December Already?

I find myself taking stock of things and at the same time wondering how I got here.

I’ve been trying to get back to finishing my review of the New Brunswick-Grand Manan photographs, but it’s always a struggle with the travel laptop, so the task inevitably fell to today when I had some extra time, if there is such a thing, or at least I felt like I could afford it. Ironically years ago when film was the medium, I never would have had this problem. I certainly would not have had hundreds of photographs to go through. Okay, enough complaining. It only took half an hour to install a software update before I had to start and restart Lightroom several times. These are photographs from August 18 when we first visited the Sackville Waterfowl Park in the morning, in the rain, and then later we went to Johnson’s Mills.

The inclement weather bonus was this sighting of Virginia Rails crossing the path to feed their young.

By the time we moved on to Johnson’s Mills, there was sunshine. And lots of shorebirds.

To sufficiently stir up things, there was a Merlin.

I am always happy to capture a Raven, anywhere.
I must have known I would be processing these photographs late and would need want to see some flowering plants…
One more of a Semi-Palmated Sandpiper. You never really get very close to a shorebird so I am thankful for this image, however cropped it may be.

I hope to be back very soon with photos from the next day at Koucibouguac National Park – Kelly’s Beach. Don’t you love that name?

But this will be a very busy week, so don’t hold your breath. Our choir has a big dress rehearsal Wednesday night with soloists and musicians for our upcoming two performances of the Bach Magnificat on Sunday. The reassuring thing is knowing that no matter whatever else happens this week, music triumphs over all.

And to feel better after a long, mostly dreary weekend, I just baked this loaf of bread. Another bonus from a Why Not, I Have Time Day.

7 thoughts on “December Already?

  1. You really know how to pick the day to go out on a field day! Without the rain would have been a perfect day for shooting pictures.. Great variety of birds. Take care, Lisa. 🙂

    • It’s been rainy and gloomy all weekend and I have been dragging myself through it. I did go out on Thanksgiving morning…maybe I’ll get to that before Christmas. Anyway. Had it not been for the rain we never would have seen the Virginia Rails… Thanks, H.J.! 🙂

  2. Great photos Lisa! They spark such nice memories of the New Brunswick tour. That rainy day at Sackville was a delight. I have been getting my fill of waterfowl migration here in Maine. I keep hoping for a King Eider. I’ve been told they can show up very occasionally. Have a wonderful Bach concert! These last few years I have gotten into opera and try and catch the Met Opera’s live cinema casts. I am always so moved by the singing. And, that is one awesome loaf of bread!
    Boogie on birding!

    • Thanks, Joanne! It’s been so much fun going through the photos, even if there are way too many of them. I hope you get to see a King Eider, that would be so cool. I haven’t gotten around to very much waterfowl yet but others are reporting a Red-Throated Loon… I confess my head is full of the Bach since last night’s dress rehearsal with the orchestra and it will likely stay that way for a while even after the two performances Sunday morning. Not a bad companion to have in my head (too dignified to call it an “ear worm”). I listen to Live at the Met on the radio but I haven’t managed to see the broadcasts; I’ve heard they’re wonderful. I do miss going to the opera sometimes but there’s only so much I can do. Let me see if I can stay awake long enough to post more pictures from our trip!

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