already protecting us from a squirrel who watched from a nearby cottonwood.
This group of forest creatures were all trying to hide. Not the best picture but looking close you can see two wild turkey between the two deer, there were about a dozen of them. They are a fast bird with keen eyesight and hard to get close to.
Everything is turning gold, but still a wealth of colors around us. I am traveling back and forth across the state looking at housing in the Loess Hills area of Iowa. These are some of the oldest remnants of prairie in the state and a delight to explore along the Missouri River. This type of geology is only in this area and an area in China, so it will be a treat to enjoy and help preserve. I am keeping my present home also so I can go back and forth while exploring, about a three hour drive. I will be falling back on my Psychology background and will be working at a state hospital. Talking to a realtor yesterday she asked what I do and I jokingly said I was a Lobotomist, and I think she thought I might draw blood.I will be working within residential treatment with retarded adults. It is an area I have worked around before at varying levels through the years. When I first moved here I taught in a high school with low IQ behavioral students. I am not sure how long it will be before I get all the Internet and things going, so have patience with me.I enjoy sharing with my friends and don't ever like to miss reading what you have to say.
One apartment I found in a nearby town is next to the library, which would be a plus for someone like me anyway, and there is a bike trail that would take me the twelve miles I have to go to work. I don't know a single soul around, but that was the case where I am now when I arrived. The town I will be working in is only 3200 people so I am sure you get to know everyone fairly quick. It is a tough move for me to give up many areas I go to and have worked on around me.I cruised the other day thinking I still have a large love for these scenic historic hills and having Amish neighbors around me.To me home is where you hang your hat.
Another hallmark is I have taken 9000 pics with a camera I started breaking in one year ago. It has become a close friend indeed, although there are a few others I would like to have. It was hard to change over from another I had taken so many miles with me.I of course don't save all those shots, but do have an extensive library of the better ones.I made fun of a friends latest slide show for a program featuring a few I had shared with her.She put together a butterfly exhibit with 25 separate species photos I took around the area at a local conservation center where she works as a naturalist.Makes my head swell just walking in there!
Keep those comments coming in I savor hearing from each of you, my blog community is a special group for me.I will leave you with how I begin a number of programs :
Attention, attention! (crossing my arms and holding myself) I just love attention!