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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, February 06, 2009

BIRDS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR

I’ve been writing a lot lately about birds, and taking photos too. So speaking of birds and hopefully warmer temps, I don’t think I told you this story…..

About two years ago in April, Dan had his second knee replacement surgery. This one went much better than the other knee he had replaced the year before; maybe because we both had a better idea of what to expect.

When it got to the time in his recovery that he was supposed to get out and walk, the weather had cooperated and we were able to take short walks in the campground on the roads. Dan was still “going with” his walker and obviously not getting up any great speed yet. I enjoy walking but I cannot walk that slow so I would walk ahead, walk back, walk ahead, walk back. If I try to go any slower than 3 mph, it hurts my hips, so that is why I was basically walking circles around him.

This particular sunny April day we were commenting on how long before the cranes would arrive and we were enjoying the chirping birds. Dan would stop every once in a while to take a break. He was trying to go further out each walk we took. We’d gotten at the point where he needed to turn around and come back at his snails pace. I asked him if it would be OK if I walked ahead and sat on the picnic table (on the campsite closest to the office) and waited for him. I was sitting there, enjoying the sounds and smells of spring and I noticed a shadow on the ground. I glanced skyward. There in the air, circling over head, almost over DAN was a turkey buzzard. Dan was still a ways away from me but close enough he could hear me tell him to stop and look up.

He saw the buzzard circling him and decided to pick up the pace of his walk a little bit. AND THE BUZZARD CONTINUED TO FOLLOW OVER HEAD! We got quite a chuckle out of Dan appearing to be the next meal for the buzzard. Please try to get this mental picture; Dan walking at a snails pace, picking up and setting down the walker with each unhurried step…then you notice a meat eater circling over you…and the only thing you can do is try to pick the walker up and set it down a bit more speedily! Hey, we knew nothing would REALLY happen, but it was funny at the time!

Enjoy the little redpolls and pinesiskins! I’m still waiting for the juncos! (Dan can never remember that name so he says “The CUJO’S”!)

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2 comments:

  1. I read online that there are some snowy owls just south of the Soo. Do you have any up there? I would love to see one.

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  2. Brenda, the only time I've seen a snowy owl in our area was along U.S. 2 sitting on a guard rail. This was as we were headed wesst out of Manistique. And I did NOT have my camera ready. It would have been a blur as we zoomed by anyway.

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