Jackpot!

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    1. Michele, I was in such Bliss I don’t think my feet were touching the ground. I was honestly stunned how “right-on” my Heart was on those two days, directing me to go to this park. I was in the right place at the right time …. and the chances IF you think about that are slim to none. I’m just so excited, that now I’m really ready to get my “new” camera body …. perhaps two. Spring will be here before we all know it and I want to be ready for the bird action!! LOL Happy Sunday! 😘

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  1. Wow! You sure did hit the jackpot!!! The ten pointer is incredible, so casual looking, but the screech owl is amazing….Love the furry ears and really in person they are quite small or so I hear. If this is the same owl I had in Maryland, he sounded like a horse whinnying almost. Not really a screech at all….Great shots you got AR, all of them! Glad you were able to capture these amazing creatures….Well done! Happy Sunday to you. Snowing here and due to dip to single digits tonight
    unfortunately.. 😦 but just for a few days then warm again then cold again..The weather is as confused as our politicians…Hugs…VK ❤

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    1. VK, I almost missed that 10-pointer because he blended right in with his surroundings. What gave him away was his stack. I saw that rack, quietly saying “whoa!” out loud, walked backwards until I could get a clear view and did not waste any time shooting. Yes that Screech Owl is small … that photo is an extreme closeup. I don’t know who in that park spotted him but word got out fast. In fact, a large family with parents and kids stopped me to ask where the owl was. I was stunned. How did even “civilians” know about this owl? So I showed them, after they promised to be very quiet. And they were. I was impressed how quiet and respectful that entire family was. In fact, the Dad turned to me to thank me telling me how much this meant to all of them. Nice to know people out there know a spectacular sight when they see one!

      Happy Sunday to you, dear friend! Looks to me that this year Mother is going to be bringing me many Treasures that I will be sharing here. It’s snowing here too and finally perhaps I will be shooting some snowscapes. LOL (((HUGS)))! 😘

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    1. Thank you, Rabirius! Yes that owl was a lifetime chance for me to actually see one to photograph. I was stunned to see the large group of photographers with all kinds of equipment as they were shooting this bird. Incredible experience all the way around!! 🤗

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      1. Hey Amy, I know it’s been 2yrs or so that you purchased inspirational writings and my fitness handbook. However, if and when you have time, can you leave a review for both on Amazon. I never ask anyone but just started to because no one really bothers to. If you can, I’d appreciate it. 😁💛✌

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  2. They’re all lovely photographs but the one taken though the tiny hole in a dead tree has created a really spooky set of hands! And the picture above with the broken off tree, well, that must have been a really windy day!

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    1. John, I LOVE that picture, if I may so. Anything to be different. LOL And yes we had a very windy night here last week which evidently broke this tree. May you have a wonderful Sunday!! 💝

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I’m so happy you came on by to share my happiness over the magic Mother shared with me. To be in the right place at the right time … think about those odds. I do and I’m always left in awe. May you have a great Sunday today! 💝

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      1. Hug al of your beautiful cats for me. ❤ Again, truly beautiful post. It drew me in and I felt so close to the owl and deer. The birds are gorgeous and each picture was peaceful and loving. ❤

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    1. Oh wow, thank you SO much! I LOVE photography and what it has given to me. Lately I seem to be riding a magic carpet. I am absolutely humbled by your comment. Bless you from the bottom of my Heart! 💝💝💝

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  3. SUPER SUPER SUPER!!!! Wow! Just incredible, Amy! I love how you work with the universe 😉
    I hope you are well, and that the new year came in with beautiful love at the forefront. I hope to be back on WP a little more regularly. It was a tough year but I am going to work with the universe and change the energy!
    Much love to you, dear Amy ❤

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    1. Lorrie, 2018 was a very tough year for me as well. Just after 2019 came in, I felt this huge lifting from off of me, and for the first time in ages, I felt JOY and BLISS. I felt my Connection again! I am in absolute awe what Mother is allowing me to photograph and how my Heart is really guiding me to go out with my camera and where. Think about it. The odds of me being in the right place at the right time …. I have one of three parks I frequent. When my Heart told me yesterday to again go to Reinstein Park after just being there, I didn’t even hesitate to go. Jeronimo! I hit pay dirt. In hindsight I wish I had taken the group of photographers hanging about in hopes that the owl would come out of the hole. I don’t see often a large group of mostly men with huge camera equipment. I’m right up there, Lorrie. I carry as much equipment as the best of them, tiny little me. (laughing!) It takes fortitude, strength, and muscles to carry heavy camera equipment while walking or hiking through forests.

