You’re Nobody ’till Somebody Loves You / Dean Martin / 1964
Like I said, I get ‘stuck’ at times.
Some posts just won’t come together.
And rather that just throw something on the board
I keep working on it until it’s right.
Right now I’m working on a post about Pelicans.
We got Pelicans here in Alberta and we heard about
some hanging out at a nearby park.
I’m calling that Rumors of Pelicans.
We got some good shots.
The second post I’m working on is another post
about our Mexico trip.
It’s not coming together swiftly either.
Years back I saw a pure white Heron in a marsh outside of town.
Pure white. It was beautiful!
I knew this was rare because in all my years in Alberta
I had never seen one before – or since.
But what was that bird???
I thought it might be an Egret, but Egrets don’t range up this far.
Upon much investigation I think I’ve finally solved the mystery.
Wikipedia says this: “The Great Blue Heron is found throughout most of North America …”
And it is known that Great Blue Herons can sometimes be white!!!
That’s right. Pure white.
The above images are of a white Great Blue Heron I found on the internet
and aGreat Blue Heron that I photographed in Calgary last week.
I stitched the two photos together so show that it is indeed the same bird.
Here’s the other pics we shot at the pond.
Rose first spotted the Heron flying across the pond
and I snapped a quick shot.
We watched where he landed and …
… were able to get a couple of decent shots.
He agreeably posed for us.
Then he headed off.
There’s a big unresolved debate as to whether the white Great Blue Herons are a “morph” or an entirely different species.
I can only show and tell my own experience.
They look identical except for their color.
That’s all I know …
Except that they are beautiful to see.
Most don’t do much damage, but on occasion
can destroy crops, houses, cars … you name it.
This one damaged the garden out back,
but only because it lasted about half an hour.
Otherwise the hail was small – pea size we call this.
Can be golf ball size or larger …
December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021
I swear I just heard this on the news a couple of days ago? Have I been in a Time Warp or something? And I’m certain a few dozen people more notable to History and Arts have passed in the time being, but I always liked this guy. He was a legitimate Artist, Musician, and Songwriter.
Silver Moon / Michael Nesmith / 1970
Of course, Mike had once been a member of the Monkees – who I despised in those times as a commercial Group that was fabricated to fleece Teenyboppers. There’s some truth in that, but it prevented me from appreciating
anything they did. The years have fortunately softened me in MANY, MANY ways however, (thank GOD) and I can now go back and amend some of the prejudices of my youth. One of those prejudices is that I can now appreciate
some of the songs they did. ?
Wikipedia says: “The Aztec Sun Stone is a late post-classic Mexica sculpture housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City,
and is perhaps the most famous work of Mexica sculpture.”
It measures 11.75 ft across … and weighs (54,210 lb).
It is sometimes also sometimes called the Mayan Calendar, but since it was found under Mexico City – which was built on top the ancient Azteccapital of Tenochtitlan – it’s an Aztecartifact.
However Mayanand Azteccosmology were almost identical .
But despite their great achievements in Art, Architecture, Astrology, etc.
the Aztecswere undoubtedly among the most barbaric civilizations that ever existed. At times it’s known they were practicing human sacrifice on a mass scale -ritual murder many thousands of people a year.
That finally caught up to them, and they were slaughtered by an equally barbaric culture: the Spanish Conquistadores.
But do you really think you could murder thousands and thousands of people for years and there would not be some eventual reckoning?
I think not.
Tip: (And if you’re going to utterly destroy an empire,
be sure you build your stuff on top of it.)
I’d been wanting a Bird Bath for quite a long time.
(I got tired of all the dirty birds around here)
Truthfully though I just love to watch those little birds
splashing around in the water!
I’m sure I could have made one myself and I see lots of ideas for that
on You Tube. But I finally found this one at a local garden center.
Most of the Bird Baths I saw are pretty expensive, but I knew I’d eventually find something that suited my budget and tastes.
So … Here it is!
It’s just plastic, but it looks pretty good.
Cost 60 dollars.
I don’t think the birds will care one way or the other.
We put it out in the back yard and I’m eagerly awaiting our first guests.
Then I’ll take some pics and post ’em.