YES!

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    1. Thank you, Irene. Especially this Winter I have to be ready to get out there when it snows. Our grass is greening for heaven’s sake! I bet if I go looking I’ll see some bulbs coming up in my gardens. I hope not. It is way too early!! Much love to you! xo

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  1. Wow…You really didn’t have snow…We are white over here but rain today will take that away. So strange for January! Great shots you captured. And yes, the first thing I saw when I looked at the Cardinal was how angry he looked! It’s his beak. If you put your finger over his beak in that picture he looses that angry look somehow. Funny….Who needs a gym when you lug around camera equipment? Have a good weekend. Hugs…VK ❤

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    1. Huh. You’re right about the Cardinal. It is his beak. Thank you for pointing that out, VK. Oh I need that gym to keep my muscles strong so I can carry all that weight. Hubby told me I need gortex clothes so soon we’ll be heading over to EMS. There is no way I can carry that much weight on me. Perhaps 18 pounds. My cameras weight about 12 pounds, then I have the fanny pack with my water that I wear on my left side, plus my outer gear. Whew! Could I possibly find something to wear that weights only 6 pounds? Honestly that doesn’t seem feasible, but at least I will try. You have a great weekend too! I’m off to give an apple and carrots to the horse next door and to feed the birds. xo

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  2. Not only cheers to your photos and for you getting a touch of snow, louder cheers to your determination and the way you use nature and your camera to cope. Just so you know – your photos and posts make me smile. 🙂 … and my favs were the second and next to the last. 😀

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    1. You get it, Frank! Thank you for understanding. I have said for years my camera is my therapist. And that is no lie. Mother comforts me, dazzles me, brings me into “my zone”, and She of anyone takes my problems and in return gives me Peace. When I am with my camera, (usually), I can ignore the pain for I am transported into another World. Mother allows me entrance into Her World so deep that sometimes I feel I no longer am on this planet. (smile) As for your favorites ….. awesome choice!!! (smile) Have a great weekend! xo

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    1. Thank you, Dan! Good thing I did go that day cuz all that white stuff is gone. Today temps are in the 60’s! I’m almost afraid to look to see if my bulbs are coming up. It’s way too early for them but this weather has been so mild!
      I love that boardwalk as well. I’m with you. The lines are awesome! I stood there a long time admiring those very lines and how that boardwalk was perfectly parallel to the creek. The geometry is so perfect! Have a great weekend! xo

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  3. That was amazing considered your condition. These pictures are just for ones who want to see snow scenes. They are just lovely to see. That is good for me to have a taste of snow (without actually see it 🙂 ).

    I am curious when you use your camera with or without your glove on?

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    1. I had to take my glove off in order to set my cellphone up correctly so I could take the selfie. When I take pictures otherwise, I leave my gloves on at all times. The cold hurts my hands. I’m so glad you stopped by to see the snow. I’m not sure when the next chance will occur. This winter has been truly odd. Have a great weekend, YC. xo

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  4. What a wonderful park this is. I would love walking around there… of course, without the heavy camera equipment. But I am thankful you did because otherwise, I did not know that I would like to walk there… lol.
    You don’t have much snow (still 100% more than we have) but it looks very cold. We were around 50 °F again today… like we were all week although this month is supposed to be the coldest of the year…

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    1. Erika, if you had been there with me, you would have seen how “dead” this park seems at this time of year. During the warmer months this park transforms into a jungle! I really had to work at getting images that looked good.
      No we don’t have a lot of snow. It’s very unusual. Today in fact, it is in the 60’s and is raining. We went from the single digits a few days ago to the 60’s. Crazy!! Never have I seen anything like this!
      Have a great weekend!!! xo

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      1. I actually tried to imagine how it may look like in the warmer season. But I must confess that I like this look too. It has its own charm. I love those little wooden bridges, the creek… yes, I can only imagine how lovely it is during the other seasons.
        This winter is really the craziest ever. So scary…

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      2. Someone recently said how much color there is in Winter and how pretty it is. Since that remark, my eyes have been seeing differently. There is color and I am really beginning to appreciate the special sort of color associated with Winter.
        I chickened out and did not look to see if my bulbs are coming up. My sis in NC told me there are bulbs coming up there …. crazy!!

