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Five years of blogging. I started blogging on February 13, 2009. I’ve posted 521 times with thousands of photos.

Happy Blogiversary, Glenrosa Journeys!

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Gimme five! Thank you for reading my blog. I’ve seen so many bloggers come and go but I’ve never felt like quitting yet. I love taking photos and putting them up here, hoping someone may like them, and I love reading your blogs, too, and getting to know you better!

In appreciation, I’m having a little giveaway. I’ve done this in past years (2012, 2011, 2010) although I skipped last year. Please leave a comment if you would like a chance to win. You don’t have to be a regular reader at all.

To commemorate Valentine’s Day, as well as my renewed interest in journaling this year, you can win this journal (as well as a couple of my postcards):

Of course, I ordered one for myself, too, can’t have too many journals. The deadline to enter will be February 22 at 12:01 am. My cats will draw the winner later that day.

Enter to win! Tell your friends! And…

5 Kisses HVD

2013 Year of the Birds

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At the end of every year, I do a blog summary of highlights but, when you take thousands of photos a year (as most of us do) and post about a variety of things, it’s hard to whittle it down. So the last couple of years, I’ve identified a theme that I posted about during the year and 2013 has to be BIRDS! This is the year I discovered how much I love them and love taking their photos and, also, the year I realized how much I would like a 400mm lens or at least a 300mm.

But I got a lot of shots I was pretty happy with from my 200mm and a little cropping so here are some of my favorite bird shots of 2013, pretty much in chronological order, beginning with the flying geese above.

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Vermilion Flycatcher

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Northern Mockingbird

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Anna’s Hummingbird

Sparrow

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Cormorant

Cormorant

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Egret

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

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Black-Necked Stilt

White-Crowned Sparrow

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Harris’ Hawk

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Hummer Ftn

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Northern Mockingbird

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Wet (Starling?)

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Great Blue Heron

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Click on the hummer above if he isn’t animated.

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Harris’ Hawks

Duck at Watson

Mallard

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Bushtit

Bushtit

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Verdin

Egret

Great Egret

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Black-Crowned Night Heron

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Yin and Yang

Mallards (Yin and Yang)

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Gambel’s Quail

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Cactus Wren

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In Audubon Magazine, there was an article called “Ten Reasons to be Thankful for Birds,” this is #10:

They just are.

We have all been transported by simply watching a flying bird.

We have been lifted out of ourselves; we have felt our hearts race when the wings flash by.

Every one of us has seen what really matters–seen it in the blistering stoop of a peregrine, heard it in the richly harmonic dawn song of a thrush, caught its essence in the slow undulations of white pelicans against a blue sky.

And we’ve realized that for those moments, we were privileged to experience something beyond ourselves–that older, greater, glorious world that a wild bird inhabits, and which through its very existence embodies and makes vivid to us.

So, on to 2014…Happy New Year!

D-E-D Dead

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My MacBook Pro croaked so I’m out of commission blogging-wise and photo-editing-wise…for a few days. It’s not permanently dead; its logic board failed even though it’s only 2 and a half years old. So, for an exorbitant price, I’m getting it fixed and it will hopefully be sprung from captivity by Friday, at the latest, and good as new…I hope. I do have Carbonite online backup so my photos were safe but, as it is, the hard drive is apparently okay anyway. Still, it’s sort of unnerving to rely on a computer so much and wonder if you’ll ever see your files again.

Oddly, the laptop is my 6th Mac and the first one that ever had a serious problem. I still have my first Mac from 1994 and it works. And I have 3 more in my possession and they all work (admittedly slowly and not very well online). In fact, I’m on my reliable 6+ year old MacBook right now which has functioned as our backup on several occasions the past couple of years (it still works fairly well online). It doesn’t have the image-editing software I like to use, though, so I have no photos to post at the moment.

Back very soon, I hope. Meanwhile, I’ll do some blog-hopping.

Liberate Your Art 2013

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From Miriam Rogers in the UK.

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From Lee Thomson.

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From Nancy Jean.

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From Tracy Swartz.

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From Chris.

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From Kat Sloma, creator of the Liberate Your Art postcard swap. Check out Kat’s video of all the postcards from 216 participants!

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From Deanie Houghtaling.

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From Roberta Warshaw.

And this was the postcard I entered, printed by moo.com:

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The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.~Forrest Gump

This was the second year I participated in Kat’s swap. You send her 5 postcards, postage for 6, address labels for 6, and you get 6 postcards in return (from 5 other participants and one from Kat). Like last year, I also did a little side-swapping with some of the other participants that I “know” and may do a little more.

It’s funny because so many bloggers I “know” also participated in this swap; I keep seeing familiar names.

Check out the blog hop below using the link tool and see a lot of lovely and creative pieces! Thanks, Kat and everyone. I love all those I received!



2012, The Year of…

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Wildlife in My Yard! For my personal photoblogging year in review, that is what first comes to mind. I feel as though I took more photos in my neighborhood in 2012 than I normally do so this particular review will be photos taken in our very own, very urban yard over the past year.

Two Harris’ Hawks who spent a lot of time in our neighborhood this year were in our 2 front yard trees one morning (Halloween, actually).

Skippers hung around all year.

Flies!

A rare dragonfly dropped by and I got him away from the cats before damage was done.

The ever-present urban pigeons and doves…

The strangest sighting of the year in our yard…on our roof in this photo…a raccoon…very odd for central Phoenix. I spotted him on 3 different evenings but the last time I saw him was in October. None of the other neighbors seem to have seen him so I am hoping that no harm came to him but I don’t know that for a fact 😦

Many Painted Ladies dropped by…

and a Gulf Fritillary or two.

Bees, of course.

Constant hummingbird action at the feeder, year-round. Click on above to animate.

Mockingbirds aplenty.

New to me, a verdin.

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I think this one above is an Anna’s Hummingbird. I really can’t tell the difference usually between our hummingbirds…if they are Allen’s, Rufous, or Ruby-Throated.

We also had coyotes in our yard last spring but we didn’t see them. Several of our neighbors did, however, but they left after a few days of sightings and none of our outdoor cats were harmed. I really hope they don’t come back!!!!!

So that was part of my year in review. Other 2012 topics would be our cats, roadtrips, murals (I’m way behind in my local mural documentation), flowers, and holidays celebrated. 2012 was also the year that I started to enjoy putting frames around some of my photos…hokey, maybe…but I find it very relaxing and entertaining, for some reason…and isn’t that part of why we do this?

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So, here’s to a great year of photoblogging/blogging ahead for all of us. I enjoy reading all of your blogs and thank you for looking at mine.