Monday, November 30, 2020

I LOVE FLYING AROUND ON GOOGLE MAPS AND TOUCHING DOWN IN OLD FAMILIAR PLACES

It was a cold wet rain a fallin this morning as Pheebs and I made our way into and around Bayfield for a short Jeep ride.  Having just washed the Jeep a few days ago I didn't really want to head out into the countryside and gob it all up with mud again.  We checked out our usual Bayfield spots and headed home without taking any photos.  I had forgotten a few photos I had taken Sunday so will add them below.  We took the rig for a short drive down the road and back Sunday afternoon just to give it a run and round out the flat spots on the tires after sitting for a while.

WISH I WAS SEEING SAGUARO CACTUS GOING BY OUT THAT WINDSHIELD
Rained all afternoon so Pheebs and I didn't get out for a walk.  More snoozing and reading but I did manage a few more front yard bird photos mid-afternoon.  Had a few settings wrong so some of the colors are a bit wonky.

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE ON THE LEFT AND A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH ON THE RIGHT

LOOKS LIKE AN AMERICAN GOLDFINCH TO ME
APPEARS TO BE A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH

I sure like bonking around on the internet's Google Maps traveling to places we have traveled over the years.  So many great memories and some not so good ones too.  I sometimes zoom down to areas we frequented and look for specific things I remember.  Could be a building, a road, a certain group of rocks, a fenceline, an old cemetery, a favorite Saguaro cactus, etc.  Found myself just west of Albuquerque New Mexico this afternoon looking around for a while.  Dropped in on Tucumcari and Demming.  From there I flew over to Ajo Arizona and scuffled around the town for a while ending up on a couple of our choice boondocking spots out on Darby Well Road.  Buzzed Borrego Springs and flew over Marshall South's Ghost Mountain.  Oh, the wonderful memories which almost bring tears to my eyes at times.
DARK-EYED JUNCO

TUFTED TITMOUSE
CAMERA SHY
The weather folks say we have a big winter storm event headed our way so I imagine I will once again be spending my time on the end of a snow shovel once all this rain turns to snow.  Guess I have to look at it positively and think of the much-needed exercise.  Better for my mind to focus on shoveling snow rather than starring blankly out the window remembering more better funner days.

ALL BIRD PHOTOS TAKEN THROUGH OUR SUNROOM WINDOW WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX P900
A long time blog reader and friend of ours, Doug Laning, and his faithful dog Yuma, just left his summer digs near Bloomington Illinois a couple days ago and is at this moment making his way West in his big 41' Class A Safari Motorhome.  I'll be following Doug this winter again because he is headed for the very same beloved areas and adventures that we here at the Bayfield Bunch had traveled to over the years.  Doug sorta has a knack for occasionally getting himself into various situations so you might find his travels interesting.  You can find him at Miss Adventure Travels.  Aptly named:))

GROANER'S CORNER:((   My wife said to me, "How on earth are we going to use 9% less gas this winter?"  "You can stop burning my dinner for a start," I replied.

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7 comments:

  1. You are an ace with the bird photos. Only ones not familiar at all to me are the nuthatches. I never think of us down here as being short on nuts, but perhaps we are, as they never show up here.

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  2. Though your camera settings were off, the photos of the birds are just fantastic. Just want to reach out and touch them. Well done, Al.

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  3. Excellent bird photos! I do the same thing with looking at satellite images of places we've been and long to visit them again but probably won't get another chance. We full-timed for 16 years so saw a lot. Age and health are now grounding us.... but lots of good memories.

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  4. Great travel idea Al, I'm sure you are not the only one that will benefit. Love to Kelly & Pheebs.

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  5. Great Photos as always. If your settings are off it is not noticeable.
    Admire your ability to name the birds. I can only say cute bird.
    Be Safe driving in the snow and Enjoy the beauty of nature.

    It's about time.

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  6. Wow. You outdid yourself. Gorgeous. And Pheebs...so regal. Thank you.

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