      Anyways ….. IF the lifting can happen to me it can happen to you too. Don’t give up, OK???? I will keep you near in my Heart! BIG (((HUGS)))!!! 💞💞💞

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      1. Thank you, beautiful soul!! I am so happy for you and I can feel the sweet energy that you are sending. I wish we lived nearby…I would carry equipment and go with you!! 😉
        Yes…believe that you are being directed…I know this to be truth. And the more you believe, the more you will hear the voice telling you where to go. Thank you for sharing your heart and for sharing the wares of your trekking with all of your equipment. I know you work out hard to stay in shape and this is one really good reason to do it…the other is simply it is good to take care of ourselves. (I know we both had to learn that!)
        I am also feeling this shift you speak of…I BELIEVE that this is going to be a year that is full of promise and good energy.
        I don’t know if I will post yet on my blog…but my Mom passed a couple weeks ago, Amy. It was a very hard end for her and I prayed for God to take her home. I am sad in ways I can’t explain yet, but I am also at peace that she is out of pain. I know you and I shared so many similar events in life…I just wanted you to know.
        Sending you a giant hug and lots of love…keep believing and keep showing us your beautiful captures!!!
        ❤ ❤

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      2. Oh, Lorrie! I’m covered in goosebumps and my eyes …. brimming with tears. I am so sorry for your loss of your Mom! I did not know! God help me I know what I went through and the total devastation that ripped me to pieces. How sad that we can mercifully put to sleep our little Angels yet when it comes to humans how they are forced to suffer even when everyone knows death is near. My Heart so goes out to you! It takes a long time to get over a tragedy like this. It’s a double whammy for you on account of the past history you shared with your Mom. Please know that in the breaking (and just let it happen) when all is burned to ashes, the Phoenix rises and a new you emerges. Yes this too shall happen. You believe that a new you is coming, that a bright future is your destiny because you did the work and now, when things eventually settle, the puzzle can be put back together again in a new and exciting way. I send you BIG (((HUGS))), prayers, and LOVE to assist you through this excruciatingly difficult time. 💞💞💞

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      3. I feel it, Amy! Everything you said…yes…it is like a puzzle that was torn apart and shaken up and maybe even a few pieces flew off the table and I had to go in search of them at the end to put it all back together!!
        I am grateful…I AM BLESSITUDE! I have framed the last two years in as positive a light as I know how…I have been able to grow and accept many things that I had no chance of accepting even a few short months ago.
        I haven’t come close to processing it fully…but I have decided that the only way to do it is with great love and respect!!
        I am so grateful to you. I know how you went through your own time. I just wanted to let you know. I am not sure how much I will put on my blog. I am in a place where I feel the possibilities for my life really are endless…I am just not sure which direction I am headed. And you know what? I am going to take a page out of your book and listen inside for the inspiration!!!
        Much love to you! I hope you have a fantabulous day!!! ❤

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    1. OH wow, Arbie, thank you! Isn’t that owl something else? What an experience to actually stand there and see this tiny little owl peering out at the assembly of photographers below (I should have taken a pic of them). I am thrilled you enjoyed my special Gift I was given by Mother yesterday. I won’t forget that day for a long time to come! Seems to me that this year has begun in a big way for me!! I look SO forward to what next my Heart will be guiding me to do. Oh for the JOY!!! 💞💞💞

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    1. See what you are missing out on, CM? You could be going along with me for an EASY walk at Reinstein Park. We just have to make a date. To be truthful with you, I can still hardly believe in the two days I went there, all that I photographed. Wow!!! 🤗

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      1. When the weather warms a bit, Amy. But I must admit I’ll probably be in awe of the “real” photographers who apparently overrun that park. I’ll be the one pretending to be taking photos but really just studying everyone else so I can copy them. These days, I seem to be doing better with buildings and still life photos.

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      2. I have never seen a bunch of photographers at this park, CM. It was exciting to see but the norm is you occasionally bump into one here or there along the way. When the weather warms, we’ll make plans. You keep shooting what you are comfortable shooting. Somehow it all works out. GRIN! 💝💝💝

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    1. GRINNING! Just so happy you enjoyed the surprises Mother gave me. Yes, that owl is truly special! What an experience to stand there in this owl’s presence. I won’t forget yesterday for a long time to come! 💝

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    1. This comment coming from such a talented photographer brings great humility to me. Thank you SO much for what you said. I have worked many many years to get to the point I am and suddenly just recently it seems as if I’ve taken off and then some. I am SO happy you enjoyed this post, proof that Mother really does work with me and allows me to see deeply within Her Magic Kingdom! Wishing you as well a very creative new year! Bless you, Jane! 💝💝💝

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    1. YellowCable!! Thank you SO much! The Gifts I am receiving out in the forest is blowing my mind. I’ve been hearing all about these Screech Owls in a certain park here yet I really didn’t think I would ever see one. I was rooted to the spot in awe when I saw just how tiny this owl is and how well he is camouflaged. I have no idea who initially spotted him but by the time I was leaving even families with kids were asking me (the lady with the big camera) if I knew where this owl was, and of course I showed them as long as they promised to be quiet. I was stunned by how respectful these people were, including children. SO happy you enjoyed this post!! ☺️