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      3. There absolutely is color. I am enchanted when I see the white mountains framed by the deep blue sky. Or all of the hues of brown and green. Actually there is more light in the forest during winter because of the missing leaves.
        Same over here regarding the bulbs! And some February bushes have been blossoming for 2 weeks…

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      4. I’m really enjoying the hues of beige and brown and green, Erika. I hadn’t realized how much color there really still is. Just peeked today in my gardens and whew no sight of bulbs. Thank goodness! We’ve had three days of the barometer up and down like a rollercoaster and now it is getting back to cold. I hope your weather gets back to “normal” if we even know what that is anymore!

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia. My newest project now is getting that weight down. Hubby suggested I wear gortex clothing, so soon we will go shopping. First however, I will dig around here to see if I can come up with better combinations. That weight I carried that day is just too much for me. I’ll figure this out!
      I agree about Mr. Cardinal. These birds are such a bright orange-red that they pop no matter where they are, especially when we do have snow.
      Have a great weekend!!! xo

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  5. Great photos Amy! I love the bridges! Nice to see nature all dressed up in white – albeit skimpy! Man, your camera looks very heavy – the lens is huge! My goodness! At least it’s worth it in the end – good for mind, heart and soul. The rock photo: looks like you caught a snow man . . . if you will, rather than a green man. I can see the face. There’s also wings in the water next to it. Very cool!! Cold here, no snow – but that’s not unusual though. Still needing to dress warmly! Take good care and have a lovely weekend! Much love, Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Yes my camera is heavy, a whole 7 pounds, and you didn’t even see when the barrel of the lens is fully extended. Sometimes I don’t know how I manage to handle such a big camera/lens.
      NICE about the rock …. of course I went to that picture and really looked and sure enough I saw what you did. No wonder I felt so good when I saw this particular rock. That one out of all of them just drew me. Thank you for pointing out your observations. I honestly did not see what you did until you pointed it out.
      In the 60’s here today, believe it or not, and raining. I’m almost scared to peek into my gardens to see if my bulbs are coming up. Our grass is greening for heavens sake! Never have I seen this in January. We always have snow now.
      You have a great weekend too. My nose is in a really good book which I am reading … I’ve declared today a “down” day after a very busy week. I did go out for a walk earlier to stretch my legs. The rest of the day my book does call. (smile) Much love to you! xo

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    1. Yes, Dee, determination and strong will power and a lot of self-help have all kept me going. Thank you for the salute! Some days I’m so weary of this journey I just want to quit. Every day I choose peace and every day I work at health. May you have a great weekend and bless you for what you said here!! xo

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    1. We all have choices as how to live, Soumya. I don’t plan on giving up, that is not an option for me. I have come to rely on myself to keep my body strong. Thank you for commenting and bless you for your kind words! xo

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    1. Aw, thank you, Sonia! I’m touched by your words! It’s taken me a long time to just come right out and say the truth regarding my reality. I love photography so much I want others to really know how much it means to me by sharing who I am and what it takes for me to do what I do. Many blessings to you and a big HUG right back at you! xo

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      1. You have to be proud of yourself! Your love for photography and the beauty of this world through your eyes, words, feelings and emotions is a blessing and I know how much it means to you! You have so much talent and do much inside your heart to give! Thank you❤🙏❤xx

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  6. You’re a star, Amy. You look fabulous all bundled up! I know what you mean about icy paths. My road and the hiking paths are pure ice under snow from constant thawing and refreezing. The best I can manage is a waddle. 😳

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    1. Julie, I’m no star. I’m just surviving, refusing to allow medicine to “kill” me. No one can understand how I am even walking much less what I can and do do. The MIND is powerful and when I do make up my mind to do something I do it. That’s not to say I fail …. I do. Just recently in fact. But I keep on going, adjust and maintain that even though I am slowing down, I can and will keep LIVING!
      As for that ice …. those wooden trails and even gravel scare me. I am so so careful where I put my feet. I take baby steps. I’m not as confident as I once was …. I’m doing what is best for me now. (smile)
      Much love to you, dear friend!!! xoxoxoxo

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  7. Such determination, Amy! You’re an inspiration to all of us. I considered going out yesterday – I even started to gather up the camera and stuff – but then it started pouring, and that was the end of that. Then today it was up to 65 and I thought I’d head on over to Audubon, but again it started pouring. I’ll wait for better weather – those critters and trees will still be there. And I won’t have to worry about the camera getting wet. Meanwhile, I’ll stick with interior photos, or Puppy Cody photos.

