The subject for the Daily Photo Shoot for today, 12 February 2013 is:
Wild Turkeys on Parade
I had just settled down in my chair with my first cup of coffee, my laptop turned on and still waiting for it to fire up, my blanket over my lap, when Paul called to me very quietly after he’d just let the dogs go out front and said “Rebec! Come here quick — see this…”
I’m making these photos a bit larger so you can see them better. A parade of wild turkeys was walking down the street.
We haven’t seen them here in ages. I’d thought they had all been killed some way or another, but there they were today…moseying on past our house.
Paul instructed the dogs, who had originally woof-woofed at them when they were walking around inside our yard, over on the other side of that fence, to be quiet and let them alone. They obeyed him and just stood out there watching, silently, like the good puppers they can be sometimes.
I opened the door and, since I have my camera at-the-ready these last 12 days, just so I can catch a good moment on film (so to speak), I snapped these shots.
We’ve had these wild turkeys roaming around the neighborhood for quite a few years now, many years, in fact, and at one point it seemed they had all been killed either by humans with blankety-blank-guns or by cars out on the main thoroughfare. I have, in fact, seen one of them injured or killed while driving by on that main road, and two of the victim’s relatives (turkeys) were just down the road from where he lay, hovering there, wanting to help but not able to. There was a car that had stopped and was attending to the bird, so I didn’t stop.
After that, I noticed that the number of turkeys in this little band had diminished down to none at all for a time, but there must have been at least two left somewhere because the following year they were back, with their babies in tow, walking around the streets of the neighborhood.
So that’s today’s Photo Shoot. Turkeys on parade.
Say, isn’t this some kind of a holiday? February 12th? Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln’s birthday? Now that they’ve lumped Washington and Lincoln into one holiday, Presidents’ Day, it’s hard to remember when the actual birthdays were. But I seem to remember that the 12th was Lincoln and I think the 22nd of February was Washinton’s birthday.
So Happy Birthday Abe.
Also, Today’s Classic Movie of the Day was “Suspicion” with Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant (1943).
I had seen this movie before and loved it. I was totally convinced Cary was going to kill Joan in this flick with that glass of warm milk he brought her before bed…
Bex and the Wild Things
Here’s a short video taken on the morning of the Blizzard in Marblehead (our home town) down at The Fort, where Paul moors his boat normally and where he used to sell his lobsters, and below the tide crashing up on the causeway going from the main town to the Neck.
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Some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard are:
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson singing “One More Year”
and “The Quiet Life”:
and also “The Making of “Wreck & Ruin” (this is a very good informative video of this couple:)
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