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    1. Thank you, Val!! So much! Mother has been phenomenal to me of late! Yes that tiny owl (my image is very close-up) had quite a lot of admirers. What an exciting day yesterday was for me! Much Love to you! 😘😘😘

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    1. I know, Mark, right? Jackpot is right! Yesterday was one day I will not forget for a very long time. I had a private giggle when I approached where this owl was. I was so excited I was walking super fast so I wouldn’t miss this guy. One of the male photographers’ when he saw me motioned me to slow down with an attitude I did not know what I was doing. Ya know those women with the cams …. do we honestly know how to act with wildlife? Hmmmm …. Anyways, when I got within speaking distance I told this guy I was walking fast cuz I was so excited …. and flew right on by him. But with a lot of eyes on my every move, I calmly and slowly approached that owl, quietly and calmly getting my camera ready to shoot. And then proceeded to do my “thing”. I couldn’t resist looking back at the group of “boys” with the expression on my face … and that’s how it’s done, BOYS. LOL One guy I was told shot 1600 pictures of this owl and when I asked what for, I was told to make sure he got one perfectly still. I shot about 20 frames. Teehee …. that is all I needed. LOL You see the results here. GRIN!

      Just HAD to share that story with someone. You. I hope you got a good laugh! And about Mother …. she is sharing with me so many Gifts lately that my head is spinning! Much Love to you, dear friend! 💝💝💝

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      1. Mother will always have her arms open to you Amy, that is your gift ❤
        And speaking of gifts and laughs…just don't do what I did with my healing and got carried away one day with a lady (in front of many others), and told her she had something wrong in her stomach area…to which she said she is in perfect health, never had a sick day in her life. I of course pushed the sense of what I thought was wrong only to realise I wasn't coming from the right place.
        My ego shrivelled a little bit, I went very red, apologised and from then on I was much more circumspect. Spirit needed me to work with my love and wisdom, not the ego that had slowly crept up and began to blind me. It was a very big lesson, to which I might add it still bobs its head up occasionally to see if I'm still listening from the right place 😀
        I always feel a little uncomfortable every time I see her, but she just comes up with a big smile, a hug, and asks after my health…to which I smile back and ask after her health, and have a little laugh with her 😀
        Just keep on following your heart young lady, there will be many more magic moments to share ❤ 😀

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      2. Mark, I am deeply humbled by what Mother is allowing me to see and to photograph. Being the woman I am, however, I do not appreciate a man “thinking” I do not know what I am doing. (I know by reading “energy” what someone is really thinking.) While photographing that owl, I maintained an attitude of deep respect and when finished, that is when I turned to look at the group of “boys” with a look that told them “You bet I do know what I am doing, or at the most, I give it my best”. They just stood there looking at me with odd expressions on their faces.

        That day, I realized that the ratio of men to women out in the field (landscape and wildlife) is about 20:1 so I am the oddball out there and of course, men’s “ego” and “testosterone” get nicked when they see little o’ me coming along. Those very same men belong to a photography site I have just begun to post my work so now they really KNOW what little o’ me can do. (GRIN!)

        Now, not all men do this and I have run into some very nice male photographers who have helped me immensely. When I first started capturing wildlife I was SO nervous, not knowing what I was doing, and also I am using a camera NOT meant for wildlife but mainly for landscape. I’ve had to learn how to use my camera in ways it really was not meant to be used. I think it is the “group” mentality when the ego strikes.

        I’ve walked away from healing except for my cats. I heal in other ways now, mainly through my vehicle called my camera. If you have eyes that see and a Heart that knows, my images will “speak” and “touch” you in ways that do assist you in your life.

        We all have our Lessons to learn, my friend. I do question my Inner Guidance when everything seems to indicate I’m wrong and believe me, that is earth-shattering. In time however, I’m shown my Inner Guidance was not wrong …. I was given a Test of Faith.

        Have a great day today!! I know I will! Much Love to you! 💝💝💝

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      3. lol…I have no doubt my friend you will be a lesson to us all. And when we see your new site that has all these amazing photo’s for sale the world will be mesmerised by your magic 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Dan! I’m not expert (yet) taking wildlife shots but I am learning. I’d rather shoot landscape because just searching for things that “move” is very tiring on the eyes, especially when the critters on the ground blend right in with the landscape. I’m just so glad you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned to see what next Mother shows me. Have a great day! 💞

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  4. WOW Amy, just showed Hubby all of the photos, he was blown away like me.. So love that Owl, talk about camouflage And that Stagg, so relaxed your birds so clear.. And that view from that tiny hole in the log.. Stunning..
    2019 is looking like it is starting as it means to go on.. Fantastic Amy..
    And yes You Hit the JackPot.. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I too am blown away, Sue! Believe me! I am stunned by what Mother is allowing me to see. And I’m intrigued by how insistent my Heart has been that I go to this park on certain days. Today for example …. I’ve got the urge to again go. We’ll see if that remains to be true.