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    1. Yes, I am determined, CM. Ever since I chose to get myself walking when I wasn’t for almost 2 years, I haven’t stopped. I’m thrilled I can be an inspiration to others in order for a seed perhaps to germinate in order for those others to say to themselves, “Yes I CAN do this!”
      Isn’t this weather nuts? I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I did go for a walk today in between the rain but no I did not take my camera. Not sure what I will photograph next …. just going with the flow. Hope you have a great weekend! Stay dry!! (smile) xo

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    1. I’ve gotten to a place in life, Marie, where I’ve learned so much and am willing to share what I have learned. I just refuse to quit, even despite those days I want to. And yes I do have those days which thank heavens, do pass. I honestly don’t think of myself as a role model but I thank you for saying so. I believe in walking my talk which is what I do. If others are inspired by that, good. If not, not my problem. I’m thrilled you enjoyed these images …. and thank you for telling me which ones are your favorite. I almost did not put the Cardinal on because there was a huge red twig covering his tail. I’m so glad I did edit it the way I did in order for you to see this bright splash of Winter color. Have a great weekend!!! xo

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      1. It’s a good place to reach isn’t it! Free to live as you decide. You shared about sending letters you wrote to family/friends before Christmas, I’m curious to learn if they had the desired outcome you hoped for? I thought it was a lovely idea. X

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      2. I wrote another post about that very subject. After my emotions settled down I thought long and hard about those letters. My Inner Guidance led me not to write them, Marie. Yes it was a lovely idea but … Sometimes it is best to leave things as they are. I’m truly better not having them in my life. I can send them love from a distance and that is what I do. Me being the honest person I am, fessed up here as to how I changed my mind and why. I’ve learned to listen to my guidance. It is when I don’t I land in trouble. Thanks for asking though. I’m touched you remembered. (((HUGS)))!!!

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    1. Thank you, Colleen! I just have to figure out how to decrease the total weight I am carrying. 26 pounds is just too much. Hubby says gortex but before I shop I will look around here to see what I can come up …. a different combo that will still keep me warm but much lighter in weight. I LOVE that second to last picture. I agree … it is amazing!!! Hope your Sunday is going great!! xo

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    1. Oh I am careful, John, believe me. I’ve taken a few spills and they scare the pants off of me. I’m not too sure if I have to suffer to be an artist …. I would rather say at times it is challenging to do what I do. (smile) xo

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    1. Aw, Kamal, thank you so very much for your endearing words. Bless you! There are days that I would just love to crawl into my bed and stay there but I will not. I have so much more of life to live and experience. I’m thrilled you enjoyed this post and got so much from it. I hope your had a really great Sunday!! xo

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  8. Brilliant pics, Amy. They look so lovely, but you must have had a very difficult time taking these shots. (freezing despite all the protection) Thank you for your effort in bringing us the best.

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    1. These pictures were actually taken in September so no I wasn’t freezing. These Green Herons have migrated South and are no longer here. I fell in love with these birds and was absolutely besotted with them! Fascinating both to watch and to capture with my camera. Talk about a fishing marathon! Wow!! SO glad you stopped by to see these images. May you have a great day today!! xo

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  9. I am always WOWed and doubled Wowed my friend with your walks and your captures, each one a jewel shining in your camera lens my friend.. A big thumbs up to you back dear Amy.. You are one amazing lady…
    (( I know about the extra weight we carry, I plonked on a few pounds while sat creating in the Autumn months.. I am now into Zumba.. lol.. and hand weights for my arm muscles… )) So loved the contrast of colours the sweep of arches, curves and frozen plants… So wish we had those beautiful Cardinals here in the UK…
    We have our Robin of course.. But He certainly stands out proud..

    Have a beautiful week dear Amy, so good to catch up, Here we have stormy winds and rain, so I am using today to catch up alittle here and there..
    Watch your step on the ice my friend… Sending LOVE and Mega hugs your way..
    Sue 💖 😘💖

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    1. Our weather here has been so out of the norm, Sue. Hopefully soon I will be able to bring to all who come here real snowscapes that are typical for this part of the world. I’m thrilled though that what I did bring here you enjoyed. I’m smiling just knowing you did!
      As for my back, I fight every day in a way that I no longer struggle but listen instead. When I can I go. When not, I’m still. I am so grateful for my determination to keep going, for the people who assist me to keep health in place, and for the doctor I do have that gives me the medication I require to stay alive. That does not include all the work I do on myself which is a list too long here to write about. Any more surgery would be the death of me. I know.
      It took me a long time to come right out and say to all who come here what I deal with on a daily basis. And to be able to do what I do just with my cameras alone, is a Miracle. If I revealed all else I do, peeps just would not believe that I am a woman who is not even supposed to be walking.
      You have a beautiful week as well. I will make sure I watch out of that ice …. I’ve taken too many spills and I do not want any more. I don’t need further back injuries! Much love to you!! xoxoxoxo

