Sunday, April 06, 2008

Wordless Wahoos

Well, not totally wordless. Top to bottom, from a drive around the roads near my sister's house:
Scissor-tailed flycatcher on barbed wire (the state bird of Oklahoma)
Meadowlark (my mother told me it's the state bird of Nebraska)
Cows and an oil pump


  1. mmmm, yes. Cows and oil pumps--scenery I know very well. Actually, we don't see a whole lot of that in Dallas and lately I've been yearning for the Texas country. Hope your Wednesday is going well.

  2. Love the birds. I'm still amazed that you can get such wonderful pictures of them because the birds I know are rarely still for very long!

    The strangest place I've ever seen a cow was in the desert in AZ. They free range them in the area I was and there was on huge cow chillin beneath a cactus. Strange indeed.

    Take care, doll. It's good to hear from you.


  3. Love 'em! I'm in love with birds lately. We have the prettiest American Goldfinches clustering outside our house.

  4. Thinking of you...


  5. Your mother would be correct. :) Thanks for the inspiration. I posted a Wordless Wednesday, myself. Check it out.

  6. Sometimes I wouldn't mind being a bird . . . Beautiful photos as always, Nancy.

  7. I love that first picture, perched on the wire, sun on the feathers! :)

  8. Trish,

    Yes, I suppose you would. LOL My sister's house is pretty close to some wide-open rural Oklahoma scenery (and lots of oil pumps, of course, since ConocoPhillips is in Bartlesville. It was nice to soak up the meadow and sky a bit. :)


    I miss a lot of bird shots, too. They have this tendency to fly away, so you have to work fast. When I'm out and about, I work on getting my settings right for the lighting so I can try to have only the focus to worry about and that helps. I screw up a lot, though, too. I really need to work at the lighting thing.

    Oh, that must have been a sight! Did you take photos of the cow under the cactus?

    Thanks, I owe you a note -- I'll get to that, soon. Hugs to you. :)


    Cool!!! I hope to be back to blog-hopping, soon. I'll want to see pictures. :)


    Thanks, I saw your message when it counted. I appreciated it; sorry I wasn't able to respond!! :)


    I've told you my mother was born in Madison, NE and my parents met and married in Lincoln, right? So, I guess she ought to have known about the meadowlark! :)


    Thank you. They're so pretty. I wish I'd had time to take more photos of the fly-catchers. Maybe next time I'm in OK. :)

  9. Yep, I knew they met and were married in Lincoln. However, I didn't know about Madison. I have no clue where that is! I really don't know this state very well. Kind of weird since I've lived here since 1992!

  10. Les,

    I've never been to Madison and I made a guess, then looked at Google Earth -- I was nowhere near right! It's in northeast Nebraska, about equidistant from South Dakota and Iowa and, actually, I have no idea how she ended up in Lincoln but do know my mother had a job working as a secretary for an optical company in Lincoln when she met my dad (at church). I know very little about my mother's childhood because she refused to talk about her youth when I was growing up. All I really knew was that her father abandoned the family when she was 2 years old -- which would have been 1935 and during the Depression. Her mom and siblings (6 kids, in all) were literally dirt poor and it took years and years before my mother could get herself to buy anything new.

  11. I went to Google Maps and now know where Madison, NE is, too. Not too far from Lincoln. Probably just under 2 1/2 hours.

    Sad story about your grandfather abandoning his large family when your mom was just a toddler. Did her mother ever remarry?

  12. Les,

    I felt kind of bad that I guessed Madison was at the other end of the state (I was thinking "northwest").

    No, my grandmother never remarried. Her life was a bit tragic, really. When I wrote one of my six-word book titles, "Grandma Got Pancaked; Grandpa Ran Away," I was referring to that set of grandparents. She died of internal injuries from a pedestrian/auto accident when I was 10 years old.


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