      SO happy you showed these pictures to hubby. They are meant to be shared and to be enjoyed. Yes, that Owl …. I have no idea who initially spotted this guy but the tree he was in was smack right next to a path I always go down and I would have missed him. He just blends in perfectly. How incredible the way he was made to look like a tree.

      This New Year for me is vastly different from 2018. I feel the difference. The word that comes to mind is “freedom”. May you have a truly Blessed day today! Much Love to you! 💝💝💝

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    1. THANK YOU, Joey!! I’ve stepped into Magic Land lately! My Bliss is back as is my JOY. I am so excited to see what next Mother leads me to within the forest. Happy Monday, dear friend! 💝💝💝

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  5. It’s a real pleasure to see these photographs.
    The red throat is my favorite bird and Saturday morning, when I arrived in the forest while it was still a little black, a red throat followed me for some time but I had not yet released my camera
    I really like your photograph of the owl which, if you do not take care can be confused with the branch on which it is located
    During my walk (you will see the photos in a few days and presented over ten days), I saw one of the adult swans who gave me a dance
    Glad to see you again, we feel when you are in the forest like there that you are totally in your element and that you like what you do

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    1. I am just so happy that you came by and saw this special post. I am stunned by what I have been able to photograph lately! Yes I am in my element when I am in the forest. My Heart is happiest when there, or so it would seem. Then I bring that happiness along with me to have with me in all other aspects of my life. It’s a unique way to live. Happy Monday, Yoshimi! 💝

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  6. Every one of these images from the stag to the owl to the branches are stunning, Amy. It was your lucky day indeed, and so lovely that you took a chance to take off the filter and experiment with the WB instead. Everything seemed to come together for you. Interesting to hear you were quite winded and tired after your shooting escapade, but it makes sense. Wildlife aren’t always easy to spot. And when you do spot them, chances are they might take off. So you have to be both alert to look out for them and also quiet and come off as someone whom they can trust. You might get the chance to see another group of photographers in action again, and then you can sneak up behind them and take a shot of them. Beautiful photography as always ❤

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    1. Thank you, Mabel. Wildlife is very challenging and very hard on the eyes. Yet it is exciting and gives one a sense of finding something that no one else is. I was shocked to realize the ratio of men: women wildlife/landscape photographers is about 20:1. I never stopped to think that not a lot of women are willing to carry heavy equipment around, nor spend the time it takes to capture wildlife. There is no place I’d rather be then a forest. (smile) Animals and birds do sense they can trust me which blows my mind, believe me. IF I see another group of photographers, I do. If not, no biggie. Seeing that group was a very unusual event for me …. the norm is occasionally bumping into another photographer here and there while out and about in the forest. THANK YOU for the compliment on my photography. I’m finally getting to a place that I am comfortable with what I am doing …. at least most of the time. LOL May your day be a great one! 💝💝💝

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      1. I think there are many other (wildlife/landscape) women photographers out there, just that we don’t see them often. I’m sure you’ll see more of them as you keep going out and about. Take care ❤

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  7. Wow for some jackpots, as you got there Amy. The first photo caught me with such amazing shot and the next not less great. I hope this year continues to bring you such beautiful motives.
    Much love to you, dear friend ❤

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    1. That’s because I believe in magic, Barbara. I SEE it literally and yes I do feel it as well. This is my Bliss Zone which I bring back with me into my day to day life. It makes life such JOY to live!! Happy Saturday! 😘

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  8. Birds of Prey are such gorgeous creatures…So regal and determined…Think of yourself that way AR, Determined! You did what you set out to do much like the Coopers hawk if he manages to catch a mouse….Glad you grabbed that shot., wonderful….Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your hubby 🙂 Stay warm in these brutal temps….Much love and many hugs…VK ❤

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    1. Perhaps this is why so many birds of prey have been crossing paths with me of late, VK. Hmmmmm ….. two just yesterday. I’m glad I made the effort to get that shot …. sometimes that effort may be grand or it may be small as well, but IF you don’t follow through, you just will not know what you could have done. You have a blessed weekend too. It’s brrrrrrrr cold here. The sun was SO bright yesterday, however, that I played hooky here and was outside for hours. I just did not want to come home! Much Love to you and BIG (((HUGS))) 😘😘😘

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    1. John, it is not an owl but a Coopers Hawk. I know my backyard. I know what it looks like. When a “blob” of white was seen by my eyes I knew something that is not normally there was there. I had to maneuver my camera quite a bit in order to shoot through that opening. SMILE!

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