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      1. You are one remarkable lady Amy. You are who you are because you do not give up or give in. You tell yourself all things are possible and they are. Because you believe.
        My own true grit comes from my childhood in that regard, as my Dad would often be telling me there is no such word as can’t. So I will try hand at anything. If we don’t try we never know what we are capable of.
        So do take care. I know from experience it doesn’t always need a fall to tweak our backs a silly off balance slip and sudden movement can be enough .
        I would sooner walk in deep snow than just a light ice layer.
        I’m always telling hubby to watch his step when he goes on his own to the allotments, as he never takes a phone.
        Anyway Amy, hope you find more birds that pose, 😄🦜🐦🦉🦅🦢🕊️ have a beautiful day. Love and blessings 💖

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      2. Yes. I do believe in myself. If you knew my “story” on how I went from bedridden to where I am now, you would “get it” why I don’t give up. I SO believe in the body’s ability to heal IF given the right tools. That is where the challenge lies …. and over the years that changes.
        I used to volunteer as a 3rd grade teacher’s assistant and I would always tell the kids there is no such word as can’t when they whined after an assignment I was told to give them. They began to appreciate the incentive to at least try and not give up right away. Yep. Can’t is NOT in my dictionary!
        Hubby now carries his cell (flip phone) with him every time he does go outside. Try to get your hubby to do the same. You never know ….
        Will be on the lookout for more birds. (smile) Much love to you! xo

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      3. Thanks Amy, Oh I try believe me I try and remind him constantly… He rarely uses it and its in the glove compartment of the car mostly… I get on at him all the time… Just in case..
        But you know, when we think back to when we were younger.. We would walk miles in the countryside and drive all over in the valleys away from villages and not once did we ever think about what would we do if we broke down or were in need of help…
        We would walk to the nearest pay phone or call in at the nearest house..
        Thats what you did back then.. He sometimes is my teacher Amy… When he says to me if you know you are going to be OK you will be.. So stop attracting it into my space.. lol… He has a point.. But you know what we are like… As we like to be prepared.. ❤ 😉 Love and hugs.. ❤

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      4. Your hubby has got a really good point. I like what he said. I usually have my cell on airplane mode when I’m out so if anyone does try to contact me they cannot. I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my cell just in case …. unfortunately I am no longer a kid without a “challenged” back. I do have to make sure IF I fall I do have a way of contacting hubby. You saw how much equipment I carry …. and yes I am out in some pretty isolated spots. Hubby trusts me that I do know what I am doing so he doesn’t worry about me, yet, it doesn’t hurt to be safe rather then sorry. I held out a LONG time with a cell …. now that I have one, I rarely use it but I am grateful for the camera that comes along with it. Much love right back at you!! xo

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    1. It really doesn’t even come close to Winter Wonderland but thank you. We usually have tons of snow at this time of year. A dusting is nothing. So glad you enjoyed this post! Thank you for stopping by!

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      1. What the vivid browns against the stark whites conjured in my mind was a scene from a fairytale… I could easily imagine Snow White prancing around those woods with her dwarves 🙂 That’s why I (still) see it as a Winter Wonderland!

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    1. *takes a bow* Thank you, Julie!! Those cameras are my God-send! I am SO SO fortunate to have them. Years worth of work represent those two cameras. Little by little my dreams are coming true. Much love to you!! xo

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    1. Aw, thank you so very much! I almost did not post that cardinal picture because a big red twig cut off his tail. So I decided to crop this image just like you see. Have a great day today!! xo

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      1. You’re welcome and I’m glad you chose to post it. It’s a beautiful photo. I love cardinals so much. I saw two huge ravens driving home from my client’s house. They’re beautiful too, black as pitched darkness.

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  10. It’s very pretty. I also enjoy trekking about in winter, but it does deplete one’s energy like whoa! I can’t do it near as long as in the 50-70 degree weather. I’m glad the water got you feeling good again. Very pleased you can show us the sights 🙂

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