Yesterday, I went for a walk by the St. Croix River around sunset. Low clouds had covered the sky, making for a gray day. Eagles called and chatted. I searched the trees looking for them. They sounded close. Then I spotted something white near the water. A pair of eagles sat on a downed tree in the water near the far shore. They were chatting with at least one more eagle further away. I took several pictures, with the low lighting conditions, I wasn’t sure they would even turn out. As the sky grew darker, first one eagle and then the other flow low over the river to the south and disappeared into the trees.
The first winter storm of the season is howling outside. We’ve had mostly rain and maybe an inch of snow. Strong winds are blowing the trees and whipping up waves on the river. A good night to be by the fireplace sipping apple cider. November is known for snow storms and NaNoWriMo.
National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – started in 1999 with 21 people in the San Francisco area. It’s grown to hundreds of thousands of people who are attempting to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I’ve participated twice, once officially. I wrote around 46,000 words both times. Enough for me to create the first rough draft of a manuscript.
While I’m not trying to write 50,000 words this month, I’m attending a weekly write-in and using the time to work on scenes in the manuscript I’m rewriting. Yes, rewriting from first person to third. I’ve been attending a writer’s workshop where I’ve gotten feedback and suggestions on areas to work on. I wonder if … is a great way to provide someone with an ideas on how to improve their work-in-progress. Sometimes you are too close to your own words to see the problems.
Mary Divine is a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, covering Washington County and the St. Croix River Valley. She wrote an article about the Pictures of Stillwater group photo walk at Arcola Mills. A picture she took of me in in the article and posted here with her permission. Link to article.
This is the photo I talked about with Mary. I was walking along A-dock with Greg and he noticed the osprey circling overhead. I followed the bird with my camera, snapping pictures as it dove and few off with a fish.
I spent last Saturday at Arcola Mills at a Pictures of Stillwater FB group photo walk. What a great way to meet other photographers from the area.
The blue skies and slightly warmer temperatures were perfect for hiking in the woods.
With all the rain we’ve had recently, many different types of mushrooms were growing on trees.
Arcola Mills is having an open house on Sunday October 9 from 1 PM – 4 PM. Greg will be there with his drone and answering questions about drone photography.
When I started walking up the road away from the river this evening, Sand Hill Cranes called in the distance. I waited, but they stayed away. Just teased me with their calls.
Now is the time of year for migratory birds to be flying to their summer homes. Many stay in Minnesota. Tropical Wings has migratory bird celebration activities scheduled over the next couple of days. I submitted a poem to the their poetry contest and won first place! I titled my poem ‘Waiting for Spring’. same as my last blog post. You know what was on my mind after Minnesota winter. We went to a reception/program last night at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson where I read my poem. The St. Croix River national riverway has several sister parks in Costa Rica. One of the visiting Costa Rica park rangers gave a presentation on birds that migrate between Costa Rica and Minnesota. Many migratory birds spend the winters in and near Costa Rica.
The Baltimore Oriole feasting on grape jelly in my backyard on this cold spring morning has flown over two thousand miles to be here.
Today is the first really cold day of winter with sub-freezing wind chills. Woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, red and white-breasted nuthatch, dark-eyed junco and others have been visiting the feeders.
With the new year, it’s time to expand my site which includes photos and more…
Watch for more to be added soon.
RIP Tribute to “Johnny” aka John David Nelson (1960-2015)
Memorial tribute to the fun memories of and with Johnny aka John David Nelson of Stillwater in and around the St. Croix area.
Music performed by Paranoid Floyd Performing “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse”